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News | By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 14, 2014
Jurors have started deliberating in the case of a Glendale man accused of bank fraud and stealing the identities of hundreds of 99 Cents Only store customers. Glendale resident Rafael Parsadanyan is one of three men, including Mher Darbinyan and Arman Sharopetrosian, on trial for their roles in the fraud schemes, which were reportedly tied to an organized crime ring called Armenian Power. But Parsadanyan's attorney Andrew Flier argued that his client, who owned a cellphone store and reportedly has no gang ties, is innocent and lumped in with the other defendants.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Katherine Tulich | November 22, 2013
A garden shed in a northern-beaches suburb of Sydney, Australia, may sound like a remote connection to a Three Stooges film festival being held at Glendale's Alex Theatre on Nov. 30, but the rare find by a film collector there has fans of the zany comedy trio rejoicing. The Three Stooges, a former Vaudevillian troupe, made 190 short films in their long Hollywood career. One film, the Technicolor “Hello Pop,” an MGM 18-minute backstage musical made in 1933 was thought lost forever when a fire at MGM studios in 1967 destroyed what was then thought to be the last print.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | April 18, 2014
Glendale's ongoing issues with pedestrian safety have claimed the lives of two 86-year-old men just within the past four months. The figure is specifically distressing to Daniel Mehrabian because his grandfather was one of those men killed. "I wasn't ready to lose him," he said. Determined to find answers as to why pedestrians, particularly seniors, are being killed by vehicles in Glendale, Mehrabian sat down with community stakeholders Thursday night at the highly-anticipated UC Berkeley pedestrian workshop to discuss the city's enduring traffic safety problem.
NEWS
April 19, 2014
I got the call at about 11 p.m. Tuesday night. "Drayman is out," said the voice on the other end of the line. "Keep me out of it, but I think Drayman is out. " After years of investigations, thousands of hours of work by police and prosecutors, court delay after court delay, the infamous John Drayman, the Pony Ride Kid, the Montrose Mafioso, got just eight days in the gray bar hotel. At the time of his indictment in 2012, prosecutors claimed that he stole between $304,000 and $880,000 from the Montrose Harvest Market during a seven-year period - a period that included a stint as Glendale's mayor.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
A Los Angeles law firm has agreed to represent the city of Glendale for free in its defense of a statue honoring women taken as sex slaves for the Japanese Army during World War II , the installation of which has been called into question by a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court last month. This is the first time in at least three years that a law firm has represented the city on a pro-bono basis, said City Atty. Mike Garcia. "Obviously, there are folks who think the lawsuit doesn't have merit," Garcia said.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | July 3, 2013
A 21-year-old Elk Grove woman was arrested this week on suspicion of soliciting sex in exchange for cash to an undercover Glendale detective during a sting at a local hotel, police said. Glendale detectives were investigating possible prostitution advertisements on Backpage.com Monday night when they contacted Mallory Osta, who had listed her phone number in an ad, according to police. Osta, who police said went by the name Giana, allegedly told detectives she had just got off work and was available to hang out. After an undercover detective indicated he would only be available to hang out for 30 minutes, she told him it would cost $140, police said.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 17, 2014
Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School won approval from the Glendale Planning Commission to increase its current enrollment cap from 500 to 700 students, reversing an earlier city-mandated cap of 500. The City Council created the cap in 2012 as a condition of its approval of a 9,345-square-foot gym, overturning the planning commission's denial of the project amid concerns from neighbors about traffic. About 20 people spoke during the hearing. As before, a main concern was traffic.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan | April 18, 2014
Glendale school and city officials are reevaluating where crossing guards are assigned throughout the city due, in part, to concerns raised by parents. Since the beginning of the school year, several parents of children who attend Balboa Elementary have been attending school board and PTA meetings, requesting at least one crossing guard be assigned to Balboa. The school's student population has risen by about 200 students in the past few years, climbing to 730 students this year, from 540 students in 2010, according to state data.
NEWS
By Andy Klein | April 18, 2014
Several years back, after Johnny Depp's twin triumphs in "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" and the first "Pirates of the Caribbean," I started referring to him as the God Who Walks Among Us. (I think that qualifies as "ironic hyperbole. ") Now, in "Transcendence," he actually plays the God Who Walks Among Us or, to be technical, the God Who Walks Among, Around, and Inside Us. The setup is a variation on old themes: Will (Depp) is a cyber-scientist so brilliant that he actually has fans jockeying around for his autograph.
NEWS
August 10, 2013
The  Perseid meteor shower  is one of nature's most spectacular light shows, and it's happening this weekend. The annual meteor shower will peak Sunday night into the dawn of Monday morning, and at the height of the shower, you can expect to see 100 meteors an hour, the Los Angeles Times reported .  This year, the moon is your friend and will appear as a thin crescent that shouldn't spoil your view of the shooting stars. And just to make you extra excited,  NASA  recently declared the Perseids the  fireball champion  of the meteor showers -- meaning it has the brightest meteors of all the annual showers.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 21, 2014
  Police fear a rash of trash and furniture fires over the past three months in south Glendale may be the work of an arsonist. Officers have logged 17 fires involving trash and abandoned furniture left on neighborhood sidewalks and in alleys since January. The fires, which have been mostly contained to items set ablaze, frequently occur at night and in the early morning. “These are not lightning strikes,” said Lt. John Gilkerson, who oversees south Glendale. “These are man-made fires.” The latest fire, which occurred at 4:50 a.m. Saturday, involved a mattress, and it spread to a carport in the 400 block of East Harvard Street, causing damage.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 22, 2014
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) called on the Japanese government on Tuesday to “speak plainly” about a dark chapter in the country's history in which Korean, Chinese and other women were used as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Standing next to a controversial Glendale memorial honoring the so-called “comfort women,” Schiff said clear recognition will pave the way for an improved diplomatic relationship between two...
NEWS
By Brittany Levine and Dan Evans and By Brittany Levine and Dan Evans | April 16, 2014
Victims of former Councilman John Drayman's embezzlement scheme said they were shocked on Wednesday to learn the convicted felon would serve the remainder of his time in custody - an expected total of six weeks - in home confinement, after spending just eight days in jail. Originally, Drayman was sentenced last week to serve one year behind bars , but once he was in custody, his projected release date was slashed in half . It was cut once again Wednesday afternoon. “We spent three years working with the police and the district attorney's office trying to bring this man to justice and there's no justice,” said Dale Dawson, business administrator for the Montrose Shopping Park Assn., the organization from which Drayman had been accused of stealing more than $304,000 over seven years.
NEWS
By Kirk Silsbee | April 18, 2014
Part of the collateral damage of the Alex Theatre's ambitious physical face-lift has been the suspension of the Glendale Pops series. Saturday night, after a year's absence, director Matt Catingub gave a decisive demonstration of why this remains one of the important SoCal big bands, though it performs only a handful of times each year. Made up of many of first-call session players, the flawless execution and excellent interpretive skills on display belied the one rehearsal the band put into the concert.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
A reputed gang member accused of trying to kill two Glendale men during a carjacking and subsequent freeway crash was ordered to stand trial Monday on attempted murder charges. Manuel Jesus Rodriguez, 28, of Tujunga is charged with carjacking, assault with a firearm and two counts of attempted murder stemming from the Jan. 7 shooting in Glendale, according to Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Rodriguez, who is also known as "Travieso," is a listed member of the Glendale-based Toonerville gang, which is named in an injunction obtained by Glendale and Los Angeles in 2009, officials said.
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