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News | By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 1, 2013
For the first time in more than three years, the Glendale Fire Department is looking to hire. Fire officials plan to start accepting applications in August in an effort to hire 15 new firefighters who meet department qualifications, have a good work ethic and are willing to provide community service, Battalion Chief Tom Propst said. "There is a lot of competition out there and a lot of interest," he said. The push to hire new firefighters comes after a protracted recession, citywide budget cuts and operational changes in the Fire Department that kept hiring at a standstill despite ongoing retirements.
SPORTS
By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | August 9, 2013
One count each of first-degree rape and first-degree sex offense might permanently derail the career and aspirations of Glendale High alumnus Jesse Meaux. The 23-year-old pitcher was recently arrested and charged with the serious offenses in North Carolina, where Meaux is a member of the Asheville Tourists, a minor league baseball team and low Class-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Meaux and Tourists teammate Michael Mason were both immediately arrested after warrants were issued Aug. 1 involving an alleged incident July 27. While Meaux posted $100,000 bail, Mason remained in Buncombe County jail.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 21, 2011
Police are searching for any possible victims of a 24-year-old man who was detained Sunday after allegedly masturbating in his car and shouting obscenities to a woman sitting on bus bench, officials said. The woman, whose name wasn't released, placed Narbe Safyani under citizen's arrest Sunday after a police helicopter spotted him trying to flee the northwest Glendale area, according to Glendale police reports. Officers stopped Safyani's white Toyota Rav 4, and the woman positively identified him as the man who harassed her. “It's a crime and it's assault and harassment,” said Christine Ward, director of the Crime Victims Assistance Network Foundation.
NEWS
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | March 27, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would set a deadline for establishing a new federal cap on chromium 6 contamination in drinking water. The move comes two weeks after the congressman called on the Environmental Protection Agency to release a long-awaited final report on the health impact of water tainted with chromium 6 on humans. Those findings - which would be key for setting new maximum contamination levels - were postponed so the agency could also finish studying the effects of inhaling hexavalent chromium, and then release both reports at the same time.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 25, 2011
Unexpected medical issues have forced two longtime Glendale police dogs to retire early and another one to work part time, leaving just one full-strength dog to carry the unit. Police dogs Marlin and Sam retired this summer after roughly six years sniffing out bombs, narcotics and suspects. Marlin lost his sense of smell, and Sam, after years of strenuous physical demands, developed arthritis and a pinched nerve that causes his legs to fall asleep without steroids. The third dog, Quwai, is working part time in narcotics searches because he also has been struggling with medical issues, including having difficulty climbing and bouncing in and out of cars.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 23, 2013
While welcoming a draft of a proposed and long-awaited limit on the drinking water contaminant chromium 6, local politicians said they fear the state standard doesn't go far enough. The California Department of Public Health on Thursday set a draft limit of chromium 6 at 10 parts per billion, significantly higher than a goal set by state officials in 2011. At the time, officials set a goal of 0.02 parts per billion for the cancer-causing ion, but the Department of Public Health decided on a much higher maximum level, stating that the lower target would not be economically feasible for water agencies.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com and By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 28, 2013
With pulsating jazz music blaring, Glendale resident Paul Karmiryan popped on stage Tuesday night doing flip after flip toward the audience during one of his final performances on "So You Think You Can Dance. " For the past several weeks, the judges on the hit Fox show have gushed over Karmiryan, but that didn't save him from being booted off the show as he fell behind the top four finalists in garnering audience votes. VIDEO: Paul and Kathryn perform in "So You Think You Can Dance" "It's so unpredictable," Karmiryan said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, adding that although he didn't make it to the finale, he wouldn't have changed a thing.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 7, 2013
A Hollywood woman was arrested Wednesday after allegedly selling bogus Disneyland tickets on Craigslist in Glendale to at least half a dozen families, some of whom didn't learn of the fakery until being turned away at the theme park's gates. The woman, Alisa Yenokyan, 22, was taken into custody about 6 p.m. after she agreed to meet officers who posed as potential Disneyland ticket purchasers at Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue in Los Angeles, Police Det. Jonathan Owen said. The officers responded to one of her Craigslist ads and offered to buy two adult and two child tickets for $50 each, he said.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 7, 2014
A prominent local physician was killed Monday night after he lost control of his motorcycle on the Glendale (2) Freeway, officials said. Thomas Grosch, 53, of La Cañada Flintridge was pronounced dead at the crash scene on the 2 Freeway near Mountain Street, according to Los Angeles County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter. He was traveling north on the freeway at about 5:55 p.m. on a Harley Davidson, possibly at a high rate of speed, said Officer Tom Miller of the California Highway Patrol's Altadena station.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | July 8, 2009
CENTRAL GLENDALE — Virgil’s Hardware Home Center, long known as the quirky source of everything from eggs to 50-year-old door knobs, has been purchased by the owner of Do-It Center hardware stores after 100 years of family ownership, company representatives confirmed Wednesday. Chatsworth-based Neiman Reed Lumber Co., which also owns a Do-It Center in Burbank, informed Virgil’s employees of the buyout during a staff meeting Monday, store clerks said. The change stirred fears among loyal shoppers who often chose the store over other hardware outlets because of its staff expertise, unique selection and sometimes odd offerings.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | September 25, 2011
Since its publication in 1965, Truman Capote's “In Cold Blood” has been widely recognized as a seminal work in American literature, frequently appearing on high school and college reading lists. But the contents of the nonfiction novel, which detail the brutal murder of a prosperous Kansas farmer and his family, are apparently too macabre for some Glendale Unified officials and parents who are seeking to block a request by a high school English teacher to add the text to the district's English curriculum.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | December 31, 2013
Less than three minutes away from helping the Glendale High boys' water polo team win the program's first CIF Southern Section championship, Arman Momdzhyan heard an unpleasant sound and looked over his right shoulder in dismay. It was the reverberation of the referee's whistle and signaled the senior utility player had picked up his third exclusion of the tight contest with 2:22 remaining in the fourth quarter. Momdzhyan arrived at the Glendale bench and sat nervously while the Nitros were left to compete without their leading scorer while protecting a two-goal lead against Los Altos in the CIF Southern Section Division V title match at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine on Nov. 23. “It was without a doubt the most stressful few minutes of my life,” said Momdzhyan, who finished with a team-high six goals for top-seeded Glendale in a 13-11 win against second-seeded Los Altos.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
Dunkin' Donuts is bringing its famous doughnuts, breakfast sandwiches and coffee to Burbank and Glendale over the next several years. Dunkin' Donuts signed a multi-unit store development agreement with two new franchise groups. One will develop 10 locations in the San Fernando Valley and the other will develop 10 locations in South Orange County, the Los Angeles Times reported .  The Massachusetts-based company has also signed agreements to develop more than 150 new locations all over California, the first expected to open by the end of the year, according to a spokesperson for the company.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 17, 2010
GLENDALE — An attorney has filed a lawsuit against two Glendale police officers, one of whom he claims was having an affair with his wife, and he says the pair conspired to have him arrested. The attorney, Robert Yousefian, claims his wife admitted that she was having an affair with Glendale Police Officer Michael Lizarraga, who arrested Yousefian on drug and assault charges in August 2007, according to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Despite "overwhelming evidence" that Yousefian had not committed a crime, Glendale police maliciously investigated him, which led to an improper prosecution that violated his civil rights, the lawsuit claims.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 21, 2013
An employee of the Macy's store in the Glendale Galleria was arrested this week on suspicion of using the identification numbers of other employees to credit several thousand dollars in refunds to her own credit cards, police said. Armine Tonikyan, 31, of Glendale was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of embezzlement after a Macy's loss prevention worker turned her over to police officers. Tonikyan, who had been working at the store since 2012, allegedly used her personal credit cards to purchase merchandise, including purses and pots, and then performed fraudulent returns on her accounts, said Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.
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