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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.
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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.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | August 28, 2013
Football wasn't Alvin Kim's first choice at Hoover High ; it wasn't even his second. “I wanted to play golf when I came in as a freshman,” said Kim, a senior. “But that didn't work out. And then I wanted to try out for the basketball team, but I missed the tryouts.” Never having played organized football, Kim was convinced by his friend, Se Jun Kim, to try out for the Tornadoes football team. The only problem was the football season was more than half over and Alvin Kim had no idea what position he could play, or if he was any good at the sport.
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 Katherine Yamada | February 1, 2013
Glendale played a starring role in the 1945 movie "Mildred Pierce," the story of a single mother who opens a restaurant right here in the heart of Glendale. The movie was based on a book by the same name written by James M. Cain in 1941. “Cain portrayed Glendale as the epitome of the working-class aspirations and disappointments in Depression-era California,” said Arlene Vidor, past president of the Glendale Historical Society, who wrote an article on the movie for the society's Summer 2010 newsletter.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 4, 2014
A 66-year-old man died Thursday after receiving a massage at a newly opened spa in Glendale, police said. The man was reportedly lying on his back while getting the massage at about 10:40 p.m. at the spa in the 500 block of East Broadway when he suddenly coughed and became unresponsive, Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said. A spa employee said his eyes were closed during the massage, so she initially thought he was sleeping. Glendale fire personnel performed CPR and transported him the Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 28, 2013
Drivers in Glendale are roughly 76% more likely to be involved in a collision than the national average, making them some of the worst motorists nationwide, according to a new insurance report. For the ninth year in row, Glendale ranked near the bottom of the Allstate Insurance Co.'s “America's Best Drivers” report, which includes 194 of the country's largest cities. And Glendale ranked last among cities in California for having the worst drivers. “Individually, any driver can make a difference in their risk of having a collision,” said Jim Klapthor, an Allstate spokesman based in California.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 17, 2011
Of the 70 people charged Wednesday in Los Angeles County with assisting an Armenian organized crime ring, 19 defendants lived in Glendale and six lived in Burbank, according to documents from the U.S. attorney’s office. Local and federal authorities arrested dozens of alleged members and associates of the gang Armenian Power during a massive regional takedown Wednesday dubbed “Operation Power Outage.” FBI officials said Thursday that they are continuing a search for about 25 more people.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | June 20, 2009
Hoover High School Principal Kevin Welsh knew the class of 2009 was unique when he saw the students dancing at their prom. “It’s the anti-freaking class,” he told an audience at the school’s football field for the seniors’ graduation ceremony Friday, explaining that the students had “danced appropriately” during their final high school dance. “I’ve never had a class like that,” he said, drawing laughs from the audience.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lisa Dupuy | November 2, 2012
Frida Kahlo and Our Lady of Guadalupe gaze down lovingly at diners, their ornate frames nestled among carved crucifixes and colored glass hearts. They are emblematic of the care owners Vanessa and Jeremy Swan have for their customers at Mi Corazon, a new restaurant in charming Kenneth Village. No growth hormones, corn syrup or genetically modified foods will pass through patrons' lips on their watch. Only naturally raised, organic ingredients are used in their homemade Mexican specialties.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 16, 2013
Officer Bryan Duncan was running late to a drunk-driving enforcement operation on March 17 when he witnessed a major traffic collision on the Foothill (210) Freeway that quickly escalated into an inferno. Duncan jumped off his motorcycle, ran toward the collision - which involved a Dodge Challenger and a Nissan Sentra - and began calling for emergency crews. After Duncan and a passerby pulled the driver from the fiery Nissan, he tried using a fire extinguisher to douse the flames.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | April 6, 2013
One of Glendale's most historic buildings - a place from which Charles Lindbergh flew the first Los Angeles-to-New York flight and where P-38 Lighting pilots trained for World War II dog fights - is being restored by the Walt Disney Co. The Grand Central Air Terminal, located on Disney's Grand Central Creative Campus off of Flower Street, will be given a total makeover to restore its appearance from the 1929-1959 period while also serving as...
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 9, 2013
Despite significant opposition both overseas and locally, the City Council Tuesday approved a 1,110-pound monument honoring Korean women taken as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II . Members of the council received hundreds of emails - many appearing to come from Japan - and listened to dozens of speakers at the Tuesday meeting who claimed the so-called "comfort women" were not indentured servants, but ordinary prostitutes....
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 18, 2013
After discovering that water rate increases approved by the City Council in 2012 are riddled with errors, city officials this week decided to scrap the current rate system and start over. The flawed rates, which were supposed to span four years, caused Glendale to overcharge some commercial customers and undercharge some residential customers, resulting in Glendale Water & Power to lose out on at least $8 million in expected revenue, even though the utility sold more water. This does not count any refunds or credits for overcharges, and city officials don't yet know the total impact.
BUSINESS
By Jason Wells | April 8, 2008
SOUTHWEST GLENDALE — The Seeley’s Furniture building has for the past 62 years dominated the southernmost entryway in the city, a track record that will continue for decades more after the City Council last week put it on the registry of historic resources. Placement on the registry comes as Los Angeles-based Creative Environments of Hollywood prepares to rework the site for tenancy after sitting vacant for more than 10 years at the corner of San Fernando Road and Brand Boulevard.
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