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Business | By Veronica Rocha | March 25, 2009
GLENDALE — Three Glendale residents, along with five other people, were ordered to pay $3 million in penalties and restitution as part of a settlement that alleged their city-based company charged thousands of customers for shoddy and overpriced home repair work, officials announced Monday. Avetik Avo Gyandzhyan, 38, his wife, Lilit Lusparyan, 28, and Estine Akopyan, 28, worked for the Glendale-based parent company, SRVS Charge Inc., and its affiliated companies, which overcharged about 6,000 customers each year for poor-quality home repair since 1989, according to the state attorney general’s office.
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June 6, 2005
Paul and Arlene Meadows Regarding your question in Thursday's edition of the Glendale News-Press, the fence ordinance should be repealed. One of our cherished American dreams is to own a little home with a white picket fence -- but apparently in Glendale this can only happen if you comply with the narrow permission of city government. Of the 90-some people who voiced their opinions Tuesday at the City Council meeting, only one spoke in favor of the ordinance, and his arguments for keeping the ordinance were not compelling.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 21, 2011
Since former Glendale Mayor Larry Zarian passed away about a month ago, his sons have gotten to know him in a different light. “We've been introduced to him all over again,” said his son, Lawrence Zarian, at the a “Celebration of Life” event that took place at the Alex Theatre Monday in honor of his father. After Zarian died of blood cancer on Oct. 13, many have told his sons about the important role Zarian played in their lives. “The thing that my brothers and I have been saying is that we're grieving the loss of our father, but the community is grieving the loss of one of their strongest voices,” Lawrence Zarian said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 6, 2011
Weakened by a 2009 court-ordered injunction and prison terms for several members, a Glendale-based gang has been actively recruiting teens in an attempt to rebuild and reassert its presence, police officials say. The directives to find new, younger recruits have come from incarcerated members of the gang, Glendale police detectives said. “County jail and prison inmates have a lot of influence of what happens on the streets,” Det. Jeffrey Davis said. For gang leaders, teens are ideal members because, he said, they are easily persuaded, usually don't have criminal records and, if arrested and convicted, typically serve short sentences.
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January 8, 2005
Jackson Bell Ordering a coke may have taken on a double meaning at a popular fast-food restaurant. Kenny Liera, a 23-year-old assistant manager at In-N-Out, was arrested Thursday night at work on suspicion of selling cocaine out of the restaurant's parking lot, Glendale Police said. Acting on anonymous tips, police set up surveillance outside the restaurant at about 7 p.m., and saw Liera allegedly conduct two cocaine transactions in an hour in the parking lot, Det. Manny Fernandez said.
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June 28, 2005
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 21, 2012
Two Florida men were arrested this week on suspicion of possessing a half-kilogram of cocaine after they were stopped for talking on a handheld cellphone while driving, officials said. The men - Herwood Barrington Walters, 25, and Courtney Lalor, 28 - were taken into custody about 9:18 p.m. Tuesday on North Central Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard on suspicion of possessing cocaine for sale, according to Glendale police reports. The pair provided officers with few clues about why they were in Glendale, but police believe “they were probably trying to sell the cocaine,” Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 8, 2012
A reputed gang member was arrested Monday on suspicion of drug sales after police found several baggies of methamphetamine and digital scales inside his bedroom, officials said. Paul Escoto, 46, who claimed to belong to a Northeast Los Angeles gang, was taken into custody about 2:16 p.m. in the 3400 block of Emerald Isle Drive in connection with transporting and possessing methamphetamine for sale, according to Glendale police. Officers conducting a burglary surveillance operation stopped Escoto after witnessing several traffic violations, police said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 18, 2014
With a vacancy of 21 sworn officers, the Glendale Police Department has led an exhaustive search to find qualified candidates, but hiring them has not been easy. While the department has received thousands of applications from candidates looking to become officers, many of them don't move on because they can't pass an extensive background check. “It's very difficult to go through the process,” police Capt. Michael Rock said. Another hurdle in the department's recruitment efforts is that other law enforcement agencies are also hiring, which has diminished the pool of qualified candidates.
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By Zain Shauk | September 22, 2009
NORTHWEST GLENDALE — When a woman drove her car through the front of Movses Golden Pastry five years ago, owner Armen Nazarian thought he could protect his store by installing steel barriers in front of the property. He was wrong. Early Tuesday, police said, a Burbank woman in the parking lot slammed on the gas pedal of her white Toyota 4Runner and barreled through the Glenoaks Boulevard corner bakery. She evaded a steel barrier and smashed through a storefront window, refrigerators, tables and chairs.
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By Mary O’Keefe | July 18, 2009
LA CRESCENTA ? Fire officials Thursday announced plans for an Aug. 1 evacuation drill for residents in the Briggs Terrace area of La Crescenta in response to a spate of fires in the Angeles National Forest. The drill and proceeding public fire safety meeting were part of a report to the Crescenta Valley Town Council Thursday night in which officials said years of drought and dry vegetation, combined with numerous fires in the surrounding mountains, have brought fire season to the forefront early this summer.
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By Jason Wells | March 17, 2007
PASADENA — Prosecutors in the trial of two Echo Park gang members charged in the 2004 shooting death of a 16-year-old Glendale boy began wrapping up their case in Pasadena Superior Court as they called Glendale Police and Los Angeles County investigators to testify Tuesday. Glendale Police, a ballistics expert and a medical examiner from Los Angeles County were involved in the initial investigation of defendants Carlos Palma, 20, and Julian Martinez, 21. Palma and Martinez face charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder for the Dec. 30, 2004, drive-by shooting in Glendale that killed 16-year-old Carlos Pinon and seriously injured his friend, Juan Beltran, who was 15 at the time.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | June 21, 2007
Members of the Crescenta Valley High School graduating class of 2007 walked toward Stengel Field, took their seats and eagerly waited to receive their diplomas during the school's commencement ceremony on Wednesday. "It's surreal and I can't believe it's over," said graduate Anna Benjamin, 17. "My high school years were the best years for me." As the graduates made their way to the field, family and friends shouted and waved. Some even stopped to give hugs and kisses. Grace Joo, 17, was overwhelmed that she was graduating.
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By Ryan Vaillancourt | July 19, 2007
When Lisa Janacua, an office manager and assistant music librarian for Walt Disney Pictures in Burbank, volunteered for the California Army National Guard in 2003, she knew Iraq might be in her future. Janacua, the daughter of a Marine, was bitten by an urge to serve, but she would have preferred to do so on U.S. soil. "Most of us don't want to go," she said. Janacua's three daughters — who range in age from 12 to 18 — didn't want their mother to leave their Hermosa Avenue home in Montrose for the place they know only as a distant land of improvised explosive devices.
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By Veronica Rocha | December 11, 2008
LOS ANGELES — A judge Wednesday ordered the owner of St. Ann Hospice in Glendale to serve 12 months and one day in federal prison for asking his friends and employees to contribute money to political campaigns, which he then reimbursed them for. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder also sentenced Gladwin Gill to three years of supervised release for making illegal campaign contributions. During the first six months of his release, he will be under home detention and will have to wear an electronic monitoring device, she said.
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