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NEWS
April 11, 2003
Darleene Barrientos Investigations into three arson incidents last week are ongoing and officials are hesitant to release information, but they do say none of the car fires was related. Two of the fires were discovered burning in northwest Glendale, the first of which apparently caused an explosion March 30 so significant it blew out a few windows in a house across the street. That fire is still being looked into, but the car, which was found in the 2500 block of East Chevy Chase Drive, was identified as a stolen BMW, Glendale Fire Arson Investigator Vern Goodwin said.
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NEWS
August 14, 2003
Darleene Barrientos Police had no leads Wednesday on separate reports of vandalism and theft of U.S. flags in residential neighborhoods over the weekend. The most recent incident happened Sunday in the 500 block of Zinnia Lane. Fred Babadjanians, 23, was driving around his block, looking for a parking space, when he saw a small American flag on fire in his neighbor's lawn, according to police reports. Babadjanians reported the fire to police. On Saturday morning, 75-year-old Dorothy Breslin discovered her flagpole yanked off the wall of her garage and the American flag gone.
NEWS
By Geghard Arakelian | November 24, 2005
A Pasadena jury found a La Crescenta resident not guilty of setting a February 2004 fire to his neighbor's house on El Caminito Street. He remains in jail after the jury deadlocked on charges of arson, burglary and possession of flammable materials that stem from an early morning May 2004 fire to the home.A La Crescenta man remains in jail after a 12-person Pasadena jury declared him not guilty Monday morning of attempted murder and of arson of his neighbor's house in the 3000 block of El Caminito Street in February 2004.
NEWS
January 22, 2005
"This is certainly a step in the right direction, and the beginning of a change along Orange [Street] and Central [Avenue]. This is what we need in downtown." Glendale City Councilman Frank Quintero, on a condominium project approved by the Redevelopment Agency at 300 N. Central Ave. "This is a terrible project that's going in an area that's very low in building height. We're walking down a road that can spell disaster for the city." Glendale Councilman Rafi Manoukian, on the same condominium project on Central Ave. "I saw the effects of the one last year.
NEWS
By Jeremy Oberstein | July 15, 2008
LOS ANGELES — Jurors on Tuesday ruled that Juan Manuel Alvarez should spend the rest of his life in prison, forgoing a death sentence for his role in a deadly 2005 train derailment. Alvarez, 29, smiled after Court Clerk Alberta Jordan read the verdict from the nine-woman, three-man panel that on June 26 found the former construction worker guilty of 11 counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson. Jurors took less than four hours to return the sentence, which precludes Alvarez from seeking parole.
NEWS
February 6, 2003
Ben Godar Three Glendale Fire Department veterans called "the kind of guys you can count on" were honored with distinguished service awards. Fire Capt. Mike Carroll, Fire Engineer Vern Goodwin and Firefighter Chuck Manente were the recipients of this year's awards. Each one has been with the department for more than 20 years, and combined they have served more than 75 years. Fire Chief Chris Gray said all three are excellent examples of the best the department has to offer.
NEWS
May 16, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman GLENDALE -- Arsonists caused more than $700,000 in damage in the first four months of 2002 alone, and officials have noticed a "definite increase" in fires set on purpose, Glendale Fire officials said. Between January and April, 26 fires in Glendale were determined to be arson, Capt. Robert Doyle said. About 30 others were ruled to be accidental or of undetermined origin, Doyle said. The statistics for January through April represent the first time the department has kept its own statistics, officials said.
NEWS
January 22, 2004
Darleene Barrientos Glendale Fire and Glendale Police are different agencies, but when a fire is intentionally set, they will join forces to put the arsonist behind bars. Glendale Police Investigator Miguel Porras and Glendale Fire Investigator Mike Richardson are teamed together on the city's arson investigation team. The men will be on call 24 hours a day to identify and investigate arson fires and suspects, and ultimately file cases against them with the district attorney's office.
NEWS
June 4, 2004
Robert Chacon Evidence found in the home of a La Crescenta man accused of attempted murder and arson matches the equipment a man in a surveillance video is seen using to set a neighbor's house on fire, an arson investigator testified Thursday. Det. Edward Nordskog, the lead Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigator in the case against Gary Glazier, 62, was the last witness to testify in a preliminary hearing that began Wednesday. Pasadena Superior Court Judge Judson Morris postponed a decision on whether Glazier should stand trial until next week.
NEWS
July 7, 2001
Amber Willard NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- Glendale Fire officials are investigating an intentional fire at Columbus Elementary School, authorities said. "We suspect arson is involved," Battalion Chief Mike Haney said Friday afternoon of the fire, which was started about 8:45 p.m. Thursday in side-by-side dumpsters. Haney said he could not elaborate on the investigation because it was ongoing. Classes are scheduled to start at the year-round school, at 425 W. Milford St., on Monday and will not be affected by the fire, officials said.
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