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NEWS
May 6, 2005
Jackson Bell A judge ordered Juan Manuel Alvarez to stand trial on murder charges for the fiery train derailment on Jan. 26 that killed 11 passengers. Alvarez, a 25-year-old construction worker from Compton, will face 11 counts of murder as well as felony murder by arson, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William R. Pounders ruled. The defendant also faces special circumstances of train-wrecking and multiple murders, making him eligible for the death penalty if a jury finds he deliberately caused the crash.
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NEWS
April 30, 2005
The Glendale Fire Department has announced that it will recognize National Arson Awareness Week, running Sunday to May 7. The idea is to raise awareness of the high rate of arsons committed by those younger than 18, according to a Glendale Fire press release. According to the National Fire Protection Administration, 55% of those arrested on suspicion of arson are minors, and 81% of those will continue to set fires illegally. Firefighters will run a public-service announcement on GTV-6 this week.
NEWS
By Jennifer Berry | April 29, 2005
A business owner who suffered burns to more than 80 percent of his body in an early-morning fire at a La Crescenta mini-mall last year was taken into custody last Friday night on suspicion of starting the fire that caused at least $2 million in damage to the building and its contents. United States Customs and Border Patrol agents detained Tony Yarijanian, 37, of Glendale, at Los Angeles International Airport April 22 at about 7 p.m. Customs agents stopped the Glendale man as he was going through customs after a business trip abroad.
NEWS
April 26, 2005
Jackson Bell A Glendale man found severely burnt outside a blazing strip mall last year has been accused of setting the fire to collect on insurance, police said Monday. Tony Yarijanian, 37, faces charges of arson to structures, arson to a car that also caught fire and making fraudulent insurance claims, said Det. Miguel E. Porras of the Glendale Police Arson Unit. A warrant was issued for Yarijanian's arrest April 15, and Los Angeles police arrested him Friday at Los Angeles International Airport as he was returning to the country, Porras said.
NEWS
March 16, 2005
Arson may be behind local trash can fires A city painter extinguished a trash can set on fire in downtown Glendale, police said Tuesday. The worker noticed the small blaze about 2:20 p.m. Monday at the northeast corner of Brand Boulevard and Wilson Avenue, according to a Glendale Police report. Investigators determined that it was arson based on the flames' intense heat, police said. The fire is at least the fourth trash-can arson to occur in a three-block radius during the past two weeks, police said.
NEWS
March 12, 2005
Robert Chacon A Glendale Superior Court judge said Friday he needs more time to decide whether to use the assets of an alleged arsonist being sued in a civil case by his victims to pay his criminal attorney. Judge Charles Stoll ordered attorney Robert Shapiro to come back March 25 and justify the $1.4-million retainer he is charging his client, Gary Glazier. Shapiro had filed a motion in the civil trial against Glazier to have two properties worth $990,000 transferred to him as payment for his services.
NEWS
March 4, 2005
Robert Chacon On the night of May 13, 2004, an arsonist took everything Anahit Makhmuryan and her husband, Albert Artsvelyan, owned by burning down their La Crescenta home. Now, they say, the civil court system is trying to do the same. The man accused of the crime is their neighbor, Gary Gene Glazier, who prosecutors allege torched the couple's home using an industrial paint sprayer filled with gasoline, and a long pole, on the end of which burned a small flame.
NEWS
February 16, 2005
Robert Chacon Juan Manuel Alvarez pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 11 counts of murder and to one newly added charge of arson causing great bodily injury in last month's Metrolink derailment in Glendale. Prosecutors did not say what he had set fire to -- whether his Jeep Grand Cherokee, one of the train cars or whether a fire had resulted from the crash. They would only say that some victims in the crash had been burned. "All of the details will come out in the preliminary trial," Deputy Dist.
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
January 19, 2005
Robert Chacon Next month a Superior Court Judge will decide how much more time a La Crescenta man can have to prepare for his trial on charges of trying to burn down his neighbor's home. The case against Gary Glazier slowed significantly when he decided to hire a new attorney. Glazier's attorney, Robert Shapiro, said he needed a "significant amount of time" to review the charges and evidence compiled against his client. "Honestly, we don't know enough about the case, and we need time to review," Shapiro said.
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