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July 24, 2002
Janine Marnien It's been two years since Blaine Talmo Jr. and Christopher McCulloch were found beaten to death at Valley View Elementary School, but for some of their friends, it still feels like yesterday. A group of the boys' friends gathered Tuesday for a makeshift memorial service at the school. "We won't let our friends be forgotten so easily," said Cyndi Janson, a 16-year-old student at Crescenta Valley High School. Cyndi, like others, wrote a poem for the two boys and hung it on the fence at the school.
NEWS
July 31, 2000
Tim Willert MONTROSE -- Less than 24 hours after grief-stricken friends and family memorialized Christopher McCulloch, they returned to do the same for Blaine Talmo Jr. An estimated 950 people packed Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Saturday morning to remember the slain youth, whose smiling portrait was flanked by two heart-shaped flower arrangements. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was among those paying their respects to Blaine's parents, Alana and Blaine Talmo Sr., a sergeant with the West Hollywood station.
NEWS
July 21, 2001
Amber Willard LA CRESCENTA -- Hope Talmo still has the same sheets on the bed that her grandson Blaine used the last time he was at her house. Pictures of the blond boy are scattered throughout the rooms and drawings he made her in elementary school are still posted on her refrigerator doors. Blaine Talmo Jr. and Christopher McCulloch became friends while attending Rosemont Middle School -- both boys reportedly liked sports and skateboarding.
NEWS
July 25, 2006
After six years, the pain still remains I have been painfully aware this week of your articles and printed letters on the re-tarring of the Valley View Elementary School playground ("Summer school for repair crews," July 18, "What happened to good old grass," Mailbag Thursday). I say painfully because I understand this project has been going on since the beginning of the school summer vacation and for the story to appear in the paper this week seems ironic, for it will be six years this weekend, July 23, 2000, since my son, Christopher McCulloch, and his friend, Blaine Talmo Jr., were brutally murdered on that same playground.
NEWS
November 8, 2000
Amber Willard GLENDALE -- A judge refused to dismiss charges Tuesday against Michael Demirdjian, accused of killing two teens in La Crescenta, despite claims of insufficient evidence by Demirdjian's attorney. After refusing to grant defense attorny Charles Mathew's request to dismiss the case, Glendale Judge Barbara Lee Burke ordered the 15-year-old La Crescenta boy to appear for another hearing on Nov. 22 in Pasadena Superior Court. "It shows that what Michael told police was true," Mathews said of what he called a lack of evidence against his client, who is charged with the slayings of Christopher McCulloch and Blaine Talmo Jr. on a school playground in July.
NEWS
August 24, 2000
Amber Willard LA CRESCENTA -- Toxicology reports on two teens found beaten to death on a school playground seem to contradict an account given by the attorney representing the boy accused of their deaths. Christopher McCulloch, 13, of La Canada Flintridge, had a trace amount of alcohol -- .02% -- in his system at the time of his death last month, said Scott Carrier, a spokesman for the L.A. County coroner's office. "It's like one drink, if that," Carrier said of the amount of alcohol in Christopher's blood.
NEWS
August 23, 2000
Amber Willard LA CRESCENTA -- It was one month ago today, July 23, that the bodies of two boys were found on a school playground. Christopher McCulloch, 13, and Blaine Talmo Jr., 14, had been beaten to death, likely the night before, near plastic slides that were since removed. Although Glendale Police are still investigating the deaths that occurred at Valley View Elementary School, they are not talking about what they know because of a policy instituted shortly after the bodies were found by a neighbor.
NEWS
November 7, 2000
Amber Willard GLENDALE -- The killing of two boys on a La Crescenta playground was a "battle" that involved more than one attacker, a Glendale Police investigator said in court Monday. Judging from the blood spots found at the scene, "There was definitely more than one person involved," Investigator Dennis Smith said of the deaths of Blaine Talmo Jr. and Christopher McCulloch at Valley View Elementary School in July. Michael Demirdjian, 15, was the only person to be charged with the slayings as of Monday afternoon.
NEWS
July 21, 2001
Amber Willard The following letters were submitted in tribute to Blaine Talmo Jr. by family and friends. Blaine was slain a year ago with his friend, Christopher McCullough, on a La Crescenta school playground. 'Oh, how we miss you' In memory of our darling grandson Blaine Jr. (B.J.) whom we love so very much. You are always in our hearts and will always remain there. Oh, how we miss you. Our home is so lonely without you. Grandma misses her Saturday afternoons going to the movies with her "buddy."
NEWS
July 29, 2000
LA CRESCENTA -- Dressed in blue jeans and wearing a pendant with blue and gray ribbons, colors favored by slain friends Chirstopher and Blaine, 15-year-old Nate Shear stood in front of La Crescenta Presbyterian Church and watched as dozens of people streamed inside. "There's a lot of us, we just all got together on Thursday nights and hung out and talked," he said. "Some are taking this way too hard to come. It's not right to not be here and pay your respects."
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By Gabriel Rizk | July 10, 2012
NORTHEAST GLENDALE - First the Burbank 10-11 Baseball All-Stars made it easier on pitcher Blake Traxel, scoring three runs in support of the right-hander before he even took the mound in Tuesday evening's District 16 championship game at Scholl Canyon Park. Then Traxel simply made it look easy, holding Crescenta Valley's lineup in check over the next five innings of Burbank's 7-0 victory that propelled it into the Section 2 Tournament on Saturday. "The pitching was there, we had timely hits, timely defense, it was an all-around great game," said Burbank Coach Thomas Magoon, whose team will open Section 2 play at 4 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Little League against District 17-champion Sierra Madre.
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NEWS
February 1, 2012
Blain Fairbanks Anderson Blain Fairbanks Anderson, 84, returned to his loving heavenly father on January 31, 2012. Blain, a long- time resident of the Crescenta Valley was born October 16, 1927 in Burbank, California. After serving a church mission in Holland & graduating from the University of Southern California, Blain began a career in real estate.  As one of the early real estate developers in La Canada & La Crescenta, Anderson played a major role in the growth of local com-munities.
NEWS
July 25, 2006
After six years, the pain still remains I have been painfully aware this week of your articles and printed letters on the re-tarring of the Valley View Elementary School playground ("Summer school for repair crews," July 18, "What happened to good old grass," Mailbag Thursday). I say painfully because I understand this project has been going on since the beginning of the school summer vacation and for the story to appear in the paper this week seems ironic, for it will be six years this weekend, July 23, 2000, since my son, Christopher McCulloch, and his friend, Blaine Talmo Jr., were brutally murdered on that same playground.
NEWS
July 24, 2002
Janine Marnien It's been two years since Blaine Talmo Jr. and Christopher McCulloch were found beaten to death at Valley View Elementary School, but for some of their friends, it still feels like yesterday. A group of the boys' friends gathered Tuesday for a makeshift memorial service at the school. "We won't let our friends be forgotten so easily," said Cyndi Janson, a 16-year-old student at Crescenta Valley High School. Cyndi, like others, wrote a poem for the two boys and hung it on the fence at the school.
NEWS
January 16, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman LA CRESCENTA -- The families of two murdered boys were breathing sighs of relief Monday that the trial of the teen convicted of slaying Blaine Talmo Jr. and Christopher McCulloch was over. Before the day was out, however, Charles T. Mathews, the attorney for Michael Demirdjian, filed a motion to appeal. Demirdjian was sentenced to two consecutive life terms for killing Blaine, 14, and Chris, 13. Their bodies were found on the playground at Valley View Elementary School on July 23, 2000.
NEWS
October 24, 2001
Amber Willard SAN FERNANDO -- Closing arguments started Tuesday in the case against a La Crescenta teen accused of beating to death two other boys, without the 16-year-old testifying on his own behalf. The attorney for Michael Demirdjian said he decided not to have the boy field questions after prosecutors rested their case against him. "I was flabbergasted at the weakness of their case ... and decided it was ridiculous to put him on the stand," defense attorney Charles T. Mathews said outside court Tuesday afternoon.
NEWS
July 21, 2001
Amber Willard LA CRESCENTA -- Hope Talmo still has the same sheets on the bed that her grandson Blaine used the last time he was at her house. Pictures of the blond boy are scattered throughout the rooms and drawings he made her in elementary school are still posted on her refrigerator doors. Blaine Talmo Jr. and Christopher McCulloch became friends while attending Rosemont Middle School -- both boys reportedly liked sports and skateboarding.
NEWS
July 21, 2001
Amber Willard The following letters were submitted in tribute to Blaine Talmo Jr. by family and friends. Blaine was slain a year ago with his friend, Christopher McCullough, on a La Crescenta school playground. 'Oh, how we miss you' In memory of our darling grandson Blaine Jr. (B.J.) whom we love so very much. You are always in our hearts and will always remain there. Oh, how we miss you. Our home is so lonely without you. Grandma misses her Saturday afternoons going to the movies with her "buddy."
NEWS
November 8, 2000
Amber Willard GLENDALE -- A judge refused to dismiss charges Tuesday against Michael Demirdjian, accused of killing two teens in La Crescenta, despite claims of insufficient evidence by Demirdjian's attorney. After refusing to grant defense attorny Charles Mathew's request to dismiss the case, Glendale Judge Barbara Lee Burke ordered the 15-year-old La Crescenta boy to appear for another hearing on Nov. 22 in Pasadena Superior Court. "It shows that what Michael told police was true," Mathews said of what he called a lack of evidence against his client, who is charged with the slayings of Christopher McCulloch and Blaine Talmo Jr. on a school playground in July.
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