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By Yasmin Nouh | July 1, 2009
She drives a 2002 Honda and drove a Toyota before that, but Sandy Norris’ heart is set on her 1949 Ford — one of her late husband’s favorite cars. Born in Chicago and raised in Cleveland until she was 12, Norris came to La Crescenta in 1952. She graduated from Glendale High School in 1957 and married her husband in September that year. They were happily married for 42 years; it will be 10 years this August since he died after battling cancer. When they met, she was driving a ’49 Ford and he was driving a ’49 Mercury.
NEWS
July 15, 2005
Darleene Barrientos Taste in cars helped retired Glendale Police Capt. Jim Swinford bond with the woman he has been married to for the past 35 years. After meeting his wife, Donna, Swinford offered to drive her to her car. She got into his 1967 Fastback Mustang without saying a word. She didn't have to when he drove up to her 1967 Fastback Mustang. Swinford and his wife both kept their Mustangs and will show hers off this weekend at the 12th annual Cruise Night on Brand Boulevard.
LOCAL
August 3, 2007
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 9, 2013
Police say a series of tire slashings on luxury cars and SUVs early Saturday in Northwest Glendale was a "random act" of vandalism. In some cases, all four tires were slashed on the high-end cars, most of which were parked in home driveways and on the dimly-lit streets of Vista Drive, West Mountain Street, Grandview and Winchester avenues and Cumberland and Kenneth roads, according to Glendale police. One of the cars, a Cadillac CTS, belonged to City Manager Scott Ochoa and had all of its tires slashed.
NEWS
August 8, 2000
Amber Willard DOWNTOWN -- Seven cars, including three that were set on fire, were found with their tires slashed in the 400 block of Oak Street. The vandalisms were reported early Friday, about two hours after police responded to a report of loud music coming from an apartment along the street. Only one of the cars received severe fire damage. Firefighters extinguished a fire under a Chevrolet Lumina, whose rear portion was damaged. Officials found a rag hanging from its gas tank.
NEWS
July 19, 2000
Alexa Capeloto Glendale will no longer be home to the Blessing of the Cars, the annual hot rod showcase known for providing a Catholic priest to bless classic automobiles. For the past five years the event was held at Verdugo Park, attracting more than 7,000 spectators and 800 cars in 1998. This year, organizers decided to rent Sun Valley's Hanson Dam Park for the July 29 event instead. Organizer Stephanie Baltierra said she and husband Gabriel decided more than a year ago that the event had outgrown Verdugo and needed a bigger space.
BUSINESS
By By Vince Lovato | October 27, 2005
Brand Boulevard dealership plans complex as trends in renovation along the main drag continue.DOWNTOWN GLENDALE -- It has the amenities of a five-star hotel: a Starbucks, plasma TVs, free internet access, a boutique, ATM, elevators and enclosed parking. Nothing is spared for the "guests" at Lexus of Glendale, one of several dealerships on the landmark Brand Boulevard of Cars that are investing millions to upgrade their facilities. Lexus completed its new 225,000-square-foot facility at 1221 S. Brand Blvd.
NEWS
September 8, 2008
The past was present Saturday during the seventh annual Foothill Festival of Cars at the First Baptist Church of La Crescenta. More than 160 cars that spanned nine generations of automobile ingenuity were spread across the two-tiered parking lot in what organizers said was one of the year’s biggest church fundraisers. Last year, the event pulled in $10,000 — the highest amount since the car show debuted in 2001, volunteer Joan Sapper said. Money was raised through a combination of food and drink sales and the sale of raffle tickets.
LOCAL
By Jason Wells | April 10, 2007
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Vandals shattered windows on 10 cars parked on city streets over the weekend with what appears to have been shots fired from a BB gun, police said. No injuries were reported in the incidents, but the shooting spree will rack up thousands of dollars in damage, making the crime a felony, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. "It's a pretty serious offense," he said. "It's obviously unnecessary, and it's pretty low that someone would do something like this."
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March 11, 2014
Police arrested a 16-year-old Los Angeles boy Sunday after he allegedly broke into a Toyota car dealership in Glendale and hid under a vehicle. A nearby resident called police at 9:51 p.m. after hearing glass break near the dealership in the 1300 block of South Brand Boulevard. The resident saw the boy entering the car lot and then exit a broken door, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. Police didn't release the boy's name because he's a minor. The boy reportedly ran through the broken door again, but quickly exited when officers arrived at the lot. Officers saw him and began chasing him in the area of Magnolia and Central avenues, she said.
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NEWS
March 9, 2014
A cyclist died Sunday morning after running a red light at the corner of Glendale and California avenues and being hit by a car, police said. Sgt. Tom Lorenz said the crash occurred at about 7 a.m. The cyclist, a man in his mid-twenties who was not immediately identified, died at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Lorenz said a witness at the nearby Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf saw the cyclist, headed south on Glendale Avenue, run a red light before being struck by a car headed east.
NEWS
February 16, 2014
Greetings, 818 readers. Today is Sunday, Feb. 16. National Weather Service forecasters predict Glendale will have a high near 75  and low around 51 . Here are the top headlines in your region:  A 35-year-old Glendale woman was injured Thursday after a motorist passing alongside her tried to steal her purse and then dragged her beside his vehicle, police said.   AT&T has withdrawn a proposal to place a cell phone tower in La Crescenta  after several concerned residents complained that it would be an eyesore and reduce property values.
NEWS
February 9, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers! Today is Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. We're rounding up the headlines in the region: Two cars swerved off the Angeles Crest Highway in two separate incidents this weekend. On Friday night, a car careened about 150 feet off the side of the Highway, with minor injuries reported by the driver and two passengers. On Saturday morning, a second car was reported to have swerved about 30 feet over the side of the connector from the 210 east to the Angeles Crest Highway.    A couch and mattress on sidewalks on two different streets in Glendale were set on fire seven minutes apart early Saturday, according to the Glendale Police Department.
NEWS
February 4, 2014
A SigAlert was issued for the northbound Glendale (2) Freeway after a multi-car collision this afternoon near Mountain Street, officials said. The crash occurred at 3:18 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Only one of six lanes remained open as fire crews treated patients. [UPDATED 5:55 p.m.] The cause of the collision was unknown, according to Patrick Kimball, an officer with the California Highway Patrol. Five people were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries, according to Brandy Villaneuva, spokesperson for the Glendale Fire Department.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 28, 2014
An 86-year-old Glendale man died Monday after suffering severe head trauma when he was struck by a vehicle on Western Avenue near Glenoaks Boulevard, police said. Abram Mehrabian was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 5:30 p.m., Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. Contrary to initial reports from eyewitnesses that Mehrabian reportedly ran across Western outside of the crosswalk, Lorenz said he appears to have been in the crosswalk when he was struck.
NEWS
January 23, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. National Weather Service expect temperatures for today in the Glendale area to see a high around 71 and low of 37. We're rounding up the top news headlines in your region: The woman found dead next to a dumpster in the alley of a Burbank apartment complex Monday died of “asphyxia by neck compressions ,” police said Wednesday. Moises Diaz, son of the woman identified as Maria Huezo Diaz, was charged with one count of murder Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 22, 2014
Prosecutors have charged two men for allegedly stealing a Glendale Police Department patrol car and other valuables from the Orange County Sheriff's training academy in Tustin. William Menser, 22, of Palm Springs and Kevin Sanchez, 21, of Tustin, face vehicle theft and second-degree burglary charges for the Jan. 2 break-in at the academy , according to Orange County Superior Court records. They are scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 4 in an Orange County courtroom. Detectives are still investigating the break-in and are looking for additional suspects, Tustin Police Lt. John Strain said.
NEWS
December 29, 2013
Good morning 818 readers. Today is Sunday, Dec. 29. National Weather Service forecasters predict the high will be 64 and the low will be 37 in the Glendale-area.  Here are the latest headlines from the weekend in your region: On Saturday night at UFC 168 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Arena, Ronda Rousey was able to secure an armbar submission against archrival Miesha Tate 58 seconds into the third round of their co-main...
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | December 24, 2013
A 23-year-old Glendale man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to two counts of burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools after he allegedly broke into three cars, according to police. Responding to a call around 5 a.m. on Friday, Glendale police officers reportedly saw Roberto Agustin Balsach hiding behind an electrical box in the 1700 block of East Chevy Chase Drive, police said. “He was within 100 feet of three cars that had been broken into,” Glendale Police Department spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said.
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