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THE818NOW
April 11, 2012
An 82-year-old Valley Village man was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of selling cocaine in a parking lot on Riverside Drive, police said. The man, Jack Murphy, was released on $50,000 bail after he was arrested at 9:30 a.m. when Burbank police reported seeing a "hand-to-hand" narcotics deal in the parking lot on 4300 Riverside Drive. Police also arrested a woman, 54-year-old Korey Janke of Burbank, at the scene for allegedly possessing cocaine. She was released on $10,000 bail, according to police.
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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 | November 30, 2012
An alleged drug dealer was charged Thursday with selling cocaine to a Glendale man in front of Mark Keppel Elementary School, officials said. Franklin Vasquez Marquez, 34, of Los Angeles faces one felony count of possessing cocaine for sale and transporting and offering to sell cocaine, as well as one count of child abuse for taking his 3-year-old son along with him for the alleged drug drop off, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court...
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By Christopher Cadelago | September 25, 2009
BOB HOPE AIRPORT — A 47-year-old woman who authorities said tried to smuggle nearly 22 pounds of cocaine through a security checkpoint at Bob Hope Airport is scheduled to appear Oct. 6 in Los Angeles Superior Court. Cecilley Grant, of Queens, N.Y., was transferred to Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, where she has been held in lieu of $1-million bail. Grant pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony counts related to possessing, selling and transferring cocaine after airport police arrested her Sunday, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
NEWS
November 4, 2003
possession Three men, including an attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender's office, were released Sunday on $10,000 bail after being arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine, police said. Jeffrey Betts Cohen, 44, of Los Angeles and Andrew Francisco Pesina, 50, and Peter Earnest Oliverez, 43, both of Glendale, were arrested Saturday after a patrol officer saw the trio in Cohen's parked Lexus SC300 coupe, according to a police report.
NEWS
January 29, 2004
Police serving an arrest warrant Tuesday on a Glendale man wanted for presenting false identification to police discovered he was allegedly selling cocaine from his parents' apartment. Jonathan Lee, 29, refused to cooperate with Glendale Police vice/narcotics officers when they first contacted him about 6 p.m. Tuesday, Glendale Police Detective Mark Hess said. Lee would not allow officers to search his family's apartment in the 300 block of West Wilson Avenue, but officers smelled marijuana and saw smoking paraphernalia, so they requested a search warrant.
NEWS
September 30, 2006
Hopefully, the buzz over the new energy drink, Cocaine, will be only a temporary high, and its pushers and dealers won't end up in Glendale and the foothills. Glendale Police and Glendale Unified School District officials were right this week to express concerns over the marketing of the high-caffeine energy drink, saying that it sends the wrong message to children. The drink is a shameless attempt to make a buck off of youngsters, whose appetites can be fueled by curiosity about anything illicit, or "bad."
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | April 16, 2010
DOWNTOWN — A 21-year-old pop singer for the group Girlicious pleaded not guilty Thursday to a drugs-sales charge stemming from her March 9 arrest when Glendale police reportedly found more than a dozen small packages of cocaine in her purse. Natalie Mejia appeared with her attorneys in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Glendale to answer to one felony count of possession of a controlled substance for sale. Superior Court Judge Lesley Green ordered her to report to the Los Angeles County Probation Department on Monday and to appear April 28 in Burbank Superior Court for a preliminary hearing setting.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | March 10, 2010
GLENDALE — A singer from the pop group Girlicious was arrested Tuesday night after police found more than a dozen individual packages of cocaine in her Gucci purse, officials said. Natalie Mejia, 21, of Diamond Bar, was released Wednesday from the Glendale City Jail after posting a $30,000 bond, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Mejia and Peter Asencio, 28, of Burbank, were taken into custody shortly after 9:20 p.m., when police noticed a Ford Mustang speeding, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 4, 2012
Glendale police arrested a 40-year-old man after they seized roughly $2 million in methamphetamine and cocaine from a Santa Ana home after developing information about a large-scale sales operation, officials said Monday. Rigoberto Gil, 40, pleaded not guilty Monday to three felony counts of possessing methamphetamine and cocaine for sale, one felony count for transporting the drugs, another felony count for possessing the drugs and an AK-47 at the same time and four felony counts for possessing assault rifles - including the AK-47, two assault rifles and a Colt AR-15 rifle, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint.
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NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 30, 2012
An alleged drug dealer was charged Thursday with selling cocaine to a Glendale man in front of Mark Keppel Elementary School, officials said. Franklin Vasquez Marquez, 34, of Los Angeles faces one felony count of possessing cocaine for sale and transporting and offering to sell cocaine, as well as one count of child abuse for taking his 3-year-old son along with him for the alleged drug drop off, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court...
NEWS
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.
THE818NOW
April 11, 2012
An 82-year-old Valley Village man was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of selling cocaine in a parking lot on Riverside Drive, police said. The man, Jack Murphy, was released on $50,000 bail after he was arrested at 9:30 a.m. when Burbank police reported seeing a "hand-to-hand" narcotics deal in the parking lot on 4300 Riverside Drive. Police also arrested a woman, 54-year-old Korey Janke of Burbank, at the scene for allegedly possessing cocaine. She was released on $10,000 bail, according to police.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 13, 2011
GLENDALE — A Glendale police officer sustained minor injuries early Monday after crashing into two parked cars while responding to the scene where a man had tried to flee from police, officials said. The officer, responding to calls for backup, had been traveling with lights and siren activated on Broadway and had entered the intersection at Glendale Avenue, where another motorist failed to stop. The officer was forced to swerve, hitting the parked cars. Soon after the crash, a Glendale police dog tracked down Nicholas Romero, 25, hiding in the attic of a gas station building on Broadway and Eagledale Avenue.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 9, 2010
A 21-year-old pop singer for the group Girlicious pleaded guilty this week to a felony possessing cocaine charge after Glendale police in March reportedly found more than a dozen small packages of cocaine in her purse. Natalie Mejia, a Diamond Bar resident, had originally entered a not guilty plea in April to one felony count of possession of cocaine with the intent to sell. But Mejia changed her plea Wednesday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pasadena after prosecutors offered her a deal requiring her to enroll in a narcotics abuse treatment program and stay out of trouble for 18 months, officials said.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | August 16, 2010
Pop singer Natalie Mejia pleaded not guilty on Monday to a felony charge of cocaine possession related to her March arrest in Glendale, court officials said. Mejia, 22, had entered a similar plea in the weeks after her arrest, but a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said the singer’s arraignment on Monday meant prosecutors thought there was enough evidence for her to stand trial. Mejia was a contestant on the 2008 CW reality show, “Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious,” beating out other contestants to become a member of the all-girl group.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | April 16, 2010
DOWNTOWN — A 21-year-old pop singer for the group Girlicious pleaded not guilty Thursday to a drugs-sales charge stemming from her March 9 arrest when Glendale police reportedly found more than a dozen small packages of cocaine in her purse. Natalie Mejia appeared with her attorneys in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Glendale to answer to one felony count of possession of a controlled substance for sale. Superior Court Judge Lesley Green ordered her to report to the Los Angeles County Probation Department on Monday and to appear April 28 in Burbank Superior Court for a preliminary hearing setting.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | March 11, 2010
Prosecutors filed a drug-sales charge Thursday morning against pop singer Natalie Mejia, a member of the group Girlicious, after Glendale police found more than a dozen small packages of cocaine in her Gucci purse during a traffic stop, officials said. Mejia, who was released on bail Wednesday, was charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance for sale, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. The 21-year-old Diamond Bar resident is expected to be arraigned April 15 in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Glendale, she said.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | March 10, 2010
GLENDALE — A singer from the pop group Girlicious was arrested Tuesday night after police found more than a dozen individual packages of cocaine in her Gucci purse, officials said. Natalie Mejia, 21, of Diamond Bar, was released Wednesday from the Glendale City Jail after posting a $30,000 bond, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Mejia and Peter Asencio, 28, of Burbank, were taken into custody shortly after 9:20 p.m., when police noticed a Ford Mustang speeding, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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