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LOCAL
By Jason Wells | March 24, 2007
PASADENA — Defense attorneys rested their cases Friday for two Echo Park men charged in the shooting death of a 16-year-old Glendale boy, but not without a final, emotional twist to the trial that began March 9. In the final hour of court proceedings, 21-year-old Julian Martinez told Superior Court Judge Candace Beason through his lawyer, Guy O'Brien, that he was undecided on whether to take the stand in his own defense. That set off an unusual series of events in Pasadena Superior Court in which the jury was called in and out of the courtroom while lawyers went back and forth with Beason on the implications it would have on the remainder of the trial.
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NEWS
January 5, 2005
Jackson Bell and Robert Chacon Police hope to have a 17-year-old, arrested in connection with a fatal gang-related shooting, tried as an adult, officials said Tuesday. The arraignment for Richard Garcia, 17, Carlos Palma, 18, and Julian Martinez, 19, arrested on suspicion of killing 16-year-old Carlos Pinon and shooting another teen, was postponed Tuesday. They are scheduled to reappear Jan. 26 in Pasadena Superior Court. The three Echo Park residents face charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and shooting in an inhabited dwelling, along with several gang allegations with weapon enhancements, Glendale Police Det. Keith Soboleski said.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2010
Lakeside Medical Organization and Lakeside Medical Organization Chief Executive Richard Merkin have been honored by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce for significant community outreach. Judee Kendall, president of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, honored Lakeside in recognition of “outstanding contributions to the community, innovative health care, senior outreach and commitment to patients and quality care.” Lakeside Medical Organization is part of the Heritage Provider Network family of medical groups.
NEWS
September 10, 2002
Karen S. Kim Prompted by recent abductions that have brought the issue of child safety to the forefront of community concern, the City Council will take a look today at Glendale's own methods for handling and preventing child abductions. "This report is meant to share the kinds of things we're doing and see if the council has any additional suggestions for anything else we can do," Glendale Police Chief Russell Siverling said Monday. "We just want to make sure we're not leaving any base uncovered because this is just too important of an issue."
NEWS
August 6, 2004
Jackson Bell A 50-year-old woman accused of robbing a Bank of America with a bomb decoy Thursday afternoon was arrested a few hours later after a witness saw the license plate of the car she was driving, authorities said. Norma Martus, of Los Angeles, walked into the bank at 3812 San Fernando Road about 1:45 p.m. and allegedly robbed the teller by claiming to carry a bomb inside a gift bag, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. Martus allegedly left the bank in her own car, and a Glendale Police helicopter followed her to a home in the 600 block of Laveta Terrace in Echo Park, Lorenz said.
NEWS
February 13, 2004
Robert Chacon Her friends credit her longevity to a sunny disposition. She says it's her genes. Both are working for Margaret Shaw, who turned 103 on Thursday. The Texas native sat with a circle of family and longtime acquaintances, and ate cake and ice cream as friends came by to wish her a happy birthday at the Glen-Park Retirement Community home on Mariposa Street, where she lives. "It doesn't feel as good as it used to," Shaw said with a chuckle about her birthday.
NEWS
March 26, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum It happens all the time at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glendale -- homeless people come in to pray and the Rev. Mark Weitzel or someone else at the church refers them to Project ACHIEVE, the city's case- management program to help the homeless get back on their feet. "People would be surprised at how many people we refer there," Weitzel said Thursday. "We just referred one yesterday." Helping the indigent is a basic tenet of most religions, and churches and temples follow that in a variety of ways, such as running soup kitchens and homeless shelters or just giving financial support to others.
NEWS
December 13, 1999
Robert Shaffer GLENDALE -- The only thing that made Rich Kupke look anything less than completely menacing was the pink and white plush bunny strapped to the front on his Harley-Davidson. Kupke, a large man who was dressed in denim with a long beard, was one of about 1,000 Harley riders who rode, with toys in hand, from a Glendale motorcycle shop to the Fred Jordan Mission in downtown Los Angeles to give the toys to children. "This run goes to the mission and you get to see the faces of the kids," Kupke said Sunday from Harley-Davidson of Glendale.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2007
The Cal State L.A. Jazz Orchestra will kick off the Lotus Festival's 30th anniversary at its inaugural Twilight Jazz Concert on Friday, July 13, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles. Led by director Jeff Benedict, the Cal State L.A. Jazz Orchestra will be playing music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington as well as contemporary music for big band. Cal State L.A. students making up the orchestra include saxophone players Daniel Cortez, Aaron Fong, Raul Guerrero, JP Combs and Marc Walker; trombonists Jesus Viramontes, Shannon Wong, Charlen Jackson and Shaun Kuri; trumpet players Bob Chavez, Steve Turro, Jesus Gaxiola and Phil Jordan; pianists Esteban Adame and Ben Coria; guitarist Andres Torres; bass player Brian Martinez and drummer Vincent Simpson.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
A Glendale man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he attempted to defraud Medicare by submitting more than $11 million in bogus claims for unnecessary medical services. Karen Sarkissian, 43, and L' Tanya Smith, 57, of Ladera Park, were arrested Wednesday in connection with the scheme, which authorities said is also tied to money-laundering and tax-fraud operations, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Sarkissian reportedly operated Sunset Clinic in Echo Park and was working with Smith, who also pleaded not guilty.
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