December 29, 2003
Darleene Barrientos Having solved a similar case, Glendale Police detectives are now being called on for their expertise by the media in a new case involving a nurse who recently confessed to killing several patients in New Jersey. When Charles Cullen confessed to killing about 40 patients during his 16 years as a nurse, the national spotlight was turned on the Glendale Police Department and the task force that investigated Efren Saldivar, a respiratory therapist who worked at Glendale Adventist Medical Center and initially admitted killing more than 50 patients.
December 19, 2003
Darleene Barrientos A Burbank judge reportedly approved a $20-million settlement Thursday in a wrongful-death civil lawsuit against Efren Saldivar, a respiratory therapist in Glendale who confessed to killing patients by drugging them. The families of Salbi Asatryan, Myrtle Brower, Balbino Castro and Jean Coyle will each receive $4.75 million, bringing the total to $19 million. With expected interest, the judgment will total $20 million. Judge Michael S. Mink signed the agreement between attorneys for Saldivar and the relatives of the four victims.
October 4, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Glendale Police Chief Russell Siverling considers the retirement of long-time department veteran Capt. Jerry Stolze one of the last steps in "passing the gavel to a new generation." Stolze reminisced with Police Chief Siverling and other department veterans Thursday in a small get-together in the chief's office. A formal good-bye bash was set for Thursday night in Burbank. Although he will head back to the office one day next week for some paperwork, for all intents and purposes, Stolze ended his more than three decades of service to the agency this week.
October 2, 2002
Why put Saldivar and Orr in an otherwise good list? Regarding the News-Press Top 103, I disagree with your choice of Efren Saldivar and John Orr, even at spots 102 and 103. I wonder what your reasoning was in including them. AYSO Region 88, which is one of the finest organizations in the region enriching the lives of over 2,500 children and their families, and which I had nominated, would have been a much better choice. OSCAR A. POGARIAN La Crescenta Yousefian doesn't merit his position in Top 103 Re: Top 103. Councilman Bob Yousefian is not worthy of the position he holds.
September 27, 2002
1 Fire and police chiefs, respectively, who led Glendale through the hectic post-Sept. 11 days and terrorist scares ... both are active in many local and professional organizations ... have since taken the city to new levels of domestic preparedness, including a beefed-up Emergency Operations Center. Gray took the reins of the Fire Department Dec. 30. ... came to Glendale in December 1986 from the Pasadena Fire Department, where he started as a firefighter and served as its union president ... leading push to convert the city's fire engines from lime yellow to red ... advocate of Project Safe Place ... helped organize a fund-raising pancake breakfast following the Sept.
September 24, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Small brush fire started accidentally LA CRESCENTA -- A slow-moving 2-acre brush fire that forced the evacuation of a La Crescenta church was apparently accidentally started by three 9-year-old boys playing with matches, according to the police report. The fire in the 5000 block of New York Avenue was reported about 4:20 p.m. Friday, and the 32 firefighters who responded had the flames contained within about 30 minutes. La Crescenta New Church, 5027 New York Ave., was evacuated temporarily, but no damage was reported.
June 5, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman GLENDALE -- Now that transcripts from the Efren Saldivar mass murder case are public record, state Respiratory Care Board officials are trying to take punitive actions against four hospital employees who worked with him. Officials at Glendale Adventist Medical Center say it's about time. Saldivar was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing six patients while working at Glendale Adventist. Some of his co-workers testified they knew he was doing it. "We are very disappointed that the respiratory board did not take action much sooner, with so much information out there and this being four years after Efren's initial confession," hospital spokesman Mark Newmyer said.
May 3, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman GLENDALE -- Glendale probably will see a startling jump in its murder rate for 2002 due to the six patients Efren Saldivar was convicted of killing at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. The former respiratory therapist pleaded guilty March 12 to killing six people while working at the hospital in 1996 and 1997. Those murders will be reported along with statistics for crimes that occur in Glendale in 2002 and could cause a sharp jump in murders over last year's numbers, police said.
April 20, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman GLENDALE -- Efren Saldivar told police he killed "sporadically" and slowed the frequency of his murders in 1997 because he was happy with a girlfriend, according to transcripts of his Jan. 9, 2001, confession to Glendale Police. Saldivar, 32, was sentenced Wednesday to six consecutive life terms in prison for killing six patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center in 1996 and 1997. He also was sentenced to 15 years to life for trying to kill a seventh patient.
April 19, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman GLENDALE -- Efren Saldivar's co-workers knew he was killing patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, and the former respiratory therapist even joked about it at work, according to grand jury testimony by two hospital workers. The grand jury transcripts were unsealed Wednesday. Saldivar was sentenced Wednesday to six consecutive life terms for killing six patients and 15 years to life for trying to kill a seventh at Glendale Adventist in 1996 and 1997.