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June 6, 2000
Alecia Foster GLENDALE -- A Glendale man accused of taking financial advantage of an elderly woman was found guilty on all charges Monday. Pasadena jurors found Martin Ballardo, the elderly woman's former landlord, guilty of financial elder abuse and grand theft. "We knew this all along," said Glendale Police Spokesman Sgt. Rick Young. Ballardo befriended Hazel Shea 10 years ago after he bought the apartment building in which she had been living for more than 30 years.
NEWS
November 16, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- Instead of responding to emergencies, health and public safety officials got a lesson from the Glendale Police Department Wednesday on ways to prevent potential crises. Nearly 200 people gathered at Verdugo Hills Hospital to take part in an all-day elder abuse detection and intervention course developed by the department and other agencies. "What we're hoping to do is to identify these cases in the early stages before we have a severe problem," Glendale Police spokesman Sgt. Rick Young said.
NEWS
March 17, 2006
A business based in La Cañada Flintridge near the La Crescenta border pleaded no contest to criminal charges of elder abuse and patient neglect March 9. Pleasant Care of Northern California, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pleasant Care Corp., pleaded no contest to six charges in a criminal proceeding filed by the Attorney General. The charges alleged that the corporation delivered criminally negligent care to patients at the now closed Napa facility and charges the facility with five misdemeanor counts of elder abuse and one count of willfully violating California's nursing home patient care regulations.
NEWS
October 5, 2000
Judy Seckler ROSSMOYNE -- Glendale Police arrived Wednesday morning in the quiet tree-lined neighborhood near Glendale Community College with arrest and search warrants and found more than they expected. Police arrested four people living at a house on Mountain Avenue between Sinoloa Drive and Rossmoyne Avenue. Inside the home, they found a small homemade explosive device, the size of a soda can, made from commercial fireworks that had been altered, Lt. Lief Nicolaisen said.
NEWS
March 16, 2002
Karen S. Kim GLENDALE -- Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Glendale) has introduced AB 2499, a bill that aims to strengthen child sexual abuse prosecution. The bill, which was written with the help of Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo, is Frommer's response to the rash of recent child sexual assault cases, the assemblyman said. Among the cases were the San Diego kidnapping and murder of Danielle Van Dam and incidents involving members of the Catholic Church clergy, Frommer said.
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By Tania Chatila | March 10, 2006
LA CA—ADA FLINTRIDGE ? A judge ordered La Cañada Flintridge-based nursing home operator Pleasant Care Corp. Wednesday to pay $1 million in fines and improve the quality of care at its facilities, officials said. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Laura Matz approved a settlement agreement between Pleasant Care Corp. and Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse ? which filed and settled a civil suit on Wednesday. The suit stemmed from allegations of elder abuse and criminally negligent care at Pleasant Care's facilities, including a nursing home in Glendale, said Nathan Barankin, spokesman for the attorney general's office.
NEWS
August 16, 2001
Amber Willard NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- An 88-year-old Montrose woman died late Wednesday morning in what police sheriff's officials say might have been a case of elder neglect by her son. Marie Deyo was taken to Verdugo Hills Hospital last week for treatment of malnutrition and dehydration. She died shortly before noon Wednesday. Deyo had previously suffered a stroke, officials said. She was being cared for by her son, who was arrested Aug. 9 on suspicion of elder abuse but released Monday.
NEWS
November 9, 2002
Gary Moskowitz Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley wants to see more residents get active in community activism. Cooley discussed his views on such things as local volunteerism, elder abuse cases and how available jail space affects bail amounts at a luncheon Friday hosted by Glendale Kiwanis. Cooley referred to his predecessor, Gil Garcetti as a "miserable failure." Cooley was elected to the position in 2000. A Toluca Lake resident, Cooley got 21,621 Glendale votes in the November 2000 general elections.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | July 17, 2013
A 50-year-old woman on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges that she threatened to kill her mother after multiple assaults, one of which involved shoving money in her mouth at a home in Glendale. Zaruhi Pilikyan was arrested Monday in Little Armenia on an outstanding arrest warrant stemming from the alleged assaults, which police said started July 1 after she broke into her sister's house. After being asked to leave, Pilikyan allegedly started yelling and pushing her 86-year-old mother against cabinets, and choked and threatened to kill her as she tried to break free, police said.
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By Mary O'Keefe | April 13, 2007
Pleasant Care Corp., a La Cañada-based company, filed for bankruptcy late last month in the midst of elder abuse and wrongful death allegations related to its operations. Pleasant Care CEO Emmanuel I. Bernabe owns or has interest in more than 30 nursing homes throughout California. Numerous attempts to contact him for this article were unsuccessful. The company has a history of lawsuits and fines against a number of its facilities. A year ago the company pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of elder abuse and agreed to pay $1.35 million to the state to resolve a suit that alleged negligent care.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | July 17, 2013
A 50-year-old woman on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges that she threatened to kill her mother after multiple assaults, one of which involved shoving money in her mouth at a home in Glendale. Zaruhi Pilikyan was arrested Monday in Little Armenia on an outstanding arrest warrant stemming from the alleged assaults, which police said started July 1 after she broke into her sister's house. After being asked to leave, Pilikyan allegedly started yelling and pushing her 86-year-old mother against cabinets, and choked and threatened to kill her as she tried to break free, police said.
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By Ron Kaye | February 2, 2013
The clumsy statements by Assemblyman Mike Gatto's political team denying that he ran a slate of delegates for the 43rd Assembly District's seats at the state Democratic Party convention - and that challengers were threatened and intimidated - also contained a direct attack on a single individual. “I also heard too that one gentleman in particular was being watched because he has a reputation of busing in elderly Republicans from the day-care facility that he owns,” Gatto campaign political director Stacey Brenner wrote in an email response to questions about racial profiling of Armenians at the Jan. 12 election.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 19, 2012
A 49-year-old caregiver is facing theft charges for allegedly defrauding her 90-year-old client of more than $150,000. The caregiver, Ma Marquez, is charged with one felony count of theft from an elder by a caretaker and grand theft of personal property for stealing more than $150,000 from the client, Gloria Burke, between June 3, 2011, and April 20, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint. A court hearing on Tuesday for Marquez, who already pleaded not guilty to the charges, was moved to Jan. 23. Marquez's attorney, Nathan Hoffman, said his client had power of attorney to care for Burke.
NEWS
November 9, 2012
A 48-year-old Glendale man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of beating his aunt with a broken table leg after an argument, police said. Pogo Gurushyan was allegedly drunk and had dried blood on his face when officers approached him at 3:29 p.m. about the alleged assault, according to Glendale Police Department reports. The back of his aunt's head was covered in blood - an injury, she told police, that was the result of allegedly being repeatedly assaulted by her nephew. The alleged assault began after they had lunch and coffee and then started arguing over an unspecified issue, according to police.
NEWS
May 11, 2011
The following were taken from daily booking reports from the Glendale Police Department. [ This post has been updated, see below. ] AREA 1 1100 block of East Colorado Street Ralph Cansicio, 22, was arrested May 5 on an outstanding warrant for grand theft. South Brand Boulevard and West Los Feliz Road Mary Lima, 30, was arrested May 5 on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 4600 block of San Fernando Road Douglas Lowe, 50, was arrested May 5 on a warrant for elder abuse.
LOCAL
August 15, 2009
Buying a $129,000 lemon Nahapet Hairapetyan v. Mercedes Benz USA, Case No. EC050316 Nahapet Hairapetyan thought he was buying a top-of-the-line car when he purchased his Mercedes Benz S550 for more than $129,000 at CalStar Motors Inc. in Glendale. But the sports car allegedly turned out to be more of a money pit. Shortly after buying the car, Hairapetyan claims, he experienced various defects. The car’s suspension system failed and he tried to repair it 14 times, according to a lawsuit filed in Glendale Superior Court.
NEWS
January 19, 2009
Dad?s Club to serve pancakes Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School will have an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Dad?s Club, 1728 Cañada Blvd., Glendale, between the fire house and Babe Herman Baseball Field. There is a $5 donation. Proceeds go to maintenance costs of the Dad?s Club Community Building. Call (818) 246-2122. ? Club to celebrate Korean new year The Korean Parents? Club at Valley View Elementary School will present an assembly to celebrate the Korean new year and Korean culture on Friday.
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By Mary O'Keefe | June 29, 2007
After years of fines, penalties and accusations of elder abuse, La Cañada-based Pleasant Care Corp., the state's second largest nursing home corporation, is set to auction off all 30 of its California facilities. Pleasant Care, which filed for bankruptcy in March of this year, has had many years of trouble. There have been private lawsuits as well as fines and violations of codes and conduct brought against the corporation by the state attorney general's office. Pleasant Care and CEO Emmanuel I. Bernabe owns or has interest in more than 30 nursing homes throughout California.
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By Mary O'Keefe | April 13, 2007
Pleasant Care Corp., a La Cañada-based company, filed for bankruptcy late last month in the midst of elder abuse and wrongful death allegations related to its operations. Pleasant Care CEO Emmanuel I. Bernabe owns or has interest in more than 30 nursing homes throughout California. Numerous attempts to contact him for this article were unsuccessful. The company has a history of lawsuits and fines against a number of its facilities. A year ago the company pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of elder abuse and agreed to pay $1.35 million to the state to resolve a suit that alleged negligent care.
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By Mary O'Keefe | February 26, 2007
A lawsuit seeking unspecified damages has been brought forth by an 81-year-old woman who accuses Pleasant Care Convalescent of Riverside of elder abuse and negligence. Pleasant Care Corp., owned by La Cañada resident Emmanuel I. Bernabe, owns or has interest in more than 30 nursing homes throughout California, including the one named in the suit. Several attempts were made to contact Pleasant Care Corp. for comment. No calls were returned as of press deadline Wednesday. According to the suit, filed in California Superior Court on Valentine's Day, caregivers at the Riverside facility allegedly ignored several falls, injuries and abrasions that occurred over three years.
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