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June 9, 2005
Fred Ortega Violent crime incidents were down 25.6% throughout the city in 2004, according to preliminary statistics released by the FBI on Monday, making Glendale one of the nation's safest cities with populations of 100,000 or more. There were 270 incidents of violent crime reported in Glendale in 2004, down from 363 the previous year, the FBI report stated. The biggest drops occurred in the reported numbers of forcible rapes and aggravated assaults, which decreased by 38.9% and 37.3%, respectively.
NEWS
November 24, 2004
Four men who were arrested for allegedly conducting a take-over style robbery in La Canada Flintridge on Nov. 11 were indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday, authorities said. Harold Anthony Johnson, 32; Horace Green, 22; Franklin Terrell Thomas, 22; and Lawrence Hughes, 35; were charged with conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery, according to the FBI. The four men allegedly stormed Citizens Business Bank and robbed the tellers at gunpoint, physically assaulting one employee in the process, the FBI said.
NEWS
March 17, 2005
A Glendale man and a Burbank man were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of belonging to a network of arms traffickers trying to sell arms to undercover informants working for the FBI. Geregin Gasparyan, 28, of Burbank, and Tigran Gevorgyan, 21, of Glendale, were allegedly part of a group of 18 men who tried to sell military weapons to the undercover agent and claimed to have ties to Al Qaeda, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller...
NEWS
February 24, 2001
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- Before making a name for himself by running for Congress, Rep. Adam Schiff did so by prosecuting the nation's first FBI espionage case. Eleven years after trying the Richard Miller case for the U.S. Attorney's office, Schiff (D-Glendale) finds himself considering another breach in national security -- this time allegedly committed by Robert Philip Hanssen. "The case that I had 11 years ago was the first-ever FBI spy case," Schiff said.
LOCAL
August 21, 2006
Bank on Brand Boulvard robbed Police believe a man known to the FBI as the "Goofy Hat Bandit" robbed a Brand Boulevard Washington Mutual bank Saturday morning, making away with $3,000. The man, wearing a fishing hat, walked into the bank in the 600 block of North Brand Boulevard at about 9:20 a.m., Glendale Police Officer John Balian said. He then passed a note to one of the tellers demanding money, he said. No weapons were used in the robbery, and no one was injured, Balian said.
NEWS
May 21, 2001
Lolita Harper GLENDALE -- Joe Graydon, best known for his contribution to pop music during the Big Band era, died Saturday at his home in Glendale. He was 82. Graydon took the place of Frank Sinatra as the leading male singer of the radio show, "Your Hit Parade" in 1940. That move was the springboard to many other gigs, including the launching of the Joe Graydon Orchestra. The musician was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He worked his way through law school at Catholic University by singing in Washington night clubs.
NEWS
July 17, 2008
FBI to investigate IndyMac bank The FBI has launched an investigation into possibly fraudulent activities at the now-defunct IndyMac Bank, officials said Wednesday. IndyMac closed its 33 California branches last week, forcing a takeover by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. which reopened all its locations Monday. Hundreds of Glendale and Burbank residents, along with hundreds more at various locations throughout the state, withdrew money after the bank seized the troubled financial institution?
FEATURES
April 10, 2006
Glendale Police and the FBI are searching for two men who allegedly robbed a U.S. Bank inside a Vons market in La Crescenta Thursday afternoon. The men ? dubbed the "007 Bandits" ? entered the bank, in the 3200 block of Foothill Blvd., at about 4:15 p.m., said Glendale Police Officer John Balian. The first suspect held the tellers at gunpoint while the second suspect instructed the tellers to place large bills in a beige canvas bag, Balian said. They fled in an unidentified vehicle with an unidentified amount of money, he said.
NEWS
September 1, 2004
Summer Grindle, 20, lives in La Crescenta and is majoring in cinema and television arts at Cal State Northridge. In E. Elias Merhige's new thriller "Suspect Zero," FBI agents Tom Mackelway (Aaron Eckhart) and Fran Kulok (Carrie-Anne Moss) are on the trail of a serial killer who targets that most elusive of prey -- serial killers. The trail leads them to Benjamin O'Ryan (Ben Kingsley), a man who once helped the FBI hunt serial killers through telepathic methods.
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NEWS
June 12, 2012
A FBI report released this week shows violent and property crimes were down in Burbank and Glendale last year. The report mirrors numbers released this January by police officials in both cities, which saw decreases in the number of reported robberies, assaults, burglaries and thefts. Burbank saw violent crimes drop from 221 in 2010 to 191 last year, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report . Property crimes dipped in Burbank from 2,687 in 2010 to 2,555 in 2011. Violent crimes also decreased in Glendale from 277 in 2010 to 258 last year.
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NEWS
By Ana Facio-Krajcer@latimes.com | August 20, 2011
A man suspected of being the Tri-Cities Bandit was arrested Friday by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies after robbing a First California Bank in Westlake Village, an FBI spokeswoman said. Ernest Viana, 39, was apprehended along with his suspected getaway driver, Oleg Gorokhovsky, 42. Viana was linked to a string of robberies and attempted robberies in several cities, including Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena. Officials said he robbed two banks, one in Pasadena and one in La Verne, on Wednesday evening.  On July 19, Viana allegedly attempted to rob a Wells Fargo bank on Lake Avenue in Pasadena.
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KTLA | July 27, 2011
Police are searching for three masked men who posed as FBI agents, forced their way into a home in Burbank in the middle of the night and stole a briefcase said to be filled with $20,000. The home invasion was reported around midnight along the 1000 block of East Fairmount Road.  KTLA
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | June 9, 2011
Subcontractors for an affordable housing developer embroiled in a federal fraud investigation said this week that they were questioned by FBI agents about a remodeling job performed on former Councilman John Drayman’s condominium. Ron Chamberlain — whose Orange County-based company D & A Coating & Restoration worked exclusively for the developer, Advanced Development & Investment Inc. — said he turned over records to the FBI about what he termed as off-the-books work at Drayman’s home.
NEWS
February 15, 2011
FBI officials are asking for the public's help in tracking down the so-called "Cooler Bandit" who has robbed seven banks, including one in Glendale. The FBI also released surveillance photos of the man who, according to the FBI, has robbed seven banks in Southern California since August 2009 — the latest on Jan. 15 at the U.S. Bank in Long Beach. The man — dubbed the "Cooler Bandit" because of the nylon cooler or lunch bag that he carries to stow the money — tried to rob the Wells Fargo bank on Brand Boulevard in Glendale on Jan. 14. The man approached a teller and passed a demand note, FBI officials said.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 29, 2011
GLENDALE — A 54-year-old Glendale man was arrested Friday on federal charges that he accepted more than $3 million in kickbacks for construction contracts while overseeing building projects at Pasadena's Huntington Memorial Hospital, officials said. FBI agents arrested David Hamedany at his Glendale home in connection with 12 counts of mail fraud for allegedly making illegal payments on behalf of the hospital to the six construction companies during the kickback scheme, according to a U.S. District Court grand jury indictment.
NEWS
January 19, 2011
FBI officials say a man who allegedly tried to rob Wells Fargo Bank on Brand Boulevard on Friday may be the so-called "Cooler Bandit. " The unidentified robber entered the bank on the 500 block of North Brand Boulevard at 10:15 a.m. Friday, approached a teller and passed a demand note, police said. When the teller had trouble reading the writing, she left the booth to talk with a supervisor, so the robber told her to "give me the money," FBI officials said. At that point, the man abandoned his plans and fled on foot.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 14, 2010
GLENDALE — Fifteen people in Glendale and Burbank were arrested early Wednesday in connection with a major healthcare fraud scheme — most of who were accused of being associated with a crime enterprise that submitted more than $100 million in bogus claims to Medicare. Another four Glendale residents — Pogos Satamyan, 31, Andranik Satamyan, 20, Grisha Sayadyan, 59, and Allen Sayadyan, 30 — were arrested in addition to three other Van Nuys residents on suspicion of establishing at least eight fraudulent medical clinics in the Los Angeles region and submitting more than $17 million in fake claims to Medicare, according to federal indictments.
LOCAL
By Jason Wells | May 7, 2010
A “petite” girl described as being in her late teens made off with an undisclosed amount of money Thursday morning after robbing the Community Bank on 100 N. Brand Blvd., authorities said. The girl, who was wearing a light gray sweater and a shoulder-tie purse, entered the bank about 10:05 a.m. Thursday and initially asked for change, said FBI spokeswoman Lourdes Arocho. The girl then slipped a note to the teller that said, “Give me your large, no exploding money, no cops.
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | April 12, 2010
After 10 months on the force, Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka responded to a call for backup at the Ramada Inn parking lot. It would be the rookie?s last ride. The routine stop in November 2003 escalated into a hail of gunfire that left Pavelka dead and a veteran officer severely injured. The events of that night stunned the community and a police department that had not lost one of its own in a shooting since 1920. The ensuing manhunt, which involved hundreds of local, state and federal agents, ended when the 19-year-old fugitive, David Garcia, was captured by Mexican authorities after spending two weeks in a small town south of Tijuana.
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