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By Veronica Rocha | December 2, 2009
PASADENA — The trial of a Glendale man who police say set his foreclosed home on fire while his wife and two young daughters slept got underway this week, with an arson investigator testifying Tuesday that he smelled gasoline at the scene of the January 2008 blaze. Brian Walder, 46, is charged with three counts of attempted murder, child endangerment and arson for allegedly setting fire to his foreclosed home on the 1600 block of West Mountain Street on Jan. 24, 2008, while his wife and children were sleeping, police said.
NEWS
May 8, 2003
A fire that broke out in a hobby shop Tuesday afternoon caused $100,000 damage, a fire captain said. Smoke pouring out of the storefront was reported at 4:26 p.m. Tuesday, Glendale Fire spokesman Capt. Tom Marchant said. Robin Hambley, owner of Robin's Hobbies at 1844 W. Glenoaks Blvd., said he tried to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher but was unsuccessful. Seven Glendale Fire companies had the fire under control within 22 minutes, Marchant said.
NEWS
September 19, 2001
Amber Willard GLENDALE -- Recent retirements in the Glendale Fire Department will equal promotions and more hiring down the line. Five men were promoted to captain Friday, four of them vacating positions as engineers and one as a firefighter. Because of the promotions, the department is in the process of testing qualified firefighters for the engineer positions. To fill those firefighting positions, the agency started a new training academy Monday with 15 recruits.
LOCAL
February 3, 2007
Promotions complete reorganization plan The full line up of a staff reorganization at the Glendale Fire Department took shape Thursday with the installation of two new deputy fire chiefs. Former battalion chiefs Harold Scoggins and Steve Howard will now oversee fire administration and operations, respectively, as the city's first pair of deputy chiefs under a reshuffled administration. "There's so much that the Fire Department does now in every area that we needed an extra set of hands," said Glendale Fire Capt.
NEWS
April 10, 2013
A Glendale firefighter was punched in the jaw Sunday after he and his crew tried to help the mother of a 28-year-old man with psychiatric issues, police said. The man, Keristo Andresian, was arrested on suspicion of battery and released to staff at Glendale Adventist Medical Center for treatment, according to police. Andresian's mother called about 12:06 p.m. for an ambulance, but canceled it while fire was en route, police said. When firefighters arrived, Andresian was reportedly seated inside a vehicle and honking the horn.
NEWS
October 2, 2002
Lawsuit re-filed against Montrose group MONTROSE -- The Southland Farmers' Market Assn. has re-filed a lawsuit against the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed it for having been filed in an improper venue, shopping park board member John Drayman said. The lawsuit, which was filed for the second time Tuesday in Glendale, names Family Festival producer David Gayman and the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. as co-defendants, claiming the shopping park breached its contract with Southland for the month of May and owes the organization $662.
NEWS
May 3, 2008
Congratulations and good luck to Glendale’s newest city leaders: Fire Chief Harold Scoggins and Finance Director Bob Elliot. Both men come into the their posts with valuable, long-standing knowledge of the city that should be invaluable. Elliot comes to the city from Burbank, where he is the city’s assistant financial services director. And as a Glendale resident, he knows the city — a definite plus. What city officials tout as his 18 years of detail-oriented hard work in Burbank bode well for Glendale.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 24, 2014
Days after police pleaded for the public's help in finding a serial arsonist who has set 17 trash and furniture fires in Glendale, investigators still haven't received any tips. The lack of tips is likely due to the fact that many residents didn't see the fires because they were set either at night or in the early morning, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. “Right now, it's a who-dunnit, so our options are all open,” he said. The fires started in January, but have been mostly contained to pieces of furniture and trash left on neighborhood sidewalks and in alleys in south Glendale.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | January 10, 2012
Katherine Thompson stumbled into a job at the Glendale Fire Department nearly by accident. The 29-year-old Los Angeles resident had a degree in theater and was looking to make a career change. She decided to attend nursing school and, while standing in line at Glendale Community College to register for courses, dropped the course catalogue, which fell open to the EMT page. “I didn't even know you could go to school for that,” she said. “But what occurred to me, when I thought about what I wanted to do next, I thought about something that was boots-on-the-ground and that was all about helping the community.” Thompson, now an ambulance operator for the Glendale Fire Department, was one of 47 cadets to graduate from the Verdugo Fire Academy in a ceremony this past weekend at GCC. Many of the newly-certified Basic Fire Academy Class XIV cadets, like Thompson, were sponsored by local fire departments that lent out boots and safety equipment to the students.
LOCAL
By Ed Jones | November 5, 2008
An open letter to Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins: The purpose of this letter is to reacquaint him with the circumstances surrounding the recent dismissal of my son from the Glendale Fire Department at the beginning of his probationary period, and the serious flaws which, in my opinion, his example reveals in the Glendale Fire Department’s method of early termination of rookie firefighters. Not only does this procedure deprive the Fire Department of potentially good people, but it also costs the Fire Department tens of thousands of dollars for each instance, to say nothing of the serious negative impact it has on the life of the individual so terminated.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 24, 2014
Days after police pleaded for the public's help in finding a serial arsonist who has set 17 trash and furniture fires in Glendale, investigators still haven't received any tips. The lack of tips is likely due to the fact that many residents didn't see the fires because they were set either at night or in the early morning, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. “Right now, it's a who-dunnit, so our options are all open,” he said. The fires started in January, but have been mostly contained to pieces of furniture and trash left on neighborhood sidewalks and in alleys in south Glendale.
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NEWS
April 10, 2013
A Glendale firefighter was punched in the jaw Sunday after he and his crew tried to help the mother of a 28-year-old man with psychiatric issues, police said. The man, Keristo Andresian, was arrested on suspicion of battery and released to staff at Glendale Adventist Medical Center for treatment, according to police. Andresian's mother called about 12:06 p.m. for an ambulance, but canceled it while fire was en route, police said. When firefighters arrived, Andresian was reportedly seated inside a vehicle and honking the horn.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | January 10, 2012
Katherine Thompson stumbled into a job at the Glendale Fire Department nearly by accident. The 29-year-old Los Angeles resident had a degree in theater and was looking to make a career change. She decided to attend nursing school and, while standing in line at Glendale Community College to register for courses, dropped the course catalogue, which fell open to the EMT page. “I didn't even know you could go to school for that,” she said. “But what occurred to me, when I thought about what I wanted to do next, I thought about something that was boots-on-the-ground and that was all about helping the community.” Thompson, now an ambulance operator for the Glendale Fire Department, was one of 47 cadets to graduate from the Verdugo Fire Academy in a ceremony this past weekend at GCC. Many of the newly-certified Basic Fire Academy Class XIV cadets, like Thompson, were sponsored by local fire departments that lent out boots and safety equipment to the students.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha and Zain Shauk | January 21, 2010
LA CAÑADA — Murky water rushed off blackened hillsides Wednesday, filling the streets with water and Foothill residents with anxiety. Los Angeles County Public Works crews on Rock Castle Drive worked to excavate masses of mud from rain-soaked hillsides, which, they said, appeared to be weakening. Dump trucks carried loads of mud from hillside neighborhoods. “There is a lot of water and debris, but everything is working the way it is supposed to,” Glendale Fire Capt.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | December 2, 2009
PASADENA — The trial of a Glendale man who police say set his foreclosed home on fire while his wife and two young daughters slept got underway this week, with an arson investigator testifying Tuesday that he smelled gasoline at the scene of the January 2008 blaze. Brian Walder, 46, is charged with three counts of attempted murder, child endangerment and arson for allegedly setting fire to his foreclosed home on the 1600 block of West Mountain Street on Jan. 24, 2008, while his wife and children were sleeping, police said.
LOCAL
By Ed Jones | November 5, 2008
An open letter to Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins: The purpose of this letter is to reacquaint him with the circumstances surrounding the recent dismissal of my son from the Glendale Fire Department at the beginning of his probationary period, and the serious flaws which, in my opinion, his example reveals in the Glendale Fire Department’s method of early termination of rookie firefighters. Not only does this procedure deprive the Fire Department of potentially good people, but it also costs the Fire Department tens of thousands of dollars for each instance, to say nothing of the serious negative impact it has on the life of the individual so terminated.
NEWS
May 3, 2008
Congratulations and good luck to Glendale’s newest city leaders: Fire Chief Harold Scoggins and Finance Director Bob Elliot. Both men come into the their posts with valuable, long-standing knowledge of the city that should be invaluable. Elliot comes to the city from Burbank, where he is the city’s assistant financial services director. And as a Glendale resident, he knows the city — a definite plus. What city officials tout as his 18 years of detail-oriented hard work in Burbank bode well for Glendale.
NEWS
March 29, 2008
Fire Department must take scrutiny It was refreshing to read the article in the Glendale News-Press on the problems brought to light by Bruce Philpott (?Fire officials rebut gripe,? Wednesday). The Fire Department has for far too long conducted themselves as being ?untouchable.? This is not the case and Glendale residents need to know more of what actually transpires down at the Fire Department. I attended a civil service meeting a month ago, and the fire captain (who is required to work only two days a week out of Station 26)
LOCAL
February 3, 2007
Promotions complete reorganization plan The full line up of a staff reorganization at the Glendale Fire Department took shape Thursday with the installation of two new deputy fire chiefs. Former battalion chiefs Harold Scoggins and Steve Howard will now oversee fire administration and operations, respectively, as the city's first pair of deputy chiefs under a reshuffled administration. "There's so much that the Fire Department does now in every area that we needed an extra set of hands," said Glendale Fire Capt.
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