August 4, 2009
A brush fire that broke out at about 2:15 p.m. today near the Ventura (134) and Glendale (2) freeways that grew to more than 40 acres is now 70% contained, officials reported. Water-dropping helicopters continued to buzz back and forth from Silver Lake in Los Angeles as fire crews from Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles city and county and Pasadena battled the blaze that had crested over the hillside and threatened homes in the Glenoaks Canyon area. Glendale police have blocked access to the area, and had called for a voluntary evacuation of homes in the 2100 to 2300 blocks of Glenoaks Boulevard.
August 1, 2009
PASADENA ? Two North Hollywood men convicted of four counts of attempted murder for shooting a Glendale man and his friends on Halloween four years ago were handed lengthy prison sentences Thursday. Mkrtich Melkonian and Hrant Barsegyan, both 21, were sentenced to 57 years and 16 years in prison, respectively, after a jury in June found the pair guilty. Each of the total seven counts represented the number of victims who were reportedly inside the van that was shot at on Oct. 31, 2005.
July 31, 2009
Steve Fristad grew up on Ethel Street with his grandparents. ?My grandmother, Viola Wheatley, played the piano for Jane Denham?s dance studio on Glendale Avenue. I think about those times every time I drive by that location. I used to go with her on occasion. You may have seen Bob Mitchell?s obituary in the paper. There were a few of us Glendalians that sang in the Mitchell Boys Choir. Doug Hopkins, Jerry McCaskill and Harry Clewley come to mind, but there may have been others.
July 1, 2009
Two boys and two men were sentenced Monday to spend time in prison for engaging in a three-day crime spree that spanned from Glendale to Tujunga. Christian Rubio, 15, Kevin Ruano, 15, Nicolas Ventura, 18, and Sergio Rodriguez, 20, were arrested Sept. 1 and pleaded not guilty Dec. 10 to charges of robbery and carjacking. They changed their pleas to no contest Monday in Pasadena Superior Court, paving the way for the sentencing. Rubio and Ruano both received two strikes and were sentenced to serve three years each in state prison.
June 3, 2009
NORTHWEST GLENDALE — A 77-year-old Burbank man accidentally backed his Honda Accord onto a curb, struck a fire hydrant and slammed into a law office Tuesday on Glenoaks Boulevard at Linden Avenue, police said. Minas Allahyarian was backing into a parking space at 2:26 p.m. when he pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake, losing control of his car, Glendale police Officer Rich Ulrich said. Allahyarian drove in reverse south on the northbound lane of Glenoaks, went up a curb and onto sidewalk, hit a fire hydrant and struck the exterior of the Law Offices of Robert Yousefian.
May 18, 2009
Vehicle takes a turn for the worse On Wednesday, I was an eyewitness on Glenoaks Boulevard to the most dangerous, irresponsible, seemingly impossible, right-hand turn from the center left-turn lane! I wouldn’t have believed it either if I had not been one of the four cars waiting at the corner when the light turned green for us to continue west on Glenoaks. Before my foot hit the gas pedal, I glanced right and left, and at that moment, the car in the Glenoaks left-turn lane next to me suddenly lurched forward on his/her red light, turned sharply right and sped across our three westbound lanes on Glenoaks Boulevard and up a side street.
April 22, 2009
GLENDALE — Speeds on main city streets such as Glenoaks Boulevard have decreased since the Police Department stepped up enforcement in high-speed areas, officials said. Patrol officers cited 176 motorists from March 27 to April 6 in Glendale, and of those tickets, 53 were for speeding, according to Glendale Police Department statistics, which Lt. Carl Povilaitis said is a high number for that period of time. Other citations were for failing to stop for a pedestrian or at a stop sign, unsafe lane changes and talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving.
April 15, 2009
The following were taken from reports filed at the Glendale Police Department: 500 block of Glenoaks Boulevard : Glendale Podiatry Group employees reported Friday that the medical facility was burglarized. An Apple computer and $600 in cash were stolen. 1200 block of Allen Avenue : A 50-year-old Glendale man reported Friday that his Chevy truck was burglarized. Two pairs of sunglasses, a navigation system and a iPhone were stolen.
February 27, 2009
NORTH GLENDALE — A mangled red sports car from a fatal accident rested in the center median of Glenoaks Boulevard near Graynold Avenue on Thursday along with two electronic signs reading “Slow down, speed kills.” The display is the Glendale Police Department’s latest effort to increase public awareness of speeding and warn motorists who drive on Glenoaks that driving too fast can result in death, Lt. Carl Povilaitis said. Since the start of this year, three major collisions have occurred on Glenoaks, and two happened on Glenoaks and Graynold.