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February 12, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman LOS ANGELES -- A Glendale woman tied to a murder-for-hire plot against her estranged husband was sentenced to three years' probation Monday for making a false statement to the FBI. Kristine Arutunyan, 31, pleaded guilty in December 2000 to lying in an interview to the FBI about having a romantic relationship with Archak Zakarian. As part of the plea, she agreed to testify against Zakarian and his brother, Garen, who were charged with conspiring to murder Artur Simonian, Arutunyan's husband.
October 18, 2000
Amber Willard PASADENA COURTHOUSE -- A man who was arrested and released as a suspect in a double murder and who has been accused of the crime by a defense attorney was ordered released from jail in an unrelated case Tuesday. Adam Walker, a Montrose resident arrested and later released by Glendale officers in July following the beating deaths of two boys on a La Crescenta school playground, was one of seven men being held on burglary charges not related to the killings.
By Zain Shauk | March 24, 2010
Candidates in the April 13 special primary election to fill a vacancy in the 43rd Assembly District will head to Burbank City Hall at 7 tonight for a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank. The following are brief descriptions of each of the four candidates, three of whom have never served in public office. If no candidate receives more than 50% of votes, the election will proceed to a runoff contest June 8 between the top vote-getters from each party.
By Megan O’Neil | November 12, 2009
LA CAÑADA — A couple living in a wealthy neighborhood has been ordered to pay $768,000 to an Indonesian woman who was forced to work 16-hours days without pay after they confiscated her passport. The civil judgment, issued Nov. 2, stems from a criminal case that was settled in 2008 in which Sycamore Choi pleaded guilty to felony human trafficking. Andrew Tjia pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment after bringing Suminarti Sayuti Yusuf from Jakarta, Indonesia to Southern California in early 2006, confiscating her passport and forcing her to work long days without rest or pay. Tjia now lives in Singapore, where he works in finance.
By Robert S. Hong | March 16, 2007
On his second shot at running for the Glendale City Council, Chahe Keuroghelian has his mind set on Glendale's future and one of his primary goals is creating a positive environment for the city's youth. "Everything else can be done in time, but investing in our youth is the most pressing issue I see," he said. We need to come up with creative solutions today. It's not going to change much until we start encouraging our youth to take the right path." The 49-year-old small business owner has worked in Glendale since 1988 and been a resident since 1999.
July 22, 2005
Mark R. Madler For some political figures an arrest has meant the end of their career, while for others it served as merely a big, ugly bump in the road. While Burbank City Councilwoman Stacey Murphy waits to see which it will be for her she can draw both hope and worry from past examples. There are several hopeful stories to focus on. Voters in Washington, D.C., welcomed Marion Barry back to the city council in 2004 following his prison stint for drug possession.
April 19, 2014
I got the call at about 11 p.m. Tuesday night. "Drayman is out," said the voice on the other end of the line. "Keep me out of it, but I think Drayman is out. " After years of investigations, thousands of hours of work by police and prosecutors, court delay after court delay, the infamous John Drayman, the Pony Ride Kid, the Montrose Mafioso, got just eight days in the gray bar hotel. At the time of his indictment in 2012, prosecutors claimed that he stole between $304,000 and $880,000 from the Montrose Harvest Market during a seven-year period - a period that included a stint as Glendale's mayor.
By Maria Hsin, | August 26, 2011
Chalard Jiraceevee, the owner of Siam Motors in Burbank, received some shocking news in June. He was being sued. “They served me the papers, saying I need handicap parking, that the bathroom was too small for a person in a wheelchair, the toilet is too low, the sink is too small - a lot of stuff,” Jiraceevee said of the allegations in the lawsuit. The only bathroom at his business is for employees, Jiraceevee said, and his company doesn't advertise. But it was too late.
By Veronica Rocha, | October 21, 2010
LOS ANGELES — Three Glendale men who were arrested last week on suspicion of taking part in the largest Medicare fraud scheme in history were ordered to remain in jail on Tuesday because they were considered a flight risk and a danger to the economy. U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin on Tuesday declined bail for Vartan Boyzadzhyan, 38, Armen Kazarian, 46, and Herayer Baghoumian, 54, at a drawn-out detention hearing in the Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles.
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