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By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | September 22, 2011
Joseph Brancato, the 70-year-old Burbank man accused of beating his wife to death with a chair leg, is receiving appropriate medical attention in jail, officials said. Brancato told authorities that he only sustained a fractured shoulder as a result of a fall in a holding facility, sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said in an email. ____________________ FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Brancato's attorney claimed his client had been stabbed.
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By Veronica Rocha | July 2, 2010
DOWNTOWN — Glendale’s jail was singled out in a lengthy grand jury report of detention centers for being among the best run facilities in the county. The Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury on Wednesday released its annual report on an in-depth investigation into various city and county programs, including video teleconferencing, inmate healthcare, water and trash services and more. The grand jury’s Detention Committee also praised facilities in Beverly Hills, Inglewood, and East Los Angeles.
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April 16, 2014
A former Glendale councilman who was sentenced last week to one year in jail after pleading guilty to embezzlement, perjury and filing false tax returns will instead serve the remainder of this time under home confinement. After being sentenced, John Drayman was assigned to the Twin Towers jail facility in downtown Los Angeles. But L.A. County Sheriff's officials almost immediately cut his term by more than half, noting  nonviolent and nonsexual criminals are eligible for the reduction under state prison realignment guidelines meant to reduce inmate overcrowding.
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By Charly Shelton, Youth Correspondent | October 28, 2004
For anyone who ever thought that putting up the Haunted Jail at the CV Sheriff's Station was just a real quick thing - throw some camoflauge netting, colored lights and fog machines in there - you're wrong. The volunteers work from early in the morning to late at night. And if that's not enough, some stay until 1 in the morning. From painting sets to rigging up lights, they do it all. The Haunted Jail has been a tradition in La Crescenta for about 10 years, said Deputy Charles Norris, the head of the Search and Rescue and Uniform Reserves, who oversees the Haunted Jail.
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By Veronica Rocha | May 5, 2011
GLENDALE — Authorities on Thursday released the identity of the 32-year-old Glendale man who was found dead in a Salem Street parking lot earlier this week, just a day after his release from jail. Ernest Seyranov was discovered dead about 8 a.m. Wednesday, his body lying next to a luxury car in the metered parking lot next to Clancy’s Crab Broiler, Los Angeles County coroner’s officials said. Glendale police are still waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 12, 2011
SOUTH GLENDALE — A 31-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after police spotted him wearing a black inmate jumpsuit and riding a 10-year-old girl’s stolen pink bicycle — just hours after he was released from a Los Angeles County jail. Michael Toplin, who was on parole for receiving stolen property, had been released from jail earlier that day, but allegedly wasted little time in taking advantage of an opportunity crime, according to Glendale police reports. Special Enforcement Detail officers, whose duties include monitoring parolees, reported spotting Toplin about 7:30 p.m. riding the pink bike on a Central Avenue sidewalk, a code violation.
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By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | September 21, 2011
A 70-year-old Burbank man accused of beating his wife to death with a chair leg appeared in court Wednesday in a wheelchair after suffering from a fractured shoulder and back spasms in jail, his attorney said. Joseph Brancato faces murder charges after allegedly beating his 65-year-old wife, Marie Brancato, to death with a chair leg. His public defender, Kasie Lee, told a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Wednesday that her client has been unable to attend two previous hearings due the injuries he sustained while in jail.
NEWS
December 15, 1999
Paul M. Anderson GLENDALE -- Tim Jagoe, the father of two siblings killed in an October car crash, may have helped spare jail time Tuesday for the man accused of causing his children's deaths. As Los Angeles County Commissioner Gerald T. Richardson weighed whether to release Mark Herwig on his own recognizance after his arraignment Tuesday, Jagoe got the bailiff's attention and asked to be heard. He told Richardson that Herwig could be trusted to return to court to answer charges he was drunk when he crashed his car Oct. 16. Herwig's attorney, Richard Helphand, said the gesture tipped the scales in Herwig's favor.
NEWS
October 28, 2003
A Glendale insurance agent was sentenced Monday to 75 days in jail after pleading no contest to one count of grand theft when authorities discovered he took auto insurance premiums from several Los Angeles and Glendale customers. An investigation by the state Department of Insurance found that Arshak Mike Rostomyan, 27, collected insurance premiums and never submitted them to an insurance company, a Los Angeles City Attorney's office news release said.
NEWS
April 5, 2003
A Glendale man convicted of assault with a deadly weapon died in county jail while serving a one-year sentence, officials said. Ronald Phillips, 22, died Sunday while in custody, but the cause of his death is not yet established, said Lt. David Smith in the Los Angeles County Coroner's office. The coroner's office has ordered additional testing, Smith said. A supervisor at the county inmate information line confirmed Phillips died while in custody, but could not identify in which facility he was housed.
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April 19, 2014
Less than two weeks ago, locals who felt betrayed by the actions of John Drayman, the disgraced former Glendale councilman convicted of embezzlement, were able to take a small amount of satisfaction when a judge labeled him a crook and sentenced him to a year in jail . After all, Drayman had pleaded guilty to perjury, filing false tax returns and to the most egregious of the charges against him, the theft of at least $304,000 from the Montrose Shopping...
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April 17, 2014
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, April 17. Forecasters predict a high of 73 degrees and a low of 57 with patchy fog throughout the day in the Glendale region. The top headlines in your area this morning : To the shock of some victims of his embezzlement scheme, former Councilman John Drayman's was assigned to serve the remainder of his time in custody - an expected total of six weeks - in home confinement, after spending just eight days in jail . Originally, Drayman was sentenced last week to serve one year behind bars, but once he was in custody, his projected release date was slashed in half.
NEWS
April 16, 2014
A former Glendale councilman who was sentenced last week to one year in jail after pleading guilty to embezzlement, perjury and filing false tax returns will instead serve the remainder of this time under home confinement. After being sentenced, John Drayman was assigned to the Twin Towers jail facility in downtown Los Angeles. But L.A. County Sheriff's officials almost immediately cut his term by more than half, noting  nonviolent and nonsexual criminals are eligible for the reduction under state prison realignment guidelines meant to reduce inmate overcrowding.
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By Brittany Levine and Dan Evans and By Brittany Levine and Dan Evans | April 16, 2014
Victims of former Councilman John Drayman's embezzlement scheme said they were shocked on Wednesday to learn the convicted felon would serve the remainder of his time in custody - an expected total of six weeks - in home confinement, after spending just eight days in jail. Originally, Drayman was sentenced last week to serve one year behind bars , but once he was in custody, his projected release date was slashed in half . It was cut once again Wednesday afternoon. “We spent three years working with the police and the district attorney's office trying to bring this man to justice and there's no justice,” said Dale Dawson, business administrator for the Montrose Shopping Park Assn., the organization from which Drayman had been accused of stealing more than $304,000 over seven years.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
Former Councilman John Drayman, who has been convicted of embezzlement, is expected to be released from Los Angeles County jail on Sept. 26, which would cut the one-year sentence he received on Monday roughly in half. His time behind bars could be shortened even more if he takes educational classes, serves food or takes other jobs in the jail, said Nicole Nishida, a public information officer with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, on Tuesday after Drayman's projected release date was posted on the sheriff's website.
NEWS
April 7, 2014
Former Councilman John Drayman was shaking as he was handcuffed in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Monday morning after he was sentenced to one year in Los Angeles County jail . PHOTOS: Former Glendale Community Councilman John Drayman sentenced Drayman, who pleaded guilty last month to three felonies, including embezzlement, remained tight-lipped ‎during the hearing, even after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus called...
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 5, 2013
Three men were sentenced Monday to serve jail time and probation after being arrested last week for allegedly stealing more than a dozen car batteries from Honda vehicles in Glendale and Los Angeles, officials said. The Los Angeles residents - Jordan Astudillo, 20, Jonathan Piche, 19, and David Osorio, 18 - pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of petty theft, according Shiara Dávila-Morales, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. Astudillo and Piche were each sentenced to serve 60 days in jail, while Osorio was ordered to 30 days in custody, she added.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 11, 2013
Bauhaus lead singer Peter Murphy was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and must complete 45 days of Narcotics Anonymous meetings for rear-ending a car in Glendale and fleeing in his vehicle until he was stopped six miles away. Murphy, who is best known as the lead vocalist in the British Goth rock band Bauhaus, pleaded no contest in Los Angeles County Superior Court to misdemeanor hit-and-run driving for the March 16 crash, and guilty to a charge of possessing methamphetamine.
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September 3, 2013
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich asked sheriff's officials to look into ways to stem early releases of county jail inmates serving time for violence and sex crimes, after a report by the Los Angeles Times on the increasing number of inmates released early. "The county needs options that result in [serious and violent offenders] serving their full sentences," Antonovich said. The increase in early releases comes as a result of budget cuts and state prison realignment, which shifted responsibility for housing certain lower-level felons from state prisons to county jails.
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