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January 5, 2012
Even since the economy began stalling several years ago, there have been dire warnings that crime would rise. But in Southern California, crime continues its long decline despite the weak economy. Indeed, 2011 brought new worries about a "double dip recession," yet streets in many parts of the region were the safest they've been in decades. The trend continues to puzzle some criminologists but has reinforced the view of many in law enforcement that factors other than the economy determine the rise or fall of crime.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | July 3, 2008
CITY HALL — A forthcoming lawsuit alleging the county is overcharging cities to collect and administer property taxes found a new ally Tuesday after the City Council voted unanimously to join in the legal action. In doing so, Glendale joins at least 24 other cities in Los Angeles County that plan to sue in an effort to recoup what city officials argue are unreasonable charges being levied by the county to cover the administrative costs of collecting and distributing property taxes.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | May 6, 2009
GLENDALE — A 53-year-old man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Glendale Superior Court to hitting a 16-year-old bicyclist — who was heading home after taking a college entry exam — with his SUV while driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Herbert Davis is charged with felony driving under the influence and causing great bodily injury to Charmaine Alcantara in Saturday’s accident, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | December 20, 2006
The Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration is not your average concert. The six-hour musical spectacular will feature 45 musical groups representing a wide range of ethnic groups that make up Los Angeles County. Burbank and La Crescenta-based groups are among those that will represent the county, said Laura Zucker, executive director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission who is also executive producer. Others will come from all over, from the Antelope Valley to Long Beach and from Santa Monica to Riverside to join the performance on the stage of Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | April 10, 2010
GLENDALE — A Glendale physician and her husband were arrested Friday morning after failing to report more than $4.2 million in Medicare payments during a two-year period, officials said. Glendale ophthalmologist Eduardita Quevedo, 66, and her husband, Sherman Oaks-based gynecologist and obstetrician Federico Quevedo, 71, were taken into custody at their Pomona home Friday in connection with the tax fraud charges, said Brenda Voet, a state Franchise Tax Board spokeswoman. Eduardita Quevedo, who worked out of a Chevy Chase Drive office, and her husband were charged with two felony counts each of filing false income tax returns in 2003 and 2004, according to a criminal complaint.
LOCAL
By Jason Wells | March 17, 2007
PASADENA — Prosecutors in the trial of two Echo Park gang members charged in the 2004 shooting death of a 16-year-old Glendale boy began wrapping up their case in Pasadena Superior Court as they called Glendale Police and Los Angeles County investigators to testify Tuesday. Glendale Police, a ballistics expert and a medical examiner from Los Angeles County were involved in the initial investigation of defendants Carlos Palma, 20, and Julian Martinez, 21. Palma and Martinez face charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder for the Dec. 30, 2004, drive-by shooting in Glendale that killed 16-year-old Carlos Pinon and seriously injured his friend, Juan Beltran, who was 15 at the time.
LOCAL
By Jason Wells | June 2, 2008
GLENDALE — Grigor Grigoryan, the 39-year-old man who was arrested Friday after a police pursuit ended in Hollywood, is scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges after an autopsy determined his girlfriend was strangled to death in her home, authorities said. The woman, whom Glendale police identified as 35-year-old Yvette Hakopian, was found dead Friday afternoon in her home on the 600 block of West Stocker Street, setting off a manhunt for her boyfriend. “[The scene]
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
A reputed gang member accused of trying to kill two Glendale men during a carjacking and subsequent freeway crash was ordered to stand trial Monday on attempted murder charges. Manuel Jesus Rodriguez, 28, of Tujunga is charged with carjacking, assault with a firearm and two counts of attempted murder stemming from the Jan. 7 shooting in Glendale, according to Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Rodriguez, who is also known as "Travieso," is a listed member of the Glendale-based Toonerville gang, which is named in an injunction obtained by Glendale and Los Angeles in 2009, officials said.
NEWS
January 28, 2002
Karen S. Kim GLENDALE -- Unemployment in Glendale declined by 0.1% for the second month in a row during December 2001, but Don Nakamoto, city labor market specialist, said it's still too soon to call the decline a trend. "You would probably have to see it move pretty substantially up or down at least a percentage point over a six-month period," Nakamoto said. "Then you could conclude the momentum is going in one direction or another." Glendale's unemployment rate in December fell from 5.5% in November to 5.4%, or 5,480 people, according to numbers released by the California Employment Development Department.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | January 8, 2010
PASADENA — Attorneys representing five people who were charged with beating and torturing two loan modification agents asked for more time Thursday to reach a potential settlement. Attorney Stephen Wegman and three other defense attorneys asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz if the case could be extended to Jan. 27 to accommodate negotiations on a possible settlement with the district attorney. Schwartz sent the case back to Burbank Superior Court to be settled.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
A cyclist whose right leg was partially amputated after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver near Griffith Park last year isn't letting the events of that tragic day stop him from prevailing in his new life's mission. Damian Kevitt was left wounded, but still remains resilient as he works to shed light on a traffic-safety issue plaguing several Los Angeles County cities - hit-and-run collisions. "It's not only about me. An entire city is starting to galvanize around the idea that it's unacceptable to hit and run," he said.
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NEWS
April 21, 2014
Good morning readers! Today is Monday, April 21. As you work off that sugar crash from all that Easter candy, check out these headlines from around the region:  To the chargin of locals, Ernie Jr.'s Taco House closed for the last time on Saturday. Many lifelong fans flocked to the eatery last week for their last chance to munch on its Mexican fare. Glendale News-Press A design firm presented an $18-million, 20-year plan last week to renovate the city's outdoor Starlight Bowl amphitheater , which representatives of the firm called "drastically underutilized" and "slightly tired" in terms of its physical condition and programming.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
A reputed gang member accused of trying to kill two Glendale men during a carjacking and subsequent freeway crash was ordered to stand trial Monday on attempted murder charges. Manuel Jesus Rodriguez, 28, of Tujunga is charged with carjacking, assault with a firearm and two counts of attempted murder stemming from the Jan. 7 shooting in Glendale, according to Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Rodriguez, who is also known as "Travieso," is a listed member of the Glendale-based Toonerville gang, which is named in an injunction obtained by Glendale and Los Angeles in 2009, officials said.
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...
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 25, 2014
Prosecutors have filed attempted-murder charges against a male transient from Santa Monica who is accused of stabbing a woman in the chest at a busy Glendale intersection . Michael Caudill, 53, appeared in a Glendale courtroom Tuesday to be arraigned on charges of attempted murder and assault with deadly weapon, but the proceeding was postponed, according to court officials. Caudill, who is being held on $1-million bail, is instead scheduled to appear April 8 in the Mental Health Courthouse in Los Angeles, where a judge will likely assign a court-appointed doctor to evaluate him and determine whether he is fit to face trial.
NEWS
March 24, 2014
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta on Monday, saying that they have yet to see any demonstrated or significant progress toward reducing helicopter noise nearly a year after their initial report. The letter comes on the heels of a meeting with the FAA in which the agency failed to produce a plan to meet its Congressional mandate to reduce helicopter noise, did not identify quantifiable ways to measure helicopter noise throughout the L.A. basin and failed to study the entire LA basin, instead focusing on small study areas.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 13, 2014
Two men were convicted this week in the 2008 murder of a Mongols Motorcycle Club member gunned down while riding on the Glendale (2) Freeway. Jurors on Wednesday found Richard Clayborne, 40, and Jose Gonzalez, 36, guilty of killing 30-year-old Venice resident Manuel Martin, who suffered a gunshot wound to his chest on Oct. 8, 2008 as he rode alongside another motorcyclist, authorities said. Clayborne and Gonzalez were also found guilty of trying to kill the other motorcyclist, Ronald Hamburg, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
NEWS
February 24, 2014
Good morning readers. Today is Monday, Feb. 24. The warm weather winter continues with a high of 79 and low of 48, though rain is expected later in the week. While you get ready for the week, check out these headlines from around the area:  First-round victories are nothing new for “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.  W ins via strikes are, however, and that's exactly what Rousey got Saturday night in the main event of  UFC  170 at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay, defeating challenger Sara McMann at the 1:06 mark of the first round to defend her Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight title.
NEWS
February 16, 2014
Several homes were evacuated Sunday when a brush fire started in the Adams Hills neighborhood, charring a roughly two-acre hillside near Forest Lawn in Glendale, officials said.  The fire that broke out southeast of Forest Lawn was reported about 11:30 a.m., said Brandy Villanueva of Glendale Fire Department. About 110 firefighters from Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County knocked down the blaze about 1:10 p.m. No injuries were reported.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 7, 2014
Los Angeles County transportation officials presented several alternatives this week for a new overpass and other road work in the San Fernando Corridor that would pave the way for the closure of one of the most dangerous street-level crossings in the area and prepare for the planned California High-Speed Rail. The authority that oversees the development of the bullet train, which is expected to run from San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than three hours by 2029, is slated to contribute funding to the overpass project, which doesn't have a price tag yet. The partnership is a way to “get more bang for our taxpayers buck,” Dan Sepulveda, project manager at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said at a public meeting in Atwater on Thursday night.
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