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September 6, 2013
Police plan to heavily enforce motorcycle safety on Sunday in neighborhoods most frequented by riders in the city. Officers participating in the motorcycle safety enforcement operation will crack down on riders who are speeding, making illegal turns and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Police plan to also monitor drivers whose dangerous driving may lead motorcyclists to crash. No one was killed in motorcycle-involved collisions last year, but police and fire personnel responded to 25 crashes, which resulted in 22 injuries, officials said.
NEWS
August 13, 2012
A motorcyclist was arrested Saturday night after allegedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit on city streets that ended when he crashed and was thrown from his bike. Hovhannes Markarian, 23 of North Hollywood, was taken into custody about 10:47 p.m. at North Central Avenue and Goode Avenue on suspicion of reckless driving when he was evading a police officer, according to Glendale police reports. The officer tried to pull over Markarian after he drove through a red light on Brand Boulevard, police said.
NEWS
October 24, 2011
Two separate traffic accidents on the 5 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley left two people dead and two others injured on Sunday, all amid a popular children's charity event that attracts hundreds of motorcycle riders, according to event organizers and the California Highway Patrol. Authorities and organizers were trying to determine whether the two people killed were taking part in a motorcycle ride from Glendale to Castaic Lake to help raise money for autism research. "Whether they were or not, this was a tragic accident," said spokeswoman Susan Morrison.
THE818NOW
August 17, 2011
A 19-year-old Burbank man died Tuesday morning after he was ejected from his motorcycle when it collided with a car on the Interstate 5 in Burbank, officials said. The man, identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office as Aroutin Hagnazarian, was pronounced dead at the scene by Burbank firefighters. California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Denmon said witnesses reported the 2004 Kawasaki was travelling about 65 mph between a vehicle and a temporary concrete wall near the No. 4 lane at about 10:40 a.m. Hagnazarian then switched back and forth with the No. 2 lane before colliding with the right rear of another vehicle in the southbound lanes near Magnolia Boulevard, Denmon said.
FEATURES
By Ani Amirkhanian | December 26, 2007
Traveling, river rafting, hang gliding and taking road trips are some of Patti O?Meara?s favorite pastimes. But nothing thrills this La Crescenta resident more than riding on the back of her husband Pat?s Harley-Davidson. The 64-year-old mother and grandmother takes motorcycle trips out of state and around the country with her husband, and the two participate in a number of motorcycle-related charitable events, including Glendale?s Love Ride. When O?Meara and her husband take long trips on their Harley, O?
THE626NOW
November 30, 2011
A South Pasadena man went for a ride with the men attempting to steal his motorcycle before being threatened and bailing from a moving van, police said. On Tuesday evening, a resident on the 300 block of Pasadena Avenue heard noises and confronted three men loading his motorcycle into a white van. The man jumped into the van as it pulled away, but jumped out after he heard one of the three suspects say, “Just shoot him,” according to South Pasadena Police Sgt. Robert Bartels. Bartels said the man did not see a weapon.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | January 2, 2008
Montrose resident John Abercrombie likes to stay active, whether it’s shooting pool at Sparr Heights Community Center or swimming laps at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA. But his favorite pastime is riding his motorcycle. After more than 20 years of cruising on a motorcycle, Abercrombie, 78, still enjoys the thrill of the ride. Every Sunday, he takes out his Honda Goldwing for a spin, often going to Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace. Although his wife, Dorothy, calls his motorcycle a “murdercycle,” Abercrombie, said he’s never been afraid of getting on a motorcycle and compares it to riding a bicycle.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | November 16, 2010
CITY OF INDUSTRY — The husband of New Horizons founder Maria Rochart was killed Saturday after being thrown from his motorcycle and run over by another vehicle in a multiple-car crash on the San Gabriel Valley (605) Freeway, California Highway Patrol officials said. Roger Rochart, a 47-year-old chiropractor, was pronounced dead at the scene of Saturday's accident, which occurred about 3:55 p.m. on the northbound 605 Freeway north of Peck Road, officials said. His passenger, Daisy Tew, 50, of Arcadia, suffered serious injuries.
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By Veronica Rocha and Kelly Corrigan veronica.rocha@latimes.com; kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 24, 2011
Moments before two Love Ride participants were killed Sunday in a freeway traffic collision, the event's grand marshal, “The Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, told a crowd of bikers that he wanted to see “somebody go down.” “Every year, [the organizer] says 'Drive safe,'” Leno told the crowd in kicking off the 28th annual Love Ride in Glendale. “I'm gonna say, 'Don't drive safe.' I wanna see somebody go down. So it'll be fun. I want it to be in front or behind me and see a whole row of bikes go down.
NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | August 31, 2007
Angeles Crest Highway was the site of a fatal motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon involving two members of the Montrose Search and Rescue Team. According to Officer Todd Workman of the California Highway Patrol, Lucas Binford, 35, from Chatsworth was traveling westbound on the Angeles Crest Highway when his motorcycle crossed the center yellow line and crashed into a Montrose Search and Rescue vehicle traveling eastbound. The team?s vehicle, occupied by the driver and a single passenger, both members of the rescue organization, were entering a curve when the accident happened, according to Montrose Search and Rescue Capt.
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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.
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January 8, 2014
Welcome to your daily roundup of news headlines, 818 readers. Today is Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. The National Weather Service predicts it will be mostly sunny - nowhere near Arctic Vortex temperatures - with the high reaching about 66 degrees in the Glendale area, lows around 49 and partial clouds scattered in the evening. Here are your top news stories in the region:  Thomas Grosch, 53, of La Cañada Flintridge, lost control of his motorcycle and died on the Glendale (2)
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 7, 2014
A prominent local physician was killed Monday night after he lost control of his motorcycle on the Glendale (2) Freeway, officials said. Thomas Grosch, 53, of La Cañada Flintridge was pronounced dead at the crash scene on the 2 Freeway near Mountain Street, according to Los Angeles County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter. He was traveling north on the freeway at about 5:55 p.m. on a Harley Davidson, possibly at a high rate of speed, said Officer Tom Miller of the California Highway Patrol's Altadena station.
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By Samantha Schaefer, James Barragan and Thomas Curwen | December 9, 2013
The fast and furious became the solemn and reverential Sunday as hundreds of fans and mourners met in Valencia to pay tribute to the memory of actor Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, killed Nov. 30 in a car crash. Under cold but clear skies, a line of muscle cars and motorcycles made a slow procession through the industrial park where the accident took place. Messages honoring Walker were spray-painted on their windows. One car had a funeral wreath, the Los Angeles Times reported . Billed as a memorial rally and car cruise, the gathering gave fans an opportunity to remember Walker, 40, whose fame as an undercover detective in the "Fast & Furious" film franchise made him beloved to millions, and celebrate the high-octane culture of tuner cars.
NEWS
September 27, 2013
The Glendale Police Department's traffic officers came out on top in an annual competition that tested their motorcycle training and skills. Officer Marc Tarzia took overall first place in the Orange County Traffic Officer's Assn. Motor Rodeo Top Gun competition held last week in Huntington Beach. Tarzia, along with Glendale officers Ryan Gunn and Bryan Duncan, placed first in the team event portion of the competition. The event drew 350 participants representing 20 law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties.
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By Matt Stevens and By Matt Stevens | September 17, 2013
Three lanes of the westbound 134 Freeway are closed, snarling traffic through the Burbank and Glendale areas after a fatal motorcycle crash early Tuesday, a spokesman from the California Highway Patrol said. Officers received calls about a downed motorcycle on the 134 Freeway near the transition to the 5 Freeway at 6:37 a.m. Tuesday. CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said the motorcycle was found down in lanes and the male driver was pronounced dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Times reported . The man was described as being in his “late 20s or early 30s,” but Villalobos could not provide immediately additional details on the crash, which he said is under investigation.
NEWS
September 6, 2013
Police plan to heavily enforce motorcycle safety on Sunday in neighborhoods most frequented by riders in the city. Officers participating in the motorcycle safety enforcement operation will crack down on riders who are speeding, making illegal turns and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Police plan to also monitor drivers whose dangerous driving may lead motorcyclists to crash. No one was killed in motorcycle-involved collisions last year, but police and fire personnel responded to 25 crashes, which resulted in 22 injuries, officials said.
NEWS
April 29, 2013
Moviegoers and movie critics have come away from "Oblivion" raving about the vavoom vehicles in the box-office hit starring Tom Cruise -- especially lead character Jack's futuristic folding motocross bike. Known on the set as "Jack's moto bike," the wispy ghost-white bike wheelies its way across a landscape of desert salt flats -- actually, volcanic sand in Iceland -- and transports the hero into and out of trouble throughout director Joseph Kosinski's dystopian film. The "moto bike," though, was a Honda CRF450X before local motorcycle-fabricator-to-the-stars Justin Kell started transforming it. Kell, whose Glory Motor Works has built or restored bikes for "The Master," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and " G.I. Joe 2 ," among many others, said his company built three futuristic motorcycles for Cruise and Kosinski's stunt crews to ride in "Oblivion.
NEWS
August 13, 2012
A motorcyclist was arrested Saturday night after allegedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit on city streets that ended when he crashed and was thrown from his bike. Hovhannes Markarian, 23 of North Hollywood, was taken into custody about 10:47 p.m. at North Central Avenue and Goode Avenue on suspicion of reckless driving when he was evading a police officer, according to Glendale police reports. The officer tried to pull over Markarian after he drove through a red light on Brand Boulevard, police said.
NEWS
May 30, 2012
A Glendale police officer was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning for minor injuries after his motorcycle crashed into a truck that was pulling into an angled parking spot on Brand Boulevard, officials said. Officer Bill Frommling was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was treated for a sore jaw, knee and hip, Glendale Police Lt. Steve Robertson said. Frommling was conducting speed enforcement on Brand Boulevard and was going after a violator at about 30 mph just before 8:30 a.m. when the Toyota truck traveling in Brand's left lane just ahead of him made a sharp right turn across the right lane, which Frommling was in, to pull into a parking spot, Robertson said.
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