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February 4, 2010
I am very disappointed, and a bit frightened, at the way Glendale police officers behaved during the Americana at Brand lock-down Feb. 1 (“Chase ends at Americana,” Feb. 2). As it happens, my 80-year-old mother was caught in the hallway sweep during the evacuation and lockdown process. She was ushered outside without her cell phone or her wallet — the officer would not allow her to return to her apartment to retrieve those items. A frail 80-year-old woman doesn’t look like an armed robbery suspect to me, but I guess they had their reasons.
October 10, 2001
Amber Willard NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- A Glendale Police helicopter and patrol cars, as well as Glendale Fire trucks and paramedics, were thick on Allen Avenue following two emergencies there. Police were called to the 1200 block of Allen Avenue about 7 p.m. Thursday after a man holding a gun on his porch was spotted, officials said. The man was suicidal but later surrendered to officers, according to police reports. A crowd had gathered on nearby lawns and sidewalks and a man's off-leash dog bit an officer on the arm, police said.
By Veronica Rocha, | August 23, 2012
A 37-year-old Glendale man was arrested early Thursday after he allegedly led police on a pursuit, got away and then crashed his car. Angelito Ancheta was taken into custody about 4:29 a.m. at Chevy Chase Drive and Garfield Avenue after he abandoned his 2002 Honda Civic and fled on foot, according to Glendale police reports. The pursuit, which took place on city streets, began after Ancheta failed to stop at a red light at Glendale Avenue and Colorado Street, according to police.
By Veronica Rocha, | July 24, 2012
A 55-year-old man was charged with several counts Tuesday after he allegedly twice tried to run over three men with his Ford Thunderbird outside a 7-Eleven store in Glendale. Lloyd Morris, of Glendale, who allegedly hit one of the men with his car, faces three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of resisting an officer and one count of hit-and-run in connection with the July 20 incident, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court complaint. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE The alleged victims told officers that Morris approached them just before midnight outside a 7-Eleven in the 1100 block of East Broadway, opened the Ford's trunk and tried to sell them an old TV, apparently to get money to buy beer.
By Veronica Rocha, | September 24, 2012
A 28-year-old Glendale man was stabbed in the stomach Saturday night after a group of men attacked him on Ivy Street, police said. The man, whose name wasn't released, was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to treat a half-inch stab wound, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. But the man refused treatment from hospital staff and left, Lorenz added. Police arrived about 9:22 p.m. to the 400 block of Ivy Street after they received reports of a fight in the area. No one was brawling when officers arrived, but a witness told police that a man involved in the fight had a shaved head.
May 12, 2012
Police arrested three people Saturday morning for allegedly stealing an iPad 2 and other pricey items from a parked car. Nicole Villegas, 26, Bryan Ochoa 18, and Pedro Orozco, 18, of Altadena were charged with burglary and taken to Glendale City Jail, said Sgt. Daniel Suttles, of the Glendale Police Dept. The incident that led to the arrests unfolded at around 4:15 a.m., when a neighbor spotted two men breaking into a two-door Scion parked on the 3600 block of Figueroa Street in Glendale.
By Gary Huerta | February 23, 2010
Not long ago, I went to Wilson Middle School in an attempt to find out who had allegedly stolen my son’s skateboard. He lent the board to a schoolmate while off campus. The boy then began bragging how he had dismantled it, selling the parts for profit. The day before going to the school, I went to the police, where an officer at the station said, “The school is going to want to work it out on their own. But don’t let them. The right thing to do is to go to the school, tell them why you are there and give us a call so we can haul the kid out of class.
July 6, 2001
I have been following the ongoing debates concerning the proposed construction of a memorial honoring the 1.5 million Armenians killed by the Turkish government during the Ottoman Empire. Until now, I have never written to a newspaper or any other type of publication. However, on this matter, I found it extremely important to convey and educate both Armenian Americans and Americans of other ethnic backgrounds on the American citizenry connection concerning the Armenian Genocide.
By Veronica Rocha | January 26, 2010
GLENDALE — Four Armenian officers and one former officer have filed a joint lawsuit against the Glendale Police Department, alleging years of discrimination, derogatory comments and harassment because of their race. Officers John Balian and Robert Parseghian; Sgts. Vahak Mardikian and Tigran Topadzhikyan; and former Officer Benny Simonzad filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, alleging myriad on-the-job discrimination and harassment incidents. When confronted with complaints of the discrimination, command staff failed to respond, according to the federal lawsuit.
By Ryan Vaillancourt | April 23, 2008
DOWNTOWN — Gabriela Walsh, a Valencia resident who works in Glendale, had her heart set on buying a condo at the Americana at Brand — until she learned it would cost her more than $700,000. Americana developer Caruso Affiliated recently announced that prices for the 100 condo units in the retail, residential and entertainment megaplex will start in the “low $700,000s” and cap at more than $2 million. “That’s a bit out of my range,” Walsh said.
March 14, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. In the Glendale area today, the high will be 74 and low near 52, according to the National Weather Service. Here are the top headlines in your region this morning: The fire that ripped through a Burbank triplex on Wednesday was reportedly caused by an electrical wiring malfunction and caused an estimated $560,000 in damage, authorities said. Hundreds of Los Angeles police officers drove in a procession to Glendale's Forest Lawn following an emotional farewell to Nicholas Lee, the veteran officer killed last week in a Beverly Hills crash.
March 7, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. It's Friday, March 7, 2014 and the sun is slated to return just in time for the weekend. National Weather Service forecasters predict the high will be 76 and low will be 52 in the Glendale area. Here are some of the top headlines in your region this morning: A Burbank police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to federal authorities who were investigating an alleged plot involving his girlfriend and her estranged husband. Glendale has held on to more than 50 arcade games , which have been collecting dust in storage for roughly three years.
By Arin Mikailian, | March 4, 2014
A proposed mixed-use project along Colorado Street that was voted down by the City Council last June because it was too big has been scaled down and the public can comment on its draft environmental impact report through Monday. Glendale-based CMGT Construction Co. initially wanted to build a four-story building with 90 residential units, 28,828 square feet of retail space, a daycare and a restaurant on a .99-acre lot it owns at 507-525 W. Colorado St. Nearly a year after the development was denied, the commercial component is supplanted with 18,000 square feet of medical-office space and the daycare has been nixed, while the 1,700-square-foot restaurant is scaled back to a 1,000-square-foot counter-service eatery with limited seating, according to the draft environmental impact report.
By Veronica Rocha, | January 29, 2014
Police cited more than two dozen motorists Wednesday during an undercover operation aimed at those who failed to stop for pedestrians. Twenty-eight motorists received citations mostly for reportedly failing to stop for a Glendale police officer, who went undercover as he walked in an unmarked crosswalk at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Hawthorne Street. They also made two additional arrests - one for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and the other for driving without a valid license.
By Veronica Rocha, | January 10, 2014
A Glendale man is suing the city and several police officers, alleging he suffers frequent headaches after being slammed to the ground during his arrest at a social gathering in March. Pierre Moradian, 20, claims he was wrongfully arrested and assaulted on March 2 after he asked Glendale police officers why they were detaining his friends who had been smoking outside a gathering at a local home, according to his lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. "It's ridiculous," his attorney Mary Der-Parseghian said.
By Veronica Rocha, | December 18, 2013
Two former Glendale police officers who were fired for allegedly taking a department-issued car on a joy ride to Las Vegas almost three years ago have been reinstated. The Civil Service Commission voted 4-to-1 last week to give Fernando Salmeron and Mike Ullerich their jobs back after the pair, along with Officer Patrick Hamblin, were fired for the incident. The officers were reinstated with a 90-day suspension and had to take a pay reduction, according to Garo Ghazarian, commission chair.
By Brittany Levine, | December 5, 2013
When Kirk Gelsinger, owner of Zeke's Smokehouse and Amber Road, a gourmet grocery store, was on the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. board of directors in the 1980s, the business promotions group had roughly $25,000 to work with. After Gelisnger got elected to the board after a decades-long hiatus, the shopping association's executive director announced the business improvement district was budgeting $435,000 for its 2014 expenditures. “I hope that I can continue that,” Gelsinger said, noting that over the years, the board has ironed out some of the age-old problems, including increasing oversight of the weekly farmer's market, which provides more than a quarter of the revenue for the business improvement district.
By Veronica Rocha, | November 15, 2013
As the city's focus on traffic safety intensifies, police on Thursday took a different approach on the issue and began citing pedestrians who reportedly failed to follow traffic signs. Police cited 34 pedestrians who either jaywalked or crossed a street and ignored traffic signs during an enforcement operation targeting the walking public on Brand Boulevard between Doran and Colorado streets, Glendale Police Sgt. Mike Glassick said. PHOTOS: Police conduct pedestrian violations operation Officers issued another 62 warnings to pedestrians and handed out pamphlets with information about safety and obeying traffic signs, he added.
By Veronica Rocha, | November 14, 2013
Five Glendale police officers, including a sergeant involved in an ongoing federal discrimination lawsuit against the Police Department, were promoted Wednesday to higher-ranking positions. Sgts. Tigran Topadzhikyan and John Gilkerson as well as Officers Scott Holmes, Ernesto Gaxiola and Alex Krikorian were placed at the top of promotion lists and were honored in front of family members, friends and fellow police officers, who packed a room at the Glendale Police Department headquarters.
By Daniel Siegal, | September 30, 2013
Glendale hit its economic development goals for the past fiscal year, with big businesses filling up office space and the city developing a nascent night-life sector, according to a recent city report.  Philip Lanzafame, Glendale's officer for economic development, told the City Council that Glendale officials had three main priorities for the 2012-13 fiscal year: to attract more Class A Office occupants, focus on making Glendale an “18-hour city”...
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