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By Gretchen Meier | August 21, 2010
Muffled discussions about “restoring confidence in the police department” filled a room in the Community Services Building on Wednesday during a public forum. The moderator, Lee Wochner, had a captive audience during introductions of police commissioners and police representatives, but voices rose in volume after the meeting veered from the agenda and moved from introductions to the State of the Police Department by Chief Scott LaChasse. During the much-anticipated public comment period, 13 audience members stepped up to the microphone and relayed a wide range of comments, from harassment complaints, requests for increased cooperation with neighborhood watches, claims of being followed and desires for moving forward after several independent probes into alleged police misconduct.
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By Christopher Cadelago | November 10, 2009
CITY HALL ? Against the backdrop of waning support from rank-and-file officers and a frustrated City Council, Burbank Police Chief Tim Stehr on Monday announced his intent to retire at year?s end. The announcement came less than a week after Councilman David Gordon called on his colleagues to direct the city manager to place Stehr on administrative leave amid an FBI investigation into police misconduct and a growing stack of lawsuits against the city. The recent public suicide of police Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn, who was named in an FBI probe into police misconduct along with several other officers, focused further scrutiny on the troubled department.
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By Christopher Cadelago | November 9, 2009
CITY HALL – Against the backdrop of waning support from rank-and-file officers and a frustrated City Council, Burbank Police Chief Tim Stehr on Monday announced his intent to retire at year’s end. The announcement came less than a week after City Councilman David Gordon called on his colleagues to direct the city manager to place Stehr on administrative leave amid an FBI investigation into police misconduct and a growing stack of...
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By Christopher Cadelago | December 17, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Scott LaChasse, a 32-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who went on to serve as vice president of security and emergency services at Paramount Pictures Corp., has been named interim police chief for Burbank. LaChasse, who is expected to take the reins of the Police Department on Jan. 7, last held the rank of deputy chief, where he commanded nearly 1,600 personnel in South Los Angeles. He comes into a department coping with external probes into police misconduct and several lawsuits filed against the city by current and former officers.
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By Christopher Cadelago | December 12, 2009
CITY HALL ? A former federal prosecutor and police department reformer have been hired to assist with litigation and policy issues involving the Burbank Police Department, city officials said Thursday. Former U.S. Atty. in Los Angeles Debra Wong Yang, a member of the Los Angeles Police Commission, and Merrick Bobb, director of the Police Assessment Resource Center, were brought on board as officials prepare to name an interim replacement to the outgoing police chief. Tim Stehr last month announced his intent to retire by year?
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By Christopher Cadelago | November 4, 2009
CITY HALL ? In front of the bereaved family of a police sergeant who killed himself last week, Burbank City Councilman David Gordon on Tuesday called on his colleagues to direct the city manager to place Police Chief Tim Stehr on administrative leave amid an FBI investigation into police misconduct and a growing stack of lawsuits against the city. Citing the recent public suicide of police Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn, who was named in an FBI probe into police misconduct along with several other officers, Gordon said the City Council had a ?
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By Christopher Cadelago | December 5, 2009
CITY HALL — A final announcement on Burbank’s interim police chief is expected next week after a panel interviewed the candidates Thursday and narrowed the pool of candidates from six to three, officials said. The 10-member panel, composed of the mayor and representatives from the police union, command staff, Police Commission, Human Relations Council and other officials then presented its recommendations to City Manager Mike Flad. Names of the applicants are being closely guarded because a release could jeopardize their current employment status, officials said.
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By Dan Kimber | October 1, 2009
Last week was Constitution Week, and as always, the discussions generated by that document in my classes are solid gold. There are certain amendments that are guaranteed to spark student interest, and I thought I’d share some of this year’s questions and observations from my students (and a few from their teacher as well). I’ll sign off with a little quiz that I just gave to a bunch of 17-year-olds. See how you do. First Amendment: I asked whether a husband should be charged in the homicide of his wife, who consented to his “beating the devil out of her,” which was prescribed by their religion in cases of “demonic possession?
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By Christopher Cadelago and Veronica Rocha | November 24, 2009
DOWNTOWN — With Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena all without permanent police chiefs, experts say a possible sea change approaches in the way law enforcement is administered in the tri-city area. The challenges facing each police department are varied — a command restructuring in Glendale, a bevy of misconduct lawsuits and investigations in Burbank, a greater emphasis on community relations in Pasadena — but experts said the common thread for the three areas will be an opportunity for change.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 20, 2011
GLENDALE — Three Glendale police officers who took a patrol car on a joyride to Las Vegas are no longer working for the department after a weeks-long misconduct investigation. City spokesman Tom Lorenz confirmed that Officers Patrick Hamblin, Fernando Salmeron and Mike Ullerich were no longer employees with the city, but declined to say for what cause. City sources confirmed, however, that the trio had taken the patrol car to Vegas, although officials have refused to discuss the case of the subsequent investigation.
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By Gretchen Meier | August 21, 2010
Muffled discussions about “restoring confidence in the police department” filled a room in the Community Services Building on Wednesday during a public forum. The moderator, Lee Wochner, had a captive audience during introductions of police commissioners and police representatives, but voices rose in volume after the meeting veered from the agenda and moved from introductions to the State of the Police Department by Chief Scott LaChasse. During the much-anticipated public comment period, 13 audience members stepped up to the microphone and relayed a wide range of comments, from harassment complaints, requests for increased cooperation with neighborhood watches, claims of being followed and desires for moving forward after several independent probes into alleged police misconduct.
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By Christopher Cadelago | December 17, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Scott LaChasse, a 32-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who went on to serve as vice president of security and emergency services at Paramount Pictures Corp., has been named interim police chief for Burbank. LaChasse, who is expected to take the reins of the Police Department on Jan. 7, last held the rank of deputy chief, where he commanded nearly 1,600 personnel in South Los Angeles. He comes into a department coping with external probes into police misconduct and several lawsuits filed against the city by current and former officers.
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By Christopher Cadelago | December 12, 2009
CITY HALL ? A former federal prosecutor and police department reformer have been hired to assist with litigation and policy issues involving the Burbank Police Department, city officials said Thursday. Former U.S. Atty. in Los Angeles Debra Wong Yang, a member of the Los Angeles Police Commission, and Merrick Bobb, director of the Police Assessment Resource Center, were brought on board as officials prepare to name an interim replacement to the outgoing police chief. Tim Stehr last month announced his intent to retire by year?
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By Christopher Cadelago | December 5, 2009
CITY HALL — A final announcement on Burbank’s interim police chief is expected next week after a panel interviewed the candidates Thursday and narrowed the pool of candidates from six to three, officials said. The 10-member panel, composed of the mayor and representatives from the police union, command staff, Police Commission, Human Relations Council and other officials then presented its recommendations to City Manager Mike Flad. Names of the applicants are being closely guarded because a release could jeopardize their current employment status, officials said.
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By Christopher Cadelago and Veronica Rocha | November 24, 2009
DOWNTOWN — With Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena all without permanent police chiefs, experts say a possible sea change approaches in the way law enforcement is administered in the tri-city area. The challenges facing each police department are varied — a command restructuring in Glendale, a bevy of misconduct lawsuits and investigations in Burbank, a greater emphasis on community relations in Pasadena — but experts said the common thread for the three areas will be an opportunity for change.
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By Christopher Cadelago | November 10, 2009
CITY HALL ? Against the backdrop of waning support from rank-and-file officers and a frustrated City Council, Burbank Police Chief Tim Stehr on Monday announced his intent to retire at year?s end. The announcement came less than a week after Councilman David Gordon called on his colleagues to direct the city manager to place Stehr on administrative leave amid an FBI investigation into police misconduct and a growing stack of lawsuits against the city. The recent public suicide of police Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn, who was named in an FBI probe into police misconduct along with several other officers, focused further scrutiny on the troubled department.
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | November 9, 2009
CITY HALL – Against the backdrop of waning support from rank-and-file officers and a frustrated City Council, Burbank Police Chief Tim Stehr on Monday announced his intent to retire at year’s end. The announcement came less than a week after City Councilman David Gordon called on his colleagues to direct the city manager to place Stehr on administrative leave amid an FBI investigation into police misconduct and a growing stack of...
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By Christopher Cadelago | November 4, 2009
CITY HALL ? In front of the bereaved family of a police sergeant who killed himself last week, Burbank City Councilman David Gordon on Tuesday called on his colleagues to direct the city manager to place Police Chief Tim Stehr on administrative leave amid an FBI investigation into police misconduct and a growing stack of lawsuits against the city. Citing the recent public suicide of police Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn, who was named in an FBI probe into police misconduct along with several other officers, Gordon said the City Council had a ?
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