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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 13, 2014
Glendale Police Sgt. Danny Carver was promoted Wednesday to the rank of lieutenant and will eventually oversee operations in east Glendale. Carver will remain in the Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit - where he was working before his promotion - until March. He is expected to replace Lt. Tim Feeley, who is the East Glendale area commander. Carver has held assignments as a patrol officer and detective for the Burglary/Auto Theft Detail, where he and his team worked on numerous high-profile cases.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 6, 2013
Investigators failed to prove claims that a Glendale police sergeant pressured and harassed colleagues to join his federal discrimination lawsuit, according to findings released this week by a city commission. The Civil Service Commission overturned the demotion of Police Sgt. Vahak Mardikian last week after commissioners found that investigators didn't present sufficient evidence to support claims being made against him. Those claims included the allegations that Mardikian lacked technical knowledge, failed to meet job performance standards, and pressured officers to join his federal discrimination lawsuit against the city.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | 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.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 29, 2013
A Glendale police officer will be reinstated as a sergeant after successfully appealing his demotion , which came after officials claimed he pressured and harassed fellow officers. The city's Civil Service Commission rescinded the demotion of Sgt. Vahak Mardikian's in a 4-0 vote on Wednesday night after deliberating for more than an hour in closed session. Mardikian was emotional as he hugged his wife outside the City Council's chamber following the commission's decision.
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By Geghard Arakelian | January 20, 2006
Three Glendale police officers were promoted to the rank of sergeant Jan. 12 at the Glendale Police Station. Friends, family members and other officers joined the afternoon ceremony to celebrate the promotions. Stewart Brackin, Michael Glassick and Steve Robertson were promoted and sworn in as sergeants in unison during the event. After a speech and brief introduction by Police Chief Randy Adams, the officers were asked to introduce their family members and select loved ones to pin their badges on. After the sergeants had their badges pinned they each shared a few words with the audience.
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July 22, 2004
A Los Angeles man faces a charge of battery after allegedly spitting on a Glendale Police sergeant, authorities said. Charles Fox, 30, allegedly spit on Sgt. Ian Grimes, Glendale Police's robbery/homicide supervisor, after they confronted each other Monday at Orange Street and Broadway. Grimes allegedly saw Fox skateboard through the intersection against a red light and stopped him by blocking his way with the car. Fox cursed at Grimes, spat on him and hit Grimes' city vehicle with his skateboard, causing $400 in damage, according to the police report.
LOCAL
December 13, 2006
Department veteran promoted to sergeant Sam Hopper of the Glendale Police Department was promoted to the rank of sergeant Tuesday in a ceremony held in the department's community room. In front of friends, family and co-workers, Hopper received his sergeant's badge and was sworn into his new rank by Police Chief Randy Adams. "In my opinion [it's] one of the most important positions in the department," Adams said. Hopper began his career with the department in 1980 and most recently served as a detective in the assaults department.
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By: | October 11, 2005
A Newport Beach police sergeant wounded a pit bull after the dog reportedly charged toward him Sunday, police said. The sergeant was on patrol at about 3 a.m. near West Ocean Front and Summit Street when he saw a light that appeared to be emanating from a tent on a West Newport beach, Newport Beach Police Sgt. Bill Hartford said. The sergeant approached the tent to tell the occupant, Jose Lopez, 35, of Newport Beach, that camping is not allowed. As he walked toward the tent, the sergeant noticed an unleashed 80-pound pit bull near the tent, Hartford said.
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March 2, 2007
Army Sgt. Charles Alexandre has been named the 6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter. Selection was based on the individual's exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, significant self-improvement, specific achievements, notable accomplishments, and community service and support. Alexandre is a brigade driver assigned to the Headquarter Battalion, Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas. The sergeant has served in the military for seven years.
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July 29, 2005
Tania Chatila In front of a crowded audience of nearly 100 proud friends, family members and colleagues, three Glendale Police officers were promoted to sergeant and one to lieutenant Thursday afternoon in a special ceremony held at the Glendale Police Department community room. Robert Breckenridge, David Buckley and Robert Zahreddine were promoted to the rank of sergeant and Todd Stokes became a lieutenant. Each was presented with a plaque and badge, and sworn in to their new positions by taking the oath of office.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 13, 2014
Glendale Police Sgt. Danny Carver was promoted Wednesday to the rank of lieutenant and will eventually oversee operations in east Glendale. Carver will remain in the Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit - where he was working before his promotion - until March. He is expected to replace Lt. Tim Feeley, who is the East Glendale area commander. Carver has held assignments as a patrol officer and detective for the Burglary/Auto Theft Detail, where he and his team worked on numerous high-profile cases.
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December 10, 2013
By show of hands, how many have been stopped four times for minor vehicle infractions in the last year? How many have been stopped four times in the last six months? How many have been stopped, made to exit the car and frisked in front of neighbors, without a vehicle infraction as the stated reason, and interrogated to boot? How many, by show of hands, have been stopped and the officer lies about the infraction, asks where you are going, where you live - your license, with Glendale address, in his hand and already run through the computer - and asks if have you ever been arrested, been in jail or on parole?
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | 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.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 6, 2013
Investigators failed to prove claims that a Glendale police sergeant pressured and harassed colleagues to join his federal discrimination lawsuit, according to findings released this week by a city commission. The Civil Service Commission overturned the demotion of Police Sgt. Vahak Mardikian last week after commissioners found that investigators didn't present sufficient evidence to support claims being made against him. Those claims included the allegations that Mardikian lacked technical knowledge, failed to meet job performance standards, and pressured officers to join his federal discrimination lawsuit against the city.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 29, 2013
A Glendale police officer will be reinstated as a sergeant after successfully appealing his demotion , which came after officials claimed he pressured and harassed fellow officers. The city's Civil Service Commission rescinded the demotion of Sgt. Vahak Mardikian's in a 4-0 vote on Wednesday night after deliberating for more than an hour in closed session. Mardikian was emotional as he hugged his wife outside the City Council's chamber following the commission's decision.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 28, 2013
Three police officers, a department-issued car and a joyride to Las Vegas - that journey and its potential consequences hit a Los Angeles County Superior Courtroom on Tuesday. An attorney for Officer Patrick Hamblin and his former colleagues - Fernando Salmeron and Mike Ullerich, who were fired after getting caught - appealed to Judge Luis Lavin on Tuesday to correct previous actions made by the Glendale Civil Service Commission in the case. The officers claim their actions were due to "a momentary lapse of judgment," not, as the city argues, "moral turpitude," according to their court petition.
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December 27, 2012
A 26-year-old convicted felon who caused a school lockdown and brief police chase after he simulated pointing a weapon in front of Glenoaks Elementary School pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he assaulted officers at the scene. Kyle McCleary was charged with a felony count of battery and injuring a Glendale police sergeant, another felony count of battery with serious bodily injury on the sergeant and one felony count of resisting a second police officer in connection with the Dec. 21 incident outside of the school in the 2000 block of East Glenoaks Boulevard, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 25, 2012
A series of disciplinary hearings kicked off at Glendale City Hall this week in the case of a police officer who is appealing his demotion from sergeant. The first in what could be up to 10 hearings regarding the Vahak Mardikian case began Wednesday afternoon. Both sides sought to paint the other as the cause of the discord. The hearings are normally done behind closed doors unless the subject of the discipline requests they be public. Mardikian was placed on paid administrative leave in February 2011 following an internal affairs investigation.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 21, 2012
Two Florida men were arrested this week on suspicion of possessing a half-kilogram of cocaine after they were stopped for talking on a handheld cellphone while driving, officials said. The men - Herwood Barrington Walters, 25, and Courtney Lalor, 28 - were taken into custody about 9:18 p.m. Tuesday on North Central Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard on suspicion of possessing cocaine for sale, according to Glendale police reports. The pair provided officers with few clues about why they were in Glendale, but police believe “they were probably trying to sell the cocaine,” Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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June 16, 2011
  Hubert A. (Ozzie) Ostendorf Feb 25, 1917-June 6, 2011   Ozzie Ostendorf passed away on June 6 th 2011 at Glendale Memorial Hospital at the age of 94.  A longtime Glendale resident, and a Hoover High School graduate, he moved to Glendale in 1929 at age 12 and was the oldest retired Glendale Police officer.  Prior to joining the Police department, where he retired as a Sergeant, he worked at the Glendale News Press for...
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