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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 22, 2012
A 34-year-old man was charged Tuesday with battery after he attacked an officer who tried to detain him as he ran around in his underwear in South Glendale and tried to grab a group of teens, police said. Matthew Smail faces one count each of battery and resisting an officer for the Friday incident, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Witnesses reported seeing Smail at about 8 a.m. wearing only his underwear while running around aimlessly on the 800 block of South Glendale Avenue yelling at people in the area, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 24, 2013
A Glendale man is suing a local police officer who he alleges used excessive force when he used a Taser on him after stopping him for speeding as he was traveling to see his sick father, according to a lawsuit. Banyamin Keshishian claims he was hospitalized after Glendale Police Officer Steve Kim used a Taser to stun him twice as he was seated in his car during the traffic stop June 3, 2012, according to the lawsuit. Keshishian alleges he had only been talking to Kim for about four minutes before he was stunned with a Taser and then arrested for reportedly resisting arrest.
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September 20, 2012
Glendale police used a Taser gun to subdue a 35-year-old transient man Tuesday after four officers failed to take him down. Mario Crane was taken into custody on suspicion of battery on a police officer and resisting arrest outside the Adult Recreation Center in the 200 block of East Colorado Street, according to Glendale police. Officers on bicycle patrol arrived to the center about 9 p.m. after receiving complaints of possible drug activity in the area, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 6, 2011
A woman was arrested early Tuesday after she allegedly tried to run away from police before biting an officer who tried to detain her in traffic lanes on Cañada Boulevard. The woman, Rose Dodd, allegedly bit the officer's right knee during the attack, leaving a small cut, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. The officer was not taken to a hospital, he added. Glendale police responded about 12:11 a.m. to the area of Cañada Boulevard and Colina Drive after receiving calls about a woman who had stepped in front of a vehicle, her hands flailing in the air, according to police reports.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 21, 2012
A 20-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he struck an elderly woman with a shovel and then barricaded himself inside his apartment, police said. It took a rubber bullet and Taser before officers were finally able to subdue him. The man, Robert William White of Glendale, sat handcuffed in a chair yelling “God loves all you” several times to bystanders as paramedics carried him out of his apartment building in the 1000 block of Spazier Avenue in Glendale and transported him to a nearby hospital.
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February 1, 2008
The California Highway Patrol has purchased 1,659 Tasers for their officers to use in the field. A Taser is a stun gun device that shoots high voltage electrified darts to stun and immobilize a person; they have not been used before by the CHP. "Tasers are an effective nonlethal use of force option that immediately incapacitates the suspect," said Officer Todd Workman of the CHP’s Altadena office, which serves the Foothills including La...
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By Ross A. Benson | August 29, 2011
A 26-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly broke into his mother's home with a knife. Corey Petrie was arrested after reportedly barricading himself in a back bedroom of the home on the 600 block of North Griffith Park Drive. Burbank police evacuated the home and adjacent neighbors before using a Taser to subdue and then arrest Petrie. POlice said he was also wanted in connection with an alleged assault Friday night at Orchard Supply Hardware.
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March 22, 2012
A 62-year-old man who allegedly taunted Burbank police to shoot and kill him after firing off a round inside an apartment Wednesday night was arrested after officers used "less lethal" sponge bullets and a Taser to subdue him. The man, Jahanbakhsh Azhdarinezhad, was arrested on suspicion of making terrorist threats and negligent discharge of a firearm after officers responded to the apartment in the 600 block of Harvard Road, Burbank police reported....
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April 30, 2012
A Glendale police officer suffered a bite wound to the hand Saturday as he tried to break up a fight between a lesbian couple, one of whom had to be subdued with a Taser. Glendale residents Melissa Vasquez and Stephanie Trujillo, both 25, were arrested about 7:35 p.m. in the 300 block of Burchett Street on suspicion of spousal assault and battery on a police officer. Police arrived to the couple's apartment building when they heard a woman in a subterranean parking structure screaming for help.
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June 26, 2012
The Glendale man who was apparently high on the synthetic drug known as "bath salts" last week when he allegedly attacked a 77-year-old woman with a shovel is scheduled to be arraigned today for first degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. The man, 20-year-old Robert William White, was arrested Thursday after the alleged attack, but police first had to fire a rubber bullet and Taser to subdue him during a brief stand off when he barricaded himself inside his apartment.
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April 12, 2014
Good morning, readers. Today is Saturday, April 12. Forecasters predict the high will be 67 and low 54 in the Glendale region. The top headlines in your area this morning : A female Burroughs High School student was on the bus that collided with a FedEx freight truck in a fiery crash in Northern California on Thursday evening, killing 10 people and injuring dozens more. Glendale Police Department is acquiring new, digital Tasers . The Tasers will replace 150 outdated analog models, and track any calibrations, self-tests, deployment, amount of time they were used and volt output.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 10, 2014
Glendale police will soon receive new Tasers with the added capability to record more information about incidents when deployed. The new digital Tasers will replace 150 outdated analog models, and track any calibrations, self-tests, deployment, amount of time they were used and volt output, according to Glendale Police Capt. Todd Stokes. “Having a less-lethal option on their person is definitely a benefit to the officer and to the public,” he said. The new Tasers, he said, will let police management better regulate and monitor their use, and officials can view a log when a Taser has been used.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 24, 2013
A Glendale man is suing a local police officer who he alleges used excessive force when he used a Taser on him after stopping him for speeding as he was traveling to see his sick father, according to a lawsuit. Banyamin Keshishian claims he was hospitalized after Glendale Police Officer Steve Kim used a Taser to stun him twice as he was seated in his car during the traffic stop June 3, 2012, according to the lawsuit. Keshishian alleges he had only been talking to Kim for about four minutes before he was stunned with a Taser and then arrested for reportedly resisting arrest.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 22, 2013
A 45-year-old man faces multiple misdemeanor charges after allegedly going on a rampage Monday in the Riverside Rancho area of Glendale. He entered multiple properties, eventually ending up on a resident's rollout bed, refusing to leave until police arrived and arrested him, officials said. Robert Lee Saunders is charged with aggravated trespassing, assault with force likely to produce great bodily harm, and resisting an officer, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 8, 2012
A 20-year-old gang member was arrested Thursday after a compliance search of his Tujunga home yielded a Taser, which violates his probation. Alejandro Cisneros was taken into custody at his home on Samoa Avenue in Tujunga on suspicion of violating terms of his post-release community supervision, which forbids him from having any weapons, including a Taser, said Glendale Police Det. Jeffrey Davis. “He's about the business,” Davis said, adding that Cisneros was convicted of transporting drugs while in jail on another charge.
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September 20, 2012
Glendale police used a Taser gun to subdue a 35-year-old transient man Tuesday after four officers failed to take him down. Mario Crane was taken into custody on suspicion of battery on a police officer and resisting arrest outside the Adult Recreation Center in the 200 block of East Colorado Street, according to Glendale police. Officers on bicycle patrol arrived to the center about 9 p.m. after receiving complaints of possible drug activity in the area, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 26, 2012
A 20-year-old man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he attacked a 77-year-old woman with a shovel last week after ingesting the synthetic drug known as bath salts. The man, Robert William White, appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Glendale wearing a dark gray inmate jumpsuit, and was handcuffed as two sheriff's deputies escorted him in front of the judge. His subdued demeanor was a far cry from Thursday after the alleged attack, when police officers and paramedics carried him out of his apartment handcuffed to a chair as he yelled “God loves all of you” to bystanders.
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June 26, 2012
The Glendale man who was apparently high on the synthetic drug known as "bath salts" last week when he allegedly attacked a 77-year-old woman with a shovel is scheduled to be arraigned today for first degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. The man, 20-year-old Robert William White, was arrested Thursday after the alleged attack, but police first had to fire a rubber bullet and Taser to subdue him during a brief stand off when he barricaded himself inside his apartment.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 21, 2012
A 20-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he struck an elderly woman with a shovel and then barricaded himself inside his apartment, police said. It took a rubber bullet and Taser before officers were finally able to subdue him. The man, Robert William White of Glendale, sat handcuffed in a chair yelling “God loves all you” several times to bystanders as paramedics carried him out of his apartment building in the 1000 block of Spazier Avenue in Glendale and transported him to a nearby hospital.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 22, 2012
A 34-year-old man was charged Tuesday with battery after he attacked an officer who tried to detain him as he ran around in his underwear in South Glendale and tried to grab a group of teens, police said. Matthew Smail faces one count each of battery and resisting an officer for the Friday incident, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Witnesses reported seeing Smail at about 8 a.m. wearing only his underwear while running around aimlessly on the 800 block of South Glendale Avenue yelling at people in the area, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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