April 3, 2012
As testimony wrapped up Monday in the trial for an Armenian American Burbank police detective who alleged he was harassed and faced discrimination, a psychiatrist hired by the city described him as narcissistic and deeply insecure. Det. Steve Karagiosian, who was evaluated by psychiatrist Lester Michael Zackler for the city, was described in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday as “detail oriented” and a “perfectionist” who also had a “defensive, paranoid stance.” All of those attributes combined to creating a need to “puffing oneself up,” Zackler testified.
May 24, 2012
The first time Alyce Russell thought she'd been duped by her longtime friend John Drayman was at the former councilman's reelection-night party last April. At the time, Russell was president of the Montrose Shopping Park Assn., which runs the Montrose Harvest Market. Drayman was in charge of counting proceeds from the market, but by election day, he was nearly 11 months behind on turning the money in, according to recently unsealed grand jury testimony. Russell and other shopping park officials knew Drayman was busy with campaigning, so they let the tardiness slide.
November 10, 2000
Amber Willard GLENDALE -- More information about the beating deaths of two boys on a school playground was revealed this week during a preliminary hearing for the teen charged with the deaths. Glendale Police have been tight-lipped about their investigation of the deaths of Christopher McCulloch and Blaine Talmo Jr., whose bodies were found July 23 at Valley View Elementary School, but courtroom testimony has given light to what occurred in the days and hours before their deaths.
October 23, 2003
An unrelated death at Men's Central Jail delayed testimony Wednesday in the trial of Hoover High School student Raul Aguirre's alleged killers. Karen Terteryan, 21, was being held Tuesday at the facility at 441 Bauchet St. in Los Angeles when another inmate was beaten and stabbed to death and found about 11:44 p.m. in a trash cart. The inmate's name was not released Wednesday pending notification of his relatives. The facility was locked down Tuesday night while authorities investigated the death, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Pena said.
May 22, 2012
For all the sophisticated computer forensic evidence and what was described as a 3-foot-high stack of bank records, Glendale police detectives said that during their yearlong embezzlement investigation into John Drayman, it was discrepancies in the reporting of pony ride proceeds at the Montrose Harvest Market that solidified their suspicions. The revelations, contained in hundreds of pages of grand jury testimony unsealed on Friday, provided a glimpse into how the police investigation unfolded over time as detectives started looking into the former Glendale councilman's finances.
February 21, 2003
Darleene Barrientos The retrial in the sexual-harassment lawsuit filed by three Glendale Police officers against the city saw its first day of testimony lingering over a sergeant's ownership of a pornographic Web site. A mistrial was declared Tuesday when several jurors came down with flu and were too sick to listen to testimony. Three female Glendale Police officers are suing the city, claiming they were victims of sexual harassment and retaliation by male co-workers and superiors.
March 8, 2003
Darleene Barrientos LOS ANGELES -- A 20-year police veteran told jurors Friday that he sent gifts to a probationary officer and asked her out while he was her supervisor -- the latest revelation in a seemingly endless stream of head-turning testimony in the Glendale Police Department's sexual-harassment trial. Under questioning from plaintiffs' lawyer Brad Gage, Sgt. Mark Hansen said he bought Officer Katie Frieders flowers, sent messages to the communications device in her patrol car, signed cards to her that read "Love, Mark," and paid a service to serenade Frieders with the song, "Unforgettable."
August 9, 2000
Jenna Bordelon BURBANK -- A former Glendale resident with prior sexual assault convictions has been ordered to stand trial on 12 felony counts ranging from forcible rape to false imprisonment for his alleged attacks on five women. On Monday, after hearing emotional testimony from two of the alleged victims, Burbank Municipal Court Judge Alan Kalkin refused to reduce Canoga Park resident Daniel Zabuski's bail from $1.67 million and ordered him to stand trial on a dozen felony counts that could send him to prison for life.
November 16, 2005
La Crescenta man's defense attorney points out discrepancies in testimony to jury. PASADENA -- Defense attorney Robert Shapiro questioned the consistency of a key witness' testimony in the trial of a La Crescenta man accused of attempted murder and arson. Edward Nordskog, a detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, returned to the stand Tuesday at Pasadena Superior Court in what was the sixth day of trial for Gary Glazier, 62, who is accused of twice setting fire to his neighbor's home.
June 7, 2001
Lolita Harper PASADENA -- A Glendale pastor, who escaped torture in Iran to preach Christianity in the United States, faces up to nine years in state prison for charges which include assault with the intent to commit rape after a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Pasadena Superior Court Judge Judson W. Morris denied all motions to dismiss five counts against Robak Hoospianmer, 41, and ordered the pastor -- who had earlier been released on his own recognizance -- back into custody on $500,000 bail.