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August 30, 2000
Alecia Foster LA CRESCENTA - A La Crescenta man charged with manslaughter in a drunken driving accident that killed two of his friends will be sentenced Thursday. Mark Herwig pleaded guilty in July to all charges against him shortly before the case was set to go to trial. The 25-year-old was driving under the influence, lost control of his car and crashed Oct. 16, killing his friends, brother and sister Christopher and Allison Jagoe, also from La Crescenta.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | December 21, 2010
The attorney for the 20-year-old Tujunga woman charged with vehicular manslaughter after she struck and killed an 80-year-old Glendale man in a crosswalk said on Tuesday that she was not texting while driving, as police have alleged. The woman, Ani Voskanian, was taken into custody at her home last week on one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter after police said a nearly three-month investigation showed she was texting at the time she drove through a stop sign and killed 80-year-old Misak Ranjbar.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 24, 2010
GLENDALE — A 28-year-old Glendale man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he struck and killed a 61-year-old prominent Glendale doctor who was walking to a patient's home on a house call, officials said. Prosecutors charged Edmond Grigoryan, who also goes by Vardan Hakobyan, with one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while he was allegedly driving under the influence of a controlled substance and hit Jacob Orphali on Oct. 12 in Glendale, according to a criminal complaint.
LOCAL
May 14, 2009
Charges added in highway collision The truck driver who was charged with vehicular manslaughter after his runaway big rig killed two and injured 12 others at the bottom of Angeles Crest Highway last month pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Pasadena Superior Court to three additional counts of reckless driving. Marcos Barbosa Costa, 44, had already faced two charged of vehicular manslaughter for the deaths of Palmdale residents Angel Jorge Posca, 58, and his 12-year-old daughter, Angelina, after his double-deck big rig slammed into a bookstore at the 900 block of Foothill Boulevard and the highway, also known as the California 2, in La CaƱada Flintridge.
NEWS
November 20, 2001
Tim Willert NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- A 55-year old Palmdale woman struck by a car last week has died of her injuries, and vehicular manslaughter charges could be filed against the driver, police said Monday. Sharon Schnell was crossing at the intersection of Western Avenue and Flower Street when she was struck shortly after 6 a.m. Nov. 13. The driver of the car, 51-year-old James Perkins of Glendale, told police he did not see the woman, even though she was in a crosswalk at the time of the accident.
NEWS
May 13, 2004
A criminal charge was filed Wednesday against a Glendale man who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian earlier this year. William Wong faces a charge of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for the Jan. 30 accident that ultimately killed 68-year-old Hasmik Tovmasyan of Glendale, Glendale Police spokeswoman Agent Leticia Chang said. Tovmasyan was walking with her daughter in an unlit and unmarked crosswalk at Orange Grove Avenue and Chevy Chase Drive and died early the next morning from her injuries.
NEWS
March 10, 2011
A 20-year-old Tujunga woman charged with vehicular manslaughter after she struck and killed an 80-year-old Glendale man in a crosswalk has retained a new attorney. Ani Voskanian has replaced her former attorney Donald Levinson with Los Angeles-based lawyer Arthur Avazian. During a hearing on Thursday, Voskanian was rescheduled to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Burbank on April 19. Police said Voskanian was texting when she drove through a stop sign on Sept.
NEWS
November 28, 2002
Ben Godar A La Crescenta woman convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter for a drunken-driving incident that killed two people has had her sentence reduced. Na Kwak, who was originally sentenced to eight years in prison, has had that sentence reduced to six by Judge Judson Morris, Deputy District Attorney Steven Frankland said. Kwak pleaded no contest in September 2001 to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence.
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By Stuart Pfeifer | September 10, 2013
Billionaire Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Cos. is buying the Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market chain from Britain-based Tesco, the companies announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, the Los Angeles Times reported . Fresh & Easy - which has locations in Burbank and Eagle Rock - operates more than 150 U.S. stores in California, Arizona and Nevada and employs more than 4,000 people. After six unprofitable years, Tesco announced in December that it intended to sell its Fresh & Easy stores, which it built from scratch in 2007.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com,By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com and By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com,By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | July 24, 2013
When Arman Samsonian of Glendale slammed his SUV into a light pole and nearby fire hydrant one night in Valley Village, the lethal ramifications would come swift and without warning. In the moments that followed on that Aug. 22 night, two women - one from Burbank, the other from Valley Village - would die trying to render aid, stepping into water that had been electrified with 4,800 volts. On Wednesday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge handed down another ramification, ruling there was enough evidence for Samsonian to be tried on two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
NEWS
November 19, 2012
A 19-year-old Glendale man pleaded not guilty Monday to vehicular manslaughter charges related to the deaths of two women - including one from Burbank - who were electrocuted when they tried to render aid after he crashed into a light pole and fire hydrant, officials said. Arman Samsonian faces two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence for the Aug. 22 deaths of Stacey Schreiber, 39, of Valley Village and Irma Zamora, 40, of Burbank, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
NEWS
March 10, 2011
A 20-year-old Tujunga woman charged with vehicular manslaughter after she struck and killed an 80-year-old Glendale man in a crosswalk has retained a new attorney. Ani Voskanian has replaced her former attorney Donald Levinson with Los Angeles-based lawyer Arthur Avazian. During a hearing on Thursday, Voskanian was rescheduled to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Burbank on April 19. Police said Voskanian was texting when she drove through a stop sign on Sept.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 24, 2010
GLENDALE — A 28-year-old Glendale man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he struck and killed a 61-year-old prominent Glendale doctor who was walking to a patient's home on a house call, officials said. Prosecutors charged Edmond Grigoryan, who also goes by Vardan Hakobyan, with one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while he was allegedly driving under the influence of a controlled substance and hit Jacob Orphali on Oct. 12 in Glendale, according to a criminal complaint.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | December 21, 2010
The attorney for the 20-year-old Tujunga woman charged with vehicular manslaughter after she struck and killed an 80-year-old Glendale man in a crosswalk said on Tuesday that she was not texting while driving, as police have alleged. The woman, Ani Voskanian, was taken into custody at her home last week on one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter after police said a nearly three-month investigation showed she was texting at the time she drove through a stop sign and killed 80-year-old Misak Ranjbar.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 14, 2010
GLENDALE — A 20-year-old Tujunga woman was arrested Tuesday after police say a nearly three-month investigation showed she was texting at the time she drove through a stop sign and killed an 80-year-old Glendale resident in a crosswalk. The woman, Ani Voskanian, was taken into custody at her home Tuesday morning on one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. "This is not one of those things in which you intended to go kill someone…This is one those things that your actions carry serious consequences," Lorenz said.
LOCAL
June 20, 2009
Driver pleads not guilty to charges The truck driver whose out-of-control big rig killed two people and injured 12 others April 1 after it allegedly blew through the Foothill Boulevard intersection from the Angeles Crest Highway and rammed into a bookstore pleaded not guilty Friday to two counts of murder. Marcos Barbosa Costa, 44, pleaded not guilty to the charges during a Los Angeles Superior Court hearing Friday. The Los Angeles County district attorney?s office originally charged Costa on April 3 with two counts of vehicular manslaughter following the crash that killed Palmdale residents Angel Jorge Posca, 58, and his 12-year-old daughter, Angelina.
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By Veronica Rocha | May 21, 2009
DOWNTOWN ? A Sun Valley woman who hit and killed an 11-year-old Toll Middle School student with her SUV last year was sentenced Wednesday to three years? probation after taking a plea deal. Yurie Park, 37, pleaded no contest in Glendale Superior Court on Wednesday to vehicular manslaughter for the death Meri Nalbandyan, who on Oct. 29 had just left her mother?s car and began to walk across the crosswalk when she was hit. Meri died at a hospital from her injuries. Judge Stan Blumenfeld ordered Park to undergo court-supervised probation, 43 days of work for the California Department of Transportation, and 45 days of community service.
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