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By Dan Evans | July 28, 2011
After a nearly week of deliberations, the jury in the murder case against Marcos Costa, the driver of a brakeless big rig that killed two people in La Cañada in April 2009, announced Thursday they had reached a verdict on at least some of the counts. It is expected to be announced in Pasadena Superior Court at 3:15 pm.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | June 30, 2009
PASADENA — A jury on Monday found two North Hollywood men guilty of four counts of attempted murder for shooting a Glendale man and his friends on Halloween four years ago during a road-rage incident. The verdict came in Pasadena Superior Court after nearly four days of deliberation in the trial of Mkrtich Melkonian and Hrant Barsegyan, both 21. Melkonian and Barsegyan were also found guilty of shooting at an occupied vehicle. The jury spent more time deliberating the fate of Melkonian than the entire length of the three-day trial.
NEWS
July 23, 2003
Darleene Barrientos It ain't over just yet. The case in which three female Glendale Police officers were awarded a multimillion-dollar verdict for claims of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation has seen a change to the amount one officer won, and might still see an appeal and a slew of post-trial motions. Last month, a jury of three women and nine men found the officers were subjected to a hostile work environment. The jury found Officer Katie Frieders suffered "quid pro quo sexual harassment" and Officer Renae Kerner's bill of rights as a peace officer was violated and she was the victim of retaliation.
NEWS
November 1, 2001
Amber Willard SAN FERNANDO -- The verdict is scheduled to be read this morning in the trial of a La Crescenta teen accused of beating to death two other boys on a school playground. Michael Demirdjian, 16, was arrested in July 2000 after the bludgeoned bodies of Blaine Talmo Jr., 14, and Christopher McCulloch, 13, were found at Valley View Elementary School. Demirdjian's first trial ended in April with a deadlocked jury. Jurors in the second case, which started in September, began deliberating Oct. 25. The verdict is set to be read at 9 a.m. in the San Fernando courtroom where the trial was held.
NEWS
June 5, 2004
Darleene Barrientos It took more than a year to reach a verdict after a sexual-harassment lawsuit was filed against the Glendale Police Department. Getting a decision on an appeal of that verdict could take twice as long. Officers Katie Frieders, Renae Kerner, Jamie Franke and Carla Haupt, and Community Service Officer Linda Daidone, filed the original lawsuit in 2001. It alleged that they were subjected to sexual harassment by their supervisors, then punished and retaliated against when they rejected romantic advances.
NEWS
May 31, 2003
The verdict is scheduled to be read Monday in the Glendale Police's sexual-harassment trial. The jury panel of three women and nine men deliberated the verdict of the three-month trial for 15 days. The case, filed in December 2001, was brought forth by Glendale Police officers Katie Frieders, Renae Kerner and Jamie Franke, who alleged the department and city supervisors failed to respond appropriately to reports of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
NEWS
July 16, 2004
Gary Moskowitz A Los Angeles Superior Court judge convicted a 19-year-old man Thursday of voluntary manslaughter for his part in the killing of a Hoover High School student four years ago. Rafael Gevorgyan was convicted in the slaying of Raul Aguirre in front of the high school. He faces a maximum sentence of up to 18 years in state prison. Gevorgyan is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 3. Judge Michael Johnson, during the second day of Gevorgyan's trial, also found him guilty of using a crowbar to hit Aguirre and said Gevorgyan's actions were committed to benefit a street gang.
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By Ana Facio-Krajcer, ana.facio-krajcer@latimes.com | August 19, 2011
A Pasadena jury on Thursday awarded $24.7 million to  Los Angeles woman who became a paraplegic after her car seat collapsed during a rear-end collision in 2006. The jury found the car seat was defective. It took about two and a half days for the jury to come back with the verdict for Jaklin Romine, 26, who was permanently injured in the crash at Corson Street and Lake Avenue in Pasadena. “I didn't get emotional or cry when I heard the verdict,” Romine said. “I was just surprised.
NEWS
March 1, 2000
Paul M. Anderson GLENDALE -- As family and friends of murder victim Jeanette Cohen waited for jurors to decide the fate of her accused murderer Tuesday, they grew increasingly nervous that the Superior Court judge's comments during the emotional trial may have swayed the jury to leniency. After a full day of deliberating, the jurors quit at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday without a verdict. They will return to L.A. Superior Court today to continue mulling the case against Anthony Roy Shivers who is accused of killing Cohen and stuffing her body into a duct-tape covered cardboard box that was dumped in Simi Valley.
NEWS
August 9, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- Glendale may challenge a jury's decision to award $385,000 to a former Glendale jailer who claimed she was discriminated against because she is a lesbian. A jury in Superior Court in Burbank on July 28 awarded Joni Grand $260,000 for lost earnings and medical expenses and $125,000 in damages after the city was found liable for intentional infliction of emotionally distress. The 9-3 vote was the minimum votes need to find the city liable.
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December 21, 2013
Good morning 818 readers. Today is Saturday, Dec. 21. National Weather Service forecasters predict the high will be 65 and the low will be 45 in the Glendale-area.  Find out what's happening in your region:   Los Angeles County Coroner's investigators have identified the human remains found off Angeles Crest Highway in September as missing Burbank man Gevork Boyadzhyan, who was reported missing back in July....
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By Andy Klein | December 3, 2012
In 1994, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr. - teenagers who came to be known as the West Memphis Three - were convicted of murdering three little boys in a Satanic ritual. There were a lot of things wrong with their trial, and in 1996 filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky stirred up public interest with “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Woods” - the first of this set's three features. Despite the subsequent activism by their supporters, it was 17 years before the boys-now-men were released.
NEWS
June 29, 2012
The latest draft of a federal appropriations bill “will catalyze” the U.S. Forest Service to issue its findings on whether to lift a ban on nighttime water-dropping flights to combat wildfires, according to an announcement issued today by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank). Schiff, whose district includes large swaths of land scorched by the 2009 Station fire that critics say could have been more quickly contained with nighttime air attacks, has been taking the Forest Service to task for its prolonged review of the ban. Contending  the agency has consistently missed internal deadlines to deliver its findings, Schiff said in the statement that he secured language Thursday in the latest markup of the Department of the Interior appropriations bill that calls on the Forest Service to complete the night-flying operation studies within 90 days of the spending plan being approved.
NEWS
November 7, 2011
About 20 fans visited Michael Jackson's grave site in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Monday after a jury found his physician, Conrad Murray, guilty of involuntary manslaughter. As Jackson supporters celebrated the verdict outside the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the scene was more subdued at the Glendale cemetery, where Forest Lawn spokesman William Martin said a well-behaved group of people had gathered to pay their respects. Forest Lawn had made contingencies for a larger crowd at the grave site, but Martin declined to elaborate.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 19, 2011
A 21-year-old Tujunga woman pleaded no contest Friday to striking and killing an 80-year-old Glendale man with her car last year while she was texting, officials said. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Patrick Hegarty ordered Ani Voskanian to serve three years formal probation, 300 hours of community service and to develop a lecture program for junior and high school students on the dangers of texting while driving, officials said. Voskanian - who pleaded to a felony manslaughter charge for killing Misak Ranjbar - will not be allowed to possess a cell phone while inside a vehicle, officials said.
NEWS
By Ana Facio-Krajcer, ana.facio-krajcer@latimes.com | August 19, 2011
A Pasadena jury on Thursday awarded $24.7 million to  Los Angeles woman who became a paraplegic after her car seat collapsed during a rear-end collision in 2006. The jury found the car seat was defective. It took about two and a half days for the jury to come back with the verdict for Jaklin Romine, 26, who was permanently injured in the crash at Corson Street and Lake Avenue in Pasadena. “I didn't get emotional or cry when I heard the verdict,” Romine said. “I was just surprised.
NEWS
By Dan Evans | July 28, 2011
After a nearly week of deliberations, the jury in the murder case against Marcos Costa, the driver of a brakeless big rig that killed two people in La Cañada in April 2009, announced Thursday they had reached a verdict on at least some of the counts. It is expected to be announced in Pasadena Superior Court at 3:15 pm.
NEWS
By Zanku Armenian | November 17, 2010
Looking for violations of ethics and integrity in government always yields interesting results. Our federal government points fingers at developing countries for their crude corruption thousands of miles away. But they are slow to recognize the more sophisticated fraud in our country where the financial stakes are much higher. We often don't call it corruption because the actors wear expensive suits. In Iraq, billions of tax dollars have flowed in for reconstruction, in pallet after pallet of $100 bills.
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By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | August 18, 2010
The 48-year-old woman who police say struck and killed a bicyclist in 2008 was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation for vehicular manslaughter. Naira Margaryan of Glendale was sentenced in Los Angeles County Superior Court after pleading no contest in the hit-and-run death of Gerardo Ramos, a 51-year-old immigrant from Mexico who left his family behind after securing a U.S. work visa. She will also have to complete more than 700 hours of community service on a restricted driver's license, said Glendale Police Det. Ashraf Mankarios.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 18, 2010
PASADENA — Jurors on Tuesday began deliberating the fate of two men accused of killing a 49-year-old Burbank woman after she answered her front door. Arpiar Terrgalstanyan of Glendale and Armen Mangasaryan of Burbank are charged in the Feb. 25, 2009, death of Jasmine Voskanian, who died after answering her front door and being shot once in the head. Mangasaryan was the alleged shooter, and Terrgalstanyan was the getaway driver, officials said. Voskanian had reportedly owed Bella Stepanyan, 26, of Burbank, a large amount of money, police said.
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