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March 8, 2012
A 13-year-old girl attempted to commit suicide Wednesday when she jumped 35 feet into the Verdugo Wash and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Glendale police said. The girl, whose name wasn't released because she's a minor, was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where she was treated for a herniated disc, police said. Police received calls about 4:30 a.m. that the girl was screaming for help after she jumped into the wash at Jackson Street and Monterey Road, police said.
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January 27, 2012
The Glendale woman who drove her Mercedes up the Verdugo Wash at freeway speeds Thursday before getting trapped in the concrete-lined waterway will not face criminal charges because she broke no laws, officials said. The 53-year-old woman, whom police declined to identify, apparently used a public works maintenance entrance to enter the channel after confusing it for a subterranean church parking lot, which she was visiting for the first time at Glenoaks Boulevard and Kenilworth Avenue, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | September 30, 2013
Several people at a rally for the Los Angeles River Saturday held up homemade signs that said “Alternative 20,” which is the name of one plan proposed in a recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study . The $1.08-billion project would add around 30 acres of wetlands to the Verdugo Wash in Glendale and widen the river. Advocates say the plan would support wildlife between the river and the Verdugo Mountains and protect the current ecosystem. Other plans, including a $453-million effort, leave out the Verdugo Wash and other areas, including the Los Angeles State Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles.
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By Veronica Rocha | December 29, 2012
Many times in the news business, truth ends up being stranger than fiction. And in Glendale, 2012 was full of stories that no doubt had people talking around the water cooler. A man dressed in a skintight zebra-print outfit at the Glendale Galleria allegedly harassing a group of girls? A woman mistakenly taking her Mercedes up the Verdugo Wash at 70 mph? Yes, all of these and more happened in 2012. Here's a reminder of some the more shocking head-scratchers. Glendale Galleria bans man in feather boa A 44-year-old Hollywood man was banned from the Glendale Galleria in August for allegedly sexually harassing a group of teenage girls at the mall while dressed in a zebra-print spandex outfit complete with a feather boa and fedora.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | September 13, 2013
Advocates for restoring natural areas along the Los Angeles River are calling on Glendale residents to lobby federal officials for inclusion of the city's Verdugo Wash area in habitat rehabilitation plans. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday released a study that considers rehabilitation work plans of varying scope along a roughly 11-mile stretch of river between Griffith Park and downtown Los Angeles. Only the most comprehensive plan - a $1.08-billion effort to remove concrete from the river and expand its riparian surroundings - would widen and add some 30 acres of wetlands to the channel of Verdugo Wash, located below the convergence of the of the Ventura (134)
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
The family of a 21-year-old San Pedro man who was found dead inside a suitcase in Glendale is trying to raise funds to help pay for his funeral costs. It has been more than a week since Victor Manuel Moreno was discovered March 31 in the Verdugo wash near Glorietta and Woodland avenues in Glendale , but police still don't have any answers for his death. The news of the grim discovery was alarming to Moreno's mother, who had reported him missing to local police just days before, said his aunt, Lori Rosado.
NEWS
September 18, 2013
In Saturday's News-Press was an article, “Locals asked to support Verdugo Wash rehab.” I cannot believe people have such short memories. The Verdugo Wash and L.A. River are flood-control channels. They are not there to look cute. People drown in these channels. Bodies back in the 1930s were floating near Pacific Avenue and Glenoaks. Whatever money is wasted changing these channels will be washed away in our next big storm. Bob Gregg Glendale
NEWS
February 3, 2012
The story of the woman driving mistakenly into the Verdugo Wash pretends to be funny but is really wrong-headed (“Woman who drove Mercedes up Verdugo Wash won't face charges,” Jan. 27). It makes the driver into a dope. The driver was actually a victim of someone's gross neglect. She drove into the wash because the gate wasn't closed and secured by someone who should have done so. The southeast corner of Kenilworth and Glenoaks is tight and confusing from Kenilworth by the church and the bridge.
NEWS
November 6, 1999
Robert Shaffer GLENDALE -- A memorial service will be held today for Jorge Andrew, the baby found abandoned and decomposed Sept. 28 in the Verdugo Wash in Glendale. The service for the boy is at 1 p.m. today at Woods Mortuary, 511 S. Central Ave. The baby will be buried along with other unclaimed children in Desert Lawn Cemetery in Calimesa at noon on Monday. A Yucaipa-based group, Garden of Angels, will take care of the baby at the cemetery. Police have made no arrests in the case.
NEWS
November 8, 2013
Glendale City Council members who support the wetlands plan for the L.A. River at the Verdugo wash connection are totally misguided in their decision-making process. I totally support the reasons given by Mayor Weaver for his “no” vote at the Oct. 29 city council meeting. I am a retired engineer and understand the power of water. I am also a native of Glendale and have witnessed many times the amount of water that flows into the Verdugo Wash from our surrounding mountains and hillsides during heavy rain storms.
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May 3, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers! It's going to be a hot weekend. Today the high is expected to reach 88 and low 60 in Glendale.  Top news in your region this Saturday, May 2: Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta honored recently deceased secretary Barbara Melone , known by students and staff for her wit.    Two Burbank elementary schools, Joaquin Miller and R.L. Stevenson, received state recognition . The...
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 2, 2014
Glendale city officials are working behind-the-scenes to get state, local and federal politicians to back a proposal to close one of the most dangerous railroad crossings in the San Fernando Road corridor and build two bridges over the Los Angeles River and the Verdugo Wash to funnel traffic to neighboring Los Angeles. Earlier this week, representatives from the offices of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Rep. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge), State Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake)
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
The family of a 21-year-old San Pedro man who was found dead inside a suitcase in Glendale is trying to raise funds to help pay for his funeral costs. It has been more than a week since Victor Manuel Moreno was discovered March 31 in the Verdugo wash near Glorietta and Woodland avenues in Glendale , but police still don't have any answers for his death. The news of the grim discovery was alarming to Moreno's mother, who had reported him missing to local police just days before, said his aunt, Lori Rosado.
NEWS
April 4, 2014
A good compromise to the long-standing argument between the our city and the city of Los Angeles about what to do with the Doran Street railroad crossing has been posed by Glendale Councilman Ara Najarian. Rather than building an overpass at the crossing - or implementing any of the four alternatives already on the table - Najarian suggests constructing two bridges. One would take drivers over the Los Angeles River and the other would cross the Verdugo Wash. Under Najarian's proposal, the railroad crossing at Doran would be closed down entirely . Such a move would not only improve safety at what is known as one of the most dangerous railroad crossings in the county, but also could potentially mean that the nearly 100 trains passing through that stretch around the clock would no longer have to give warning horn blasts, thus providing residents of the neighboring Pelanconi Estates some noise relief they've long sought.
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By Veronica Rocha and Mark Kellam | April 3, 2014
A body found in a suitcase dumped in the Verdugo wash was identified on Thursday as a 21-year-old man from San Pedro, according to coroner's officials. Victor Manuel Moreno was found Monday inside a piece of luggage dumped in the wash near Glorietta and Woodland avenues in Glendale. The cause of death was deferred pending additional tests, said Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's office. He was apparently reported missing March 28 to the Harbor Community Police Station, said Det. Cletus Carlton of the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Person's Unit.
NEWS
April 2, 2014
Greetings, 818 readers! Today is Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 63 degrees and a low of 45, with a 30% chance of rain during the day. Here's your roundup of headlines in the area: Police discovered a potentially-explosive lab used to extract hash oil on Saturday inside the garage of a north Glendale home. Detectives seized roughly 40 pounds of marijuana, approximately 181 cans of butane, three large tubes used for extraction and about 2 ounces of “butane honey oil” inside Andrew Hedenberg's detached garage in the 800 block of North Glendale Avenue, police said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 1, 2014
While Los Angeles County transportation officials are considering four options for building a new overpass at one of the most dangerous railroad crossings in the area, Councilman Ara Najarian has pitched another idea. Instead of building an overpass at the Doran Street railroad crossing, he's suggesting two bridges, one that would allow traffic to cross the Los Angeles River and another that would go across the Verdugo Wash. The Doran Street railroad crossing would be closed permanently, a longtime request from some Glendale residents that has been opposed by Los Angeles officials who say the closed crossing would cut off emergency access to businesses on the Los Angeles side of the track.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 1, 2014
Los Angeles County coroner's investigators have not been able to identify the body of a man who was found Monday inside a suitcase in the Verdugo wash in Glendale. A cause of death hasn't been determined for the man who has yet to be examined, coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said. However, police said the man was in his 20s. A Los Angeles County Public Works employee made the gruesome discovery about 9 a.m. while cleaning the wash near Glorietta and Woodland avenues. The employee noticed plastic was protruding from the suitcase and didn't want to touch it, so he immediately notified police, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 20, 2014
A study on the potential construction of bridges along the Glendale Narrows area of the Los Angeles River - including one that may connect to Griffith Park - is set to begin following City Council approval this week of a $725,000 contract with an engineering firm. A half-mile trail along the Glendale side of the Los Angeles River known as the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk opened in December 2012 after a decade of hurdles , but the trail as well as equestrian and park facilities was just the first part of a multiphase project.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 1, 2014
Lisa Gonzalez ducked under a tent used to catch bugs in a Glendale backyard and reached her arm into a small bottle at the tip of the trap. She pulled out what looked like a clump of dirt. As the insect expert began to unravel the bundle, dozens of bug carcasses spewed into her hand as she picked through a crumpled-up spider web. Spiders often set up camp in the 30 bug-catching tents the Natural History Museum has erected throughout Los Angeles, Glendale and Burbank for a three-year project studying insects in the urban environment.
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