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High-speed chase ends with two arrests

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Burbank Police arrested two residents after they led officers on high-speed car chase Tuesday evening and slammed into an unsuspecting motorist, authorities said.

The driver, Suren Ginian, 20, was arrested and booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, resisting arrest and evading police. He is being held without bail at the Burbank jail. Passenger Francisco Juarez, 23, was arrested and booked for resisting arrest. His bail was set at $10,000.

Both men are expected to appear in a Burbank courtroom Thursday. A third male suspect remains at large, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said.

Neither Ginian nor Juarez had warrants for their arrest, police said. The case is being investigated.

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 16, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Pair nabbed by Burbank Police sentenced to prison

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Two North Hollywood men convicted of four counts of attempted murder for shooting a Glendale man and his friends on Halloween four years ago were handed lengthy prison sentences Thursday.

Mkrtich Melkonian and Hrant Barsegyan, both 21, were sentenced to 57 years and 16 years in prison, respectively, after a jury in June found the pair guilty. Each of the total seven counts represented the number of victims who were reportedly inside the van that was shot at Oct. 31, 2005.

Melkonian and Barsegyan were inside a black SUV when they got into an argument with Glendale resident Narek Tovmasyan and his six friends. The groups began yelling at each other while driving on Glenoaks Boulevard.

Melkonian got out of his SUV at Glenwood Road and Alameda Avenue, walked toward the van and fired shots at it, hitting a Glendale man in the back. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

July 31, 2009 at 11:24 am

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Former Det. Dunn sues for defamation, invasion of privacy

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CITY CENTER — Attorneys for a former Burbank police detective suing the city for racial discrimination in the workplace filed a second lawsuit against the city Tuesday, alleging that officials illegally disclosed confidential personnel and termination records to the media and members of the public for the purpose of harming the officer’s reputation.

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

July 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm

[DOCUMENT] Former Det. Dunn vs. City of Burbank: No. 2

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Here is a confirmed copy of the July 28 complaint filed by attorneys of former Burbank Police Det. Christopher Lee Dunn against the city of Burbank for invasion of privacy, defamation, negligence and injunctive relief. Case No. BC418792. Story T/K.

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July 29, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Judge upholds John Brady’s probation

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CITY CENTER A judge Tuesday denied a motion to terminate the final 11 months of unsupervised probation for deposed Police Commissioner John Brady, despite glowing letters from city leaders and arguments that he’d suffered enough punishment.

Brady, a well-known civil rights activist and president of the Burbank Human Relations Council, was stripped of his Police Commission membership last month over revelation that he is on unsupervised probation through June 2010 for a drunk-driving offense. It was his second attempt this month at having his probation terminated.

Judge Carlos Velarde ruled Brady must wait 90 days to resubmit his request, taking him out of the running to fill his old position on the police commission. The city clerk’s office is accepting applications through Friday.

“The one thing that upsets me is that if you have a DUI you can be mayor of the city of Burbank or even president of the United States of America, but not volunteer to serve on a small-town police commission,” said David D. Diamond, Brady’s attorney.

Assistant City Atty. Denny Wei argued that little has changed since July 2 when a judge refused to grant the request. He pointed to the seriousness of driving under the influence as well as complications with showing special treatment to noted civic leaders.

Information about the former commissioner’s background was provided to the council in a confidential memo from City Atty. Dennis Barlow after Police Chief Tim Stehr said he learned of the arrest from police officers. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

July 29, 2009 at 12:14 am

Burbank man denies stabbing fiancee

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A 34-year-old Burbank man accused of stabbing his live-in fiancee while their 3-year-old son watched in terror pleaded not guilty to attempted murder Friday in Pasadena Superior Court.

Adolfo Castillo is being held on $550,000 bail in Los Angeles County jail after stabbing his fiancee multiple times in the head and upper body before she escaped and was taken to a local hospital where she remains in serious but stable condition, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said.

“He sliced all the way down to the bone,” the victim, Melissa D’Angelo, said Friday in a phone conversation from the hospital. “The back of my head is numb. My whole cranium, I still don’t feel it.” Read the rest of this entry »

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July 25, 2009 at 11:04 pm

City denies former Burbank Police detective’s second claim

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The city attorney’s office Thursday denied a second claim filed by attorneys representing a former Burbank police detective that alleges city executives illegally disclosed personnel and termination records to the media in an attempt to harm his reputation.

The claim, filed Wednesday, alleges City Atty. Dennis Barlow and Senior Assistant City Atty.
Carol Humiston provided the private personnel file and termination notice for former police Det. Christopher Lee Dunn to the Leader “and other members of the press and general public” on July 16, the same day Dunn filed his race discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against the city.

The denial of claim is signed by Humiston.

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

July 24, 2009 at 1:37 am