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Celebrated Burbank deli owner dies at 77

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Thomas Huber and father, Otto, who founded Otto's Import Store and Delicatessen in Burbank. (Roger Wilson/The Leader)

Otto Huber, the founder and 40-year owner of Otto’s Import Store and Delicatessen, died of natural causes at his Burbank home. He was 77.

Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada confirmed Huber’s passing Thursday morning after officers found no signs of foul play at his home in the 400 block of N. Brighton St.

Remembered by friends and family as a gregarious shopkeeper and devoted father, Huber was among the last remaining holdouts from a bygone era where family run businesses were the norm.

Accordion in hand, Otto serenaded generations of residents, introducing them to European fare. Among his loyal customers were John Burroughs High School students, some of whom joined an online fan page called “OTTO’S DELI/BURBANK.”

The Facebook group includes messages such as “And on the way home from Lincoln each day…” and “Daily lunch from ’81-’84. Ham and cheese with extra mayo. I am not down that way often, but stop in every time I am.”

Founded in 1969 by Huber and his wife, Irma, the deli began an old- fashioned corner grocery store. The Hubers then began to incorporate specialty foods for family and friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm

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Man suspected in four robberies arrested

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Police this week arrested a 27-year-old Van Nuys man later determined to be connected to a string of robberies in the city, authorities said.

Brian Trevino is being charged with four felony counts of robbery and held on $225,000 bail, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said.

Officers at 2:15 p.m. Monday arrested Trevino while investigating a suspicious vehicle  in the 3600 block of W. Victory Blvd, Quesada said.

There they met a man who matched the description from a previous street robbery. Detectives conducted follow-up investigations and connected Trevino to at least three previous robberies, including two at liquor stores and a gas station.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 7, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Crime report recap through Monday

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The following were taken from reports filed at the Burbank Police Department:

A 90-year-old Burbank man on Sept. 28 reported his motorized wheelchair stolen from the 400 block of W. Elm St. The man left his wheelchair in his driveway and went out to run errands. The wheelchair was missing upon his return. At first he thought it was a prank, but was unable to locate it. Police conducted an area check. The wheelchair is described as Hoveround MPV 5 motorized wheelchair.

A 63-year-old Burbank man on Sept. 20 went to the police counter to report he had been assaulted with a two-by-four at his home in the 1000 block of N. Ontario St. The man said the assault happened about a year ago and that it was the result of a dispute with his contractor. The contractor demanded money he believed he was owed and when the man refused, the contractor picked up a piece of wood and attacked him. The suspect was not able to hit the victim because a construction worker intervened and stopped him. The victim decided to report the incident a year later. Detectives will be conducting an investigation.

Burbank Police School Resource officers on Friday arrested a 15-year-old student for extorting money from a fellow student. The suspect demanded $10 a week and threatened to beat up the victim if he didn’t pay. The victim paid the suspect during a 3-week span, but finally stopped and reported the incident to a school official.The suspect had sent the victim text messages demanding money and threatening violence if not paid. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 6, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Police looking for victims of hit and run, car-jacking

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Police are asking for the public’s help to locate the victims of an attempted car-jacking and hit-and-run that occurred about 10 a.m. Friday shortly after a man and two boys robbed the Citizens Business Bank at 4100 W. Alameda Ave.

Officers during the chase pursued the suspects down Pass Avenue, Olive Avenue and Barham Boulevard in Universal City before ending up at Highland Avenue on the southbound 101 Freeway. One of the suspects attempted to car-jack a motorist as traffic was stopped on the opposite side of the freeway. He was unsuccessful and ran off, and police are seeking to identify the victim of this attempted car-jacking.

Police are also asking anyone who may have been struck by the suspect vehicle, which is a silver, older model 4-door Lexus, to please contact them at 818-238-3000.

Anyone having information regarding this case is asked to contact Det. Pfrommer, investigation division-persons bureau, at 818-238-3246.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 29, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Crime report recap through Monday

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Police and Fire Building (City of Burbank)

Police and Fire Building (City of Burbank)

The following were taken from reports filed at the Burbank Police Department:

A 10-year-old girl was taking shower in her home in the 700 block of San Jose Ave. on Sept. 22. When she stepped out of the shower, she looked up at the window spotted a man peeping in. She ran off screaming and the  police were notified and conducted an area check but were unable to locate the suspect. He is described as possibly Asian, 50 to 55 years old, with dark hair and silver-framed glasses. There have been two similar incidents in the past week in the 600 and 700 blocks of South Sixth Street.

Police reported there were three separate incidents where windows were shot at with what appeared to be BB guns. A 54-year-old Burbank woman reported that someone had shot out the front passenger window of her 2004 Ford Expedition parked at Jolley Drive and Scott Road. An employee of the business at 225 S. Glenoaks Blvd. reported the front window had been shot and cracked. The business at 530 S. Glenoaks Blvd. had its front glass door shot out.

A 15-year-old gang member on Wednesday was arrested for assaulting two 17-year-old boys with a kitchen knife. The 15-year-old walked up to the two victims in the area of Jannetta Avenue and Floyd Street. He then then pulled out a kitchen knife from pocket and pointed it at the two victims. One of the victims picked up a wooden stick to defend himself.  The suspect grew alarmed and ran off. The 15-year-old was positively identified as the suspect and arrested.

Police officers Friday responded to the area Buena Vista Street and Thornton Avenue regarding a large gang fight involving about 20 to 25 people.  By the time officers arrived the fighting had ceased. Men were detained but none admitted to being in a fight nor did they provide any information about the identity of possible suspects. All these subjects are known or associate gang members. Officers then responded to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center after receiving word of two possible stabbing victims. Officers contacted the subjects but they provided no information other than they were attacked by Latino men. The two victims were treated for lacerations to their heads and released. Gang investigators are currently conducting an ongoing investigation to try and determine the suspects in the case. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Crime report recap through Monday

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Courtesy of City of Burbank

Courtesy of City of Burbank

The following were taken from reports filed at the Burbank Police Department:

Information exchanged between the Burbank Police and Torrance Police departments led to the arrest of a murder suspect. Officers on Sept. 15 were patrolling the Extended Stay Hotel parking lot at the Empire Center where they observed a  suspicious-looking parked vehicle. They ran a license check and discovered that the registered owner’s son was wanted for murder by the Northern California law enforcement agency. An investigation revealed the murder suspect was located at a residence in Torrance. Information was exchanged with the Torrance Police Department who conducted surveillance on the Torrance residence.  Soon after, the suspect was arrested as he was leaving his Torrance home.

Police on Sept. 16 arrested a 56-year-old Los Angeles woman for assaulting a parking lot attendant with her vehicle. Joan Ehrlich and a 39-year-old Bakersfield man were in the parking lot of the 3800 block of Riverside Drive when they got into a disagreement over a parking fee.  The parking attendant stood in front of Ehrlich’s vehicle when the suspect refused to pay the fee. Ehrlich then drove forward and ran over the victim’s right foot. Ehrlich stopped the vehicle, got out and walked away.  The police department was then notified.

A 21-year-old Canyon Country woman on Thursday was the victim of a Peeping Tom at the Hooters Restaurant at 600 N. First St. The woman was in a restroom stall when a man’s head appeared from under the stall door. The woman screamed and the suspect ran out the bathroom and disappeared. Officers arrived and conducted a check of the area but were unable to locate any possible suspect. The suspect is described as a Latino or white man in his early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall and wearing a tan-colored Aloha shirt.

A group of 13- and 14-year-old boys on Friday were at the In-N-Out at 761 N. First St. The boys were sitting outside next to three adult men who were smoking. One of the young boys asked them to stop smoking. Then one of the men walked over and asked the boy if he wanted to get burned with the cigarette. The man then pointed the cigarette at the boy and threatened to kill them. All three men then walked away and drove off. Officers arrived and conducted a check of the area but were unable to locate the men or vehicle. The suspect is described as an Armenian man with dark hair, wearing black pants and a black T-shirt. The vehicle is described as a black, four-door BMW. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 23, 2009 at 11:01 am

Bob Hope Airport to offer flu and pneumonia vaccinations

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Credit: Creative Commons

Credit: Creative Commons

Bob Hope Airport, through a pact with Torrance-based OnSite Wellness Services, will offer seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccinations from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Oct. 1.

Vaccines will cost $25 per dose and the pneumonia vaccine will be offered for $45. Invitations were extended to all tenants of the airport, the Burbank Airport Marriott, Yahoo and the Media Studios North campus operated by M. David Paul & Associates. The vaccination station will be located in Terminal A between the airline ticket counters and the Terminal A security checkpoint.

“For the past four years, the Airport has teamed up with Airport district businesses for our annual blood drive,” Lucy Burghdorf, Bob Hope Airport community relations manager, said in a statement. “We’re happy to offer travelers and people who work on or near the Airport an opportunity to protect themselves against the seasonal flu and pneumonia, and we hope the convenient schedule and location will make it easier for more people to get the vaccinations.”

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 22, 2009 at 12:44 pm