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Burbank’s Police Commission plans to iron out details of a major part of its oversight role Wednesday as part of the city’s response to federal and county investigations into the department. Specifically, the commission will discuss ways...
A 37-year-old gang member was sentenced to 85 years to life in prison Thursday for killing a 16-year-old Burbank boy and trying to kill his four friends 20 years ago in Van Nuys. Rodolfo Gallegos remained stoic as Los Angeles County Superior Court...
A federal appeals court refused Thursday to make public the video of the Proposition 8 same-sex marriage trial, a victory for opponents of gay marriage. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the video from the 2010 federal...
They came from all over the West Coast, six challengers armed to the teeth with knives and steel wills. They would need both to come out on top. They are the most prestigious culinary students from some of the country’s most prestigious schools,...
Greater scrutiny of deadly force, in-custody deaths and other incidents begins today for a Police Department eager to emerge from a rocky period of discrimination and misconduct allegations. The roughly $180,000, three-year agreement approved by the...
As the police department pushes forward with layers of independent oversight and monitors to restore public confidence, yet another lawsuit involving a former police officer has been filed against the city. Former Burbank Police Det. Pete Allen has...
Tags: Justice System, Crime, Law and Justice, Trials, Laws, Judges
Barry Ross received congratulations from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Fred Rotenberg after Ross was recently sworn in as the 2012 president of the Glendale Bar Assn. by Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman. A native of the Glendale and Burbank area, Barry...
A federal judge Monday dismissed a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Burbank police officer, ruling his claims are moot because he has yet to complete the city’s appeals process. Elfego Rodriguez, who is of Guatemalan descent, stated in...
Murder charges were dropped this week against a 71-year-old Burbank man after officials determined that his wife was not the victim of a homicide, but instead died of a liver disease. Joseph Robert Brancato had been charged with murder after allegedly...
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ruled that the case against a man accused of shooting two Burbank police officers can proceed to trial. The ruling came after two days of testimony this week during the preliminary trial for James Willard,...
Tags: Crime, Law and Justice, Judges, Trials, Murder, Crimes
After years of postponements, a pre-trial hearing is scheduled next month for David Garcia, the man accused of killing Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka in November 2003. A routine stop outside the Ramada Inn that year escalated into an exchange...
A Burbank accountant who has worked as a campaign treasurer for many prominent California Democrats is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the election fund of Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana), according to a criminal complaint...
Tags: Democratic Party, Corporate Crime, FBI, Disneyland Park, Fraud
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