Motorist Arrested in Alleged Drunken Chase

First published in the Jan. 8 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A New Jersey man appeared in court this week after being arrested in Glendale for allegedly driving drunk, colliding with several vehicles and leading police on a chase that ended when he flipped his car.
The 51-year-old man, from Westfield, New Jersey, was arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 4, and booked for evading, driving under the influence and numerous hit-and-runs. After posting a $75,000 bond on Wednesday, he appeared in Glendale Municipal Court on Thursday morning. A representative with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office did not have any information on the dispensation of that appearance by the News-Press’ deadline.
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Arrest Made in Connection With Hit-and-Run

First published in the Nov. 27 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Glendale police announced Wednesday the arrest of a motorist who allegedly struck and critically injured a pedestrian who was dragged for a distance by the vehicle.
Michael Taylor of Los Angeles, 31, was taken into custody following an investigation that included surveillance footage confirming that a vehicle belonging to Taylor had allegedly hit, run over and dragged a pedestrian from a business parking lot to the street at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Colorado Street.
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Artwork Honors Crash Victims

First published in the Nov. 20 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The crowd murmured in anticipation as many attendees angled themselves to get a glimpse of the metal box, still covered with a red cloth.
Utility boxes do not ordinarily attract as much attention as this one, located at the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Andover Drive in Burbank. But scores of people stood on the street corner in the hot sun on Nov. 13, greeting friends and family with hugs as they arrived. A few held balloons they planned to release to honor the people they had come to remember.
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Shooting Victim Expected to Make Full Recovery

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

A man who was wounded in a Burbank shooting last week is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Burbank Police Department.
The BPD has made two arrests since the incident.
The shooting victim, whom police have not identified, was in stable condition this week after being shot in the arm, according to BPD Sgt. Emil Brimway. Police said the man was shot the night of Oct. 28 near Frederic Street and Chandler Boulevard. The BPD announced the following day that they had arrested 37-year-old Burbank resident Richard Dick V on suspicion of shooting the other man.
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D.A. Charges Two in Fatal Shooting of Man, 20

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has filed murder and attempted murder charges against a man and a woman in the fatal shooting of a Glendale resident outside a local restaurant in May.
Officers from the Glendale Police Department arrested 20-year-old David Rodriguez and 21-year-old Liana Mkrtchyan on Thursday, July 9, in connection with the death of 20-year-old Teodik Atanes on May 20, GPD spokesman said. A 10-year-old boy also was wounded in the shooting, the spokesman added.
Both suspects were charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder, according to the GPD. They were scheduled for arraignment in L.A. Superior Court in Pasadena this week. Bail for Rodriguez, of Glendale, was set at $4 million and for Mkrtchyan, of Van Nuys, at $3.05 million.

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Former Sheriff’s Psychologist, LCF Resident, Found Guilty of Child Molestation

A La Cañada Flintridge man faces life in prison after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a young boy and girl between 2013-2015, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
After three days of deliberation last week, jurors found 45-year-old Michael Dane Ward, a former L.A. County Sheriff’s Department psychologist, guilty of four counts of lewd act on a child under 14, three counts of oral copulation of a child 10 years old or younger and one count of sodomy with a child younger than 10, the D.A. said. Continue reading “Former Sheriff’s Psychologist, LCF Resident, Found Guilty of Child Molestation”