Local Gun-Related Crimes Increase as Pandemic Subsides

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Burbank police responded to an incident in which a man was shot and killed in his apartment in late January. A significant rise in the number of recent gun-related crimes appears to be partly due to the easing of pandemic restrictions, a police spokesman said.

Burbank has experienced a striking increase in the number of gun-related crimes so far this year compared with the same period last year, according to local police.

There were three crimes involving a firearm from the beginning of 2020 through May 18 that year, Sgt. Emil Brimway of the Burbank Police Department told the Leader. In the same period this year, there were 15 such incidents. Nine of those were related to a robbery, attempted robbery or carjacking.

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LCHS Students Walk Out, Observe Columbine Massacre

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Senior Ethan Crane rallies fellow La Cañada High School students last Friday for a walkout in observance of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.

About 30 La Cañada High School students joined their peers nationwide on Friday in staging a walkout from school in observance of the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School.
The group marched from LCHS starting at 10 a.m. Friday to Memorial Park, where congregants of La Cañada Congregational Church met them with sandwiches, snacks, refreshments and, perhaps most importantly, support. The walkout was a follow-up to nationwide observances at schools on March 14, a month after 17 students and adults were killed during a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Continue reading “LCHS Students Walk Out, Observe Columbine Massacre”