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Two men carjacked, kidnapped NORTHWEST DISTRICT --...

Two men carjacked, kidnapped

NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Two Burbank men were carjacked and briefly

kidnapped early Tuesday morning by two men with a handgun.

The victims, both 26, told police they were returning home from a


party in North Hollywood about 12:30 p.m. when they noticed a car

following them. When the friends arrived at a house in the 1800 block

of Hollywood Way, two men emerged from the other car. One of the men

pointed a handgun at the victims and ordered them back into their red


1986 Camaro, police said.

The two suspects, who are said to be in their early 20s, drove the

men several blocks before one of the victims pretended to have a

heart attack, at which time the victims were ordered out of the car

near Victory Boulevard and Maple Street. As of late Tuesday, police

said no arrests had been made.

Ben Godar

Fire erupts near Glendale border


GLENDALE -- Two Burbank Fire companies were among those to respond

to a fire late Tuesday near the Glendale border that damaged a hobby

shop and blocked traffic on Glenoaks Boulevard.

The blaze broke out shortly before 4:30 p.m. at Robin’s Hobbies,

1844 W. Glenoaks Blvd. Employees and customers noticed the smell of

smoke, and the store owner said he tried to put out the fire in the

back room with an extinguisher. The store was eventually evacuated.

Firefighters ventilated the roof to release some of the heavy smoke


before knocking the fire down, fire officials said. All eastbound

traffic on Glenoaks was redirected for more than half an hour while

firefighters battled the blaze.

Late Tuesday, fire officials said they had not determined the

cause of the fire or a damage estimate.

Ben Godar

Scholarship awarded to local student

MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Burbank High School senior Jonathan

Bertain has received a four-year regent’s scholarship valued at

$14,400 from Concordia University in Seward, Neb.

The scholarship, worth $3,600 annually, is awarded for academic


Concordia University is a fully accredited university that offers

five undergraduate degrees and three graduate degrees, including 35

liberal arts majors.

Molly Shore

Wanted man speeds past police

SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- A Van Nuys man wanted for parole

violations was taken into custody Sunday after allegedly passing

police officers on the freeway at more than 100 mph.

Two Burbank Police officers in a marked patrol car were returning

from dropping off a prisoner at the county jail when Tigran

Bertlizyan, 28, passed them on the Golden State (5) Freeway at 115

mph, according to a police report. It was raining at the time of the

incident, police said.

After passing officers near the Los Feliz Road off-ramp, police

said Bertlizyan continued speeding and swerving in front of cars

until officers pulled him over near the junction with Alameda Avenue.

Bertlizyan, whom police said lied about his identity when he was

stopped, was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, providing

false identification, driving with a suspended license and probation


Ben Godar

City wants you to take Healthy Steps

MAGNOLIA PARK -- Healthy Steps in Burbank, a walking program

sponsored by the Community Services, Park and Recreation Department,

will be introduced to community members at 12:15 p.m. Friday at John

Burroughs High School, 1920 Clark Ave.

The program promotes a recent walking trend known as 10,000 steps

a day to maintain good health. Maps detailing six walks throughout

the city will be distributed.

A cardio kickboxer will demonstrate a class to promote teen

fitness, and parks and recreation staffers will hand out fliers

detailing exercise classes for children.

Baskets of fruits and vegetables will be available from Sodexho

School Services, which provides food to the Burbank Unified School


The event is co-sponsored by the city, Burroughs PTA, Burroughs

Associated Student Body, Sodexho School Services, Burbank Water and

Power and the American Cancer Society.

Molly Shore

Summer school registration now open

BURBANK -- The school district is accepting registration for

middle and high school summer classes through May 20.

The classes, which begin June 24, are primarily for students who

have received a “D” or have failed a class. Students can also take

classes for credit in arts and crafts, keyboarding, wood shop,

creative writing and middle and high school Gifted and Talented

Education science. Regional Occupational Program classes are also

offered in animation, computer applications, commercial art, office

occupations, retail marketing and mock trial.

High school summer classes will be at Luther Burbank Middle

School, because of ongoing construction at Burroughs and Burbank high

schools. Middle school classes will be at Jordan Middle School.

Classes meet June 24 to 27. Beginning June 30 and continuing

through July, classes will meet Monday through Thursday.

Enrollment forms are available at Burbank middle and high schools.

Molly Shore