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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.