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19-year-old to stand trial for death of his father

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DOWNTOWN — A 19-year-old man arrested in connection with the death of his father was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for one felony count of involuntary manslaughter.

Noah Timothy Loock, of Burbank, was ordered to appear Jan. 15 in Pasadena Superior Court for a second arraignment following the 2008 death of his father Timothy Loock, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley.

The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2008, when police responded to a fight at the family home in the 1800 block of North Avon Street, authorities said.

Timothy Loock, 48, was rendered unconscious and transported to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said.

Noah Loock fled the scene and was taken into custody later that day and booked on suspicion of killing his father, Quesada said.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office filed no charges at that time, and the investigation continued until the Los Angeles County coroner’s office ruled the official cause of death as a homicide, police said.

Coroner investigator Denise Bertone said a Dec. 2, 2008 autopsy revealed that Timothy Loock died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

Noah Loock, a 2008 graduate of Burroughs High School, was released from custody on $25,000 bond.

Timothy Loock, an all-league wide receiver for the class of 1978 at Burbank High, went on to coach receivers and defensive backs at his alma mater until his death last season.


Written by Christopher Cadelago

December 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm

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Man arrested in La Cañada check thefts, forgeries

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From the La Cañada Valley Sun:

A Pacoima man was arraigned last week on charges of mail theft and bank fraud for having cashed stolen checks belonging to two La Cañada Flintridge residents, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman.

Anthony Richard Thurn, 31, was indicted by a grand jury after having been arrested Oct. 2 in Sunland, according to a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. District Court of Central District of California.

Thurn, who is charged with four counts of bank fraud and two counts of possession of stolen mail, remains in custody without bail. He is a parolee with four felony convictions, according the complaint.

“Thurn was arrested and in court was ordered to be held without bond,” said U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek. “The trial is set for Dec. 8.”

For more of this story, read here

Written by Seth Amitin

November 2, 2009 at 8:18 pm

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Courts closed today

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Los Angeles County courts aren’t doing business today. They are closed.


County officials plan to close courthouses, self-help programs and Superior Court offices every third Wednesday of every month until June 16, 2010.

The urgency to close the courts once every month is a result of the statewide budget crisis.

Future court closures are: Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, 2010, Feb. 17, March 17, April 21, May 19 and June 16.

Written by Veronica Rocha

October 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm

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Harvey Levin, free speech and Mel Gibson

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Harvey Levin/Associated Press photo

Harvey Levin/Associated Press photo

The media world has been abuzz recently regarding TMZ founder Harvey Levin — though not for the usual reasons. Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy investigators recently obtained phone records from the gossip journalist, attempting to find out who provided Levin details about Mel Gibson’s 2006 anti-Semitic rank during a drunk-driving arrest.

First Amendment defenders — if I may be so bold — say this is patently illegal. Law enforcement officials say it’s completely proper. Now, you may virulently disagree with Levin’s ways and methods, but keep this in mind: Most free speech law in this country has been shaped or created by less-than-sympathetic individuals. Besides, TMZ is based in Glendale, and I feel a need to stick up for the locals.

Though I have no idea whether Levin will be speaking about the issue, he will be speaking about something next week at a Radio and Television News Association event. Details are below.

The State of the News Business 2009
10/19/2009 @ 7:00 PM
The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California Presents:


Monday, October 19, 2009


Harvey Levin – Founder of TMZ


* Andy Ludlum – Program Director, KNX-1070 Newsradio and KFWB News/Talk 980
* Jose Rios – VP and News Director, KTTV-TV and KCOP-TV
* Kris Knutsen – Managing Editor, Local News Service

MODERATOR: Frank Mottek


* Monday, October 19, 2009
* Hors d’Oeuvres Reception: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
* Program: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
* Dessert Reception: 8:30 – 9:15 PM

WHERE: Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Museum at UCLA

ADMISSION COST: General Admission – $20, Students – $10, UCLA Students & Faculty – Free with Student or Faculty ID

PARKING: Convenient parking in Lot 4 on the UCLA campus.

Enter UCLA from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza.
Drive ahead to the Parking Information Booth in Lot 4.

PARKING COST: $10. Automated pay stations accept $1 and $5 bills and credit cards.


* Western States Petroleum Association
* City News Service

Written by Dan Evans

October 14, 2009 at 4:19 pm

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High-speed chase ends with two arrests

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Burbank Police arrested two residents after they led officers on high-speed car chase Tuesday evening and slammed into an unsuspecting motorist, authorities said.

The driver, Suren Ginian, 20, was arrested and booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, resisting arrest and evading police. He is being held without bail at the Burbank jail. Passenger Francisco Juarez, 23, was arrested and booked for resisting arrest. His bail was set at $10,000.

Both men are expected to appear in a Burbank courtroom Thursday. A third male suspect remains at large, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said.

Neither Ginian nor Juarez had warrants for their arrest, police said. The case is being investigated.

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 16, 2009 at 5:19 pm

A trip into a once-moldy and -asbestos-ridden basement

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We’re following up today on the legal battle between a landlord and Scholars Armenian School and Arts Center, which led me hunting for mold.

Not really. It was the school’s principal, Anahit Grigoryan, who did the leading.

We went into the basement of the building, the site where she spotted toxic mold and, eventually, asbestos.

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Written by Zain Shauk

August 3, 2009 at 6:02 pm

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Pair nabbed by Burbank Police sentenced to prison

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Two North Hollywood men convicted of four counts of attempted murder for shooting a Glendale man and his friends on Halloween four years ago were handed lengthy prison sentences Thursday.

Mkrtich Melkonian and Hrant Barsegyan, both 21, were sentenced to 57 years and 16 years in prison, respectively, after a jury in June found the pair guilty. Each of the total seven counts represented the number of victims who were reportedly inside the van that was shot at Oct. 31, 2005.

Melkonian and Barsegyan were inside a black SUV when they got into an argument with Glendale resident Narek Tovmasyan and his six friends. The groups began yelling at each other while driving on Glenoaks Boulevard.

Melkonian got out of his SUV at Glenwood Road and Alameda Avenue, walked toward the van and fired shots at it, hitting a Glendale man in the back. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

July 31, 2009 at 11:24 am

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