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California Credit Union warns of new smishing scam

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A fraudulent — known as smishing — text message from “California Credit Union.”


This morning I received a fraudulent — known as smishing — text message from “California Credit Union.” 

The real California Credit Union, which has a branch at 701 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale, warned of smishing attempts by scammers on its website: “CCU is not sending text messages to members or non-members,” the website said. “CCU will never send a text message, e-mail or call you directly asking for any account or personal information.” 

The text contained a warning about my credit union service and instructed that I call the 248-number sent with the text. 

A robotic-sounding voice answered instructing me to enter my credit card number — I dialed a fake number.

The voice proceeded to tell me that the call would be monitored or recorded for “quality assurance.” Twice more, the recording asked for my credit card information, and I again entered a fake number. 

I’ve since called the number again, and was greeted with, “This mailbox is full, and cannot accept new messages at this time.”

Several postings on, a Web forum dedicated to people’s complaints about annoying calls from mystery phone numbers, said that in the time it took to write this post, five people had received the same text.

Like me, three people claim to be Glendale residents and use Sprint as their cell phone service provider.


Written by Michael J. Arvizu

December 22, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Posted in business, Crime

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

Posted in burbank, courts, Crime

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Working to right an injustice

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From the La Cañada Valley Sun

On Dec. 8, 1985, an intentionally-set fire destroyed a small retail shop in the garment district in downtown Los Angeles. One person was killed, and Rosie Sanchez, a single mother of four, was charged and convicted of first-degree murder.

Twenty-nine years later, Jennifer Farrell, a 1999 La Cañada High School graduate and second year student at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law School, is trying to secure parole for Sanchez, who she believes was falsely convicted.

Working with the Post Conviction Justice Project, a clinical program at USC Law that gives students hands-on experience, Farrell travels regularly to the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Corona on a regular basis to meet with Sanchez and prepare her for the grueling parole process.

Farrell has already scored a major victory. In mid-October, the California parole board found Sanchez suitable for parole. The recommendation will go before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in February.

The case against Sanchez was riddled with holes from the start, Farrell said. At the time of the incident, Sanchez, a Mexican immigrant who spoke no English, was operating her own small shop two storefronts down from the scene of the fire. The prosecution argued that the crime was financially motivated, Farrell said, and that Sanchez’s business was suffering from unwanted competition brought on by her neighbor. Tax records show, however, that her shop was prospering.

In addition, the defendant had multiple witnesses to corroborate her alibi — she was with her children at a friend’s house at the time the crime took place. Sanchez’s public defender called only one witness, Sanchez’ sister, to the stand to testify. It is normal, Farrell said, for jurors to disregard a witness who is related to the defendant because jurors assume such a witness would be willing to lie.

For more of this story, read here

Written by Megan O'Neil

December 10, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Burbank man arrested for stabbing cousin

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Burbank Police arrested a 23-year-old resident who allegedly stabbed his cousin in the neck Tuesday in the doorway of his apartment, authorities said.

Eddy Paez, of Burbank, stood in the doorway of his cousin’s apartment in the 200 block of East Verdugo Avenue and beckoned him out, police said.

The 21-year-old victim, who later told police he “had no idea” what might have provoked Paez, stepped outside, and was stabbed with a large knife.  The victim fought back and was able to run away, Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said.

Officers spotted Paez at about 10 p.m. in the area of Victory Boulevard and Verdugo Avenue. They chased him through the backyards of neighborhood residences before finding him hiding in the bushes, Quesada said.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

December 2, 2009 at 1:13 pm

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Police: Alleged Craigslist bandits at large

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A 22-year-old resident who made arrangements to sell Apple iPhones out of the trunk of his car Tuesday in downtown Burbank fought off two alleged attackers after being sprayed with a substance, possibly pepper spray, authorities said.

The victim, who agreed to sell two iPhones via Craigslist, met with two potential buyers about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of Corner Bakery at 800 N. San Fernando Blvd, police said.

When the victim unlatched the truck of his car to display the phones, one of the suspects sprayed something in his eyes, causing him to temporarily lose sight, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said.

The victim then fought with the suspects before they ran off without the phones. Officers responded to the scene but were not able to find the suspects, described as black and in their 20s. They were last seen driving a dark sedan, police said.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

December 2, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Posted in burbank, Crime

Bronze statue stolen from residence

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A $12,000 bronze statue was stolen from the front yard of a residence in the 4900 block of Oakwood Avenue in La Cañada over the weekend, authorities said.

The statue is 4 feet tall and depicts a child kicking a soccer ball, authorities said.

“Someone may have wanted it bad, for themselves or for the metal,” Sgt. Ray Harley with the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The statue was stolen Nov. 20-22, and no witnesses to the crime have come forward. If you have any information reguarding the theft, call the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station at (818) 248-3464.

Written by Seth Amitin

November 23, 2009 at 4:47 pm

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Man arrested for stealing hubcaps

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From the La Cañada Valley Sun

Security guards at the Jet Propulsion Labs parking lot on Thursday detained a man for allegedly stealing hubcaps, authorities said.

The guards called the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station at 4:45 p.m. after they saw Ara Badashian, 35, of Altadena, looking into someone’s car.

Security guards later found four stolen hubcaps in Badashian’s vehicle, authorities said.

“He was caught with hubcaps from a Toyota and a Volkswagen,” said Det. Rodger Burt of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. “It was later determined the hubcaps were taken from other vehicles on that lot.”

Badashian, a parolee, was booked later that night. He is being held without bail at Twin Towers Correction Facility.

“We’re filing a case and presenting the case on Monday,” Burt said.

Written by Seth Amitin

November 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm