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Burbank looking for a permanent police chief

Burbank Interim Police Chief Scott LaChasse

Burbank Interim Police Chief Scott LaChasse has led the department for the past two-and-a-half years.

Burbank is looking for a permanent police chief following two-and-a-half years of interim rule. No word on whether Interim Chief Scott LaChasse will seek the job. LaChasse did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

Coming from LAPD, where he spent 32 years, LaChasse took the reins of Burbank PD in 2010. 

At the time, the department had just come under investigation by the FBI on allegations of excessive force and other civil rights violations. 

In a statement, City Manager Michael Flad said La Chasse, originally brought in on a six-month contract, helped stabilize "a department in crisis." 


Gravel truck fatally crushes Burbank man in 'unclear' accident


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A Burbank man died Monday after being crushed by a gravel truck. 

Authorities are trying to detirmine what happened in the death of 58-year-old Vigen Boodaghian who was "crushed to death Monday by the remote doors of a gravel truck," according to police, reports the Burbank Leader.

The accident occurred near the 5 Freeway in an empty lot west of Front Street between Burbank and Magnolia boulevards.

Police say Boodaghian, who was trapped just before 10 a.m., was freed by a truck driver before emergency responders arrived at the scene and pronounced him dead.

An investigation is pending. It was unclear how Boodaghian became trapped, said Sgt. Carlos Gomez.


Authorities scour Verdugo Mountains after FBI agent goes missing from Burbank home

Stephen Ivens


Stephen Ivens

Authorities are searching for a Burbank man who is also an FBI agent and has been missing since stalking off into the Verdugo Mountains two days ago.

Stephen Ivens, 35, is said to be “despondent and possibly suicidal,” according to NBC. He was last seen by his family Thursday night, and reported missing Friday, after he apparently walked into the mountains near his home on 1700 block of Scott Road.

Ivens also had a gun in his home that is now missing, police said.

Authorities from several different agencies are currently scouring the region, particularly the hills around Burbank, NBC reports.

Ivens works out of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division on Wilshire Boulevard.


A big morning in Burbank: Why police called for evacuations, street closures and the SWAT

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A police vehicle outside a Burbank residence after officers responded to a "shots heard" call.

An incident in Burbank that prompted Thursday morning evacuations, street closures, and rallied the presence of the SWAT team, has been contained.

KPCC's Rob Strauss spoke to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank police department who said four men between the ages of 30 and 40 have been detained, streets were re-opened, and all of the evacuations had been lifted.

At around 6:45 a.m. a witness called police to a report of two gunshots fired in the 1800 block of Keeler Street in Burbank. An officer arriving at the scene observed what appeared to be gunpowder in the air, and measures were taken to secure the area, said Ryburn.

Employing a loudspeaker, authorities attempted to make contact with individuals inside a residence to no avail. Concerned for the safety of witnesses, neighbors, and officers, authorities began evacuating nearby homes in all directions and closing streets at Keeler and Peyton Avenue, Grismer Avenue and Elliot Drive, and Keeler at Morgan Avenue, notes the Glendale Leader.


Inmate transported from downtown jail dies at Burbank medical facility

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L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca conducts an inspection of Men's Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles

The coroner's office will be trying to determine the cause of death of an inmate who died while receiving treatment for an unspecified condition at a Burbank medical facility on Tuesday.

L.A. County sheriff's officials transported the inmate from the Twin Towers jailhouse in downtown Los Angeles to the valley center, according to the L.A. Times.

Paramedics from the Burbank Fire Department were called to the facilty around 5:15 p.m. when the man, whose name has not been released, was reported unconscious.

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner