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Circus camel briefly escapes in Glendale

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"People were surprised. It's not every day you see a camel running through the gas station," Douglas Ramos, co-owner of the circus told KABC in clown make-up.

If you saw a camel running through Glendale yesterday, you weren't hallucinating.

Maybe it was opening night nerves, perhaps it was the clang of a wrench that startled her, or the unfamiliar touch of a new trainer, but Atula the camel escaped from the Ramos Brothers Circus. She crossed several lanes of traffic before being lured into the hands of her trainers by a carrot.

"People were surprised. It's not every day you see a camel running through the gas station," Douglas Ramos, co-owner of the circus, told KABC in clown make-up.

"The last thing you want to see is a camel loose on the streets," Diana Madison of Hollyscoop.com told KCBS. She filmed the camel galloping away from her trainers.

Atula, 4, from Southern California, was not injured during her journey and performed last night as scheduled.

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Glendora police search for phony cop who made traffic stop, bothered family members

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Glendora police are looking for this man, who impersonated an officer at least twice in May 2012.

Police are looking for a man who impersonated an officer in Glendora earlier this month in order to make a traffic stop, then weirdly imposed himself on the victim’s family.

The phony cop -- wearing a passable uniform with holstered sidearm and flashing a badge -- pulled over a man on May 11 who was exiting the Foothill Freeway at Sunflower Avenue at about 11 p.m., according to reports based on a Glendale Police Department press release.

In making the traffic stop, he reportedly displayed a white strobe light, flashed his high beams and even went so far as to bump the other car from behind while they were moving -- something officers never do.

Another tipoff might have been the phony cop’s car: a cream-colored Ford Edge.

According to Glendora police, after pulling the man over things transpired as follows:

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Power knocked out, but no serious injuries after plane crashes in Glendale front yard

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The wreck of a crashed Cessna 210 is seen in front of a home in Glendale on Monday, May 21, 2012.

The pilot is OK, and no one was hurt on the ground, after a small single-engine airplane crash-landed in a Glendale home’s front yard Monday night.

The Cessna 210 came down at about 8:30 p.m. last night, tearing through trees and power lines before landing upside-down on the 1200 block of Glenwood Road, according to fire officials and several news sources.

KTLA says the plane took out three power poles as it came down, knocking out power to at least 2,000 nearby homes. KNBC says about 300 homes were still without power this morning.

Today the wrecked Cessna was hauled away, while investigators from the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board tried to figure out what went wrong.

According to reports, the pilot -- identified by ABC as Jim Roth, an engineer from Thousand Oaks -- was flying solo to Van Nuys from Phoenix when he experienced a mechanical problem over El Monte. He reported the problem and was diverted to Burbank Airport for an emergency landing -- but didn’t quite make it.

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Kim Kardashian announces future bid for mayor of Glendale

2011 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

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Kim Kardashian at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Would you back Kim? 

America’s favorite reality star, Kim Kardashian, has announced her intentions to become mayor of Glendale someday.

Entertainment Weekly picked up an E! online clip, apparently from an unaired bit of last weekend’s “Khloe & Lamar,” wherein Kardashian lets slip her plan while driving around Dallas with sister Khloe:

“I’ve decided I’m gonna run for the mayor of Glendale,” Kim says matter-of-factly.

“This is the Ross Perot museum,” Khloe interrupts.

“So for real, so Noel’s gonna head my campaign, but it’s gonna be in like five years,” Kim says.

“Excuse me people you’re not letting me over!” Khloe yells at other drivers.

The Armenian-American star added that she’s attracted to Glendale because it’s “Armenian town,” and said she hopes to buy property there in the future.

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Glendale neighborhood on lockdown, police search for burglary suspect

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North Everett Ave in Burbank

Three suspected home burglars have been captured but one is still at-large Tuesday, prompting police to lockdown a Glendale neighborhood.

Police are currently seraching yard-to-yard for the fourth suspect near the ABC and Disney Studios near the 134 freeway.

Tom Lorenz, the Glendale Police Dept. spokesman said officers saw the men run away from a home on North Everett Street around noon.

"In that particular area of town over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a rash of residential daytime ransack burglaries," Lorenz said, noting that residents have been victimized of jewelry, electronics, cash and even weapons.

KABC reports that at the end of the police pursuit, the suspects jumped into the wash and then ran north onto Paula Avenue. 

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