Monday, June 29, 2009
He’s accused of involuntary manslaughter. Dad was an assistant football coach at Burbank High.
By Christopher Cadelago, Burbank Leader, Friday, June 26, 2009
BURBANK — Burbank police officers on Wednesday arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the Nov. 29 death of his father, Timothy Loock, assistant football coach at Burbank High School. Noah Loock faces one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and was released from custody on $25,000 bond. He is due back in Pasadena Superior Court on July 16, authorities said.
The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Nov. 29, when police responded to a fight at the family home on the 1800 block of North Avon Street. “After a couple of punches, the father fell to the ground,” Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said. Timothy Loock, 48, was rendered unconscious and was transported to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Noah Loock fled the scene of the fight Nov. 29 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 cause of death as homicide.
The Dec. 2 autopsy revealed that Timothy Loock died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and neck, said coroner-investigator Denise Bertone. The county district attorney’s office filed one count of involuntary manslaughter, and an arrest warrant was issued Wednesday. “Because of the unknown nature of the circumstances, the actual length of the sentence varies and depends on what they look at,” Quesada said.The Loock family could not be reached for comment.
Timothy Loock worked in the entertainment industry on post-production for 30 years, according to his profile on the Internet Movie Database. An all-league wide receiver for the class of 1978 at Burbank High, he went on to coach receivers and defensive backs until his death last season. Noah Loock graduated from Burroughs High School in 2008. His Facebook profile was rendered inactive.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
July 25, 1926 - May 31,2009 Barbara passed away peacefully Sunday evening from Alzheimer's.
Barbara was a loving wife, mother, grand and great grandmother. Barbara was a purchasing agent at the SDA Hospital, in Simi Valley, for twenty five years. She loved traveling around the world with her husband and many friends.
A service was held on Thursday, June 4, at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills, where she is laid to rest.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Published: Burbank Leader, Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Linda Mustion yours truly, BHS 1967 indulging eating a pink cotton Candy!
Hadn't had one in years.
Later in the day they started making blue cotton candy and I just had to have a blue one as Burbank High colors are Blue and White.
Every year I have the honor of holding the American flag, while Mallory sang the national anthem.
Some Burbank High Class of 1967 looking at our 67 yearbooks and talking about old times.
Some other Burbank High Alumni!
Cathy Palmer BHS 1967 chatting with other BHS alumni.
Cool Wagon! Dig the surf board on top!
Because of the early morning rain, we had fewer cars for the car show as a lot of the guys don't like to take their nice shiny and polished cars out in the rain.
The picnic makes a large circle around the large grassy area, so this is only one side of the picnic with the sign in area and food area.
Cheryl McMillian a JBHS grad was manning the JBHS/BHS Alumni Band booth along with a CSUN Alumni flyers for any alumni who graduated freom CSUN.
Burbank High School sign-in booth.
Alumni getting caught up with old friends and meeting new ones.
Pam Kirkwood - BHS 1964 working at the BHS sign-in booth.
More BHS Class of 1967 looking through the 65, 66, 67 yearbooks.
Burbank High - Class of 1967 Group Photo
Burbank Mayor Gary Bric, BHS 1970 interviews Don Ray, BHS 1967 about Gary's brother Bill Bric, BHS 1967 who was killed in action in Vietnam. Don was good friend of the Mayor's brother.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Published: Burbank Leader, June 16, 2009
Burbank, like every other American city, is an ever-changing place. Some changes are great — like the revitalization of Downtown Burbank, while some we mourn — like the loss of those great chile rellenos at El Chiquito and the late night jazz and nightcaps at Chadney’s.
One other thing that has stood the test of time in our city is the camaraderie and charitable contributions of the Road Kings of Burbank.
Established in 1952 as a racing club, the Road Kings membership has included some of drag racing’s most famous such as Don Prudhomme, Tommy Ivo, Ken Safford, George Sakora, Owen Engle, Denny Cross, Nick Sfetsku, Joel Embick, Ed Drugmond, Bill Loven, Don “The Beachcoomer” Johnson and Frank Ney.
As they have done for the past two decades, the Road Kings of Burbank rolled into Johnny Carson Park for their 20th annual Picnic and Car Show on Sunday.
Staged as a fundraiser to benefit the local high school auto shop programs and numerous Burbank-based charitable organizations, the past decade alone has seen the Road Kings raise and contribute much more than $300,000.
Sunday’s event was officially kicked off with Gino Gaudio’s rendition of the national anthem and welcoming comments by longtime Road Kings member Don Baldaseroni and Burbank Mayor Gary Bric. Among the rodders and racers in attendance were Don Siglar, Richard Radd, Chuck Hanson, Rick Kalisz, Chuck Stein, Lou Bartoletti and Jim Gascoigne, along with two of the club’s charter members, Jim Miles and Kenny Safford.
Among the most notable of those on hand was Burbank resident Bob Muravez, who behind the wheel of the twin-engine “Freight Train” dragster was a legendary racer of the 1960s and ’70s.
Muravez, better known to race fans as Floyd Lippencott Jr., the alias he raced under after his father ordered him to give up the dangerous sport, piloted the “Freight Train” that had been designed and built by John Peters.
Revered as the top duel-engine gas dragster of the 1960s, it is considered to be one of the most famous Chevrolet dragsters of all time and to this day still holds track records at some venues.
Muravez, the longtime owner of Ralph’s Maytag Shop on Victory Boulevard, was joined at Sunday’s event by his wife, Sharon Muravez.
Others who enjoyed the day that included the music of Joe Finkle and the 7-10 Splits were Ginny Hanson, Pat Astamendi, Marcia Mueller, Diane Sfetku, Tony Wade, Brooke, Carley and Louise Bisordi, Ray Tocchio, Brooke Dickerman, Kathryn Davis, Bob Overstreet, Dean and Lynn Shelby, Michael Roberson, and Joe Sprosty, who was accompanied by his 3-month-old opossum, Stacey. Also on hand was Scott Scozzola of DeBell Golf Club with his wife, Heather, and the couple’s children, Isabella and Jake.
Among the numerous local organizations that have benefited from the Road King’s generosity over the years are Burbank Priority in Education, the Burbank Police and Fire Museum, the Burbank Police Mounted Unit, the Parks, Recreation and Community Service Department’s Summer Youth Program, the Burbank Historical Society, the Burbank Aviation Museum, the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank, the Joslyn Adult Center, Terra Del Sol and the Dog Tags for Soldiers Kids Project.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Betty Steinkolk, a retired teacher, administrator and principal at Jordan Middle School and Burbank High School, died June 6, 2009. She was 81. Steinkolk first taught in Redondo Beach for a year, before applying for a teaching job within the Burbank Unified School District, where she worked from 1970 to 1988. Steinkolk continued to work as a substitute teacher after retiring as a temporary acting principal for various schools, including a yearlong stint as principal of Burbank High School.
Born Elizabeth Jean Ohs in Owatonna, Minn., on March 18, 1928, she had naturally bright red hair and a personality to match. Betty never preferred the name Elizabeth and renamed herself Betty Jean Ohs. Steinkolk is survived by her brother, Donald, of Occoquan, Va., and numerous nephews and nieces throughout the country. A memorial Mass is planned for 10 a.m. June 20 at Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church, 31020 Cole Grade Road in Valley Center in San Diego County.
BASEBALL: The four area schools have 18 players recognized for fine season exploits.
By Jeff Tully
Friday, June 12, 2009
BURBANK — There were some impressive numbers put up this past season by the area’s high school baseball players. In addition, the local teams also enjoyed some shining moments, as three of the four — Burbank, Burroughs and Bellarmine- Jefferson highs — were able to make the postseason. Only Providence didn’t qualify for the playoffs.
With successful athletes and teams, the locals were recognized with 18 all-league selections.
Perhaps the best season performance was turned in by Burbank junior shortstop Lonnie Kauppila. However, instead of earning Pacific League Player of the Year honors, Kauppila was selected on the first team. Bulldogs Coach Bob Hart thought that Kauppila deserved to win the player-of-the-year award. “I think he definitely deserved it,” Hart said. “He was the best player in the area this year, and that comes from a guy whose kid plays in the area. I just think it’s unfair that he wasn’t voted the MVP. ”Hart’s son, Kyle, is a senior pitcher at Burroughs.
Kauppila had a wildly successful season after transferring to Burbank from Crescenta Valley. Along with a .508 (30 for 77) batting average, he also had 25 runs batted in, scored 27 runs and belted 12 home runs for a 1.169 slugging percentage. In addition, he had 15 walks and only struck out five times. “Lonnie was such a big boost for our team this season,” Hart said. “He is a player who just makes everyone around him better.”
Burbank’s other first-team honoree was junior pitcher McCauley Taylor. Taylor was 4-4 with a 3.08 ERA and 44 strikeouts and 18 walks in 54 1/3 innings. He also batted .270 (16 for 78).
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Jean Maurice Montandon - BHS 1945 passed away May 16, 2009 in Bakersfield, CA
Jorma Kalervo Hiltunen - BHS 1959 passed away on Feb 20, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV and is buried in the Southern Nevada Veteran Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada.
Don Schlicker - BHS 194? passed away on April 2009
Gene Shultz - BHS 1946 passed away on May 10, 2009 in Sedona, AZ
Steve Poggione - BHS 1964 passed away on Memorial May 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- A 67-year-old man from Costa Mesa who reached the summit of Mount Everest last month is back at home with his family. Bill Burke arrived at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday evening. "It's great to be back. I love it in America, sea level and everything," Burke said about his homecoming.
Burke is believed to be the oldest American to successfully climb Everest. Burke climbed through a Himalayan ice storm to reach the top of the world's highest mountain -- which stands at an estimated altitude of 29,035 feet above sea level. "I've never been in a storm like that in the mountains," Burke said in a call to his wife Sharon after accomplishing the climbing feat on May 22. "Snow, freezing, freezing cold, high winds, it was quite a wild ride.""It was really difficult, a very hard mountain. There is nothing about it that is easy. But, thank God we made it and we made it back safely. "Jetstream-force winds pounded Burke so hard that snow particles felt like metal pellets on his face when he removed his goggles. Sharon Burke said she was confident in her husband's abilities, but still she waited anxiously to learn the outcome of his final summit push.
This was Bill Burke's third attempt on Everest. In 2007, he stopped about 100 yards below the summit, fearing he would not have strength to get back down after making the final push to the top. He tried again in 2008 but had to be evacuated by helicopter after he began suffering from pulmonary edema. Burke's family says they're not sure what lies ahead for the adventurer.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Burbank High School’s 100th senior class went out in style Friday during a graduation ceremony that featured rousing musical performances at the Starlight Bowl. The school’s orchestra and award-winning choir performed sets that stirred excitement among graduates, including one that combined the sounds of “Somethin’s Comin’” from West Side Story and rapper Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” The musical exhibition showcased just part of the talent that Burbank High’s centennial class brought to the school, said Tessa Register, the senior speaker.“As a class, we are so much more than just the 100th group of kids to walk across this stage,” she said.
The school’s sports teams, clubs and student activities, including the first-ever class to host a prom on a yacht, put the group in a category of its own, she said. Technology and diversity had also made the group’s high school experience unique, transforming it from what other generations might have gone through, students said, citing Burbank High’s array of cultural groups and the class’ affinity for text messaging and YouTube. “We know streaming videos of ‘Charlie the Unicorn’ is as educational as it is entertaining,” said Nicole Battaglia, one of the school’s two valedictorians, drawing applause from the audience.
Students said they were excited to move on from high school, but reflected on simple parts of their routines that they would miss. While some were sad to leave the school, others said they were still taking in the weight of the day. “It hasn’t hit me yet,” said Ani Zarian. Zarian talked of her goal of becoming a forensic scientist, one that grew out of a crime lab exercise organized by her science teacher, Rebecca Cooper. She said she will remember Burbank High for giving her inspiration.
Principal Bruce Osgood, reflecting on the thousands of students who had graduated from the school during its 100 years, discussed the commitment to public service that has been displayed by former students. More than 90 graduates had gone on to serve in the armed forces, he said, and hundreds had volunteered for service groups and organizations and even joined the Peace Corps. Now the weight of contributing to society would fall to the latest group of graduates, he said. “You’re not graduating from any high school. You’re graduating from Burbank High School,” he said, his voice trembling.
Although the world’s problems would make it easy for students to feel discouraged from striving to make a difference, this group had a unique source of inspiration, said Yihwan Kim, also a valedictorian. Kim talked about a hopeful politician who had tried to run for office and personally funded his own campaign, but lost in a primary election, gaining half the votes of his opponent. Defeated, he was encouraged to visit his party’s convention and attended only to realize that he had used all his money campaigning and his credit card was declined when he attempted to rent a car. When he eventually arrived at the convention, he was denied a credential.That man was future President Barack Obama, and an important example for the class of 2009, Kim said. “Never forget the power that you have, and never forget what you can do,” he said.