August 21, 2011 archive

Burbank Man Arrested for Feeding Pigeons Posing Risks to Airplanes at Bob Hope Airport


Finally. I mean, what had to happen an airplane crash?

For nearly a year, officials have been trying to figure out what to do with Charles Douglas.

The 59-year-old owner of Precise Roofing Company in Burbank has been feeding flocks of pigeons since at least September 2010, officials say, which — beyond violating municipal code — has created a major safety hazard for jet airplanes using the nearby Bob Hope Airport as the birds numbers have grown into the hundreds.

On average, airport police Commander Allen Schmitt said planes at Bob Hope Airport strike a bird once every two months. But the rate of strikes has increased recently to five incidents in July alone, he added.

“Most of those were multiple — 10 to 20 to 30 birds at once,” Schmitt said. “Now it’s becoming extraordinarily dangerous.”

In July, a Southwest Airlines flight was diverted to Ontario after it flew into 20 to 30 pigeons during takeoff, he said.

“A pigeon is not a problem, but a flock — that’s a problem,” he said.

On Friday, after two court citations and a bench warrant for feeding the pigeons, Burbank police arrested Douglas at his business on Hollywood Way and Tulare Avenue.

This guy definitely has some psychological problems and why the Burbank Police waited so long is beyond me – especially since I fly out of Bob Hope Airport. Lock him away for about 6 months in the Los Angeles County jail and I bet he will stop.