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Black Lives Matter – Los Angeles Launches Police Violence Database

BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA) — Black Lives Matter – Los Angeles Wednesday announced the launch of its police violence database. The group hosted a socially-distant event in Boyle Heights for the launch of the project with friends and family members of those who have been affected by police violence. BLM-LA said the database would track incidents in Los Angeles County from 2013 to present, including incidents from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and others under the purview of L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey. “We’re seeking to meet that violence with accountability, with a reimagining of what public safety is and with, really kind of, safeguards for the whole of the community,” Melina Abdullah, co-founder of BLM-LA said. The database was inspired by the reporting and research of anti-lynching activist and journalist Ida B. Wells who published “The Red Record” in 1895. Information included in the database was collected during a two-year period of research that included determination letters published by the D.A.’s office, websites that track police violence and local news articles.

Curious Pup Who Disappeared After Chasing Coyote Escaping From Apple Fire Reunited With Owner

BANNING (CBSLA) — A dog that went missing during the Apple Fire in the Cherry Valley area was back home Wednesday night. Buck, a curious Blue Heeler who disappeared for three days after chasing a coyote escaping the Apple Fire, was returned to his owner Wednesday. (Credit: CBSLA) “It was one big, orange flame all the way around the house,” Greg Skeens, a Banning resident, said. “And I thought we were gonna die.” The flames from the wildfire burned right up to the deck around Skeens’s log cabin. And the home would have burned down if it was not for the firefighters who stood their ground making sure the home made it through without damage. But little did Skeens now that there were other dangers ahead as the flames sent a wave of wild animals out of the hills and onto his property — right in front of his curious Blue Heeler, Buck. “He’s chasing a coyote three times his size,” Skeens said. “But what he don’t know, coyotes eat dogs.” Buck ran after the coyote and did not come back, leaving Skeens to believe…

State Lawmakers Push For Gov. Gavin Newsom To Address Backlog Of Unemployment Claims

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Some Californians say they have growing concerns and worries about when their unemployment benefits will kick in. The frustration comes as the state’s Employment Development Department has been dealing with an influx of requests, and the result of that has been Americans struggling financially during this pandemic. Audrey Wolff, who works in the entertainment industry, lost her job in March and says she hasn’t received any unemployment benefits since then. “I have called daily, about 1,104 times per day,” Wolff said. “There are thousands of people that applied the same time as me, middle of March, that still have received nothing, have gotten no contact from them, haven’t been able to get through on the phones.” California lawmakers are hearing the concerns coming from all across the state, and they’re speaking out. Sixty-one officials — Democrats and Republicans — wrote a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom demanding action to clear the EDD’s backlog of over one million cases. “As you know the caseload has built and we’ve been so many more weeks into it we really felt like now was the…

Vigil Held For Local Marine Killed In AAV Training Accident

MONTEBELLO (CBSLA) — Friends and loved ones describe Lance Cpl. Marco Barranco as a loving young man with a passion for serving his country. “He was the bravest guy I ever met,” said Barranco’s friend, Angela. “He wanted to join the Marines and it was a dream of his. He felt like it was the only route for him.” Hundreds gathered outside by the Montebello apartment he shared with his dad and sister Wednesday night to celebrate his life after he was killed in an AAV training accident off the coast of San Clemente island last week. On the evening of July 30, 15 Marines and a sailor were inside an amphibious assault vehicle as part of a routine training exercise when it began to take on water and eventually sank about 1,500 meters off the coast of San Clemente Island. Seven of those aboard escaped and survived. One Marine who was airlifted to a San Diego hospital died. Barranco, 21, was one of seven Marines and one sailor to be killed. His loved ones, fellow active and retired military members, and even perfect strangers…

Sacramento police searching for gunman who fired at sergeant who was checking on family’s welfare

Authorities in Sacramento are searching for an armed man who fired several times at a police sergeant before speeding away in a truck. Police said officers went to a home in the 1200 block of Rivera Drive Tuesday night after 50-year-old Albert Wheeler’s family reported that he had a gun and was threatening to commit suicide. When the officers spotted Wheeler driving a truck in the area, they tried to get him to pull over but he refused and led them on a chase through the neighborhood. Police said he led the chase back to his house where he fired several rounds at a sergeant who was there to check on his family.   “As Wheeler passed by the sergeant, he fired multiple rounds at the sergeant, striking his vehicle twice. Thankfully, no community members or officers were injured by the gunfire,” Sacramento police said in a news release. After opening fire, the man eluded officers and fled the area, police said. He was last seen in a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado with a temporary California license plate #AL30Y21. While the vehicle has since been located,…

Hacienda Heights pastor charged with sex crimes against girls; additional victims sought

Jonathan Tsai is seen in an undated booking photo released Aug. 5, 2020, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. A Hacienda Heights pastor has been charged with sex abuse against multiple victims after a woman reported he repeatedly sexually assaulted her in her home while she was a child, officials said Wednesday. Detectives have so far identified three women who were minors when they were allegedly assaulted by Jonathan Tsai, and investigators believe the pastor could have assaulted additions victims, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Tsai, 40, is currently the head pastor at Abundant Life Ministries, whose congregation is predominantly Chinese, authorities said. The investigation began when the initial woman came forward on Jan. 9. She said her family became close with Tsai when they were members of the church in her childhood, when it was known as Home of Christians Eastern Los Angeles Church and Tsai served as the youth pastor. When she was between 12 and 18 years old, Tsai would allegedly sexually assault her on visits to her family’s home. The abuse continued throughout the…

LAPD officer shot by apparent friendly fire while responding to suicidal man in Hollywood: Chief

A Los Angeles Police Department officer was apparently shot by a fellow officer in Hollywood Wednesday afternoon while responding to a suicidal man who was allegedly armed with scissors, Chief Michel Moore said. The incident began about 2 p.m. in a residence along the 1110 block of North Wilton Place when police responded to a call about a man threatening suicide with kitchen scissors. The 33-year-old man had a Rottweiler with him when officers arrived, and his wife, mother-in-law and three small children were inside the home, Moore said. During an encounter, a female officer was struck by gunfire in the wrist, but it is unclear what led to the shooting. At some point, a fire extinguisher was used, apparently to try and control the dog. The officer had residue from the extinguisher on her boots, Moore said. “At this point we believe this is possibly the result of friendly fire,” the chief told reporters at the scene. He added that it is unclear if the officer who shot the gun was responding to the dog or “the actions of the subject.” The dog was…

Michelle Obama says no to public office, but fans still want her as Biden’s VP

One would think that after serving the American people for eight years as first lady, Michelle Obama would have earned some peace from the political spotlight with the freedom to pursue her own aspirations. But as Joe Biden gets closer to announcing his running mate, the Committee to Draft Michelle Obama for VP made one more attempt to get the former first lady on the ticket. “Mr. Biden must put forward the strongest ticket possible for a crushing landslide that not only unseats Mr. Trump but throws the un-American spirit of Trumpism on the ash heap of history,” the group said in an open letter, co-signed by Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., on its website. “One that also strengthens opportunity to win down the ticket and take back the U.S. Senate. This is why we encourage Mr. Biden to formally invite Ms. Obama.” Biden has promised to choose a woman as his running mate, and many of the potential candidates are Black women. When asked in April what his response would be if the former first lady expressed interest, Biden said he would choose her “in a heartbeat.”…

Facebook launches its new TikTok clone, Instagram Reels

Facebook’s Instagram is officially launching its answer to the hit short video app TikTok — Instagram Reels. The new Instagram feature will let users record and edit 15-second videos with audio, and will let users add visual effects. Users will be able to share Reels with followers in Instagram in a dedicated section called Reels in Explore, or in the Story feature where posts disappear after 24 hours. The Reels option will be available in the Instagram app. The company has been testing Reels in Brazil since November and in France, Germany and India since earlier this summer. Facebook has a long tradition of cloning competitive services. The Instagram “Story” feature, which lets people share photos and videos that expire in 24 hours, is similar to Snapchat. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questioning about the company’s habit of copying rivals before a congressional hearing on July 29. Facebook earlier launched a TikTok knockoff called Lasso in 2018, but closed that down in July. It also tried services similar to Snapchat called Slingshot and Poke before Instagram Stories caught on. But those were separate apps — it might…

Ventura County sues pastor after authorizing legal action to enforce COVID-19 health orders

Ventura County leaders have approved the use of restraining orders and other enforcement actions against individuals and businesses that refuse to comply with local and state health orders to control the spread of the coronavirus. The decision by the Board of Supervisors gave the county counsel discretion to seek court enforcement of health mandates. The meeting was called days after a pastor in Newbury Park said he would continue holding indoor services despite restrictions on large gatherings. The county has since sued the pastor, Rob McCoy, and Godspeak Calvary Chapel in an effort to force them to comply with the orders, the Ventura County Star reported. McCoy told the newspaper he didn’t understand why authorities were going after him. “We haven’t hurt anybody,” he said.  Meanwhile, the mayor of Los Angeles says he’ll authorize a power shutoff to homes and businesses that illegally allow large parties. 

Grammy-winning producer Detail arrested on multiple sexual assault charges

Grammy-winning music producer Detail was arrested Wednesday on multiple sexual assault charges, officials said. Music producer Detail, whose real name is Noel Fisher, is seen in a booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 5, 2020. The producer, whose real name is Noel Fisher, is facing fifteen sexual assault charges and five additional felony assault-related charges, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. The alleged assaults all involved adult victims and happened between 2010 and 2018, according to the Sheriff’s Department.  The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed the charges against Fisher July 31, and a warrant was issued for his arrest with bail set at $6.2 million, officials said. Fisher is a songwriter and record producer who has worked with big names in the music industry like Jay Z, Drake, Lil Wayne, Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa, according to his profile on Sony/ATV music publishing. He won a Grammy for co-writing Beyonce’s hit “Drunk In Love.” Last year, a model and aspiring singer was awarded $15 million in a lawsuit alleging Fisher raped and sexually…

No counties will be removed, added from COVID-19 watchlist amid California’s data issues

California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to determine the impact from an unresolved technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state has recorded a highest-in-the-nation 525,000 positive tests. But California health officials say the true number is even higher. They don’t know how much so until they can add backlogged testing data and fix the problem with the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE). The incomplete data in the nation’s most populous state has hampered public health officials’ ability to follow up with those who test positive and contact people who have been around them to limit the spread. “Back in February and March when we didn’t have enough testing, I would say we felt blind,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County’s public health director. “I would say now we’re back to feeling blind. We don’t know how the epidemic is trending.” In Los Angeles County, which has a quarter of the state’s 40 million residents, public health officials have reached out to…

Grammy Award-Winning Producer Who Has Worked With Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez Arrested On Suspicion Of Sexual Assault

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Grammy Award-winning producer known professionally as Detail was arrested Wednesday on 15 sexual assault charges and five additional felony assault charges, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Noel Christopher Fisher, a music producer known professionally as Detail, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault. (Source: LASD) Noel Christopher Fisher — who has worked with artists such as Beyoncé, Wiz Khalifa and Jennifer Lopez — allegedly committed the assaults between 2010 and 2018. Further details of the alleged crimes were not immediately available. In January of this year, detectives submitted the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for review. Charges were filed July 31 and a felony arrest warrant was issued with a bail of $6.29 million. Fisher was arrested Wednesday by members of the sheriff’s department’s Major Crimes Bureau. Detectives with the Special Victims Bureau said it believes there may be additional potential victims “based on the nature of the allegations” and have asked anyone with information to call the bureau’s free tip line at 877-710-5273.

Police Find Missing Man With Autism In Long Beach

LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — Long Beach Police have managed to locate a 25-year-old mute man with autism who went missing Wednesday. Davontay Marquise Clark went missing around 8 a.m. in the 600 block of West Third Street, a few blocks away from Golden Park, according to authorities. He was found at approximately 5 p.m., in the area of Wardlow Road and Atlantic Avenue. Clark was safe and unharmed and has since been reunited with his mother. Clark has moderate-to-severe autism, but he knows how to use trains and buses, police said. He is described as a Black man who is 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, dark blue boxers, and red and white Fila shoes. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call the Long Beach Police Department’s Missing Persons Detail at 562-570-7246 or police dispatch at 562-435-6711.

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