LOS ANGELES — Federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are reviewing investigations into the deaths of two Black men who were recently found hanging in Southern California.
Sheriff’s officials have said there are no signs of foul play in the death of Robert Fuller last week in Palmdale, north of Los Angeles, or the death May 31 of Malcolm Harsch in Victorville, but investigations continue.
Fuller, 24, was found dead near Palmdale City Hall on Wednesday afternoon by a passerby, a sheriff’s official has said, and his death was initially ruled an apparent suicide.
On Monday, Dr. Jonathan Lucas, chief medical examiner-coroner for Los Angeles County, said the cause and manner of death would not be determined until other evidence is in, including toxicology results.
“The initial reports appeared to be consistent with a suicide,” Lucas said. “But we felt it prudent to roll that back and continue to look deeper.”
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Fuller’s family has said he was not suicidal. “We just want to know the truth,” his sister, Diamond Alexander, has said.
Weekend protests and rallies have called on officials to conduct a thorough investigation.
Memorial Day weekend brought crowds to beaches, trails and parks, but officials said that for the most part there were no major problems and that most people appeared to be following social distancing rules.
Health officials have said this holiday weekend will be a big test of whether California can ease stay-at-home restrictions while continuing to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Overall, officials said there were no major problems are beaches, though some places like the Venice Boardwalk saw dense crowds with some not wearing masks.
Officials closed Eaton Canyon Natural Areas & Trails for the rest of the Memorial Day weekend amid concerns that crowded conditions could pose health risks. The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation said the area was shuttered “due to overwhelming crowds that were not following the COVID-19 public health requirements.”
(CNN)More than 125 San Francisco firefighters are battling a four-alarm warehouse fire Saturday on Pier 45, the city’s fire department says.A quarter of the pier at Fisherman’s Wharf “has been lost to the flames,” according to the San Francisco Fire Department public information officer.No injuries have been reported. The pier has been fully evacuated, the department says.Flames could be seen in the early morning darkness in photos tweeted by Dan Whaley.The blaze was first reported at 4:17 a.m. local time (7:17 a.m. ET) and has been contained to a section of the pier.The Fire Department tweeted a link to live updates.Officers report the fire caused a partial building collapse on the southern part of the pier, spread to two buildings on the pier and is in danger of spreading to a third, the Fire Department says.
“There was a significant explosion that caused a mayday report,” Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott said in a briefing carried live on Twitter. “This was upgraded to a major emergency category.”
Several firefighters suffered injuries while trying to bring the raging flames under control.
“Tragically, we have 11 firefighters with burn injuries,” Scott said. Their exact conditions were not known.
The fire was initially reported at 327 East Boyd St. just before 6:30 p.m. It started in a single-story commercial building, and quickly spread to other nearby structures.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — The person attacked by a shark on Saturday at a Santa Cruz County beach has died, according to authorities.
The 26-year-old man was surfing at Manresa State Beach when he was attacked.
California state park officials responded around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department.
The type of shark species that attacked the victim is unknown.
Officials say the shark attacked the victim within 100 yards of the shore.
Under Santa Cruz County’s current COVID-19 social distancing beach rules, between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. the only place beach-goers are permitted to be is in the water. The sand is off-limits, but surfers are allowed to traverse the sand to reach the ocean.
Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered ballots be mailed to the state’s 20.6 million voters for the November election while imposing new rules for in-person voting.