Male Prostitute Dies of Meth Overdose at Hollywood Home of High-Profile Democrat Donor
Male prostitute, 26, dies of meth overdose at Hollywood home of high-profile Democrat donor
The incident occurred on July 27 around 7.22pm at the West Hollywood home of Ed Buck, a high-profile political activist and wealthy contributor to the California and Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
The Los Angeles County Coroner declared Gemmel Moore's death an 'accident,' due to a 'methamphetamine' overdose, the WeHo Times publication reported.
But Moore's family believes that foul play was involved in the hours between Gemmel's arrival at Buck's home and his fatal overdose.
During a phone interview with the WeHo Times last week, Gemmel Moore's mother, LaTisha Nixon, said that her son had been involved with sex-work for the past few years.
'I called one of my son’s friends and was like, "who the hell is Edward Buck?'" Nixon said, speaking from her home in Spring Texas. 'And my son’s friend was like, "oh my God, that’s that white guy, that wealthy white politician guy… he was like "oh my God…’”
A one-time registered Republican, Buck began getting involved in Southern California politics in the early 1990s.
Buck became a successful businessman, pioneering in computer technology, specifically in electronic information services, in Arizona before moving to Los Angeles.
He later became a local city councilman for West Hollywood and AIDS activist, according to a smartvote.org profile in 2007.
During Nixon's conversation with her son's friend, a darker picture of Moore's life began to emerge, with Buck allegedly playing a role.
'When he calmed down, he told me that Ed Buck was one of my son’s clients and that Ed Buck was one of his clients as well,' Nixon said. '[Buck] would have my son to go out to… Santa Monica Boulevard looking for young gay black guys so he could inject them with drugs, see their reaction and how [they] would react and take pictures of them.'
A phone call place to Buck for comment was not immediately returned. Buck is not a suspect in Gemmel Moore's death or any police investigation at the moment.
Nixon said that investigators with the West Hollywood Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department notified her that no drugs or paraphernalia was found at Buck's home following her son's death.
An unidentified source who claims that he and Gemmel Moore shared Buck as a client told the WeHo Times that the former city councilman also supplied him with drugs.
In one account, the anonymous source said that Buck asked him if he’d ever 'slammed,' a street term for intravenous meth use.
'I told him no, and that would take more money,' the source said, describing Buck’s reaction as 'excited,' adding he seemed to 'get off on getting you higher and higher.'
Nixon told the WeHo Times that her son's troubles may have had their start over a year ago, when he gave her a call in a panic.
'He filed a police report because he said that Buck had held him in his apartment or whatever and had shot him up with a needle with something he didn’t’ know what it was,' Nixon said,
'He called me crying. Three minutes on the phone hollering and I’m like "What the hell is going on?"'
'He said "This man, he shot me up with something I don’t even know what it is," and I’m like, my son is having a breakdown or episode. But he sent me pictures of his arm, his arm was red.'
The WeHo Times reported that at the time of publication, they had yet to obtain a copy of the police report.
No pictures of the alleged red markings on Moore's arms have been produced, said WeHo.
'Gemmel got scared and at the urging of relatives and few close friends who knew of these outrageous encounters; my son came home to me in Texas to get away,' Nixon continued. 'Yes, my son was an adult and didn’t live a fairy tale perfect life, but he didn’t deserve to die this way.'
Buck in 2015 gave Hillary Clinton $2700 and another $250 a year later, the WeHO Times reported, adding that Buck has also given thousands of dollars to Democratic incumbents in the state.
Other photographs found on his Facebook page show him with celebrities and high-profile California politicians, including Governor Jerry Brown.
The WeHO Times said that it placed numerous phone calls and emails to Buck, all of which has gone unanswered.
Chupacabra Sightings Reported by Residents in the Mountains of Riverside County, California
On a foggy morning more than a week ago, Cary Shuker's cat raced inside his Riverside home, terrified of something outside.
"This thing was standing out there, looking at me" said Shuker, a private contractor who lives at the base of Box Springs Mountain, which divides Moreno Valley and Riverside. "It was the ugliest looking thing."
Shuker said the hairless creature, glaring at him about 80 or 90 feet away, had a tail like a rat or a possum, with rippled pinkish skin, teeth jutting both up and down out of its jaws and was "at least two feet or more longer than the biggest coyote you've ever seen."
"I yelled at it, in a big deep voice, 'get out of here!'" Shuker said.
The creature turned and snarled at him, before stalking off. Before it vanished, it turned back toward Shuker, snarling and chattering one more time. "It was cussing me out, basically. ... I stole its breakfast. It was hunting my cat," Shuker said. "This wasn't no coyote, by any means."
In the rocky Box Springs Mountain territory, residents say they believe that the strange wild animal they've encountered since the beginning of the year is the legendary chupacabra.
"I thought, 'That is the strangest looking animal I've ever seen,'" said M.J. Blunt, a retired child development consultant.
She saw the creature for the first time a year ago, eating fruit from a tree in a front yard of a nearby home.
"The ears of a deer, long snout, no hair, tail like a rat, long hindquarters," she said. "I thought it might be a sick coyote, a sick wolf. But it had too many different characteristics from any of them."
Chupacabra sightings first occurred in Puerto Rico in 1995, and were soon echoed throughout Latin America. Initial reports focused on the "goat suckers" preying on livestock. By 1996, The Press-Enterprise was reporting sightings in Fontana and Perris. In 2013, chupacabra sightings were reported in Redlands, northeast of Box Springs Mountain. Officials said the Redlands reports appeared to be of coyotes with mange.
Mange is a skin condition found in dogs and other canines, caused by scabies mites that burrow under the skin. When dogs (or coyotes) frantically scratch for relief from the itching, they eventually cause much of their hair to fall out.
Tom Brundige, an inventor of fire-resistant paint additives and insulation, first saw the creatures this past spring in an area burned in the Opera Fire in April.
"We're looking at it dead on. It has a body like a chihuahua, stretched out, with a large thoracic cavity," Brundige said. "And it has huge hind legs. It has a very narrow, ratlike face, with undulations in it, more like a marsupial."
The creature had a ratlike tail and a grayish black stripe on its midsection, he said.
"The donkeys that come from central Mexico, Texas, they come right through my gate," said Brundige, who has lived at the base of the mountain for 28 years. "These guys, I believe, followed them from central America."
He believes the creatures are a hybrid of a canine and a marsupial, like a kangaroo, and has dubbed them "canis marsupius."
"If you don't have a genus or species, (scientists) won't talk to you. It's a fairy tale," he said. "It's not."
Brundige is right: Animal control officials and academics are skeptical, at best, of their claims.
"The chupacabra is not a recognized species by the Department of Fish and Wildlife," said Andrew Hughan, spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. "Chupacabras are not a thing."
The department gets one or two calls a year from residents who say they've seen them, Hughan said.
"There is no such thing, except in the folklore of various communities," John Welsh, spokesman for Riverside County Animal Services, wrote in an email.
"Residents living in this area are right in the backyard of coyotes," Welsh wrote, "and the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park is not that far away either; there are bobcats and, in some rare circumstances, reports of a mountain lion in that area."
Coyotes, in particular, Welsh noted, are "constantly preying on small pets," like Shuker's cat.
All three witnesses say what they've seen is too big to be a coyote, which they're familiar with, along with other wildlife they've encountered in their decades living in the shadow of Box Springs Mountain.
"It sounds like the craziest, made-up story," Shuker said. "But it's not."
A SECOND Fault Line Running Parallel to San Andreas Has Just Been Identified
Just days after a cluster of more than 200 small earthquakes shook the Salton Sea area of Southern California, scientists have found evidence of a second fault line that runs parallel to the massive San Andreas Fault - one of the state’s most dangerous fault lines.
The new fault appears to run right through the 56-km-long Salton Sea in the Colorado Desert, to the west of the San Andreas Fault. Now that we know it’s there, seismologists will be forced to reassess earthquake risk models for the greater Los Angeles area.
"This previously unidentified fault represents a new hazard to the region and holds significant implications for fault models ... and, consequently, models of ground-motion prediction and southern San Andreas Fault rupture scenarios," the team from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Nevada Seismological Laboratory reports.
Now known as the Salton Trough Fault, the newly mapped fault has been hidden for all this time because it’s submerged beneath the Salton Sea - a vast, salty rift lake that formed as a result of all the tectonic activity in the area.
The team had to use an array of instruments, including multi-channel seismic data, ocean-bottom seismometers, and a surveying method called light detection and ranging (LiDAR), to precisely map fault inside several sediment layers both in and surrounding the lakebed.
"The location of the fault in the eastern Salton Sea has made imaging it difficult, and there is no associated small seismic events, which is why the fault was not detected earlier," says Scripps geologist Neal Driscoll.
Oddly enough, the fact that we now know there’s an extra fault line running parallel to the San Andreas Fault doesn’t necessarily mean the area is more prone to earthquakes than we originally thought.
It might actually solve the mystery of why the region has been experiencing LESS earthquakes than expected.
As the team explains, recent research has revealed that the region has experienced magnitude-7 earthquakes roughly every 175 to 200 years for the last 1,000 years.
But that’s not been the case more recently. In fact, a major rupture on the southern portion of the San Andreas Fault has not occurred in the last 300 years, and researchers think the region is long overdue for a major quake.
Now they have to figure out what role the Salton Trough Fault could have played in all that.
"The extended nature of time since the most recent earthquake on the Southern San Andreas has been puzzling to the earth sciences community," said one of the Nevada team, seismologist Graham Kent.
"Based on the deformation patterns, this new fault has accommodated some of the strain from the larger San Andreas system, so without having a record of past earthquakes from this new fault, it's really difficult to determine whether this fault interacts with the southern San Andreas Fault at depth or in time."
A map of the new fault line, STF. Credit: Sahakian et. al.
On Monday morning, ominous rumblings started to emanate from deep underneath the Salton Sea, and then a 'swarm' of small earthquakes - three measuring above magnitude 4 - ruptured at the nearby Bombay Beach.
The ruptures continued for roughly 24 hours, with more than 200 small earthquakes having been recorded in the area.
These small earthquakes - or temblors - were not very severe, but this is just the third time since records began in 1932 that the area has experienced such an event. And this one had more earthquakes than both the 2001 and 2009 events.
The event caused the US Geological Survey to increase the estimated risk of a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake in the next week from to between 1 in 3,000 and 1 in 100. To put that in perspective, without any quake swarms, the average risk for the area sits at around 1 in 6,000.
Fortunately, the increased risk now appears to have passed, and according to the Los Angeles Times, California governor’s Office of Emergency Service just announced that the earthquake advisory period is now officially over.
Of course, for those living in the area, it's cold comfort, because the southern San Andreas Fault is still "locked, loaded, and ready to go". Let's hope the discovery of the Salton Trough Fault will make it easier for seismologists to at least predict when that will happen.
The research has been published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.
Statue Of Virgin Mary Is Weeping
A statue of the Virgin Mary hasn't stopped weeping since the murder of the owner's cousin. Many are calling the tears a miracle. Maria Cardenas is the owner of the Virgin Mary statue. It was given to her as a gift for Mother's Day ten years ago.
Santa Ana, California Police Are Under Investigation For Raiding A Marijuana Dispensary And Then Eating The Edibles
California Cops Eat Pot Edibles After Raiding Marijuana Dispensary
Police in Santa Ana, California raided a un-permitted pot dispensary with their guns drawn. Then they proceeded to eat the dispensary's pot edibles while trying to destroy the shops video cameras for evidence.
The full raid video below.