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>> thanks so much for watchier ♪ i'm terry mcsweeney live in richmond with the story of a killing spree that touches much of the east bay. three people are dead and the person believed responsible gunned down last night by the chp. story coming up in a live report. also this morning berkeley police defend the decision to shoot and kill a mountain lion spotted roaming in a busy downtown neighborhood. >> a live look from sutro this morning. notice the lack of clouds. high pressure's back. going to be a hot day and poor air quality. i'll show you where. >> good morning. no delays at the toll plaza but you'll find road work on the bridge making your way into san francisco. all the details coming up. >> and senate incumbent barbara
boxer and carly fiorina share a stage for their first debate. >> thanks for joining us, i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. we begin with breaking news with gruesome developments. a man killed in a shoot-out with chp officers may be linked to as many as three people's deaths, three murders. two bodies were found this morning. right now officers are searching the suspect's home. in fact two areas for explosives. terry mcsweeney is live at the richmond mall where the shoot-out took place. terry, you just talked to police officers and got an update. what are we hearing? >> richmond police are telling me up in vallejo right now they are taking a look at the suspect's home. they have found two more bodies in that house. they have also found explosives there so they are calling in the bomb squad to that house to check it out. they're also calling bomb squad to the situation here at
richmond at the 99 ranch market. this is where murder suspect edward valdmaro was shot following a freeway chase. the suspect in two killings -- check that -- four killings. they're believed tied to valdamaro. also a woman in a car out here. his girlfriend, she was shot and killed. an officer spotted valdmaro last night. he was wanted for a murder of someone killed in his home in hercules. a chp spokesman described what happened. >> at the termination point of the pursuit the suspect fled the vehicle and went into the shopping center. two chp officers confronted the suspect. the suspect fell when they commanded to drop weapons and
they discharged their firearms and the suspect suffered failed injuries inside the shopping center. >> take a look at the pictures of the three previously missing individuals, all tied to valdmaro. the son of the first murder victim, also 60-year-old carol smart and 63-year-old rita allen. two more bodies have been found in a house in vallejo. as we come back out to the scene here, you see the officers still walking around that car down there. that is the car that valdmaro drove to this location and in the passenger seat, the seat remains the body of a woman described as his girlfriend. they're being very careful at the scene, calling out the bomb squad i am told by richmond police because they found the exemployees sieves, they want to be certain nothing is going on in the car to make the situation worse. to recap, valdmaro the suspect in four murders, two bodies in vallejo, the killing last friday in hercules and the woman in the
passenger seat of that car behind me. we're going to be talking to the chp shortly. we'll have much more in about 25 minutes here on abc 7 morning news. live in richard, terry mcsweeney. >> terry, thank you so much. we'll continue to follow those breaking news developments this morning. 4:34. let's check on more news. more surgeries scheduled this week for fremont police officer todd young who was critically wounded last week while trying to make a gang member -- make an arrest. barrientos was charged yesterday with attempted murder. police arrested him saturday near the mexican border. according to court documents, barrientos said he didn't know the person he shot was a police officer. officer young was many plainclothes when he and another officer tried to arrest the suspect on a warrant in east oakland. blood donations for officer young continue to pour in. another emergency blood drive will be held this afternoon at santa clara high school where he graduated in 1989. the community is asked between
to donate between 2:15 and 6 p.m. >> today the california attorney general's office will file an appeal to have a stay lifted on state executions. yesterday a superior court judge extended the ban on lethal injections indefinitely. it filed a riverside trial judge's decision to set a september 29th ex cushion date for a death row inmate at state quentin. it built a new death chamber at san quentin and should be allowed to resume executions. they've been on hold now more than four years. >> tonight democratic senator and barbara boxer will face off in her first and only scheduled debate at saint mary's college. the poll shows the two candidates in a virtual dead heat. boxer has a slight lead on the h. p. ceo. experts say the election will ultimately be decided by the candidate who's able to win over
the state's independent voters. >> berkeley police say they had no choice but to kill a mountain lion yesterday morning. the mountain lion was in an area full of restaurants and businesses. since police in berkley are not armed with tranquilizer guns they say it was too risky to let the animal roam. >> daniel is still absorbing what he saw when police killed a mountain lion in this heavily populated neighborhood. they allowed me to look at the animal, quite large. >> the adult female mountain lion was first spotted near cedar and ran over fences, jumped through backyards until police fired two shotguns and an ar-15 assault rifle killing it right in front of this house. >> i wish they could caught it, maybe in a zoo or at least take it into a reserve or something.
>> the police department, the officers are not equipped to manage a wild animal. >> berkeley officers are not armed with tranquilizer guns and police say it would have been just too risky to let the big cat run loose where restaurant employees were getting off work. >> there are quite a number of people next-door and people down the street. a number of people. >> and i assume the lion was there at 3:00 in the morning. it could have been 7 or 8 or 9 and there's going to be kids walking to school from up there. a pack of them. >> residents around here suspect the mountain lion was simply following its food source. this youtube.com video shows it's not uncommon to see deer wandering the streets of downtown berkeley unthreatened by predators. at least until now. >> the department of fish and game says this is an extremely rare occurrence. and there's not much concern another mountain lion will visit anytime soon. in downtown berkeley, i'm alan
wong, abc 7 news. >> a. c.'s transit board of directors is considering a proposal to cut weekend bus service nearly in half. the plan calls for cutting several overnight lines outsourcing paratransit services for seniors and disabled riders and reducing the hours of operation on all lines. a. c. transit says the judge's recent ruling the agency return to its old union work rules is costing them $1.2 million a month. the agency is already facing a $56 million budget deficit. >> air quality officials are declaring today a spare the air day. the alert means officials expect more smog than usual leading to unhealthy air quality in parts of the bay area. you're urged to use mass transit instead of driving in at all possible. besides driving less, avoid using aerosol sprays and gas-powered lawn equipment. people sensitive to unhealthy air should limit time outdoors,
especially in the afternoon. >> all those reminders useful because we haven't had that many spare the air days this summer. >> mike, another one today. >> and another one tomorrow, today. for today mainly in the south bay where we find the poor air quality and just barely over the threshold. it will be 101. time it will move to the east bay and that's where we'll have the spare the air tomorrow, in the east bay and also the south bay. temperatures, wow! is it getting hot. look at these 90s through most of the north bay, fremont into the south bay. we have low to mid-80s around san francisco, richmond, oakland, palo alto, santa cruz and even san mateo. it will be warm at the coast with 74 at half moon bay. in fact, it will be sunny everywhere and warm today and again tomorrow. as we look at your accu-weather seven-day forecast, temperatures will peak tomorrow and then the cooling hits the coast on friday, moves into the bay saturday and really hits our inland neighborhoods by sunday and into monday and tuesday
we'll probably have our coolest days with temperatures about 20 degrees cooler inland than today and tomorrow and about 15 around the bay and about 10 to 15 also along the coast. so quite a roller-coaster ride through the holiday weekend. good morning, megan. how's the bay bridge. >> road work is the only thing that might slow you down right now if you're heading into san francisco on the bay bridge. you will find the two right lanes are blocked off between the incline and treasure island. they should have those reopened by 5:00. if you're moving through the south bay, a live look in san jose. 101 right at the 880 overcrossing. no problem right now heading northbound out of morgan hill up the peninsula but we have some road work northbound 880. it's closed from southbound 101, the ramp northbound 880 is closed until 7:00. also for southbound 880 and in the south bay as well. south 101, the highway 87 off-ramp is closed until 5:00. in walnut creek, no problems making your way on southbound 680 heading into the san ramon
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marriage are trying to get governor schwarzenegger and jerry brown to defend prop 8. they have filed an emergency order that would require both men to appeal a ruling that overturned the voter-approved ban on same sex marriages. the governor and brown say they don't intend to defend prop 8. as constitutional officers, both don't have the discretion to defend only allows they agree with. >> san jose firefighters accusing of city hall of misleading the public because of budget cuts on response times. the new dynamic computer system which moves fire crews around warned the city manager the idea was unproven. the union is blaming that system for a slow response to two fires last week. >> the first responding units responded from areas of the city i have never heard of in my 20 years. long, long response times. >> i don't think anybody
believes you can do the same amount of work with 49 fewer firefighters and no one's ever made that claim. we just have to distribute our resources around more effectively and that's why we're doing dynamic employment. >> san jose let 49 firefighters go when the union balked at taking a nearly 9% pay cut to help balance the budget. >> it's 4:45 now. still ahead on the abc 7 morning news, the new bid for peace between israel and palestinians in washington. >> president obama officially declares an end to combat operation in iraq. coming up, iraq's future. >> they look like cops and even carry guns but they're not. [ female announcer ] back to school means back to busy mornings. that's why i got them pillsbury toaster strudel. warm flaky pastry with delicious sweet filling my kids will love. plus i get two boxtops for their school. toaster strudel. the one kids want to eat.
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of humidity. phoenix 103, still comfortable, fall-like. 67 seattle and 67 portland. major airports, no delays right now. kind of have severe weather possible but only dakota, kansas. we have some storms around chicago. check out our flight tracker at abc7news.com. >> 4:48. the u.s. will mark the transition to the final phase of the iraq war shifting the focus of the remaining 50,000 american troops from combat operations to preparing iraqi forces to protect the country on their own. vice president joe biden and defense secretary robert gates are in baghdad to preside over the change of command later today. president obama officially marked the end of combat operations in a speech last night in the oval office. >> we have met our responsibilities. now it's time to turn the page. >> the president says he's encouraging iraq's leaders to form an inclusive government
that is just, representative and accountable to the iraqi people. >> an effort to just start middle east peace talks of that stalled nearly two years begins in washington today. president obama is said to hold separate meetings with israel prime minister and palestinian president mahmoud ahmadinejad. tomorrow the two leaders sit down together with secretary of state hillary clinton. leaders have laid out what experts say is an ambitious one-year time line to accomplish a peace agreement. >> 4:49 is our time. take a look at the weather forecast. a spare the air day today and tomorrow because of -- >> because we have high pressure, stagnant air. no more venting our pollution into the central valley. kind of staying in our neighborhoods and that's why we have problems today. show you what's going on. the biggest problem will be the south bay today and south bay and east bay valleys. that's where we have the poor air quality tomorrow. look from emeryville back to san francisco. you can see everything, even the twinkling lights of sutro tower.
cool at the coast, 46 half moon bay. you can see the 60s more widespread than yesterday morning. fairfield, concord, antioch, fremont, mountain view, san jose, los gatos. we have low 50s up around napa and santa rosa and no fog like we dealt with yesterday. monterey bay and inland low to mid-50s. the spare the air day is one of the bigger stories in our highlights. also sunshine and warmer weather today and tomorrow. cooling, that will hit right in the labor day weekend and probably get coolest around monday and tuesday. here we are 5:00 in the morning. notice the lack of clouds and the slight offshore breeze that will strengthen during the afternoon hours. look for sunshine around noon and sunshine throughout the afternoon hours. 70s around the coast, 80s around the bay and 90s our inland valleys. let's start in the east bay valleys where brentwood will be the warmest at 99. the rest of us mid to upper 90s, pretty close. mid to upper 80s richmond, berkeley, hayward. low 90s for the rest of the sunny east bay shore. down in the south bay, sunnyvale
and milpitas 89. low to mid-90s for the rest of your neighborhoods. look at san jose, 92 degrees today. mid to upper 90s on the peninsula and as you head to the south bay, a little south of 92, mid-60s along the coast today -- i should say mid-70s, daly city 75. south san francisco, sausalito low to mid-80s but starting at san rafael and northward, we have low to mid-90s, possibly 97 sonoma. sunshine, beautiful at your beaches. low to mid-70s today. mid to upper 80s for the rest of the bay into salinas and inland around morgan hill, gilroy and hollister. the central valleys heating today, too. sacramento, fresno, chico 100. 102 and yosemite about 101 and palm springs. bring it back home, nice night for baseball at at&t park. we're talking about warm conditions, 82 that first pitch at 7:15 dropping to 74. check more 50s and 60s in
tonight's forecast with clear conditions. and the hottest weather tomorrow where many of the east bay valleys will hit 100 and some of the north bay valleys, too, will jump to around near 90 in the bay and low to mid-70s again along the coast. the cooling will hit the coast on friday, hit the bay saturday, hit our inland neighborhoods on sunday and you can see by tuesday almost a 20 degree drop across the board. here's megan. >> off to a pretty quiet start on a bay area roadways. let's start with a live look at the east shore freeway. this is interstate 80 heading through the berkeley area. headlights are moving westbound. right now the drive time from the carquinez bridge to the maze just about 19 minutes. we have some road work to be on the lookout for in oakland. 24 heading eastbound, a couple lanes are blocked there between 580 and highway 13 until 6:00. and also as mike said, today is a spare the air day. all mass transit systems are running on schedule; however, they're not free. no free transit but you are encouraged to take mass transit if you can.
for the latest traffic update and how to observe spare the air day, go to our website abc7news.com and click on the traffic link under abc 7 extras. eric? >> megan, thank you very much. it's 4:53. the san francisco police commission will consider a new call to tend a 150-year-old tradition of the private security guard in the city. the patrol specials that wear uniforms even carry guns but they are not cops. amy hollyfield has more who they are and what they do. >> just the sight of him makes residents of glen park neighborhood feel better but city officials worry the appearance of these patrol specials is confusing and a liability. look at the uniform they wear next to a san francisco police officer's union form. they look very similar but a patrol special is not a police officer. glen park residents hired him to watch over their homes and businesses. >> they operate under a section of the city charter but what
they are really is security guards. >> the controller's office commissioned a consultant group in boston to study control specialists. the recommendation of a lengthy report is change the city's charter and eliminate them. >> they're not police. they're not operating under our jurisdiction and control. they don't have the training. >> just like getting hit in the gut. all the people that i know, people who i take care of think it's unfair. >> both sides point to a fatal shooting at suede nightclub in february to support their argument. one man was killed, several others shot. a patrol specialist shot and apprehended the gunman before police got there, but the city is now being sued for what happened. >> in the long run we would hope that the city could defeat this charter section and stop overseeing what's essentially security guard functions. >> they'll have to deal with some passionate residents who are ready to fight to keep them on the streets. >> i think it's out of touch
with our reality and our needs here. we need more of these neighborhood police, not less. >> the police commission will hear about this report and recommendation. supervisor says he wants to hold a public hearing so residents can have a say. amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. >> california will not have the statewide plastic bag ban, at least not now. state lawmakers have rejected a bill to try to ban plastic shopping bags. it fell way shot in the senate last night. they lobbied against it calling it a job killer. supporters argued the 19 billion bags californians use each year harm the environment. though there won't be a state ban, several cities already say no to plastic bags, including san francisco. >> a tsunami warning is going out across san mateo county later today but don't worry, it's a drill. (siren) >> something like that. the sheriff's office of
emergency services along with pacifica and half moon bay officials will test eight tsunami sirens today around 10 a.m.. people in pacifica may hear the sirens in different areas. they may also be heard in the communities of princeton, half moon bay. >> getting around san francisco on a bike is a lot easier this morning. the city has opened the first stretch of new bike lanes constructed after a judge lifted an injunction two weeks ago. that stalled the bike plan for four years. the new lanes run along both directions of fisherman's wharf. >> this is an incredibly important connection from people coming from embarcadero to downtown going to the marina and the golden gate bridge. we haven't had a good path through -- near fisherman's wharf and now we do. >> the lanes are the first of some 20 miles of bike lanes that will be added to san francisco streets over the next year. it is now 4:56.
oakland police say they made key arrests in a recent series of homicides and shootings. that's just aheadon abc 7 news at 5. >> the latest developments in the bizarre case of a murder and kidnapping suspect and a gruesome discovery investigators made inside his car. the new discovery this morning and why it has bomb squads being called out in two bay area cities. >> and were deputies and justified in tasing a marin county man. county man. next at [ male announcer ] nature is unique... ...authentic... ...pure... and also delicious. ♪ like nature valley. granola bars made with crunchy oats and pure honey. because natural is not only good, it also tastes good. nature valley -- 100% natural. 100% delicious.