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live where you live this is "abc 7 news." ♪ a santa cruz neurosurgeon is in court for first time today charged with what prosecutors are calling one of the worst child molestation cases in county history. thank you for joining us this. i'm natasha zu best. >> i'm kristen sze. involving children as young as ten years old. we're learning there's another person out of state who is also arrested in connection with dr. james koh hut. "abc 7 news" reporter matt keller is live at superior core. >> reporter: a lot of big changes today. originally dr. james koh hut was charged with three child molestation charges when he was
arrested on sunday. today the da's office filed an additional seven charges. that makes it ten felony charges against this brain surgeon as he sits here in jail with no bail. >> dr. james kohut look out of sorts for his first appearance in a santa cruz county courtroom this morning. the brain surgeon was known for his work in the operating room at dominican hospital and sutter maternity and surgery center. according to the district attorney's office he was hiding a dark and disturbing secret. today prosecutors reveal they filed 10 separate child molestation charges against him, involving three different victims. >> it involves multiple children on different dates. of the ten charges, six of them involve specific sex acts committed on children under the age of ten. >> reporter: would others, a nurse at dominican hospital and emily stevens of arizona were also arrested on several charges for child molestation and one count of manufacturing child pornography. if convicted.
all three could face life in prison. prosecutors would not say if any of the victims were patients. the d.a.'s office says the charges against kohut, brandon and stevens are all connected but would not get into details. kohut's attorney told us the allegations against his client are not true. >> dr. kohut has spent his life saving people's lives. he is a renowned brain surgeon. this is not conduct that he would participate in. i think at the end of the day the evidence will show this is not true. >> reporter: emily stevens is being held in an arizona jail. she is fighting extradition to santa cruz county. as for dr. james kohut, he will next appear in court on may 26. reporting live in santa cruz, matt keller, "abc 7 news." thank you. we are tracking breaking news as well from novato where the marin county sheriff's office is investigating the deaths of two people found shot this morning. >> officials say family members found the victims.
deputies received a 911 call at 8:30 this morning from family members reporting the crime near atherton avenue. the circumstances of the shooting are still under investigation, but investigators tell us they're waiting for a search warrant to enter the home. >> now to the latest scandal to rock the white house. president trump may be preparing for a public showdown with fired fbi director james comey. the big question now, did the president try to block the fbi's russian investigation. here's abc's maggie rulli with new develops. >> good job. >> reporter: while addressing the coast guard academy at graduation, president trump did not shy away from the drama surrounding his administration. >> look at the way i've been treated lately. especially by the media. no politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly. >> reporter: yesterday news broke of accusations that the president tried to interfere with a federal investigation. allegedly asking then fbi director james comey to back off
the investigation into his former national security adviser michael flynn. >> well, it certainly sounds as if these reports are accurate that he wanted this investigation of michael flynn to stop. we don't really know what took place here and we need to find out. >> reporter: a source close to comey confirms to abc news that the former fbi director wrote a memo about a meeting he had in the oval office in february, the day after flynn was fired, and that the president allegedly said of flynn, he is a good guy, i hope you can let this go. abc has not seen the memo, first reported by the "new york times," and described to reporters by sources who have seen it. it was allegedly part of a paper trail comey left behind to document his meetings with the president, but the white house is pushing back, saying the president has never asked mr. comey or anyone else to end any investigation, adding this is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation. democrats are sounding the alarm. >> the events of the last two
weeks have shaken my confidence in this administration. in the past two days it's reach new heights. >> reporter: senator chuck schumer's reminding everyone that just the day before this latest scandal another report accused mr. trump of revealing highly classified information to the russians. republicans are being cautious. speaker of the house paul ryan weighing in for the first time this morning. >> we can't deal with speculation and innuendo and there's clearly a lot of politics being played. our job is to get the facts and to be sober about doing that. >> reporter: but others within his own party are speaking out. senator john mccain called the latest allegation of "watergate size and scale." maggie rulli, abc news, washington. back here, new details on the effort to solve a case of extreme animal cruelty in vallejo. a rescue group is increasing reward offer of $10,000. this comes after a woman discovered a mass grave with 12
dead dogs in february. jamison animal rescue ranch in napa valley is hoping the reward will motivate the public to come forward and offer tips to investigators. also this morning investigators tell "abc 7 news" they've determined a dead goat found in the same area yesterday is unrelated to the dog case. on to developing news out of south bay parents need to know about. hundreds of students are sick from a likely norovirus outbreak. it reportedly hit 10 cam pulses in san jose. officials say symptoms started surfacing two weeks ago. school officials have been busy disinfecting classrooms. a district spokesperson has these suggestions for parents. >> sure if your kids are experiencing symptoms, make sure you report it to the school, make sure that they know, especially if you are keeping them out. if you keep them out of school, make sure they're home for a couple of days without any symptoms before they come back. >> again, this is not a confirmed norovirus outbreak yet. 200 have gotten sick, 80 at the
environmental science magnet school alone. we have posted the complete list of school an info on how to protect your child on abc7news.com. security is stepped up at the golden gate bridge after an alarming video of two wisconsin teens climbing to the top of the north tower. take a look. they didn't have ropes, harnesses or safety gear, and they were able to get up there without alerting security. when they got to the top, they didn't just take in the view. they did somersalts and back flips. bridge security made immediate changes including upgrading motion sensors and adding patrols. "abc 7 news" spoke to one of the teen back home through face time. >> it was pretty steep. i actually had to do it with one handled because i had my camera in the other hand. >> they're talking with our lyanne melendez. the 18-year-old says he and a buddy came to bay area for spring break last month and decided to climb the bridge at 3:00 in the morning. a bridge spokesperson says the structure itself was never in any danger.
>> where these individuals were, what they were engaged in would not harm the bridge so it did not trigger alarms. >> chp and homeland security are both investigating. the teens could face up to a year in jail and fines of up to $10,000. >> hours ago a jaw-dropping sight of a different kind at the golden gate bridge. take a look right there. we brought you sky 7 live as whale swam under the span in the morning light. amy hollyfield just spoke with an expert. what did we learn, amy? >> reporter: hi, natasha. well, we learned while their presence is stunning it also creates some complications. this is a small space for these huge whales to share with ships, kayakers and kite surfers. they're back and they're beautiful. when chris heard this morning that the whales are returned to the bay, he grabbed his camera and headed to the bridge. >> last year i took a lot of photos of the whales out here, so hoping to see them again. >> reporter: it is their second year to venture into our bay. marine biologists say it is their feeding season so they are
probably chasing food like krill and anchovies, they are not sure why the last two years, saying maybe some smart, enterprising whales figured out this is a yummy place to be. >> we're going to be very much on the lookout this year to see if some of the same whales that kept coming in on a regular basis last year are the same ones coming in this year. so it is a newly-learned behavior. >> reporter: it could also be that the humpback whale population has grown so they're getting creative where they have to look for food. whatever the case, they are here and have motivated some bad human behavior. experts want to discourage. >> we have seen kite boarders jump them as though they were obstacles and we've seen wind surfers, unfortunately, go in repeatedly getting closer and closer to the whales. >> reporter: experts say don't hesitate to come out and see them, just do it from a safe distance. >> the fact that there are whales back here now is just
really exciting for me as kind of the kid inside of me. >> reporter: now, we might have to coexist with them for a while. last year they stayed through august so they created a working group to try to figure out how to protect them from all of the ships that come through here. if you come out to see them, be sure to bring your binoculars or get a great view if you go to our abc 7 facebook page. we posted our video from this morning for you. reporting live from san francisco, amy hollyfield, "abc 7 news." hopefully they eventually get out stafl. a budget battle brewing in north bay. what could be on the chopping block. >> chelsea manning is now a free woman. how the former wikileaks informant is celebrating her new found freedom. >> plus, it could be the worst date ever. texting could be annoying but should you be sued over it? good morning. boy, it is going to be a quick turn around in temperatures the next few days. a look from the east bay hills camera at the gorgeous sunshine and clean air over us.
former president obama commuted her sentence just three days before he left office. she was known as bradley manning before transitioning in prison. shortly after her release, manning posted this photo of her converse sneakers on instagram with the caption, first steps of freedom. she also said in a statement whatever is ahead is far more important than the past. a battle may be brewing supervisors and the sheriff's office over service cuts. the office faces a 6 1/2 million dollar budget deficit and according to "the press democrat" the county is considering reducing the number of sergeants. a community-oriented police unit may be on the chopping block. neighbors say with the growing number of homeless they need more law enforcement, not less. one supervisor suggests the department first look into cutting deputy over time. happening right now, google is giving the public a glimpse at newest products at annual developers conference in mountain view. "abc 7 news" reporter jonathan bloom is live tweeting inside
the event. he just googled lens, and it will allow you to point your phone at an object and learn what the object is. it is one of the products and services being unveiled right now. follow jonathan's tweets by fool owing @blooktv. there are bad dates and this. why one man is filing a lawsuit after a night at the movies goes terribly wrong. youtube town tonight. mass transit changes to keep the bay area moving. a live look from east bay hills camera looking across the bay at san francisco. can you feel the heat? it is building and it is only going to get
happening today, thousands will be making their way to the south bay to see bono. the stage is set at levi stadium for tonight's you too concert in santa clara. it is sold out. as many as 50,000 fans expected to pack in there to watch the performance. starts at 6:30 so fans will be trying to get there during the peak of the evening commute. you know traffic will be a mess on 101 and organizers say public transit is the way to go. >> if you are headed to the concert and you are taking vta, please plan ahead. know your routes, buy a round trip pass, and be prepared for major crowds and queueing. >> vta is adding eight trains with staff and security. cal tran is adding one train to make sure no one is left stranded. the concert is expected to go past santa cruz curfew of 10:00 p.m. which some neighbors may not like, but they will be
singing with you or without you. >> there you go. absolutely. they're going to be really comfortable temperatures by the time it rolls around. >> comfortable if not cool by the end. hi, everybody. under a blue sky, start out at 6:30 at 67 degrees. then drop down to 54 degrees by the time the concert's end, i'm guessing maybe 10:30. who know you how long they're going to be. let's look at what is going on from drone view 7. right above, there you go. our studios here at 900 front street, looking back towards the tower, telegraph hill, russian hill, all the way you can see on the right side of your screen there. that is mount tamalpeis. look how steady they are with that thing. that is awesome. hopefully we will be able to yoot more moving in the future. the tied turns today, that's the first waubl highlight. sunny and warmer beaches escape, beaches escape the weekend hot high, so head there and wash the car without having to worry about getting wet from rain. looks like the rest of the month may be dry. all right. let's talk about temperatures right now if you are heading
out. 60 here in san francisco. most of us in the 60s. half moon bay at 55 and san rafael about 56 and santa rosa at 70. here is a look at santa cruz. if you are going to be on the bay, no, sir as breezy today. can't guarantee you will see some whales. this morning was pretty cool though. at the beach, cool breezes keeping you in the 50s and burning sunshine if you are exercising. here is a look at the area of low pressure spinning over idaho. it was dragging a cold front through our neighborhoods this morning. it is bringing us dryer air and that's why you see the marine layer of clouds pushed farther and farther off towards the west. that means sunshine. upper 60s to low 70s. 68 to 71 in south bay. 62 to 71, that's the spread on peninsula. 57 to 59 along the coast. downtown, south san francisco, 61. 70 to 74 across the north bay today, but at the coast upper 50s. along east bay shore 65 in berkley to free month about 68. inland will be 71 in san ramon,
walnut creek, antioch about 74 degrees. isn't that gorgeous? checking out the golden gate bridge this morning, great day to walk across. 50s and 60s at 8:00. if you are going to the game -- oh, wait a minute, go back. i want to give times-union forecast before we move on because it is sweep larks, that's the hashtag as we can take the three game series start. here is my accuweather seven day forecast, 60s coast, 70s at the bay. you can see the 70s reach the coast while rest in the mid 80s to mid 90s by sunday. that's why you want to head to the coast to escape the heat? it will start to taper for all of us come tuesday. >> foreseeing a beach weekend. >> sounds good. thanks, mike. most of us somewhere been on a bad date before, but one texas man is now suing a woman because of what happened when they went out. >> so this is brandon vezmar. he went on a first date to the movies in austin and says the
woman wouldn't stop texting. he told her it was annoying and to take it outside. she did and never came back. vezmar is now seeking damages, $17.31, the cost of the two movie tickets. in his lawsuit he calls his date a threat to civilized society. >> i am fully aware of the weirdness of this situation. at this point i decided to file the lawsuit and here is why. no personal responsibility. >> the two have not spoken since this lawsuit was filed. as far as his date goes, she says he made her extremely uncomfortable and she hopes that he can find peace in his life. >> the warriors have a date with the spurs in texas where they'll hope to continue their red hot run this postseason. the doves are undespeeted in playoffs after beating the spurs in impressive fashion last night, 136-100. it was the second largest playoff win in warriors history. game three is saturday at 6:00 p.m. in san antonio, and leonard could be back for the spurs by then. you can watch it on our sister network espn.
>> dub nation is showing warriors pride all over social media. one of our own employees here at "abc 7 news" shared this photo of her adorable twin nieces supporting the dubs there. lorelai shared a shot of her daughter flexing muscles there. she captions this, girl power, love it. dogs love the dubs too. check out chase and his warriors bandana. we want to see your pictures and photo. we may feature them right here on "abc 7 news." i think it is totally good luck for the warriors. >> oh, yeah. >> to
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a good time. >> in this class it is all about exercising your cheek muscles. instructors in boulder say the baby goets are there to make you laugh and smile. >> absolutely. they're only about six weeks old and have a ton of energy until all of a sudden they kind of conch out. we spotted a few hitting the mat. they needed a little rest after all of that activity. >> somehow i see you signing up for that. >> oh, my gosh, i'm 100% there. 100%. all right. mike just take a look outside. >> i could see you going to the goets in the east bay hills. anybody want to do yoga? >> i can see that. >> in the meantime talking a little baseball, game time today. >> sweep l.a., 12:45. take the sunscreen. it will feel cool because temperatures will be in low 60s but sunshin
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