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>> it's very complex, it's very disturbing. just in watching the videos, i just tell you it was very disturbing. i have not necessarily seen a case like this in my career. >> reporter: police provided this booking photo of 29-year-old emily stephens as one of the three suspects charged with lewd acts with a child under 14 and other specific acts with a child under 10. investigators won't say how she knew dr. james kohut from santa cruz and michelle brandon from watsonville also charged in the case. >> based on the evidence at this time, we believe that these individuals were working together and we also believe that we have all the suspects associated to this particular case in custody at this time. >> reporter: police tell us the victims ranged in age from 3 to 13 years old. all are now in protective custody. kohut and brandon worked at dominican hospital in santa cruz. on brandon's facebook page she
wrote, i'm a mom and a nurse. love my friends and family. her neighbors are shaken. >> everybody in the neighborhood is just in shock and scared for their own children. and, yeah, we're just horrified. >> reporter: police are still investigating and are working with the fbi because they say the crimes committed did cross state lines. detectives are asking anyone who may be a witness or a victim in this case to please come forward. in watsonville, jeannine de la vega, abc7 news. >> a man is now in custody after a five-hour standoff with contra costa county s.w.a.t. team. they say the incident began as an argument between mckay and a neighbor on knotting ham drive. the suspect pulled out a gun and started shooting. no one was hurt, but others were evacuated and others told to stay in their home. >> illegally cutting down trees in a national forest, ph icap
aal virginia are accused of downing 32 trees during a pledge initiation in april and national forest. 300 miles north of san francisco, the fraternity also faces a charge of possessing a firearm because a witness heard gun fire at the campground. he has denied the charges. >> university of california's office of the president, the state auditor said there was nothing criminal about how janet napolitano handled the seth curry plus. lyanne melendez explains the recommendation. >> reporter: that's what the state auditor said she got while trying to get to the bottom of her investigation into a $175 million surplus which was never disclosed by janet napolitano's office. surprising elaine howell said, because she was later given memos that showed president napolitano was being fiscally responsible. >> we were surprised when we saw
some of the evidence, why were you essentially precluding us for such a long time and getting access to this information. so, i will be quite honest, it was very frustrating. >> reporter: the state auditor said the 175 million consisted of reserves and discretionary funds, nothing was done illegally, but criticized the lack of transparency. >> but certainly there was a failure to disclose to the board and to the public this additional money or this left-over money at the end of the year and how those funds would be used in the future. >> reporter: the auditor also questioned some of the expenses made by napolitano's office which should have shown more prudency. >> if you ended up spending $350 for a hotel, what due diligence did you exercise to try to stay within the federal limit or the state limit? >> reporter: the auditor has given central administrators 33 recommendation reforms. napolitano vows to comply and do better. >> an opportunity for us to streamline, to clarify, to be best in class.
>> reporter: the regents also said they would make sure those recommendations are being implemented. in san francisco, lyanne melendez, abc7 news. >> all right. turning now to the weather, got a live look for you from our mount tam camera. a beautiful sunny day, warm and it is going to get warmer. >> yes. spencer christian is here with the latest. spencer. >> okay, alma and larry, we have some sizzling weather coming our way for the weekend. rye now looking at sunny skies as you pointed out warm conditions. here's live doppler 7. the 24-hour temperature change, it is 10 degrees warmer now than at this time yesterday in fairfield, concord, antioch, livermore, 12 degrees warmer in mountain view. this is the view from sutro tower looking out over san francisco. 65 in the city, 74 across the bay in oakland, mountain view, 79, san jose, gilroy, half moon bay. lovely weather out over the bay. we have temperatures in the low to mid-'80s, napa, novato, concord and livermore, and here's what is coming our way the next three days.
look at the weekend, hot inland with highs in the mid 90s, i'm give you a closer look at your specific communities a little bit later. alma? >> all right, thank you, spencer. the damaged main spillway of oroville dam will soon get some much needed repairs. the state plans to shut down the spillway tomorrow to start on the $275 million rebuilding project. it hopes to finish by the time the next rainy season starts. parts of the spillway began crumbling and washing away back in february. nearly 200,000 people were evacuated when the dam's emergency spillway also began giving way. they were allowed to return two days later. >> huge flames, a major fire fight in san jose. an auto parts store damaged by flames for the second time in less than a year. abc7 news reporter matt keller has the details on a possible cause. >> reporter: the smoke from this 2-alarm fire could be seen from miles in san jose. when my photographer and i drove up to south white road off story road, a part of the building collapsed. >> you see that?
what was that? >> a building. >> exploded? >> went down, flat. >> reporter: fire fighters got the call at 3:02:00 a.m. when they arrived, the flames were huge. fire fighters made sure no one was inside and backed off and started spraying water from high atop three different ladder trucks, going inside was too dangerous. >> that overhang always collapses when it's exposed behind you. >> reporter: this is an o'reilly's auto part store. it sat empty since a 4 alarm fire last june. no word on what started that fire. this morning security guards reported homeless sleeping near the building. fire fighters are still looking for a cause. we were glad to find out there was nothing inside. >> it was a functional business. now we have a high hazardous materials risk. >> reporter: i spoke with a representative from the o'reilly auto parts store and he told me they were planning on opening the store but with this latest
fire that is now up in the air. in san jose, matt keller, abc7 news. >> the pittsburgh man accused of torching several cars in contra costa county made his first appearance before a judge today. james bishop's bail is now set at $1.5 million. investigators say he may have set more than 30 fires. today prosecutors charged bishop with 12 car fires, two involving an inhabited dwelling. bishop was a est ared in benicia late last weelk near a car fire that had just been set e. >> there are now concerns about a potential norovirus outbreak in skrouz county. 28 children and staff got sick at a camp in bolder creek. this comes as more krass are being reported in san jose where cleaning crews continue to sanitize schools, at least 368 students at 14 san jose schools have gotten sick.
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which may cause kidney problems. now's the time for a better moment of proof. ask your doctor about victoza®. parents of alameda rallied this morning to save their elementary school. the school district says lum elementary needs to close because it wouldn't be safe in an earthquake. abc7 news reporter amy holly field tells us parents are offering up their own solutions. >> reporter: pint size protesters and posters. kindergartner treasure thompson was very proud of hers. >> it says, i love mom. >> they also say they have new
information, an opinion from a berkeley engineer that lum elementary school in alameda could be saved. proposal from smith engineering said it could be installed quickly and affordably to protect the school in the event of an earthquake. >> we can retrofit this building the way to make it structurally sound. >> reporter: district officials say they ran this new idea by their hired expert and got a different opinion. >> we did ask architects who have been working in the field for decades and we asked our structural engineer if it would be possible. they said it might be possible, but it would be very, very expensive and that it actually would be a two to three-year project and not necessarily an eight-month project. >> reporter: the district says the school needs to be shut down based on several opinions, including three soil engineers who agree there is a high risk hereof lick which faction. the district is getting a second opinion from a structural engineer today and will post it on its website. all of these reports and opinions will be presented to
the board on tuesday which will take a vote on whether to shut down lum elementary. in alameda amy holly field, abc7 news. >> san francisco officials have reached a deal with developers to build more affordable housing units. supervisor jane kim celebrated the agreement by cutting a symbolic piece of the pyatt a community meeting in the miss district. the pact calls on developers to reserve 18% of rental units for low to middle income families. developers were forced into negotiations after voters approved a higher number, 25% last june. that percentage will remain for neighborhoods impacted by gentrification. >> we are able to keep the mission as well as parts of the tenderloin and south of market at the higher rate of 25% as we pass proposition t. >> the city negotiated the change after a study looked into the feasibility of the higher requirements. >> more reaction today to the death of a former chairman of fox news, roger ailes.
abc7 news reporter josh haas kell has more news on the major player in american politics and media. >> reporter: a giant in media and politics, roger ailes died thursday after being in a coma. the 77-year-old fell in the bathroom of his palm beach home last week. in a statement, ales's wife beth wrote, roger was my best friend, the most wonderful loving husband and father to our son zachary. ales advise the the successful presidential campaigns of nixon, reagan and george h.w. bush. he later built fox news, providing conservatives with a powerful voice. >> roger invented fox news and for 20 years has been fox news. >> reporter: rupert murdoch called the former fox news chairman a brilliant broadcaster. roger played a huge role in shaping america's media over the last 30 years. he will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera that he discovered, nurtured and promoted. last year ailes found himself at
the center of sexual harassment allegations from fox news anchors including gretchen carlson and megyn kelly. he resigned last summer. following his death president george h.w. bush tweeted, he wasn't tweeted, but roger ailes was my friend and i loved him. not sure i would have been president without his great talent, loyal help. rest in peace. after roger ailes left fox news, he returned to politics briefly to assist donald trump in debate prep against hillary clinton. a spokeswoman for trump called the two long-time friends. josh haskell, abc news, new york. >> the coroner in detroit ruled cornell's death a suicide. ♪ >> cornell's body was found in a hotel room following this concert with sound garden last night in detroit. cornell and the band burst onto the rock scene in the early '90s, part of the seattle grunge
phenomenon. he fronted the band's temple of the dog and released several solo albums. chris cornell was 52. and we have the gallery of photos of both roger ailes and chris cornell on abc7news.com. >> today marks the five-year anniversary of facebook's ipo and you recall it didn't go quite as planned or they hoped initially. trading was plagued by technical glitches at the nasdaq. that led to dozens of lawsuits and to make matters worse the stock petered out immediately. it took a year to bounce back to the ipo price $38. fast forward, facebook is a wall street darling. it rose 2% closing at more than $147 per share. facebook ceo mark zuckerberg is preparing to give the commencement speech at his alma mater harvard. he posted a video of the moment he got accepted back in 2002.
>> help me open this. >> i don't know. >> does that sound like it? i think it is. >> what does it say? >> wait -- put it a way for a second. >> i can't see it. >> oh, man. yea! >> what? >> i got accepted. >> are you serious? all right! >> it took awhile to get reaction there. zuckerberg ended up dropping out of harvard to form facebook and nearly 15 years after that he'll get his honorary degree at commencement next thursday. >> forbes is out with its third annual list of america's rich est self-made women. and the bay area is well represented. mary ellen moved into the top spot following the death of her husband mike. she's worth $5.1 billion. the gap to the wealthiest bay area woman, net worth of $2.7 billion.
former hewlett-packard ceo meg whit man is 6th, 2 1/2 billion dollar. share sandberg is 19th at $750 million. >> cal train asking the public to help in the redesign of its train cars of the future. >> this as the transit agency moves forward with election trif indication even as federal funding appears to be in limbo. abc7 news anchor kristen sze is here with the details. kristen. >> alma and larry, more on cal train's money troubles in a moment. let's start with your choices. these are the four designs cal train wants you to vote on. number one looks most like the current design with the red on top. number too you is light and airy. number three is dark and grayer, number four has a red nose but is otherwise white. one of these designs will be chosen for the new electric fleet to replace the current diesel trains. this is cal train's video. the agency says the new system will incondaleeza rice capacity, improve train performance and offer a quieter ride.
>> by converting cal train from a diesel-based service into an electrified system, we'll be reducing regional traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. >> but the project has hit a bump. transportation secretary elaine chao is holding up a $647 million federal grant. electric trif kalgs supporters point out california's republican congressional delegation is opposed to election trif indication because it pachlz the way for the high speed rail, something they oppose. now, i conducted my own poll on twitter and facebook asking you which design you prefer and just taking a quick look here, option 1 seems to be the winner. it seems many of us like the familiar. voting is open on the cal train site until midnight tomorrow. and we have a lincoln our website, abc7news.com. larry and alma? >> all right, kristen, thank you so much. the people who run san francisco's iconic cable cars are trying a shut down or trying to shut down a political ad running in georgia. we showed you the ad last week
which uses san francisco stereo types to attack a congressional candidate. the sfmta has sent a letter demanding the ad be pulled for using image of a cable car without permission. a group called the congressional leadership fund paid for the ad, it says it paid $623 to use the image. sfmta says it has a policy against political ads and never received a check. >> spencer is back now and it is about to get hot. >> it is indeed. especially inland and right around the bay. it is going to sizzle over the weekend. warming up gradually, we're getting there in stages. here is a live look at doppler 7. sunny skies and it's warmt. we have temperature readings have climbed into the upper 70s to low 80s in our inland areas. this is a view from our east bay hills camera looking toward the golden gate under sunny skies. these are our forecast futures. temperatures will continue rising tomorrow. summer like heat will settle in this weekend, but we'll have cooling beginning early next week. now let's take a look what we project our overnight conditions to be like.
clear skies, it will be seasonally cool up in the north bay with lows in the mid to upper 40s in santa rosa and napa. it is going to be mild just about everywhere else with overnight lows in the low to mid 50s near the bay and in the inland east bay, tomorrow under sunny skies look for mild conditions at the coast with highs there in the mid to upper 60s. we'll see low to mid-'80s around the bay and highs up around 90 degrees in most of our inland valleys. and as we look beyond tomorrow and get even hotter, saturday look for inland highs climbing into the low to mid 90s. it will be just as warm on sunday. a little change, especially inland where we'll see low to mid 90s once again. and on monday the heat holds on in our inland areas, but is it starts to cool down just a little bit near the bay where highs will have been in the 80s over the weekend. we'll see 70s on monday and on the coast it will start to drop back into the 60s. and we have beta breakers on sunday. looks like great running weather early in the morning at least. sunny skies all day long. in the early morning hours on sunday we'll see temperatures here in san francisco in the mid to upper 50s. starts to get a little bit
warmer in the late morning to midday hours. most serious runners will probably have finished running by them. maybe not. maybe they just like the course. take your time. it looks good. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. sunny skies through the weekend and into early next week. once again, it is going to be hot over the weekend. especially in our inland communities. still hot inland on monday. a few clouds return to the picture on tuesday as we start to cool down in all areas, and temperatures tumble on wednesday and we'll have partly cloudy skies next thursday. no rain in sight, to, just an increase in clouds in the middle of next week. >> all right, thank you, spencer. >> what you may not know about bees, iconic images from the depression, the woman behind the photos and why she was fired for taking them. >> in honor of asian pacific american heritage month, we're using our abc7 news bay area instagram feed to celebrate events where you live. next thursday the award winning documentary short film finding cleveland comes to the oakland asian cultural center. this is the story of one
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you probably have seen the image migrant mother. it is an iconic image that symbolized the depression in the united states. this weekend you can see an exhibit about the photographer, reggie o'keefe from abc7 mornings has a closer look at that exhibit and other weekend ideas from our partners at hoodline. >> they gave me the heads up about photographer dorothy lane. her back story on her most famous work shocked me. >> lang made no money on this photograph or, in fact, any of the photographs she made for the farm security administration. >> reporter: at this new exhibit you're going to see the photos of the so-called migrant mother.
her real name was florence christy, that you probably haven't seen. learn what she thought about the iconic image. you'll see the photographer dorothy lang's later work in oakland. i was fascinated with her depiction of the round up of japanese citizens taken to internment camps. the government fired her from this assignment because it got a little too real. >> all of her photographs have an extraordinary emotional power punch to them really. we've observed people weeping in the gallery. >> dorothy lang, policy of seeing runs through august at the oakland museum of california. now let's dance. as part of san francisco's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the summer of love, they present dance series 02, the contemporary ballet marks the return of critically acclaimed correspond yog rafr. it plays this weekend and next at yerba buena center for the arts. you want mere? fine. there is a free showing in the presidio, it happens friday
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>> announcer: now from abc7, live breaking news. >> we're following that breaking news out of the south bay. sky 7 is live over shoreline amphitheater in mountain view where the google eye over developers conference is going on. we just learned there has been some sort of fire at the amphitheater possibly involving a gas line. however, fire officials have not confirmed that yet. now, we are also hearing reports that several people have been hurt. it is unclear at this point how it began, but there have been multiple reports on social media that part of the venue has actually been evacuated. again, as we take a live look from sky 7, we are continuing to follow this breaking news. we'll bring you updates as soon as they become available. >> and here are the other stories making headlines at 4:30. a renowned santa cruz brain surgeon and two nurses are accused of sexually molesting seven children and making child porn. police arrested dr. james kohut and rashel brandon. both work at dominican hospital
while police arrested emily joy stevens. the children including one as young as three are now in protective custody. the sentencing phase for the man convict the of killing morgan hill teenager sierra lamar continued today. david louie tweeting sierra's mother took the stand, crying and wearing sierra's favorite color red. david will have the full report at 5:00. also on twitter, president trump called the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible ties between his campaign and russian officials, quote, the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in american history, end quote. his reaction continued at a news conference for the president of colombia. president trump said he regrets or respects the move to hire special counsel but again says it is a witch hunt. abc7 news reporter maggie ruely sticks up this developing story live in washington. maggie? >> reporter: larry, well, the reaction here in washington to the back to back to back bomb shells coming out of the white house continues to pour in and
now we are hearing from president trump. there has been bipartisan praise for the appointment of a special counsel, with one notable exception. >> the entire thing has been a witch hunt, and there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign. but i can always speak for myself and the russians. zero. i think it divides the country. >> reporter: defending his white house in the face of that major announcement in the department of justice. the appointment of former fbi director robert mueller to take over the investigation into russian election meddling and possible collusion with the trump campaign. but over on capitol hill. >> if the president has nothing to hide, then he and the republicans in congress should welcome independent investigations to remove all doubt of a cover up. >> reporter: early and consistent praise for the decision coming from both sides of the aisle. >> this is an investigation involving russia, involving another country interfering with
our elections. and, so, the intelligence committee in my opinion is the best place for that. >> reporter: even those against a special counsel are still liking the choice. >> i don' think it was necessary, but if one was going to be appointed, i think bob mueller is an excellent choice. >> reporter: and the man who picked mueller, deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, briefing senators behind closed doors today on his decision to appoint the special counsel, and his role in the firing of former fbi director james comey. >> it was a counter intelligence investigation before now. it seems to me now to be considered a criminal investigation. >> reporter: when asked today about who could become the next head of the fbi, president trump said he'll be making that decision and that it could happen very soon. in washington, maggie ruely, abc7 news. larry? >> maggie, where does the investigation stand? do we know? >> reporter: larry, this announcement just happened yesterday, but the investigation already underway today, right
now it is being head by that special counsel. and robert mueller will have 60 days to get together a budget, get together with his people, create a plan, and the investigation really starts normally takes six to nine months. we are hearing it could take years. larry, we'll probably be talking about this for quite sometime. >> years, interesting. maggie ruely, live in washington. thank you. the congressman heading up the house oversight committee's investigation of president trump and his potential links to russia will resign at the end of next month. utah republican jason chaffetz released a letter to his constituents saying he wants to spend time with his family. last month chaffetz said he would not seek reelection in 2018 and was considering leaving office early. >> u.s. treasury secretary steve mnuchin says the goal of 3% economic growth is achievable if historic tax and regulatory changes are made. mnuchin testified before the senate banking and housing and urbana fares committee. he said 100 people at his department are working on overhauling the tax system. he also said housing finance
reform is another top priority. >> this has been an unresolved issue for far too long. once we are committed to fixing, we will ensure that there is both ample credit for housing and that we do not put taxpayers at risk. >> the trump administration is looking into -- is looking to overhaul housing mortgage giants fannie mae and freddie mac. both received by the federal government a decade ago. >> chaos in the heart of new york city, the story we've been sending mobile alerts about all day long, including this one that the man behind the crash in times square that killed one and hurt 22 use had two prior dui arrests. police say no indication might have been an act of terrorism. abc reporter emily rau with more. >> reporter: the driver crashed his vehicle. >> a car running people over. >> reporter: police say 26 year old richard rojas took a wrong turn in times square and jumped a curb onto a sidewalk into a crowd. >> it was like bowling, hitting
people. along the route, the subject's vehicle struck 23 pedestrians, causing multiple injuries, and one fatality. >> reporter: an 18-year-old woman died from her injuries. her sister was also hurt. >> be advised multiple buses. >> reporter: the suspected driver from the broncos has a criminal record including two arrests for driving while intoxicated. police say rojas tried to run after his car crashed ending up sideways against the barricade. he reportedly punched an officer. police say a traffic agent tackled him taking rojas into custody. >> even though you know what's in the back of your head, you think that will never happen, we have the best security. we have all these people and all these things you don't know about to keep us safe. >> this is so very much an active crime scene. police firmly saying they believe it was an isolated incident. those injured are expected to survive. emily rau, abc news
new york. >> 34-year-old brandon is facing charges including causing a catastrophe and involuntary manslaughter. eight people were killed in may of 2015 when the train accelerated to 106 miles per hour on a 50 mile per hour curve and derailed. philadelphia prosecutors decided not to charge him. but a judge acting on a private criminal complaint from the family of one of the victims ordered charges filed. amtrak is investigating how a person got hit and killed by a train this morning in sunol. the collision happened around 6:00 a.m. along the tracks near tenet and railroad avenues. the train is an eastbound traffic corridor train that runs to sacramento. police haven't released the victim's name. >> at least three tornadoes touched down in oklahoma and texas. fortunately no injuries reported. watches and warnings have been issued for several parts of the states. there is a risk of more storms throughout the night. the midwest is really been dealing with severe weather most of the week.
on tuesday two people died in tornadoes in wisconsin and oklahoma. >> well, we are learning new details today about those rare cases of botch liz many in sacramento county and the victim right here in the bay area. >> i'm spencer christian. santa cruz beach might be a good place to be this weekend as temperatures sizzle in our inland
bloom explains why the billionaire held what he called a press conference on the move. >> reporter: when the british billionaire does jumping jacks in a busy park at lunchtime, it's sure to draw a crowd. though sir richard branson no longer owns an airline based here, he still loves the bay. >> san francisco has been synonymous with the virgin brand. i think people from san francisco love the virgin brand. >> reporter: so when the nike women's half marathon announced it was leaving san francisco, virgin decided to step in. >> and we decided that you americans are quite people so we experimented on the brits first which we did a couple weeks ago in london. >> reporter: the experiment was called virgin sports. now it is coming here the weekend of october 13th. there will be a half marathon, but there will be lots more. >> it's fun and that's our
secret way to introduce fitness to everybody. >> reporter: running is a good start but that's only the first step in what virgin wants to do here in san francisco. they want it create events about movement, whatever form that takes. >> you may come for the free yoga. your friend may come for the boot camp. your other friend may be up to the twin peak mile, style mile fancy dress and walk and run. >> reporter: family friendly fitness festival they're calling it. it gets kids playing outside. >> we can set up four square anywhere along a mile run. let the runners stop, kids jump in, play four square, high fives, everybody is having a good time together. >> off we go. >> reporter: in san francisco, jonathan bloom, abc7 news. >> it's graduation season and more than a million students are expected to receive a bachelor's degree this year, which means it's time for the first job out of college. according to the job and recruiting website glass door am mill valley, the post popular
job out of college is sales assistant followed by teaching assistant. highest paid is software engineer with median base pay of $90,000. >> announcer: now your accuweather forecast with spencer christian. >> we'll start with live doppler 7 showing sunny skies across the bay area right now. get used to sunny skielz. we'll be seeing a lot of them in the next few days. overnight clear and seasonal with low temperatures mainly in the low to mid 50s near the bay and inland valleys. and then tomorrow sunny and even warmer today look for high temperatures inland near the 90 degree mark and most inland locations we'll see low to mid-'80s right around the bay. there will be even warmer weather ahead. this is the 7-day high temperature trend in livermore. notice the average high in livermore this time of year is only 76 degrees. tomorrow's high will be 89 followed by 91 and 92 over the weekend. 81 on monday. it won't get back to the average until wednesday and thursday of
next week. that is pretty much the pattern we'll all see. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. sunny over the weekend and it will be hot inland with highs in the mid 90s. there will be a gradual cool down, but we won't see cooler weather in all areas or seasonal averages until about the middle of next week. no rain in sight, just a few clouds late next week. >> it will be nice after that heat wave. >> right about that. >> thank you. >> as many as nine people may have gotten a rare case of botulism after eating at a gas station. just ahead we'll hear from one family hit hard by the disease. >> i'm 7 on your side's michael finney. prices at wal-mart could soon be dropping even
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imagine loving your numbers. there's only one invokana®. ask your doctor about it by name. we have new details today in that rare botulism case in california. up to nine people may have been sickened after eating food from a gas station in walnut grove in sacramento county. >> abc7 news reporter wayne freedman spoke with the family of one of the victims. wayne joins us live from california pacific medical center. wayne. >> reporter: one of the patients is here at california pacific medical center. there are battles of life going on upstairs above me. this one is particularly rare. there are only roughly 110 cases of botulism in the united states
every year, but we've had an outbreak in northern california. martin galindo is not an isolated case and they all appear to have come from here, the gas station in walnut grove. as of this morning, the salk sa sacramento county health department confirmed five cases three possibles and one suspected, a total of 9 so far, all from tainted nacho cheese sauce served inside from april 22 and may 5. >> i had never seen my sister not have function of her body or be able to communicate. and i've never seen my sister on tubes or anything like that. >> reporter: that's theresa kelly describing her 33-year-old sister lavinia who has spent three weeks in a sacramento intensive care ward. her symptoms began with slurred speech. >> is she saying -- basically she's saying, sister i need you here now. i need you here now.
>> reporter: she is a mother of three. she had been preparing for a wedding. her family told us today while she remains aware, her motor skills are so far gone that she cannot even open her eyes. >> back live outside california pacific medical center, botulism is caused by a toxin found in bacterial spores usually in food. besides the slurred speech, early symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting, dry mouth, double or blurred vision, muscle weakness. as it progresses, victims may not be able to move their arms or legs or even breathe. in the worst cases, they go on a respirator. so, if you had some of that nacho s nacho sauce from the gas station in the sacramento area and experiencing any of those symptoms, see a doctor. live in san francisco, wayne freed nan, abc7 news. >> very scary. wayne, thank you. more fall out from the volkswagen emission scandal a. >> 7 on your side michael finney says there is a new settlement that will actually be a waned fall for the state.
michael. >> the second settlement. when have you heard of anything like that? second settlement between volkswagen and the state has just been announced. latest settlement calls for volkswagen to pay the state $66 million to help reduce pollution. now, that money is on top of $1 billion vw previously agreed to pay california as part of a federal settlement. vw was found guilty of rigging its software to make vehicle emissions look cleaner than they actually were. pier 1 imports is recalling thousands of coffee mugs because if you put coffee in them, they might break. the recall affects 15,000 of these chalk mugs. they get their name because you can draw on them with chalk. however, you actually pour a hot drink into the mug, it might drink and burn. pier 1 has eight reports of cracked mugs. no reports of injuries, thank goodness. you should return the mug to the store for a full refund, or just stick to drawing on it. wal-mart is known for low prices. as soon as grocery prices may
drop even lower. wal-mart has a rival discount chain rival. the chain is known in europe for luring customers in by offering them fresh food at low prices. wal-mart says it's planning ways to compete by reducing some prices, improving store brands, and speeding up check-outlines. the german chain is expected to open 150 stores in the united states starting back east in virginia. now i want to hear from you. my hot line is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. my number 415-954-8151. you can reach me through facebook and also on abc7news.com. >> all right, thank you so much, michael. >> sure. >> starbucks is now offering a solution for anybody who doesn't like their coffee boiling hot but doesn't want watered down drinks. the coffee giant is now testing coffee ice cubes in 100 stores nationwide. so, for 80 cents customers can request ice that's been made
using starbucks coffee. makes sense. so far the cubes are only available in baltimore and st. louis. >> two bay area men are among the 31 competing for the new heart of the bachelor ette on abc77. rachel lindsay is an attorney from dallas. she didn't find love last season, but now she is the one who will be handing out the roses. contest ants include 29 year old blake, u.s. marine veteran from san francisco, and 26-year-old mohit, a project manager from pacifica. lyndsay told reporters today that she is engaged, but of course can't say which of the 31 men is her fiance. the bachelor ette appears monday at 9:00 p.m. here on abc7. >> speaking of looking for love, doves, dogs can play a big role in a relationship. i guess if your name is doug you can be involved, too. according to a new survey by pet services company rover.com, 54%
of dog owners would consider breaking up with a partner if their dog didn't like the partner. more than 25% of dog owners surveyed have brought their pet -- i can't talk at all. their pet on a date and 47% of dog owners with a significant other say they find it harder to leave their dog for a week than their human partner. and those that can't speak also get left behind. >> all right. well, a world war ii veteran remembers one of the deadly est accidents in the pacific during world war ii. >> it never really occurred to me that i could have got killed. >> why the navy kept the incident a secret for so many years. >> all right. right now dan is here with a look at what is ahead on abc7 news at 5:00. >> guys, thanks very much. coming up next the face and future of u.c., a decision today settled the fight over who gets admitted. the raiders are apparently leaving sooner than later. the deal reached today. plus the new park for art unveiled in san francisco. we'll take you there.
it is tgi tea night on abc7. we started at k89 with a season finale of gray's anatomy. scandal and then stay with us for abc7 news at 11:00. >> tonight on the abc7 news at 11:00, two men with an incredible connection. they jumped off the golden gate bridge and survived. both men say that the moment their fingers left the railing, they felt instant regret. the story of mistakes, survival and second chances. that's tonight at 11:00 on abc7 news. >> now, this weekend will mark the 73rd anniversary of one of the deadly est accidents in the pacific during world war ii. this is an incident that the navy actually covered up for 18 years. >> abc7 news anchor eric thomas talked with a concord man who survived what some historians call the second pearl harbor.
>> it never really occurred to me that i could have got killed. >> reporter: 91-year-old rod was an 18-year-old sailor in may of 1934, three years after the japanese attack. he was moving bullets and bombs among hundreds of ships getting ready for the invasion of saipan. he saw flames on one ship, then a huge explosion launched tons of metal into the air. >> i looked at it thinking, wow, that is really something to see. this is something to remember. and then it occurred to me that what goes up comes down. >> reporter: that's when rod made a run for it, dodging white hot debris. >> finally, stuff started to hit and i went down and curled up. >> reporter: in the fetal position, debris missing him by inches, finally he got up and ran for a bomb shelter just in time to see a fellow sailor killed by white hot metal. but rod made it to safety. others weren't so lucky. the fires burned 24 hours, six ships blew up. at least 163 sailors and marines
died in the blast or fighting the fires. ironically just weeks after rod survived the incident, something similar happened near his hometown of pittsburgh when two ammunition ships blew up here at the port chicago naval station. the navy kept the west lock incident classified until 1962. rod didn't even know how many men died until a few years ago. but he's lived his life to the fullest. married 71 years, a 28 year veteran of the highway patrol. a retiree who loves operating his own home-built train, and, yes, he would do it all again. >> i was just a young kid and it was all exciting. >> reporter: in concord, eric thomas, abc7 news. >> and one final note about rod. after the incident, he became a navy photographic technician, part of the team that developed this iconic photo of marines raising the u.s. flag during the invasion of okinawa. >> remarkable story. >> yeah. >> thanks for joining us for abc7 news at 4:00. i'm larry beil.
>> and i'm alma daetz. abc7 news at 5:00 starts now. >> it's the first time that i heard her speak live on the video. >> an emotional day for sierra lamar's family. why they say today was more difficult than other parts of the trial. >> breaking news in mountain view, fire at a google developers conference. >> a former oakland officer will stand trial, a late ruling after testimony from a woman at the center of a police sex scandal. >> sending money at u.c. schools, the state auditor says there is nothing nefarious, but. >> there was a failure to disclose to the board and to the public this additional money. >> he's building, i'll show you how much the temperatures will climb. coming up. >> announcer: live breaking news. >> and that breaking news happening right now on google's campus in mountain view where the fire department is on scene after some sort of fire at the shoreline amphitheater. you're looking live at sky 7 where you can see
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