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zema. talk to your child's eczema specialist about dupixent, a breakthrough eczema treatment. news and at breaking news is out of antioch where a man is barricaded inside a house near james donlon boulevard and hummingbird drive. this is sky 7 video f a witnesss hearing multiple gunshots and in the past 15 minutes antioch police confirmed to us that police drone was shot down. there is a huge police response and several streets are blocked off. people are being told to stay in their homes and to lock their doors and their windows the antioch mayor tells abc 7 news. no one has been hurt. good evening. i'm kristin z and i'm dan ashley. they're now new developments in the investigation into the death of mario gonzalez who died during encounter with alameda police back in april anna's abc 7 news reporter melanie. woodrow tells us the alameda county coroner's office has now
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ruled his death a homicide. the newly released alameda county coroner's autopsy report concludes the cause of death for 26 year old mario gonzalez is the toxic effects of methamphetamine with other significant conditions as the physiologic stress of altercation and restraint morbid obesity and alcoholism classifying the manner of death as homicide on april 19th, alameda police responded to a call for a disorderly person in a public park police warn body camera video showed officers pinned gonzalez face down to the ground for approximately six. minutes and 17 seconds and my heart goes out to to the gonzales family. i am committed to a thorough investigation the alameda police. chief says, he's reviewed the autopsy report. this is information that i think people want to however, this information doesn't on me it doesn't get me to a completed investigation. it just helps get us closer to completing the investigation attorney michael haddad is
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representing gonzalez's son. mario would not have died, but for the prone restraint that these officers inflicted on him while attorney at dante poynter is representing gonzalez's mother despite what some of the contributing factors may have been around him either being a toxicated or his his state of health. the fact is clear that he would be here today. if not for his interaction with the police. both are now calling on the alameda county district attorney to evaluate the case as a homicide and consider bringing charges against the officers. i just hope that the district attorney has the courage to do the right thing. he almeda county da's office tells abc 7 news. it is an ongoing investigation and they do not have a statement at this time. the alameda police chief says the officers involved remain on paid administrative. leave melanie woodrow abc 7 news. hundreds of san francisco high school students are expressing outrage today over what they say is the school district's lack of response to a number of sexual assaults and harassment cases. the students staged a rally at
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city hall where they accused the district of a lack of accountability and transparency. they also presented a list of demands among them create a support system for survivors and teach students the meaning of consent starting in elementary school the protests continued with a march to school district headquarters where the deputy super didn't acknowledge that more can be done. we are getting ready for storm watch but as you look live outside right now, you can see it's still. i out there at the moment sparkling in fact, but that's all expected to change very soon very soon navy to seven weather. anchor spencer. christian is here now with the timeline. you need to know about heading into the weekend spencer. that's right, kristen and dan we've got some drenching rain and strong gusty wind on our way. maybe even some snow here in the bay area. here's the timeline on australian 11 o'clock tomorrow night at which we'll see the first wave of rain beginning to push into the north bay and between 11 o'clock tomorrow night and early saturday sunday morning. we're going to see heavy rain reaching all parts of the bay area along with wind gusts up to
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35-45 miles per hour at times then later in the day on sunday going into monday. we'll see the focus the rain first mainly on the south bay and the central bay then it'll spread to all parts of the bay area again on monday and from monday into tuesday. we'll have some cold air coming in that may produce some snow in our higher elevations mixing in with the rainfall speaking of rain. for potential for the three-day period sunday through tuesday will range from about two and a half to five inches means. well winter weather storm watch i should say a winter storm watches in effect for the sierra from 10 pm tomorrow to 10 pm tuesday. we expect two to five feet of snow above 4,000 feet and six to nine feet of snow above 6,000 feet in the sierra. we're talking about maybe up to about a hundred inches of snow in this area for the four-day period in the hardest hit areas. i'll give you more on our weather in a few minutes kristen. all right spencer. thank you. you can keep an eye on the weather including live doppler 7 anytime. you'll find it on the abc 7 bay area app available on roku,
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amazon fire android tv and apple tv right now for to the latest on covid and today we learn the omicron variant has now been detected in santa clara county health officials say at least one person has tested positive while the variant was also detected. the county's sewer shed abc 7 news reporter dustin dorsey has the message now from county leaders. santa clara county health officials always said it wasn't a situation of if but when and the win is now yesterday we received our first report of a resident of santa clara county with the omicron variant santa clara county public health officer dr. sarah cody said the individual was vaccinated wasn't boosted and experienced mild symptoms while in self-isolation the symptoms began november 30th and the county sequencing system learned yesterday. it was in fact an omicron positive case the person with omicron variant had traveled to florida most likely where they were exposed. so a community exposure in
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florida rather than an international exposure the county is utilizing positive tests. people as well as a surveillance system through county sewer sheds to detect covid and variants the first detection of omicron and the sewer shed was also found yesterday near where the positive individual. is in north county omicron's emergence has made the importance of boosters that much greater what we're finding now. is that having just that primary series the two doses. it's not enough santa clara county covid-19 vaccine officer, dr. marty fenster shive says only 39% of the county has received their booster shot. the detection of omicron was expected by these health officials, but they say residents can do their part to protect themselves from this getting worse. we really want to urge people that they need the sure. it's now. we want to consider it part of that primary series and we we really need to add that on as a rec as a as a necessity vaccinate and boost mask test ventilate and distance in santa
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clara county 7 news. in oakland testing in vaccination clinic that closed earlier this week is set to reopen as soon as possible the site at franco-gawa plaza abruptly closed wednesday the nonprofit group called covid clinics as they've since been able to resolve some operational challenges at the site and have renewed their partnership with the city vaccinations will be free and no appointment is required. and announcement on an opening date is expected next week and as covid cases continues spiking across the country and right here on the bay area health experts warn new data shows young children and teenagers are contributing to the jump in transmission. that's concerning. obviously. it's a trend as kids under five are not yet vaccinated and remain unprotected abc 7 news reporter stephanie sierra a member of our abc 7 vaccine team is in the newsroom with a look at these numbers tonight seth. yes, dan. the cdc says since the beginning of our summer delta surge children are now making up one in every five new covid cases and over the past several weeks
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kids have made up roughly a quarter of all new covid cases. it certainly raising concerns for parents about how to safely plan family gatherings this holiday season. since the beginning of the pandemic more than 7 million children and adolescents have tested positive for covid-19. both age groups not seen as super spreaders early on but new data shows that's changing, you know, the disease is finally getting into pediatric populations, and we're and we're seeing it there children under 18 now represent the largest per capita increase in new cases since the summer but ucss dr. george rutherford says in part that's due to pediatric cases already being low before our latest delta surge. is now being diagnosed in greater numbers in children and part of that is we have extensive screening programs in schools that are picking up asymptomatic cases and cdc data shows across the country more than 1500 children are currently hospitalized with covid a 37% increase over the past week rutherford explains that's in large part due to delta as the
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risks omicron poses to kids are still unknown. would you recommend families change their holiday plans given what we're learning. it depends on how kids are these are all relative things, you know if there are 17 year old who hangs. with all his friends who aren't vaccinated then yeah. there's a real, you know, there's some risk to that stan. actress disease physician dr. jorge salinas says gathering with fully vaccinated boosted groups over the holidays will be key to minimizing any future surge. i am somewhat optimistic. about the fact that a search or a winter search may be different this time compared to last year different in part given the level of immunity already present in the community. but what about those under five not yet eligible or protected for the younger ones? you know, it's just a question of checking on symptoms. we really haven't seen much in. not in nursery schools preschools lately, so i wouldn't worry about them too much rutherford says elementary
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school age children should be vaccinated by now, but if they are cautions families to be careful when planting holiday galleries, especially with unvaccinated teens as the risk of transmission is just as high as it is with adults. so in other words check your holiday risk meter if it's a larger gathering make sure everyone's vaccinated if you're not sure consider masks inside and as the best case scenario rutherford says get tested 24 hours before. stephanie sierra abc 7 news stephanie, thank you omicron has now been detected in at least 25 states since it first emerged last week right here in the bay area. the centers for disease control did release some encouraging data today? it reports that of the 43 omicron cases, which it became aware. only one person has had to be hospitalized and it was just for two days and if you want to be fully boosted by christmas you needed to get your shot by the end of the day today much like the original round of vaccinations. it takes about two weeks for
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your body to build up the antibodies. still ahead here. we're now learning new developments of the case of the east bay school crossing guard who was hit and killed. back in september the charges now filed against the driver. first after the break knew eye drops just approved by the fda that could sharp a readi ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ visit your volvo retailer for special offers during our holiday safely sales event.
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they used to be levester law is currently writing a book. he says he often spends hours reading or staring at a computer screen after i read too much. right too long. i have to just close my eyes and relax ophthalmologist lfactorovich with pacific vision says the drops work with the focusing mechanism in our eyes. she says the drops make the pupil smaller and thus increase the range which the eye can see you can see computer. you can see the phone so you can really improve the range of vision. i think it's huge. she says many pharmaceutical these have been working on this technology for years and beauty is the first to be fda approved patients will need to consult with an eye doctor to get it prescribed. but fictorovich says the drops are already popular this morning. i have written a question to all my family members who are 40 plus because the glasses for reading very annoying julie schallhorn with ucsf says the tools for treating eye conditions have continued to get
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better. she says a breakthrough like these drops can pave the way for a bright future for eye treatment the data that we have that shows that it really really works and the patient reported out comes with it are extremely favorable leaving people like law hoping they won't have to use their glasses as often. well the idea that i be able to and right longer and not have that downtime afterwards. you know, it just gives you back a little bit more of your life ryan curry abc 7 news. a grandmother has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the death of school crossing guard ashley diaz in september as we reported phyllis meegan was picking up her grandson at stanley middle school in lafayette when police say her suv accelerated into the crosswalk before dias was hit he was able to push a student out of the way now that student was injured but survived. and a lot of people are praising ashley diaz for how he responded and helped protect that child.
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retired justice harry low, san francisco's first asian american judge has died low graduated from uc berkeley law school in 1955. he then worked at the california attorney general's office before being appointed to san francisco municipal court the first asian-american judge in the city city in 1974. he was named a super. record judge and was later appointed to the california court of appeal low retired from the bench in 1992. he was 90 years old. a water shortage emergency declared in three more east bay cities, and that means more water restrictions, too. we'll have details of the new li
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your eyes. beautiful on the outside, but if you have diabetes, there can be some not-so-pretty stuff going on inside. it's true, with diabetic retinopathy, excess sugar can damage blood vessels, causing vision loss or even blindness. so remember this: now is the time to get your eyes checked. eye care is important to your long-term diabetes management. see a path forward with actions and treatments that may help your eyes— and protect against vision loss. visit and take control of your sight.
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is back open again this evening after several lanes were closed earlier because of dam. to the center median you can see why the number one lanes both northbound and southbound were closed. obviously after the median was pushed out of alignment during a crash today. this was near the cesar chavez street off-ramp, but tonight
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caltrans has completed the repairs and reopened those lanes. alameda county water officials have declared a water shortage emergency with water use restrictions going into effect immediately the new ordinance effects fremont newark. and union city officials are hoping to water used by 15% across the tri-city area customers are asked to eliminate water waste limit outdoor irrigation and minimize non-essential water use prohibitions include draining and refilling swimming pools decorative water fountains and hosing off sidewalks and driveways. well, we'll still be in a drought when this thing that's coming is over, but we're about to not have a water shortage christian in terms of what's falling in the sky, right? we certainly don't need to water alons this weekend. it's right some dressing. is headed our way for sure before i get to that door though. i want to give you a look at our travel forecast, which we do every friday and you can see bay area airports tomorrow. we'll experience partly cloudy skies breezy conditions certainly in the middle part of the day temperatures 55 to 58
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degrees clouds will increase later in the day if you're looking to go to honolulu, you'll encounter some scattered showers with brakes of sunshine 83 degrees will be the high in new york. we'll have showers a high of 66 chicago chillier with mixing snow and rain a high of 43 la sunny and dry. 63 degrees. okay. let's talk about bay area weather. here's a view from sutro tower looking out over san francisco where it's 52 degrees right now down to 49 at mountain view and low 50. about everywhere else. here's a view at the golden gate where skies are clear. traffic is moving smoothly and it's getting cool temperatures right now from the north bay 52 at santa rosa, nevada 46-48 at napa eastward just a bit fifty at fairfield low fifties at concord and livermore and the view beautiful view from the east bay hills camera looking along the bay bridge you can see the colors in the western skies the sun has just set these are our forecast features cold tomorrow morning cloudier in the afternoon turning rainy and windy early sunday morning, and it'll be stormy through tuesday with a possible mix of snow and rain and some of the bay area's
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higher elevations by tuesday tonight. it's going to be quite cold in our inland valleys with low temperatures dropping into the upper 20s to low 30s in the far north inland east bay low to mid 30s same range of lows down in the inland south bay. around the bayshore line upper 30s to about 40 degrees will be the lows highest tomorrow as it gets cloudy or cloudier only in the mid-50s about 55 to 57 degrees. not a very wide range there. let's talk rainfall late tomorrow night. the first wave of rain will begin pushing into the north bay between midnight tomorrow night and about 1 pm sunday. we're going to have some heavy rain spreading to all parts of the bay area accompanied by strong gusty wind and then later in the day someday evening into monday. we'll see rain expanding to all parts of the bay area again, so two days of drenching rain likely with strong gusty wind turning colder on tuesday producing the possibility of mixed rain and snow in the bay area is higher elevations rainfall totals here about two and a half to five inches of rain. meanwhile the sierra winter storm watches in effect from 10 pm saturday to 10 pm tuesday.
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we're expecting two to five feet of snow above 4,000 feet. five to eight feet of snow above 6,000 feet. here's the accuweather 7-day forecast. sunday's storm ranks two on the storm impacts go scale. three level three on monday then a little bit of a break and a storm weakens to level on tuesday, wednesday and thursday. but it certainly going to be a week of wet weather and active weather and winter like whether it looks like kristen adam all up. it's an eight spence. yeah, that's good like that. all right. well, you can get a taste of winter right now in the east bay abc 7 news was in downtown walnut creek where the ice rink opened today at civic park, but be prepared people will need proof of vaccination to get in and everyone is required to wear a face mask the capacity at the rink is being limited. so it is recommended to buy tickets and book a reservation ahead of time walnut creek on ice will be open through january 9th. it's a great rink. i've skated there many many times. so i had golden state warriors
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head coach steve kerr is expected to be named the next head coach for team usa kerr would replace greg popovich to lead the team into the 2023 world cup and the 2024 paris olympics a formal announcement is expected soon. and remember you can watch the warriors right here on abc 7 tomorrow night steph curry. at a new record for the most threes coverage starts at 5:30 followed by after the game. superheroes passing out teddy bears in the south bay today will tell you about the special event at several
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live newscast breaking news weather and more with our new abc 7 bay area app on apple tv android tv fire tv and roku just search abc 7. and download it now. a covid-19 pandemic has been trying on everyone especially kids. so a group of real life heroes visit a students in the south bay to spread so much needed holiday cheer. it's not a bird or a plane. it really is superman superheroes from the avengers justice league and even the mandalorian visited for sale south san jose elementary schools to pass out teddy bears.
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the bears were by customers of nob hill food. where dave walkins and aka batman works watkins started this holiday tradition in 2017, and he says it was especially important to bring it back this year. people still want to show some love and support and show that there is still hope in this world. despite all that's going around them with violence here and there and then this whole thing of covid and all these other diseases that are coming out in different variants, but if they see other people out there going hey, we're here to help you that makes all the difference. the heroes say the best part of the day was seeing the smiles on the faces of students at anderson frost hayes and oak ridge elementary schools, how bad that is awesome sweet thing to do and they don't let the endemic keep you from having a better weekend abc 7 news. anchor. jobina fortson has some covid safe options around the area where can you find live entertainment laser light shows
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snowfall carolers and the oakland interfaith gospel choir. well, that would be in jack london square this saturday night from six to eight the town is hosting its annual free holiday tree lighting families can take selfies with rudolph and anna is expected to make a special appearance if you missed it. this is your last weekend to catch. let's glow sf. it's the largest holiday projection mapping event in the country and it's free the show lasts five minutes each. and is a true blend our end technology video projection techniques are used with colors and light to project virtual images from local and international artists on iconic building throughout san francisco's financial district. now this is kind of different. how about a weekend at ikea the emeryville location is hosting a free jewel board food festival. you can sample festive treats and recipes build a charcuterie board and check out a
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tonight, the major severe weather threat as we come on the air. more than 30 million bracing for a dangerous night ahead. tornado watches in effect across several states at this hour, severe storms firing up. authorities most concerned about possible tornadoes after nightfall when it's most dangerous. heavy snow and wind also from the rockies to the midwest. and then the northeast tomorrow, the warm air and then the major shift, which could bring dangerous winds. ginger zee times all of this out tonight. also, the prices you're paying. inflation hitting a near 40-year high in the u.s. american families paying more for gas, food, clothing, and cars. tonight, what the president is now saying. and when will the fever break? the supply chain issues leading to these prices. employers looking for workers. we break it down.


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