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live where you live, this is abc7 news. >> a desperate rescue effort in miami has sadly shifted now to a recovery operation tonight after a pedestrian bridge suddenly collapsed this afternoon. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm alma daetz. crews will stay at the scene of florida international university through the night. this after at least four people died and nine people were pulled from the rubble alive. >> abc news reporter maggie ruely is there. >> if anybody has done anything wrong we'll hold them accountable. >> reporter: florida's governor promising accountability after this newly construct the pedestrian bridge collapsed without warning thursday afternoon, killing unsuspecting motorist ands pedestrians underneath. >> oh, my god. there's two cars under there. >> reporter: first responders aided by rescue dogs desperately digging through the rubble for survivors. the injured carried away on stretchers. at least two had to be cut from the wreckage. >> someone has to be held accountable for this situation
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because this is completely and utterly unacceptable. >> reporter: that bridge erected just last saturday in a matter of hours. it was still under contraction and had not opened to pedestrians. its purpose was to give students at florida international a safe route to their homes in nearby sweetwater. >> bridge was about strength and unity, about being good neighbors with the city of sweetwater. this bridge was about goodness, not sadness. now we are feeling immense sadness. >> reporter: in a tweet to the victims, president trump offers his thoughts and prayers. both the architect and the miami construction firm say they are stunned and will fully cooperate with the investigation. this bridge was built using accelerated bridge construction or a.b.c. sometimes it's referred to, as an instant bridge because it can be put up in a matter of hours. since 2010, more than 800 have been built this way. now investigators are going to work to find out if what happened here was a design flaw or a construction issue.
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in miami florida, maggie ruly, abc7 news. >> it could be months before investigators can officially determine what caused the bridge collapse. tonight a south bay civil engineering professor is weighing in. >> abc7 news reporter katie marzullo has that story. >> i don't think anyone designs or constructs for things to fail. >> reporter: the chair of santa clara university civil university project doesn't think design was the cause of the collapse. > fast tracking was not the problem. arnold schwarzenegger did it when he was governor. he said i will give you money for each day you save in construction. people got it done and we had no failures. >> reporter: the bridge was built on the side of the road then placed into place in a matter of hours. >> it usually is safer because they're doing construction away from the traveling public. >> reporter: the president of mcm the company that built and installed the bridge was interviewed last saturday. the day of span was put into
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place above the street. >> i'm exhaling now because it has been set. >> reporter: professor noted that was days before the collapse. >> it had to be something that was happening over time, and so it suggests -- i'm not saying it is -- it suggests he had some sort of a straining effect. >> reporter: he said the problem could be related to materials, design, construction or placement. in santa clara, katie marzullo, abc7 news. >> all right. we have breaking news in san leandro tonight. that's where police exchanged gunfire with a suspect. abc7 news reporter cornell bernard is live with more. cornell. >> reporter: dan, i just spoke with san leandro police officers who do confirm one suspect was wounded in that exchange of gunfire. another suspect still outstanding tonight in this neighborhood. now, we do want to show you a video of a suspect being placed into an ambulance just a short time ago. following an exchange of gunfire with officers where he was
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wounded. police say they were initially investigating auto burglary suspects in the parking lot of the bay fair mall in san leandro when they say the suspects' vehicle rammed a police car. that's when gunfire was exchanged between officers and the suspects. police say a second suspect got away. that person still outstanding in this neighborhood, and a shelter in place warning now in effect for the neighborhood of hispe rio n boulevard, halcian and washington. police are part of the investigation. it is unclear which agency fired on the suspects. what we can tell you that no officers were injured tonight. we are live in san leandro, cornell bernard, abc7 news. >> cornell, thanks very much. >> all right. turning now to our weather, snow is dumping down in the sierra tonight and here in the bay area. you may have encountered some rain this evening. >> on the right of your screen is what it looked like in
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emeryville tonight. let's give you the latest now from meteorologist sandhya patel. sandy? >> take a look at live doppler 7. what we've been waiting for most of the winter is here. a soggy pattern, i'm going into street level radar, moderate pockets of rain in the north bay around sears point. also heading out towards vallejo, precipitation a third of an inch an hour in spots where the downpours are coming in. we do have some mixed precipitation over cobb mountain, the radar site and in the south bay from santa clara sunnyvale street level radar, light rain with daly city. as we look at the east bay we are seeing around pleasant hill, light rain. gusting at atlas peak. scattered rain, snow over our highest peaks. i'll be back with the hour by hour time line coming up. dan andal ma? >> sandhya, thanks very much.
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a procession of police officers followed the death of a police officer. we are learning more about the 24-year-old sheriff's deputy died after a traffic accident this morning as he was responding to a 911 call. abc7 news reporter jeannine de la vega spoke with people who knew him and admired him. >> reporter: a solemn moment thursday afternoon on highway 101 as firefighters from petaluma paid their respects to a man who dedicated his life to serving others. marin county sheriff's deputy ryan zirkle, he died overnight in a car crash. his body was escorted by his fellow deputies to a funeral home in san ans elmo. >> the nicest, kindest person you could imagine around here. >> reporter: he had been with the department 2 1/2 years. he graduated from san marin high school in novato. >> i would ask him how he was doing in his pursuit of law enforcement. i thought that was perfect for him. he was just so happy with what he was doing.
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>> reporter: he was the quarterback on the football team and played point guard on the basketball team. here he is, number 2, calm under pressure. his assistant coach described him as tremendous, a young man who was always smiling and always willing to help others. >> he's so young, so full of energy, you know, just full of life. the student he was, the leader, this whole community, the school meant so much to him and he had so much ahead of him. >> reporter: he leaves behind his parents, two brothers and a fiance. it's a somber mood here at the marin county sheriff's department where the flags are at half staff. now the department is meeting with the family to help make funeral arrangements. reporting from san rafael, jeannine de la vega, abc7 news. >> two bay area schools will close campus tomorrow due to shooting threats found on their bathroom walls. martinez junior high school and burlingame intermediate school sent notification to parents that classes will be canceled out of an abundance of caution. >> sheriff's investigators
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released some of the first o cfo details today about the killings of three women taken hostage at the california veterans home in yountville. jennifer gonzalez, jennifer goleg the other died instantly after being shot in the head by their client albert wong last friday. all three worked at the pathway home serving veterans scarred by war. wong killed himself with the shotgun. >> a public memorial for the three victims will take place monday. it begins at 6:00 p.m. at the napa valley performing arts center at lincoln theater. >> a man pleaded guilty today to murder and drunk driving charges in the death of a pedestrian in san jose. ricardo gomez now faces a minimum sentence of 15 years to life in prison. gomez told abc7 news that he had six to eight beers before the crash which claimed the life of a city hall employee named doug andrene who just left work. it happened in november 2016. two members of the abc7 news
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team were injured in the crash. >> abc7 news learned the city of vallejo reached a settlement in the case of the kidnapping case. her boyfriend was also drugged and bound. vallejo police dismissed the case as a hoax. she sued the city for defamation. the city will pay her 2 1/2 million dollars. matthew later pleaded guilty to the federal kidnapping case. he's now serving a 40 year prison sentence. >> a lot more to come beyond the baseline of former olympian and the warriors tonight, helping send an important message to young women. you can do anything. also later. >> hey bill. hey jordan, give me a ride. >> would you give bill walton a ride home if he asked? a random encounter with the nba great. >> first rihanna versus snapchat? the superstar saying tonight an apology from the company just isn't good enough. >> first though here's a look at what is coming up on jimmy kimmel live right after abc7 news at 11:00.
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young women are feeling empowered after spending the day at the warriors practice facility shooting hoops and thinking about their future. it's part of an annual dubs event inspiring girls to consider a career in sports. abc7 news reporter cornell bernard was there. >> reporter: dozens of middle school girls showed they have the skills when it comes to shooting hoops. on the same court where the warriors practice their moves. dubs forward jordan bell was the coach for this workout. >> just having fun with the girls, going through drills, things like that, trying to get them to bring energy. >> reporter: the workshop called beyond the baseline was sponsored by the warriors and nike. teaching young women from alameda county some basketball skills and a lot more. 13-year-old somara scott is feeling inspired. >> it makes me feel a lot more confident because i see other females, especially minorities, doing what they love. >> reporter: girls in alameda
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county partnered with this event for three reasons. sports, teamwork and leadership. >> 80% of fortunate 500 female executives played competitive sports. so, there is a real benefit to playing sports and developing as a leader. and we want to encourage our girls to be leaders. >> i think it really helps me like feel a little bit more stronger. >> reporter: former olympian ruly bolt on said these girls can do anything. >> it's not a basketball store i. it's about building self-esteem, understanding who they are. >> reporter: building a road to success, this one made of hardwood. in oakland, cornell bernard, abc7 news. >> awesome. well, stock in snap dropped in 3% after criticism from a pop star. rihanna called for users to drop snapchat after the app hosted a controversial game. it's called would you rather, users were asked to pick between two options. one of the questions is would you rather punch chris brown or slap rihanna.
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two stars were involved in a high-profile domestic violence case in 2009. snapchat quickly pulled the game from its platform. >> sheriff's deputies hope you can recognize an art thief in san jose. he carried a painting right through the front door of the sobrano building at valley medical center today. have any tips, the santa clara county sheriff wants to hear from you. >> staff at the wildlife center in silicon valley were able to reunite a family of skunks after a traumatic experience. oh, gosh. that hospital manager ashley kinly acting a surrogate mom to a baby skunk. it's wuchb two baby skunks that were found with their mother in a trap in san jose. the mama skunk accepted her babies after the ordeal and the family became whole again. apparently they're doing quite well. >> they're actually kind of cute. >> they are. >> well, we have more rain across the area. >> we do, good bit of it, meteorologist sandhya patel is tracking all of it for us. >> dan andal m alma, it is welc
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news here in the bay area. it is still wet out there and there are pockets ever month moderate rain as we go into street level radar here between the sunset district heading into daly city. ocean avenue, i do want to track one of these cells here that is headed this way. so, it will head into daly city 11:41, san francisco 11:47 p.m., right around the north bay novato, bell marine keys. 101. it's wet. we're seeing pockets of moderate to heavier showers between alhambra valley road, bay point, pittsburgh area. going into the south bay it's lighter rain from santa clara to san jose into los gatos, morgan hill, you're getting wet roadways. this is a level 1 system. a light system. through tomorrow scattered showers, it will be gusty at times. thunder and hail chance certainly a possibility. and snow expected over the highest peaks. it will accumulate in a few areas, 2,500 to 3,000 feet is where we're looking at the snow level tomorrow.
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rainfall totals i just updated these 24 hours the last 24 hours. 74/100 in santa rosa. this is of course just 24 hours. so, over the last couple of days we've been adding up that rain. chains are still required right now heading up to the mountains. in the sierra it has been dumping. here's a live look from tahoe. gusty, snowy for your friday. snow showers friday and dry on sunday. if you want to head up there to enjoy the several feet of snow they have received already and more coming, just wait until saturday. it will be better travel conditions. winter storm warning until 5:00 a.m. saturday, above 500 feet. travel will be difficult to nearly impossible. 1 to 4 feet above 3,000 feet with up to 5 feet at the pass level. temperatures right now in the 40s, 50s, it's slippery out there. golden gate bridge camera showing you what you can expect tomorrow morning. so, hour by hour we go, 5:00 a.m. you will notice some scattered showers around the
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region. it's not a completely wet day across the entire bay area. it's going to be a lot like today. sun, showers, shades, umbrellas, not sure which one to pull out. have them all ready for you. 6:00 a.m., light to moderate showers. keep them both handy is what i'm saying. 7:00 a.m. we continue with the theme. 8:00 a.m., some snow showers over lake county and the hills. and at noontime, you'll still need the rain gear as we see a mix of some showers and sun, 3:00 p.m. as well. then 5:00 p.m. we continue with this team. y your get away friday shouldn't be too bad. snow at mount hamilton 8:00 p.m., this will be a wintry mix carrying over saturday morning. if you have plans saturday morning, saturday afternoon, still carry those umbrellas as those showers will continue well into the evening hours before the system pulls out. and the second half of your weekend will be dry. rainfall totals will range anywhere from about a little over an inch in ben loem an to 15/100 in napa. temperatures will be in the 30s, 40s, chilly out there. and then for the afternoon
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staying on the cool side, breezy with wet areas, temperatures in the 50s. accuweather seven-day forecast, wintry mix, spotty showers on saint patrick's day and we are basically still looking for that pot of gold. you might find it. all right. there will be rainbows out there for the saint patrick's day parade. drying out sunday, monday, level 1 system for spring. tuesday, wednesday, bumped up level 2. thursday, wet and windy moderate strength storm. dan and alma, get ready. >> thanks, sandhya. >> tomorrow on "good morning america," an abc news exclusive. >> the russian businessman and operative at the center of the
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you've heard the old saying, where the streets are paved with gold. did you think that place was a airport runway in rural russia?
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>> moments after a plane carrying $368 million of pressure cargo dropped three tons of gold, silver bars after a part of a plane ripped off during take off. >> the company was able to recover all of its gold. that didn't stop some locals from scouring the air field for more. >> never seen that before. >> yeah. >> all right. on to sports. >> larry beil has some hoops for us. >> i would have been -- >> i know, pockets. >> giving it back. >> this is mine. not a golden season for pac-12 hoops. best team in the league just got roasted in the ncaa tournament. arizona one and done. so, how many pac-12 teams are left in the field?
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abc sports brought to you by river rock casino. >> good evening. the pac-12 bills itself as the conference of champions. but after one full day of the ncaa tournament, the pac-12 has zero teams remaining. the 4 seed arizona got embarrassed tonight. get ready to have your brackets busted all over the country. 13 seed buffalo and zona buffalo 15-30. wes clark on the penetration, too much quickness. team i-25 for him. jeremy harris one on one against deandre, 7 footer. he schools him. that's a lottery pick. he just shot over buffalo, with the upset 89-68, aloha pac-12. 11 seed san diego state, six seconds left. he fires, tied at 65. five seconds left. rob gray with the man bun. scoop to the hoop, my darling. houston up 2, one point to go. san diego state almost pulls this thing off.
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trey gets a look. houston avoids the upset 67-65. here is the first upset of the day. 11 seed loyola out of chicago, first tournament game in 33 years, 6 seed miami. kings up 1, seconds to go. dante ingram. catch and shoot three! loyola a winner. 64-62. the nfl raiders are making moves. jordy will replace crabtree. there is a new tale back in town. nelson was the star green bay. decided to cut him, a two-year deal in the neighborhood of $15 million. i like that neighborhood. last year nelson 53 catches, six tds would have been more but once aaron rodgers was hurt packers were toast. nell sons's arrival, crabtree's getting his gold chain snapped a second time setting offer a brawl. running back doug martin, a one-year deal. the muscle hamster they call him
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which he doesn't like. but lost his job in tampa. john gruden likes him. question now is whether martin will split carries with marshawn lynch or does he flat out replace beast mode. funny moment after the game last night. walton was walking back to the hotel. the rookie gave the hall of famer a lift. >> jordan, give me a ride. all right. it's his car. where are you staying? across the street. he's like, no, i'll tell you how to get there. so, we drove for about -- we got on the freeway, got right back off, drove for like ten minutes i guess, yeah. >> was bill walton going to walk all the way back to the hoe snell i have no idea. abc7 sports brought to you by river rock casino. even though the warriors didn't play tonight, they clinched the pacific division the fourth straight year because the clippers l


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