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mendocino county after the s.w.a.t. team shoots and kills the suspect wanted for murdering two local officials. and president obama announces his support for senator feinstein's bill to repeel the defensive marriage act. during a speech at the human rights campaign dinner washington, d.c. >> good morning. temperatures in the lower 60s across the bay area with a few scattered clouds. it will be sunny, mild day today. >> good morning, thanks for joining us. i'm carolyn tyler a massive policeman hundred has ended in mendocino county and law enforcement officials and north coast residents are expressing relieve. aaron bussler was armed and dangerous and wanted for two local officials in august. yesterday they tracked him down in the men seen no county redwoods 60 miles east of fort bragg. he was shot to death by members of a s.w.a.t. team. we have details and reaction
from fort bragg. >> reporter: 35-year-old aaron bassler is dead. the sheriff is visibly relieved. >> this ends a 36-day really and truly terrorizing situation for mendocino county. over 40 law enforcement agencies have assisted us at all levels. >> the 40 agencies have combed the woods for a month searching for bassler. on august 24th he shot and killed 69-year-old miller, a former mayor, according to an eyewitness. he is suspected to have killed matthew coleman on august 11th, a land trust manager. the three-man sacramento s.w.a.t. team staked out a cabin he recently robbed for food and drink, much like the last cabin he was seen breaking into on the security camera photo. >> the s.w.a.t. team, the officer got the other two people to look. they identified that's whofs it. they identified him and shot
him. he was held to the ground. they approached him. death was very obvious and instantaneous. >> news that he was killed spread quickly throughout the ground. fort bragg residents rereceived a reverse 9/11 call. that gave them some relief after 35 days of afternoon i-ty about having a killer on the lose. >> the mendocino captain would like to advise you that your neighborhood has been secured. >> wright has residents can finally come out of hiding. >> it is a relief that it's ended at this point because there was such stress in the community. thirty five days not knowing if you could go outside at night. >> abc7 news. >> contra costa county sheriff's investigators are looking into the shooting death of a man inside a bay townhome. a woman who lives there said she shot the man after he intruded and made threats to her and her pregnant daughter. it happened around 3:30 yesterday afternoon.
sheriff's deputies believe the man new both women but they aren't releasing details or names until their investigation is complete. no arrests have been made. san francisco police are investigating a shooting in the bay view district last night. it occurred about four blocks from where the mayor and police chief met with residents friday about neighborhood violence. residents say the problem is fueled by people drinking and loitering near liquor stores. last night around 10:00 police were called about shots being fired on thomas avenue near jennings street. they found a man wounded in the upper body. he was rushed to a hospital. president obama said he would like to see the nation's defensive marriage act repealed just as the military rescind its don't ask, don't tell policy. we have local reaction to the president's remarks. he made them last night at the annual human rights campaign dinner in washington, d.c..
>> president barack obama was greeted by a lively crowd of 4200. he said he supports senator feinstein he's bill to repeal the act. >> i want to so it pass. but until that my administration is no longer defending. i believe they want it in the constitution and it's time to end it once and for all. it's a join don't ask don't tell in the history books. >> they watched the president's speech online. they are among the 18,000 same-sex couples who were legally married in california before proposition a passed. >> we are legally married in the state of california, yet we are denied over 1,000 rights under federal law. >> they are also with marriage equality usa. >> it's absolutely great the president has said that law should be repealed, but we want him to take the leadership to make that promise a reality. >> reporter: they were hoping to hear the president has changed
his support for civil unions to full support of same-sex marriage recognition. bill may is with catholics for the common good. he disagrees with the president's stance on changing same-sex marriage. >> when he ran for president he said he was committed to promoting marriage between a man and a woman, it's the only institution that unites them with each other and any children born from the union. he should stay with that. he's changing his position. >> he also took presidential candidates for the task for staying silent at a recent debate when an audience member booed a gay serviceman. >> you want to be a commander in chief, you can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the united states, even when it's not politically convenient. >> during that republican debate former senator rick santorum responded to a question by that gay serviceman. santorum since then said he did not hear the audience boog and that's why he didn't say
anything at the time. in the news ram, abc7 news. >> president obama's administration is defending the solar energy loan guarantee program. yesterday they said the stimulus loan program that expired friday will help develop several large power farms in california and nevada. he did not mention the $538 million home to fremont-based solyndra which declared bankruptcy and laid off 1100 workers. on friday the justice department decided to take control of solyndra. the fbi has launched a criminal investigation into the company. bay area carmaker tessla unveiled its first fully sized sedan in fremont. people had a chance to test drive it and compare notes while the vehicle is still in development. a rare opportunity before it goes on sale next year.
>> they want us to get off oil and i don't mind being an exemplar of the sort of trade off that you make in terms of range. we are used to being able to go and refuel. we are not used to going and recharging. >> tessla also opened up its factory floor for the first time. they took over another facility after toyota shutdown production in 2010. they are asking voters to repeal funding for the north bay smart train officers. volunteers at north bay super markets are now soliciting signatures to put the $380 million sonoma miran area transit project back on the ballot. in 2008 the voters approved a quarter cent sales tax increase to finance commuter train service between larkspur and drove cloverdale.
since then it's come up short on funding. a group calling itself repeal smart hopes to gather 40,000 signatures by the end of january to qualify for the ballot in either june or november of next year. coming up next, big changes to california's prisons. the state's new realignment program and how it will affect where convicts go. also, the rescue of a sea lion that crawled across eight lanes of highway 101 on the peninsula.
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abc7s nick smith reports on the new prison realignment. >> reporter: governor jairly brown said county leaders are ready for realignment. >> it's bold, it's difficult and it will continuously change as we learn from experience. but we can't sit still and let the courts release 30,000 serious prisoners. we have to do something. and this is the most viable plan that i've been able to put together. >>. >> reporter: sergeant jb nelson of the alameda county sheriff's office said they are ready for realignment but hopes funding doesn't become an issue. >> we have money up front but it's the ongoing costs that are yet to be determined. >> the funding for re' line meant is guaranteed in this year's budget but local local law enforcement says they must get funding approved. but it's more about housing prisoners. it's also about providing
services, like healthcare, treatment programs and probation. >> this is probably the most dramatic change in criminal justice in california. >> reporter: i spoke with phillip, a contra costa county probation officer by phone. he noted even though realignment doesn't change the option for sentencing or the amount of time they may get in custody, it does change who will do the supervision. >> this isn't a new population. these are folks that were coming out of prison anyway. what is different is the county is the responsible agency. >> every year 110,000 people enter our prisons and every year 110,000 go out. it's a completely broken system that was mindlessly expanded without understanding the consequences that we're now dealing with. >> most bay area counties plan to invest fairly heavy in alternative treatment programs. according to the adult probation department, the average age of a transfer parolee is 39 and the crimes are nonserious, nonviolent and nonsexual offenses.
in the newsroom, nick smith, abc7 news. >> and this note, a lawyer who represents inmates in the california prison system is welcoming realignment. >> this should help restore some balance to the state prison system. it should put low-level nonviolent offenders where they be long in the community. >> he hopes communities will use the money they will receive from the state to provide rehab programs, job training and mental health treatment. he says if it's done properly it should cut down on habitual crimes. 70% of california inmates are repeat offenders. oakland residents struggle to pay off their mortgages got some badly-needed help yesterday. true vine church on west street and other coalition toss guilty off foreclosure. they are holding gatherings all across the country telling people will loan options and their property rights.
>> we plan to do these events across the bay area for all those going through this terrible crisis and the dream of only a home is still an option throughout the bay area. >> they estimate through a five year period between 2008 and 2012, 28,000 homes in oakland will have gone into foreclosure. >> in nevada there's a fire still threatening homes in lion county. it's now burned more than 70,000 acres. officials have declared a state of emergency to get more resources to fight the blaze. we have something on the way, right? >> a couple of wet weather makers. the first one insignificant did you tomorrow you may need the umbrella. today we have a nice day on the way. i will have the details coming up. >> thank you, lisa. also next, stanford quarterback andrew luck leads his team both throwing the ball and catching
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will be the bridge-to-bridge race to help special olympics. the folks will be starting at justin herman plaza near the bay bridge and running toward crissy field by the golden gate bridge. we will bring you more details about that later this morning. this morning a sea lion is recovering after jaywalking across eight lanes of highway 101 in burlingame. it happened shortly before 7:00 yesterday morning. police say the sea lion ended up in a ditch near the broadway off-ramp. chp officers closed the ram for about two hours so that rescue workers could capture it. that 160-pound sea lion has been sent to the marine mammal center for medical care. the chp said it likely strayed on to the highway from a nearby lagoon. the marine mammal center is testing the sea lion to make sure it's healthy and to figure out why it became disoriented like that.
at least it's safe and sound. amazing no one hit it as it was waddling across the lane. >> yeah. they will take good care of them there. >> lisa is here now with the weather. >> we will improve again today from yesterday. it turned out to be a nice day yesterday. today we are looking at just scattered clouds around the bay this morning. so not much of a marine layer. saw a little bit on the golden gate bridge but other than that we are looking at a lot of sunshine today and temperatures, as a result, will be quite mild in the 70s. mid-70 he is in the inland valleys. right now starting out in the 60s. a little cooler and a few upper 50s." good morning half moon bay. 57 for you. 54 novato with 60 hayward, as well as redwood city and a cool 54 in napa with the longer nights. scattered clouds, partly cloudy. mild conditions today. the rain develops tomorrow. looks like our morning commute will be dry. the evening commute a different story. not a lot of rain with this
system. there's another one on its heels that promises more significant precipitation really by the tuesday nighttime period. take a look. a very impressive cold front here wrapped up around an area of low pressure. this all heads our way through the early part of the week. but by 9:00 monday morning the rainfall is still offshore. mendocino county just beginning to get wet but as we go through the morning hours we will start to see some rain. it's really not until the afternoon and evening commute we look at measurable precipitation to the san mateo coastline and pushing on to the east bay. by the overnight hours it will be over. here we are at tuesday but by tuesday night the next system, the more impressive system and the last system will push on through and the rain will be out of here by midday on wednesday. so the first system, trace amounts in the south bay. a little bit more than that perhaps in our east bay. about a half-inch at most in our
marin county-sonoma area and along peninsula talking maybe a tenth. not a lot of rain with it at all. this one will wet the pavement. we will have poils built up from the summer on the roadway so it could be a little slick out there. and evening commute could be impacted. 64 in big sir. we are looking at low 80s returning in southern california. looks like a pretty decent day. back home highs ranging from the mid-to upper 70s in the south bay. 76 campbell, 74 in sunyvale and on the peninsula we will call it partly cloudy, 76. 73 menlo park. nice afternoon. and in san francisco clouds early, then we will call it partly cloudy at 67. north bay numbers ranging from the low 60s. stinson beach, low 70s. so a nice fall afternoon on the way from berkeley with a few upper 60s to 72 in newark. fremont 74. as you head inland, warming into
the mid-70s in danville and pleasanton. livermore 76. monterey at 67. 70 in here. a quarter inch with monday's system. tuesday scattered showers and the bulk of the rain looks to be tuesday night into wednesday. then we are drying out, back to more typical weather by the end of the week. >> all right. sounds good. thank you, lisa. in sports in morning the niners are in philadelphia looking for a second straight road win while the raiders host another afc east heavy weight, the patriots this afternoon. last night sixth-ranked stanford tried to remain undefeated playing ucla down on the farm. here's mike shumann with the highlights in this morning's sports. good morning. while stanford continues to steam roll through the competition. last night down on the farm andrew luck and company manhandled ucla.
the bruins ran into a black wall in the first of the fourth and goal. brehaut, nowhere to go. and andrew luck takes over on his own one-yard line. no problem. marchs right down the field. how about this, andrew with a one-handed grab from drew terrell, off the reverse. look at this kid. is this guy an athlete or what? andrew loving it. he loves this more. another one-handed coach, kobe. 99-yard drive. the cardinals led 17-7 at the half. waste no time in the third. luck. used both hands this time. 61 yards. 24-7, stanford. the crew hung around. fauria, 6'8" taking it in on fourth and two. the bruins couldn't keep up with the stanford offense. andrew luck with his third td pass of the game to owusu on the rollout. andrew, 227 yards. stanford now 4-0 with 45-19 victory. >> i think we came out and
executed well. eats a quality defense over there but i think our guys were real anxious having a week off. it was nice to come out and put some work in. >> san jose look for their straight win for the first time since 2008. taking on colorado state. the sparks duke scoops it up and scores. they led 24-14 at the half. second half scary moment for the spartans. brandon scored twice in the first half. his ankle is hurt, heads off the field. didn't return. third quarter, game tied. third down for the spartans. matt falkner deep, and that will do it. 38-yard touchdown. spartans win their second straight, 38-31, the final. the playoffs are here and we start off with the nlds. if there's a team of destiny it could be the brewers. game one. justin upton. and willie bloomquist growing to
test ryan braun's arm. bad idea. toast. he failed to score. he would score in the fourth on a sac fly. that was more than enough support. 9ks in 8 innings. prince fielder in the seventh. see ya. two-run shot to right and the brew roll. game one, 4-1, the final. to philly where the fans are alleges nuts. cardinals in town for game one. they were silence the top of the first. lance berkman crushes this one off roy halladay. 3-0, cardinals. phillies get on the board in the fourth. victorino goes the other way. utley scores. 3-1. three run jack, phillies on top and they go on it win the game. 11-6, the final. american league, yankees and tigers, rough night for home plate ump tony randazzo, taking it on the chin but he would stay in the game.
robinson cano going the other way. miss business an inch. hits the top of the wall. rbi double makes it 2-0, yanks. the grand slam and yankees roll in game one, 9-3, the final. and ron washington was down 3-0 in the fourth with the rangers. the rangers battle back. off james shields. mike napoli rips one to left. two score. makes it 5-3, texas. they make it 7-3 but you can't count out the rays. everyone long gore yeah, how huge has he been. the rangers, insurance in the eighth. in more land gets all of it. rangers win it 8-6. them and florida tied a game a piece. niners in philadelphia. all that for you ton at five. i'm mike shumann. have a great day. >> up next at 5:30, washington's broken promise. millions in fees from california ports that could be improving
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>> welcome back, everyone. some developing school. san leandro police are investigating a shooting that has left three people dead and three others hospitalized. it happened at 1:30 this morning. police say the victims were all discovered inside an s.u.v. at a large warehouse conference at alverado street and aladdin avenue. that was the scene of a partied that been advertised on facebook according to a police spokesman. the report of shots fired as the party was letting out. investigators have now set up a special anonymous tip line that people can call to provide any information about what happened.
you see the number there, 510-577-3278. 510-577-3278. against you do not have to identify yourself. a bipartisan effort is underway to wrestle millions of dollars from the federal government and into the hands. state's ports. those ports are in dire need of maintenance and upgrades but are being denied access to a trust fund set up for that very thing. abc7s heather reports. >> when it comes to funding the state's ports, california legislators are presenting a united front to congress. a resolution was co-sponsored calling on congress to release money from the harbor maintenance trust fund which now totals nearly $6 billion. >> you have republicans and democrats and it's tribal up there.
you have no idea how tribal it is in sacramento. >> the trust fund collects user fees from port customers. california's many ports contributed about $400 million a year, or 40% of the fund's annual revenues but receives only about 4%. the lieutenant-governor said the feds don't want to give the states control of the account. >> why they do it is the fuzzy math that drives everyone crazy in this state and across the nation. they use it because it off sets some federal obligations and makes the deficit look smaller. >> today representatives from ports all across the state joined newsome at the port to make their case. ports need to be maintained at certain depths and many channels need work. releasing the funds would create jobs and keep the ports competitive. >> payer's don't mind paying it and shippers don't mind paying it if they get something in
return for the dollar. sitting on it is not spending up. >> one up-front release of $200 million would help the ports get back on track. >> we don't need all the money collected in california but we could use 30 or 40%, maybe as much as 50% up front and as we get the channels dredged and maintained we probably don't need as much the year after that. >> the us a ranked 18th in port infrastructure. without the necessary funding that ranking could soon belower. abc7 news. >> just as san mateo residents get used to paying 23% more for garbage collection the city council will consider another ten percent increase when it meets tomorrow night. they went up april when they switched contractors. our media partner, the mercury news, reports another increase is likely partly because people are recycling more and tossing out less garbage. but ecology's overall collection
costs remains the same so they need to raise rates to cover the lost revenue. if approved the average customer with 32-gallon can would pay $1.60 more a month. and tomorrow the palo alto council will vote to reverse a longstanding ban on pop clubs or put it to voters. there could be a ballot measure that would permit up to three medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. the council has the choice of adopting the proposal or introducing a competing ballot measure. supporters of medical marijuana say they will try to convince the council to adopt their proposal and save $92,000 in election costs. well, with california strapped for cash, public schools are struggling with gutted budgets. and where the state can't help, one major corporation is stepping up. abc7s education reporter, lyanne melendez on the
commitment to kids that chevron is making. >> mathematics. >> this second grade class got a few school supplies that will enhance their math skills. they also received a rug to avoid sitting on the hard floor while reading. these were all supplies ms. schiff asked for that chevron then delivered. the richmond based company wants to deliver more supplies to teachers in alameda and contra costa county through the fuel your school promotion. >> everyone can participate by going to a local chevron and texico station and for every 8 gallons or more they fill up at participating stations, they will donate a dollar to local schools. >> they will donate up to $1 million. all teachers had to go on line to donerschoose.org. >> teachers submit proposals of what they need in classroom and
the post goes live and people like you and me and chevron come onboard and support those projects. >> with the drastic state budget cuts, many teachers are in need of basic supplies and additional materials. >> pencils, papers, erasers, those kind of things. while we are still able to provide them, they aren't able to provide them at the same level they once were. >> this month if doners choose, chevron will fund projects having to do with science, engineering, technology and math. every school district in the counties will benefit from the promotion. >> so we can pick up oakland, san ramon, alameda, richmond. >> and they track how much money is raised in their city by going to fuelyourschool.com. last year they raise the $850,000. in oakland, lyanne melendez, abc7 news. >> now, if you would like to contribute to the donors choose program, there's a lincoln to
their website on abc7.com under see it on tv. that's a good deal there. our weather look pretty good? >> for today. the runners, we have a mild start to the day. although we have some 50s out there and only partly cloudy skies. so waking up to this sunshine when the sun comes up after 7:00. rain arrives, a couple days of it. we will talk about it next. >> thank you, lisa. also ahead, overcoming your phobias. how virtual reality can help you overcome many of your biggest and very real fears. ♪
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0 to 100, what's your fear level. >> on the fear scale 100 is the highest level. dr. mcmahon said a typical patient starts at 84 and over a number of sessions will drop to about 24. kathy is at 0 to 2. >> we need to find a way to face your phobia, face what tear guys you in a way that is manageable and controlled so you are not overwhelmed and so you can lose your fear. that's where virtual reality comes in. >> imagine a person with phobia standing here and unable to get from one point to another simply because of their fear of height. the real moment of truth for kathy came at a bart station platform. >> i went to the edge and it was about a 50-foot drop off the side. i just sat there. i wasn't fearful. >> virtual reality with guidance from dr. mcmahon has changed kathy's life. now she has a checklist of
things she wants to do, things she once feared. >> number one is ride a ferris wheeler. second one is climb ladders. >> in fremont, david louie, abc7 news. the state will be experimenting by closing the delta cross channel dates for up to ten days in hopes of helping the salmon population. the delta cross channel gates are a controlled die version channel on the sacramento river about 30 miles south of sacramento. it diverts water from the river into a branch of the river. the website reports that closing the gates could help chinook salmon migrate upstream to respond. it could also reduce fish straying into other river systems. it's a big victory for groups of that been work to go restore the central value chinook salmon pop layings and it could happen as early as tuesday. lisa is here now talking about rain.
i can't believe it. its only october. >> i know. the first system you may not see any if you live in the east bay or south bay. but the second system coming in on tuesday, we have a little rain for everybody. in fact if you live in the north bay you may see upwards of an inch. here we go, early october and we are talking pretty good little rainmaker by tuesday night. scattered clouds this morning so not much in the way of low clouds and fog. so we will see a lot of sunshine when the sun does come up after 7:00. 61 in oakland this morning. 60 redwood city. we are talking also low 60s hayward and mountain view. 54 napa. the highlights this morning, scattered clouds should about do it. a little clouds in napa and along the coast. partly cloudy, mild today. we are talking low 70 he is to mid-70 he is in our warmest locations. and the rain developing after the morning commute tomorrow. so here's our satellite and radar composite. it looks pretty impressive, this storm system.
area of low pressure dropping out of the north for the more significant weather maker coming our way on tuesday. here's the first one. by 9:00 the commute is well over and we have cloudy skies. the heavy rain to the north and the west. but take a look. it gets held up a. >> bit. it's not until the afternoon hours and by 5:00 on monday that we look for some rain. so impacting the monday evening commute but quickly presses to the east. by 9:00 monday night it's over, dry tuesday morning commute but tuesday night we will see the next system come on in and most the activity over by early wednesday. after that, getting back to more typical weather pattern. but between now and then, we have some rainfall totals. the first system just a couple hundreds trace amounts east bay, south bay maybe ten together quarter inch. peninsula half-inch to three quarters inch in the north bay. back home we are talking upper 70 he is in the southern sierra. dry conditions all across the state except for the north
coast. a few showers around eureka. 70 there. sacramento breaking back out into the sun with upper 70s for you. and back home we are talking about a nice mild afternoon with more sun today. 76. santa clara 75, and cupertino. scattered clouds this morning and mostly sunny this morning for san mateo. we will call it partly cloudy. and in the north bay a nice afternoon. upper 60s petaluma. and low 70s for newark today. you head inland and we are talking a nice, mild day with 75 in pleasanton, 77 brentwood and down by the monterey bay, 67 there with more sun and upper 70s in gilroy. accuweather seven-day forecast, more sun. warmer today. cloud cover, low 70 he is a. not everyone seeing the rain. the warmest temperatures
tomorrow will definitely be held down due to the clouds. and a little rain. the break tuesday and heavier rain tuesday night into wednesday. >> and everybody sees wednesday, right? >> yeah, yeah. >> thank you, lisa. the veterans administration wants all vets to know about the services they offer. right now there's a special push for attracting the fastest-growing part of the military and the v. a., women. eric thomas reports. >> reporter: army medic denise barry is getting checked out at the veterans administration center in palo alto. she's driven up from her home in santa cruz and said the care is both first-rate and ultraconvenient. >> and they are also great at putting the visits all next to each other, especially since i'm not from here so i can just come here, knock them all out back-to-back. >> denise, who has done a 400 day tour in iraq is one of the 16% of women veterans who now make use of v. a. facilities. that's up from 10% just a few years ago.
the growth is partially due to the growing number of women in uniform. but also, because the v. a. is working at changing its image to females. >> the va facilities they felt were not friendly toward women veterans. >> and for good reason. in the past many didn't have separate changing room for women vets and lacked doctors who could do breast or pelvic exams but that's changing. since 2008 the v. a. has trained more than 1,000 doctors to care for women. >> which could be primary care, it on ob-gyn, breast care, gynecology care in the private and safety of the women's health center. >> some women's health centers offer alternative care like acupuncture for women vets, 60% returning from iraq and afghanistan with muscular-skeletal problems. >> which could be back pain,
neck pain, hip, joint pain, and this relates to the fact that they are wearing heavy equipment. >> they may indicator to military people here, but it doesn't have that rigid military feel. >> it feels very civilian here. i come here and i feel like i'm just another civilian going to a doctor's visit. >> currently the va is phoning va veterans and mac sure they know their eligibility for va benefits. they hope to eventually reach every living va vet. abc7 news. don't go away. 7 on your side is next. >> people get dinged all the time for paying their bills late. i'm michael finney. ahead on 7 on your side, find out what happens when the customer receives his bill late. [ female announcer ] from the very first moment we arrive...
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asking when the late charge he owed ballooned his by tenfold. here's michael finney with the story. james shows us the towel he purchased from macy's while on business in hawaii. he got it on sale for six dollars and charged it to a new macy's card charge he open that day. the bill was supposed to arrive in a few weeks. >> it didn't get there and i didn't receive it. >> it turns out the bill had been miss addressed. macy's sent it to house number 1311, but he lives at 1131. the $6.21 comment charge for the towel was added on top of an $8.21 late fee. he says macy's promised him the problem would be taken care of, but each month the late fee would increase. >> the six dollars problem turned into a few months later a $74 fee. and very, very difficult to deal with the situation. >> compounding his worries, what
this incident would do to his credit report. we advised him it monitor his credit report at annualcreditreport.com for free. norman garcia is with consumer's union. >> that's really the only online portal to the truly free credit report. >> she said any other so-called free offers to monitor your credit will require you to purchase something. you can can get one free credit report each year from each of the three credit reporting agencies through annualcreditreport.com. you can also contest any errors. >> you can dispute directly to the credit reporting agency, the company, or the furnisher of the information. >> once you do that the company would have 30 days to complete an investigation. the credit bureau, 45 days. as for james, we contacted macy's and it removed all late charges from his bill. macy's told us our customer service team has reached out to mr. carroll to discuss his account and actions have been
taken on his behalf. he was pleased the way it all turned out. >> they have taken care of a very frustrating situation, and hopefully myself and macy's will learn to play nice with one another. >> when disputing your credit report, make sure you do it in writing and send it by mail, return receipt requested. we have a lincoln to more information on how you can dispute errors in your credit report. just go to abc7news.com. i'm michael finney, 7 on your side. >> up next, the magical acts of houdini go on exhibit in the bay area, including the stunts he performed in san francisco. hey guys, what can i get for you?
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amorphosis trunk. >> and people think about him as so living and vibrant but he died in the 20s the. >> before television thousands of people would watch him. this is from providence, rhode island. he would do his tricks on newspaper buildings so he would get press coverage. he was in san francisco hanging from the herst building in 1933. before that he escaped from a locked box in the park during an exhibition in 1913. he didn't stop with theatre performances. he went to hollywood and became a silent film star. years later hollywood made a film about him starring tony curtis. later in life he went on a crusade to debunk people who claimed to have supernatural abilities. >> houdini died on halloween, 1936 and for years his wife conducted a say answer hoping he would return. she finally quit and said ten years is long enough to wait for any man.
>> the exhibit includes works by artists inspired by houdini. >> many artists made the analogy between making art and making magic. >> don't expect to learn how houdini did his trick here. that is still magic. the show will be up until next january. mcdonald sanchez, abc7 news. >> up next at sick, a month-long manhunt near fort bragg is finally over. how police cute up with the suspect. -- caught up with the suspect. and an east bay break-in leaves one man dededededededededededede