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investigation by the district attorney's office. >> we are conducting an investigation into mr. winchester and conduct that he engaged in while a police officer. >> reporter: d.a. wagstaff would not go into detail when we asked about the focus of the probe. >> it's misconduct while on duty in manner in which he dealt with women. >> reporter: abc 7 news has learned independently that the investigation centers around allegations of rape and sexual assault. in the fall of last year, a young woman told burlingame police that she had been sexually assaulted in her car by a san mateo officer here at coyote point recreational area. investigators later identified him as winchester. burlingame reported the attack to the san mateo police department which then referred it to the d.a.'s office. that investigation led to two other women who claim they, too, had been sexually assaulted by winchester. d.a. investigators then began looking for possible victims when winchester was a campus cop in sacramento.
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they found two women twwho said they were assaulted. the chief sent abc 7 news a statement which says in part she's horrified at the nature of these criminal allegations and that the department took full decisive and swift action. winchester was immediately suspended while the investigation was launched. abc 7 news learned that he has since quit the department. vic lee, abc 7 news. a high school student faces accusations tonight of attacking a teacher in concord. some of the stunning violent encounter is captured on video. >> [ bleep ]! >> despite blood dripping from his face, you can see a teacher trying to restrain the 15-year-old inside a locker room at mt. diablo high school. police have arrested the teen and the school has suspended him. abc 7 news anchor eric thomas will share more details about this attack live on abc 7 news at 6. jurors in oakland found a
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man guilty today of murdering two teenage best friends after a lover's kwaefrmt deonte powell shot the two teens just after thanksgiving back in 2012. the two girls were in relationships with powell and another man. they were all with powell when he got a call from another girlfriend and asked them to leave. when they refused, he shot gurs tell in the head, then shot sar tain as she tried to run away pleading for her life. powell is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. gurs tell's father said he is overwhemd but happy with the verdict and glad the case is over. the state assembly unanim s unanimously approved a bill today requiring police departments to report the number of rape kits they collect and give a reason why any kit goes untested. san francisco democrat david chu authored the bill saying there is a significant backlog of rape kits in california but a shortage of data and explanation. this is an issue. the abc 7 news i-team has been
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reporting on this for years. five previous bills attempting to decrease the logjam failed after police testified they didn't have enough resources to test everything. the bill now goes on to the state senate. pet owners in san francisco are feeling nervous after another coyote attack. this week, a coyote pounced on a cat killing it on a patio at the park merced apartments. last fall two dogs were attacked while their owners walked them around stern grove. one died. the two locations you can see are about a mile and a half apart. abc 7 news reporter wayne freedman is live near the scene of the latest attack. wayne? >> reporter: good evening, kristen. we are just near san francisco state university, seemingly the heart of the city. the last place a lot of people would expect to see a coyote, but they're seeing a lot of them around here. this attack, they tell us, was particularly brazen. >> this is a section of san francisco suburb area you also known as park merced where people walk dogs and feel safe or used to anyway because it's
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also coyote country. >> keep your animals in. >> reporter: or lose them, just as randy buckland lost his dear cat named hunk to a coyote two nights ago. that wild animal came right up to his back doorstep. >> i saw the coyote and the cat right out here in the middle. the cat was fighting him. >> reporter: hunk was 6 years old, had a reputation as the nicest cat in the neighborhood. randy shared hunk with his good friend mark ward who was barely consolable even today as he described chasing the coyote with the cat still in its jaws. >> so i ran after him. i ran after the coyote even though i could see her at the same time, too. i just wanted my animal back. >> reporter: their story is the latest in the story that's become the latest urban narrative about coyotes, more than 70 sightings this year alone, the most on record. so many that the board of supervisors held a hearing while looking for solutions to the problem. >> what's it going to take, two,
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three, four years? how many are they breeding a year? >> reporter: and also a very real threat to san francisco pet owners, who may say they're aware of what's happening but seeing and losing is believing. >> you have kids here in this community. hello? figure something out. yes, i do think it's a problem. >> reporter: as told ended, randy and mark went looking through a pet cemetery for a place to memorialize hunk. in san francisco, wayne freedman, abc 7 news. everyone walked away unharmed after a small plane plunged into a central valley farm today. you can see that plane resting upside down in a field in the small town of acalm poe north of lodi in san joaquin county. the faa said the pilot reported engine trouble around 2:00 p.m. 17 people were on board from a skydiving trip. the plane landed in the field after clipping a car trying to land at a nearby airport. another sinkhole has opened up in a san francisco street, this one measuring about 4 feet in diameter. it's located at post and polk
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streets. the san francisco water department says the pavement sunk in an area where the miep pipes were changed in the 1990s but oermd infrastructure was left in place. work could start meantime tomorrow morning to fix an even larger sinkhole in downtown san francisco. the 12 by 5'9" hole opened up at mission and new montgomery streets tuesday night, nearly swallowing on uber car. a replacement sewer pipe is expected to arrive from arizona early in the morning. san francisco's elections director says he will reject a petition to place a sugary drink tax on the november ballot. he says the campaign missed the deadline to submit signatures by one daye. supporters say they submitted nearly double the required signatures. berkeley became the first city in the country to approve a soda tax in 2014. oakland officials have placed a sugary sweetened drink tax on the november ballot. in oak land tonight, city leaders are hoping an adopt-a-block program will help
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consult back on graffiti in chinatown. we were on chinatown as city leaders discussed ways to caught back on graffiti. one method that's been working, painting over it as soon as possible to discourage taggers. chinatown is also pulling in volunteers. they're really pushing an adopt-a-block program to get more people to help stay on top of graffiti. >> the adopt-a-block initiative encourages residents and businesses to get together to take care of a specific block or building to help beautify the city. folks in castro valley are angry tonight because a union representing grocery workers is blocking a store they would love to have in the community. laura anthony is live with the story tonight. laura? >> reporter: hi, dan. residents here see this half empty building behind me as a blight on their community so now they are circulating petitions, collecting hundreds of signatures trying to stop a local union from blocking a project they see as a major
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upgrade. >> these kind of tactics, in my opinion, do not show any integrity. >> reporter: sheryl says she and others in castro valley will not be deterred by what they believe are bullying tactics by the local grocery workers union to keep a non-union store from moving into their town. >> castro valley deserves it. we shouldn't be collateral damage in some kind of a union fight with a store. >> reporter: the would-be tenant is a sprouts store, a small grocer who features produce and bulk itemses, an arizona-based chain that hires non-union workers. after years of planning and approval, an 11th hour appeal was filed with alameda county, alleging the new store and the renovation of the rite aid on the existing footprint violates the california environmental equality act. the appeal was filed by cassandra hunter, a castro valley resident who also happens to be on the executive board of the united food and commercial workers local 5.
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>> i think we're going to work real hard on letting the u union know in a nice way that the community wants this to happen and would like to see them cooperate. >> reached on her cell phone, hunter hung up on us. the union and her san francisco attorney did not return our calls for comment. in the meantime, the sprouts project is on hold. in castro valley, laura anthony, abc 7 news. the sharks now one win away from the conference finals. tonight, the intense battle to get ready and the one thing team captain joe pavelski does not want to talk about. plus, facebook's embattled trending news feature. fighting wildfires with wild animals. the california department recruiting hundreds of goats. plus, how three baby owls were rescued in marin county. and "7 on your side" puts
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san ramon, san mateo and all the bay area. this is abc 7 news. >> joe pavelski, quick release. >> oh, it's make or breaker for the san jose sharks. they need to win tonight against the nationalville predators to stay alive in the play offs. chris nguyen is live at the sap center where the excitement and nervousness continues. >> reporter: it's getting excited. we're less than an hour away from face-off. if you look behind me, you can see that fans are starting to make their way into the arena here. and it's probably safe to say that all of them do not want this season to come it an end tonight. decked out in teal, sharks fans are downtown as the team gets ready for their big game against nashville.
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>> seven and we're in this. >> reporter: wayne garner calls himself the sharks number one fan. 'rived at sap center earlier today hours before anyone showed um. >> these guys have been working for this city so hard to get them a championship, and i think -- as a matter of fact, i know this is their year. >> reporter: tonight is game seven of round two in the stanley cup playoffs. the sharks hoept to avoid a repeat of 2014 when they foal the l.a. kings in the first round. >> we weren't good nif enough in game 1i78. the effort wasn't good enough. very to be sharper and better. >> everybody's got to do their part. we've got to be ready to go tonight. and contribute as much as we can. >> reporter: the team's head coach says it's all about staying the course. >> we rely on our structure. we know what our good game looks like. we've got to bring that too to the rink. we didn't last game. i'm real confident we will tonight. >> reporter: downtown restaurants say business has been booming throughout the playoffs. they're hopeful the team's success doesn't end anytime soon. >> toptd is a big game. we twant to keep going. we want the cup finally. >> reporter: win or lose, these
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fans want the team to know how much they're appreciated. >> last year this time we weren't even this far. we didn't even make the playoffs. so there's everything to be excited for right now. everything. >> reporter: puck drops at 6:00 tonight. san jose police are out here monitoring the traffic so if you have plans to travel through the area in the next hour or so, be prepared to face that traffic and give yourself some extra time. live tonight in san jose, i'm chris nguyen, abc 7 news. back to you. >> good advice, chris. thank you. tonight facebook is shedding more light on how it selects its trending stories it's being accuse of withholding conservative view points. facebook said its topics are invulnerable to bias. but in a lengthy post in afternoon, facebook amended that. it says algorithms first sift through possible stories and then a team of editors determine which topics show up on your facebook page. documents leaked to the guardian back that revelation.
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the british website says facebook should have been up-front all along saying algorithms play a small part and the company relies on methods. summer jobs program got -- abc 7 news was at the asian art museum as the area companies pledged to hire young adults eerng as temporary help or interns. the pledges range from as little as three hires to more than 500 per company. this is the fifth year of mayor ed lee's youth jobs plus initiative. >> it's not just a job at the mall. this is about putting young people on a career path so that they can do just that, achieve a career and ideally stay in san francisco and be contributors leading here. more than 150 companies signed up today. they will offer nearly 6,000 jobs total. young people between 14 and 24 years of age are eligible. more information is available at sf yuchblg jobs.com. >> well, people have been
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calling us with whale sightings in san francisco bay so we sent sky7 hd up into the air to see what we could find. sky 7 was near the golden gate bridge when these humpback whales kept breaking the surface this afternoon. great shot from sky7 hd. this is the second year in a row that whales are diverting into the bay as ne migrate northward from mexico. we got some great shots today. we appreciate the calls to tell us about it. marine biologists believe the whales are attracted by increased numbers of anchovies in the bay. three little owls rescued in marin county are back in their nests tonight. the owl eats had most likely fallen out of the nest during high winds. they were brought to wild care in san rafael. the baby birds were given a full checkup and returned to their parents. a new firefighter tonight in southern california is slowly but surely eating down the chance of a next big wildfire. ventura county set hundreds of goats free in simi valley hill sides this week in hopes the
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group will eat up acres of dry brush, potential fuel for wildfires. the goats will roam the hillsides for up to six weeks. fire departments here in the bay area have also used goats. >> they work. goat rtz hungry all the time. if you don't have a goat, a weed whacker is a good way to cut dry grass. >> 7 on your side's michael fin ji here to talk about that option. >> nice segue. >> we worked hard on that. >> you do a good job. "consumer reports" tested 60 and really found some good choices. "consumer reports" tests string trimmers to see how they handle all sorts of tasks from whacking through tall grass and weeds to edging walk ways and paths. we looked at three types of trimmers. traditional, gasoline powered, corded electric, and batteryƱi powered. >> gasoline trimmers have been popular for a long time because they're powerful. they can go anywhere.
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and they run for a long time. >> "consumer reports" named several best buys including this $130. it has a straight shaft which is ideal for reaching under bushes, plus it makes quick work of tall grasses and weeds. this year for the first time "consumer reports" found several battery-powered trimmers that performed just as well as gas trimmers. it's top rated as this ego for $180. >> this trimmer is well balanced, has a nice long reach, and enough power to handle any situation, and you don't have to worry about the hass emof mixing owl and gasoline. >> just keep in mind the battery lasts about 25 minz and takes about 40 minutes to recharge. "consumer reports" says for a smaller yard and job, a corded electric may be all you need. >> all corded electric units are limited to the length of the electric cord but they're a good
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cost effective alternative for smaller jobs. look for ones that have twin cutting strings. you'll get the job done faster. >> the best of the bunch is the $190 riobe. be sure to change the cutting string at the start of each season. "consumer reports" says be sure to buy the right string size for your trimmer. a line will reduce power, too thick may slow down the engine or motor. let me remind you tonight at 11:00 we'll be talking about when to change your oil. we took a single model car arrange to a bunch of places to see what we'd hear. >> very prize surprising the results. let's go back outside and talk about the gorgeous weather as we want to enjoy the weather. >> you like sunshine and warmth, do you? a lot of people do, sandhya. >> that's right. we got the sunshine and warmth inland today, kristen and dan. but toward the weekend we'll notice changes. the sun that you see behind me will fade as some clouds come in and we cool it down. live doppler 7 hd right now
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showing you lingering fog near the coast, although some spots near the coast actually briefly saw the sun today. take a look at quickly what is going on with our ocean in the equatorial pacific. they're cooling so the latest from the national ocean nan ick and atmospheric administration is el nino will fade away by summer and as we head toward fall/winter, la nina, a 75% chance they're saying, will worm. and that means, what does na mean for your rainfall? anybody's guess. equal chances for a dry or wet winter. there is no guarantee at this point because it's too early. we don't know what the strength of the la nina will be. we'll be monitoring that for you. san jose camera showing you sunshine right now, temperatures in the upper 50s, around san francisco, mid-50s in half moon bay. but mid-60s oakland, mountain view, san jose, a mild 70 degrees. here's what you'll be seeing more of, the marine later and breezy conditions toward the weekend. 68 santa rosa napa know straut
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toe 76 in livermore. a lovely view from our east bay hills camera of the low clouds. cloudy morning with patchy drizzle, cooler days through the weekend and sprink els or drizzle is expected early saturday as a system passes across northern portions of california. tomorrow morning, expect the overcast skies and spot wri drizzle. here's what's going to happen. the gray may morning will actually give way to sunshine inland by 11:00 a.m. along the coastline don't expect much sun. but it is going to be a cooler friday afternoon. our range will be in the 50s along the coast to the 70s inland for your friday. here's your 12-hour day planner. tomorrow morning starting out with the gray, 50s at 7:00 a.m., noontime we start to see the clearing inner land. by 4:00 p.m., it's in the upper 50s to the mid-60s and it cools down as the clouds return again in our inland areas by evening. highs for your friday, 72 degrees in the south bay and san jose, 70 in sunnyvale on the peninsula and mountain view, 68
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in redwood city. 65 in san mateo, 57 pacifica. you'll need a sweater or jacket along the coastline. downtown san francisco 60, north bay upper 60s for vallejo, na vaught co-santa rosa, calistoga, 66 in san rafael, east bay and oakland 68 union city, 70 in castro valley. inland areas you'll be mild. it will be perfect, just not as warm as today. 73 fairfield, livermore 72, walnut creek. a look at the accuweather seven day forecast, up other 50s to mid-50s, morning drizzle on saturday. breezy sunday, not much change. but since dan likes the warm weather we're warming it up for you dan. mid-60s to mid-80s tuesday and wednesday. dan and kristen back to you. we have something for everyone here in the accuweather seven-day forecast. >> great. >> feel free to tip your meteorologist. part origami, part robot. the new device to retreat other
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devices you accidentally swallow. at 5:30 on "world news with david muir" -- >> coming up, two officers just suspended after taking down a suspect. was it excessive force? you'll see it. george zimmerman's gun used to kill trayvon martin he's auctioning it for money. if something says made in america does it really mean it? what we found, next. >> david, thanks very much. and slower than the swipe. new at 6:00, 7 on your side's michael finney looks at the advancements with the new chip credit cards making them faster an
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thank you so much. did you say honey? hey, try some? mmm that is tasty. is it real? of course... are you? nope animated you know i'm always looking for real honey for honey nut cheerios well you've come to the right place. great, mind if i have another taste? not at all mmm you're all right bud? never better i don't know if he likes that. yeah part of the complete breakfast oracle larry. establish a new center in west los angeles away from the school's main downtown campus. oracle is based on the peninsula in redwood shores. ellison is a college dropout but will deliver the school's commencement speech tomorrow. he's done pretty well anyway. google tonight is out with
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what it's call willing aing a better way to text on your iphone. the g-board allows you to seamlessly integrate google's searching, addresses and much more into texts without having to hit "copy and paste." which can be cumbersome. it also supports swipe texting so you can slide your finger from letter to letter to string words together quick limit you can download the app in the ios store, google is working on the same app for android. every year more than 3500 button-sized batteries are swallowed in the u.s. posing a serious health risk. a team of scientists now saying they can remove them without surgery by using a tiny magnetic robot. it works like this. the robot is swallowed inside an ice cube, then unfolds when it reaches the stomach. it's len guided to the battery using an external magnetic field and once it's attached, it's maneuvered to the digest ick track and passed. scientists hope to eventually use the technology to patch internal wounds and deliver
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medicine. nanotechnology for you. here's a story that's really hard to swallow, though. a prisoner in ireland underwent emergency surgery to remove a cell phone from his stomach. this is the x-ray that 29-year-old man told doctors he swallowed it. at first doctors tried to remove the phone by pauling it up through his asoph guls. that didn't work. they waited 18 hours to see if he'd pass it. that didn't happen. so they went ahead with the surgery. doctors say the inmate is recovering nicely under the circumstances. how do you swallow a phone? >> that's hard to imagine. wow. it is a dubs fans chance to feel like an mvp. >> where you can go to get an
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i'm ama daetz. coming up new at 6, questioning a police department's big award. >> to think this is the officer of the year?
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it's an insult. >> tonight an attorney attacks the vallejo pd's choice for its top honor. he callses it a slap in the face. you'll see how google is helping evacuees to see this if their homes survived the massive wildfire in canada from thousands of miles away. all that and more at 6. tomorrow dubs fans will get the chance to feel like the star of the game. >> you'll be able to take a picture next to steph curry's two mvp trophies. they'll go on display at the warriors team store at oracle arena 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. >> of course steph won this award unanimously and of course received the most votes last year as well. new playoff gear also goes on sale at the store tomorrow, by the way. you can be the star of the team. >> i was thinking of waiting until he gets three. then i'll take my picture with it. >> it could happen. >> "world news with david muir" is coming up next. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm dan ashley. we appreciate your time and we'll see you again in half an hour. >> bye-bye.
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tonight, the high stakes meeting. who's the boss? donald trump or paul ryan? new details coming in from inside their face-to-face meeting. what both said afterward. plus trump tonight, and what he's now saying about his proposed muslim ban. late today, the two officers now suspended after this moment. a chase, the driver crawling out of the car. and what happened next. was it excessive force? outrage tonight. george zimmerman now selling the gun he used to kill trayvon martin. just a short time ago, putting it back on the auction block. breaking developments about the two boys lost at sea and that iphone found on their boat. and the new statement just in tonight from joan rivers' daughter about her mother's death.

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