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months about a possible child molester. >> timothy nguyen has been fired for sending explicit text messages to teen members. he was arrested last week. >> abc7 news reporter david louis has new details live in san jose. >> reporter: kristen and eric, timothy nguyen has been an assistant coach at san jose's pioneer high school for the past three years. but he was released from that job after his arrest last week for alleged misconduct involving three minors at a private swim team. however, there have been no allegations arising from his work at the high school. parents tell abc7 news they had no idea why 25-year-old assistant coach timothy nguyen abruptly left the quick silver swim team earlier this career but we have learned the reason was a closely guarded secret. our source, a veteran swim coach two months before his alleged misconduct was reported to san jose police.
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>> there was a coach who had been fired for inappropriate sexual contact and actions with minors on the team. and they were instructed to keep their mouths shut and -- but if they had information to go to the police. >> reporter: such conduct is supposed to be reported to swimming's governing bodies, including the u.s. center for swim sport. when she tried to report it, she got no response. >> the protection of the olympic brand and the winning of gold medals and a crystal clean image, and i think they see the victims as collateral damage. >> i'm convinced that they have not taken this seriously whatsoever. they have no intention to do so. >> reporter: robert is a san jose attorney who has represented past substance abuse victims in swimming. usa swimming confirmed it was aware of nguyen's arrest. safety sport would not comment. "the center does not comment on
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reports or active matter because we don't want to compromise the integrity of our investigations or the confidentiality of anyone reporting." in san jose, kaifd louie, abc7 news. a 16-year-old boy faces charges tonight of stealing a disabled student's motorized wheelchair in the north bay. officers in windsor arrested the boy today and expect to make more arrests. the wheelchair costs about $5,000 and was found abandoned near windsor high school. a surveillance camera captured the theft inside a classroom earlier this month. the wheelchair has been returned to its owner but it suffered hundreds of dollars in damage. a popular east bay swimming hole is shut down again because of toxic blue-green algae. warning signs went up around the lake in the oakland hills yesterday. abc7 news reporter leslie brinkley is there live with the dangers and the possible solution. >> reporter: you really can't tell anything from looking at the water. it's a gorgeous day here at lake
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temescal but the beach is completely empty and roped off. that's because the water tested positive for a blue algae and the warning signs, as you said, have already gone up. tito and reggie can't play in the water anymore at lake temescal in the oakland hills despite the rains and the runoff this year, another blue-green algae bloom is releasing toxins in the warm, stagnant water. >> all right. here we go. >> reporter: toxins that can kill dogs and can cause severe gastrointestinal illness in people. >> again, the water, i mean, is just something that we just don't do anymore. we don't go to the beach because there have been so many problems in the past few years. >> there's toxic algae and it can make you sick. >> reporter: so you can't go swimming. >> yeah. >> reporter: 100 kids at this summer day camp were disappointed that their summer afternoon swimming plans at the beach are canceled indefinitely. >> everybody was really excited yesterday and they were actually all in the water yesterday when
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the rangers came over and put up the tape and said that we wouldn't be swimming for probably the rest of the summer. >> when we found toxins above certain limits, we decided to close the beach to protect the people. >> reporter: so like quarry lakes in fremont, lake temescal is off limits. >> i mean, that's mother nature, i guess. i don't know if there's anything that can do to alleviate it or not. >> reporter: actually, there is something the east bay regional parks district is going to try. >> at the end of this week or early next week, we might be using a product to destroy blue-green algae cells. it's like hydrogen peroxide. >> reporter: if it works, this beach could reopen in a few weeks. if the bloom continues, it could be closed all summer just like it was last year. at lake temescal, i'm leslie brinkley, abc7 news. three masked robbers are wanted for holding up a bank in walnut creek. police say the three men robbed the bank at gunpoint and sped
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away in a stolen pickup truck. officers found that truck but they're asking for information to help track down the robbers. the search is on for a pair of robbers who beat a man with a hammer and stole his ukelele. the crime happened sunday morning. one of the robbers start add conversation with the victim. a second man attack him with a hammer. they took the victim's ukelele, his cell phone and backpack. firefighters in marin county are working to contain a wild fire. it started around 10:30 this morning near kent lake. abc7 news reporter wayne freedman is live in marin county. wayne, firefighters had a tough time reaching the fire? >> reporter: they've had a real tough time. we're 38 acres. it doesn't appear as if this fire is going to burn anymore. it's on the ridge over there behind me and yes, very difficult to get to, so tough that we couldn't get up there, so tough, in fact, that two fire
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trucks suffered blown tires on these roads getting to this in the lineage of california wildland fires what they now call the pine fire will not go down in the history books as being anything memorable. it began above wood acre at 10:30 this morning, beneath power lines that probably sparked, a fairly common cause. >> typically wind. the wind will be blowing hard enough and we looked at our remote automated weather system this morning after the fire ignited and we had strong gusts all night and into the morning. and that often can cause the wires to slap. >> reporter: marin county deputy fire chief mark brown told us his agency went all out at the fire early with helicopters and tankers. he's thankful that what happened today did not occur during last week's triple digit heat wave. >> we would still be feet fighting that fire actively, probably at 500 acres. >> reporter: the underlying threat, much of marin county has not burned in 50 to 60 years and in that time, residents have
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built thousands of homes surrounded by decades' worth of unburned fuel in dried grass now one year after a drought. add some winds, drop some homes in the way, we could have had a different outcome. >> there's a lot of fuel. it's been a long time since we had large fires and if you take those same froonts of those large fires we've had in the past and put them in the same spot and compare the numbers of homes that were there to now, it's no comparison. we would have hundreds if not thousands of homes in the way of the fire. >> reporter: those are sobering thoughts at the beginning of what may be a long fire season. east bay firefighters have joined the battle against a wild fire on the central coast that fire led to the mandatory evacuation of about 100 homes. cal fire tweeted this video and alameda county strike team left today to help contain the flames. crews say they made significant gains due to high humidity and a dip in temperatures overnight. that fire started yesterday and
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has burned about 1500 acres. it's only about 40% contained. the fourth of july is just one week away and authorities in newark are cracking down on the sale of illegal fireworks. this 21-year-old is accused of possessing dangerous fireworks, advertising them and selling them. they was booked at the santa rita jail today. newark police responded to a craigslist ad following neighborhood complaints. an officer posing as a buyer went to the suspect's home and bought several explosive items. a follow-up search uncovered more than 350 pounds of illegal fireworks valued at several thousand dollars. the alameda county sheriff's office bomb squad responded to collect the explosives. >> the people that we're concerned about are the ones that are bringing in big shipments and then distributing it within their communities. so those are the folks that we're interested in. >> newark allows so-called safe and sane fireworks, but many bay area cities have a total ban. a san jose woman faces
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dozens of years in prison for stealing the identities of homeless people and filing false tax returns. 70-year-old diep vo pleaded guilty yesterday. officials say she duped homeless people into giving their names and social security numbers by telling them she could get them money from the government. vo and a co-conspirator filed the false tax returns with the irs. the woman with too many birds. neighbors don't like them and neither do authorities. the ultimatum handed down today that could be very difficult to carry out. security cameras on b.a.r.t., the transit agency gets serious about making them work. do air ambulances take patients for financial ride? if it's too cool for you today, just wait. we have a warm-up on the way. i'll
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now an update to a story we first told you about earlier this month. today, three alameda county agencies inspected a home that houses hundreds of tropical birds in the backyard. investigators say they've never seen anything like it. abc7 news reporter is live in castro valley with what they found. >> reporter: well, for starters, they found that the owner had reduced a number of birds in half and that's a good thing but it's not enough. those droppings are still attracting flies and the noise level is still bothering neighbors. >> the sheriff's office for animal control. >> reporter: shortly after midday, the owner of this house on jensen road opened her gates to animal care and other alameda county city officials. their mission was to see just how many birds she has and to examine their condition. sergeant ray kelly is with the sheriff's office. >> our animal services experts seemed to say the birds are being adequately cared for and maintained and fed.
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>> reporter: several weeks ago, the sheriff's office began investigating the home at the request of neighbors who complained about the stench. flies and the noise. this is sky7 video of where they were kept, more than 500 birds. today, we confirmed that half of those birds have been either given away or sold. empty cages and equipment were found at the front of the home. vector control inspectors were part of the team that went in today. the droppings have been attracting flies and other insects. the planning and zoning code enforcement department says because of its zoning laws, the owner can only have up to 50 birds. >> they want to comply with their county codes, but to get there is another issue. so, we're trying to let them know exactly what the violations are so they can comply with them. >> reporter: in order to comply, the owner has to get rid of another 200 birds and has 30 days to do it. >> and at the conclusion of that 30 days, we'd like to come back and make sure you have 50 birds, which we hope she will, because
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in good faith, she's kplaed this far. >> reporter: last week, the owner was cited by fish and wildlife for selling several illegal pets, which did not include birds. in castro valley, lyanne melendez, abc7 news. b.a.r.t. riders who have been eyeing the security cameras on their trains and wondering if they're real can now rest assured however, last week, those cameras might not have been working. it was over a year ago that abc7 news reported that many cameras were fake decoys. b.a.r.t. promised real cameras would be installed and this week, they're fitting the last train in the project with its real security cameras. a brand-new courthouse hoped today in alameda county with very little fanfare. instead, the east county courthouse is already facing trials of its own. the public defender is among those critical of plans to hold criminal arraignments only at the new dublin facility. that could make it harder infer
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relatives to be present. the presiding judge claims family members usually don't attend arraignments. the minimum wage is going up on saturday in many bay area cities, but some are questioning whether the increase is really helping low wage workers. today, community activists handed out flyers on san francisco's market street to inform workers about the increase starting july 1, the minimum wage will go up to $14 an hour in san francisco and $12 in san jose and san leandro. activists say they'll double their efforts. >> you see many restaurant workers, many domestic workers and many drivers that aren't being paid properly or given proper access to meal or rest breaks or overtime. >> a university of washington study that looked at seattle's increase had an ominous result. it found that after the wage hike took effect, workers logged 9% fewer hours and earned $125 less each month. a new report is raising
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questions about the necessity of air ambulances and their high-flying costs. >> "7 on your side's" michael finney is here with more on that story. >> as you guys know, you report it all the time, emergencies sometimes mean using an air ambulance or medical helicopter, but a consumer reports investigation reveals a spike in patient complaints after getting saddled with thousands of dollars in surprise balance bills. and what's more troubling in many cases, those helicopters might not even be necessary. now, i've got to give you a warning. some of the following images may be disturbing. it's a call no parent wants to get, jenny stout's daughter was badly burned in their backyard. >> i could hear ashland in the background just screaming, and i knew right then i was like, oh, this is a lot worse than it sounds. >> reporter: paramedics rushed to the scene, the nearest burn center was 40 miles away so they decided she should be taken by air ambulance. >> there are four paramedics standing in your bathroom saying
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we're going to fly, this is what's going to happen, you just go, okay. >> reporter: ashland made a full recovery, and the stouts insurer covered the hospital bills. but two months later, they received a bill from the air ambulance company saying they owed over $18,000. >> in a true medical emergency, if you call a ground ambulance, your insurance company is likely to pay most of the cost. but insurance companies say air ambulances charge such huge bills, they're only willing to pay a fraction of the cost. and that means you the consumer are stuck paying the rest of the bill. >> reporter: and that cost can be high. consumer report says the arch bill for medical helicopters is more than $30,000. even more shocking, consumer reports find many people taken by air ambulance could have been safely driven to the hospital in a ground ambulance in the same amount of time or even quicker. >> this is so unfair for consumers, and an emergency situation, the last thing you're thinking about is how you're going to pay the bill for the transportation that takes you to the hospital. consumers often have absolutely
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no idea they're going to be on the hook for such a big bill. >> you have health insurance for a reason because when something catastrophic or life threatening happens, that that coverage is supposed to be there to help protect you financially. even with all of that in place, it just didn't. >> reporter: the stout family who spent four years challenging the bill which they say has hurt their credit. now, if you get stuck with a high ambulance bill, consumer report suggests you ask your insurance company to advocate on your behalf to challenge the bill directly with the air ambulance provider. to bolster your odds, file a formal complaint with the appropriate agency in your state government. dozens of earthquakes hit the headaclake tahoe region thi morning. s you can see the town of truckee. the largest one registering a magnitude of 3.9. no major damage or injuries reported. a recent study by the berkeley
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seismological laboratory finds more quakes are actually expected during the dry summer months as snow melts and water eventually evaporates fault lines in the sierra and coastal mountains can be triggered. hi there, everyone. you know it's breezy outside, and we're going to continue with that trend. the wind will remain up, about 20, 25 miles an hour and then as the night goes on, the winds will begin to subside. i do want to show you the wind is definitely playing a role in our weather. i want to show you live doppler 7 along with the low clouds that are just hanging tough near parts of the coast and that's one of the biggest reasons why we're not seeing the hot weather here in the bay area. we have a strong marine influence. that is is going to continue but it's going to weaken gradually over the next couple days and that will allow the temperatures to come up. right now, gusts out to the south, a good sea breeze coming through to 29 miles an hour, 23 in napa and here's a live look
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from our mount tamalpais camera. we have a healthy marine layer in place. san francisco, 60 degrees, oakland you're at 67, really mild in mountain view, san jose and gilroy from the 70s to the 80s. clouds at the top and bottom with the blue csky in between ad here are your temperatures. livermore, 73 degrees. no heat to speak of today. and another lovely view from our south beach camera. you can almost see those clouds just rushing back towards the city here so cloudy and breezy overnight tonight. gradual warming the next few days and we will have summer-like warmth by week's end. sunset tonight is going to be the latest of the year, tracking the sunset for you tonight. july 27, it will be 8:32 and it will get even earlier as we head towards august 27. enjoy a little more daylight tonight. to this evening. temperatures right now in the 50s. tomorrow morning cloudy skies expected and there will be
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spotty drizzle for your morning commute and this is the hour-by-hour planner. patchy drizzle giving way at noontime. upper 50s coast side and then once that sun goes down, the temperatures will begin to fall. he here's your hour-by-hour forecast. clouds are with us at the coast pushing over the bay as we head toward tomorrow morning's commute. between 5:00 and 8:00 a.m. is your best opportunity for seeing a little bit of drizzle out there and then as we head toward the afternoon hours, most of the bayside and inland areas will be out of the cloud cover. temperatures tomorrow, 60s at the baechds beaches, the breeze will still be going although it will be little weaker than today, allowing those temperatures to come up a few degrees. nice and mild for your wednesday. here's a look at the accuweather 7 day forecast. temperatures upper 50s to the mid 80s tomorrow. bump you up a few degrees by the end of the workweek by friday through sunday.
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we're going to go low 90s inland and then as we head toward early next week, fourth of july looking pleasant, cool at the beaches like we expect and mild inland on tuesday. obviously you can download the accuweather app and keep track of the temperature swings that are ahead. eric and kristen. >> thanks. >> that's perfection. thank you. how about this one. beach ban. the one thing you may not be able to do along the coast unless you have a permit from the california film commission. that's next. at 5:30 on world news with tom. >> health are collapse in the senate, what president trump just told republicans at the white house. plus the global cyber attack first sweeping europe, now hitting the u.s., what's being targeted and the subway meltdown here in new york. new at 6:00, in light of today's worldwide cyber attack, learn how to protect your computer's data from hacking, r ransom ware and just a regular
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crash. the new accuweather app from abc7 news. minute by minute forecasts plus realtime radar and alerts. keeping
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the san francisco company square is well known for providing payment processing to small businesses. now, it wants to work with consumers. according to the "wall street journal," square is now telling some of its business clients that it's willing to offer credit to the clients' customers. this following the company's launch of a consumer-oriented credit card. pandora is confirming that its cofounder and ceo is officially out in a company shake-up. pandora is a music streaming company based in oakland. he took over last year. he's also leaving the board of the company. pandora also announces it's ending operations in australia and new zealand, meaning it now only exists in the u.s. pandora has struggled to raise money through advertisements. it recently received a
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$480 million investment from sirius xm. today, governor brown signed a $125 billion state budget with increased funding for education and social services. it includes 3 billion more for k-12 schools and community colleges. those on medical will get approved coverage and the budget expands tax credit for the working poor. a bill to ban smoking has cleared another hurdle. bay area assemblyman mark levine authored ab 75. he says it will protect people who want to enjoy state beaches and parks without being exposed to secondhand smoke. violators would face fines of $250 for each infringement. >> secondhand smoke can be as dangerous outdoors as it is indoors and of course wildlife can pick up this cigarettes that have been dropped on the ground, that's toxic, and cancer causing just like secondhand smoke is. >> the ban has an exemption for those filming with a permit
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the california film commission. if it passes the full senate, it will go to the governor's desk for signature. still ahead, walking a line in the sky. the hobby that is defini
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that a report shows evidence of racial disparities in the way criminal suspects are treated in san francisco. and remember this lost tortoise? her owner has been found and it's only the tip of today's follow-up story. that's only on abc7. >> thank you. finally tonight, depending on how you feel about heights, the next video will either make you amazed or queasy. it's not for the faint-hearted. >> uh-uh. take a look. whoa. this is the turkish high-lining team, setting the talent, the tallest high-line world record last month at just under, oh, a mere 4,000 feet aboveground. after the accomplishment, the team decided to have some fun on the ropes. >> that's snun wefun? it's an extreme sport in which athletes traverse a narrow springy rope suspended high above the ground. it takes an extreme amount of balance, brooavery and a paid-u
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insurance policy. >> no net, no problem. >> we'll see you at 6:00. tonight, several breaking stories as we come on the air. health care collapse in the senate. republicans delay voting on their own health care bill. what the president just told senators at the white house. plus, president trump threatening to attack syria. accusing them of a new plot to use chemical weapons on civilians. subway meltdown. a train derailing the nation's busiest subway system. hundreds of passengers forced to escape through dangerous tunnels. also breaking tonight, the global cyberattack. first sweeping europe. now hitting the u.s. power plants, banks and hospital computer systems infected. brian ross standing by. and the fiery crash shutting down an american highway. the semi truck slamming into a bridge, exploding into smoke and flames. what we have just learned.


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