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mount eden road near the winery, which is a well-known concert venue. the fire department is posting updates on twitter saying up to ten acres have burned. >> another look at the fire from sky 7 live. as you can see, very smoky blaze, of course. we'll be sending breaking news updates on this fire with the abc 7 news app all afternoon and into the evening. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. thank you for joining us. to our other top story. more problems tonight at two santa clara county jails. inmate families claim beatings of prisoners continue while we're hearing for the first time that attacks on jail employees are on the rise. >> abc 7 news reporter david louie is live at the county's elmwood correction facility with more on what may be behind this trend. david? >> reporter: well, dan and ama, we were contacted by the family and friends of an inmate who complained of an alleged beating that happened here last week. we have not been able to verify the facts of that case. but we have learned that a
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growing number of inmates are actually defying the orders of correctional officers, putting those officers at high risk. and two of those major incidents have occurred just in the past five days. the first incident last week happened here at the low security elmwood facility. an inmate told his family that a correctional deputy severely beat 23-year-old aaron stewart in the head. stewart is in jail facing charges of kidnap, burglary and auto theft. in an interview you'll see only on abc 7 news, correctional officers union president, amy, said the deputy was the victim. >> when the officer tried to apply the handcuffs, he turned around and fought with the officer. and because the officer was small stature, this inmate was able to get this officer in a choke hold. choking him, he's almost out of breath. >> reporter: besides being the union president, she's also a lieutenant with 28 years in the sheriff's office, almost all of that time assigned to the main jail. she said since the conviction of three dep pass for the death of
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an inmate this year, inmates are getting bolder. >> when you get an order to lock down, you need to respond. >> reporter: on saturday a correctional deputy was sucker punched by an inmate in the rye eye. another example amy gives on assaults on deputies and jail staff. the deputy will need surgery to save his sight. >> that was really tough. really tough. we go to work, we try to do our job the best that we can. and to have an inmate attack you like that, just very disheartening. >> reporter: both incidents were captured on surveillance cameras. but the video cannot be released, and that leaves the public with an incomplete picture of what happened. david louie, abc 7 news. new at 5:00, we're learning more about a san jose man who drowned over the weekend while trying to save his son in a morgan hill pond. we're joined live from morgan
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hill, to hear what happened and if there are any warning signs in the area. janine? >> reporter: just past this gate is coyote creek. now, there is a sign here that says no swimming or wading. but at another entrance, we couldn't find a clear warning sign. and that's where the drowning happened. it was peaceful today at this spot along coyote creek where the water flows into a pond. but sunday afternoon it was chaotic. >> we were scared. we didn't know what was going on. little disbelief. praying. praying that everybody was okay. >> reporter: but it was not okay. four adults and eight children were playing in the water. it looks calm but some of the kids were caught in a current and pushed into a deeper part of the water. >> some of the kids became in distress. one kid about 4, 5, his father jumped in the water to save him, was able to hand the child off to another adult to get him to safety. unfortunately the father went under and was not seen again.
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>> reporter: they recovered the man's body several hours later, about 15 feet underwater 30 yards from the shore. the coroner identified him as 35-year-old garcia of san jose, a go fund me page has been set up to raise money for the father who died rescuing his son. >> pretty hard. hard to believe what happened so quick. >> reporter: ramone gonzalez works on the ranch near the creeks. he said the kids had just finished riding horses and then left to go swim. the staff there is grieving. >> this is their place. this is their happy place. they love these animals. and this is their time with their dad. he would bring them out all the time. he was a good guy. you could just tell he really loved his kids. >> reporter: at the trail entrance where the family entered, we found this rusty faded sign. upon a closer look you can barely make out that it used to read, no swimming. now, we called santa clara county because it appears this is county land. we wanted to find out if the county was going to take any
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action, or replace the signs. but county officials have not gotten back to us. reporting live from morgan hill, janine de lavega, abc 7 news. tributes for the university of san francisco professor killed in a plane crash last week. family, friends and colleagues attended a memorial service at the norris theater for william goldman. the 38-year-old died last thursday when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed in sonoma, injuring his two children and their nanny. goldman was a professor of international studies at usf. his grandparents started the reunion renowned goldman environmental prize. san francisco police are investigating the murder of a movie location scout at one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. a 71-year-old man was shot and killed this weekend at the twin peaks lookout. police say tonight that they're looking for a man and a woman in connection with this case. abc 7 news reporter wayne
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freedman is live at twin peaks with the latest. >> reporter: good afternoon, dan. twin peaks is certaily one of those places tourists visit 4/7, because it's on the tourist map they feel safe here. but maybe they shouldn't. san francisco police did give us a vague description of their suspects. a male and a female who they say stole a camera from a 71-year-old victim and fled in a gray honda accord. it happened in one of the world's most photographed tourist attractions, one that neighbors say is not as friendly as it used to be. >> every day i've been coming up here, more glass broken, even after they resurfaced everything. the next day, almost every spot had broken glass. >> reporter: 71-year-old san franciscan edward french died yesterday after being robbed of his camera and shot one time in the upper body according to san francisco police. a jogger heard the shots, saw the suspects running away. >> a marked unit in the area
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actually was driving through, and noticed that the jogger was conducting cpr. they immediately rendered aid, called for an ambulance and that victim was then transported to the hospital where he passed away from his injury. >> reporter: edward french was a film and commercial location scout, the long established dean of them friends told us today. they're concerned he might have been working at the time just before 8:00 a.m. read the post-it signs, this has not been the safest of places recently. >> i've lived here 50 years. we haven't had the break-ins, never like we've had in the last few years. >> reporter: nor was this the first murder here. last year on valentine's day, this overlook was the scene of a triple shooting that killed two santa rosa residents. in response, san francisco police have increased their presence on twin peaks. they're hoping one of the many security cameras here captured yesterday morning's shooting and might provide evidence. meantime, ed french's family is not talking about their loss today.
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they're keeping to themselves. from twin peaks in san francisco, wayne freedman, abc 7 news. tonight an amber alert suspect is in custody. police say they detained raymond randy gutierrez, accused of stealing a white honda accord with a child in the back seat. shortly after the amber alert, the man dropped off the baby boy in a park in san jose. a witness tells abc 7 she recognized gutierrez. he broke into a van and stole a scooter before driving away. the baby is okay and back with his family. the woman suspected of using counterfeit money to cheat a high school bake sale is now in custody. police arrested 41-year-old michelle cruz in the garage of her house on sunday. the images are from july 10th in front of oliver's market. that's where a rancho high school students were selling baked goods to raise money for their music program.
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investigators say cruz bought several items and paid with a fake $100 bill. cruz, whose criminal record stretches back 23 years police say, will be arraigned tomorrow to hear the formal charges against her in sonoma county superior court. federal investigators are now questioning air traffic controllers involved in that close call of an air canada jet at san francisco international airport. ntsb investigators began interviewing controllers yesterday and will continue the process for the next three days. a preliminary report found the flight's altitude was below 100 feet. a previous figure put the jet above 100 feet as it flew right over a united plane holding on a taxiway below. in the east bay repairs are finally beginning on a huge sinkhole. the failure did not happen in last winter's heavy rains as you might expect, but the year before. that's how long it's taken the cash-strapped town to secure the millions of dollars needed to fix it. abc 7 news reporter laura anthony is live tonight. it's about time, laura.
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>> reporter: hi, dan. part of the delay here is the city of moraga had to wait for the federal government to kick in money to help pay for these repairs. they are finally under way here. still, this giant pit and a storm-damaged bridge have put this town in a bit of a hole financially. shown here, from drone view 7, a large sinkhole that's been the centerpiece of downtown moraga for nearly a year and a half will finally be repaired. >> we're finally there after a lengthy process. >> reporter: edward is the public works director, anxious to get started on a project that sat mostly idle since a large culvert here failed during days of heavy rain in march of 2016. >> the first step, of course, is mobilization. that means they're getting all of their equipment, all of their vehicles and materials on site. they're putting up all the detour signs. >> reporter: this isn't their only big problem. just a few miles away, on the other side of town, there's this, a bridge on canyon road
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damaged by a landslide this past winter. a temporary bridge here will cost more than $2 million. last week, the high cost of moraga's major infrastructure repairs pushed the town council to declare an emergency. >> you don't have any money to fix it. they'll have to raise -- increase some taxes to pay for this sort of thing. >> reporter: city leaders are looking for other funding options, perhaps a ballot measure to pay millions to other storm drains in town. in the meantime, residents here will have to maneuver their way around yet another road closure. this section, next to the sinkhole, will be closed for at least three months. in moraga, laura anthony, abc 7 news. a vandalized water tank in novato is back in business. thousands of gallons of water had to be dumped after someone broke into the tank off wild horse valley drive eight days ago. officials did not want to take a
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chance the water might be contaminated. however, tests turned out negative. crews finished draining the tank last week and put it back online just today. much more ahead on abc 7 news at 5:00. judgment day for the climate change program. governor brown warning of dire consequences if key legislation isn't passed. it's a fundamental risk to civilization. >> we're all doomed. according to elon musk at least. i'm "7 on your side's" michael finney. a plea to amtrak, keep the legroom. there's a backlash against a recent proposal. building a window into your brain. the big grant headed to uc
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>> right now, california governor jerry brown's
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controversial cap and trade legislation is facing a crucial vote in the state legislature. >> brown is warning of dire climate change consequences if the measure goes down. abc 7 news reporter carolyn tyler is in the newsroom with the details. >> the senate began debate late this afternoon on the legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. it will then head to the assembly, two-thirds of the state's lawmakers, a super majority, must approve the package for it to pass. california governor jerry brown is pressuring lawmakers to extend the state's cap and trade program, to the year 2030. right now, it's set to expire in 2020. the program requires polluters like refineries to pay to offset their emissions. a companion bill calls for tougher air quality regulations. today a handful of environmental activists rallied at the state capital against both measures. they consider the cap and trade package a gift to big oil. and one local group says the new
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proposals could bring expansion of the industry, with devastating impacts for low-income residents who live nearby. >> we live right next to the refinery, next to oil drilling. we know this bill is not going to support our communities, and is going to keep endangering our lives. >> reporter: other opponents including some republican lawmakers worry setting limits would increase costs to the middle class. for example, with gas prices, or higher utility bills. concerns the governor has dismissed. >> i think we've hit a balance. >> reporter: he has supporters. more than 100 organizations, businesses, and nonprofits signed on to a letter today urging passage, saying the cap and trade bills reduce emissions, maintain market certainty, and increase economic vitality. the vote is expected before the end of the day. we are monitoring and we'll bring you the latest on abc 7 news at 6:00.
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in the newsroom, carolyn tyler, abc 7 news. >> carolyn, thank you. a tech pioneer has issued a stark warning about artificial intelligence. elon musk says ai is, quote, a fundamental risk to human civilization. >> i think we should be really concerned about ai, and i think we should -- ai is a rare case where i think we need to be proactive in regulation, instead of reactive. >> the ceo of spacex said one day robots will do things better than us. he made the comments at the national governor's association meeting in rhode island this past weekend. san francisco based children's clothing store jim boree cutting back on its online shopping. michael finney is here with them. >> they're fall like dominos. gymboree is closing, crazy 8 and
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jany and jack. the children's clothing store joins so many other clothing chains that filed for bankruptcy. gymboree has more than 1,200 stores, and 11,000 employees. here in the bay area, five gymboree stores, five crazy 8s and one dameian jack will close their doors. i have a link to the complete list online. check out to see if 9 one in your neighborhood is still open. you need a receipt for making donations. here's a work-around. give to your local coin star machine. the coin counters are known for replacing coins with dollar bills and gift cards. you can also make donations to charity through the machines. there is no cost. and a receipt is printed. i told you late last week that amtrak was considering following the airlines by jamming in more seats. well, there's already been pushback. senator charles schumer is
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asking amtrak to scrap the idea. the move would reduce legroom onboard its trains ruesulting i more rows of seats, more passengers and more money. schumer said amtrak should instead look at other ways to generate its revenue. i agree with that. >> tharngs michael. >> sure. your accuweather forecast. >> hey, if you haven't noticed the cooling in the inland areas today, you will notice it tomorrow. take a look at livermore, average high 88 degrees. you'll drop down to 87 today. it is definitely going to be cooler. temperatures will be within a few degrees until later on this week. over the weekend is when we're expecting the hot weather to return again. obviously was hot today, no doubt about it. at least inland. a few patches of fog forming right near the coast. and that will be changing as we head into the overnight hours. up to 21-degree drop in santa
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rosa, compared to 24 hours ago. you're definitely feeling it there. down 11 degrees in san jose. blue skies from the golden gate bridge camera right now. 64 in san francisco. 72 in oakland. really mild in san jose. 83 degrees. a great place to be, the santa cruz beach boardwalk. enjoying sunshine there. the rides, of course. 86 in santa rosa. 94 degrees in livermore. it is still hot in concord as well. from our abc 7 news exploratorium camera, here's a look at the forecast. fog expands along the coast overnight tonight. cooling continues tomorrow. we'll have the typical range of temperatures through friday. so here's the hour-by-hour forecast. 7:00 tonight. there will be fog right near the beaches. as we head into the wee hours of the morning, the fog will not only expand along the coast but push locally inland. tomorrow expect fog. could be a spotty mist or drizzle between 5:00 and 8:00 a.m. and then we'll see the fog peeling back towards the coastline for the afternoon
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hours. temperatures in the morning will range from the low 50s to the low 60s. for the afternoon, still going to be a warm one in the south bay with upper 80s from san jose to gilroy. 62 pacifica. breezy. lingering fog. same thing in daly city. 66 downtown san francisco. north bay low to mid-80s from napa to santa rosa. 69 in berkeley. 70 in oakland. 76 fremont. head inland, and you will notice we're out of the upper 90s to low 100s like we saw today. 86 in pleasanton. 88 in antioch. as we head toward wednesday, temperatures will come up a little bit. you'll see the low 90s inland, low 60s coastside. as we head into thursday, a wide range of temperatures from coast to inland. typical for this time of year with the steady pattern for friday. and you can download the
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accuweather app and keep track of the temperatures hour by hour, minute by minute. the forecast, cooling continues tomorrow. low 60s to the upper 80s for your tuesday. by wednesday, we go back up into the low 90s inland. not a lot of change along the coast or around the bay. then a little bit warmer towards week's end. by the weekend it is going to get hot again. inland areas in the mid to upper 90s. coastal spots in the low 60s. temperatures drop a few degrees on monday. dan and ama? >> thanks so much. next up, mysterious radio signal coming from a star relatively close to earth. it has scientists baffled. and not ruling out aliens. at 5:30 on "world news." the deadly police shooting. the bride who had just called 911 for help. nine members of a single family swept away. children as young as 2. two teens disappearing on a hiking trail. the new clue coming up. david, thanks very much. see you then.
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a strange sound in outer space has scientists curious and perplexed. an observatory in puerto rico picked up radio signals they believe are coming from a small red star. they don't match anything scientists would expect from the star. and they can't determine exactly what is causing that signal. they say it could be solar flares, radio interference or sound from an orbiting satellite. but those sources have never produced a signal like that before. astronomers don't think it's aliens, however. take a look. in a few years you might be able to book a room with an earth view. a group of m.i.t. students came up with the space hotel design. they recently won a
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the pod-like structures are inflatable rooms. the hotel would be commercial and the owner would rent space to nasa. grad students who helped come up with this design estimate it would cost $5 million for a two-week stay. and the hotel could be in operation in eight years. scientists at uc berkeley have received a $22 million federal grant to begin building a window into the brain. berkeley's job is to create an implant analysis tem that will allow researchers to activate brain neurons with light. the overall goal is to convert the electrochemical signals in the brain's neurons into the ones and zeros of digital language so we can literally talk with the brain. this has the potential to compensate for neurological damage by disease, eventually allowing the blind to see and the paralyzed to feel touch. next at 5:00, soaking up the
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california sun upside down. >> the special gathering
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coming up on news at 6:00, a dangerous problem explodes in san francisco. thousands of used syringes are turning up on the streets. tonight the search for solutions, including a program one leader thinks could work here. being a good neighbor, the piece of evidence turned in today that could help solve a
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home invasion robbery. the tests being conducted at one bay area b.a.r.t. station, to cut down on the number of paper tickets. all coming up in half an hour at 6:00. so many records to break. another one. a group in san francisco may break the world record for most people doing a hand stand at once. >> a group called hand stand tried to gather 400 people in delores park saturday. they wanted to break the world record set in belgium a decade ago. >> mission reports they believe they broke the record with 427 people. the group is sending the footage to the guinness world record folks for review. a california based designer is paying homage to his favorite fictional giant monster. >> the riverside man created this massive godzilla costume that weighs in at 150 pounds. the project which took more than a year to complete debuted this weekend at godzilla-fest in chicago. "world news tonight" with david muir is next.
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from all of us here, we appreciate your time. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the deadly police shooting. the bride-to-be shot and killed by police. she had called 911 for help. their body cameras were not on. tonight, the family outraged and what police are now saying. gone in an instant. nine members of a single family swept away. children as young as 2. president trump hoping to turn the page, but then tweeting about don junior's meeting with the russian lawyer himself. the health scare involving john mccain. what doctors have discovered and what this means for the senate's health care bill. two teenagers who disappeared on a hiking trail. what did one of their phones capture? and tonight, the sketch. they need your help. and o.j. simpson about to get his parole hearing. what we learned tonight and what are his chances of going free?

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