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a warehouse at march air force base in southern california. >> this is at end of a runway and he was able to parachute out safely. this happened around 3:15 and no one said whether someone was inside of that warehouse. >> the pilot is part of a national guard unit at that base. that pilot was the only person on theere is no ion yet whsedhe ashley. >> and i'm kristen zse. the u.c. berkeley student appeared in court an hour ago to formally learn of the charges he's facing for sexual assault. >> police announced his arrest today and say there could be more victims. abc7 news reporter lyanne melendez was in court and has the story. >> reporter: well here is what berkeley police are telling us. during this investigation they have learned that there may be more victims. but today they are saying no one else has come forward.
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now his attorney said wolff is a sophomore at cal and an excellent student with no criminal history. 20-year-old berkeley student finn wolff was arrested on may 14th for sexually assault assaulting two women. the first incident happened in november 2017 at his fraternity and his attorney he and his date had been drinking a lot. he added anything that occurred between them was consensual. >> he's an honorable person. he checks in with people when he's being romantic with them and make sure everything is consensual and appropriate. >> reporter: his fraternity was aware of the allegations and removed him from the chapter in december. police say in march of this year he assaulted another woman at his residence. >> in the cases, the victims were either punched or grabbed or bitten to subdue them. >> reporter: again his attorney said it was all consensual. his parents flew in from salt lake city once they found out he
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had been arrested. bail was set at $750,000. and he will be back in court on wednesday may 22nd to ask that that bail be reduced. now one of my colleagues spoke to the parents earlier and they say they are devastated and also said that their son had never ever had any other problems ever before. live in oakland, leeann mel mel -- mel mel, abc7 news. hang on to the umbrellas as you check out live doppler 7. we are still tracking some showers. so get into street level radar here. on the peninsula, we're seeing some light to moderate showers right around stevens canyon road. notice swiss creek lane. so definitely watch out for some downpours in the east bay. san ramon valley and danville and seeing those showers as well. and some moderate pockets around bay point, pittsburg and antioch
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west and tenth street. panning around to the north bay and you notice light showers around sonoma and napa road. it is a level one on the exclusive storm impact scale. through tonight scattered showers and still a light possibility of thunder. breezy with occasionally gusty winds and i want you to take -- to take you through time as we show you the showers through tonight at 7:00 p.m. still rain at 9:00 p.m. and this continues into 11:00 p.m. this storm with the amount of rain it brought will go down in the record books. i'll bell ba-- i'll be back wit more on that. >> and keep track of the weather conditions where you live with the abc7 news app. get up dates from the w monitor on the go whenever you wish. right now take a live look at the golden gate bridge. after years of discussion and some controversy, the suicide net for the bridge is finally started to take shape. >> now it is not on the span yet and won't be completed for a couple of years but we do have new details about the first sections that are being fabricated in richmond.
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>> abc7 news reporter laura anthony has the story. >> reporter: it doesn't look like much but it is expected to save hundreds of lives. people who might otherwise decide to take their lives by jumping off the golden gate bridge. the devastation is unimaginable, the gam boa family lost 18-year-old kyle to suicide in 2013. >> after all of the years to see and touch a net and a net that will actually save lives on the golden gate bridge is very emotional and surreal. >> reporter: the 300 foot sections are being fabricated at a plant in richmond. installation of the steel support already begun on the bridge in san francisco. >> you're talking about 1.7 miles on both sides of the bridge. you're talking about net system that -- 20 feet below. >> they will probably break a bone or two but will live to see another day. 90% of people that are unsuccessful in a suicide attempt never go on to try
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again. >> reporter: the system is similar to others installed on two dozen bridges around the world. the bridge opened in 1937. and within the first week there was a suicide. >> more than 1700 people have jumped to their deaths from the golden gate in the years since. >> reporter: for the hundreds of families who have lost loved ones to suicide on the golden gate bridge, this low-tech solution is extremely important. it means more families won't have to suffer like they have. >> people say they'll just go somewhere else and i hope they do. because most other methods are so less lethal and people have time to reflect on what they're doing and it call for help. >> reporter: in richmond, laura anthony, abc7 news. now if you or someone you love is struggling with suicidal thoughts, you could find your ally at abc7 news/take action with links to suicide prevention and other issues like bullying and domestic violence and school safety.
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in the south bay, a man accused ever plowing his car into a crowd of pedestrians in a sunnyvale crosswalk last month was in court today. 34-year-old isaiah peoples faces multiple counts of attempted murder. abc7 news reporter chris nguyen is on the story. >> reporter: questions remain over the motive behind this horrific crash in a sunnyvale crosswalk. isaiah joel peoples faces multiple charges including eight counts of attempted murder. prosecutors believe the army veteran was on the way to bible study when he plowed his toyota corolla into a crowd of people on sunnyvale. officials also say people's targeted some of the victims based on race and his belief they were of the muslim faith. he has not entered a plea and will now return to court at the end of the month. >> at that time we'll have a decision as to whether we're going to file additional charges in particular the hate crime charges that are -- that may or may not be alleged. >> reporter: family members are
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adamant that he suffered from ptsd and is not a racist but investigators are the department of public safety believe the crash was deliberate based on the lack of skid marks at the scene. people's attorney told abc7 news his client's mental state will be a critical factor in the case. we learned a 13-year-old girl is in critical condition. one adult is still hospitalized. six other victims have been released. in san jose, chris nguyen, abc7 news. court documents released today show a 43-year-old man confessed to killing three people in the bay area. stephon jefferson as was taken into custody after a shootout in nevada last month. he admitted to shooting a 57-year-old family member in oakland on the day of his arrest. he then drove to san francisco and shot 49-year-old laurent davis as he was taking out garbage. his third victim 43-year-old kelvin died. jefferson knew all three men and
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had different reasons for disliking them. at abc7news.com we put together this video incorporating police scanner traffic to give you a full play-by-play of the chase that eventually led to jefferson's arrest. nearly 600 teachers in union city will go on strike on monday after a breakdown in contract talks with the new haven unified school district. the new haven teachers association which represents them had demanded a 20% pay hike over two years. but brought that demand down to 10%. they also took the request for a 1500 yearly stipend off the table. the district counters with a 3% bonus the first year and a 1% salary increase the following year. >> we lost just from last year to this year over 300 students. so we're really getting hit with declining enrollment and we're funded based on the number of students we have in the buildings and so every year our revenue, the money from the state goes down and down. we're struggling financially. >> new haven unified school district teachers are the
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highest paid in alameda county. the strike will effect 11,000 students. well it is something bay area residents see over and again, cars broken into the street and in parking lot and parking structures. >> abc7 news is working to help build a better bay area as you know. and this week we're looking at ways to improve your safety. >> so what can you do to protect your vehicle? abc7 news anchor dion lim has some tips. >> breaking into a car can happen in an instant so here at able towing they've been kind to offer me a cinder block and junk car to test it out. it took just a second to gain access to your vehicle. joining me now is officer art montel with the chp to talk about some ways to keep yourself safe from a break-in like this. let's take a look inside of the car right now. what are some things that you would recommend people do to prevent a break-in. >> so when a crook is walking by they look for something of value. you want to lock your vehicle.
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the other thing would be make sure nothing of value is left visible. >> criminals aren't carrying around cinder blocks or sledgehammers. >> this has a spring-loaded thing that will break the window. so once you give it a try. and good thing thing you have gloves on because it will break the window easily. >> and this is a lot smaller than a cinder block. i just punch it like this. oh! >> even though we broke the side windows you say that drivers should be aware of the backseat as well. >> correct. so even though you put the stuff in the trunk thinking it is safe, then once they break the window they have access to being able to open the trunk. so you could always lock your glove compartment, a lot of cars will have the lock over there. or just don't leave anything in the vehicle. >> reporter: something you may not have heard of, oakland police tell me thieves will sometimes take a device, walk around your car and when they get a blew -- bluetooth signal know you have a device in the
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vehicle and target it. in the end every single law enforcement agency said the bottom line when it comes to keeping safe is using common sense. in redwood city, i'm dion lim, abc7 news. good tips. now changes are coming to the s.a.t. we'll explain the new adversity score that will let colleges know about students socioeconomic backgrounds. receiving robocalls can be frustrated but michael finney explains relief may be on the way. plus it is game day. we're going to hear from coach kerr as the warriors head into game two of the western
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big changes are coming to the s.a.t. in addition to the test scores students will be given an overall disadvantage score. they made the announcement this morning and will be part of an environmental context dashboard. this will include facts about a
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student's school including the average number of a.p. courses taken and percentage of students available for a free and reduced lunch. the dashboard will also include information about the student's neighborhood such as housing stability and crime. the college board said this new score will shine a light on students who have overcome challenges. they've already piloted the idea at 50 colleges and universities. it will now be slowly rolling out to more schools. you probably get these all of the time. receiving robocalls on your phone. it could be frustrating but relief is on the way. >> yes. 7 on your side michael finney is here with that. >> how many do you get a day? >> five, six, seven eight. >> and every day. and we would get complaints when you have that many a month. are you fed up with robocalls and lawmakers are and now there could finally be important legislation. here is a look at how these potentially could help you hang up on the predatory calls.
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when it comes to robocalls, it is unanimous, they are aggravating. >> you have been approved to lower your interest rate -- >> reporter: the robocalls are more than just annoying, they are costing us billions of dollars. take jerry vargas, a caregiver for her mother who has alzheimer's and her mom has been scammed numerous times from unwanted calls. >> if i count the products that came for home repairs and services where it was not legitimate it would run into the hundreds or thousands. >> reporter: and that happens all too often. in the last 12 months consumers lost an estimated $10.5 billion to phone scams. >> robocalls have become this scourge for consumers. >> the number now is 47.8 billion calls a year. >> reporter: the discussion on capitol hill focused on legislation that would beef up existing laws and ensure that
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the phone companies implement technologies to reduce spoofed calls. where scammers mask their identity with fake numbers and that might look familiar or local. >> the protections that are in place haven't done enough to stop robocalls from hounding consumers. so the proposal in congress would require telephone companies to implement better technology that would help stop spoof calls. this would be a huge win for consumers. >> reporter: as for how you can protect yourself now, consumer reports said you can try using your phone carrier's anti-robocall service. also available are third party robocalls blocking apps. consumer reports said no-mo robo all offer call protection options. now to find out what yur phone carrier is offering today, sign into the website and look for links referring to call security or call blocking. >> just make it stop. >> now you don't have to kill your phone.
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because michael is giving you tips. thanks, michael. warriors fans are beginning to file into oracle for game two of the western conference finals against the trail blazers. >> these are the hardwood classics. that is a dance team made up of more senior warriors fans preparing for the routine tonight. they're hoping to see the dubs take a 2-0 advantage in the best of seven series. >> abc7 news sports reporter mindi bach is live from the oracle with a preview of the big game. mindi? >> reporter: thank you so much. hardwood classic, a great dance troup worth watching. we will not see kevin durant and we were hoping to get an update on the strained calf but steve kerr said moments ago he'll be evaluated right before the game. now kevin durant is one of the most dominant players for the warriors during the post-season but many noted how the warriors have won the last two games
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without him and wonder if maybe the ball movement is better with k.d. off the floor. steve kerr is not having any of it. if anything, without kevin durant it shows exactly how dominant he is. >> we had success before kevin was here so there is a -- a lot of experience to lean on and we've got a lot of talent obviously. so the players have more desperate mentality when kevin is out and they know they have to perform at a high level in order for our team to do well but to be able to lean on that experience, they know that they can hold down the fort until he's back. but we all know we're a much better team with him and we're going to need him. so we're trying to do everything we can to keep this thing going until we get him back. >> reporter: and right now it is a splash brothers who are holding down the fort for the warriors. a combined 62 points in game one. i asked portland head coach
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terry stotts what the unique defensive challenges are for him without kevin durant and he said the splash brothers are more involved and they create many challenges of their own. so as soon as we get an update on kevin durant we'll bring it to you. but for now, mindi bach, abc7 news. >> go warriors. fans heading to oracle may get a few drops to fall on them. >> we want it to be raining threes but not just raining, sandhya. >> hopefully raining threes for sure. but certainly showers still around. so good idea to take the poncho if you are going and lining up before you get in for the game. a look at live doppler 7 right now. and i want to take you down to street level where we are tracking moderate pockets of showers. as you will notice, right around tossa haro rainfall. precip at about eight tenths of an inch per hour so if you get caught under a shower it is coming down hard and be careful. especially on the roadways. on the peninsula, page mill into
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the south bay around cupertino and saratoga and west campbell, lighter rainfall as you notice. and some slippery roadways still for parts of the north bay as we track it here around sears point and highway 37. so the system is still spinning off the coastline. the low pressure system moving into northern california until that push is in, we're going to keep the rainfall in the forecast. and speaking of, look at the rainfall. last 24 hours compared to may averages. santa rosa just shattering the average for the entire month. with almost 2.5 inches. san francisco getting close to the monthly average. will you notice san jose 47 hundredths of an inch passes the average of 3,900 and livermore matching in one day what they get in the entire month which is 67 hundredths of an inch. more than 2.5 inches in bed low man and san francisco half an inch. napa 1.42. and you notice third of an inch in there in concord.
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now temperatures are in the 50s, 60s. it is cool compared to what we're used to for this time of the year. we did have some storm-related damage. six reports, some of those flooding and wind damage and take a look at this. in the stanislaus area funnel clouds reporting this morning and this afternoon. tracking snow in the sierra. look at this beautiful scene from tahoe. it does look like winter out there. if you are traveling, no chain restrictions but carry them if you are going up. the powder is piling up in the mountains right now. and they do have a winter storm warning until 6:00 a.m. tomorrow above 6000'10" to 14 inches, up to 18 inches with the peeks with the windy conditions travel could be treacherous or slow. showing you the shark tank. there are still some showers. they'll taper overnight. next storm arrives this weekend and unsettled into next week. a level one on the storm impact scale. through tonight scattered showers, slight chance of thunder. breezily and oh,ally gusty.
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6:00 still need the rain gear. 7:30 same story. and 8:00 as well. but as we head towards the latter part of the night, a fewer showers showing up at 11:00 p.m. isolated showers can't be ruled out tomorrow morning right around 5:00 a.m. but most of the bay area begins the drying process. now additional rainfall totals we're not expecting a whole lot more. a 1500ths of an inch at best. tomorrow temperatures in the mid-40s to 50s and cooler start and keep the umbrella handy but for the afternoon you need shades. clouds and upper 50s to 60s. download the accuweather app and track live doppler 7. accuweather seven-day forecast, short break tomorrow afternoon and wet weather for saturday. it is a level one. rainy and breezy and slight chance of thunder. some showers into sunday. next storm is monday evening into tuesday and then you're not going to believe what we're seeing there, wednesday,
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thursday sunshine. >> what? >> what is that? >> at this point we believe anything. >> it is all over the board. >> strange days. well if you are thinking about getting a you know when you're at ross and you find.hmmm. ...at a price that has you, like... okay. that's yes for less. say yes to the latest spring trends at 20 to 60 percent off department store prices every day. at ross. yes for less.
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safety tips to help you live a safer life. so i'm sitting down with campbell police chief david carr michael to learn some of the tips. thanks for sitting down with us today. >> my pleasure. >> what are the biggest mistakes people are making with safety in everyday lives. >> the number one thing we remind people is please don't leave valuables in your car, especially that are visible from the outside. >> when you see a suspicious person or car in your neighborhood, what should you do? >> be observant and we encourage people if they see something that they know is out of place, but they should immediately contact the police department. >> what is the best thing to do practicing to have while you are out of town. >> want to make it look like you are home. notify your neighbors exactly wo can pick up your mail, your newspapers, you might want to stop those deliveries if needed. >> packages being stolen, what is the best safety tips to make sure they are not getten stolen
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from your porch. >> have your package delivered to an alternate location or have it delivered at a time when you are home or to a friend or family member. a lot of what i talked about is general advice. some of it is specific to campbell. but i think that if people utilize some good common sense and keep things locked, don't have valuables in plain view, talk to your neighbors, and stay alert. if you have questions reach out to your own law enforcement agency and ask for their advice. >> thank you, chief. now every stay tuned to abc 7 news as we try to keep you safe and build a better bay area. >> good information there. listen to this. five kids travel from hayward to san diego hiding on a truck. >> coming up, the reaction from the construction workires who
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i'm ama daetz. coming up at 6:00, it took 45
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years but authorities say they've got their man in a cold case murder of a young woman. the suspect is no stranger to investigators. also the massive jump in the homeless population in two bay area counties. there may be something positive in a new report. and the growing number of complaints against a construction company that north bay fire victims say has taken their money and not delivered. there is ai new wrinkle in the emotional saga coming up at 6:00. dan and kristin. >> thank you. we'll see you then. >> and now finally tonight five kittens are up for adoption after traveling from hayward to san diego. >> the san diego humane society posted this video. workers were shocked to find them in a steel column on a truck carrying construction materials. >> they had been in the beam without food or water for two days and they have been crowbar, rebar, chisel and jackhammer and piper. perfect names. >> they deserve awesome homes. >> world news tonight with david muir is next. we appreciate your time.
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i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm kristen zse and for all of us tonight, bracing for severe tonight, breaking news as we come on the air in the west. a crash tonight involving an f-16 in california. the images coming in now. the pilot ejecting. also as we come on tonight, bracing for severe storms at this hour. the watches up right now as a wall of severe weather moves across the u.s. more than a dozen states in the path. forecasters warn tornado alley is about to get hit. dangerous winds and blinding rain and rob marciano times it out tonight. the horrific scene tonight. police before the cameras just moments ago. authorities calling it unspeakable. the young pregnant mother strangled, her unborn baby stolen. that baby now struggling to survive. and what police have just revealed. also tonight, another state, this time, missouri, the senate passing a strict anti-abortion law, just 24 hours after alabama

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