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from the family told us they did not want to talk to the media today.. but they tell us they are all elated that benavides can sleep at home tonight. this is the moment of freedom for vicente benavides the first time in nearly 25 years that he's living as a free man. the 68 year old had been on death row since 1993.he was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering his then girlfriend's 21 month old daughter.last month, the state supreme court overturned his conviction citing that it was based on false evidence.and on thursday he walked out of san quentin prison a free man. we are very grateful that this day finally has come. he will not making any statements to the press. and i don't have any further comment. according to the innocence project which has been following the case . the little girl may have died from being hit by a car. lawyers from the habeas corpus resource center.. which represented benavides - tell
us the sexual assault conviction was also based on error. attorneys for benavides say when medical experts re- rereviewed the little girl's records. they concluded that injuries originally attributed to sexual assault.. were actually a result of medical procedures that were used to try to save the little girl's life. (hermela aregawi)the district attorney from kern county will not retry benavides. that means his life on death row has come to an end. reporting live in san rafael hermela aregawi kron 4 news (vicki) kron4 first told you about the release of vicente benavides through a breaking news push alert. we sent one at 5:32... download the kron4 mobile app and be the first to know about breaking news when it happens in your neighborhood.
lawrence karnow: there was plenty of sunshine today but the winds were gusty near the coast. tonight will be nice and clear and the winds will be breezy but decrease thoughout the night. you can see on doppler the snow showers over the sierra but the bay area is clear. on the satellite you can see the storm clouds moving east and high pressure is beginning to build toward the state. temperatures will continue to warm on friday with highs soaring into the 70s inland, 60s and 70s around the bay and 50s and 60s at the coast. it will be even warmer this weekend with some highs hitting the 80s. the warm weather will continue into monday but a few more clouds will return on tuesday with some cooler temperatures. right now it looks dry for the next 7 days too. (vicki) another big (vicki) another big story were
following tonight... two deputies were killed in an ambush in florida. the gilchrist county sheriff identified the two victims... they are sergeant noel ramirez and deputy taylor lindsey... both deptuies were shot and killed inside ace china restaurant in trenton. authorities say a gunman walked up to the restaurant and fired at them through the window before shooting and killing himself. the sheriff says ramirez was a seven-year-veteran of law enforcement, he called the both deputies "the best of the best." officials have not released any information on the shooter. they also have not given a motive for the attack. (steve) today police arrested the bother of the late stephon clark.(steve) sacramento police say 25- year-old stevante clark was arrested and accused of making threats to commit a crime resulting in death or bodily harm. police say stevante clark also called the police with the intention to annoy or harass. stevante made headlines after he disrupted
an emotional city council meeting for his brother. stephon who was unarmed, was shot and killed by police. a family member has yet to comment on the arrest. (vicki) back here locally, the search is on for a registered sex offender in petaluma who has failed to register and has had numerous run-ins with the law. (steve)2 shot angle as kron 4's dan kerman reports, there are several outstanding warrants out for his arrest pkgthis is 45 year old thomas steger, a transient and registered sex offender who petaluma police are now looking for because they say he has failed to register with them as required by law.sot lt. ron klein/petaluma police 11-20in addition to the warrant out for failing to register with petaluma police, he has another warrant for failing to register with rhonert park police, and warrants for dangerous weapons, possession of narcotics and being under the influence.police say steger is known to stay in the area of the gateway shopping center but searched proved unsuccessful sotstandup dan kerman/petaluma 101-109 (vicki) today a well-known homeless encampment in santa
rosa has been evacuated. the encampment known as rememberance village behind the dollar tree sto on sebastopol road saw it's last day. the encampment has been there for at least two years and has catered anywhere between 75 and 130 people. city officials say they are working on getting all the residents into shelters. for those who were evicted this was devastating news.
resints into shelters. for those who were evicted this was devastating news. (vicki) city council members with santa rosa say a new affordable housing unit will be built where the encampment stood. they also say the 175 unit structure should help those who are in a housing crisis. (steve) if you have noticed there are fewer scooters rolling on san francisco sidewalks... that is because they are being scooped up by the city's department of public works. s-f-d-w-p has the job of impounding the scooters, in the wake of them being outlawed earlier this week... kron4's haaziq madyun has the story since last friday there has been close to 300 e-scooters impounded by san francisco department of public works. this is an sfdwp photo of multiple scooters that were blocking a sidewalk in front of an apartment building. the scooters are not there any
more says sfdwp spokesperson rachel gordonsotit is images like these that prompted the sf city attorney's office to issue cease and desist orders to three e-scooter companiessot the california vehicle code mandates that all e-scooter riders wear bicycle helmets, have a valid drivers license, ride on the road not on sidewalks and never park a scooter on a sidewalk in a position that blocks the pedestrain pathsotsot this scooter user has some practical advise for those who
enjoy getting around using these wheelssot that is what san francisco city leaders want toosot kron4 reached out to all three scooter share companies, spin and bird say they are willing to work with the city to resolve any issues. officials at limebike sent us a statement that reads in part "we plan to roll out new initiatives, along with our complete response to the city attorney by the end of next week" for a complete look at limebike scooter's response you will find it posted on our website kron4.com...in san francisco haaziq madyun kron4news
neighbors who have seen this event grow over the years. no one cares if people smoke pot, but everyone asked that party goers pick up their trash. there will be hundreds of trash and recucling bins aroudn the festival. 30 portable toilets have been brought in as well. the city will also have a clean up crew working during and after the event to pick up trahs. finally, a reminder that traffic will be bad tomorrow around the park panhandle and golden gate park. organizers are encouraging people to take public transit to and from the event. in san francisco, charles cliffrod kron 4 news. (vicki) more relief is
coming for north bay commuters.... as we take this live look at the richmond-san rafael bridge... a new lane will open tomorrow. the shoulder in the eastbound direction will become a third traffic lane during peak traffic. the third lane will be open from 2 in the afternoon until seven p-m seven days a week. (steve) some much needed help is coming to east bay drivers who use the sunol grade. caltrans, the alameda county transportation commission and local leaders celebrated a new era for the i-680 corridor today. the 240-million dollar project funded by voter-approved dollars... will extend along northbound i-680 between highways 262 and 84. scott haggerty says the new express lane will operate the same way as the express lane added to the southbound side of the freeway in 20-10.scott haggerty/supervisor- "you have the ability to commute the
lane with a friend. um, so it is a lane in which you can, you know, you're one plus, you know you ca commute with a friend, but if you're late say picking up your kids from daycare, and you want to flip on the toll tag and you want to pay to get in that lane, you certainly have that option and you certainly can do that." do that." this project will include upgrades to the southbound express lane and technological improvements to the corridor. contruction is expected to be completed by 20-20. (steve) ahead at nine... a fraternity at prestigious univeristy-- supended tonight for an extremely racist and sexist video of a pledge surfaced... tonight we hear from the n-double-a c-p and other commuity members who are disturbed by the video... (vicki) plus... parents outraged as yet another bay area school teacher has been arrested on child sex charges... where he taught next... (steve) and next... a new push to put guns in the hands of city park rangers in the south bay... hear why they
the spurs... taking a 3-game lead in the first round of the playoffs. golden state wins 110-97 they were facing a spurs team without their head coach, gregg popovich. the future hall of fame's wife died wednesday after battling an illness for an extended time. coming up in sports at 9-40 kron-4's kim smith has the highlights and reaction (steve) a south bay city is considering whether park rangers should carry guns. some, but not all rangers ... have been tasked with patroling waterways .. including the guadalupe river and coyote creek. both waterways border city park land. recently, there have been a handful of incidents where rangers have had to interact with people who are homeless... and what some describe as a "criminal
element"... to the point where they do not feel safe. (steve) the rangers and the parks department will partner with city police, the sheriff's office, the water district and other stake-holders .... to study the the idea, and report back to the city council in six - months. (vicki) police arrested an elementary teacher today after an on-line undercover investigation.(steve) he is accused of attempting to have sex with a minor. kron 4's justine waldman reports from vallejo on the accusations and the outrage. sot it is awful i feel like i need a safer school for my childrenparents at vallejo's glen cove elementary school learned police arrested a teacher on thursday from a letter sent out by the superintendent.nat reading letter we were told the
allegations involve inappropriate conduct with a minorkron 4 has confirmed under arrest is andrew lund. here is his photo from school's website, he is in charge of coordinating with teachers on curriculum. the district attorney says he was arrested for two felonies.. suspicion of attempting to send harmful material to a minor.and attempting to engage in sex with a minor, under the age of 16.the investigation started after undercover officer posed as a teenage girl online and the officer and lund started chatting, and planned meet-up to have sex.sot he always gave me the creeps and i could never tell you why and 3 moms said the same thing to me today just something funny in your stomachthe school district superintendent tells kron 4 news...he is saddened and disappointed in the arrest. and the allegations do not involve any students.the sheriff's office came to the school on thursday and searched lund's classroom and computers that he used.sot i am at a loss for words it is horrible and shocking i am a sub teacher in the district and it is horrible you just never knowthe da tells us lund, also been a teacher in wisconsin, illinois. and in the san diego and sacramento areas. parents worry students might have been in danger. (2nd) sot just scary i don't
really know what to think right now(8pm) sot i had to go ask a teacher has that teacher been around my children and the answer was maybe and that is no acceptable somebody needs to do somethingjustine waldman:the teacher is being held on $500,000 bail.and the school district placed him on paid leave during the investigationin vallejo justine waldman kron 4 news. (steve) now to our four zone forecast... as we take this live look outside at the embarcadero...(vicki) joining us now is chief meteorologist lawrence karnow... lawrence karnow: there was plenty of sunshine today but
the winds were gusty near the coast. tonight will be nice and clear and the winds will be breezy but decrease thoughout the night. you can see on doppler the snow showers over the sierra but the bay area is clear. on the satellite you can see the storm clouds moving east and high pressure is beginning to build toward the state. temperatures will continue to warm on friday with highs soaring into the 70s inland, 60s and 70s around the bay and 50s and 60s at the coast. it will be even warmer this weekend with some highs hitting the 80s. the warm weather will continue into monday but a few more clouds will return on tuesday with some cooler temperatures. right now it looks dry for the next 7 days too.
(vicki) new at nine... syracuse university suspended a fraternity after the student-run independent newspaper published a highly offensive video shot by members. it depicts theta tau members simulating homosexual acts on each other while using racist, anti-semitic, sexist, and homophobic language. reporter dan messineo has the story. the video shows a crowd of people -- a couple of them
acting out a skit -- several of can be heard laughing during it. the s-u chancellor came out to condemn the video - saying it shows anti- semitic, racist and homophobic language - attacking everyone from women to people with disabilities. on thursday he read a brief statement at an un-related campus event.kent syverud/syracuse university"we are a university filled with good people who have worked very hard at diversity and inclusion for many years, and at creating a frank and civil environment. and yet we have to face squarely that we have much work remaining to do."the frat was placed on suspension - and students are expressing outrage at the behavior displayed in the video.linda brown robinson/naacp"they went across the board. they didn't leave on group, or one segment of people out." linda brown- robinson of the n- double- a- c-p joins a growing list of community leaders who are disturbed by the video.rabbi daniel fellman is another. daniel fellman/rabbi"it scares me because it's becoming more and more common again. we thought that we had buried much of that and it keeps popping back up." he says the conduct in the video goes beyond the usual college rowdiness,and the students are being hateful. daniel fellman/rabbi"i think
universities need to do a better job teaching why diversity is important and teaching how to create a diverse community where everybody is accepted." linda brown robinson/naacp "the lesson is they have to teach them a hard lesson. it can't be a slap on the wrist and expect that it's not going to happen." (vicki) that was dan messineo reporting. theta tau's national organization issued a statement condemning the video. according to "the daily orange," the chancellor sent a campus-wide email tonight saying he is planning a "top to bottom review" of all frat life. coming upi do a segment called (people behaving badly) and i'm talking to you because (i was behaving badly) you only think about a pedestrian when you are a pedestrianand that's way there was a test in morgan hill, it was pass fail. i show you who failed in the next edition of people behaving badly
4 your money tonight.... when a music streaming service plays a song from the 50s, 60s, or early 70s, it is not required to pay royalties. now the music modernization act would change that.(steve) washington correspondent morgan wright reports .... songwriters and performers are looking forward to getting some gold for their oldies, but will music lovers have to foot the bill? ((nats: i got sunshine))morgan wright reporting: classic hits like the temptation paved the way for generations of music to come but if you're a fan
of the oldies you may be shocked to learncara duckworth, svp communications & marketing recording industry association of america: none of those artists are getting paid for that music.mw: the music modernization act would change that. in part it catches laws up to technology. cara duckworth, svp communications & marketing recording industry association of america: it really helps update certain provisions in music copyright act which were written in the 1970smw: cara duckworth with the recording industry association of america says any artist that recorded music before february 1972 is not paid by streaming services like sirius xm and spotify mw/su: within this bill artists responsible for classic hits produced before 1972 - will get compensated for their work something the music industry is praising. cara duckworth, svp communications & marketing recording industry association of america: it closes that loophole and fixes that injustice and allows artists who recorded before 1972 to receive that federal right to be paid for their work whenever they're streamed on those digital radio services. mw: some consumers worry that could mean higher costs for streaming services.congressman jamie raskin, md: we didn't hear testimony that this was
going to increase the cost of these services to consumers the services are doing splendidly well.mw: congressman jamie raskin says the money for these royalties would come from the streaming services themselves as they make money on ads and subscriptionsmorgan wright reporting: either way classic acts would finally be compensated for their art. reporting in washington morgan wright.anchor tag: the music modernization act passed the house judiary committee unanimously with a 32-0 vote. (vicki) ahead at nine... customers outraged after an employee continued to work at a popular food establishment even though she was diagnosed with hepatitis a.... (steve) plus... a major health warning before you eat your next salad... why the lettuce could end up making you sick. (vicki) and after the break... an east bay family desperatley searching for their missing puppy.. the reward they are offering to get the her back ... after the break...
now at 9:30... in the east bay - a family's puppy has gone missing but this story is more than just a missing pet. (vicki) as kron four's terisa estacio reports, the vanishing pet coincides with a sad anniversary, making her disappearance even more difficult for the family to deal with. (estacio reporting) "she definitely went under the security gate, i guess it was a false sense of security." kimyatta albert is beside herself. this is why. her families 7 month old puppy gisele is gone. kimyatta. i was working upstairs and came downstairs and she slipped
out. kimyatta owns a skin spa on jefferson in oakland while missing a pet is tough all of this couldn't be happening at a worse time. you see, this is kimyatta and her mother. this week marks both the 3rd anniversary of her mothers' death, it is also within days of her mothers' birthday and daughters birthday. kimyatta albert. this is a really tough time of year for all of us, this week alone, it is really taxing. at first, kimyatta says she didn't want a dog - knowing how much work it would be, but she says she gave in after seeing the little black fluffy puppy. kimyatta. "she really soothes the customers, sometimes they need some soothing." kimyatta says gisele is now like a family member, she even has her own wardrobe. kimyatta. she loves getting her dresses on but no shoes."kimyatta is hoping that someone may have scooped her up - while she meandered away the salon. she is offering a 300 dollar reward. kimyatta. i just want them to return her i am just hopeful. terisa estacio - if you have seen her and you want to help, we put up information on kron dot come on how to help reach kimyatta, terisa estacio kron four news.
is still ongoing.(steve) investigators continue to search for missing parts. also a texas firefighter who helped try rescuing jennifer riordan is speaking out. reporter omar jimenez has the latest. andrew needum / firefighter who tried to save southwest flight 1380 victim: i felt a calling to get up and do something. stand up and act. andrew needum is a firefighter who was on southwest flight 1380 and helped pull one of his fellow passengers back inside the plane.when their left engine broke mid-air, an object burst through a window and sucked jennifer riordan toward the hole where the window used to be. she later died. andrew needum / firefighter who tried to save southwest flight 1380 victim: i feel for her family, i feel for her two kids, her husband, the community that she lived in.and as the healing process continues, so too does the investigation into what exactly happened. the national transportation safety board says a preliminary look at the engine shows one of its 24 fan blades was missing, that there was evidence of metal fatigue where the blade attached to the engine hub, and a separate fracture further down that same blade. robert sumwalt / ntsb
chairman: it appears the fatigue fracture was the initiating event, which later caused that secondary failure. the federal aviation administration says they will be issuing a directive that will include the specific engine model affected in this flight requiring an "ultrasonic inspection of fan blades when they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings. any blades that fail the inspection will have to be replaced."ntsb investigators are still tracking down evidence from the plane and will examine all of the engine and blade components at the materials lab in washington d.c. in washington, i'm omar jimenez. (steve) salad-lovers, listen up... an e-coli outbreak linked to chopped romaine lettuce has now reached california. health officials have issued warnings about romaine lettuce that is grown in yuma, arizona. since the middle of march... 53 people have gotten sick in
16 states... nine of them had to be hospitalized... including two people who developed a form of kidney failure... doctors say the people most at risk for e-coli are young children and the elderly. the c-d-c says if you have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at me -- including salads and salad mixes-- don't eat it, throw it away. (vicki) new at nine... an edible arrangements store in utah closed after the health department reported one of their employees was diagnosed with hepatitis a. a customer told the employee she might have hepatitis a after noticing her eye was yellow last month. yet that employee continued to work there until last week. the medical director of the salt lake county health department says all products from the store are possibly contaminated. dr. dagmar vitek / salt lake county health department: "we know the store sold over 600 orders during that period of time so that doesn't mean the individuals because we buy these edible arrangements usually as a gift or bring it to a party so probably the number of people who were exposed is much higher than the 600."600." the health department has
set up a hotline for people who were potentially exposed. the company has more than 20 locations in the bay area. (vicki) president trump along with lawmakers held meetings today on the opioid epidemic.(steve) experts say more-than two million people have become dependent or abused prescription pain pills. reporter omar jimenez has the latest on what washington is doing in hopes of diminishing this crisis. personal stories of pain, frustration and fear...kathy o'keefe/son died from opioid addiction: this is my son brett we lost him on march. there's a lot of pain, there's a lot of problems here, these are kids that started out with getting wisdom teeth out and they were given opiates. gary medell/son died from opioid addiction: despite our efforts we received that phone call that every parent's worst nightmare that brian had died. lawmakers in the house energy and commerce committee ... hearing from families affected by the opioid crisis thursday. gary medell/son died from opioid addiction: despite our
efforts we received that phone call that every parent's worst nightmare that brian had died. it's an issue that extends across both chambers of congress ... and party lines. sen ron wyden /-d- oregon: i want it understood that we are going to work on this issue in a bipartisan way.sen orrin hatch/-r- utah: these numbers are more than statistics. they represent our constituents, our friends our loved ones. the house and senate are currently working on multiple bills to confront what president trump has declared a national public health emergency. in key west, florida thursday... the president received a briefing on what the u-s is doing to keep drugs -- like opioids-- from getting into the country. pres donald trump: i want to thank our great military leaders this was an education we're talking about drugs and stopping drugs. it is a very tough situation the president is dedicating 6 billion dollars in funding for prevention and enforcement to fight the issue over the next two years. in washington, i'm omar jimenez. (lawrence bay (lawrence bay area weather)
we need to help more californians get ahead. that's why antonio villaraigosa brought both parties together to balance the state budget with record investments in public schools... and new career training programs. as mayor of la, he brought police and residents together to get illegal guns off the streets - and keep kids out of gangs, and on the right path. that's antonio villaraigosa. a governor for all of california. there's no secret... in the
nba you go up 3-nothing in the series.. you're bound to win the series.. history proves it.. the warriors went into san antonio looking to continue their momentum as they move closer to round 2 and hopefully a steph curry return here soon...'an emotional night... so many people poouring out their condolences for gregg popovich after the loss of his wife eri... but the spurs putting their emotions to the side to
play for erin... assitant coach etorree messina stepping in for the popovich tonight... --and how about a little retro tony parker.. a good game off the bench putting up 16 points ... spurs hanging around... rudy gay has been a spark for the spurs... caps off 9-2 run.. spurs up by 5 in the second...but the warriors turn it on from the three... klay thompson drain the trey..the warriors struggled from behind the arc but found it in the second half...warriors up by 6 into the break... kevin durant-- pull up three .. his only one of the night puts the warriors up by 12... kevin durant with a brief scare in the 4th... i don't think warrior fans can take it.. no more injuries.. looks like kd is fine.. walked it off...and the warriors walk it like they talk it.. 110-97...here's steve kerr on popovich's loss--
the pelicans also improved to 3-0 in their series with the trailblazers... so it's looking like new orleans will be heading to oracle arena for the start of the semi finals... we'll take a look at that game later on ... and the nfl schedule coming released today... (kim) the n-f-l draft is around the corner and kron four has you covered. get your football fix with the red and gold zone and sword and shield zone draft specials this sunday night. mark carpenter and i will recap the 49ers and raiders off-seasons and preview the draft. our coverage begins this sunday night at nine. we'll be right back...
(vicki) in just 4 hours 132 tickets were handed in out during a traffic crackdown in morgan hill ...(steve) and as stanley roberts explains... some of the tickets were easily avoidable.... .. in a perfect world all drivers would yield to pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalk. and we would all be happy in front of all these police officers it seemed kind of weird (alright thank you) it seemed kinda like that was meant to happen and the police officers don't tell anything to this man who runs out in the middle of the street in front of 10 moving cars that are going 40 miles an hour that really dangerous (yea you're right is dangerous) and non of the fricken police officers say anything that's
really messed up making me slam on my breaks in the middle of the morning. but as you can see we don't live in a perfect world . that being said , drivers were tested in morgan hill so what happens is the cones are set up because this is 35 miles per hour zone so that the distance it should take .it was pass of fail .. if you followed state law and yielded to the person in the crosswalk you were allowed to pass . however he's not going to stop he didn't stop if you fail you get to have a chat with an officer participating in this enforcement event, in this case it's an officer from lapd the reason i pulled you over because of the pedestrian violation now you saw what happened.. but let's hear the drivers side did you see the pedestrian (yes i did) and what happened? (i saw him stop so i thought if he stopped i should go)over in downtown morgan hill the same test was being administered at an intersection so notorious people crossing wave flags when crossing some people passed and some people sound of trafficfailed so a chat with a gilroy police officer is mandatory (what i do) did you see the pedestrian crossing in the crosswalkthe driver said noyes he was all the way across the number two lane when you went through the crosswalkmy turn did you not see the pedestrian in the crosswalk i guess i didn't .. i was seeing cops on both sides of the road so i think
my eyes were pulled to them and what's the important part of driving . being aware of pedestrians and what did you not do? i wasn't aware this driver was going so fast he came with inches of hitting the police decoy . in this pass or fail test, if you fail people can die i'm on my way to my 10 am class and there is an old man crossing the street 60 years old, no police officers want to say a thing.. but they want to watch me slam on my breaks ..if you are thinking she was upset because she got a ticket nope she was inconvenienced because someone was in the crosswalk in morgan hill stanley roberts kron 4 news (steve) cedar rapids, iowa has
been experiencing a lot of snowy weather and people there are fed up...(vicki) so the local meteorologist there was arrested on-air after a forecast called for more snow-- saying he was "stealing spring"... take a look... (vicki) police handcuffed morning meteorologist kaj o'mara and led him out of the studio... the arrest was a prank by the newsroom and the marion police department. o'mara was later released on the promise of a warmer forecast and nine days without snow.... (steve) joining us now is chief meteorologist lawrence karnow... lawrence karnow: there was plenty of sunshine today but the winds were gusty near the coast. tonight will be nice
and clear and the winds will be breezy but decrease thoughout the night. you can see on doppler the snow showers over the sierra but the bay area is clear. on the satellite you can see the storm clouds moving east and high pressure is beginning to build toward the state. temperatures will continue to warm on friday with highs soaring into the 70s inland, 60s and 70s around the bay and 50s and 60s at the coast. it will be even warmer this weekend with some highs hitting the 80s. the warm weather will continue into monday but a few more clouds will return on tuesday with some cooler temperatures. right now it looks dry for the next 7 days too. (vicki) teachers have such a big impact on the lives of our children -- we've been honoring them here at kron four.(steve)2 shot tele (steve)2 shot four.here at kron honoring them we've been children -- lives of our impact on the have such a big teachers (vicki)(vicki) (vicki) teachers have such
a big impact on the lives of our children -- we've been honoring them here at kron four.(steve)2 shot tele one of the most interesting bay area teachers we've run into - shares top billing with an assortment of wild animals. kron4's catherine heenan shows us michelle durant-- who visits hundreds of classrooms across the golden state.(pkg (kids skipping in - excited ) not every teacher can get kids
this happy about a school assembly...but at treeview elementary in hayward -- the wildlife lady was coming. (teacher) 'is this everyone?' for 28 years - michele durant has been visiting schools as part of 'wildlife associates' .....a nationally acclaimed education program based in half moon bay..on this day - she and her colleague renee are having no trouble getting the delighted attention of hundreds of children."and this - is arabella. a type of owl that lives in the rain forest." the animals are helping. including arabella...and a little african cat called a serval...that can jump up to 10 feet high.:36 "that is the height of a basketball court." (big reaction from kid)an anteater named leeana showed off her long claws while snacking on oranges..(hear michele)'her tongue is 16 inches long' michele knows how to make textbook facts kid-friendly.michele 'it's long and thin and looks like a strand of spaghetti that's been cooked and flattened and has hairs on the side. and everything sticks to it.' michele works closely with all
the animals ( like leeana ) back at headquarters for wildlife assoociates...this is a second chance home for dozens of animals who can't be returned to the wild. in many cases because of injury.and for children in far-off california classrooms the staff can't easily reach... there's also a studio here for live video conferences.. 'come on, bud.' students in this case - watching from santa ynez.while the programs aren't just for kids....it's the children michele really wants to inspire...calling them the next generation of stewards. michele - 'whether it's an animal that lives in our backyard or an animal from the opposite side of the world, each animal is part of this big picture. and if they don't feel that internally, it's not going to translate into their actions later.'she wants children to really care about the animals.. figung if little ones can get this seeing a porcupine...they're more likely to grow up feeling connected to wildlife...and the whole world around them.. catherine heenan, kron four news. (vicki) (vicki) if you know an
outstanding teacher you'd like to nominate - just go on our website, kron four-dot-com and look under features..then click on 'teacher of the week.' (steve) up next... trying to avoid movies spoilers is always a challenge-- but find out what the directors of the new avengers movie are doing to prevent ááanyone... even cast members from leaking any info...
(steve) movie theaters have been banned in saudi arabia for 35 years... until now. a-m-c, the largest theater company in the u-s, opened a single screen cinema in riyadh yesterday.... 500-invited guests got to see a screening of "black panther." saudi officials say there would also be no segregation when theaters open to the public -- moviegoers would be able to choose between mixed, male-only and female-only screenings. saudi men and women are customarily separated in public places. but that restriction is being relaxed... the theater will open to the public may first. (vicki) the security around the plot of the new "avengers: infinity war" movie-- is so tight, not even
some of the actors know what happens. directors the russo brothers say they've given several actors -- including tom "spider-man" holland, who's revealed spoilers in the past -- fake scripts to avoid any leaks. in fact, they say no one in the cast has seen the entire real script. they'll find out monday at the world premiere... the rest of us can see for ourselves on april 27th. ((steve))that wraps up kron 4 news at nine.((vicki))but our primetime coverage continues. pam moore is standing by with kron 4 news at ten...pam? ((pam)) thank you steve and vicki...next at ten... a bay area teacher is behind bars tonight. accused of inappropriate conduct with a minor.the investigation that led to his arrest... and what parents have to say about it. plus... he was on death row for nearly a quarter- century... but tonight he is a free man. the first thing vicente benavides did, when he was released.that's next in a live report.((pam)) plus... the weekend is almost here and it is going to be a gorgeous one across the bay. our chief meteorologist lawrence karnow
gave me the creeps and i could tell you why and today there were three moms that said the same thing(pam) an elementary teacher... accused of attempting to have sex with a minor. sparking major concern among parents.... in vallejo. thank you for joining us tonight im pam moore. (steve) and im steve aveson. police arrested the teacher today after an on-line undercover investigation. kron 4's justine waldman reports from vallejo on the accusations and the outrage. sot it is awful i feel like i need a safer school for my childrenparents at vallejo's glen cove elementary school learned police arrested a teacher on thursday from a letter sent out by the superintendent.nat reading letter we were told the allegations involve inappropriate conduct with a minorkron 4 has confirmed under arrest is andrew lund. here is his photo from school's website, he is in charge of coordinating with teachers on curriculum.