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along with their loot. this was the second crash and grab robbery in palo alto in several months. >> the photography store was hit in mid-february, two men rammed the front-end store and pushed back the steel chain gate just enough so they could crawl into the store. they shattered glass cabinets and stole cameras and gear. salesmen don dimitratos couldn't believe it was hit by a crash and grab. >> i'm surprised they keep doing it and getting away with it. so hopefully the police will finally catch them. >> reporter: san francisco has had at least a half dozen crash and grabs since last fall, including this one at wells fargo. so far, no arrests. vic lee abc 7 news. >> a teenager turned himself in for a brazen home invasion in the upscale evergreen district of san jose. the 17-year-old said he watched people caught on video armed with knives breaking into this house last friday. the family inside ran to hide in
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their master bedroom to call police. police are still looking for the second robber. >> a high-profile political consultant was handcuffed in a san francisco courtroom after the attorney read details of the charges against him. >> he actually had 4,902 images of child pornography. 41-year-old enrique pierce pleaded not guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography. some of the images included babies being sodomized and children being tied up and molested. the judge raised his bail and the d.a. raised concerns he was a public safety risk since he took pictures of boys outside city hall. he worked on campaigns for mayor ed lee. people are dealing with a tragedy that is heartbreaking. four people killed in a car crash. police arrested the driver for driving under the influence, and we've now learned the names of all four victims.
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three of them were 18-year-old girl seniors at four different high schools in gilroy. the fourth was a 24-year-old friend. abc 7 news reporter chris nguyen joins us with more. chris? >> cheryl, we are live at christopher high school at gilroy and you can see behind me and see the flags have been lowered. in fact, all flags in the gilroy unified district have been lowered in honor of the victims. friends and family tell me sarah williams was dedicated to her art. she was created and had her own sense of style as well as a sense of humor that made many people smile. >> the chp investigates an accident that left four people dead. >> disbelief like it didn't happen and then i come here and i have proof that it did. >> jenny's sister sarah jane williams died in the crash. >> her goofiness. she always made people laufr and she was outgoing.
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>> the 18-year-old christopher high school student was set to graduate this spring. >> she wasn't the driver and i'm sure she didn't know when she got in the car that this was going to happen. i don't think any of them knew. >> reporter: chp officers got the call around 10:30 last night. they say a 1998 ford mustang left the road on a large, sweeping curve hit a dirt road, hit a berm and landed on its roof. the sole survivor anthony imbronone has been arrested on du sxishgs vehicular manslaughter. andrew sanchez is a friend of the williams family. >> there is always a tab to pick up so think about next time you take that drink and you decide to get behind the wheel. >> reporter: christopher high school hit twice in less than a week. natalya salcido died over the weekend. >> we just lost a christopher high student just a few days ago and just like, another
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devastation hits gilroy, you know? just crazy. >> this community struggling with her death now having to cope once more. in gilroy chris nguyen abc 7 news. a memorial is growing in san francisco at an intersection where a 12-year-old boy was hit and killed yesterday. andrew wu was running to catch the train to get to school. someone has spray painted the word stop on the pavement. according to the san francisco examiner, the intersection of san jose and lake view avenues has a history of accidents and was earmarked for traffic safety improve amufove ams but not until the end of 2016. >> kamala harris called oncologists to quickly notify authorities after a report of a sexual assault. they addressed complaints and incidents that are being hidden by universities and not invested investigated thoroughly.
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assaults rose by nearly 50% in 2013. officials say 80% of camp us attacks are never reported. >> tonight caltrans is figuring out how to deal with the latest problem with the bay bridge. workers are investigating how water got to the base of the landmark tower that can cause corrosion of the steel rods. abc 7 news reporter janet oh is live with the story. >> dan the money we pay here at the toll plaza will be used to investigate the latest problem. those overseeing the massive bay bridge project admit a mistake was made somewhere along the way, but exactly how to fix it and how much more it will cost has yet to be determined. this is the second time there's an issue with the bolt often known as steel rods on the new bay bridge. >> the bridge right now on a day-to-day basis is fine. the issue and an important issue is how it performs under an earthquake. >> they were repaired at a cost
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of $45 million. now they're concerned with saltwater affecting the steel rods near the landmark water found dagdz. >> where the salt came from we don't know yet. it could be coming from when it was constructioned and one thing could be the bay water coming in there. >> routine testing lead to the discovery of a steel rod that may have corroded and fractured from the exposure to water. further testing showed cor rose of chloride in the sleeve that encases the 25-foot steel rods. they've examined about ten locations so far. >> we are very mindful of the costs and very mindful about who should be responsible for this. >> metropolitan transportation commission one of three commissions on the oversight panel said $4 million collected from toll bridges will be used to investigate the issue. they're not sure how much more it will cost to fix it. >> at the end of the day we're all paying for it one way or
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another and now it seems like we're backtracking. >> it's better they cut it now. >> ntc says the bridge was overbuilt and has more rods than necessary or required. janet oh, abc 7 news. it could mean we'll see a messy commute tomorrow. sandhya patel. >> plan on extra time for your morning commute. let me show you live doppler 7 hd and we'll talk about what's ahead. right now we're watching the clouds and if you look at the computer animation starting at late tonight at 9:00 p.m., the clouds start to thicken up and we have scattered showers showing up. the rainfall picks up in intensity around the lunchtime hour and there's a chance of thunder and this doesn't end at noon. i'll be back with a look at the full time line, plus how much rain you can expect. dan? >> sandhya thanks very much. a controversial bill to collect taxes on air b & b vacation
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rentals has passed the toughest test yet. mike inning wire passed the senate finance today and moves on to the full senate. if approved it will require online vacation company disclose the extent of their business so they can be taxed. the bill gives local government better ability to enforce regulations on those short-term rentals. >> the berkeley city council has unanimously voted to become the first city in the country to require cell phone carriers about the risk of radiation exposure. the ordinance bans retailers from selling phones without a warning label. the right to know ordinance is expected to pass a required second reading may 26th. if it does the new law will take effect in july but it will likely face legal challenges from cell phone trade groups. >> meantime, city council and berkeley proposed to outlaw tobacco products outside schools. the law would ban tobacco products within 1,000 feet of a
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school or public park. it was bounced back to the city manager for more. opponents say it is unfair and could have a negative impact on small businesses. >> the speed factor. >> the train jilted over and rolled. >> i heard a big bang. >> that derailed amtrak train was going dangerously fast. how the engineer tried to stop the doomed train. also here tonight, students may be due some money. the deadline to cash in. the magic number of bids experts say you should get before getting your roof done and -- >> it would be pretty neat to see them win the whole thing. >> the warriors biggest fans and you
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preliminary data shows the amtrak train that crashed last night in philadelphia was traveling 106 miles an hour just before it derailed. federal investigators say that is twice the posted speed limit of 50 miles an hour and that the engineer, 32 brandon bastion applied the full emergency braking system just before the crash. seven people were killed and more than 200 injured. one passenger says it felt like the train was flying. >> to me it felt like the car was lifting off the ground and it was lifting off the rail. we were going through a curve and whatever speed it was going at pushed it out and pushed it up and we just flew. we almost felt like flying. the washington to new york train crashed entering curve 921 local time as service between the two cities has been suspended and this is the deadliest crash since 1987 when the passenger
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train collided with a freight train and killed 16 people near baltimore. >> now to the recovery effort in nepal following the 7.3 magnitude earthquake and rescuers spent the day in northeast kathmandu sevening for a northeast helicopter. it had six marines and two soldiers from nepal onboard. abc 7 news reporter sergio quintana is one of only a few western journalists in nepal. >> i needed an iphone charger and i was told to come to the supermarket to come to get it but once you step in you kind of realize there are quite a few things in here that you don't necessarily feel that safe about. >> you see it right there. he took the video showing the crumbling staircase to get to that market. he said it is a frequent sight in buildings in kathmandu. the recovery efforts in nepal will need even more efforts. you can text nepal to 90999 to
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contribute $10 or call 1-800-red cross. >> they needed the help now more than ever. >> there is a magic number when it comes to the number of bids you should get. >> 7 on your side's michael finney is there with that, but first a rebate. >> serious cash, actually. if you were a student at the art institute of california san francisco, you could have money coming your way, but time is running out. this follows a settlement with the san francisco's city attorney's office that occurred nearly a year ago. students that graduated between 2009 and 2012 that were unable to get a job in the field of their graduation will receive a partial weekend. those with associates will receive $2,000. students have until the end of june to file for their refunds. you may remember the city attorney claimed the art institute of california san francisco underestimated program
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costs for students and inflated job placement figures. i reached out to the school's parent company education management corporation and was told in part, student achievement is our top priority and we are committed to constantly improving. it wasn't important to cooperate for the city of san francisco throughout this review and bring the matter to a final resolution. >> if you think you qualify for a refund, contact the san francisco city attorney's office. >> a re-roofing job on a typical home will cost around $4,000 and go up from there. if that isn't bad enough, there are plenty of roofers out there who will make the experience miserable. >> we had a homeowner get bids for the typical re-roofing job. what wen't was $320,000 for the
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same job the same work of $14,000. >> yikes! so if you need a new roof the lesson is clear. get at least a few bids and if you have the time, get five. bay area consumers checkbook is allowing 7 on your side viewers special free access to this roofing report. i'll have a link on our website so just go check it out. >> that was painters and anything. >> excellent resource. great service, michael. thank you. we are just over two hours away from tip-off wither aking a reba and warriors and grizzlies and game five and they got to practice for the critical matchup. if they take a 3-2 lead in the boast of seven series, and hoping to pull out the performance at game four. >> it will go back to memphis or a friday night game and you can
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watch that one on espn. if the dubs don't place friday in tennessee they have a chance to win sunday the 17th here at home. the winner gets a spot in the western conference finals and the warriors super fan caroline tyler joins us from oakland with the story of fans who will go anywhere this team takes them. carolyn? >> reporter: yes. these fans said they loved it but it was so pain rfl being off the floor on game three and that was last saturday when the warriors lost and monday it was great, but, like the team are so happy to be back here with a homecourt advantage. >> they were strangers in a strange land. she had never been to memphis and weren't sure what to expect when they traveled to see the warriors take on the grizzlies. >> and everybody who saw us in our garb said say you're warriors fan, you can't come in
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here. only kidding. wherever we went people sat and talked to us because we're from the bay area and people love the bay area. >> call it southern hospitality and the treatment by the fans at the fedex forum. although one member of dub nation tweeted me that he was hit in the face. others we talked with said the crowd was good natured, but loud. a warriors season ticket holder since 1975 says it was exciting to follow the team to memphis. >> they were as avid as we are in oracle arena and of course every call that was called against them they were as reactive as we are in oracle arena. >> and there was a plus to standing out in the crowd. big ups from mvp steph curry. >> the five of us that were sitting right there. so that was the highlight for
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me. just giving the acknowledgement. he does appreciate that we're back there cheering. >> you bet they were and the warriors management says about 500 fans make that move to memphis. so go warriors they're starting to get revved up here and we'll see you later tonight and i'll be back at 6:00. live in oracle arena carolyn tyler, abc 7 news. and don't forget, abc 7 is your home for the nba finals and catch the exciting action starting june 4th. let's move on to the weather, cool out there. sandhya patel joins us. >> it's crisp out here and we have a few clouds around and a bit of a breeze and we are expecting things to turn wet around the bay area and let's check out live doppler 7 hd and we'll talk about when we're expecting that rain. the radar is tracking a few and
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we'll be watching that with you as we wait into the night. it's in the low 60s. lake tahoe camera, we're expecting a lot of cloud cover and be prepare if you're and concord, 67 and livermore. here is another lovely view from the emoriville camera as we look across the bay and peeks of blue from the clouds. possible thunder you tomorrow and showers will linger into friday morning and here is a look at the radar and there are showers associated with that and we'll be watching the upper level low, the main low tracking
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south to southern california. we have to wait until tomorrow mornings's commute when we'll see scattered showers in the forecast and at 9:00 a.m. downpours are possible and really this continues at 10:00 right on to the early afternoon hours where we may see pockets of heavier rain along with a thunderstorm or two. by the evening commute the showers are decreasing and only a few will remain and then we'll see a few more lingering showers going into the early part of your friday morning commute. rainfall totals in the wettest spots could be along the order of a half an inch to an inch. most will pick up a .1 of an inch and we'll take any moisture we can get. in the sienna begins around 5:00 expecting four to six inches of snow over 4 those feet. if you go to tahoe you, like i
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said, be prepared for winter driving conditions. >> we'll see scattered showers around and maybe more time for the commute. mid-40s to the low 50s tomorrow afternoon and hang on to the umbrellas and it will remain a cool day and wet in spots. 63 in santa rosa and 59 in san francisco and oakland 63 and 68 degrees in half moon bay. accuweather, seven-day forecast and maybe some thunder with small hail tomorrow and an early morning shower possible owe friday and then we're going with the dry forecast for the upcoming weekend and a mix of sun and clouds, we you may remain cooler than average as we head to next week. >> go to the reminder, thanks very much. >> still ahead forever young, a drug local researchers say might perk up old muscles and aging
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concerned about california's worsening drought is prompting tougher enforcement on marijuana grows. sky 7 hd was over the scene of a raid at morgan hill. nearly 100 plants were confiscated and one person was arrested. law enforcement officials say the bust was modest and the main purpose is the environmental impact of the illegal grows including the fire risk. crews have cleaned up the mess from an early morning water main break in walnut creek. sky 7 hd was over the scene on castle hill road as crews finished excavating the site. an eight of had-inch pipe from 1958 was
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affected take a photo or video and share it with us using using #abc7now and we'll show it on the air or on abc 7 news.com. the presidential candidates and marco rubio will in the bay area and it will cost you a pretty penny. >> larry ellison will join a fun raiser and the vip reception and the picture with rubio will cost you $2700 but if you want to be a guest at dinner those tickets are $27,000. it's not quite the fountain of youth and the researchers at uc berkeley have found a drug they say makes aging tissues act young again. it interferes with a protein that naturally prevents stem cells from renewing tissue in the brain, heart and muscle. here is the before and after in the brain. here is a different look at the brain, old versus young. so far the drug has been successful in mice. scientists hope the drug will lead to treatments in old age and people.
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>> sign us up. we have to go through security when we fly, but you might not realize that some pilots and flight attendants do not. >> we don't want you on the plane with things that shouldn't be on the plane because they can be taken away from you by a terrorist. >> coming up tonight abc 7 news anchor eric thomas shows you a loophole in airport security and that's tonight at 11:00 on abc 7. >> stay right here for abc 7 news at 5 complok and the old police officer and the new horse. >> just ahead why the
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world and the stanford student's plan of action in the male-dominated high tech industry. >> today a special ceremony for a san francisco mounted police officer and a new addition to the department. abc 7 news was in union square today when officer marty hung up his spurs at lefty o'doules. >> he is a 32-year veteran san francisco police department officer and the department welcomed the newest horse banjo at the ceremony today. officers are training banjo to be one of nine horses on the mountain unit. >> the horses totally panicked. >> he has to understand that this is safe for him and a safe environment. >> san francisco unit is the second oldest in the country including past science parades.
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welcome onboard banjo. >> thanks for joining us. i'm cheryl jennings. >> and for all of tonight, breaking developments. we're on the scene of the deadly train derailment. federal investigators talking just moments ago, revealing how fast that train was going. speeding toward disaster. the death toll rising. tonight, the search for those still missing. and we take you inside the trauma ward. also, the chaos inside the train. passengers using flashlights on their phones to crawl out. >> keep crawling, okay? also tonight, the wild scene on the streets of new york city. police opening fire. the suspect armed with a hammer. attacking a female police officer. the growing mystery tonight. the american military helicopter that vanished. among the missing, six u.s. marines, trying to help after the earthquake. and a hidden world tonight. more people have been to space than to this secret cave. tonight, the drones overhead.

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