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announcer:announcer: now from abc 7, breaking news. >> in martinez, this vegetation fire is still burning near pacheco boulevard and interstate 680. there are no evacuations at this moment, but contra costa fire says if you are in the area and feel threatened, you should evacuate. pture over, cfire is providing progress getting it under control. i'm dan ashley. > i'm ama daetz. a heartbreaking realization for the family of alexis gabe, the 24-year-old oakley woman who disappeared in january. it was the most >> >> horrifying thing we've ever seen. >> it is shocking. we never expected to see that.
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dan: police say her ex-boyfriend marshall jones murdered her, but her body has never been found. that's why her family says they never give up hope that she might still be found alive. but now, new evidence from antioch police is forcing them to reconsider. ama: we spoke to alexis's parents and we do need to warn you, this story contains graphic >> what have you done? reporter: the parents of alexis gabe always held on to the idea that one day, their daughter would come home. but based on new evidence, they now acknowledge their daughter may be gone. >> confirmed. we saw all the images and videos that she was really gone. antioch police and was presented with a detailed timeline including surveillance footage, cell phone records and never before seen photos.
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the 24-year-old went missing january 26 after visiting her ex-boyfriend at his home in antioch. >> where marshall lives, they showed us images of the bathroom. reporter: they say the uv light showed blood on the bathroom door, aft up, and washing machine. they were also shown video of the ex-boyfriend taking three large garbage bags to his mother's house, where police also found traces of blood. >> he was dragging garbage bags that seemed pretty heavy to us. seeing more than one bag, we question, what is that supposed to mean? does that mean she's in pieces? >> marshall curtis jones, a 27-year-old man and resident of antioch, killed alexis at his home on or about january 26. reporter: jones was killed by
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seattle area law enforcement while attempting to serve him an arrest warrant in june. >> we will have a talk with her family and figure out whether it is time for us to do a memorial service. reporter: the family is not giving up. they are waiting for dna analysis on the blood and police continue to search the town of pioneer, 90 miles east of antioch, where they believe jones dumped the garbage bag. they say their daughter deserves justice. >> she deserves more than this. reporter:reporter: unser hudson, abc 7 news. ama: in the north bay, murder charges have been filed against the parents of a santa rosa toddler, who died from fentanyl intoxication. after a brief court appearance today, the father was taken into custody, but the mother did not attend the hearing and a warrant has been issued for her arrest. in may, 15 month old charlotte died from ingesting
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fentanyl. investigators believe the little girl accidentally swallowed the drug after she left the paraphernalia on the bed she shared with the child. dan: the oakland police union is decrying violence after an undercover officer was in the middle of a gun battle. that happened on martin luther king way at 36th street. the union provided these photos of the officers unmarked car riddled with bullets. according to the union, the officer in plainclothes was surveilling an armed robbery suspect when two people unconnected to the case got into an argument and started shooting. the men were arrested and officer was not hurt. ama: today, san jose police released more details on the men arrested in connection with seven pellet gun shootings. 38-year-old nicholas montoya had no connection to any of the victims. six girls and women and one man. montoya is accused of using a high-powered pellet gun rifle with a scope. prosecutors say he stalked his
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victims. many of them still have pellets lodged in their bodies. the father of a youngest victim, the nine-year-old, says the pellet that hit his daughter is lodged near her pelvic bone and could be there the rest of her life. >> there are some fears for lead poisoning, things like that. we are hoping she makes a full recovery. she's doing very well so far. ama:ama: police say they don't know the motive. montoya faces 21 years in prison if convicted. dan: san jose became the first city to adopt an ordinance that would require gun owners to obtain insurance to reduce gun harm and shift the financial burden to gun owners. today the city won the first lawsuit, but experts anticipate the legal battle is a long way from over. dustin dorsey has a look at what is still ahead. reporter: tragedies like the vta railyard shooting and the gilroy garlic festival shooting are forever etched in our communities minds and prompted the city of san jose to take a
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stand against gun violence with a first of its kind law. the nra took aim at the law through lawsuit, but there is a judge refused to block the harm seen as a promising sign by the mayor. > what we heard from the federal court was that so far, by all indications, this was not an ordinance designed to take anyone's gun away. this is not limiting possession of guns. this is about making gun possession and ownership safer. reporter: in january, the city became the first in the country to make gun owners -- the lawsuit filed in june claims the ordinance violates first and second amendments as well as the california constitution. the dillon law group is representing the nra and says in part they made compelling points as to why rights may be violated including why the donation to a nonprofit is unconstitutional.
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steve clark argues the requirement may be seen as a way to limit people's ability to possess guns if they cannot get insurance and those insurance companies will not actually help victims of mass shootings. >> those insurance companies will not cover criminal acts, only accidental shootings so things like the gilroy garlic shooting will not be covered by insurance and those victims will not receive insurance settlements. reporter: the ordinance was delayed from originally starting in a few days due to litigation, but the mayor says the city has filed a motion to dismiss the case to go into effect later this year. >> we will continue the fight and in the meantime we will be ready to implement the fight because this is essential to protect our community. reporter: in san jose, dustin dorsey, abc 7 news. ama: to developing news from people's park in berkeley. the student housing construction project that marked clashes between police and protesters yesterday is on hold.
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the university suspended work in the wake of protests resulting in seven arrests. two officers were hurt and some equipment was vandalized. they will assess the situation and decide in the next few days went to restart construction. the project includes housing for 1100 students and 125 homeless people. there will also be a revitalized park. dan: former head san francisco district attorney will not be on the ballot in november. he tweeted he won't try to get his job back this year, writing he wants to keep his family first. he previously said he had not ruled out running again following his overwhelming recall in june. last month, the mayor deport -- reported brooks jenkins and a special election will be held in november to fill out the rest of the term which was to last through 2023. ama: san francisco is taking legal action to stop the closure of laguna honda hospital and rehabilitation center. for city attorney announced a pair of lawsuits to keep the city run nursing home open. it is shut -- set to shut down
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next month. it failed to meet basic standards of care by federal regulators -- regulations. while the facility has had its challenges, it has addressed them despite resistance. >> our lawsuit describes how the federal government has put laguna honda and our city in an impossible situation. we are asking for the federal government simply to continue funding until the appeals process is complete and all patients can be safely relocated. ama: he says in recent weeks, nine patients have died after being transferred or discharged. dan: first san francisco, than the state. now a national public health emergency has been declared for monkeypox. that means emergency funds can be accessed and federal rules can be bent or waived on government health programs. at least 6600 cases have been
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reported in the u.s. but some believe that's an undercount because it can take weeks to see symptoms. a lack of access to the vaccine has been an issue. officials are considering. a dose sparing plan. >> the fda is looking at a way in which they can change emergency use authorization of the vaccine in a way were less needs to be administered so we can get more out of one file of the vaccine, quintuple in the supply. dan: san francisco has the most cases in the bay area with 424. ama: health officials are wasting no time as they safely store the monkeypox vaccine shipment. the latest shipment was immediately impact to put on ice. the county has 65 confirmed cases. . san francisco health officials are waiting on more than 10,000 doses of the vaccine. this is video of the lines outside a clinic at san francisco general hospital.
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this was on monday. due to the lack of supply right now, a monkeypox clinic at the hospital tomorrow is now closed to walk-ins. you must have an appointment to get vaccinated. dan: still ahead, two years after the louisville police officers shot and killed breonna taylor, the officers involved have now been charged. ama: wnba star brittney griner found guilty and sentenced to nine years in a russian prison. what she said at her hearing today in reactio --
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large out-of-state corporations have set their sights on california. they've written prop 27, to allow online sports betting. they tell us it will fund programs for the homeless. but read prop 27's fine print. 90% of profits go to out-of-state corporations, leaving almost nothing for the homeless.
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no real jobs are created here. but the promise between our state and our sovereign tribes would be broken forever. these out-of-state corporations don't care about california. but we do. stand with us. in a recent clinical study, patients using salonpas patch reported reductions in pain severity, using less or a lot less oral pain medicines. and improved quality of life. that's why we recommend salonpas. it's good medicine. ama: four current and former louisville police officers facing charges by the federal government for a botched raid and wrongful death of breonna taylor. it has been two years since the officers shot the 26-year-old six times. police officers had a warrant looking for an ex-boyfriend.
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officers shot into taylor's home after her boyfriend shot an officer in the leg thinking it was an intruder. attorney general of merrick garland says officers used false information to obtain a warrant. >> the affidavit falsely claimed officers had verified the target of the alleged operation had received packages at ms. taylor's address. ama: officersama: involved in the radar charged with civil rights of persons, unlawful conspiracies, obstruction and unconstitutional use of force. dan: wnba star brittney griner was found guilty in her drug possession trial in russia. griner has been sentenced to nine years in prison and up to $16,000 in fines. she's been held by russian authorities per five months after cannabis oil was found in her luggage at a russian airport. griner says the drug was prescribed by a doctor for pain. before a russian judge, griner pleaded guilty, stating she packed the oil by accident. >> i made an honest mistake and i hope that in your ruling, that
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it does not end my life here. i had no intent to break any russian law. dan: in the united states, president biden is calling the verdict unacceptable. the prisoner swap offer still stands for russian arms dealer, and former marine paul whelen. >> covid put the brakes on for the last two years, but this year, the sonoma county fair is backed with full capacity. we will show you around, coming up.
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ama: the sonoma county fair is open and this year, it is back to its full size with the return of horse racing and the flower show. here to tell us more is reporter cornell barnard who is at the fair. reporter: there was a huge line when the fair opened about five hours ago. all 180 acres of fairgrounds
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back the way it was pretty print them in -- pre-pandemic a lot of families. could not be happier. the horses are back on the track at the sonoma county fair. crowds are back, too. so are the games. >> i can't say i'm going to make it. but one shot will get you a win. i can promise you that. reporter: this family was in search of corndogs and other delights. >> first thing we did, walk in the door and find fair food. >> barbecued turkey leg. and it's good. reporter: no cancellations, downsizing, or capacity limits this year. >> the whole shebang. reporter: the fair ceo says it's good to have families and staff returning. >> the staff is so excited. it kind of makes me tear up a bit actually. it was tough not having a full share in 2020 and funny 21.
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-- and 2021. seeing people come and excited to be here, the staff excited, putting everything back together, it is like a reunion. reporter: the hall of flowers is back open with a tropical theme. don't forget the animals. >> this is my market lamb milton. i will show him in the next cross. reporter: all age members and the livestock were ready for judging. >> the kid energy is really high. you can walk through the barn and see different displays and the pride they have. reporter: james fitzpatrick and his son were here despite some concerns. >> covid, the monkeypox, all of this stuff. legionnaires is out somewhere. so there's a lot to be worried about. but we will let the fun take over the worry. reporter:reporter: fair directors estimated about 200,000 people will visit in the next 10 days, pumping $9 million
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to $10 million in the local economy. the theme is tropical paradise. that's why i'm wearing a lei. everyone gets a free one while supplies last at the gate. in sonoma county, cornell barnard, abc 7 news. dan: thank you. in san francisco, 220,000 people are expected to attend the three-day outside lands music festival. it kicks off in golden gate park. preparations are well underway. reporter lyanne melendez explains security is very tight and now there is a new health concern looming. reporter: outside lands is sometimes referred to as a food festival that just happens to have music. 96 restaurants to choose from. >> everyone gets to gain weight by eating. overeating. reporter: the attraction is of course the artists performing in the next three days. 111.
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the art of socializing through music was interrupted by the pandemic. >> not just to hear music by yourself, but have that experience with other people. it really did make people appreciate what they have when they have it. reporter: and this year, there are a few things that people don't have to do. >> you don't have to mask up. you don't have to provide proof of vaccine. you don't have to do some of the things you did in the past. reporter: but let's get real, covid is still out there, and this time both the city and organizers are encouraging people to learn more about monkeypox. >> we want to make sure that people are safe in this environment. just mindful. if you don't feel good, do not come. reporter: as in years past, another planet entertainment is heavily invested in security, and playing the help of the san francisco police department, park rangers, homeland security, and a small army of private security personnel. >> we will have a full and very
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visible complement of police officers all three days for the 72 hours of the event on the interior and exterior. reporter:reporter: the event helps feed the local economy, generating more than $71 million for the city each year. that is music to the mayor's ears. >> so for all of you coming out this weekend, please keep a smile on your face, please enjoy, please use public transportation, and ultimately, i want you all to have the best time. reporter: in san francisco, lyanne melendez, abc 7 news. ama: a lot of things to do outside this weekend. dan: meteorologist sandhya patel is tracking all of it. sandhya: outside lands is going to be the best time ever, as long as you just plan accordingly, bring a jacket or a hoodie because there will be fog and clouds around.
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we will keep it in the low to mid 60's range to be typical, fog to sunshine in the next three days. active weather in the sierras. monsoon moisture bringing thundershowers, producing some heavy rain. we do have flash flood watches and warnings in effect down towards southern california. there is an evacuation warning where the happy camp area fire is burning. red flag warning due to lightning for parts of northern and northeastern california. i want to show you what is drawing the moisture. high-pressure over the desert so left -- southwest there's an area by the coastline with a south wind. dew points right now, some areas still muggy to human. 58 in oakland.
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dryer air around concord. san jose cameras showing higher clouds as we look at the temperatures. 69 in oakland. 82 degrees in palo alto. 64 in half moon bay. this is obscured by the fog and clouds. mid 70's, santa rosa, napa, upper 80's around fairfield. low 90's is where we got up to for many inland areas but that will change. from the golden gate bridge camera, stockton view. high clouds. relief from the heat tomorrow. mild to warm weekend. if you don't like the humidity, it is going down. check out what will happen. in the sierra, showers and storms through tomorrow. obviously we need it because we have a drought up and down the state. the latest from the drought monitor, extreme drought and southeast california, shrank from last week.
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slight improvement. here in the bay area, we continue to be in a severe drought locally. we have to do everything we can to conserve. 50's and 60's to start the morning. some drizzle, fog, and high clouds. mid-80's inland. we will see a mix of sun, clouds, and fog for friday. the accuweather 7 day forecast, heat relief tomorrow and lower humidity the weekend. slightly warmer weather as we head into a new work week. by wednesday and thursday, we are talking warmer weather, mid 90's inland. . that will get hot, low to mid 60's. no matter what you are doing this weekend, it looks nice. ama:
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for years, california's non-gaming tribes have been left in the dust. wealthy tribes with big casinos make billions, while small tribes struggle in poverty. prop 27 is a game changer. 27 taxes and regulates online sports betting to fund permanent solution to homelessness. while helping every tribe in california. so who's attacking prop 27? wealthy casino tribes who want all the money for themselves support small tribes, address homelessness. vote yes on 27. wanna help kids get their homework done? well, an internet connection's a good start. but kids also need computers. and sometimes the hardest thing about homework is finding a place to do it. so why not hook community centers up with wifi? for kids like us, and all the amazing things we're gonna learn. through project up, comcast is committing $1 billion dollars
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so millions more students can continue to get the tools they need to build a future of unlimited possibilities. dan: another encouraging sign that california's wolf population is rebounding. ama: advocates are calling it a conservation milestone. according to a new report from the state department of fish and wildlife, two of the three wolf packs have produced new pups this year. this is a picture from years past. dan: nice to see. world news tonight is next. we appreciate your time. i'm dan ashley. ama: i'm ama daetz.
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thank you for joining us. we will see you at 6:00.
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large out-of-state corporations have set their sights on california. they've written prop 27, to allow online sports betting. they tell us it will fund programs for the homeless. but read prop 27's fine print. 90% of profits go to out-of-state corporations, leaving almost nothing for the homeless. no real jobs are created here. but the promise between our state and our sovereign tribes would be broken forever. these out-of-state corporations don't care about california. but we do. stand with us.
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tonight, the u.s. declares the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency. cases spreading across the country. more than 7,100 americans infected in at least 48 states. the federal government freeing up funding to increase testing, treatment, and vaccines. the biden administration under growing pressure to make more vaccines available. new york and san francisco saying they don't have enough vaccine doses to meet demand. overseas tonight, wnba star brittney griner convicted on drug charges in russia, sentenced to nine years at a the judge finding she intentionally smuggled vape cartridges containing hashish oil found in her luggage at an airport near moscow. griner addressing the judge before the verdict. her message to family, friends, and teammates. pesident biden demanding russia release her immediately.


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