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now at 11:00, a 10-month-old rushed to the hospital after a vicious dog attack ends in a hail of bullets. an 80-pound animal had the boy's head in his mouth. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz. tonight officers say they had no choice but to shoot and kill the dog. the attack happened this afternoon on fremont street in concord. >> the baby is being treated at childrens hospital oakland, and that's where abc 7 news report yeh katie udas is live with this developing story. >> reporter: i spoke with the baby's father on the phone and he told me he's doing okay but he didn't want to comment. he witnessed with his 7-year-old son what police are calling a traumatic event. >> shots fired. shots. >> copy, shots fired on the dog.
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>> reporter: concord police shot and killed a family dog that moments earlier attacked a 10-month-old boy. >> the dog was very aggressive actually. took an aggressive stance toward our officer. and that's why our officer discharged his firearm. >> reporter: an officer ran inside to get the baby. >> when the officer pulled him out, quite the emotional scene. having to wrap his head. >> reporter: the boy underwent surgery at oakland children's hospital after suffering bites to the head. he's expected to be okay. but his 7-year-old brother is struggling after witnessing the traumatic attack. >> the 7-year-old started screaming, which caught mom's attention. mom came in there, was able to pull the child away and prevent any further attack. and that probably saved his life. >> reporter: the german shepherd mastiff mix named charlie was 80 pounds. the mother stepped out of the room for a moment before the attack happened. >> talking to mom, sounds like the dog never had any -- never showed any signs of aggression before in the past. and mom actually raised this dog
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since he was a little pup. >> reporter: neighbors tell abc 7 the dog was aggressive, one neighbor sayg it attacked her dog a few years ago. contra costa animal services is investigating. in the east bay, katie udas, abc 7 news. >> we first told you about this story tonight with a push alert from the abc 7 news app. download the app for free and enable push alerts to get breaking news updates as they happen. more developing news. tonight abc 7 news was at the south bay mobile home park in san jose as more people return home for the first time following this week's devastating flooding. and as if these people didn't have enough to worry about, now we've learned some of them have become victims of crime. abc 7 news reporter katie marzullo is live at the mobile home park with the story tonight. katie, talk bin sult to injury. >> reporter: darngs on tuesday you'll remember we showed you flood water gushing from the other side of this wall and now you can see the damage. coyote creek actually burrowing underneath the wall, filling this mobile home park with several feet of water. and tonight the streets are still caked with mud.
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the flood water has receded from the south bay mobile home park. now the focus is getting hot water. >> i had to buy a hot plate from fry's for 20 bucks and using the microwave and heating up water. >> reporter: bonnie medrano is the assistant manager. she and her husband have been without gas for four days and three very cold nights. >> it's been very hard on him without having the heat and stuff. when you're 70 something. you need your heat. >> reporter: now they're among the lucky ones. their gas is back on. park utilities is going door to door relighting pilot lights. >> the great thing about it is that people always smile when you knock on their door and say they're going to have hot water. >> reporter: city officials have not completely lifted the evacuation order but park management is encouraging people to return. >> we've had three break-ins unfortunately. we've told them if you can try to come back home at least check on your home. >> reporter: people continue to toss out taminated belongings. these are hard times for flood
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victims. janet childs knows. she had to evacuate her mobile home tuesday and she's an expert in traumatic stress. >> do one task at a time that you can accomplish. because that puts you from out of control to in control. the other thing that really helps is being in community. so don't try to go it alone. >> reporter: these flood-ravaged communities have certainly come together. in san jose, katie marzullo, abc 7 news. our 7 on your side team spent the day answering questions about consumer issues related to the flooding. michael finney was out at james lick high school all afternoon talking to flood victims and getting answers from experts. topics included help with pets and avoiding scammers. you can ask your consumer questions on social media anytime using the hashtag ask finney. there are many ways you can help the flood victims. the red cross has made it easy. just text the words "red cross" to 90999 to make a $10 donation that shows up on your phone bill. the red cross also needs volunteers. to find out how you can help go to our abc 7 news app or
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new at 11:00, neighbors have raised thousands of dollars for a pizza chef in cole valley who was attacked near his restaurant. abc 7 news was at bambidoa's rift rantee on cole street. last sunday night manny munoz went out to find his car been broken into. three people jumped and robbed him. they fractured bones in his forehead causing him to suffer seizures. munoz is now on medical leave trying to recover. >> everybody pulled together. everybody's working extra shifts to make up. and nobody cares. i mean, that's what we do. that's what you do. you help each other out. >> they sure are. neighbors say they just want to help his family with medical expenses. so far they've raised about $3,500. the woman who claimed in a blog that san francisco-based uber encourages harassment says she's now the target of a smear campaign. today susan fowler asked her twitter followers not to give out any personal information about her. the former engineer left uber in
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december claiming her manager made sexual advances that weren't investigated. uber says it's in no way involved in a smear campaign, calling that type of behavior wrong. abc 7 news was at the castro theater in san francisco tonight for the lesbian 2 tech event. the original goal four years ago was to to attract more women and lesbians to the tech industry. one of tonight's speakers was a woman from los angeles who co-founded the black lives matter movement. >> we believe black lives matter is a movement for every single person on the planet. it's a global struggle. wherever there is black people there's a time to fight back. you all hear that? >> more than 2,000 people are expected to attend this year. lesbians through tech continues through sunday. the oscars are two days away and while hollywood's biggest night is all about the awards of course it is also about the swag. >> abc 7 news anchor chrysten
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zee hung out in hollywood. >> reporter: lights, glamour, so much awaits the a-list celebrity in hollywood. but one of their favorite events surrounding oscar weekend is the swag party. this party in hollywood today is one of many where celebrities can load up on lavish goods. "real housewives" tln of atlant star kandi burruss. as is rich kind. >> this is ridiculous. all we do is show up and get things. and that's ridiculous in this world. >> reporter: companies eager to see their products on celebrities provide thousands of dollars' worth of items for free. some offer unique experiences. >> what are you giving away here? >> so we are letting celebrities and other people go ahead and come to one of our rocket launches. we're taking them out on the vip tour. we're going to let them hug the rocket, do all that sort of stuff. >> reporter: former "american idol" judge randy jackson is here shopping but also talking shop. i asked him what he thinks about
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this year's oscar nominations. >> very diverse this year. happy about that. i do think "la la land's" going to win a lot of awards. >> reporter: crews are busy putting the finishing touches on the dolby theater to make sure all will be perfect on hollywood's biggest night. in hollywood kristen sze, abc 7 news. >> jimmy kimmel will host the oscars for the efficiency time. live coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. and the awards start at 5:30. stay with us. meteorologist sandhya patel is tracking showers in the weekend accuweather forecast. >> that's right, dan and ama. leave doppler 7 tracking not only showers by snow. i'll let you know exactly when you'll be seeing both of these this upcoming weekend. and take a look at this. so much snow it's piling up in one sierra city. and tonight they don't know what to do with it. >> wow. plus, exploding batteries in everyday devices may be something at your home.
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7 on your side's michael finney talks with bay area scientists who are working to stop this danger. but first, this probably
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a drive-thru bank this is
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not. somehow a car ended up inside the lobby of the east-west bank on noriega street and 32nd avenue in san francisco's sunset district tonight. looks like the driver went right through that front window. fortunately, no one was hurt. for months 7 on your side has been reporting on the dangers of lithium batteries. you've seen some of the video. they've exploded without warning. and some hoverboards, smartphones, laptops, and e-cigarettes. >> now two big breakthroughs by bay area scientists could make them safe. here's 7 on your side's michael finney. >> this is the room where it happened in. you don't mind if i don't go in. >> reporter: cinders crunch under kathy galvan's feet. >> everything. >> reporter: abc 7 news was there in november after flames swept through her family's home in san leandro. >> everything's gone. everything's gone. >> reporter: and it all started with a child's toy. >> why would you sell a product if you knew -- if you knew there was even a chance this would
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happen. >> reporter: somewhere in the charred debris is a remote-controlled toy car. kathy's grandson was charge the battery when it burst into flames. >> just a little thing, and it caught so fast. >> reporter: it was a lithium polymer battery similar to ones that have exploded in some models of samsung phones and hoverboards. >> there are the facts that we cannot predict. >> reporter: just weeks ago stanford university professor jenen bao came out with a breakthrough solution. her invention shuts down a battery before it gets hot enough to explode. a first look at how it will work. >> a very simple sheet of film that can be inserted. >> reporter: this metallic film conducts electricity turning on this l.e.d. light. but if she blows hot air onto it, the metal expands so it stops conducting electricity. the l.e.d. light goes off. the battery shuts down before it can explode. >> our main goal is to find new
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materials for batteries, lithium ion batteries that can fix these safety issues. >> reporter: across the campus doctoral student austin sindek made another discovery. >> it's going to be much more safe, much less likely to blow up. >> reporter: sindek's team is trying to find a substitute for the flammable liquid that can make lithium batteries explode. >> you have 12,000 candidates that can do the job. >> reporter: scientists identified 12,000 materials that might work. trying them all can take decades and millions of dollars. so sindek invented an algorithm that narrowed it down to just 20 materials. his team will now try them in real batteries. so how long before we see their safer batteries in our devices? >> we invented a new idea, but we still need companies to commercialize it. >> we're looking at about a decade before they're really made on a large scale. >> from a toy battery. >> reporter: it's too late for kathy galvan's family.
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>> we're not together anymore. >> reporter: everything's gone. the family scattered, living with friends. kathy still coughing from the smoke so thick she was lucky to find her way out of the fire. >> it's something you always think's going to happen to somebody else. be aware. be very aware. be scared. >> reporter: the rechargeable battery association says it has spent billions on research to make batteries safer. the consumer products safety commission just began exploring new safety standards that could force companies to adopt inventions like the ones at stanford. i'm michael finney, 7 on your side. well, there's so much snow around lake tahoe some communities have nowhere to put it. nicki mahrez posted this picture from incline village on instagram. the snow was towering above nicki, as you can see. washu county's road supervisor says he's never seen anything like this before. crews are working 16-hour shifts for days on end to clear it from main roads and ship it out of the area. work on the side streets, well, that starts next week.
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some of the best snow we've seen in the sierra nevada. check out our activity planner. the weekend is here. if you're going to go for a wbie ride it is going to be fair. there will be some moushowers around. if you're hiking definitely chilly with some slick spots this upcoming weekend. we check out live doppler 7. we have some clouds. that green you're seeing there not reaching the ground yet but it will eventually get here and we are really tracking the moisture up to the north. i want to show what you it looks like there. we have showers and snow showers up to the north. temperatures right now in the upper 30s to upper 40s except around los gatos. pretty chilly at 36 degrees. from our south beach camera we're looking at a beautiful view right now of san francisco. and we are expecting a few cold showers this weekend. snow level down to 2,500 feet. it is going to be sunny and milder tuesday through friday. first thing tomorrow morning it's going to be another chilly
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one, not quite as cold as what we've seen this morning where we have the upper 20s. tomorrow morning you're going to see the low to mid 30s so that winter chill will be with us. you will also see those spotty showers. i do want to bring in the storm impact scale. this system is a 1 for saturday through monday. spotty light showers. rainfall up to a third of an inch and we're expecting snow over the highest peaks. you heard correct. snow over the highest peaks. here's the hour by-hour forecast. 1:00 a.m. you're going to be seeing those showers right across the bay area. notice that blue shade up there. the hills in mendocino county looking at some snow showers. 5:00 a.m. tomorrow. just spotty showers. i would carry an umbrella if i were you at noontime. those showers very scant in nature. but as we head into the afternoon and evening this is when the best possibility of seeing that rain moving on shore 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. tomorrow night. if you have plans keep that in mnd. these are both cold systems. this one on sunday is also a cold one. it's not going to hold a lot of moisture but it certainly will bring us those snow showers right on through the evening
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hours. showers and snow showers, excuse me, around 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. we head into 9:00 and we'll be watching some of those snow showers up to the north. could see some snow as low as mount tam, mount hamilton, mount diablo. don't be surprised if by monday morning you wake up and you're seeing white. sunday night those showers continue. we head into monday and this is the best possibility of seeing that snow over mount hamilton mixing in with the rain. we continue this trend all the way through monday afternoon and evening. but when you look at the rainfall totals you'll see this is nothing to change up your plans over. rainfall totals are very light. most areas will be a few hundredths of an inch. about a third of an inch at best over three days in half moon bay. here's a look at the winter weather advisory for sierra nevada. if you're traveling up to the mountains if starts at 10:00 a.m. sunday, runs till 4:00 p.m. monday. watch out. snow will be right over the pass passes, gusty winds will make for difficult travel conditions. highs for your saturday on the chilly side low to mid 50s. and the temperature trend something to look forward to. spring is in the air for san
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jose. you'll notice those temperatures ng with 70 degrees by the end of the work week next week. on the accuweather seven-day forecast ones for saturday through monday including oscar sunday. you can download the abc 7 news app to help you track these systems. and then we'll go with a dry warmer pattern tuesday through friday of next week. close to 70 degrees. dan and ama. >> thanks, sandhya. breaking bread with police. the east bay
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the pittsburgh police department sent out a message today from one of its officers. it's really an invitation from sergeant simental. that's her eating a sandwich. the message reads in part, "this is how i eat most of my work meals, alone." she says it can get lonely eating alone. i invite you to pull up a chair and break bread with me even if you don't know me. signed your pittsburgh homegrown
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officer. very inviting. >> yeah. definitely. larry's always inviting as well. >> oh, yeah. welcome, please. >> well, once you get past my security team, yes, you can join me. a new giant trying to win a roster spot wins the spring opener for the giants. plus what led warrior javale mcgee into a twitter war with shaq? sports next.
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geeng. chris marrero is trying to make the giants' roster. good first impression. giants opening contactus league play in scottsdale against the reds. madison bumgarner started the game. didn't last long. was on the expected to throw one inning. kind of wild. with the bases loaded patrick kivlehan drives in a pair. 2-0 reds. hunter pence knocks in the giants' first run of the season. fast forward to the bottom of the ninth giants trailing 4-3. here it comes there it goes marrero trying win that roster spot hitting three-run walk-off homers will tend to help. giants win 6-4. madbum glad to get it started. >> you'd like to have good results every time you step out on the mound but it's just about getting ready for the regular season. as long as you feel like your arm strength's there and your pitches are ready by the end of
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this month or six weeks that's all you can ask for. javale mcgee has done a lot to resurrect his career with the warriors and he has pretty much had it with shaquille o'neal making fun of him. shaq has been clowning mcgee for a while on tnt and last night ran a long segment again making fun of javale. what followed was an x raitt twitter battle in the middle of the night. the warriors, they've got javale's back. >> shaq wants to make a joke about it. but if it was him in that position he would feel the same way. he'd call him a bum and all this just because you're such a great player obviously but he airballed free throws. bigger than everybody. he didn't have skill. still a great player. but you had your flaws too as a player. college hoops tonight. senior night for jabari byrd and cal hosting. ivan rabb went for 16 points and nine boards. he said after the game he wants to soak in the moment.
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sounds like he's gone. charlie moore to jabari byrd. this bird flies. hugs for senior sam keller. 19-9. packed house in corvallis for eighth-ranked stanford. the women at number 10 oregon state, who upset the cardinal in double o.t. earlier this season. lana smith has been stanford's leading scorer lately, held to only nine points. sydney wiese on fire for the beavs. look at the double screen. she had 22. with five seconds to go. stanford is down three. erica mccall for the tie. 50-47 is your final. oregon state sweeps stanford in the regular season. and also the cal women beat oregon. abc 7 sports brought to you by river rock casino. >> looks like a great and enthusiastic crowd. >> yeah. it was packed in corvallis. >> cool. thanks, larry. >> all right. abc 7 news continues now online, on twitter, facebook and all your mobile devices with our abc 7 news app. >> take a moment and c


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