ABC7 Presents: More to Explore

ABC7 Presents: More to Explore

Host Dan Ashley provides an exclusive, behind-the-scenes sneak peek into San Francisco's new Exploratorium!
'Stress is off' Robert Griffin III

'Stress is off' Robert Griffin III

For Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, there's a definite change in his psyche working with first-year coach Jay Gruden and new offensive coordinator Sean McVay.
Sources: Ray Rice gets 2-game ban

Sources: Ray Rice gets 2-game ban

The NFL will suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for the first two games of this season, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Jon Lester contract talks tabled

Jon Lester contract talks tabled

Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino confirmed Thursday morning that the team and ace Jon Lester have agreed to table contract negotiations until after the season.
Justin Blackmon arrested for 3rd ti...

Justin Blackmon arrested for 3rd time

Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has been arrested a third time, this time in Edmond, Oklahoma, where police have charged him with possession of marijuana.
PHOTOS: What it takes to get a shot...

PHOTOS: What it takes to get a shot of POTUS

You think the TSA is difficult? Try covering a departure of Air Force One from San Francisco International Airport.


San Francisco power outage affects ...

San Francisco power outage affects more than 36,000 PG&E customers

More than 36,000 PG&E customers were without power in San Francisco early Wednesday morning, according to PG&E officials. The outage, impacting 36,895 PG&E customers began late Tuesday night, according to PG&E officials.

No strike after AC Transit deal rea...

No strike after AC Transit deal reached

AC Transit and its bus drivers and other employees avoided a potential Wednesday strike when the two sides reached a tentative deal on a three-year contract. Officials with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 and the bus system agreed to the deal shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, less than two hours before 1,625 drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, clerical and other workers had said they would walk off the job. AC Transit also wanted workers to begin paying a portion of their health care premiums.
Blame in Oscar Grant BART death may...

Blame in Oscar Grant BART death may shift

Court questions decision to remove Grant from train [...] the courts and the public have placed the responsibility for Oscar Grant's death entirely on the BART police officer who shot the unarmed passenger on an Oakland train platform. [...] a federal appeals court ruling could shift some of the blame to the officer's supervisor and perhaps the transit system itself. Former Officer Johannes Mehserle, who fired the shot that killed Grant on Jan. 1, 2009, served 11 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter, and is also a defendant in the damage suit by Grant's father and four of his friends. [...] he said, an employer "shouldn't be responsible for the actions of a rogue employee, but for negligent supervision." BART has paid $2.8 million in settlements to Grant's mother and daughter, and could be assessed additional damages in the suits by Grant's father and the four friends, who spent hours in handcuffs at the transit agency's police station after the shooting.
Bay Area Citizens sues Plan Bay Are...

Bay Area Citizens sues Plan Bay Area

Critics of a regional plan to encourage development and growth in areas with easy access to mass transit filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court on Tuesday. The petitioner, a group called Bay Area Citizens that says the plan will hurt their property values, is being represented in court by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a Sacramento conservative organization. The lawsuit alleges that Plan Bay Area violates the California Environmental Quality Act by omitting alternatives to its plan to steer 77 percent of future growth near "priority development areas," including places like Mission Bay in San Francisco, Oakland's Jack London Square and downtown San Rafael, Walnut Creek and Fairfield.
AC Transit, union proposals move cl...

AC Transit, union proposals move closer

AC Transit also wants workers to begin paying a portion of their health care premiums. A bus operator's base salary is $55,000, but health and other benefits bring total compensation to about $103,000, Johnson said. The agency also originally wanted workers to contribute 10 percent to their health care premiums before switching to an agreement based on flat rates.
Car found, but Oakland woman still ...

Car found, but Oakland woman still missing

A car belonging to a missing Oakland woman has been found, but the whereabouts of the criminal defense investigator remain unknown, police said Tuesday. Coke, 50, who is a death penalty expert, works as an investigator for the federal public defender's office in Sacramento, helping government lawyers defend indigent clients accused of federal crimes. Family members are wondering whether she met with someone who purported to know where her dog was, or whether she met with foul play with someone connected to her work at the public defender's office.


Jump On Tomorrow: Berkeley Kite Fes...

Jump On Tomorrow: Berkeley Kite Festival, Great Bull Run, Market Street Transit Lanes, International Soccer At Cal, Sunday?s SF Marathon

Berkeley Kite FestivalComing Saturday: Market Street transit lane painting, Berkeley kite festival, running bulls in Pleasanton, international soccer at Cal, and (Sunday) the San Francisco Marathon returns.
Gold Country Wildfire Forces Evacua...

Gold Country Wildfire Forces Evacuations Along Highway 49

Wildfire AerialA fast-moving wildfire in Northern California has prompted the evacuation of homes along a rural road east of Sacramento.
Oakland Gunman Surrenders After Sho...

Oakland Gunman Surrenders After Shooting At Repo Man As Car Is Towed Away

A gunman surrenders to police after a standoff in West Oakland following a shooting, July 25, 2014. (CBS)A man apparently upset that his car was being repossessed opened fire on the repossession agent in Oakland Friday, prompting a long standoff with police before he surrendered.
Sea Lions Dying, Suffering Major In...

Sea Lions Dying, Suffering Major Injuries After Getting Entangled In Man-Made Debris

O'Neil, the rescued sea lion got entangled in a plastic bottle wrap, that left deep gashes around her neck and severed her ear.SAUSALITO (KCBS) — Veterinarians at the Mammal Center in Sausalito have seen an influx of seals and sea lions seriously injured after they became entangled in man-made materials. Many have died. It’s not just fishing […]
Giants Pencil In New 2nd Baseman Ug...

Giants Pencil In New 2nd Baseman Uggla Into Starting Lineup; Scutaro Back On Disabled List

Dan Uggla #26 of the Atlanta Braves tosses his helmet after striking out in the first inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Dan Uggla needed a fresh start. The San Francisco Giants needed a healthy second baseman who could step in and produce. Both are hoping they can solve each other’s problem. A […]
Caught On Camera: SUV Nearly Runs O...

Caught On Camera: SUV Nearly Runs Over Baby Stroller After San Francisco SoMa Crash

Close CallA mother taking her baby for a stroll in San Francisco?s South of Martet is thanking her lucky stars Friday after nearly getting run over by an out of control SUV.


Update: Two Slain Santa Cruz Police...

Update: Two Slain Santa Cruz Police Officers Were Veteran Detectives

SANTA CRUZ (KRON) -- The citizens of Santa Cruz are mourning the murders of two veteran police detectives who were shot and killed while conducting an investigation at a home on Branciforte Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The 35-year old alleged shooter, Jeremy Goulet, was also shot and killed minutes after the initial attack, investigators say.

"I cannot begin to express the shock and sadness we feel this evening," Santa Cruz Mayor Hillary Bryant said. "Two of our most beloved officers were killed in the line of duty and this has rocked the community to our absolute foundation."

The two slain officers are identified as Detective Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker, a 28-year veteran of the department and 10-year veteran Detective Elizabeth Butler. Police Chief Kevin Vogel describes Baker as a longtime friend and mentor. Detective Baker leaves behind a wife, two daughters, and a son who works as a Community Services Officer for Santa Cruz police. Detective Butler is survived by her partner and two young sons, Vogel says.

"It was with deep, deep sadness that I stand before you this evening to talk about the death of my two officers today," Chief Vogel said. "We at the Santa Cruz police department are like family. I've known both of these officers for a long, long time and there just aren't words to describe how I feel personally about this and about how my department is reacting to this horrific, horrific tragedy."

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak's department will lead the investigation. He says it appears the two plain clothes detectives went to Goulet's home on Banciforte as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Based on physical evidence and witness accounts, Wowak says Goulet opened fire on the detectives. The two officers and witnesses called for help.

When authorities arrived on the scene they say they found the two detectives dead outside the home and Goulet missing. A multi-agency team then locked down the neighborhood which includes three schools and a busy Whole Foods supermarket.

Within minutes of setting up the search, Sheriff Wowak says officers encountered Goulet. A short chase ensued and then gunfire was exchanged, he says. Goulet was shot and killed at the scene.

Even after Goulet's death, officers continued a house by house, "closet-by-closet" search of the neighborhood to determine if there were additional suspects. Sheriff Wowak says it is his belief the public is now out of harm's way.

Students at the three schools were taken by bus to the nearby Government Center where they were re-united with their families.

Authorities are praising nearby law agencies including deputies from San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Monterey County sheriffs departments and police officers from Scott's Valley, Capitola, and Watsonville who just showed up on the scene to offer their help.

Wowak says the California Department of Justice, the FBI, and the regional law agencies will all assist in the investigation. He says it could be weeks before we know all of the details of what happened and why.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and for comprehensive coverage of the investigation into the shootings and the community's mourning of the two slain officers.

(Copyright 2013, KRON 4, All rights reserved.)

Woman Cyclist Dies in San Jose Hit ...

Woman Cyclist Dies in San Jose Hit and Run Collision

SAN JOSE (BCN) -- Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was fatally struck in a hit-and-run collision in San  Jose early Tuesday morning, officers said.      Shortly after 1 a.m., police received a report of a traffic collision at the intersection of Monterey Road and Bellevue Avenue.      Upon arrival, police determined that a vehicle had struck a woman and the driver had fled before police arrived on scene.      The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for life-threatening injuries. She succumbed to her injuries at 1:50 a.m., police said.      Preliminary police investigation into the incident revealed that the victim was crossing the street when a dark-colored vehicle struck her.  The vehicle did not stop and continued southbound on Monterey Road, police said.      Neither the driver nor the vehicle has been located and the incident remains under investigation, according to police.      The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification to next of kin, police said.      Anyone with information regarding the incident or about the suspect vehicle is asked to contact local authorities.(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
UPDATE: Coast Guard Says Reports of...

UPDATE: Coast Guard Says Reports of Family Abandoning Boat Off Central Coast May Be a Hoax

(BCN) The U.S. Coast Guard has called off its search for a man, woman and two children who reportedly abandoned ship off the coast of Monterey County on Sunday afternoon saying that the report could have been a hoax.The search was suspended at about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday. Coast Guard boats and aircraft had been scouring the waters about 65 miles off the Monterey coast since about 4:20 p.m. Sunday, when the family made a distress call to Coast Guard Sector San Francisco.The caller said he was on a boat, possibly named "Charmblow," with his wife, their 4-year-old son and the boy's young cousin.The man told the Coast Guard that the vessel's electronics system was failing, and then said over a choppy radio connection that the family had decided to abandon ship, according to the Coast Guard. Chief Petty Officer Mike Lutz said it is not clear how many life rafts the family had with them, but that there was no life raft. In the last dispatch from the boat at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the man said the family was trying to string together a cooler and a life ring to cling to. Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena said there have been no missing-persons reports that would help identify the family. Lutz said the Coast Guard has checked local marinas for information about a boat named "Charmblow" or something similar, to no avail.However, although the search has been called off, the Coast Guard is still treating the incident as a legitimate distress call, Lutz said.(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
San Francisco Symphony Oboist Colla...

San Francisco Symphony Oboist Collapses During Performance

SAN FRANCISCO -- A longtime oboist with the San Francisco Symphony remains hospitalized Monday after collapsing on stage Saturday night during a  performance at Davies Symphony Hall, a symphony spokesman said.      William Bennett, 56, the principal oboist, was performing Richard  Strauss' Oboe Concerto during an 8 p.m. performance at the hall, located at  201 Van Ness Ave., when he fell to the stage, spokesman Oliver Theil said.      The show was stopped and he was taken to a hospital, where it was determined that he had suffered a brain hemorrhage, Theil said.      He was still at the hospital this morning and was listed in guarded condition, according to Theil.      "We all think the world of Bill, and our thoughts and best wishes are with him and his family," Theil said.      Bennett has been a member of the symphony since 1979 and has been  the principal oboist since 1987.      There has been an outpouring of support for Bennett over social media, including by the New York Philharmonic, which sent well wishes in a  tweet this morning.(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
Oakland Couple Feared Missing on So...

Oakland Couple Feared Missing on South America Bike Trip

(BCN) -- Family members and friends are worried about an Oakland couple who may have disappeared during a bike trip in South America last month.Garrett Hand, 25, and his girlfriend, Jamie Neal, left on their bike trip in late November, and at the end of January all communication stopped, Hand's sister Larkin McGowan said today.She said there has been no financial activity on the couple's bank accounts or credit cards since Jan. 25. "That's the big alarm," said McGowan, who lives in Concord.The couple, who McGowan described as avid bicyclists and well-traveled, have been documenting their trip online. Social media posts dropped off around the same time the financial activity stopped, she said. The last post on Neal's Facebook was on Jan. 23, when the pair arrived in Cusco, Peru.Hand, a commercial fisherman in the Bay Area, posted in Spanish on his Facebook page from Cusco on Jan. 25 that the next stop of the trip would be Pucallpa, Peru, if the couple could find a bus.Neal, who is in her 20s and works at the Pedaler Bike Shop in El Sobrante, had been in touch with her coworkers through the end of January, shop mechanic Mark Lindgren said.The shop has pooled together a $3,000 reward for any information that will help locate the couple.Lindgren said Neal had taken time off work for the trip, and that regular customers and colleagues are concerned.Donations for the couple's families can be made at any Mechanics Bank by mentioning Hand or Neal, Lindgren said.On Feb. 13, the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, posted an emergency message warning of a potential kidnapping threat in the Cusco area."The Embassy has received information that members of a criminal organization may be planning to kidnap U.S. citizen tourists in the Cusco and Machu Picchu area," the message reads.The threat is listed as credible through the end of February.McGowan said the families are working with the U.S. Embassy and local authorities.Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
Third Suspect in 2010 San Jose Homi...

Third Suspect in 2010 San Jose Homicide Arrested

SAN JOSE (BCN) -- A third suspect in a 2010 homicide in San Jose is in custody after being arrested Friday afternoon as he was on his way to court, police said.       Carlos Ruiz Paz, 21, a San Jose resident, was arrested at about 1:30 p.m. as he was en route to an unrelated court case, police said.      The victim, 22-year-old Jose Antonio Vega Calderon, was found stabbed and shot at the corner of Willard Avenue and San Carlos Street at about 9:30 p.m. on April 21, 2010, police said.       He was taken to a hospital, where he died later that night.      The killing was later determined to be gang-related, according to police.      Jose Torres, 22, and Alvaro Ochoa, 22, were identified as suspects and arrested in connection with the murder. They have been in custody since their 2010 arrests, police said.(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)


Record breaking temperatures in som...

Record breaking temperatures in some Bay Area cities

Temperatures in downtown San Francisco set a record high Friday, reaching 85 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The previous high for July 25 was 82 degrees set in 1973.

Mountain View also set a record at 95 degrees. The previous high was 90 degrees set in 2005.

Lastly, Richmond hit 87 degrees, which tied a record set in 2005.

Friday was forecasted to be the hottest day this week as temperatures rose throughout the Bay Area.

Temperatures in the area are expected to begin cooling this weekend.

Wildfire forces evacuation of rural...

Wildfire forces evacuation of rural Calif. homes

A fast-moving wildfire in Northern California has prompted the evacuation of homes along a rural road east of Sacramento.

CalFire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said the fire broke out Friday afternoon in a riverbed along the Amador and El Dorado county line, north of the town of Plymouth.

She said the fire crossed the river into more rugged terrain, hampering firefighters' efforts to corral the blaze. It has grown to about 600 acres.

Dry, thick brush and oak trees fueled the blaze, which sent a huge plume of smoke across the region.

Tolmachoff said an unknown number of homes on Sand Ridge Road off Highway 49 were evacuated.

The fire is about 45 miles east of Sacramento.

Tolmachoff said investigators were trying to determine whether a burned car ignited the fire.

Structure fire burns in Lafayette

Structure fire burns in Lafayette

A structure fire was burning in Lafayette Friday.

Contra Costa fire officials tell KTVU the three-alarm fire was burning a home on Monticello Road near Glen Road.

The fire started in a garage of a one story wood frame house and spread to the vegetation around it.

The area is on the edge of Briones Regional Park. A neighbor told KTVU he heard crackling noises before seeing the flames.

A second home also suffered damage.

At this point additional details have not been released.

Vallejo group works to start mobile...

Vallejo group works to start mobile spay and neuter van

Everyday Lynn Carvahlo opens the doors of her Wags and Whiskers thrift shop and hopes today will be the day they find a way to help the thousands of animals on the streets of Vallejo. 

She founded the non-profit group S.N.I.P, the Spay Neuter Imperative Project. Carvahlo says, "the problem is horrendous." She says there are feral cat populations in almost every neighborhood and shelters are at capacity. But she says the solution is just within reach and it comes in the form of a mobile spay and neuter van.

Part of the battle to make the mobile van a reality has already been won. The City of Vallejo has already allocated $165,000 that would go specifically towards procedures. Petsmart Charities has also awarded $95,000 for the group.  

There is only one problem - the group still needs a mobile van to make it all happen. The van can cost $85,000 to 100,000 and they are running out of time to get one.

Carvahlo told KTVU, "we have until the end of August and then the money reverts back to the city." If that happens then the Petsmart money will be lost as well.

She is now working with Michelle Morris-Adams who founded the magazine Pet Lovers Guide and who spent five years working for rescue groups. She still spends a lot of her time and her own money trying to help strays on the streets.

Morris-Adams told KTVU, "I've personally trapped and neutered over 400 animals over the last five years I've rehomed almost two hundred."

Morris-Adams says the shelters do what they can but they are almost always full. The Vallejo Humane Shelter is at capacity and so is the Fairfield Animal Shelter.

Of the 10,000 animals the shelter takes in annually, 20 percent come from Vallejo. When KTVU went by the shelter it was tough to find any empty space. Lt. Cathy Ramos told KTVU, "we are extremely overcrowded today with a population of 356 animals."

They normally house about 160 so staffers were asking other shelters to help shoulder the load.  Not all the animals taken in will find homes.  

Ramos told KTVU "we actually have a live release rate of 60 percent so 40 percent of those animals do not make it out of here."

Carvahlo says she's not sure if they'll raise the money in time. She has started a Go Fund Me account and all the proceeds from the thrift store will go towards the effort.  

But at this point they are not even close to their goal.  Still Morris-Adams says she doesn't believe it's a question of support but rather getting the word out. They are hoping the more people know, the more the money they will raise and insists they are not giving up.

$17.4 million grant to enhance secu...

$17.4 million grant to enhance security of BART's critical infrastructure

It's one of the most important parts of the Bay Area transit network.

Tens of thousands of people take BART's transbay tube between San Francisco and the East Bay every day. That's why a big chunk of homeland security money is now headed this way.

"Jumping on the tube, it's like, you're there in a split second," said rider Guy Dechalus.

It's a quick, albeit noisy, ride through the transbay tube that riders need. "Oh quite a bit. Tonight I'll be taking it back into the city to go out with friends," said commuter Lauren Wilkerson.

That's why on Friday, East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell announced a new $17.4 million federal grant is coming to BART. He said, "This... grant is a smart investment that will enable BART to enhance the security of its critical infrastructure against a potential terrorist attack. The failure to do so could cripple the Bay Area's economy."

"I live in Fremont and that's my means of transportation to get back and forth from San Francisco," said Daniel Beal.

BART officials are being vague about how the money will help. "We're not going to go into the level of details of what the money is for, because it's a very high risk situation," explained spokeswoman, Alicia Trost.

But Trost specified the funding is not for additional police. "The money's going to be used for critical infrastructure needs, for the transbay tube to make sure it's safe and secure."

Because the tube runs under the bay, officials say riders won't notice any work being done. That could mean the structure's shell will be hardened to protect it from any underwater explosives.

"Given all that's been happening around the world, I think every security measure is important," said commuter Michelle Boifort.

BART officials wouldn't even say when the work will begin, again, for security reasons. But now that the funding is secure, the project will soon go out for bids.

Soccer coach accused of molesting a...

Soccer coach accused of molesting a child at soccer camp

A soccer coach accused of molesting a child allegedly committed the lewd act during the lunch hour of the soccer camp he was working at, according to police.

Jesse Schlicker, 26, of Livermore worked as a strength and speed coach in a soccer camp program at Cabernet Indoor Sports. He has since been suspended following his arrest on Tuesday and formally restrained from the premises.

Management at Cabernet Indoor Sports declined an on camera interview, but referred KTVU to the statement posted on their website. It said Schlicker was thoroughly vetted before he was hired and there were no red flags.

Part of the statement reads, “As a company we take many steps to ensure a safe environment, from the high visibility of every inch of our play areas to screening the people who come in contact with our customers.”

Livermore Police said Schlicker previously worked at World Cup Soccer Camps based in Los Gatos. Calls to the company on Friday were not immediately returned.

Schlicker is charged with one count of committing a lewd act on a child under 14. He was released from Santa Rita Jail on Wednesday.

Authorities said there may be other victims and they are urging those families to come forward.

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