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share rapist is finally in custody. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz in for kristen sze. let's take a better look at the suspect. he's been identified as orlando lazo. >> more now from dion lim live in san francisco. dion. >> reporter: dan and ama, police say the first rape happened back in 2013. by 2018, these assaults had become so frequent and so violent they were forced to form a task force in order to catch their suspect. orlando lazo is the man san francisco police arrested at his san mateo home thursday. he's charged with multiple offenses, including the rape of four women. those offenses so serious, the commander of investigations broke down in tears. >> i'm sorry that i got emotional. but this is the exact thing that everyone fears could happen here >> reporter: in each case, sfpd believes he posed as a ride share driver and intercepted
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random women as they left nightclubs and bars. dna evidence linked the crimes. >> we know for sure he's responsible for these four rapes. >> reporter: investigators say five years elapsed between the first rape to the second this past february, may, and the most recent in june. >> there's a long time between 2013 and 2018. it's very hard to believe that he wasn't committing sexual assaults somewhere else. >> reporter: because the crimes became more frequent and more violent, the ride share rapist task force was created, including members of the special victims unit, crime lab and fbi. >> the unbelievable diligent work of our officers and everyone you see standing here before me is what allowed us to take this predator off the street, hopefully for a long time. >> reporter: police say all four victims were instrumental in helping identify him, which led to his arrest. he's being held on a $4 million bail. uber sent us a statement this afternoon saying lazo is not an
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uber driver, he never was an uber driver. lyft has yet to release a statement of their own. by the way, uber and sfpd do remind customers that they need to check their app to make sure the license plate on their app matches the vehicle picking you up. in san francisco tonight, dion lim, abc 7 news. uber is now running continuous background checks on its drivers. the company announced today it's been using a new service that tracks the criminal records of drivers in realtime. 25 people have been banned from driving since it began last month. the move comes after a cnn investigation found 103 uber drivers have been accused of sexual assaulting or abusing passengers. traffic leaving the western end of alameda is gridlocked right now because of a crash that's closed the posey tube. sky 7 is over the portal to the tunnel on the alameda side. the collision between several cars happened around 4:00. it involved an unmarked highway patrol cruiser. several people were hurt, but we understand their injuries are
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non-life threatening. the officer in the cruiser wasn't hurt. the crash shut down both lanes into oakland. cars are backing out of the tunnel. it's unknown when the tube will reopen. ac transit is warning riders to expect delays and rerouted buses on the 19, 20, 51a and o transbay bus. a wastewater treatment planted shut down because of a chemical reaction. drone view 7 was above the oceanside treatment plant early this afternoon. the plant had to be evacuated as a precaution. a hazmat team assisted with the response. there's no reported threat to the surrounding area, and we are glad to tell you that no one was hurt. a man rescued from a cement hopper in union city yesterday is going to be okay. officials from the uc davis burn center say that he is still in the hospital tonight but is in good condition. he was working at u.s. pipe in union city when he somehow fell into a cement hopper, trapping
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him chest deep in dry cement for almost three hours. after he was rescued, he was able to walk down the steps of the hopper, a machine first responders say could have easily taken his life. an injured climber and six rescuers are on safe ground after a dramatic rescue on oregon's mt. hood. you can see the moment the national guard parked the chinook military helicopter in midair 11,000 feet above sea level. rescuers received a call of a missing cloim climber last nigh. both the rescuers and the climber spent the night on the mountain. we don't yet know the extent of the man's injuries. well, in the south bay more than a dozen long-time workers will lose their jobs next month. they say they're in the crossfire of a dispute between the santa clara city council and its chamber of commerce. abc 7 news reporter david louie is live in santa clara with the story tonight. david? >> reporter: well, dan, the santa clara convention and visitors bureau gets paid $1.5
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million a year to help fill exhibit halls, ballrooms and hotel rooms. but the staff of 14 is facing unemployment because the city has plans to replace them. thousands of people attend conferences, exhibits and conventions weekly at santa clara's convention center. the hotels built around it have nearly 4,000 rooms. but these facilities don't get rented on their own. that's the job of the santa clara convention and visitors bureau. but at the end of next month, that organization won't exist. a staff of 14 will be out of work. >> it's devastating. especially when you have 14 people who didn't do anything wrong, who did nothing but support the city of santa clara, talk about the city lovingly and caringly for many, many years. >> reporter: the city council in santa clara decided just over two weeks ago not to renew a contract with the chamber of commerce, which in turn manages the convention and visitors bureau. questions were raised about a sharp jump in fees an discounts given to chamber members to rent facilities. >> when we had an audit done, an
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outside audit done back in march and we discovered that moneys were being used in different ways than we had anticipated. >> reporter: the convention and visitors bureau grossed almost $19 million in future bookings in the last year in revenue for its hotels and generated over $136 million in economic impact. the bureau also helps to draw bookings for levi's stadium and generates business for area restaurants and bars. the bureau has been delivering nubers. >> why would you take a business away, an organization that's a service to the city, why would you want to tear it down? >> reporter: the council is going on summer recess and is not expected to find a successor for the bureau until fall. the 14 bureau employees won't get any severance but they will get paid until the end of august. then the city manager will have to make a decision whether any of them might be spared. we're live in santa clara, david louie, abc 7 news.
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>> david, thank you. wells fargo says it's found even more customers that it overcharged. today the san francisco-based banking giant announced it's setting aside another $285 million in refunds. that money will be going to foreign exchange and wealth management clients. the bank has been under pressure because of multiple consumer scandals. two years ago it was revealed the company had employees create fake accounts in customers' names to meet sales targets. the city of oakland has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit by an ex-black panther leader that stems from a 2015 incident. elaine brown says she was punched and pushed by oakland city councilwoman brooks during a dispute. the settlement was approved on tuesday. brooks, who is running for re-election, was not at the meeting. with recreational marijuana legal now in california, the state's poison control center says it is alarmed by a big spike in children ii
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marijuana. nearly 400 calls have been made to the center by people 19 and younger. more than half of the calls involve children 5 and under. 38 calls involve babies. the center recommends securing the products away from the reach of children. always good advice. well, just in time for aids walk san francisco on sunday, remember, a story about an east bay hospital taking the lead in helping people find out their hiv status. abc 7 news anchor eric thomas has a story you'll see only on abc 7 news. >> reporter: when alan marker came here, it was to find out why he felt weak and out of breath. the finin findings from a simpld test would change his life. >> they told me i had walking pneumonia. and also on top of that, i was hiv positive. >> reporter: for almost a decade the centers for disease control has recommended that hospitals test for the virus that causes aids in emergency rooms. most do not.
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many patients won't seek testing themselves because of the stigma. >> it has really driven people away from conventional testing in some cases because they don't want to be associated with what a positive result means. that's why the emergency room testing program is so important. >> reporter: whenever an ambulance brings somebody to the medical center and blood is drawn, it is routinely tested for hiv unless the patient auop out. over the past year 6300 patients were tested. more than two dozen founding out they were hiv positive who may not have found out otherwise. >> testing a patient takes as few as 30 seconds and doesn't add time to the nursing work flow. >> reporter: patients can then be transformed seamlessly into what used to be knowns ats the hospital's east bay aids center. but they have changed it to east bay advanced care because they're broadening the mission to include hepatitis b and c. they have also managed to keep
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costs down. >> we really do hope to help make this a standard at other hospitals. >> in talking to the doctors here, it's just, okay, it's not a death sentence. >> reporter: it is not, but you have to know your status first. in oakland, eric thomas, abc 7 news. now, remember aids walk san francisco is just two days away. join abc 7 in golden gate park this sunday. please come join us, we're going to have a great day. i'll be there to kick off the walk. to register call 415-615-walk or visit it is a very special day. >> certainly is. 13 and counting. >> it's my favorite day. >> because? >> i always love 13. >> so do a lot of other people. see why it even had some standing in line. everyone hates those long lines to get your driver's license. well, now the dmv may have a solution. and a local company is making history with this ferry. find out how, coming up.
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summer showers this morning, a switch in the pattern is coming for the weekend. i'm
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today is friday the 13th and it's become a big day to get a tattoo. it's also a big day to be superstitious, of course. are you? go to 77% of our viewers right now say no, they are not. as for celebrating the day by getting a tattoo, abc 7 news reporter wayne friedman is live in san francisco with that. wayne? >> reporter: well, we're talking ink, ink, ink. earlier today there was a long line outside this tattoo parlor. a long line on a most superstitious day. beware the subtle warnings. we're on california street in
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san francisco, but danger lurks everywhere. know why? >> friday the 13th. >> are you worried? >> no. >> reporter: now at 17th and castro, friday the 13th means a line around the block. >> i think i'm going to get the alligator. >> a ghost. >> reporter: all in the form of decorative ink. castro tattoo just one shop among many across the nation who treat this day not as a hallmark holiday but a holiday nonetheless. >> it's a tattoo holiday. because it's supposed to be bad luck, right, friday the 13th. but of course tattoo artists take it on as a good luck holiday. >> reporter: the tradition goes back almost a century. $13 tattoos on friday the 13th. even if the $13 has become 31, bargains draw crowds. >> in a normal day i do three tattoos a day. >> today? >> maybe 17 tattoos, we'll see. maybe i can break my record. >> reporter: she is with her first customer of the day who wanted a cactus. >> so you waited for this day?
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>> yes, i did. >> reporter: friday the 13th, she had time to think about it. no going back now, especially when hiring someone for whom erasers do not exist. >> the biggest mistake you can make -- i guess you could misspell something. that would suck. >> you're safe with a cactus. >> we're not going to misspell this cactus, i promise. >> thank you. >> reporter: boy the way, we asked jess if the cactus is a common tattoo. she said yes, it's very common. so i asked her what is the most uncommon place she's ever put the cactus tattoo. she said that place. suffice it to say you don't want to sit on it. live in san francisco on castro street at 17th, wayne friedman, abc 7 news. again, your votes are coming in about whether or not you are superstitious. take a look again. 81% of people responding right now say they are not. 19% saying they are. weigh in by going to right now. we'll keep the voting open through the end of the news at 6:00. a palo alto hotel has
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refunged a makeup artist and internet personality who said her room was invested with maggots. hailey johnson posted this video from her room at the palo alto inn. look at this. she said the night manager told her the hotel didn't give refunds and she urged her thousands of followers to avenge her by calling and wroigt bitin reviews. johnson was later issued a refund. the inn told the mercury news, it called pest control experts, who fixed the problem. a bizarre accident in the south bay involved a parked car and another car that plowed into it. check this out. the campbell police department tweeted a photo of a vehicle wedged underneath another car. campbell police and santa clara county firefighters both responded to the accident at kaiser and campbell. it's not clear how it happened. fortunately, though, no one was injured. >> well, i'm sure you love a good trip to the dmv. the dmv is apologizing for its long lines. the agency is also doing
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something about it now. it is expanding the hours that you can go in and deal with whatever issue you need to deal with. starting monday the clairemont office in oakland and the driver's license processing center in san jose will open one hour earlier at 7:00 a.m. four days a week. starting august 4th, 14 bay area field offices will open every saturday. that concord, daly city, pleasanton, redwood city, san francisco, santa rosa and vallejo. an alameda company will build our nation's first hydrogen fuel cell ferry. bay ship and yacht company won a contract to build the water go round as it's named. the ferry will emit zero emissions. it does that by creating hydrogen from water using it as fuel and turning the hydrogen back into water. >> here we are being able to do something in the same realm as all the high tech, and to do
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something everybody in the end will be very proud to see, especially the environment. >> the water go round is expected to be in service by september of next year. well, we talked about friday the 13th a few minutes ago. uc berkeley says despite the ominous date, it feels lucky. that's because it has these goats to eat the dry grass and keep the berkeley lab safe from fire hazards. the berkeley lab shared this video with us. hi there, everyone. let's check out live doppler 7 right now. there were a few thunderstorms early on in the day. those storms have started to move away to the north and to the west. now what we're basically dealing with is just residual monsoon moisture across our area in the form of mugginess. this morning we had some showers, had an isolated thunderstorm go through the north bay ao you may have seen some lightning strikes or heard a clap of thunder. that moisture as you will notice is tririggering some thunderstos in the sierra nevada and this moisture will start to continue
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to lift northwestward, so that's going to make for less muggy conditions. we're starting to see the dew points coming down, but it's still in the humid to muggy range. right now in the 50s and the 60s. look at what is coming. this is just a dramatic picture from our east bay hills camera as the fog is beginning to cross the pay. 67 in san francisco, it's in the low 70s oakland mountain view. 80 in san jose and 91 in gilroy. emeryville camera showing you a view of the fog as you see mt. tam well in the background. low 80s santa a, napa. 89 in livermore. san francisco pretty much under the fog. the breeze has picked up as well. coastal fog expands overnight tonight. a ride range -- wide range of temperatures. what's left of the monsoon flow will start to lift on out of here and what's going to replace it is the continuation of an expanding marine layer going into 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. for the afternoon, that fog is just going to linger near the coastline but for the rest of
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you, sunshine and temperatures coming down a few degrees around the region. mid-50s tomorrow morning around the coastal areas, mid to upper 50s around the bay. inland areas in the low 60s. fog will be around near the usual spots coast and bay. sunshine and warm weather inland. 88 in concord, 72 oakland, 81 in napa, 82 santa rosa, 66 san francisco, 62 in half moon bay. on the peninsula, palo alto 76 and i don82 degrees in san jose. if you're going to the aids walk on sunday, it is going to be ideal walking conditions with overcast skies in the morning. mid-50s. around 10:30 the walk begins. temperature of about 58 grows and clouds around for the afternoon hours. partly cloudy and breezy, temperatures in the low 60s. you can download the accuweather app and check out those temperatures to help you plan your weekend. accuweather seven-day forecast, back to the typical pattern. say good-bye to the monsoon flow. low 60s along the coastline, low
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90s inland. temperatures will come up a few degrees on monday with heat inland, mid-90s there. low 60s near the beaches. we'll pretty much see minor day-to-day variations through next week with 96 degrees the hottest day next friday. summer heat. 64 along the coast. >> close to 100. >> we're getting there. >> thanks, sandhya. well, a california mayor wants to crack down on clothing for health reasons. that story is next. then at 5:30 on world news with david muir -- >> coming up, the sweeping indictment from robert mueller. 12 charged, what they were accused of. the massive protests in london as president trump visits, we'll take you to the streets. the major rescue effort in this country under way right now and it's a risky one. the pictures coming in late today and we'll show them to you. we're next. and new at 6:00, one of the state's most remote
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♪ ♪ ♪ raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens ♪ ♪ bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens ♪ ♪ brown paper packages tied up with strings ♪ ♪ these are a few of my favorite things ♪ ♪ ♪
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a team of scientists
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captured the moment a massive 4-mile long iceberg broke away from a glacier in greenland. it was june 22nd. the break lasted about 30 minutes although the video was condensed to 90 seconds. they are trying to predict sea level changes. a pioneering figure that helped define the bay area's culinary scene is calling it a career. michael bauer will retire after spending the last 32 years at the newspaper. his reviews have been credited with amplifying bay area restaurants and culinary trends. his influence has given him the distinction of being one of the country's most influential restaurant critics. his final review will run later this summer. >> congratulations on a great career. well, you may have heard about a study that found neckties may restrict blood flow to the brain. it's true, as you can tell. now the mayor of lancaster wants to forbid city employees from rquiring workers to wear them. leo stallworth from our sister station in los angeles has the story.
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>> reporter: lancaster mayor is in a city council meeting without a tie and it's not casual friday. if the mayor gets his way, all city employees will soon be ditching their ties for more relaxed business attire. >> there's also a gender discrimination issue to it, because it's only enforced against men. it would be tantamount to us saying women need to wear high heels. >> reporter: we talked to some business people who like the idea. >> it's a tie, i don't want it on me but when i'm at work and i want to show i'm presentable to the public. >> reporter: baker rudy enriquez says he does feel a sense of freedom when he rips off the stuffy tie. >> i have a few friends in banking and when they're driving to work, they don't wear it either. so there is something to that study. >> reporter: the mayor says getting rid of the tie is actually a matter of health based on a recently released study in the journal "neuroradiology." it suggests wearing neckties may
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lower blood flow to the brain. >> the medical journals have just come back saying that on average, meaning across the board, people lose about 7.5% of their blood flow to their brain if they wear a tie. >> reporter: the mayor says if he can't make it a mandate for city employees to get rid of the tie, then he'd like to at least make it optional. >> well, i don't see you in a tie. >> no, i'm retire. i don't have to. >> reporter: art lombard wouldn't be caught dead wearing a tie. >> i raise animals. a tie gets in the way. >> reporter: i've got on a suit coat jacket and my channel 7 pin right here, but i don't have on the tie. feels pretty good. i'm just going to loosen the button too. feels good. leo stallworth with abc 7 eyewitness news news. >> now he's gone too far, dan. well, making humpbacks happy apparently stedoesn't take much. you'll see more great pictures next. first we want to thank bien
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♪ ♪ ♪ raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens ♪ ♪ bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens ♪ ♪ brown paper packages tied up with strings ♪ ♪ these are a few of my favorite things ♪ ♪ ♪
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coming up on abc 7 news at 6:00, a 15-year-old girl could be the youngest person murdered by the golden state killer. new at 6:00, a look at the unsolved case. 80 people stranded in midair after a gondola glitch at the oakland zoo. how they finally got down and why one mother said they were
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terrified. and you'll hear the passionate plea from the founders of a palo alto nonprofit cafe which hires adults with disabilities and is now facing the possibility of shutting down. it's all coming up in half an hour on the abc 7 news at 6:00. >> we'll see you then. finally tonight, a fun morning to be sure for passengers on a whale watching boat in monterey. >> oh! >> so much excitement. this video is from princess monterey whale watching. the company says the humpback whales were feeding on anchovies. >> dolphins were also spotte in the area this morning. i wonder if all those passengers felt they got their money's worth for their ticket. >> i would hope so. that is cool. all right, well, world news tonight with david muir is next. i'm ama daetz in for kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley. for sandhya patel and all of us here, we appreciate your time. we'll see you again in half an
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hour. tonight, several breaking stories as we come on the air. the sweeping indictment from special counsel robert mueller on the eve of the president's summit with vladimir putin. 12 russian intelligence officers have now been charged by name. what they are accused of doing starting eight months before americans headed to the polls. tonight, calls for the president to cancel the summit. also breaking tonight, the massive protests paralyzing parts of london. our team on the streets as the president meets the queen. and just hours after the president took aim at the british prime minister, theresa may saying she wrecked brexit and he could have done it better, he was then standing by her side. as a reporter asks the president, is that what an ally or a friend does? how the president answers. tonight, the video and now the outrage. officers flipping a coin to


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