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Melanie Woodrow

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Recent articles by Melanie:

Sisters of Vallejo police shooting victim meet with Biden-Harris transition team

Michelle and Ashley Monterrosa's brother Sean was killed in June by a Vallejo police officer. This week, the sisters had the opportunity to share their story with transition team policy advisors. → Read More

How to easily carve a turkey this Thanksgiving

A chef at Saint Anthony's dining room showed ABC7 News how to easily carve a turkey. → Read More

Lawyer, ACLU concerned California's new COVID-19 curfew could be discriminatory

"This is going to allow police to indiscriminately pull over black and brown people." Here's why the ACLU of Northern California and a civil rights attorney are concerned California's new COVID-19 curfew could be discriminatory. → Read More

Chief says don't rush to judgment after police shooting near San Francisco's Westfield caught on camera

SFPD Chief William Scott says this video posted to Instagram of an officer involved shooting Tuesday night is one of several videos investigators are reviewing. → Read More

If you get a test, can you travel for the holidays? Bay Area health officers give mixed messages

As we inch closer to Thanksgiving 2020, there are some mixed messages about holiday travel. Can you get tested for COVID-19 and then travel to see family or friends? The answer from health officials depends on which Bay Area county you live in. → Read More

Gov. Newsom says he shouldn't have attended birthday party at French Laundry amid COVID-19 surge

Gov. Newsom says he "should have modeled better behavior" after he attended a birthday party last week in Napa County despite the state's guidelines about small gatherings. → Read More

Gov. Newsom 'open' to meeting with family of man shot, killed by Vallejo police

Time has not healed the loss of Sean Monterrosa for his sisters, and they have been asking the Governor to meet with them. He says he's "open" to the idea. → Read More

Scott Peterson, convicted of killing wife, unborn son, could have conviction overturned, attorney says

Scott Peterson, who was convicted in 2004 of killing his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son, could have his murder conviction overturned, attorney says. → Read More

Scott Peterson, convicted of killing wife, unborn son, could have conviction overturned, attorney says

Scott Peterson, who was convicted in 2004 of killing his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son, could have his murder conviction overturned, attorney says. → Read More

San Rafael sushi restaurant, GrubHub driver in trouble after undercover operation

'VERY UNFAIR': A Bay Area restaurant feels it is being unfairly targeted by Alcoholic Beverage Control after a GrubHub driver delivered an alcoholic beverage without asking for ID. Now, the owner is warning other businesses to be on-guard. → Read More

Black USPS carrier 'mistakenly' stopped by San Rafael police believes he was pulled over for color of his skin

A US postal service employee has filed a lawsuit against the San Rafael Police Department in connection with a wrongful stop. He says he was stopped for driving while Black. The Police Department Chief says, the department "made a mistake." → Read More

'Terribly concerned': Why college students coming home for holidays could bring spike in COVID-19 cases

Thousands of Bay Area college students will return home next month for Thanksgiving break potentially carrying with them COVID-19 but only a small percentage of colleges and universities are conducting mandatory coronavirus testing. → Read More

Digital divide: Distance learning attendance rates differ by ethnicity, data shows

While many Bay Area school districts have worked hard to close the digital divide, the ABC7 News I-TEAM found a gap still exists in distance learning when it comes to who is attending class and who is not. → Read More

Here's how San Jose moms created a pandemic pod on a budget

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a group of San Jose moms created a learning pod for their children on a budget without hiring a teacher or tutor. Here's how they did it. → Read More

COVID-19 impact: Some educators concerned as kindergarten enrollment down across Bay Area

Bay Area school districts say kindergarten enrollment is down this year. Some parents opted not to enroll their 4 and 5-year-olds in distance learning. Now educators are worried the kids won't be ready for first grade. → Read More

Sisters of man Vallejo police shot, killed arrested outside Gavin Newsom's home for protesting

Governor Gavin Newsom is responding to the arrest of two sisters outside his home, who were protesting on the anniversary of their brother being shot and killed by Vallejo Police. → Read More

Vallejo officer involved in 2 fatal shootings fired for 'unsafe conduct,' 'neglect for basic firearm safety'

Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams fired an officer involved in two fatal shootings following an internal affairs investigation. → Read More

'I am exhausted': Students at Vallejo's MIT Academy say 8 hour distance learning day is too much

"I'm very distracted and tired," said Kristanee Sturm-Johnson, a junior at Vallejo's MIT Academy. She's one of many who voiced concerns at a meeting with the school superintendent this week. → Read More

Did wildfire smoke help prevent COVID-19 spike over Labor Day Weekend? UCSF doctor weighs in

"It's hard to ascribe a silver lining to the to wildfires that are burning up large chunks of the state and people's livelihoods and houses with it but I would see this more as kind of a collateral benefit of that disaster," said Dr. Rutherford. → Read More

'Extreme hypocrisy': Counter-protesters question why they weren't allowed to cross Golden Gate Bridge during pro-Trump rally

"Police escorted and protected the White nationalists verses how they harassed and even prevented us from getting on the bridge," one counter-protester said. → Read More