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so much for joining us, 5:59 i'm laura garcia-cannon. >> and i'm jon kelley, and a couple of hours from now, the santa clara sheriff's department will tell us more about the arrest of this man, garcia-torres being charged with murder and kidnapping in connection with to sierra lamar's disappearance. >> bob redell live outside the santa clara county jail. investigators arrested garcia-torres. we begin with bob redell with the latest on the investigation. bob? >> yeah. good morning, we're outside the main jail here in the downtown san jose. where the suspect is in jail facing charges of kidnapping and murdering 15-year-old sierra lamar. the sheriff has promised more information at that news conference that jon mentioned which was scheduled for 8:00 this morning, a couple of hours from now. law enforcement arrested garcia-torres around 6:00 last night at a safeway in morgan hill where he works. they brought him to the
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sheriff's office for an interview, and as you can see they escorted him out for a ride over to booking at the jail. the sheriff tells us he is the registered owner of the red vw jetta seen around sierra's home around that morning of march 16th around the time that she disappeared. investigators did have him under surveillance prior to his arrest, and they do have a lot of physical evidence they tell us that connects him to her disappearance. >> public safety is our main concern. we don't want anyone else hurt. we don't want any more girls taken. >> reporter: there's not much information they're telling us about the suspect except for the fact that he is 21 years old and it is our understanding he is a resident of san martin. the sheriff has told the lamar family about this arrest and clearly it's difficult for them and they do intend to attend this news conference later this morning. the sheriff's department does not know where sierra lamar's body is. so they're asking the public not to give up on that volunteer
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search effort. they'll be taking place again tomorrow, down south in morgan hill, and that, of course, is where my colleague marla tellez is outside that safeway. good morning to you marla. >> bob, good morning. this is the safeway where the arrest happened last night about 5:30. now, i spoke to an employee inside. he tells me he knows garcia-torres. when i asked him what sort of a guy he is and if he's surprised by this latest arrest, he tells me no comment. in the meantime, i've been speaking to people as they make their way inside to get their reaction. they tell me they are shocked and saddened. one woman had not heard about this latest news until i told her a minute ago. here's her reaction. >> oh, my gosh. i am glad they found somebody to give the family closure, but it's still -- it's heartwrenching, and to have it so close to my home because i'm not that far away. i'm extremely shocked.
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ill thought there was a chance that she was still alive. >> my nephew went to school with her. so i really hope they find her alive. but i'm really glad they got somebody. >> reporter: that last gentleman there holding on hope. the sheriff office, again, presuming sierra lamar is no longer alive. but urging the community to help bring her home. since her march 16th disappearance, there have been weekly volunteer searches that start at burnett elementary. that's not far from where we are this morning. those searches typically happen on wednesday mornings. it's unclear if a volunteer search will happen tomorrow. live in morgan hill, marla tellez, "today in the bay." and our legal expert steven clark has been working with us on this case. he says a lot remains unknown, but garcia-torres could face the death penalty. clark talking about the challenges of a case if a body is not found. >> there are prosecutions without bodies. and i think that's why they will
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continue to investigate the case, and they will continue to see whether anyone else may have been involved in this case. but clearly they believe at this point that the forensic evidence is such that they can tie this defendant to her kidnapping and the fact that she has not come home, that she's not the type of person to run away that they can infer that she must be dead. and i think that's why they're going with murder now. >> clark adds part of the sheriff's office surveillance on garcia torres was to see if he made any mistakes that would aid their investigation. again, we expect to get a lot more details from the sheriff's department at 8:00 a.m. this morning. sierra lamar's family also expected to be at that news conference. we will stream it live on nbcbayarea.com and of course stay with "today in the bay" for the latest updates. more live reports coming up throughout the hour. and for updates any time, log on to our website and search sierra lamar. the time now is 6:04 and it's time to say good morning to christina loren. what's happening? >> this is what's happening out
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there. just a beautiful sunrise over the city by the bay, but what you will notice is we do have a pretty thick marine layer and it's pushed all the way inland. dealing with more cloud cover than we did, it'll clear. about an hour, maybe two hours earlier right at the coast. more sunshine courtesy of a building breeze. winds are going to pick up today. and your temperatures will be comfortable, but it's going to be a little blustery later on this afternoon, especially through the east bay hills. a little fog at the coast this morning. we do have low clouds moving inland, breezy to gusty conditions later on this afternoon. you'll be at 70 inland as you break for lunch, 69 bay side and 68 degrees at the coast. so really comfortable conditions today and tomorrow and then things change, your seven-day in my next report. first, let's check your drive with mike. >> the slow down starting for the south bay right on schedule for a traffic tuesday. circling 101 north of 680 and 87 which they just changed the sensor readings, but we had slow driving for about 15 minutes.
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we have the volume increasing heading into downtown just in the last few minutes, and also northbound 101 at montague expressway. an accident although all cars off to the shoulder. this could cue speeds down to the 50s just around -- just north of the airport there. we continue up 101 and we're looking at the southbound side now. southbound 101 at willow road, another issue there, an accident first started with a stalled vehicle, yukon hit by another car. this is a slow lane southbound 101 around willow road that will be an issue and definitely a distraction, as well. as we get a live look at the bay bridge, we know there's a fog advisory that had been issued by chp overnight, but now low clouds hanging out there has the cash lanes are backing up, the metering lights should be turning on in about five or ten minutes. and we're looking at another issue over on the city side. we'll see if things clear from the golden gate bridge or if i get more details. >> okay, mike. we'll look forward to that. new this morning, a news
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conference now just hours away on the future of the golden state warriors. the owner of reds java house on piers 30 through 32 says warriors' top brass are planning on building on that front property and his restaurant will be able to stay. crews started setting up tents for a 10:00 a.m. news conference for city leaders and the warriors. also new this morning, the commercial era of space travel is officially underway. overnight a commercial supply ship owned by the company space x rocketed away. space x was founded by billionaire elan musk. if all goes well, it will dock on friday. >> still a lot ahead on that one. well, new questions this morning about the abuse of power by berkeley's police chief. a report released by the berke my police department shows chief michael meehan sent four sergeants to track his son's
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stolen iphone in january. they worked two hours of overtime at taxpayers' expense. no report was ever filed with the department. the iphone was never found. now earlier this year, chief meehan apologized for sending a sergeant to a reporter's home demanding changes in a newspaper article. that led to an audit of the police department's media policies. this morning, the oakland unified school district is now a target of a federal probe. a federal grand jury will investigate the force. it's unclear what federal investigators will be looking for. but district officials expect it will be twofold. the first concern allegations that the former police chief used racial slurs against another officer. the second deals with a deadly officer-involved shooting outside of a school dance. in that case, police shot and killed a man after he allegedly tried to stab an officer with a screwdriver. no word yet on when that probe
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will start or how long it will last. it is 6:08 right now. coming up on "today in the bay," a silicon valley executive going to court today accused of going to great lengths to pay less for legos. and the arrest of a murder suspect in the case of sierra lamar continues. live updates are coming up. and we continue to watch facebook. it has slumped again in pre-market trading. we'll have the latest coming up. and for the latest news, traffic, and weather, come find us at facebook nbc bay area.
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two months after the disappearance of sierra lamar. this man in jail this morning, a antolin garcia-torres.
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explaining what led investigators to garcia-torres and why the investigation right now is far from over. >> and we were looking for anyone who had seen where that car was. we still want more information. if there's any witnesses. >> well, smith will speak again at a press conference coming up at 8:00. sierra lamar's family expected to be there, as well. and we'll, of course, have more live reports on this developing story coming up a little bit later on. well, this arrest coming off weeks of investigation. and the fact the suspect has already been charged with murder is extremely significant. here's the investigative unit with more on that. >> sources have been telling us for several days the sheriff investigators already close to making an arrest, close to closing in on the man they believed responsible for the disappearance of sierra lamar. sheriff department confirming last night that in morgan hill they arrested antolin garcia-torres, a 21-year-old male from morgan hill after spending several days in a 24/7
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surveillance on the man. he also have a known address in san martin. lamar disappeared on march 16th on her way to school. the searches were not able to find the missing teen. the big break came last week when police took possession of that red volkswagen jetta. the car was seen on surveillance in the neighborhood around the time lamar disappeared. now a reliable source told us last week there was a dna match between the red car and sierra lamar's clothing. last night, 21-year-old antolin garcia-torres was taken into custody. and this is significant. he is charged with one count of murder and one count of kidnapping. this is the first time since lamar disappeared that the sheriff's department confirming that sierra is not alive. a charge of murder clearly says investigators and the district attorney this morning believe sierra lamar is dead. in the newsroom, i'm nbc bay area's tony kovaleski. >> continuing coverage all morning long for you on that.
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it's 6:13 right now. in other news, bogus bar codes led to the arrest of a silicon county executive. 47-year-old thomas leganbach is accused of stealing lego blocks by sticking fake bar codes over the real ones. the s.a.p. executive seen in surveillance video swapping those bar codes to pay hundreds of dollars less than the original price. in san carlos, a search of his $2 million home uncovered hundreds of lego sets. he also used an ebay account to sell legos for $30,000. he did not respond to our request for comment. the men accused of beating bryan stow and leaving him with severe brain damage appear in court. today a judge hearing evidence to decide if there's enough to bring sanchez and norwood to trial. the hearing coming a little more than a year after stow was attacked in the parking lot after the opening day game
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against the giants. sanchez and norwood both charged with battery and other felony counts. stow undergoing rehabilitation at the central valley recovery facility. a scandal involving former alameda county supervisor takes a new turn. a list of eight applicants vying to replace her will be whittled down to three this afternoon. the three finalists will face public interviews in june. lockyer resigned on april 20th after reports of drug use and an affair with a method addict. she is married to bill lockyer. today's meeting kicks off at 2:00 in oakland. well, san jose may be on the brink of following in san francisco's minimum wage footsteps. today the city council could vote to increase it from $8 an hour up to $10. by comparison, the national minimum wage is $7.25. only a handful of cities actually nationwide have their own rates, san francisco is one
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of them. its rate $10.24. 6:15, san francisco giants looking to build on a winning streak when they take on the milwaukee brewers. but on monday, giants already cruising along until the eighth inning. the brewers hit a two-run homer to tie the game at three. but the top of the 14th -- yeah, 14th inning, hector sanchez seals the giants' win with a solo shot to the left. long one there. but good to see him win it. giants taking it 4-3. >> worth the wait and good till the last drop. >> tired people this morning. christina loren, you're a big giants fan. you're feeling the magic. >> i'm feeling the magic and feeling tired after watching that game. but the good news is, this is what you are waking up to. is that not phenomenal at 6:16? just gorgeous conditions. you can still see the water, you see the blue sky, and what's left of that marine layer, which is actually moving in and burning off as it does so. we've got strong high pressure on the way. so what's happening is we're
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dealing with actually a thicker marine layer than we had at this time yesterday. in fact, we're down to 1/4 mile visibility, deep pockets up in the north bay. however, the winds are going to pick up today so that cloud cover's going to clear out earlier. as a result, your temperatures are going to be really comfortable as of noon. 56 degrees in sunnyvale, 52 in santa rosa. throughout this afternoon, breezy conditions will come into play. as an area of low pressure is working against high pressure, it came through overnight and high pressure's building back in. that's going to make for a warmer afternoon, but the two work against each other creating a tight pressure gradient. lots of sunshine, blustery conditions, not just today we're worried about that, tomorrow turning even windier. we stop the clock on your future cast for potential wind gusts, breezy conditions at 5:00 p.m. today, you look at the key, see the oranges and the reds, especially windy at the coast. we get those bright pinks as we head through 5:00 tomorrow. so even more on the blustery side as you make your way home from work. 5:00 p.m. commute time, if you drive a high-profile vehicle,
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you could get caught by a very strong gust over open water bridges. you want to take it really easy tonight and tomorrow. 79 degrees in san jose, really comfortable weather, though. 78 degrees on wednesday, so staying just about as warm tomorrow. cool thursday into friday, maybe even a little drizzle up in the north bay. that's good news because that means better air quality. as we kick off this holiday weekend and temperatures warming up just in time for it. let's check your drive with mike. >> we'll of course check the approach to the bay bridge and actually especially for traffic tuesday, this is not bad at all. we're looking at nice flow over toward the toll plaza. metering lights on. i'll get confirmation, let's consider them on, though. told you i was watching something going on, reported iffer tif for the golden gate bridge. there is an issue, the fog, drifting through the area, right now affecting you right here. the south end of the deck itself. and also, she showed her map with a 1/4 mile visibility. pockets of fog further north, as well. keep that in mind and be
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prepared to hit the brakes and keep the headlights on normal. no high beams through the fog makes it worse. baaing to the maps, looking at a smooth drive out of the north bay through san rafael and approaching san francisco itself. also, highway 4, typical build here holding steady through the confines of antioch. not a big deal for our sensors around willow pass east and concord and walnut creek. this is a little better than i thought it was going to be at 6:19. but we'll watch over the next half hour. we'll have it for you back to you. >> thank you very much. the cold hard reality shows facebook continues to disappoint investors and a lot of people pointing fingers of blame all over the place this morning. scott mcgrew joining us with the latest. gooed morning, scott. >> facebook's remained mum about this whole thing. but the underwriters continue to criticize the nasdaq this morning for the late start in trading on friday. but as time passes and facebook shares continue to sink, that accusation becomes less and less likely cause of the stock's woes.
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now facebook will start well under its ipo price this morning, at some point you'll see a bounce perhaps as investors feel the stock reaches its correct price. now whether that's today or next week, only the wisdom of the crowd can say. and literally just a couple of minutes ago google closed its deal with motorola mobile. google is now a cell phone company. the ceo of motorola mobility for many, many years, a celebrated ceo has stepped down. again, this happened just a couple of minutes ago. back to you. >> bringing us the very latest, thank you very much, scott. 6:20, we're also bringing the latest as a murder suspect sits in jail this morning accused of killing sierra lamar. team coverage coming up. plus, mitt romney says president obama's campaign strategy is backfiring. rt.d out why the president is feg a rert. ♪
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our developing story this morning, 21-year-old antolin garcia-torres charged with murder and kidnapping in the disappearance of sierra lamar. the santa clara county sheriff's department released this mug shot of garcia-torres overnight. they arrested him last night at a safeway in morgan hill. our live team coverage of the arrest continues. we'll have more coming up in just minutes at 6:30. and new this morning, eight people right now recovering from
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a shooting that happened just after that lakers/thunder nba playoffs game last night. and this was a scene last night blocks away from the thunder arena. police say a group of men opened fire on a group of women they were arguing with. one victim remains in critical condition. time now to check that forecast with meteorologist christina loren. >> good-looking day shaping up, good looking week overall. we are going to take your temperatures down toward the week's end and maybe bring in a few showers up in the north bay. overall this morning, the biggest factor is some thick fog up in santa rosa. elsewhere, we've got five miles or better of visibility. and your temperatures are comfortable enough to walk out that front door without the jacket, especially in the south bay, we're in the upper 50s right now headed toward the 70s at noon, and at 4:00 p.m., 79 degrees as you make your way home from work. now, mike's been a busy man so far this morning, let's find out if there's anything that could slow you down. >> there's an accident here. tell you about it northbound 101
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at montague. but really that's not causing a big issue. there's debris and we're looking a minor slowing north of 680. but really the south bay looking a lot clearer than i expected at 6:25 now in the morning. southbound 101, minor slowing approaching willow into menlo park, an accident which is clearing from that slow lane. so watch for that activity there just as you're passing by the exits heading over towards facebook and the dumbarton bridge. and a new report here down the peninsula. you see the slowing already. at least one lane blocked heading down toward oyster point. gravel in the roadway, expect the sweeper truck will track this and i'll let you know about traffic breaks. 6:25 right now. president obama defending his campaign strategy even as it raises questions among supporters. tracie potts joins us live from washington, d.c. this morning on now the political ad war. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, and one of those ads, president obama is criticizing bain capital the investment firm that mitt romney headed and created
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talking about people who lost jobs when their companies were taken over by bain. newark, new jersey, mayor cory booker, an obama supporter says the ad makes him uncomfortable, that's what he said on "meet the press," although he says he sides with the president and he was talking about these ad wars going back and forth in general. the romney team quickly put up its own ad quoting booker. president obama wrapping up the nato summit defended this type of advertising saying, look, if romney's going to get out there and run on his business record, then that business record should fairly be criticized. at this point, republicans are saying it's not a fair criticism because the jobs lost are far less than the jobs that were created by bain capital. laura? >> so interesting, thank you very much, tracie. 6:26 right now. coming up next on "today in the bay," our live team coverage on the arrest of sierra lamar's murder suspect antolin
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garcia-torres. and new reaction to the arrest this morning as we get closer to an 8:00 a.m. news conference to be held by investigators. that coming up next.
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we are getting more reaction this morning on the arrest of 21-year-old antolin garcia-torres. the man facing murder and kidnapping charges this morning in connection with the two-month-old disappearance of sierra lamar. >> we're just 90 minutes away from a news conference. well, we're learning more about what led investigators to the suspect and why they charged him with murder. >> and we'll have team coverage on this development this morning. this is "today in the bay." 6:29 right now, good morning, i'm laura garcia-cannon. >> and i'm jon kelley. telling us more about the arrest of 21-year-old antolin
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garcia-torres, the man charged with murder and kidnapping in connection with sierra lamar's disappearance. we have team coverage this morning, christie smith is live in morgan hill. she talked to torres' sister just moments ago. live outside the jail where torres is being held. and marla tellez live outside the morgan hill safeway where investigators arrested him. but we begin with christie smith and what she just learned from the suspect's sister. christie? >> reporter: yeah, good morning to you, laura. i just got off the phone with a woman who says that she is antolin garcia-torres' sister. she says that she is in complete shock this morning. i asked her how the family found out about this arrest. and she says that they found out by watching the news just like everyone else and since then the phone has been ringing off the hook and they've been trying to make sense of what's been happening. i asked her if she was aware of the sierra lamar case, had been following it, if there were in
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ties between her and her brother or anything. and she said she didn't know. she said she knew that the girl was missing but she specifically has no ties to her, did not know her. she says that she hasn't been able to talk with her brother since his arrest and that the family is now looking for an attorney for him. but she thinks that what's going to come out is in her opinion that this is all a big mistake. she says that he's been looking for work and in the past had worked in construction and done electrical work that he has two small children and is expecting another. i asked about that jetta earlier police were looking for a red jetta with a black hood. she said at one point she believes her brother did have a jetta, she didn't recall the specifics about it and couldn't say whether it was tied to this case or not. but, again, she says that the family is in complete shock. but she said they're trying to pull it together and they will be there when he appears in court. that's the latest from here reporting live in morgan hill,
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christie smith, today in the bay. >> thank you, christie. bob redell continues our coverage this morning live outside the santa clara county jail. bob? we're obviously having problems with bob's audio. we'll try to work that out as the team coverage continues. and right now, more details on the suspect's arrest. detained garcia-torres on monday evening. and "today in the bay's" marla tellez is live with the community's reaction to all of this breaking news. marla, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is where all the action unfolded here on this safeway. now this is where officials say the suspect worked at some point in the past. i've spoken to several employees inside. interesting, none will actually give comment to me today although one did confirm he does know the suspect antolin
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garcia-torres. in the meantime, we spoke to a woman right here last night who saw the arrest happen. >> about 5:30, i was at work and we saw a bunch of cops. pretty scary. i worked right here and we're here until 11:30 sometimes. >> reporter: and here is another look at the 21-year-old suspect. and as the news of his arrest starts to spread within this community today, there is a whole lot of heart ache. >> very young girls, and because of the incidents, i've had a close eye on them. they don't get to go, walk to or from school, we are always with them. and you know, because of this we're very, very vigilant and i'm really sad and i'm really sad for the family. >> reporter: well, not far from this safeway is burnett elementary. that has served as a search post for sierra lamar. volunteers meeting there each wednesday to head out on foot searching those surrounding areas. her family also started a website to keep the community
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updated. that website is findsierralamar.com. i checked it this morning, it has not been updated yet with the latest news of this arrest of garcia-torres. the last entry was made by sierra's father. he was marking the two months since his daughter disappeared. that two-month mark was may 16th, just six days ago. now, my colleague bob redell is live outside the santa clara county sheriff's department in san jose with where torres is currently behind bars today. good morning, bob. >> reporter: good morning to you, marla. in jail where garcia-torres is being held without bail. his first scheduled court appearance not until thursday at noon. he faces charges of the kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old sierra lamar. after his arrest around 6:00 last night, the safeway works in morgan hill, he was taken to the sheriff's office here in san jose for an interview, and you can see he was escorted out to take a ride across the street
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for booking into the jail. he's a 21-year-old resident of san martin. they did have him under surveillance prior to his arrest that they do have a lot of physical evidence that connects him to sierra's disappearance and that he is the registered owner of that red vw jetta seen near her home around the time she disappeared on the morning of march 16th. that car has been in the possession of law enforcement. the sheriff promised more details during a news conference that is scheduled for about an hour and a half from now. the department has spoken with her family who will also be at that news conference. >> this is very, very difficult for the family. the family's been very, very supportive all along, they understand, we've kept them apprised of everything that's happened with the investigation all along. we think it's important they know. it's very difficult for them. >> reporter: sheriff lori smith tell us her investigators still do not know where sierra lamar's body is. that's why they're urging the public to continue in the
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volunteer search efforts, especially the one taking place tomorrow morning, the one that marla tellez just mentioned. reporting live here in san jose, bob redell, "today in the bay." >> thank you very much. as we've been reporting, we expect that lot more details from the sheriff department at 8:00 a.m. this morning. sierra lamar's family expected to be at this news conference as we will stream live at nbcbayarea.com. stay with us throughout the morning for the latest updates. we have more live reports coming up throughout this hour and for all the updates any time, make sure to log on to nbc bay area's website and search sierra lamar. trying to get your day started, how to dress today, let's check in with christina loren. >> we have good news in the weather department for you. thanks for waking up with us. taking a live look. you can see the tower visibly here. and this is what is left of that marine layer. it is burning off so quickly, not just the sun, but we have some winds out there helping out the situation, as well. the ingredients for thick fog are calm winds and clear skies. and those winds are picking up. so santa rosa, we still have
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reports of 1/4 mile visibility or less. that will not last long as the wind here is coming out of the southeast at 3 miles per hour and will continuously pick up. as we head throughout the day, strong winds in fairfield this morning, sustained at 24 miles per hour. so what's happening is, we started out with a thicker marine layer, and it moved all the way inland, but it's burning off much quicker. so temperatures as a result will end up just about as warm as they did yesterday inland and even warmer at the coast. it all works out like this, up to 61 degrees at noon in san francisco. making your way home from work, 69 degrees bay side at 4:00 p.m. that means temperatures close to 80 degrees yet again right here in san jose as you make your way home at 4:00 p.m. changes on the way, cooler weather, even some rain possible as we head toward the end of the week. we'll time it out when i get to membership seven-day forecast. let's see if there's improvement out on the roads with mike. >> no improvement for 101. we do have a gravel spill we're
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following southbound at oyster point boulevard. scheduled a traffic break as soon as they can get the right equipment over there. and a couple of cars already reporting damage from flying gravel. one of them a town car another a porsche cayenne. sorry to hear that. your commute direction for the san mateo bridge, reports of cardboard boxes blocking your slow lane. do not run over them, there may be something inside. one person says looks like something metal inside. eastbound, meanwhile, a deadly accident that cleared the scene. that's opposite your commute and no slowing. the san mateo is an alternate for you if you plan on using the dumbarton bridge this weekend. plan on not using it because it will be closed friday night at 10:00 until monday night. 6:38 right now, still ahead, a pilot slams his plane into a california neighborhood. video of the wreckag just ahead.
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and busted for bogus bar codes, the lego scam that lande handcuffs.
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welcome back, everybody. it is now 6:41. how is this for a bizarre story? legos and bogus bar codes lead to the arrest of a silicon valley executive. and today he will answer to those charges in court. 47-year-old thomas lengenbach
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accused of stealing legos but sticking fake bar codes over the real ones. swapping those bar codes out to pay hundreds of dollars less than the original price. in san carlos, the search of his $2 million home uncovering hundreds of unopened lego sets. >> it does appear it was something that was fun. that was he got some sort of enjoyment out of it. there was some sort of work involved. >> what's not fun is going to court. he also used an ebay account to sell more than 2,100 lego sets for about $30,000. he did not respond to our request for comment. 6:42. a plane crash in southern california leaves an entire neighborhood without power. federal aviation administration spokesperson says the pilot reported engine problems around 8:00 last night, three miles from a small public airport. the plane hit three power poles before slamming into the ground. the pilot was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and no one on the ground was hurt. about 2,000 homes in the
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neighborhood lost power from that crash. >> what a shocker in glendale, california. that is wild. 6:42 right now. coming up, the warriors, the water front. the announcement expected to shake up the bay area sports team. and a tragic twist in the search for sierra lamar. the latest on the suspect arrested for the teenager's murder. three days in to facebook ke a look at the numbers the comi ngwel uta a look at the nump.be coming u stop & go traffic. you can't always avoid it. but you can always do something nice for your car. chevron with techron. care for your car.
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6:45 this morning. a south bay family's worst fears now realized. as the search for sierra lamar officially becomes a murder investigation. this is video of 21-year-old antolin garcia-torres being held right now at the santa clara county jail on suspicion of
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kidnapping and killing the morgan hill teenager. so far, the santa clara county sheriff's department staying pretty tight-lipped about the investigation. >> we believe we have probable cause to believe that he committed the kidnapping and murder of sierra lamar. >> it's unclear if garcia-torres knew lamar prior to her disappearance. sheriff department and lamar's family will speak publicly this morning at 8:00 and we'll stream that live on nbcbayarea.com. new to tell you about this morning, a news conference on the future home of the golden state warriors. the san francisco city leaders and team owners expected to make an announcement about plans to move that team across the bay. part of that deal includes building a brand new arena on the water front property on piers 30 and 32. and that's where crews are starting to set up tents. for right now, the team telling us the news conference scheduled for 10:00 a.m. want to check in with meteorologist christina loren
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right now. see how we should dress for the days. >> depends on what you're doing. if you work outdoors, you want to go ahead and go straight for the short sleeves. it's nice out there. the sun's shining over the golden gate bridge. we showed you the shot just 45 minutes ago, you cannot even see the end of the golden gate bridge from this picture. now you can actually see part of those towers coming in to the mix. and as we head through the next hour, you'll be able to see top to bottom. so it's clearing out quickly. and the reason why is our winds are picking up. and that's the good news. now, i have to adjust your temperatures a little bit because that sunshine's coming in earlier in san francisco and san mateo. means warmer today than where you ended up yesterday. today the upper 60s and santa rosa, we did have thick pockets of fog, but that is quickly improving. we now have three miles of visibility or better. breezy conditions today, an area of low pressure came through, now high pressure's moving in to work against each other. so we had that strong onshore flow to start, now high pressure's moving in very, very rapidly. for us today, temperatures still
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going to end up in the 80s. we've got cooler conditions, just a little cooler for tomorrow and windier, as well. your future cast tells the story. we stopped the clock for you today at 5:00 p.m. and you can see starting to get more of those pinks and reds toward the coast. but looks like the windiest conditions will be offshore for today. now tomorrow, windy conditions at 5:00 p.m. right on down the peninsula. so that could become a factor as you make your way home from work, if you drive a high-profile vehicle. you want to take it easy over the bridges tonight and tomorrow in particular. now, temperatures cannot beat these numbers. 79 degrees in san jose, good air quality, open up the windows in your home, no need for the heater or a.c. with conditions like this. windy side in the east hills tonight. you might wake up to howling winds tomorrow night. cooler conditions, calm winds for thursday. then friday, a little drizzle up in the north bay. nothing heavy. by saturday into sunday as we
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head to memorial day weekend, temperatures warm up nicely. great for your outdoor plans. everything you think of memorial day weekend you'll be able to do here in the bay area. let's check your drive with mike. >> still watching for peninsula drivers southbound 101 coming up toward oyster point boulevard. that gravel spill has to be cleaned up and we have at least one lane blocked until the crews get there. and we have slowing starting to build now as you're coming out of daly city and down toward the scene. by the time you get to 380, you're fine at the peninsula, and not so big of a deal as far as the volume. northbound 101 coming up, the capital expressway, speeds in the 40s up toward 87. guadalupe parkway a dab here and there, speeds into the 50s. this is a very nice, easier drive than a typical tuesday. we have memorial day weekend coming up. a lot of folks getting out of town early or changing their shifts as you're approaching. a 22-minute drive through livermore and the dublin interchange without incidents. our accidents have cleared for
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580 and a live look shows you the metering lights are on at the bay bridge toll plaza. they are still moving, showing movement in the fast track lanes. back to you. >> thank you very much, mike. we continue to follow developing news this morning about the arrest in the sierra lamar case. >> that is right. 21-year-old garcia torres was picked up at a morgan hill safeway. >> we have team coverage for you this morning. christie smith live in morgan hill where she talked to garcia-torres' sister just moments ago. bob redell outside the county jail. marla tellez live outside the morgan hill safeway where investigators arrested garcia-torres. but we'll begin with christie smith and what she learned from the suspect's sister. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, yeah. i talked to a woman by phone who says she's his sister. she says she's in complete shock this morning. i asked how she found out about the arrest. and she says she found out on the news just like everyone else. and that the last time she saw
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her brother was about a week ago at a family barbecue and that antolin garcia-torres seemed just fine. she says she knew that sierra lamar was missing because of news reports. she said she didn't know her personally. she says the family has not spoken to him since the arrest and are now looking for an attorney. she says that her brother was looking for work and had a background in construction. that he has two small children and was expecting a third. i asked about that red jetta that police have been looking for tied to the case, and she says she thinks at one point her brother might have had a jetta, but she doesn't remember much about it, anything like the color, of course, might be tied to this case or not. in her opinion, she thinks this is all a big mistake. she was on her way to work this morning but sounded really rattled when i spoke with her by phone. that's the story from here my colleague bob redell picked up the story from san jose outside
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of the jail. bob? >> reporter: good morning to you, christie, he's being held without bail facing charges of kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old sierra lamar. his first court appearance, we understand, is not until thursday at noon. the sheriff has promised us more information about his arrest during a news conference that is scheduled to take place just over an hour from now at 8:00. law enforcement arrested him around 6:00 last night at that safeway in morgan hill where he works. they brought him to the sheriff's office here in san jose for an interview and as you can see, they escorted him out front for a ride over here to the jail for booking. the sheriff tells us he is the registered owner of that red vw jetta seen around sierra's home the morning of march 16th around the time she disappeared. investigators did have him under surveillance prior to his arrest. and they tell us they do have a lot of physical evidence that connects him to her disappearance. >> public safety's our main concern. we don't want anyone else hurt.
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we don't want any more little girls taken. >> the sheriff has been in contact with the family of sierra lamar. they are expected at that news conference this morning. they still do not know where her body is. again, they are treating this now as a murder. they do not want this public to give up in the search for her. reporting live here in san jose, bob redell, "today in the bay." and our team coverage continues with more on the actual arrest of antolin garcia-torres. he's the suspect we've been talking about in the investigation of sierra lamar. he was taken into custody outside of the safeway super market on tennant in morgan hill. live in the south bay with details on that arrest and now what the community is saying. good morning. >> reporter: laura, good morning, garcia-torres as you mentioned was taken into custody right in front of this safeway on tennant avenue. one witness tells us it all happened so quickly.
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it was just a swarm of sheriff deputies as you can imagine. well, this morning as the news of his arrest spreads, the community is reacting with heartbreak, but still some hope. one man says his nephew went to school with sierra. >> i'm glad they finally caught somebody, but i really hope they find her alive more than anything else. >> i'm extremely shocked. i thought there was a chance that she was still alive, just not in morgan hill. >> reporter: now, again, the sheriff's office is presuming sierra lamar is no longer alive, but still urging the community to help bring her home. since her march 16th disappearance, there had been weekly volunteer searches that started in nearby burnett elementary. those typically happen on wednesday. tomorrow, of course, being wednesday, it's still unclear if a volunteer search will still happen tomorrow. now, here at the safeway, i have spoken to several employees this morning, now they are being told not to speak to the media, though one employee did confirm that he knows the suspect
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antolin garcia-torres. when i asked him what sort of a guy he is, he simply shrugged his shoulders and said no comment. live in morgan hill, marla tellez, "today in the bay." and our coverage of the sierra lamar investigation will continuet 7:00 on the "today" show. and you can also log on to nbcb nbcbayarea.com to get updates. there are new questions this morning about abuse of power by berkeley's police chief. a report released by the police department shows chief michael meehan sent four sergeants to track his son's stolen iphone into oakland back in january. they worked two hours of overtime at taxpayers' expense, no report was filed with the department. the iphone, for the record, was never found. earlier this year, chief meehan apologized for sending a sergeant to a reporter's home in the middle of the night demanding changes in a news article. that led to an audit of the police department's media policy. 6:55. this morning, the oakland
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unified school district is now the target of a federal probe. the oakland school police department tells the district a federal grand jury will investigate the force. district officials expect the focus will be twofold. the first concerns allegations that the former police chief used racial slurs against another officer. the second deals with the deadly officer-involved shooting outside of a school dance. in that case, police shot and killed a man after he allegedly stabbed an officer with a screwdriver. no word yet on when the probe will begin or how long it'll last. and this morning, the men accused of beating bryan stow will appear in court. today a judge hearing evidence to decide if there's enough to bring sanchez and norwood to trial. this hearing coming a little more than a year after stow was attacked in the dodgers stadium parking lot after the opening day game against the giants. sanchez and norwood both charged with battery and other felony counts. stow right now continues undergoing rehabilitation at a central valley recovery
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facility. we'd do just about anything to keep our kids safe, but in this electronic world, there's a growing silent crime against kids you may not think about. one of our lead investigators look into this crime against children's identities. here's a preview into his investigation. >> i was afraid that when i grew up we wouldn't -- i wouldn't be able to get it back. >> reporter: she's talking about her identity. a frightening thought for a 10-year-old. >> this is not me, it's someone pretending to be me. >> reporter: and the lab conducted a background check on 43,000 children around the country. and it discovered more than 10% of those children had had their identity stolen. >> i think this is a growing crime because it is undetected, because people don't really see the harm in it, because there's not enough penalties for the wrong doers. >> and i don't even know who they are. >> reporter: those who used riley's social security number have never been caught. >> tonight at 11:00 p.m., how
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it's hitting home right here in the bay area and what you can do to protect your kids tonight at 11:00 on nbc bay area news. space x says the dragon capsule is in perfect orbit this morning and ready to dock with the international space station later on this week. scott mcgrew has been tracking the progress. scott, history was made. >> it was. this is the second time space x has sent an unmanned rocket into orbit. first time, though, a private company's going to try to resupply the international space station. now, you may recall yesterday we showed you the aborted attempted launch so close to liftoff even the announcer was caught offguard. here's the successful launch. >> three, two, one, zero, and launch of the space x -- >> he sort of pauses there to make sure the rocket actually leaves the pad. but a good launch this morning. now the other big news is certainly facebook as we watched
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the nasdaq being remotely opened again and you've got the wall street on your left there. facebook is down again 6%, $2.19 to $31.87. the lowest it has ever, ever been. and we will continue to watch that, as well. google motorola deal just closed a few minutes ago, as well. back to you. >> all right. thank you very much, scott. time now to check in one more time with christina loren. good morning. >> hey, good morning to you. good day shaping up, leave that jacket inland, temperatures in the mid to upper 50s, by noon, 70 degrees, 79 at 4:00 p.m. that's inland, 69 bay side. a little bit cooler, but hey, nice and sunny bay side and at the coast today. let's check your drive with mike. >> peninsula drivers still have to contend with this gravel spill blocking your slow lane, the slow down continues to build heading down toward oyster point boulevard. your slow lane we still have no word on when they're going to be able to clear that up. this is getting a little heavier now the flow through the castro valley y, and intohe

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