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parents were acting in the best interest of their children. this is a case where they flaunted their wealth, sparing no expense to cheat the system so they could set their children up for success with the best education money could buy"(vicki) tonight at 5... wealthy parents, hollywood stars, ceos, elite college coaches, and college prep executives are just some of the individuals accused of carrying out a nationwide bribery scheme to help students gain admission to some of the nation's top colleges and universities. good evening and thanks for joining is. i'm vicki liviakis. (grant) and i'm grant lodes. stanford is
among the univiersites tied up in this case. more than a dozen bay area parents are also alleged to have taken part in the scheme kron 4's dan kerman is live in the newsroom with latest on this developing story. dan? (dan)we are talking about wealthy parents paying huge sums of money to improve their kids college entrance exams, and to pay off college coaches and administrators.... college bribery bay area 031219 5 insert(while two actresses implicated in the college bribary scanel are getting much of the press, of the more than 33 parents charged 13 of them are bay area residents.... at a news conference tuesday federal officials announced 50 people have been charged in a sceme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and administrators to get their children into some of the nation's top universitiessot andrew lelling/u.s. attorney, district of massachusetts :13 we're talking about deception and fraud fake test scores, fake athletic credentials, fake photographs, bribed college officialsthese are the 13 bay area parents who are among 33 charged. prosecutors say they paid this man , william rick singer, an
admission consultant, to bribe coaches and adminsitrators get their kids into elite universities. sotsingers clients paid him anywerhe 100- thousand to 6.5 million dollars for this service though the majhority aid 250 thousand to 400 thousand dollars per student.one of those parents on the list, todd blake, tweeted in march of 2019 so very excited that my daughter charlotte will be attending usc next year! court documents allege blake paid $200,000 to singer's foundation and $50,000 to usc's 'women's athletics department to make that happen also implicated stanford university head sailing coach john vandemoer, who has now been fired. he plead guilty tuesday afternoon to accepting bribes. according to court documents vandemoer conspired with singer to hold admission spots for two prosective students who were falsley suggested to be competitive sailors. in return he received 270-thousand dollars in contributions to stanford's sailing program. neither of the two students ended up attending.138/ended up attending
(dan)the fbi noted the investigation is not done and find those who are not playing on the rules (grant) thanks dan. and we have team coverage tonight on this scandal. (vicki) william singer, the man accused of running the college bribery scheme has sacramento ties. kron 4's ashley zavala is live near sacramento state to explain. ashley? (ashley)we're learning william rick singer spent several years in sacramento before moving to newport beach...neighbors tell us he lived in this neighborhood outside of sacramento state before moving out last year... some tell us he was either never here, and when he was, he kept to himself. ((pkg)) trt 1:08(nats-)the man at the center of a college admissions bribery scandal now at the center of cameras and questions outside of a federal
court house.william rick singer pleaded guilty tuesday to charges including racketeering, money laundering, fraud and obstruction of justice. "no comment"federal authorities say he ran the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the u.s. justice department."between 2011 and 2018 wealthy parents paid singer about $25 million total to gurantee their children's admissions elite schools including yale, georgetown, stanford, usc, university of texas, ucla and wake forest." singer started the college counseling business in sacramento, where he lived for decades before moving to newport beach.former neighbors of his throughout sacramento did not want to go on camera tuesday. singer's foundation, the key worldwide, has a sacramento-based telephone number... which went unanswered when we tried calling.((nats the mail box belonging to rick singer is full)) (ashley)singer's lawyer is sacramento defense attorney donald heller, who isn't commenting on the case.
the case. (vicki) and we have continuing coverage of this story on our website. there you will find the criminal complaint-- that includes a list of all the bay area parents who have been charged. it's all on kron-4-dot-com. (grant) another big story we're following takes us to the south bay where san jose police have made some startling revelations about an arrest in connection with a murder investigation.(vicki) kron four's rob fladeboe is live at police headquarters... with the case that is now political cause of immigration status. rob? (rob live) police today revealed today that the suspect in the slaying of a south san jose woman last month is undocumented, has been deported and has a long criminal history and allegedly stalked his victim before stabbing her to death.
chief eddie garcia/san jose police san jose police chief eddie garcia on tuesday talking about this man.24 year old carlos eduardo arevalo carranza, who was arrested and charged in the brutal slaying of 59-year old bambi larsen. chief eddie garciaa memorial grows outside the home of bambi larson here on knollfield way. surveullance video shows a man police believe is carranza walking past larson's home both before and after the crime. salvadorian national, carranza has a long rap sheet including kidnapping, false imprisonment, burglary and drug offfense. following his many arrests, immigration authorities unsuccessfully sought information about his release on six separate occassions says the chief. eddie garcia/chief of police (grant) (grant) developing news
highway 24. a man was shot several times while he was driving. kron4's haaziq madyun reports. an early morning drive on highway 24 when suddenly a car pulls up on the driver's side and someone pulls out a gun and opens firesotit happened tuesday around 6:30am as the victim, a 20-year-old male driving a white nissan sentra was approaching highway 13. california highway patrol officer herman bosa describes what happened nextsotthe shooting victim managed to transition onto southbound highway 13 where he pulled over and called police. he told investigators that he got a good look at the man firing the gun but didn't recognize himsot the victim was taken to a local hospital for his injuries. officials with the chp are asking for anyone traveling on westbound highway 24 this morning who may have
saw something around the time the shooting occurred to give them a call. this is the fourth freeway shooting in oakland in 2019...in oakland haaziq madyun kron4news (anchor1) taking a live look outside-- our sutro camera overlooking the bay-- and alcatraz. (anchor 2) time now to check on our weather... with chief meteorologist lawrence karnow. lawrence karnow: it was a windy day for much of the bay area. highs were in the 50s and 60s but felt cooler with the wind. a weak cold front passed through today bringing a few clouds and gusty winds. winds will decrease tonight under mostly clear skies. you can still see a few showers
(grant) coming up... for the first time we are hearing from an oakland city councilwoman who's son was killed in a robbery attempt. her desperate plea as officers are still searching for the killer. (vicki) plus... more teachers in the east bay could go on strike. details on the vote underway and what the teachers are asking for. (grant) plus after the break... a disturbing allegation in the north bay... a fight club in a special education classroom. the consequences the teacher is now facing.
(vicki) a teacher at cloverdale high school was arrested after police say they uncovered evidence of a fight club type atmoshpere inside his special education classroom. kron4's maureen kelly talked to one of his students who says she saw what happened.(pkg) he was refereeing the fights as you would see in a boxing ring or an mma type fight he was refereeing the fightthat's what cloverdale pd are saying special ed teacher federico vargas was doing inside his classroom at cloverdale high....police turnd up thursday to investigate the rumor of a fight club after another teacher notified school officials.multiple student injuries were uncovered during the investigation...one requiring treatment. at least one fight was caught on video by a student.police believe there were multiple fights but are unsure of the exact amount or how long it had been allegedly going on.one student inside the classroom thinks it's unfair that vargas was arrested.he's the best teacher
and he's the only one who all actually cares about his students, it wasn't like he was making us fight it was kind a like two kids had beef wanted to fight each other and this is his best solution, you nobody it out i'll be the referee not gonna let you get hurtthe superintendent says vargas has taught here 8 years and has been put on leave pending the investigation., it just rocks me, just know that as a superintendent this has my full and undivided attention and we will do everything in our power to get to the bottom of this to make sure all of our kids are safe vargas turned himself in saturday and faces 13 counts contributing to the deliquency of a minor and five counts of endandering children. maureen kelly kron4 news.
i was victor's mom, but victor was not lynette's son. he was a son of the village, a global village of people who loved him (grant) oakland city councilwoman lynette gibson mcelhaney, speaking for the first time about her murdered son.... victor mcelhaney was shot and killed during an apparent robbery attempt last weekend in los angeles.he was a music student at u=s=c.today the campus was the scene of a highly emotional news conference. victor was my sunshine ... mmm ... mmm ... and i pray like every momma, don't take my sunshine awaylynette gibson mcelheney and her husband clarence heard u=s=c faculty members praise her son and their own bravery,it takes tremendous courage to do this ... just hours after a parent's most horrific event. victor was described as a brilliant musician and wonderful human being.and i can't thank you enough for bringing him into this world
... i can't look at you. he looks exactly like you (breaks down)he would have turned 22 next month.(friend) he did not deserve this. we should not be here right nowvictor mcelheney went with a group of friends to a market a few blocks from campus last saturday night (cop) they had left the market when they were confronted by three individuals. apparently it was a robbery attempt by those individuals and unfortunately one of those individuals shot victor.. clarence mcelheney appealed for information on his son's murdersilence is worse than the bullet that killed our son. (grant) city police city police records
reveal the university park neighborhood southwest of downtown l=a recorded 93 violent incidents in six months. that's an average of two a day. usc instituted a safety zone around the campus after the murder of a chinese exchangre student a few years ago ... but victor mceleheney was killed outside that area. (anchor) taking a live look outside-- overlooking downtown san francisco. (anchor) time now to check on our weather... with chief meteorologist lawrence karnow. lawrence karnow: it was a windy day for much of the bay area. highs were in the 50s and 60s but felt cooler with the wind. a weak cold front passed through today bringing a few clouds and gusty winds. winds will decrease tonight
under mostly clear skies. you can still see a few showers passing through the state with snow over the sierra. high pressure will take over now for the rest of the week. in fact some temperatcould reach the low 70s by the weekend. tomorrow will be mostly sunny and breezy near the coast. highs will be in the 50s and 60s.
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the boeing aircraft involved in a deadly crash in ethiopia deadly crash in ethiopia sunday. (vicki) u-s regulators are on-site as part of investigation into the crash -- but the faa on monday declined to ground the boeing 737 max 8 after the jet's second deadly crash in 6 months. karin caifa has details. the european union suspending boeing 737 max 8 jets across its airspace -- joining aviation authorities in china, singapore and indonesia, as well as individual airlines around the globe.so far, the u.s. hasn't followed suit. boeing meanwhile said, "safety is boeing's number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of
the max."ethiopian airlines flight 302 crashed shortly after takeoff on sunday. 157 people were killed.the airline's c.e.o. said the pilots reported something amiss, in an exchange with air traffic control.tewolde gebremariam / ethiopian airlines ceo: the pilot reported flight control problems. so, he was having difficulties with the flight control of the airplane, so he asked to return back to base.a lion air flight using the same boeing model, crashed off the coast of indonesia, last october.the flight attendants union, lawmakers, and others, seeking f.a.a. action.one former transportation official says, the agency typically trusts boeing knows its aircraft best.mary schiavo / former transportation department official: the faa does not have the kind of expertise that boeing and other major manufacturers have so they really take them at their word.but, a former ntsb official says, barring some revelation in the ethiopian investigation,peter goelz / former ntsb managing director: they are going to have to act. and i think the pressure is building on the carriers, too. american and southwest are among u.s. carriers flying the boeing 737 max 8s. both have expressed confidence in their fleets.in washington, i'm karin caifa.
(vicki) (vicki) and tonight we are learning that two brothers from northern california were among the people killed in a plane crash in ethiopia. mel and bennett riffel were from redding. the community has been placing flowers at the base of a bell tower at their old elementary school in the brothers' memory. they were on an adventure before mel's daughter is born in may. their parents say they appreciate the outpouring of love and support and they are asking for prayers. (grant) next at 5:30... we continue our coverage of the nationwide college admissions scam. we'll hear from local officials about what this means for the future of universities and admitting students... as well as get reaction from stanford-- where a sailing coach was arrested for his ties to the scandal. that's all coming up after the break.
(vicki) tonight at 5:30-- we continue to cover our top story tonight. fifty people are being charged in an elaborate scheme-- aimed at securing admission for their children to prestigious universities.(grant) several defendants appearing in federal court today as all the pieces of this elaborate conspiracy come to light. among the parents charged are several notable names, including full house actresses lori loughlin -- and felicity huffman from desparate housewives. but much of the indictment revolves around a sacramento man - william singer - the founder of a
college preparation business. the alleged scam worked in two ways-- boosting college test scores and fabricating athletic prowess. in some cases-- parents allegedly paying for third-parties to take a-c-t and sat exams on behalf of their children. in others-- singer contacted college coaches to help students gain admission as recruited athletes, regardless of their athletic ability. singer now faces up to 65 years in jail. (vick) today-- former stanford sailing coach john vandemort pealded guilty to his role in the scandal. kron 4's charles clifford has the details. well, here on the stanford campus on tuesday the administration and students are reacting to this latest scandal. so far it appears that only one person, the former head sailing coach, was involved in this scandal. he is john vandemoer and he is accused of accepting financial payments through an intermediary in exchance for giving positive reccomendations on the