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tv   KPIX 5 News Early Edition  CBS  May 11, 2018 4:30am-5:01am PDT

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tonight. good morning, it's friday, may 11th. i'm kenny choi. >> i'm michelle griego. >> my daughter loves taylor swift, shake it off, shake off whatever challenges you had this week, right? >> oh, yeah. if anyone can go, it's going to be a treat. >> yes. >> she never lets anyone down. >> i guess we're all taylor swift fans. >> she's good. >> we're all 12 years old. we have an offshore wind that's happening today. look at the waning crescent moon just above the bay bridge. you can see that little speck, the moon this morning. it will be quick to kind of move out of that view so i wanted to show you that at 4:30 bright and early. that's the treat we get. today warm, windy today and tomorrow, 70s and 80s for most of the bay area, beaches in the 60s. we'll have the
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extended forecast coming up. the usual suspects are heading along westbound 580. speeds under 15 minutes in the yellow between 205 and 680, 29 minutes. eastbound direction opposite commute 580 between grove way and palo verdes, alternating lane closures until 6 a.m. you can see slowdowns already under 20 miles per hour. so give yourself some extra time. crash northbound 680 at stone valley road not slowing anyone down but blocking at least one lane. and a backup already developing at the bay bridge toll plaza. so hopefully this is not an indication of not having "friday light" conditions. we'll be tracking that and more coming up. a police k-9 leads sheriffs to a hidden thumb drive and evidence of a school network intrusion.
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joe vazquez reports from concord with more on the student accused in a grade changing scandal. >> reporter: concord police say it started with a simple email from an ignacio valley high school student to his teachers. >> he made an email that looked like -- asking to log in and that's when one of the teachers did it and he captured their log-in information. >> reporter: with the teacher's passwords, police say the boy hacked into the school computer system and gave himself better grades but also changed the marks of others. >> approximately 16 students who were affected by this and the grades some of them were raised up, some raised down. >> reporter: some of them he pushed down? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: was getting back at his enemies? >> i really can't comment on that. >> reporter: police traced the electronic trail to the suspect's house in concord and searched it. there, they found key pieces of evidence with the help of a contra costa county k-9 officer.
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>> doug, the dog, he is one of the few k-9s that is trained to sniff out hidden electronics. and that's what he did. he actually located a hidden thumb drive in a box of tissues. >> reporter: joe vazquez, kpix 5. a local high school student is hospitalized after being hit in the head by a 12- pound shot. the accident happened yesterday afternoon during track and field practice at heritage high school in brentwood. medics airlifted the 15-year- old boy to the trauma center at john muir medical center in walnut creek. there is no word yet on the teen's condition. a tesla driver crashed through the doors of a starbucks in los gatos stopping short of the sales counter. the car did not have the autopilot feature according to police. the crash happened on boston hill road near los gatos boulevard yesterday afternoon. kpix 5's maria medina reports. >> the store had customers, employees at the time. >> reporter: this was no drive-through starbucks but the woman behind the wheel of
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this tesla drove right through the front doors stopping right before the sales and barista counter missing it by inches. the crash comes after a series of tesla accidents being looked at by federal investigators, including a deadly crash in florida that killed two teens earlier this week after the car hit a concrete wall and burst into flames. a similar incident here in the bay area is also being handled by the ntsb. several weeks ago, a driver died when his tesla crashed into a barrier on highway 101 in mountain view. the tesla batteries caught fire and it was later revealed the car was on autopilot. >> the car definitely swerved, started swerving left without warning, right into the divider. >> reporter: a bay area man tested his autopilot feature of his tesla in the same area of 101 and said his car veered straight into the divider. an expert told kpix 5 the
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lanes confused the tesla cameras. the scene in los gatos another crash leaving questions for tesla to answer. >> minor damage to the building and the vehicle. no injuries. >> reporter: maria medina, kpix 5. time now 4:36. let's check the forecast. going to be warm? >> going to be warm friday and saturday so it's going to feel good. it's going to be drier so keep your lotion close by but we'll get those dry offshore winds already starting to notice a little shift in that wind direction. it's going to start to pick up tonight, though. here's another view of the waning crescent moon. we get to see that nice little treat for you guys over the bay bridge. check out those clear conditions out there. we don't have much cloud coverage at all today. great news for drivers. you're not going to run into visibility problems and temperatures 57 degrees in concord. oakland at 51. livermore 51. 52 for san francisco. we were in the 50s all over and then here's a look at the
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winds. so we do have a west wind still . oakland an east wind. north and east winds will be dry offshore winds and that's already starting to show but really tonight is the main offshore wind event. normal visibility in the area. pretty much all of that should clear up soon as we have an increase in those winds. we'll have north-northeast winds. we'll talk about the wind advisory in effect for tonight coming up. right now a look at your ride if you are heading out of antioch westbound 4 looking good. we are in the green.
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let's hope it stays that way, right? heading on over to 680, it's about 12 minutes. so not too bad. on 680, southbound direction on the right side of your screen is in the green heading down towards highway 24 where we did have a lot of action earlier. but all lanes have been cleared. earlier crash northbound 680 at stone valley road all lanes clear after an accident had at least one lane blocked for some time. again that earlier police activity all cleared from highway 24 and seeing more cars join the friday morning ride. over at the bay bridge toll plaza, traffic starting to back up in those cash lanes. hat's a check of your traffic; over to you. violent volcanic explosions are possible in hawaii today that could send boulders the size of refrigerators into the air. take a look at the smoke and gas coming out of the kilauea crater on the big island. the usgs says that lava levels
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inside are lowering, which increases the danger of an eruption. geologists say that when the molten rock reaches ground water levels, the pressurized steam can cause explosions that can shoot huge rocks and ash miles away from the crater. meantime, lava is now bubbling up from 15 fissures and is threatening a power plant. that plant is shut down this morning and crews are also trying to remove 30,000 gallons of flammable liquids that could catch fire. and starting today, volcanos national park will be closed to visitors. it's unclear when it will re- open. president trump is back at the white house this morning after spending much of the day at nearby joint base andrews. he was there to welcome three american detainees home from north korea. kpix 5's andria borba shows us the president used the release to his full advantage at a campaign style rally. >> reporter: after welcoming home three american detainees
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held by the north korean regime at joint base andrews, president trump took a victory lap at a rally in indiana. >> i had the incredible honor of greeting three brave americans and we welcomed them back home the proper way. >> reporter: flashing peace signs, the three men greeted state department officials before being whisked away for medical treatment. >> shook my hand. i said welcome home. and he said, god bless america. >> reporter: secretary of state mike pompeo secured the release of the detainees during a meeting with north korean dictator kim jong-un. the two also ironed out details of a first-of-its-kind summit between an american president and a north korean leader. >> i'll be meeting with kim jong-un to pursue a future of peace and security for the world, for the whole world. >> reporter: it's set for june 12th in singapore. the release of the detainees by kim jong-un is believed to be a good-faith gesture to grease the wheels of the summit where talks will focus
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on denuclearizing the korean peninsula. >> i think it's going to be a very big success. but my attitude is, and the if it isn't, it isn't. >> reporter: andria borba, kpix 5. time now 4:41. campaign finance funds are still being used after elected officials leave office and sometimes after they die. we'll examine a case here in the bay area and why it's allowed to happen.
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i'm april kennedy and i'm an arborist with pg&e in the sierras. since the onset of the drought, more than 129 million trees have died in california. pg&e prunes and removes over a million trees
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every year to ensure that hazardous trees can't impact power lines. and since the onset of the drought we've doubled our efforts. i grew up in the forests out in this area and honestly it's heartbreaking to see all these trees dying. what guides me is ensuring that the public is going to be safer and that these forests can be sustained and enjoyed by the community in the future. open 24- for a potential... multi-million dollar mistake. the contractor is building the central subway... that runs along 4- th street... through san francisco is blaming a subway builder for a potential multi-million dollar mistake. the contractors building the central subway along 4th street through union square and into chinatown. but the construction company doing that work installed more than three miles of the track that was made from a lower grade steel. the city had paid extra for higher grade steel. the sfmta says that the builder got it wrong. >> as the letter states, the rail that was installed is the standard grade rail. in the contract, it specifies higher grade rail to be
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installed and that's meant to ensure that the rail lasts as long as it possibly can. >> the contractor tutor perini says that the track was all purchased and installed with sfmta's approval. they say that the sfmta changed its mind about what grade of steel that they wanted in certain places. the company also says that if track does have to be replaced, it will not affect the project timeline. it's a loophole in the law. former elected officials are allowed to keep their campaign finance funds forever even if they never plan to run for office again and even after they die. there has been virtually no oversight on how tens of millions in campaign contributions are spent. melissa caen follows the money in a questionable bay area case. ♪[ music ] >> reporter: ten years ago, people around the world mourned the death of bay area congressman tom -- they are
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called zombie campaigns. while there's no live candidate someone continues to spend the money from the campaign bank account and this is legal if it's done by the rules which say the money can go to charity, it can go to other candidates and campaigns, and to office expenses as long as the money is not for personal use. in his case there was $1.4 million in a campaign fund when he died. and most of that went to the foundation for human rights run by his daughter katrina. but we notice that in the four years after he died, the biggest expense was for a company called intelligence software systems. it was collecting $3,000 to $5,000 a month for a total of $181,000. so what is this company? well, since 2003, there has been no such company
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registered to do business in california. we called the campaign treasurer. she didn't return our calls. we went to her home. but she refused to answer the door. as we drove away, we got a call. >> you might want to go to the website. >> reporter: a few days later in an email, she told us that intelligence software systems is her doing business as, or dba. in other words, it's her. she claims she paid herself for doing a significant amount of work for the campaign including federal election commission filings and research and execution of donations. >> it strikes me as totally inappropriate. >> reporter: the former head of the federal elections commission says treasurers of campaigns are allowed to pay themselves a salary but it has to be reasonable. >> the fact that there is that amount of money after the candidate has died and there
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is really very little activity, it's unconscionable. >> what is so complicated about that? >> tom lantos was a particularly ethical person, someone who really cared about his community which is one reason why i presume he was consistently -- not just elected but revered by his constituents. and this is the total opposite of that. >> reporter: it turns out this case is not isolated. >> you haven't campaigned in 5 1/2 years. you still have a campaign account open. >> i do. >> how come? >> reporter: a joint investigation by our affiliate station wtsp found that roughly 100 zombie campaigns are still spending lavishly for years after their candidates have left office. >> it's disappointing to say the least. >> reporter: this man donated $3,300 to the lantos campaign in 2007 the year before he died. >> i like what he stood for. he had a lot of interest in various situations around the world where people were being treated unfairly and so forth. he was a great champion of all
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of that and i just always assumed that if somebody dies, then there was a very strict process for what happens to the leftover funds and so forth. and apparently that's not the case. >> reporter: ellen weintraub is the current vice chair of the sec and they are rolling out a new policy. >> we are going to be giving extra scrutiny to campaigns where the candidate has either died, unfortunately, or has not been running for office for two years in the case of house candidates or four years in the case of candidates for the senate or for the presidency. we want to make sure that no one is converting campaign funds to personal use which is banned under the law. >> reporter: one thing they will be looking at is whether paying someone like janet so much money for years after a candidate's death amounts to illegal personal use. >> but at a certain point one has to ask, what is this committee doing any longer since it is, by definition, a
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committee that was set up to advance someone's campaign for office? >> reporter: in san carlos, melissa caen, kpix 5. >> kpix 5 contacted the lantos foundation to see if they might be using janet's services or were aware of her high fees. they never returned our calls. a pelican greeted a few customers at starbucks in san francisco yesterday. take a look. they stood there calmly at pacific wanted try until an animal control officer arrived. and then they removed it to a wildlife rehab facility. >> our producer got that video. it's our starbucks and she heard there was a pelican. >> we go there all the time. never seen a pelican. >> those bagel bites or whatever they had, maybe it was into that. >> crazy things that happen in san francisco. >> we are by the water. kind of the nature of things. you are going to want to hit the water today or
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tomorrow. it will be even warm at the beaches. so get ready for nice warmup. we have dry conditions out there. it's already starting. over the bay bridge a great view of this moon. it's that tiny sliver above the bridge but i love when we get a chance to view it. that means there's no cloud coverage in the skies over the bay especially. we are only noticing a little bit of clouds right by half moon bay. but nice clear conditions out there for you. what a treat this morning. here's a view from our sutro camera showing clear conditions all across san francisco. pretty nice twinkling lights out there this morning. 52 degrees in san francisco. livermore at 51. oakland 51. concord 57 degrees. now, our afternoon highs are going to be well above average a lot warmer than yesterday. 72 expected to be for the san francisco area. oakland 79. you're almost near 80 for today. san jose 83. concord in the mid-80s. the further out east the upper 80s expected for a lot of
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locations. so santa rosa look at this your afternoon high 87. napa 86. 84 vallejo. fairfield a lot warmer at 87. so it's all because we are getting north-northeast winds. that's really going to pick up today which is why we have a wind advisory in effect tonight through tomorrow. look at this low dipping down into nevada. so that's going to send us this wind coming in from the north. we have been getting those west winds all along especially this week pretty strong west winds keeping us cool and keeping our temperatures below average but now we will be heating on up and our humidity levels will be dropping which of course does tend to lead to an increase in fire danger. but here's what is also happening. by saturday afternoon we could get some showers across the sierra. nevada will certainly be getting that. here's a look at the wind speeds at this hour. so we are starting to see that shift in the east winds coming through. three to six miles not that strong yet. south winds in concord right now at 11. east-northeast in napa. so we'll keep an eye on that because this is what we're watching for, a lot of areas
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are going to start to turn red and orange. that's a sign of those heavier winds coming in from the north- northeast direction. so 6:00 or so today, those north bay hills east bay hills, it will really get intense but overnight tonight san francisco gusts up to 30 miles per hour and stronger in the hills up to 50-mile-per- hour gusts expected there through early-morning tomorrow. by 9:00 saturday a lot of that will calm down. look at these wind advisories across the state throughout the desert southwest, as well. it's going to be a dry windy day ahead today and tomorrow. then by mother's day a lot calmer and then things will be cooling off for next week. jaclyn. >> we have a wind advisory posted for drivers along the altamont pass and also at the antioch bridge so again both hands on the wheel keep a firm grip. be careful. you will feel that wind on your wheel. let's take it to the roads 580 approaching 205 an accident
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westbound 580 at grant line. it's on the shoulder causing more slowdowns in addition to the ones we were already tracking. 29 minutes between 205 and 680. once you get out of livermore, you will start picking up speed. southbound 680, as you make your way down towards highway 4, eight minutes so easy conditions there. 880 problem-free south of 238. we are tracking an easy ride smooth sailing across the san mateo bridge both directions in the green if you are making your way over to 101 and san mateo you can see just a few cars out there for the start of your friday morning commute. happy friday. hat's a check of your traffic; over to you. time now 4:52. a former bay area sheriff is facing some legal trouble of his own and it's connected to a chihuahua named buddy.
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because antonio villaraigosa millions got it he defended women's healthcare, banned military-style assault weapons, banned workplace discrimination, and more. antonio for governor.
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mark leno and jane kim released a joint ad.. to make them a pair of rivals in the san francisco mayoral race are teaming up. mark leno and jane kim released a joint ad urging voters to make them their top two picks on june 5th to boost both of their chances against better funded candidates like board of supervisors president and former acting mayor london breed. >> this election is more than just about us winning. it's about us winning our city back and so regardless of which one of us is in room 200, we would like to see one of us in there. >> breed's camp brushed the ad aside saying: entered in an unusual murder case in livermore. 19-year-old daniel gross and 25-year-old melissa leonardo both appeared in court yesterday. he pleade a pair of pleas is entered
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in an unusual murder case in livermore. 19-year-old daniel gross and 25-year-old melissa leonardo were in court yesterday. he pleaded guilty to murder. she pleaded not guilty. they are both charged in the stabbing death of 19-year-old lizette cuesta of tracy. police say that they stabbed her and left her to die on tesla road in february. the driver spotted her bleeding and crawling by the roadside. she identified gross and leonardo as her killer's as a dying declaration before she died. new legal trouble for ross mirkarimi. he was summoned to court yesterday to defend his dog but he ended up not going. his boxer is accused of mauling this chihuahua named buddy in potrero hill in march. >> i said, oh, my god, i saw a cut and buddy went like that, his face opened and i'm look, he said i don't see anything. >> during the accountability hearing, mirkarimi's wife showed up to defend their boxer. the judge seems to think the
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best option for their boxer is to enter obedience training. meanwhile, the chihuahua is recovering and will be okay. an ignacio valley high school student hacked into the computer system at the school and changed his grade and we spoke to him! we'll have that coming right up.
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and i'm kenny choi. let's start with a live look outside... good morning. it is friday, may 11th. i'm michelle griego. >> good morning. i'm kenny choi. let's start with a live look outside. as we take a look at some of the traffic in the east bay, not looking too bad right now. and look, nice gorgeous shot of the bay bridge and look at that! we have the waning crescent moon, right above the bay bridge and, of course, you have a light there named after you. >> well, in dedication to me. >> so cool. >> a light on the bay bridge, where would it be? >> i can get to you the coordinates. >> you told us the number.
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>> when you're driving on it, it's not like it's easy to count. >> no. you shouldn't be counting when you're driving. so let's talk about your forecast. nice clear conditions. that's how we're able to see that moon and check out mount vaca camera also giving us the view with lights in the valleys. it is going to get warm especially across places like mount vaca. the winds will howl. we have a warm windy day today and tomorrow. get ready for 70s around the bay. upper 80s for the inland spots and we have dry offshore winds. right now fairly calm but this evening, it will really start to pick up especially tonight. it will be windy. a little wind out of the west- northwest but a northeast wind now in santa rosa. so it's kind of variable at this ho


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