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have no business being on, all of this allegedly laundered through a charity. so these wealthy parents could even write these briberies off on their taxes. former stanford sailing coach john vandemoal racoday to plead guilty to being a crucial part of one of the biggest college admissions scams ever prosecuted in the united states. he's one of 50 people charged today. >> this case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud. >> reporter: william rick singer is at the center of the scandal. prosecutors say he accepted bribes from wealthy parents including actresses felicity huffman and lori loughlin. in exchange he helped secure a spot for students at elite universities across the country including stanford, georgetown, ucla, yale and usc. in some cases singer would even help students cheat on their
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s.a.t. tests. in others he flat out fabricated student athletic profiles sometimes having them pose for fake photographs to be admitted into athletic programs when they didn't even play the sport. >> there can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy and there will not be a separate criminal justice system either. >> reporter: 14 of the 50 indicted are from the bay area ranging from private equity investors to vintners and ceos, one accused of spending roughly a half million dollars to secure her son a spot in usc. in the indictment a recording shows are you willing to make a contribution of several hundred thousand to get him in as a participant into someone's program? >> she replied yes, but he can never know. they answered he needs to get in through football since that's the sport with the
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lowest grades. >> for every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected. >> reporter: no students have been charged. we do know, of course, 33 parents have been charged and the fbi says likely more to come. >> susie steimle live at stanford, thanks. kpix5's kiet do continues our coverage now after speaking with high schoolers in palo alto. >> reporter: yeah. stanford says that they are working with the department of justice and they are deeply concerned about all these allegations. the prosecutors say the real victims in all this are the hard working students who play by the rules. high school students we talked to were just shaking their heads. caut up with this tour group at stanford from china. bob guo is a 16-year-old sophomore in china who plans to apply to stanford for computer engineering. >> i think it's really unfair for the students who work hard and have a good s.a.t. score or something like that and i don't think it's really a
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good way to prove yourself. >> i never expect that happened in the united states. i thought this only happens in china. >> reporter: as news spread about the involvement of stanford's sailing coach john vandemoer, the university moved to quickly fire him. according to court documents, back in october of last year an fbi informant contacted john wilson, owner of a private equity firm in boston, about a so-called side door to get into stanford as a recruit on the sailing team. the informant said i can send john vandemoer your 500,000 you wired into my the. i asked him for a second -- my account. i asked him for a second spot in sailing. he said he can't because he has to recruit real sailors so stanford doesn't catch on. wilson asked what would happen if they don't actually get in? oh, no, no. it's a done deal. >> genuinely disappointing for a lot of people who want to get into stanford just knowing some people can buy their way in. >> i think it shouldn't be able to buy you into stand board
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because hard work get you in stanford. >> reporter: after all this wilson's daughters never even applied to stanford. the alleged conduct involves anyone else at stanford or is associated with any other team. live at stanford university, kiet do, kpix5. >> we're learning more details about the allegations against two hollywood actresses related to this scheme. felicity huffman reportedly paid $15,000 disguised as a donation to a college prep business to doctor the entrance exam for her oldest daughter. prosecutors say huffman also discussed having someone take the test for her younger daughter. her husband, actor william h. macy seen here at the courthouse today was reportedly present during that conversation. court papers say the couple later decided against it and macy was not charged. a judge has said huffman could
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be released on $250,000 bond. court papers also show full house actress lori loughlin and her husband agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 to boost their two daughters' chances of getting into usc. loughlin also allegedly said she would arrange for one of her daughters to be photographed on a rowing machine to support the false claim that she was a member of the l.a. marine club crew team. loughlin was out of the country when fbi agents arrived at her home this morning. she's expected to surrender later today or tomorrow. >> we spoke with former fbi agent and kpix5 security analyst jeff harp on the key role that wiretaps played in building this case. >> when you go before a judge and ask for a wiretap, you got to have a lot of evidence to show that no. 1, that's pertinent to the investigation, no. 2, that you've sort of exhausted other less intrusive types of investigative techniques. it's one of those things where
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you follow the money and it led them down a path where they found something that unfortunately will be embarrassing to a number of universities. >> we posted the full federal complaint and list of all the california defendants inside the top story on www.kpix.com. coming up at 5:30 we'll take a closer look at the intense pressure bay area high school students are facing to get into the top colleges and how their counselors are turning today's news into a teachable moment. san jose police announcing an arrest in the brutal murder of a woman inside her home, the suspect, an undocumented immigrant with a lengthy rap sheet. 24-year-old carlos eduardo arevalo carranza is now facing charges in the stabbing death of 59-year-old bambi larson. police released surveillance footage they say shows the suspect lurking in the dark around larson's home last month. she was later found dead in her bedroom after not showing up to work. the san jose police chief says he is frustrated by the suspect's long criminal
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history. >> those undocumented residents who are not violent or serious criminals should not fear the police. but when we have violent or serious offenders that are preying on our community, we must have the ability to protect our residents. >> i.c.e. says the suspect was placed in detainers a total of nine times, three in the los angeles area and six times in santa clara county. police say carranza was a self- admitted gang member who stalked the neighborhood. he has been convicted more than 10 times in the past three years. >> i mean people die naturally and you feel bad, but this is a whole other level. >> a lot of us just don't want to step out of the house. >> carranza was on probation during the time of larson's debt. her phone and kindle were found with the suspect's property. she was a manager with a local biotech firm and was living alone. chp officers are still looking for leads in a freeway
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shooting this morning. chopper 5 flew over the scene on west bound 24 near the caldecott tunnel. the driver of a white sedan was shot. he's expected to be okay. officers searched for shell casings but found none. this afternoon european aviation officials grounded all boeing 737 max 8 and 9 passenger flights following sun's sunday's deadly plane crash in ethiopia, the second 737 max 8 to crash in months. mola lenghi. >> reporter: good evening. as you mentioned, as momentum gains across the globe, here in washington the pressure is mounting to ground these boeing max jets. the faa says while they continue to investigate and wait on the results of their investigation based on what they know right now, the jets are safe.
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lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for the grounding of all boeing 737 max passenger flights following sunday's deadly plane crash in ethiopia. >> these planes are accidents waiting to happen. >> it makes sense to ground an aircraft that's been involved in two very tragic accidents in only six months. >> reporter: singapore joined a growing number of countries including britain and germany that have either grounded the max jets or banned them from their airspace until the crash investigation is complete, but in the u.s. southwest and american airlines are still operating their 737 max 8 fleets and united airlines is continuing to operate the longer 737 max 9. the faa says it does not have enough data from sunday's crash to take action yet but will if the investigation indicates the need to do so and in a statement tuesday boeing said, "we have full confidence in the safety of the max and based on the information currently available, we do not have any
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basis to issue new guidance to operators." passengers we spoke to here at reagan national airport say they have mixed feelings about flying the max. >> i am concerned, but i feel like you're scared every day even when you're living. so you kind of just have to do it and hope for the best. >> i don't think there's any reason to be paranoid. isn't it more dangerous to go out there and drive your car? >> reporter: lawmakers say passengers who don't want to fly on a max should be able to switch flights free of charge. well, a couple of interesting notes here, allen. the flight attendants union representing domestic flight attendants here in the united states is urging for the grounding of all max jets. meanwhile pilots unions from airlines such as american airlines, southwest airlines as well as united airlines, they are all standing behind the aircraft. >> interesting perspective. thanks so much. at least three victims of
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the ethiopia crash had ties to northern california. melvin and bennett riffle were from redding. the brothers were on vacation traveling through africa and musi oki worked for a bay area tech company. today some of the relatives of the 157 victims arrived at the crash site to mourn the loss of their loved ones. piles of clothing and debris leave them searching for answers. the victims came from 35 countries. the u.n. lost 21 staff members traveling to a conference. u.s. army captain antwon lewis was also on board. the newly married father was serving as a missionary in africa. >> i will say that plane went down with him doing what he wanted to do most. >> crews at the crash site are working to identify remains and then return them to families. that process is expected to take weeks. a man accused of threatening google workers with violence, why police say he drove 3,000 miles to the bay area and what they found in his car. >> he believed that music could
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heal the world of violence and sickness. >> an oakland councilwoman's emotional tribute to her musician son gunned down at usc. she calls on his killer to come forward. >> jussie smollett makes a surprise appearance in court, why the empire actor is applauding the decision to allow cameras to film his case.
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an east bay councilwoman tearfully remembered her son today, a promising music student killed in southern california. victor mcelhaney is the son of oakland city councilwoman lynette mcelhaney. victor was a senior at usc studying jazz. police say early sunday morning a group of men approached victor near campus and shot him after demanding money. he later died at the hospital. >> victor's not a homicide number or statistic or just another black boy gunned down in south central los angeles. i want you all to know that victor came into the world a drummer. >> councilwoman mcelhaney said her son came to los angeles to be part of the city's jazz
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tradition. meanwhile police are still looking for the suspect. i'm ken bastida at the live news desk. we got a big problem on highway 1 near half moon bay. chopper 5 live over the scene. it's a power outage. some winds there toppled a tree into the power lines about 4,000 people without power in the pacifica, half moon bay area, but the bigger problem is that this power outage has resulted in the tom lantos tunnel being shut down. apparently there are some electrolyte markers, lane markers and signaling lights which direct the flow of traffic and so without those signal lights they have to shut down highway 1. so that's what's going on right now. no traffic going through. this obviously will affect thousands of people during the commute. they're suggesting an alternate. take skyline to highway 92 and come down into half moon bay, but obviously that's a big long
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way around and caltrans is telling us it will be closed till at least 6:00. at the live news desk, ken bastida. mountain view police intercepted a man who made threats against google. 33-year-old kyle long drove here from maine upset google shut down his youtube channel. police in his hometown learned long was prepared to resort to violence if things didn't go well. they notified mountain view police. long was arrested sunday afternoon a few miles from google near highway 101 and moffitt boulevard on suspicion of making criminal threats. of course, this the sun the first time officers have arrested someone upset over youtube changes. last april a southern california woman drove to youtube headquarters in san bruno and started shooting. three people were hurt. she shot and killed herself. attorneys for former empire actor jussie smollett say they want cameras in the courtroom so the public can see the evidence and the lack thereof.
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smollett's team told a chicago judge today there is a lot of misinformation in the case. a rep for the actor says smollett wants to "show confidence in his innocence." both sides agreed to allow cameras in the courtroom, but the trial judge will make the final decision. >> we welcome cameras in the courtroom so that the public and media can see the actual evidence and what we believe is actually going to be the lack of evidence against mr. smollett and we look forward to complete transparency and the truth coming out. >> a grand jury indicted smollett last week on 16 felony counts accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown chicago. lawmakers grilled the ceo of wells fargo over the bank's controversial practices. >> we engaged an outside third party to look at over 165 million accounts and what we concluded that there could have
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been but not necessarily were up to 3.5 million accounts that were opened inappropriately. >> tim sloan testified in front of the house financial services committee telling members of congress customers can still trust them. wells fargo still dealing with backlash from creating fake accounts to meet regular quotas. >> can you give me your personal assurance that this is the end of customer harm? >> i can't promise you a perfection, but what i can promise you is that the changes that we've implemented since i've became ceo are going to prevent them from occurring as best we can. >> the bank also faced scrutiny for slapping unwarranted charges on customers. i don't know if you've been outside, but it's windy enough to fly an iron kite today. the s are up. no
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-- the winds are up. no rain came down. >> forget making snowmen. one family built a full size ford mustang. wait till you see how this snow car caught a police officer off guard.
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a state trooper had to ticket a mustang for double parking only to find out the whole thing was made of snow. he shared his surprise when he
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found it in chadron, nebraska. >> some people make snowmen, not in the northwest corner of the panhandle. they make snow cars. >> pretty impressive. it was reportedly the work of a local businessman and his two kids. >> see what happens when you have too many snow days, very creative. >> when you've got creative kids, same thing happens for them, not bad for us. we've got winds to contend with, the wind strong enough to delay flights at san francisco from 15 to 30 minutes out there because winds are gusting up to almost 50 miles an hour at sfo, altamont even stronger, 51 miles per hour, breezy right through tonight. right now concord has 62 degrees, oakland 60, san francisco 55. that's what happens with a cold front, things get a little cooler. this one, however, bestowed most of its activity in the
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sierra and foothills, a little snow and some thunderstorms, too, popping around san andreas and phoenix lake. that's a fast mover on the east side of the high pressure ridge which will be building in. that cold front passes through, though. the interaction with the ridge and the result is fairly breezy conditions which will finally begin to ease tomorrow. between now and then it will still be on the breezy side. so in the weather headlines we get sun midweek with less wind. things settle down tomorrow and seasonal temperatures. we recover a few degrees. high clouds roll by thursday, but no rain. it will be warmer for everybody friday right through the weekend when numbers are in the low 70s. tonight we'll look for santa rosa down to about 35, napa 39 degrees, vallejo 41 and san francisco 46 degrees. sun-up tomorrow morning at 7:23. for tomorrow right about where we should be for this time of year. in santa rosa it will be 65,
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same for napa and fairfield 64. here in the city with plenty of sun 61 and windy in the south bay tonight. it will begin to ease up in san jose. it will be 64 degrees. in the extended forecast we'll be looking for more sun tomorrow, slightly warmer temperatures, a few more clouds thursday, but right through the weekend sunshine and the numbers are up into the low 70s for saturday and sunday, beautiful weekend on tap and for the first time we're seeing the next chance at least of a hint of rain moving into the bay area. it doesn't look like a big rainmaker if it does develop and it's not until a week from tomorrow. in the meantime plenty of time to dry out and begin to fix up everything that got so damaged by recent rains. thank you. a bay area woman's beloved pet bird stuck on a window sill, but no one would help. why she's calling the response inhumane.
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protect your family. visit tobaccofreeca.com. chipotle fans can get rewarded for all the guacamole they eat. >> the chain said it will use venmo, a mobile payment service, to award 25,000 fans each day through next tuesday. diners who enroll in the program will earn 10 points for every dollar they spend with 1,250 points getting you a free meal. meanwhile breakfast lovers are getting their free share of pancakes at ihop until 7:00 tonight. it's part of the california- based chain's 14th annual give- away on national pancake day. the company hopes customers will flip it forward for kids and make a donation. coming up at 5:30 today's college admission scandal feels like a slap in the face to many
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bay area students. >> to get into college, i feel like it's getting harder every year. >> local high schools open up about the intense pressure and how today's indictments could be used as a teachable moment. >> plus the decision that could dramatically change the skyline of downtown san jose, the case for allowing taller towers. >> and joe biden just dropped a big hint about his plans for 2020, how a biden bid could shake up the race.
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you're watching kpix5 news at 5:30. a college admission scheme that's rocking the nation, hollywood actresses and bay area business executives among those charged in the alleged conspiracy. it involved cheating on college entrance exams and gaming the system to get their kids into elite universities. federal prosecutors indicted 50 people today nationwide. good evening. i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm allen martin. some of the bay area parents indicted had students at marin county high schools including marin academy in san rafael. the school said it played no role in the scandal. the prep school released this statement saying in part, "there is no indication anyone who works at m.a. was aware of or participated in the alleged illegal and highly unethical behavior detailed in the charges." the sweeping federal indictment also reveals one of the marin county parents charged worried about getting caught.
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