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now. good evening, everybody. i'm ken bastida. >> i'm elizabeth cook. we start with a major college admissions scandal involving wealthy parents and hollywood actresses. in all, 50 people have been charged in what federal officials are calling the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the justice department. among those 14 are bay area residents including stanford university's sailing coach john vandemoer. >> we have team reporters on this story tonight. we begin with kpix5's susie steimle who is live at stanford university. susie? >> reporter: well, ken and liz, the fbi tells us the average parents spend 200 to $400,000 in bribery money as part of this scammed, but one parent spent as much as $6.5 million. 33 parents in total have been charged and the fbi says more are to come.
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>> there can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy and i'll add there will not be a separate criminal justice system either. >> reporter: 33 parents were charged in what's being called the largest college admission scandal in u.s. history. actresses lori loughlin and felicity huffman were accused of paying money to get their kids into elite universities including stanford, yale and usc. the man at the center of it all is william or rick singer. >> between roughly 2011 and 2018 wealthy parents paid singer about $25 million in total. >> reporter: singer accepted bribes to let students into athletic programs where they had no business being part of. sailing coach john vandemoer
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pleaded guilty today. >> in return for bribes these coaches agreed to pretend that certain applicants were recruited competitive athletes when, in fact, the applicants were not. >> reporter: 14 bay area parents are involved. some are private equity investors, vintners and ceos like marcy palatala accused of paying nearly half a million dollars to get her son into usc. in the indictment a recorded cooperation shows a cooperating witness asked her are you willing on make a contribution of several hundred thousand as a donation to get him in as a participant in 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 lowest grades. so some parents did go to great lengths to make sure their kids did not know about the scandal. in other cases the students willingly participated and knew that this was going on. so far, though, no students
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have been charged. the fbi says they'll leave that part of this up to the universities to decide individually. >> susie steimle live at stanford, thank you. >> we caught up with a tour group of students from china at the stanford university campus today. this is what they had to say about the scandal. >> it's really unfair for those students who work hard and have a good score and i don't think it's really a good way to prove yourself. >> i never expect that happen in the united states. i thought this only happens in china. >> stanford released a statement in part saying that the alleged behavior runs completely against stanford's values. actresses felicity huffman and lori loughlin are among the parents charged. court documents show huffman paid $15,000 disguised as a charitable donation so someone
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could secretly change answers on her daughter's college entrance exam. authorities say her husband actor william h. macy was aware. as for loughlin, court papers show she and her husband paid half a million dollars to have her daughter recruited to the uc crew team despite the fact that they don't row. one of the bay area parents charged is manuel enriques. years ago he was invited to ring the closing bell at the new york stock exchange. he is the ceo and founder of palo alto-based company hercules capital. tech crunch is reporting another top executive has been placed on leaf. bill mcglashan worked as a top investor for san francisco- based private equity firm tpg. prosecutors say he was caught trying to get his son into usc. some bay area high schools trying to distance themselves from this scandal, kpix5's wilson walker is live in san
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rafael with that part of the story. wilson? >> reporter: ken, the scandal sort of reaching out in all kinds of directions which means all kinds of people are saying look, we had absolutely nothing to do with this and that includes marin academy which issued this statement earlier today. "there is no indication that anyone who works at marin academy was aware of or participated in the alleged illegal or highly unethical behavior detailed in the charges." we understand two student involved in all this did go to the school. the school says look, we had nothing to do with it, but how did this work? what was going on? we spent the day going through the case laid out against one set of parents here in marin county. the court documents kind of tell the story of a couple phone calls, a couple e-mails, a quarter of a million dollars and a college bound freshman who had absolutely no idea what was going on.
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it is just another picturesque street in the town of ross and it is just another set of parents accused in this scandal. diane blake, a retail executive and her husband todd, an investor entrepreneur. the blakes reached out to the people running the scheme in early 2017 asking if there was a way to get their daughter into youth of southern california according to prosecutors. e-mails were ex changed. several months later their daughter was getting pitched to the university as a valuable volleyball recruited through usc donna heinel. the blakes wrote a check to usc athletics for $50,000. in january of 2018 a donation of $200,000 to the foundation run by rick singer, the man said to be at the middle of all this. now in march todd blake celebrated his daughter's usc admission on twitter, but not long after that there were
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signs of trouble. an audit had investigators looking into those donations and ultimately the admissions scandal as a whole, at which point one person involved reached out to the blakes alerting them to the probe and in a recorded phone call diane blake responds to the threat of an inquiry saying, "yikes, i mean our daughter doesn't even know." can you imagine some of the conversations that are going on between parents accused of all this and their college kids who had no idea? anyway to close some loopholes there the daughter was admitted, but there's no indication that she is on the volleyball team or involved in the volleyball program. the administrator at usc that i mentioned is also charged and has been fired. diane and todd blake, of course, among all the parents now charged with conspiracy to commit fraud. you go through all those documents. according to the prosecuting documents these were kind of cavalier acts. at one point the father even sort of joking with the people
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who had lined this all up about how usc keeps coming back to him for more money and he doesn't know what to say, but then you see the conversation at the end as investigators were closing in on the folks who had run the whole scheme and the realization the gig might be up and the mother there acknowledging that her daughter had no idea. so as prosecutors said, just sort of at the beginning of all this. we will see in the future sort of who knew what and where this all leads. live in san rafael, wilson walker, kpix5. >> an interesting story and not to be sanctimonious, but this is getting into higher education and what lesson are these parents teaching their kids? you can buy your way to anything, i guess. we'll let it go at that. thank you. we've posted the full federal complaint and a list of all the bay area defendants and there are a bunch on our website, www.kpix.com. new details in the grisly murder of a san jose woman,
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police have made an release. the suspect, an alleged gang member from central america with a violent criminal history. this isn't his first run-in with the law. 24-year-old carlos eduardo arevalo carranza is facing charges in the stabbing death of 59-year-old bambi larson. kpix5's len ramirez is in san jose with the controversy over the suspect's immigration status. len? >> reporter: that's right. federal immigration officials say the suspect had nine previous i.c.e. detainers on him from los angeles and santa clara county. now those detainer requests to hold the suspect in jail beyond his jail term were ignored allowing him to get back out on the streets. surveillance video taken in the early morning hours allegedly shows the suspect walking the san jose neighborhood where hours later bambi larson would be found brutally murdered in her home. police arrested 24-year-old carlos eduardo arevalo carranza
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after matching his dna from a recent drug arrest to crime scene evidence taken from larson's home. >> critical evidence was recovered along the suspect's path of egress on knollfield including t-shirts which contained the victim' blood and the suspect's dna. >> reporter: larson, a 59-year- old biotech manager, was found murdered from several stab wounds to her neck and torso by family members after failing to show up for work on february 28th. police identified carranza as a transient and gang member who lived in a nearby homeless encampment who might have been stalking the victim. i.c.e. officials identified carranza as a salvadoran national who was arrested for illegally crossing the border in 2013 but was deported and apparently reentered the u.s. and committed battery, false imprisonment and several drug offenses. i.c.e. says they failed nine previous
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detainers on carranza, but i.c.e. said the detainers, which are a request to notify immigration officials before the suspect was released from jail, were ignored. chief garcia says something has to change. >> let me be clear. we are here to protect and to embrace our otherwise law abiding undocumented residents. we are not here, nor should we be here, to shield admitted gangsters or violent criminals regardless of immigration status. >> reporter: now this case is sure to add to the debate over california and santa clara county's sanctuary laws. i just checked with county officials. they told me these detainer requests that come on over suspects regularly have been found to be unconstitutional in several other states where they have been tested. in san jose, len ramirez, kpix5. coming up a bay area teacher under arrest,
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authorities say he ran a classroom fight club. >> i was victor's mom. victor was not lynette's son. he was a son of the village. >> plus an emotional plea from an oakland councilwoman calling on her son's killer to come forward. >> a fight is stirring up in san francisco over plans to build a new mega homeless shelter. >> that plus the fact that we've got a windy night on the way to the bay area, causing problems at the airport and yet the view from treasure island looking back toward the sky line of san francisco, very nation tonight. the forecast including changes as we get close to the weekend, after a break.
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a sonoma county teacher is under arrest accused of running a classroom fight club. police say multiple fights happened at clovedale high school in federico vargas' classroom. he's suspected of not only allowing student to fight each other but refereeing the fights. more than one student was injured. it's not clear how severe the injuries were. the superintendent said vargas was placed on leave and a statement was issued, "i can confirm we learned about the situation through an employee. this allows me to stress the importance of encouraging all students and staff to always speak up if they ever see or hear something concerning." a meeting happening right now in san francisco, city leaders are discussing plans to build a waterfront homeless navigation center. this would be built at the city's embarcadero near pier 30.
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kpix5's joe vazquez on how some people are not too happy with this proposal. >> reporter: right now this is a parking lot owned by the port of san francisco, but if city officials have their way, it will soon be a navigation center for the homeless. this afternoon folks who live nearby had their first chance to tell port officials just what they think about all this. inside the ferry building late this afternoon it was sitting room only. many in this crowd live near the site of the proposed new homeless navigation center near bryant and embarcadero. most of these public commenters told the port commissioners they were taken by surprise by last week's announcement and they had concerns. >> south beach currently is one of the lower crime neighborhoods. other navigation centers have not yet proved to be successful. this is not yet a proven model. why repeat it at such a large scale? >> reporter: the city says the facility would have 200 beds making it the largest navigation center so far. it would provide health and housing services for homeless people and around the clock
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shelter that would allow pets and partners. >> they're here. so why not provide them a place of safety and of shelter and of compassion and love and services and all the things they can get indoors in a place where they already are? >> reporter: jeff kozitski is director of san francisco's department of homelessness. >> i get pretty much nonstop concerns from neighbors who live along the waterfront about people experiencing homelessness. >> reporter: they want you to do something about it. >> yes. >> but not everybody wants the navigation center near where they live. >> i'm hopeful that's because they don't necessarilied up how they work. necessarily understand how they work. when people see how they operate, we will change some hearts and minds. >> reporter: there will be a second meeting within the hour with more residents voicing concerns about the navigation center. in san francisco, joe vazquez, kpix5. an oakland city downwoman is speaking out for the first time since her son was killed
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near his southern california youth. victor mcelhaney is the son of oakland city councilwoman lynette gibson 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 was my sunshine. and i pray like every mama every day please don't take my sunshine away. >> councilwoman mcelhaney said her son believed music could heal violence. he came to los angeles to become part of its jazz tradition. police are still looking for the suspects. if you think the bay area housing prices are already out of control, get ready because six major tech companies plan to go public this year. >> that means the bay area may soon be crowded with hundreds,
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if not thousands, of newly minted millionaires. >> a lot of people have a lot of money. they're looking for housing to buy. >> what you have is the have and have not's. >> well, there is a possible silver lining for the rest of us. watch our original report tonight on the kpix5 news at 7 p.m. now let's switch gears over to the weather department. if you've been outside today, you'll notice the winds have picked up significantly even as the temperatures have dropped a bit, but both those trends will reverse tomorrow. it will be warmer tomorrow. winds will settle down. at the moment as we look out to the east bay, would have got the flags flying out there. the winds are gusting to 51 miles per hour at altamont pass. sfo is experiencing delays 15 to 30 minutes because the winds are so strong. a beautiful shot of sutro tower, mid-50s right now to about 60, 60 degrees at concord
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and santa rosa has 57 degrees. well, that cold front passed through today. so the numbers came down a bit over yesterday's readings. low over the southland triggered rain in san diego county. now out to the wildflowers in the desert and the other low triggered some showers and thundershowers in the sierra. for us we picked up a few high clouds and that was about it and also this. the winds will begin to ease up. the lighter blue colors show by tomorrow winds will be down into the range where we are used to, 5 to 10 miles an hour, but it will be breezy tonight. tomorrow more sunshine coming out as high pressure builds in, less wind, seasonal temps, high clouds rolling by on thursday. so a few more clouds thursday, but this weekend the numbers will be in the low 70s inland. microclimate forecast in daly city which does not have a massive temperature variation from day to day, nor will it. wednesday it will be 59. thursday it will be 59.
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forecast highs for us tomorrow mostly mid-60s, livermore hits 64 degrees and san francisco nice at 61. in the extended forecast we'll look for the numbers to be warming gently as we get into the weekend. we'll see them in the mid-60s wednesday and thursday. by the time we get friday, saturday and sunday the numbers are going to be into the low 70s. in terms of rain, seven-day forecast shows none on tap. going to be a nice, warm weekend to catch up on everything and not a drop in sight, at least not yet. that's weather. for sports, mr. o'donnell. >> that's baseball weather. can a former a's fan favorite do the same thing in a giants uniform? >> breaking news on the 49ers, they just beefed up their pass rush and they're paying for it. we're up next.
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the 49ers pulled off a huge deal within the hour acquiring pro bowl pass rusher dee ford from the chiefs in exchange for a second round pick in 2020. ford had a career high 13 sacks last season, led the nfl with seven forced fumble. he reportedly will get a five year deal worth over 80 million. that's 17. five million a season making fda the third highesid linebacker inhi khalil mack and von miller. meanwhile odell beckham, jr. won't follow ford to santa clara. they traded their star receiver to cleveland in exchange for a first and third round pick and
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jabrill peppers. kevin durant will not play tomorrow night in houston. durant rolled his ankle in sunday's loss to phoenix. golden state is 0-3 against the rockets this season which could be a good thing to get the warriors to lock in. before the game that they lost. >> wednesday we got an opportunity to send a staple, if you will. >> yeah. they should have probably said it before the game that they lost. i'm sure steve kerr will be going would have been a nice job if they said it before. steven vogt grew up a giants fan. he's trying to get used to the look. >> having spent 4 1/2 years on the other side of the rivalry of the bay, this is definitely different seeing the orange and
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black in the mirror. >> stephen vogt is coming home, a fan favorite in oakland. >> that's a great, great group of people. it's definitely a different feel here. it's an older vibe and these guys have won three world series in the last eight, nine years. >> he missed all of 2018 with a shoulder injury and is excited to be back on the field. while he's proven he can still hit, he's bringing the shoulder along ever so slowly. >> i'm older, 34 coming back from a second shoulder surgery. so i can't afford to be young and dumb like i used to be. >> his versatility is key to making the team, outfield, infield, catcher. you name it, he will play it. >> wherever i can fit in behind the plate, around the field use my versatility and left hand at bat, honestly i just want to help the giants win games. >> that shoulder injury, he has yet to take the field. he's swinging well, hitting well, but he's got to show he
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can play defensively, could get caught in a numbers game, baseball right around the corner. >> 34, he's lucky to be here. >> do you believe in stephen vogt? >> this guy is a gamer. he's tough. thanks, dennis.
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captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: on the "cbs evening news" this tuesday, the biggest college entrance scheme ever prosecuted. hollywood actresses, prominent business leaders and coaches are accused of paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes. >> "operation varsity blues," the bus stop of this college admissions scheme. >> tv stars lori loughlin and felicity huffman among the dozens charged. >> there can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy and there will not be a separate criminal justice system, either. >> crash site investigators combed this area searching for answers. >> more countries around the world are banning boeing's new jet from their airspace. >> pressure in congress also building to ground the plane domestically. >> these planes are accidents waiting to happen.

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