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a major development in the search for michaela garecht. kron4 has inside information on where her body may be. and we speak with her mother. >> giant -- i can't discount it. until someone proves to me she's not alive, i'm going to continue to behave and conduct myself and search for her. >> michaela's body may be near this central valley well where a convicted killer says dozens of bodies were dumped in the 1980s and 1990s. bodies of people he
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says he killed. wesley shermantine says he and his accomplice, loren herzog, buried some of the victims here just east of stockton. officials are searching through other sites. about one thousand bone fragmentes have been uncovered -- fragments have been uncovered so far. >> the fbi tells kron4 that michaela maybe buried in lenden because that's what shermantine. they were called the "speed freak killers" because they committed their heinous crimes while they were high on methamphetamine, which is also known as speed. reggie kumar spoke to garecht's mother. despite tonight's new lead, she believes her daughter who would now be 33 years old is still alive. >> i have heard things like this many times in at this time last 20 years, and none of them have proven to be true yet. so
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i can't discounting it, butting in somebody proves to me that michaela is not alive, i'm going to continue to behave and conduct myself and search for her. >> reporter: michaela garecht's mother is referring to the exclusive new lead kron4 has learned from a former fbi agent who interviewed wesley shermantine. he told the agent that his partner in crime, loren herzog, dumped michaela's body in a second well in the property in linden. >> he said herzog looks like our composite. and the information that i have had up until this point is that he has specifically said that that's all he meant to convey. he definitely looks like the composite, but we have had several look-likes over the years. >> reporter: hayward police gave san joaquin authorities a list of items michaela was wearing when she was abducted
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outside a supermarket in hayward. he was just nine year it is old at the time. today, michaela would be 33 years old. >> she was wearing a black canvas and jean type shoes, and cut off jeans, just above the knee. she was wearing a white t-shirt that said metro on it, and it had pictures of figures with faces. >> if it ever turned out that they identified michaela as having been out there, i'd probably go out there at that point. >> reporter: do you think she's in there? >> i don't think she's in there. i think she's still alive, and i'm going to continue thinking that until somebody forces me not to. if it proves to be true, it completely solves the case . then we'll know what happened to michaela, we'll know who she is, and we'll know who did it. >> back to the dig site in linden. crews have been sifting
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through pileless of dirt that contain human remains. crews plan to continue tomorrow morning. 700 bone fragments were found just today, in addition to the 300 fragments found over the weekend. >> reporter: this evening, all is quiet at this site in linden. one that you can see is closed off to the public and one where investigators are still finding bone fragments by the hundreds. >> i've been in this business over 30 years, and this is the most gruesome crime scene that i've been involved with. >> reporter: >> we can't estimate how many bodies are in there. right now, we're just recovering remains. >> reporter: and recovering they are. in an area now closed off to cameras and remote to say
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the at least, they found 1,000 bone fragmentes and believe there's -- fragment -- fact. s, and believe they'll find more. >> we're at 34 piles. and the last dig that we did, day before yesterday, the majority of those piles had remains in them. >> reporter: tuesday, garcia confirmed through a preliminary identification that remains found last week at another location were that of chevy wheeler, a woman missing since the mid-80s. this search is set to continue tomorrow, and dparsia tells me -- garcia tells me, this could last several weeks. >> the discovery of hundreds of bones could mean closure for dozens of families of missing persons. more than two dozen phone calls have come into a hot line set up for family members who believe that the remains of
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their loved ones are at that site. kron4 has learned there are 28 active missing persons records in san joaquin county from 1984 to 19 nine99. >> reporter: 16 year-old chevy wheeler disappeared in 1985. her remains were preliminarily identified after a partial skull was found in calaveras county last thursday. dental records confirmed cindy vanderheiden's remains were found on the same day at a different site in calaveras county. she disappeared in 1998. investigators close to the case say loren herzog's victims fit a similar description. in 1985,
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joanne's mother reported her daughter missing in stockton. she was 16 years old. gayle marx disappeared in 1988 in stockton. and vanessa smith was last seen wearing a light blue dress with several buttons. in 1997, she went for a walk and never returned home. it has not been confirmed that these women are part of the investigation, but they were reported missing during that time. >> stay with kron4 as we continue to cover developments at the dig site for more possible victims of the "speed freak killers". and you can go to confrom to watch today's news conference. the victim of an antioch home invasion manages to turn the tables on his attacker. the homeowner was resting with his son when a would-be armed robber broke in. am after a struggle, the man managed to get the gun away from the intruder and shot the intruder three times.
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the suspect died at the scene. it's unlikely the father will face any charges. an alleged female accomplice was arrested. all of the victims from a vallejo shooting are expected to survive. you can see people cleaning up after the incident. this is video from today. five people were shot, including a little girl who suffered the worst injuries. doctors say that she will pull through. the other victims have nonlife threatening gunshot wounds. the shooting happened at a strip mall nail salon. richmond police are offering $10,000 for information about a school vandalism. they estimate the vandal it is did one -- vanedicals did $1 million -- vandals did $1 million in damage. firefighters responded to an aliving room on sunday at
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6:00 pm. the vandals spilled 20 gallons of paint and broke out every window at the auditorium. >> we got to find out who did it and do something about it. this isn't right. i mean, when it comes to the kids in school, that's their education. i've been santa clause for all these kids everything and else, and this is not good. >> this is the second act of vandalism at the new school in the last month. police have not made any arrests. a car crashed into a san francisco home tonight. you can see in this video, it happened near 43rd avenue and balboa street in the outer richmond. police say the driver didn't stop at a stop sign. this was the only car involved in the crash. coming up, plans for whitney houston's funeral are in the works. what the world can expect in just days.
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a heart felt tribute to tony bennett from the city he celebrated in song. coming up later in this broadcast, pablo sandoval says don't talk about my weight, jeremy lin does it again, and how about a couple tennis highlights? a look outside right now at our current conditions. winds have kept temperatures warmer tonight. but the winds are dying down. we have winds back in the forecast tomorrow, and snow in the sierra.
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a date has been set for the funeral of legendary singer whitney houston. this coming saturday at nooning her funeral will be held at the same new jersey church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child. the church can seat up to 1,500 people. the service will be invitation only. no public memorial is planned at this time. the pastor who will efficient houston's funeral --
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officiate her funeral spoke out today. >> that voice is silenced. but she left us with so much. amazingly. how she was able to leave us with so many wonderful memories of that god given gift. and so that's what we're celebrating on saturday. >> pastor skart carter says organizers hope to set up a large screen outside the church so people who cannot get inside can see the funeral proceedings. and new jersey governor chris christie says he will order flags to be thrown at half staff. he calls houston a cultural icon who has the same rank as frank sinatra. houston a family is asking that any donations to her memory be sent to the public arts school in new jersey which new bears her name. winds have started to die
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down this evening. that's going to lead to chillier conditions overnight. we're going to see increasing cloud cover. into tomorrow afternoon, winds are really going to pick back up, temperatures will be the same as where they were today. but they're going to feel cool are with those winds in place. let's take a look at the winds for tomorrow in the 8:00 hour, not too bad. but the winds will be increasing. picking up bay area wide to be in that range by noon. we'll continue with the gusty continues through the 4:00 hour, but they will die down toward the evening hours. a storm diving down the backside of the bay area. there is a slight chance that we could see a few light sprinkles through the overnight hours into tomorrow morning. it looks most likely that we're going to be talking about snow in the sierra. a look here into the 3:00 hour, no through the sierra, but nothing here in the
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bay area. into the 6:00 area on wednesday morning, mainly dry, but snow continues to fly in the sierra. that will push out by about 10:00 in the morning. we're still going to see several inches of snow as this system wushs through -- pushes through. heavy snow right over i80 in the 4:00 hour. moving down south with heavy snow about the 6:00 hour. and starting to taper off about 9:00, 10:00. heaviest snow through the overnight hours, about 4:00 to 6:00 in the morning. and the noefl totals reaching -- snowfall totals reaching up to 8 inches. low visibility through the morning as the heavy snow pushes through. a look at your extended forecast, cool and windy out there tomorrow. locally a slight chance of a few sprinkles. i don't think we're going to see much. thursday and friday, dryer and warmer. saturday and sunday, more
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i left my heart in san francisco! the song turned 50 today. tony bennett joins several choirs to honor the song at city hall today. officials presented bennett with a key to the city and honored him by naming today, february 14th, tony bennett day. he's honored that his rendition of the song has left just a lasting legacy in san francisco. >> and i always thought it would be a local song in this area. but the fact that it's become such an international song throughout the world, everybody loves it. and they love this city. >> bennett first sang the song in 1961 at the for amonth hotel
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on san francisco's -- fairmont hotel on knob hill. coming up, if you like dogs, you won't want to miss highlights from the west minister dog show, and the jeremy lin story reaches new heights yet again tonight. whatcha lookin' for hon?
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ah, these new jeans i want. i've been looking everywhere. new blue jeans? oh, don't be crazy, i've got tons of blue jeans. frank! frank! get my jean bin, susie wants my jeans. no she doesn't. here we go. nice and loose. ohhh. those are loose, but i actually just ordered three pairs of this kind. ooooohhhh. oh. when it's on your mind, it's on ebay.
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jeremy lin, tonight, he sells out the toronto arena over 20,000 fans. the knicks at one point down 17 points. lin helps them cut the deficit to 6. 27 points, 11 assists, 8 turnovers. setting up amar'e stoudemire. lin, the pump fake, and then to
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the hole, puts it in. it's 87 a piece. five seconds left, and guess who has the ball in his hands? >> five, four -- lin for the win. got it! [ cheering and applause ] >> and jeremy lin now 6 and 0 since taking over the new york knicks. averaging 27 point, 8.5 assists, and everybody wants to kiss him. [ laughter ] >> and we just clamped it down in the fourth quarter. we couldn't get a stop. >> my! >> we couldn't get a stop to save our lives. >> pam moore with a promotional announcement about tomorrow evening. >> that's right. you are interviewing his coach! former coach. >> i always looked at him, fine, fine, fine. now i've got to go "coach." >> and he tried to tell everybody that jeremy lin had something, you said. >> but i knew more and i said,
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no, i don't think so. >> and now you're wrong. >> he'll be laughing in my face tomorrow night. [ laughter ] spring training for pitchers and catchers starts this weekend. and pablo sandoval, hey, striking a verbal blow against those who want to pick on his weight. throw up the graphic here. i don't care what people say about me. i am going to shut their mouths when spring training begins. bithat date, i should be -- by that date, i should be in good form. there have been reports that was 30 pounds overweight. pablo said it's only seven. 23 home runs last year. people need something to talk about till the season starts and his weight always comes up. the second oldest running tennis tournament, 123 years and counting going on in san jose. it's been in berkeley, san francisco. 123 years, began in 1899 here in the bay area.
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>> i'll tell you what. we know the bay area fans want to see the top players. that's why we focus throughout the years. barry set the tone in the 1970 when he made the event a pro event. from there, we've seen somebody from ash and laver and dun budge, agassi. it's always drawn the best players in the world, and that's a tradition we're very proud of. >> the great barry mckay. it's dog show time in norm city. love to pick out my favorites. no. 8, love that little doggy. and then the irish setter from the sporting group named caught red handed. the shaggy dog commodore is back. always a crowd favorite. and let's get off a neopolitan mastiveiff.
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that's the west minister dog show. >> i have two little puppies. [ laughter ] >> goodnight, everybody .
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