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we have breaking news in san francisco. five people found dead inside a home. good morning, everybody, thank you very much for joining us. i'm jon kelley. >> i'm marla tellez. swarms of police officers are at the scene, 16 howth street across from san francisco city college. officers say three women, two men are dead, but they're not saying how they died. police say at this point there's no reason to believe there's a killer on the loose. >> we believe at this time that they all reside in the residence, although that will be confirmed by the medical
examiner. and we're going through the crime scene now. obviously this is a very tragic situation, no matter what happens that we're able to determine. >> officers say the city college and high school nearby are not under lockdown or evacuation orders. we do have a crew at the scene. we will continue to monitor details. you can always follow along the latest developments online, nbcbayarea.com. to another developing story, right now, the santa clara county sheriff's department is searching for 15-year-old sierra lamar who went missing a week ago today. nbc bob redell spoke to the girl's family and joins us with all the latest from morgan hill. bob, what's happening out there? >> reporter: good morning to you, jon. as you recall, last friday, sierra lamar was supposed to catch her school bus at this intersection here in morgan hill. that never happened.
this morning, seven days later, the sheriff's office and the fbi returned to this spot looking for clues. >> for a couple hours, agents and deputies had a roadblock, stopping drivers in the area that might have been driving here the same time last week when sierra disappeared, taking note of license plates, asking questions. do you drive through here routinely. do you remember anything unusual. an investigator tells me so far on the surface doesn't appear to have been anything revelationary. they found her belongings in a field not far from her home. last sunday they found her pink juicy purse. inside were sierra's undergarment and a pair of pants and shirt, both neatly folded. that shirt is a san jose sharks sweatshirt, similar to the one she took a computer photo she
took of herself wearing it. her mom thinks she had it on. her mom admitted to us this morning, it is hard to keep her hopes up. >> very convincing that there's not something right about the situation, her being gone this long, finding the items, it is terrifying. i try not to think bad things. just, you know, please, you know, keep your strength, baby. i know you have it in you to survive this. >> reporter: for the first time, we have seen still photos. for the first time, they released video. it gives you a sense of the personality she has, personality that her mom has been speaking of. as you see in the home video, she's bouncing about on a
trampoline with her mother and sister, not far from the location where she was supposed to have taken a school bus seven days ago. live in morgan hill, bob redell, nbc bay area news. tonight, family and friends come together for another vigil and hope sierra will return home safely. that gathering set for 7:30 at washington high school in fremont where sierra went to school as a freshman before moving to morgan hill. we will post updates on the search for sierra on our website, nbcbayarea.com. search sierra for the most recent information. this morning, three people are in the hospital with serious injuries after a violent crash in san francisco. officers say skid marks more than 200 feet long show the path a driver took when he lost control speeding just before 3:00 this morning. the car wound up crushed almost beyond recognition. this was on brotherhood way in san francisco. officers say when they arrived
on scene, they found all three men on the ground outside the car. two of the men have life threatening injuries, the third is expected to be okay. in the south bay, crews continue road work at a deadly curve on highway 17. workers striping the southbound side of laurel curve. just yesterday, they installed a new center divide at the curve and a turning lane. it is notoriously dangerous for drivers. last friday, an east bay man was killed at that area. this bridge will be shut both directions memorial day weekend. caltran crews are working on a seismic retrofit project on the western side of the bridge during the three day closure. it will close officially 10:00 may 5th. will reopen tuesday, may 29. for updates on construction and
information, check the website. take a drive, it will be rainy out. >> dangerous for driving for the coastal hills and mountains. today, we're getting spectacular conditions before the storm. look at this beautiful shot. golden gate bridge. suspect that gorgeous? still a little on the cool side. creeping up to 60 degrees. sunnyvale, 52, 54 in san jose. what to expect this weekend. saturday, heavy rain between 3:00 and 10:00 a.m. scattered showers for the afternoon. sunday, another round of strong rain moves in. talking potential for two to three inches in south bay, especially higher elevations. we could see mud slides, downed trees, gusty winds. a cold, winter like weekend for the first weekend of spring, go figure. we'll time it out. >> earlier this morning, you said perfect weekend for moving
and for the snuggy. >> thanks, christina. we usually hear about separation of church and state. this morning in santa clara, the opposite is true. former secretary of state condoleezza rice and the san jose mayor were at the silicon valley rice breakfast. rice spoke about her father and her faith. >> my father, and i thank him for this, was very careful to raise me in a way in which faith and reason were not enemies of one another. >> the prayer breakfast has been held every year since 1995. the leader of the catholic church soon landing in a country he's never visited. pope benedict xvi in mexico. it marks the first time in more than a decade a pope visited. john paul was the last to visit.
was very popular there. pope benedict is not expected to draw as much pomp and circumstance. 300,000 are expected to attend this sunday's mass. he is scheduled to fly to cuba monday. the u.s. soldier accused of the shooting rampage leaving more than a dozen afghan civilians dead is expected to be formally charged. robert bales is expected to face 17 counts of murder, six counts of attempted murder and six counts of aggravated assault. charges are 12 days after he allegedly went on the shooting spree. at least nine children died in that attack. two years ago today, the nation's healthcare bill took a hit. the republicans are trying to repeal obama care. mitch mcconnell took to the podium today in the nation's capital to denounce what he says is an unconstitutional law.
he wants to replace it with a plan that puts healthcare decisions back in the hands of the people. he says obama's plan failed to lower costs and premiums and hasn't protected medicare. >> after two years, it's pretty clear that it's full of broken promises. almost everything that was said about the law, predictions about how it would turn out have not worked out. >> opponents are scheduled to argue the constitutionality of the healthcare law before the supreme court next week. meanwhile, the white house releasing a statement today in its defense saying it made it difference for millions of americans, and over time will help give more working and middle class families the security they deserve. now to decision 2012. this weekend, republican presidential race is heading south again, and it seems the biggest issue on everyone's mind, the etch a sketch.
>> instead of taking a risk of what may be the etch a sketch candidate for the future. >> the reaction coming after a romney adviser compared his campaign to the toy, saying romney would reset his campaign after the nomination to redraw himself as a moderate. romney is behehind santorum by double digits in louisiana one day before that primary. being caught in the middle of the political battle, creating big business for the makers of etch a sketch, that's how the world works. they soared to 9.65, the company sending out a box of etch a sketches to each campaign saying thanks for the publicity. coming up, surprise announcement at a school assembly. why the principal says hugging is no longer allowed on campus.
are you ready for mega millions? $290 million. a whole lot of people in san lorenzo are, and they're going to what's considered a lucky store coming up in a live report. another update on breaking news, a live look at the scene where five people were found dead inside a san francisco home. stay with us. we're back in two tes. honey...? [ mom ] yes.
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anybody at large that's going to be looking to do random acts. we believe this act was specific to this residence. >> how were they killed? >> officers say the city college and high school nearby are not on lockdown or evacuation orders while officers investigate. and this just into the newsroom. we're getting word of a water main break in san francisco 2nd near market and mission. they are asked to use caution. it is dangerous. if you are headed that way, you may want to take another route. the area is being cleaned up as we speak by crews. let's talk money. the mega millions jackpot hit $290 million. >> huge. potential millionaires are lining up to place bets on what they hope could be a brand new life. christie smith live in san lorenzo at a liquor store famous for spreading the wealth. we hear no surprise, lottery fever spreading all over this morning. >> reporter: absolutely. good morning to you. and happy friday.
it is almost like there's a free give away going on out here. so many people are coming in and out of this liquor store, but it is all about the mega millions tickets. people buying like mad and don't care the odds are against them because this store is considered to be a millionaire maker. it is the hottest ticket on the block. mega millions, now with a stunning $290 million jackpot. and people are scooping them up. >> i got 15. >> no, i don't. >> 15 people employed at the mta. 15 people retiring the same day. jobs will be available. >> tyrone bernie plays for his work crew buying at cavanaugh liquors. today the crowds are betting on the store's luck. >> i covered all of it. did fantasy 5, mega, here, this is the winning store. >> reporter: producing five super lotto winners. one of the luckiest retailers in
california, making it a wildly busy day for the manager who brought in extra workers. wasn't sure where this lottery luck comes from. >> something in the air, and it could be me, could be the machines, i don't know, but somehow we get winners out of here. >> reporter: everyone hoping they'll be next. in the down economy, dreams are big but simple. >> considering i just got laid off, buy my house, cash. >> reporter: you can see up here they have some of their jackpots listed, one, two, three, four, one unclaimed. this is the latest one here on the door from january this year. $11 million. that's what everyone is banking on out here. steve, my photographer and i are running in to get our tickets. i spoke with one woman. she said if you're shopping here, get your tickets early. in her words, by 5:00 tonight, they have disneyland style lines out the door. i'm going to go ahead and get
mine. live in san lorenzo, christie smith, back to you guys in san jose. >> we can believe it. thank you so much. imagine what it would feel like to hit a monster lottery for multi billions of dollars. >> not millions, billions. after celebrating for hours, imagine that cash dancing in your head being ripped away. that's what happened in denmark. the country's national lottery blew it, sending out hundreds of e-mails saying congratulations, you're a brand new billionaire. two hours later, sad return to reality. sorry, there's been an error. 202 people saw their riches fade like that. the company stepped up and issued an apology. >> verbal, and that's it? >> yeah, how about a cash apology. >> help for someone that charged big luxury items. >> i could do a lot of damage in ten minutes. let's check the forecast with christina loren.
>> on shoes alone, marla. i know you. we are having a nice start to the day. more cloud cover through the second half of the day, but temperatures outside are rather mild and beautiful. nice shot of san jose. high pollen count. but a lot of rain is on the way, lay down that particulate matter through the weekend. that pollen count will be reduced significantly by tomorrow. gorgeous shot of san jose, see the mountains in the background. possibly getting a dusting of snow. high atop mount hamilton through the weekend, enjoy the 60s and sunshine while it lasts. tonight, 50 in san jose, want to remind you, giants are back on nbc bay area at 7:05 tonight. it is a preseason game, still a chance to see them. 81 in scottsdale. warmer, 7:05 on nbc bay area. temperatures on the cool side
through the day, not as warm as typically this time of year. but everything changes tomorrow. april area of low pressure ushers in colder weather and a lot of rain. stop the clock on future cast at 3:00 a.m., starting to see heavy downpours on the coastline, showers moving to the greater bay area. stop in at 3:00 p.m. steady rain for 1 hours straight saturday. 11:00 p.m., lightening up a little. then another wave of moderate to heavy rain, 5:00 p.m. sunday. next week, not looking that much better. more showers in the forecast. all works out like this. by sunday, periods of rain. 55 degrees monday. little break second half of the day. tuesday, wednesday, another storm system rolls through. this will be 63 tuesday, 62 wednesday. finally getting clearing and a nice, spring like pattern. back to you guys. >> christina, thank you. new rules in place at a new jersey school that some students would rather kiss good-bye. it is a ban on hugging. >> no. >> the principal at the middle
school making that decision to crackdown on unsuitable physical interactions. hugs not drugs. the district superintendent says there's no written policy. it is up to the principal to impose. reaction to the ban is mixed. >> it is nature at its best. you can't suppress your emotions. if something inappropriate was happening in school, they were all hugging and leading to something inappropriate, i have to trust they're making the right decisions to keep my children safe. >> there are no specifics on punishment. the superintendent says the whole thing is blown out of proportion. >> i guess different levels of hugs out there.ere.th that's it for now. we will be back with more news coming your way. have you called to switch us to anthem yet? honey, how can i call now,
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college, correct? >> reporter: i'm on the campus at san francisco city college. the crime scene is right over there behind me. unit number 16 they tell me, five people found dead this morning by someone who had keys to the home discovered what was inside and dialed 911. police are still trying to piece together what exactly happened here. they do say that they are not looking for any suspect at this point. they are not calling this either a murder, quadruple suicide, so unclear. they're gathering evidence, not able to tell us a lot more than that. they can say there doesn't appear to be illegal activity happening inside this home. no drugs, no gambling, nothing of that sort, but they say this community shouldn't be concerned. there is no killer at large. they say everything seems to be not done, they have a lot of evidence gathering to do, but they're not worried about
finding a potential suspect at this point. we hope to find out more. they'll have another briefing at about 1:30 this afternoon. unfortunately that's all i can give you. not much coming out of here in san francisco, only that this is another tragedy. live in san francisco, damian trujillo , nbc bay area. >> a lot of mystery to go with it. they say there's no suspect, and maybe not a suicide. has anybody talked about a natural gas leak or something of that sort? >> no. i think they're treating it as a crime scene. i don't think they feel it is an accident by any means. there were gunshots heard in the area. the chief won't say whether that's the case. we have officers on the perimeter of the neighborhood talking to neighbors about what's going on. we'll keep you posted. >> okay, they don't think a killer is on the loose. >> interesting. >> we will be following it all day. check at nbcbayarea.com for the latest. coming up, free ride for
we'll give you another look at the breaking news in san francisco. howth street near ocean avenue. right near san francisco city college. five bodies found inside a home. this is not a live look at the scene, but plenty of officers on scene. we will be following it all day. >> interesting. not a lot of details. plenty of parents hope their kids will be athletes to score free rides to college. >> they want free tuition for everyone, college for california. needs more than 800,000 signatures to get that on the june ballot. they want state university tuition free for full time in state students, in exchange for 70 hours of community service per year, or by maintaining 2.7 grade point average. sponsors say it would be paid for by increase in income tax