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official in san jose credit their gang suppression effort. but investigative reporter says the city may be playing game with crime statistics. >> we spent months reviewing court cases and witness statements. tonight high ranking sources within the san jose police department says the city is misleading the public about gang violence. it was the night before memorial day. >> he had his head phones on listening to his music. it wasn't that he was fearless. he just had no idea how much danger he was actually in. >> d.j. watkins was murdered on his way home from at game stop. three days shy of his 21 birthday. >> police told you it was gang-related. >> he said his nephew just moved here from ohio and was not in a
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gang. but he was in a known gang neighborhood at the time of his murder. d.j. was killed near oak grove football field where planned to coach youth football with his uncle. >> for my nephew to get baptized four weeks to the day that he died, that's somebody who knew that their time was up. >> d.j. was gone but it is his story, the stories of others murdered. >> you don't ever want to experience that. >> the message police were about to send the public. >> we're doing great. >> that would soon collide. >> i don't know how stupid they think we are but we're not that stupid. >> the reductions -- >> working hard to keep the communal safe. >> restaurant the same time. >> it is certainly a concern. >> san jose was promoting the new gang suppression plan for the summer. extra patrols. saturated gang spots. the results, some impressive stats. gang-related crime down in every category from last year.
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homicides dropped the most. more than 40%. >> gang homicides are down from what they were last year. and the mayor's gang prevention task force has an important plan to play. >> the success flooded headlines. >> we're proud of our stats this year. we definitely have a lid on it. >> we found the city isn't telling you the whole story. >> the administration saying that gang-related crime is down. is that true? >> no. it's not true. i think my first reaction was shock. and then anger. we know it's not true. it's a lie. >> both are veteran san jose police officers with inside knowledge of gang-related cases because they fear retaliation, we altered their appearance and voices. >> so you're saying the department is lying to the public right now about gang-related activity in the city. >> i believe they are. >> the police department claims from january through august of
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last year, there were 14 gang-related murders. this year, 8. >> i'm saying there is more. i'm saying there are homicides with gang ties, associations. gang members involved. that they don't want to classify it as gang homicide. >> here's what the san jose police department didn't tell you. it changed the way it classifies gang-related murders. in june it decided homicides are gang-related only if police have evidence the motive was to benefit a gang. that means just because a gang member committed a crime doesn't make it gang related. they now put this in place in 2013. they compared those numbers to gang-related murders in 2012. which didn't have the stricter criteria revealing a dramatic drop. >> is it an accurate picture?
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>> it's not. if you take five or six homicide that's have nothing classified as gang-related homicides this year, last year they would have been. >> like the murder of frances, it was a gang related case because san jose police say gang members were involved. it was changed to nongang-related based on the new criteria. of the eight cases police classified as gang-related this year, d.j. watkins isn't one of them. >> i can't speak for the other families but i can speak for mine. you mean to tell me my nephew got killed in a gang area and now you're saying it wasn't gang-related? how many other cases are you doing that to? >> two teenagers were murdered the same day as d.j. watkins, shot next to cole's department store. police say it wasn't gang-related either. the suspected killers are both charged in another case as gang members. for attempting to murder someone to benefit their gang. robert rios is a former gang member. he now spends his time trying to stop the violence. >> i think it could be my kids.
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it could be my friend's kids. >> which is why he says the public needs to know what is really happening in their neighborhood. >> we have a problem. we have a gang problem that exists. we're not going to make it go away by lying to the people. >> how many cases do you think there are that are gang-related that police haven't said? >> i think more. a whole lot more than what they say. >> we wanted to talk to the police department about the stats but the chief, the commander of the homicide unit, even the public relations officers, denied our request for an interview. >> i think the public has a false perception with what's really going on in the neighborhoods. and for the city to come out and basically say things are hunky dory, it is a lie. if you lie about the violence, and the gang ties, you're not going to solve the crime. so if you don't solve the crime you're going to have another one. >> as for d.j.'s case, no
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suspect has been identified. it remains unsolved. >> something about losing a child, you know, i've heard people say it all the time. you don't ever want to experience that. part of you just dies. >> the truth about the numbers, about how safe san jose really is, also remains a mystery. san jose police have released several updates on gang stats but it wasn't until after we started asking questions that the department notified the public hit changed the way it classifies gang-related homicides. the department stands by their stats that gang-related murders are down more than 40% even though total homicides increased over the same time period. >> thank you. if you have a tip for her or anyone nelson our investigative unit, we urge you to give us a call. you see the numbers on the screen. 888-996-tips or send us an
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e-mail. new tonight at 11:00, a sunnyvale mom is waiting to be reunited with her two-week-old baby but at least she knows the baby is safe. last night the baby's father kidnapped the boy and headed south. the search happened right here in the bay area and it ended on the other side of the u.s. border near lukeville, arizona. george kiriyama talks to the mother. he joins us in sunnyvale. >> reporter: the baby is safe and is in the custody of arizona's child protective services. the baby's father has been booked into jail in arizona. tonight we spoke with the baby's mother and she said she can't wait to hug little henry. the smile on patricia romero's face says it all. her two-week-old baby will be coming home. >> i'm really happy and really thankful for the police and the people that helped me find my baby. >> reporter: just 24 hours earlier, patricia's boyfriend
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mess dilute guler jumped into the envoy and headed to the mexican border. roam arrow said the whole thing was frightening. [ speaking spanish ] >> translator: i was really afraid that i wouldn't be able to find him again or see him again. that was really scary. >> reporter: investigators say guler and little baby henry were stopped at a check point in mexico not far from the border crossing. >> based on the interview, they called the border patrol at lukeville. they ran his name in the computer system and discovered there was a warrant for his arrest. >> reporter: the sunnyvale police department says they were not notified until seven hours arrest it happened. how he crossed the bored entire mexico is a concern. >> the vehicle was placed in the computer system as wanted. that's something we'll have to figure out in our investigation. >> reporter: patricia romero says she is hearing her baby is doing fine.
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she believes her boyfriend deserves to be punished. >> translator: i'm pretty sure he knows what did he and the actions that he took and that there will be consequences to that. >> reporter: the d.a.'s office is working on bringing him back to the bay area. they're also working in reuniting the baby with his mother. live in sunnyvale. nbc bay area news. >> thank you. the sheriff of san francisco spoke publicly for the first time about a series of missteps that led to the discovery of a woman's body at the san francisco general hospital. lynne spalding ford was admitted on september 19. reported missing two days later. and found dead outside of a stairwell on october 8th. today they determined three major contributing factors. first some deputies were told ford was african-american while some were told she was asian. she was in fact white. not all the hospital stairwells were searched and finally when
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the deputies tried to pull surveillance footage, hardware problems prevented them from doing so for eight days. the family's attorney was not impressed. >> we are eager like everyone else to get to the bottom line of what happened. to miss spalding ford. >> the kind of rhetoric you speck to hear. we're years. we're looking into it. it doesn't help the two kids left without a mother. >> the sheriff said the a program was relaunched today to train all sheriffs staff. twitter will drop its ipo in less than nine hours. as you can see, this cnbc photo, twitter has taken over the new york stock exchange with a banner covering the building. the san jose company set its stock price at $26. they are hoping to raise $1.8
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billion. now more details. it has some investors valuing twitter at more than $18 billion. many are warning to be cautious before they buy. social website has yet to post profits. it has pulled in $422 million in sales but even so it is losing money. the company record a loss of $134 million this year. an extreme idea for extreme fun. still ahead, the bold plan for year round skiing and snow boarding here in the bay area. >> plus, mystery solved. google says it is cooking up inside that barge parked in the bay. babies and eye contact. how it could offer an early sign of autism. clouds increasing today and temperatures dropping for tomorrow. i'm jeff ranieri. we'll talk about when rain returns coming up.
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was he set on fire for wearing a skirt? that's what police want to know after an east bay teenager was set on fire. >> the popular student identifies as gender neutral. did that play a role in why the 18-year-old was attack? jean is live in san francisco where the teen is being treated for severe burns. >> reporter: he is. he is here at the burn unl at st. francis memorial hospital. he is list in the stable condition. while the family focuses on recovery, the oakland police department wants to know if hate is the motive behind what they call an unprovoked attack. support is pouring in for 18-year-old like sasha
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fleischmann. the oakland teenager is being treated for severe burns to his legs. police say a 16-year-old lit his skirt on fire while the teen slept on an ac transit bus after school monday. donations to help medical costs reached $20,000 in about a day. >> such a wonderful response with the fundraising. at this point we're coordinating cards and gifts that can come through the office. there are principal of maybeck high school in berkeley said the popular senior has a lot of support. >> sasha is a wonderful, exceptional student at maybeck high school. and of course, we wish sasha a speedy recovery. >> reporter: fleischmann's natives say they are shocked to learn the teen was attack on a bus. this man said the teen is a friendly person. >> a nice kid. talk about, he just polite, talk to each other. always be nice. he always, every morning he would running in the morning.
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>> reporter: he would understand if fleischmann was targeted because he sometimes wears skirts. some some people -- >> reporter: his mother tells -- they asked for a petition asking to white house to recognize gender neutral titles. the police recognized a 16-year-old high school student for what they call an unprovoked attack. investigators are now trying to determine if it is a hate crime. and the district attorney's office is expected to make a charging decision later this week. in the meantime the oakland police department is asking witnesses to come forward and they also want to find two good samaritans who helped him put the fire out. reporting live in san francisco. nbc bay area news. >> thank you. new at 11:00, owners are promising change for a recycling plan in newark that has a complicated past. company officials shared their plans with the community this evening.
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equipment failure triggered a huge fire that forced nearby company to temporarily evacuate. the plan had been plagued by odor complaints filed by neighbors for nearly 30 years. >> we think the changes will significantly improve the quality of life for the citizens who live around the facility. while at the same time improving the operational efficiency. >> reporter: they told the people it plans oin stalling new air pollution controls. the newest project in the south bay is a ski resort. you heard right. skiing and snow boarding without the four-hour drive to lake tahoe. as for the snow, it is manmade. the man is to build a snow park in san jose near capital express way and 101. the plan needs money and they're raising the money in true silicon valley style. $1 million is the price tag for a slice of heaven. at least that's what the skiers and snow boarders will tell you. a year round park with manmade
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snow. a plastic surface called snow flex. just add water and it feels like skiing or boarding on freshly groomed snow. >> it is a surface that never melts, never goes away. it is ecofriendly and a wonderful surface looks and feels and acts like snow. >> reporter: a san jose snowe company wants to build on 90 acres of abandoned landfill. a ski and snow board mecca for avid skiers and first timers. they are running a kick starting campaign to show the city of san jose there's a demand for this park. no word on whether they will approve the plan. the goal is to raise a million bucks by january 4th. >> we just started and we have a long way to go. i have faith in this project and so do a lot of people who believed in this. >> reporter: if built, the park would be the second of its kind in the united states and developers say the silicon valley is the perfect hot spot
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for this cold weather sport. >> this is the perfect project for the perfect location. we're going to set the standard for what gets built in the rest of the nation. >> who is in? we all pack up the car. >> figure out with jeff what's the best day to go. >> i say when it is raining. a little water makes it extra slick? >> yeah. extra snow according to this manmade stuff. >> that's wild. i'll to have look extra closely for that artificial snow. meanwhile, we do have a storm system frustratingly close. just a few hundred miles to the north, we are getting some rain drops. for us we'll continue to see the high cloudiness. the good thing about that after starting in the 30s and low 40s earlier this week, we'll start off with upper 40s at 8:00 a.m. but do expect filtered sunshine throughout the afternoon hour. the key thing as we head through forecast, the numbers going slightly down. you but don't worry, your thursday won't be extremely
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cold. let's get you to that skycam. you can see in san jose, we're clear at the lower levels. cloud cover way up above at about 6,000 feet. and we need rainfall. 46 days since that last rain. we'll have the details on when we could get some of that coming up. otherwise for the morning commute, it will be dry. great news for bay, golden gate and san mateo bridge. on our thursday numbers, sure they go down by three, four degrees. who can argue with 73? it will be a beautiful day for us. 73 in palo alto. it looks like we'll have 74 in morgan hill. the hottest spot will be gilroy at 77. full range from 70 to 73 degrees for the east bay. just a slight onshore wind coming across the hills. that will give us the 73, 70 castro valley. for san francisco, after low 70s in downtown today which felt awesome. the temperatures will be going down to the upper 60s as we head
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through the thursday forecast. if you're concerned that the palo alto game tomorrow, tailgators, you're in luck. we'll have some sun, a few clouds. number in the 60s. as we head through 7:00 and 9:00. temperatures drop into the 50s. now let's get to next week. i hope you certainly enjoyed the warm weather we had over the past couple days. it is going to be pushing off to the south. especially by sunday and monday of next week. the problem we're getting into that is very frustrating is storm predictions right now have this heading off to the north and other forecast models heading toward the south. it is kind of splitting the difference when it comes to the model variation. overall we've done our best on what we think could happen as we head throughout late monday night of next week into tuesday. we're hoping for about .3 of an inch. napa, a quarter of an inch. again, granted, it is not much
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and it is not anything colonel paired to that last one we had 46 days ago. anything is something at this point. that's again how dry we have been. you can see on our forecast, friday and saturday. 70 inland. for sunday, monday and tuesday, temperatures drop into the 60s. jacket weather and the chance of rain by monday night and into tuesday of next week. there is still time for this storm system to change. for this bad boy to get itself in gear. >> jeff is earning his money this week. >> thank you. the road to the olympics goes through space. this was a few hours ago. the olympic torch was inside this rocket that launched from kazakhstan. three crew members are bound for the international space station with the torch. it is not possible to have a flame in space but the torch will be part of a six-hour space walk. it will be back on earth in mental of time for february's olympics in sochi, russia, which
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of course you can watch right here on inning bay area. coming up, google reveals what's really going on with that mysterious barge in the bay. we all have our little tricks.
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mom swaps one of my snacks for a yoplait. i don't mind, i mean it's orange crème. and when mom said bobby was too edgy... 'sup girl. i just swapped him out for tyler. 'sup girl. mom never questioned bobby again. two can play at this game.
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[ female announcer ] swap one snack a week for a yoplait. and everybody wins. yoplait. it is so good. google's secret is out. we now know what google is building near treasure island. sort of. google announced the mysterious barge will be an interactive learning center. what that means, we're not quite sure. many analysts believe it may be a party venue for the company of google is building a similar barge off the coast of portland, maine. babies' eye contact may offer a clue into autism. the first signings may show up as early as 2 months of age. early detection may help doctors better treat the disorder. we know the knee bone is connected to the thigh bone.
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now two belgian surgeons have found a brand new ligament called the a.l.l. they said it may help treat acl injuries which are common in basketball and football. a lot of nervous warrior fans after stephen curry leaves the game with injury. a fun show tonight. ellen degeneres on the program. and "dancing with the stars," you'll love this song. and ridiculous 911 calls coming up.
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this was at one point the worst-case scenario for the warriors. >> yes, this is a movie we've seen before and we don't like it. the warriors fans got quite a scare when stephen curry went down with an injury that we've seen way too many times. harrison barnes back from
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injury. third quarter, a scary moment. curry turning his ankle, a left ankle. did not return in the fourth. we'll hear from him in the fourth. clay thompson took over when he left. he was very good. he had 19 points in the fourth quarter alone. the warriors win big again. after the game, curry said he would probably play friday. good news. >> try to reach around. i think my foot got planted on the ground. it didn't hurt but i sprain my knee a little bit. then a different play from my ankle. not very worried about it. >> he's optimistic. we'll be optimistic, too. michael crabtree cleared to practice. today he did just that. running the root. he caught the ball. beyond ecstatic to be back on the football field. >> really just trying to let my feet hit the ground. i want to get back out there. i'm excited. so they had to calm me down. i was the first person out there
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today stretching for no reason. i'm just excited to be back. >> they got a fun moment here. jim harbaugh yelled at pee wee football players. the coach recently made the commercial a reality. for 50 kids at 49ers' headquarters in sanity clara, harbaugh leading the kids through drills and a workout for 45 minutes and even yelling at them. that is sports. more news after the break.
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ready or not in here you go in the water. cannon ball time. the national zoo found out today, two smat ran tiger cubs can swim and there you go. they carried they will to the water and dropped them in. no, no, i would like to get out them did need some help. eventually they paddled around with their heads above the water
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but they really, really, really, really wanted to get out of the water. tigers are great swimmers! >> they're just kids. >> so cute. so sweet. >> thanks for joining us at 11:00. we hope to see you back tomorrow. ♪ with holiday magic in both parks, the happiest place on earth, just got merrier.
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sport utility of the year. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. [s[man] no one told her,right?a. [son]hi! [mom screams] >> announcer: it's "the tonight show with jay leno," featuring rickeyinor and "the tonight show" band. tonight, jay welcomes -- ellen degeneres. from "dancing with the stars," comedian bill engvall. the music of tired pony.
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and ridiculous 911 calls. and now, jay leno! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jay: thank you very much. welcome to "the tonight show." [ cheers and applause ] thank you. nice to have you. well, congratulations to new jersey governor, chris christie, he was re-elected. so congratulations to him. yes, yes. [ applause ] huge margin.


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