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baby were gone. she immediately calle 911. they don't believe the family was abducted, that it was likely random. >> we don't believe this was directed towards the child. it was potentially just a crime of opportunity, car theft, possibly the suspect did not know there was a baby in the back seat which is a terrible situation. >> reporter: morgan hill officers say they are looking for a 1991 pearl white infiniti q45 with tinted back windows and california license plate 5xj w-4 48. now, they say the baby mariana carona has black hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing a white onesie with a floral design
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that looked like flowery pajamas. police are still interviewing witness at the church parking lot. they don't know if they are looking for a man, woman, or if there are more than one suspect. they don't have any description right now. the parents are meeting with the police chaplain at this hour as you can only imagine they are frightened and hoping that whoever stole their car with the baby inside will return them both to a safe place so they can be found. allen? >> sharon, a lot of times we see when this has happened in the past, the driver as soon as they discover the baby they ditch the car close by but apparently that is not the case here. >> reporter: yeah. that's what they are hoping. police say that often times what happens is that maybe they will find the back of a mall or some parking lot somewhere and then leave the car. police are all over the place. when we were out at the park lot, they have helicopters overhead, they are looking just in case that does happen. and that's what the parents and police are hoping will happen, that there will be a safe happy ending. >> keep us updated, sharon chin in san jose tonight, thanks.
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tonight, police are looking into a possible connection between the disappearance of a young nursing student and another student that went missing last year. there are several striking similarities in both cases. len ramirez is in hayward with what police are saying. len. >> reporter: that's exactly right. the disappearance of 26-year- old michelle le from hayward here took a dramatic twist today when police confirmed that they are now comparing this case with the disappearance and murder of another young nursing student from fairfield last year. four days after her disappearance, the question remains, what happened to michelle le? for possible answers, hayward investigators have turned to fairfield police to ask about the unsolved murder of a nursing student from last year whose name was phuong le. there are many other similarities. >> theft same last name, that they are both nursing students -- that they have the same last night that they are both
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nursing students, both mysteriously disappeared. >> reporter: lieutenant kener said they both drove white hondaing. phuong le went missing in april 2010. she disappeared while studying at barnes & noble. her car was found in the parking lot unlocked with one dose down. weeks later her body was discovered in napa county and her killer was never found. >> it could be just simple coincidence. however, again, looking at the broad spectrum of all the possibilities, we can't solution that. >> reporter: michelle le was last seen about 7 p.m. friday night leaving a nursing class at the kaiser permanente medical center in hayward. she had been parked in the garage but her car was later found blocks away and locked. police are now reviewing security camera video from the garage checking her car for dna evidence and looking at her laptop computer for any sign of where she might be. last night, michelle le's family posted flyers and are now offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to her safe return.
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>> she didn't deserve to have this happen to her. uhm....... [ crying ] >> uhm....... i just want her home. >> reporter: police say at this point it is still a missing person's case with no hard evidence that michelle le met with foul play. >> four days? i'm not ready to give up any kind of hope after four days. we have just as much hope today as we did four days ago. >> reporter: le's father who lives in vietnam is now reportedly traveling to the bay area to join in the search for his daughter. len ramirez, cbs 5. two flash floods and $1.5 million in damages. the city of capitola is going broke paying for disaster repairs. mark sayre reports that they are hoping for aid that may never come. reporter: when flooding hit capitola in march, nobody could have known how extensive all the damage would be. in fact, the city-owned mobile home park was so badly damaged, the city is considering closing
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it and relocating all the residents. but some say they will need financial help. >> we didn't have the means to hire movers to come in here and move us and pay for all this and pay first and last month's rent and find another place to live and all this stuff and i feel like we need to get on the ball too bad this and we need the funds to do it with. >> reporter: the clean-up is expected to top $1.5 million and capitola has already burned through its reserves. but while a federal disaster aid request is pending, capitola knows it won't be getting one thing, money from the state. that's because the california emergency management agency declined to attach any money to its portion of the disaster declaration. that is leaving capitola in a tough spot. >> this has been the biggest natural disaster the city has faced. >> reporter: the city manager, jaime goldstein, says city leaders are also concerned that the lack of any funding commitment from the state could be looked upon unfavorably by the feds. >> clearly the state's emergency declaration and not
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making available the funding for the city is a significant decision. obviously the state's budget climate is playing a role in this and it's impacting the city. >> reporter: despite worries about city finances, local merchants are working to rebuild. tiffany vu hopes to re-open her nail salon in the next several days and says recovering from the flood has been a tough journey. >> we do the best we can. but they did a good job on the building. so everybody is happy to move back in and set up. >> reporter: as for why capitola didn't receive any state disaster aid, a spokesman for the california emergency management agency says decisions are made on a case-by- case basis in conjunction with the governor's office. in capitola, i'm mark sayre, cbs 5. the calendar says it's the last day of may but we're still talking rain. roberta is tracking the current conditions out there in the weather center for us. >> allen, for the first day of june, it's going to feel more like the first day of april. no kidding! no joke.
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because we do have more rain and more unseasonably cool weather in the forecast. this is your morning commute on wednesday. hit and miss scattered showers in the north bay all the way into the santa cruz mountains. look at the pink area, that is some light knee is could possibly fall down to 3600 feet and mount health reno in the far north bay. we'll pinpoint the coolest locations coming up. it's been an ongoing debate for years, will your cell phone give you brain cancer? now the latest study has experts rethinking how dangerous cell phone usage can be. reporter: an estimated 5 billion people worldwide use cell phones. >> i probably hold it to my ear maybe twice a day. >> reporter: but the world health organization nowization exposure to the type of radiation that comes from cell phones could possibly brain cancer in humans. researchers call cell phone use
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as carcinogenic as the pesticide ddt, diesel fuel, chloroform, even working as a firefighter. >> sure, i care about it. anybody would. >> reporter: the scientists reviewed existing studies. but they, along with the cell phone industry, maintain there is no conclusive proof. even the american cancer society issued caution saying cell phones kill far more people through auto accidents. even so -- >> an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. >> reporter: one scientist is with the environmental working group. to be on the safe side, she says use a headset. they emit much less radiation than phones. other tips include holding the phone away from your body and choose texting over talking. >> they are not hard steps and they may do you a world of good down the road. >> there is no reason for anyone to panic. this panel is saying we're not going to call something unsafe unless it can prove it, which is very difficult because brain
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cancers can take years to develop. serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his neighbor six years ago, the compelling evidence that has his lawyers pointing now to the woman's husband. stolen cars sold online, then stolen again. the new crafty scheme making its rounds on craigslist. dozens of dui cases being called into question. how many people are off the hook because of faulty breathalyzers. ,, dad, i was wondering if you've -- what's up? oh, what's wrong with your hair? oh. i was cruising the world-wide-web. found this do. what are you wearing? dope, right? it's got a hood. want one? boom. done. [ ding! ] [ boy ] lookin' good mr. g. thanks, bro-seph. are you video chatting? with my boyfriend? yeah! hey, tessa! mom!
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dyleski is now 22 years old and his mother and two attorneys say he should not be spending the rest of his live into prison for the murder of pamela vitale. instead they said the evidence points to pamela's husband at the time, well known attorney daniel horowitz. >> this information is buried in the boxes that were turned over to these women. >> reporter: you have not -- >> never been given the full story. >> reporter: nearly five years after scott dyleski was convicted of killing pamela vitale in her lafayette home dyleski's mother is again proclaiming his innocence. >> in this case, people in authority have lied, ignored and covered up the truth. >> reporter: the california and u.s. supreme courts have already rejected dyleski's appeals. but esther fielding is exhausting her life savings asking two attorneys to get a court to look again at the evidence. >> and that another individual, daniel horowitz, was likely the perpetrator in this case.
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>> reporter: well known attorney daniel horowitz was married to her at the time. the attorney says evidence shows the killer was familiar with the house and victim and that he cleaned up after the attack. they say evidence was mishandled and vitale's husband's alibi was not thoroughly verified. they admit their case is largely circumstancial and we asked for details. >> again, that's -- that's -- there's so much that it's -- it's difficult to, uhm, to articulate. >> reporter: the claim is that police and the prosecutor were corrupt and that the defense attorneys were incompetent that an interview about possible domestic violence was ignored. >> they are actually making up scenarios without any phys. ed., without any statements, without any reason, making up physical evidence. they are just basically floating internet theories hoping to create a conspiracy buzz. >> reporter: daniel horowitz says attempts to free convicted
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murderers by pointing the finger at someone else is usual. he says there is zero chance the petition will be successful. >> scott dyleski whose dna under pamela's toenails of his, his footprint was in the house, his -- her blood was on his clothing found in the very van that his mother was in, in the process of removing that evidence to destroy it. >> reporter: we asked dyleski's attorney that he claimed horowitz killed his wife, they said they were just pointing to compelling evidence. when we asked him if he planned to sue for defamation, he said he didn't want to make these lawyers famous. it doesn't appear abamp of faulty breathalyzers will threaten hundreds of cases in the south bay. we first told you about the alco-sensor v about a month ago. they were recalled for defects after san jose police used them on drunk driving suspects. tonight the dea says that after
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thorough review, only one case has been thrown out and 42 are called into question. initially, investigators worried as many as 850 cases could be compromised. well, coming up, manipulating online reviews. consumerwatch reveals who is really behind the positive comments. got a hybrid? the free ride is over. how soon environmentally- friendly conscious drivers will get slapped with a ticket if caught in the carpool lane. for tourists, it's terrible. >> some say it's a recipe for disaster. what's forcing thousands of cyclists and pedestrians to co- mingle on the golden gate bridge. 15 years here at the cbs 5 weather center and i cannot remember the last time i had to fire up our live high-def doppler radar on the first day of june! we'll pinpoint the areas that will rain the hardest as eyewitness news continues on cbs 5. ,,
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i know you're worried about making your savings last and having enough income when you retire. that's why i'm here -- to help come up with a plan and get you on the right path. i have more than a thousand fidelity experts working with me so that i can work one-on-one with you. it's your green line. but i'll be there every step of the way. call or come in and talk with us today. even doctors. 's writing a lot of people count on
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certain websites to research businesses, websites, even doctors. can you trust the reviews? on the consumerwatch, julie watts reports that one group is accused of posting its own positive comments. reporter: five-star reviews say a lot about business but if there are too many glowing comments, it can also raise a red flag. >> it looks suspicious. >> reporter: he was the first to notice the questionable reviews. >> there were 86 ratings for 38 distinct doctors. >> reporter: and yelp review filter caught a similar trend. >> shockingly, a large number of five-star reviews are being posted from the same address. >> reporter: that ip address, registered to medical justice, a membership-based organization for doctors caught posting dozens of positive doctor reviews on various sites, thereby skewing the rating. >> if you are looking for a pizza or haircut and are tricked or misled by a fake review you hair will grow back but if you are going to see a doctor you want to make sure that the information your reading about that doctor is
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as fair and accurate as possible. >> reporter: so yelp has removed all the information about medical justice. they say they are doing nothing wrong. they declined an interview but says it posts real reviews from real patients and it has never and will never post anything that would qualify as a fake review, something that is illegal. >> some businesses think it's okay to try to game the system, i'll write a fake review of my business, you know, it's okay. it's actually a violation of federal law. >> reporter: while medical justice won't comment, published reports contend the posts are part of a review builder program which the company sells to doctors where reviews are written by patients in the doctor's office and later posted by medical justice. but posting on behalf of someone else is a clear violation of yelp's terms of service and it's something rate md calls fraud. >> it's written in the first person. it says i am the patient, i went to this doctor. it does not stay, this is being
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posted on behalf of a patient. >> reporter: now, both yelp and rate mds tells me the company only posted positive reviews about doctors. back in 2009, the cosmetic surgery company lifestyle lift was the first to be fined for posting its own reviews. it's legal. the ftc is now looking into the postings by medical justice. but keep in mind they are not posting about themselves. so there are some questions about the legality. >> thank you. well, the free ride for the carpool lanes for the solo drivers of those hybrid vehicles is about to end. the yellow stickers for hybrids expire july 1 and dmv doesn't have any plans to renew them. you might say the program is a victim of its own success t began in 2005 as a way to persuade drivers to give them incentive to buy a hybrid. now there are plenty of hybrids on the road, don't you know. there will be a new program starting january, but it will probably be just for owners of plug-in hybrids. if you ever walked or cycled across the golden gate
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bridge, now how easily it can get crowded. and now a new change is about to make things even worse. anne makovec explains. >> reporter: it's one of the most famous stretches of sidewalk in the world. but starting today, there is less room to walk or bike across the golden gate bridge. >> for tourists, it's terrible. >> reporter: the entire length of the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge will be closed for about 4 months. part of a project to make the bridge saferrer in an earthquake. >> it's necessary. so do you what you have to do. >> i'm glad about that -- i guess! [ laughter ] >> reporter: they will also be replacing part of the marin anchorage, the top of which includes part of the sidewalk. a bridge spokesman says the impact will be limited, only bikers are normally allowed on the west sidewalk anyway. and only on weekends and after 3 p.m. but that traffic will now be combined with the eastern side. >> for me personally it's my only time on the bridge so i would have liked to have seen both sides but if they are working on construction that has to be done, i guess it's
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safe i goes do it that way. >> reporter: in september, part of the east sidewalk will be closed. but only a 300-foot section. that will last until early next year. >> it's still a great ride. you just with it now? rain, sleet, snow, whatever, you just go with it. >> reporter: just a reminder, bicyclists are allowed to cross the bridge 24/7. pedestrians are limited from sunrise to sunset. at the golden gate bridge, anne makovec, cbs 5. well, especially in this weather when you ride a bike you just go with it. >> i did. i rode 40 miles today in and around the tri-valley. had a few raindrops here and there but we were able to avoid most of them and now we have diminishing showers according to our live hi-def doppler radar. let's go ahead and confirm this. let's call on our live cbs 5 weather camera. yes, indeed. in a city by the bay, the city of san francisco, clouds are beginning to part and that will be the trend becoming partly cloudy.
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meanwhile the other side story today, not only the rain but the unseasonably cool temperatures anywhere between 10 and 20 degrees below normal for this time of year. it was only 62 in san jose, average high 77. if you are going to be out and about this evening, again the showers are now beginning to taper off. we will become partly cloudy. temperatures right now into the 50s and low 60s. you still have time to get on out to oakland as baseball action. no rainout. you could see a passing light shower, that's about it, extremely brief. anderson on the mound for the good guys at 57 degrees. here's the bottom line. showers redeveloping tonight, round 2, thunderstorm, a good probability tomorrow, an isolated thunderstorm. and the snow level still down to 4,000 feet for mount st. helena and also mount hamilton in the santa clara valley. here's the brand-new area of low pressure. we have the frontal band move through today the core of the center moving through for your wednesday. and what's happening now is we will see some hit and miss scattered showers. that is your morning commute. watch the clock tick on by. we start to see a little heavier activity.
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that you see pink area. that's mount st. helena which stands about 3600 feet a little light dusting expected there, otherwise we'll have the rain showers in and out off and on all the way through the evening commute up to .3" of rain in the wettest locations. overnight 40s and 50s. tomorrow's daytime highs again another unseasonably cool day. additional cooling takes place 50s up to about 65 degrees. a break thursday, more rain by friday night. we're talking about an inch of rain over the weekend between saturday and sunday for all those graduation plans. and also those outdoor weddings and dry by tuesday of next week. that is your pinpoint forecast. stay with us. we'll be right back.
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on craigslist. they say twice last week, car thieves used the website to sell police in sacramento are warning about a new scheme showing up our craigslist. the website says twice last week people used the site to sell stolen cars and in both cases investigators say after getting cash for those car, the thieves returned later and stole the cars back.
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both ads offered the cars at very low prices. and police say that's a good reminder if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. two bank robbers in illinois are apparently fans of ben affleck movies. surveillance photos show two bandits dressed as nuns robbing a bank in a suburb of chicago. they were wearing nun habits and mask as affleck did in the movie "the town." they forced employees at gunpoint to empty the vaults. th fbi is investigating. no word on how much money the robbers got away with. ,,,,,,,,,,
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