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[cheers and applause] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> from the bay area's local news station. you're watching kron. 4 news at >> tonight at 5, we're learning more about the kidnapping of 3 month-old baby brandon quay are as police identified the people they say were involved. thank you for joining us tonight on kron. 4 news at 5. everybody. i'm grant lotus and i'm vicki liviakis. the san jose police department says that they have. >> these 3 people in custody. that is a jose por use anya ramirez. there and a sandoval at the end. and they say ramirez was with brandon's grandmother earlier in the day and may have been communicating with por for to
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you is who they believe is pictured here walking to the home where the baby was being cared for by his grandmother. >> the grandmother had just stepped out of the home at the time of the kidnapping, ok? so here's a timeline of the events leading up to baby brandon's rescue on monday. the 3 month-old was reported missing just after one in the afternoon shortly after 5 is when san jose police announced the kidnapping and released photos of the missing child and the suspect later that night, the fbi joined in the search for the infant. and on tuesday morning sen. police announced that the baby baby brandon have been located safely and unharmed and that one person was in custody a couple hours later, the announced 2 other people have been detained and shortly after that, police revealed baby brandon and his mother were reunited. there's still a lot of unanswered questions in that case. so we don't know
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how sandoval is related to the case. >> and so far police are holding off on answering those questions. >> some parts of the investigation that cannot be revealed that we're not ready to share them with the public because we do not want to compromise investigation. very, very important to maintain the integrity of this investigation because we want these 3 people to be held fully accountable. >> so far, police have not released a motive in this case. and right now all 3 suspects face multiple charges, including kidnapping, child abduction and home invasion. now the baby brandon is back home with his family. some people are wondering why an amber alert was not issued. >> kron forcefully to call spoke with a victim's advocate who says law enforcement had the authority to do so. >> ultimately, child safety advocate marc klass as miscommunication between the san jose police department and california highway patrol is to blame for an amber alert not being issued after 3
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month-old brandon quay are was abducted monday. instead, the chp issued an endangered missing advisory which does not have the same extensive reach as an amber alert high. we understand the reason there was not because they had no vehicle verification information and we're under the belief that i was component the criteria that one had to pass in order to issue an amber alert assistant san jose police chief paul joseph confirmed as much during a news conference tuesday. we did not have information for an amber alert. we didn't have initially a suspect vehicle. we didn't have a license plate. >> we released what we had as soon as we had in order for an amber alert to be activated. there must be confirmation that an abduction has occurred. >> or a child was taken by anyone. the victim is 17 years of age or younger or an individual with a proven mental or physical disability. >> the victim is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death. and there is
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information available that if disseminated to the public could a system the safe recovery of the victim on monday night. the chp released a description of the vehicle possibly used by the kidnappers, but later retracted it shortly before san jose police said it would not make that information public and turn talking before. issue was to rowing who bring thing to a resolution. and i also think that agencies probably more education on what is necessary to issue an amber alert because it seems like there may have been some disconnect may have been some disconnect in this particular cas little baby and phillipe djegal all kron. 4 news. >> and now to a missing persons case in contra costa county. the oakley police department is expected to announce a reward for information on the disappearance of alexis gabe. the 24 year-old was last seen on january 26th in antioch.
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more details on the reward will be announced at a news conference tomorrow. police will also be providing updates on their investigation. the news conference starter left to start at 11 o'clock in the morning and you can watch it live on our streaming app. kronon. >> there are new developments tonight in the death of mario gonzales. a second independent autopsy lists. his official cause of death as restraint is fixe ation. >> and not. >> drugs, 6, the 26 year-old gonzales died a year ago this month after 3 police officers. you see body camera footage here but their body weight on him for more than 5 minutes while trying to get him into custody. this second autopsy was ordered by the oakland law firm, dodd and sure when that firm is representing gonzales is son in a federal lawsuit against the city of alameda and against the officers involved in his death. the latest autopsy results contradict the autopsy from
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the alameda county coroner's office which ruled gonzales died from methamphetamine in his system, combined with the stress of being restraint. district attorney nancy o'malley announced earlier this month that none of the officers involved will face criminal charges saying the use of force used on gonzales was, quote, objective lee, reasonable. >> strong winds are in the forecast for the bay area tonight tomorrow and several days this week, gusts of up to 30 miles per hour are always a big concern for firefighters working to put out wildfires all over the state efforts are being done to mitigate the risks of wildfires this year. kron four's rob nesbitt joins us now live on what cal fire and county officials are doing to keep us safe. rob, i see some of the leaves on the trees in the background welling there. kind of windy out there. that's right. vicki. kind of windy right now. the good news >> is that there's no major wildfires in california right
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now. that being said, firefighters say now is a good time for you to lower the risk of having a wildfire at your home. >> a wildfire in fairfield created this plume of smoke wednesday afternoon. californians may call the warmer months of summer and fall fire but cal fire battalion chief john heggie says that needs to stop. we don't have fire seasons anywhere. we have a fire year. he says precautions should be taken year round. encouraging homeowners to make a defensible space around their property by removing flammable vegetation. while cal fire crews are hard at work in larger dry areas. we have multiple controlled burns going through up and down the state. so really we're trying to do our part to reduce the final vegetation. but, you know, it takes all it takes is a community-wide effort. that community includes local fire departments. steve hill with contra costa county fire says the fleet has been upgraded their with specialized equipment to help fight wildfires. wildfire control workers, campus contra costa
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county to reduce risks by overgrown vegetation. >> fire lines working to clear evacuations, groups from manpower to go power. goats are eating through dry brush on grizzly peak as well as the terra linda preserve in marin county. >> superintendent, a marine county parks, jim jacobs says the more than 100 goats there can access the high terrain that others can't. what's lunch for them is fire prevention for us. >> some of these techniques like raising just help, you know, mimicking the benefits of a small fires that would occur regularly. >> battalion chief peggy says that cal fire has a pretty good success rate containing wildfires to 10 acres or less. 95% of the time reporting live. i'm rob nesbitt kron. 4 news. thank you, rob. the east bay transit riders union is trying to bring back the mask mandate on bay area. public transportation, the union,
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which is a group made up of daily public transit riders wrote a letter to ac transit's board of directors saying to the people who ride these buses who are high-risk and vulnerable. they also argue that taking no action is likely to drive people away from taking public transit bart's board. president also wants masks were required to ride. bart's board of directors will consider this mask requirement at a meeting tomorrow. the ac transit board of directors will discuss whether masks should be required on public transit at their meeting tonight. >> meanwhile, the nation's top infectious disease specialist doctor anthony fauci is clarifying his remarks today about the covid-19 pandemic phase being over. our first and kerman spoke to bay area doctors about fauci is comments and what they see. i had. >> we are certainly right now in this country out of the pandemic phase after making those comments tuesday evening, president biden's chief medical advisor, doctor anthony fauci clarified his statement wednesday suggesting
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the pandemic is not over, but we're now moving to a different phase. one of significantly fewer hospitalizations and deaths and on the road to covid-19 becoming and in demick disease. >> the last thing you want to do is is read the headlines and take away the message that up. don't need a mask anymore. anywhere i can go out and do it won't depend that it's over. that's not the message in all bay area. infectious disease specialists are taking a more cautious approach. >> because it remains unclear what the future holds. it's foolhardy to really think that people want to continue to get really ill. >> in the future, particularly when something that's not a flavor of former con comes on leader on infectious disease. experts say new variants have been coming on the scene every 4 to 6 months. is there any reason to believe that pattern is going to stop? >> we can hope that it will stop, but hope is really not as people see a strategy. i'm not saying we need to be fair full and not saying don't.
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>> engage in life like it's going on right now. what i'm seeing is just, you know, you you keep your mindset open and flexible and always remain humble about the virus because nobody's predictions have traditionally come true. >> and medical experts say the best way to keep yourself protected is to make sure both you and all the members of your family are up to date on vaccinations. in san francisco. dan kerman kron. 4 news. >> still to come, a juice bar vandalized in oakland for the 3rd time since it opened last year. the changes now being considered too try to prevent it from happening again. and lawyers are looking to put their first round series to bed in front of the home crowd tonight. >> we'll have a live report from chase center. also, former u.s. marine is released from russia after 3 years behind bars. what we're learning about the negotiations as trevor reed heads home. >> and tracking gusty winds tonight for our north bay
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mountains and east bay hills, prompting a wind advisory. details in my full forecast after the break. stay tuned.
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>> united states and russia announced a prisoner swap, an american marine who was imprisoned in russia in exchange for a convicted russian drug dealer. >> across fort washington correspondent alexandra limon joins us now live with details on this story. alex.
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>> grant, vicki, good evening. you know, this prisoner swap is pretty surprising and unexpected, especially considering how poor the relationship is right now between the united states and russia because of russians invasion of ukraine. >> it's a huge today that speaks to president biden's commitment to bring home americans held hostage in wrongfully detained around the world after almost 3 years of being imprisoned in russia. former marine trevor reed was released wednesday. a texan, a marine and a patriot has been released from russian prison. >> after being held for an 985 days as a i think the biden administration should be congratulated despite high tension over the war in ukraine. the biden administration successfully negotiated the swap read in exchange for a convicted russian drug dealer. something texas senator john cornyn praised certainly on its own
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merits. deserve come back home in 2019 reid allegedly assaulted a russian police officer. the former marine was sentenced to 9 years in prison, but he always maintained his innocence. the russian prison are constant. 10 1 eur was a russian pilot who was arrested in liberia in 2010 and extradited to the u.s.. he was later sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to smuggle cocaine. to more americans remain in russian custody. corporate security executive paul whelan was arrested for espionage in 2018 and in february. wnba star brittney griner was detained after authorities said they found cannabis oil vape cartridges in her luggage. now the u.s. government can sometimes be hesitant to carry out this type of a prisoner swap for fear that it could encourage. >> other countries to take additional american prisoners
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on bogus charges. they back to you. yes. so alex, did the white house address, you know why the administration decided to move forward with the swap? they did on? they called it a very difficult decision and said that several factors were taken into account. for starters, they said these negotiations started months ago before russia invaded ukraine. they also said that in this case that russian prisoner >> had already served a significant portion of his sentence about 12 years or so. and then in addition to that, there were some really serious concerns about reid's health. we're told there were several health conditions that he was suffering from, that he didn't get proper medical treatment for in that russian president. and they were getting really worried about his medical condition. >> i thank you. alexandra le mon reporting live for us in washington, d.c., tonight. thanks, alexandra. >> meanwhile, the state department says freeing britney griner who we mentioned there from the russian jail remains a top priority this morning. state
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department spokesperson ned price said they're working closely to make sure the wnba superstar is treated fairly, but he gave no timetable for griner's possible release. the 31 year-old was arrested in february when russian officials say they found hash oil in her luggage in march or detention was extended to at least may 19th griner was playing professionally in russia. many women play in europe in their off season because they often are in far more money. then they do from the wnba. >> the house committee investigating the u.s. capitol insurrection is stepping up efforts to have gop leader kevin mccarthy appear for an interview. the push comes after audio tapes in the days after the riot caught mccarthy telling fellow republicans that he would ask president trump to resign and he worried that some of trump's house gop allies are putting people in jeopardy with their rhetoric. mccarthy singles out representative matt get gets
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rather gaetz of florida and mo brooks of alabama committee chairman bennie thompson says that the panel may issue a second request. mccarthy who has declined voluntarily appear. >> in oakland to another business owner is sweeping up broken glass after his juice bar was vandalized and broken into for the 3rd time since first opening last year. it happened. it got juice and macarthur boulevard near laurel elementary suspects broke in through the window and stole the cash register, which the owner says didn't even have much it. the store was first hit around this time last year. it was broken into again, 6 months later, the owner says as an oakland native, he's frustrated the business will now no longer be accepting cash in an attempt to try to prevent even more break-ins in the future. >> the time now as we get a live outside from kim's that that is just one of those beauty shot far away. san
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francisco downtown probably on sutro tower who trump king the and there she is. meteorologist mabrisa rodriguez. good to a breeze. i know. great to see to snuck into that video earlier. sorry about that. you got was just so excited. i'm finally here with you guys. it's been a very breezy day out there in the bay area. so we do have a wind advisory. >> going into effect later tonight at around 8 o'clock north bay mountains and east bay hills. we are going to see wind gusts upwards of 60 miles per hour or less. and we're already tracking breezy winds, especially along our bay area coastline, downtown san francisco, seeing the strongest winds out of the west of that cool sea breeze influence sustained at 23 miles per hour. gusts upwards of 25 miles per hour. certainly likely right now. but we are going to notice winds increasing throughout tonight by 8 o'clock when that wind advisory goes into effect, we're going to notice most wind gusts for the bay area coastline and even our
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valleys and that 30 to 40 mile per hour range. but for those of you in the highest peaks, north bay mountains and east bay hills, you can see even gustier winds 60 miles per hour or less. so thank goodness for this month's earlier april showers because that is helping to lessen that fire danger threat. so no red flag warnings in effect for today. we just have that wind advisory remaining in effect through 11 o'clock thursday. and with that cooler temperatures on thursday, slightly below average until we rebound very nicely just in time for the weekend. my full forecast coming up in just a few minutes. grant and vicki, back to you. thanks for free. said newly released dash cam video catches the moment. a suspected teenage car thief jumps out of a moving car. >> slamming into the little warning here that some people might find this video disturbing. but the keene, the teen is okay. my goodness. police in whitehall, ohio were
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chasing the 16 year-old driver in a stolen vehicle when he suddenly jumped out to try and escape. as you can see, there's the bottom right of your screen. officers arrested the teenager. they took him to a nearby hospital for believe it or not, just minor injuries, but added that he did have a neck brace on from an injury sustained during a recent accident in a different stolen vehicle. still ahead, the ongoing drought is bringing big changes to what are rules in the east bay. the new mandatory measures in place. >> also, lawmakers are split on elon musk's deal with twitter and they're calling
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>> lawmakers on capitol hill are weighing in on billionaire elon musk's decision this week to go ahead and buy twitter yet. for now, it seems sick least conservatives are pleased about musk's acquisition. washington, d.c., correspondent reshad hudson has more. >> tennessee senator bill haggerty is celebrating elon buses purchase of twitter. but i think there's a much greater chance that will see a true the platform of ideas. haggerty claims until now twitter and other big tech companies tried to silence conservative voices. vast majority of the content that's pulled down this conservative speech, including his they pulled out all of my speaking engagements at cpac. recent was talking about national security must says protecting free speech on the influential
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platform. it says primary reason for making his 44 billion dollar offer. but not everyone is excited about his plans. >> in many ways, twitter has been a dark, dark place. senate majority leader chuck schumer and what's virginia senator joe mansion are worried about the spread of hostility and misinformation online. i think it's basically to short the trust that we have in each other. ohio senator sherrod brown is concerned owning twitter will give the world's richest person even more influence. i. >> to shake my head when i see these billionaires who continue to play games with our economy. democrats say they're currently working with the republicans on new legislation that could regulate the power of social media giant's reporting in washington reshad hudson. >> coming up next, the rising cost of meat was at the center of a congressional hearing in dc today. why lawmakers say these corporations are taking advantage of inflation to
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increase prices even bore. and a closer look at the new murals celebrating social justice in the asian american and pacific islander community. >> and then the warriors are hoping to put their first round series to bed tonight in front of the home crowd at cha this is elodia. she's a recording artist. 1 of 10 million people that comcast has connected to affordable internet in the last 10 years. and this is emmanuel, a future recording artist, and one of the millions of students we're connecting throughout the next 10. through projectup, comcast is committing $1 billion so millions more students, past... and present, can continue to get the tools they need to build a future of unlimited possibilities.
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>> the lawyers have a chance to close out their first round playoff series at chase tonight. if they win. they'll move on. >> 2, it says the warriors
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lead the nuggets, 3 games to one after the dubs they lose one sunday in denver, but they lost one kron. 4 sports director jason dumas slide on the court there at chase with the latest. the dubs plan to bounce back. got feel pretty confident about the warriors. >> for sure. everybody is feeling confident. just one win away and they really they could have one game for what everyone is standing on eggshells about now, grant is that starting lineup through 4 games of the postseason. steph curry has not started a game. now, of course, is because he came into the playoffs coming off of that injured foot and on a minute restriction. so he actually asked to come off the bench because he wanted to ensure that his minutes and his rotation would be at the end of quarters. he just thought that would work best for himself and for the team. but steve kerr told us yesterday that make


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