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>> currently sitting at 27 right now. 18 in gaithersburg. so it's already on the cold side. fredericksburg around 34 degrees. there is nothing on the radar right now. that storm is still well off to our west. back cords the chicago area. you can see the snow making its way through portions of iowa, through portions of the illinois area. it will move into our region and that's why we have that winter weather advisory from 4:00 a.m. tomorrow until 1:00 in the afternoon. actually i believe it goes until 5:00 in the afternoon for areas around the d.c. metro region back to the north and west. we are expecting some accumulating snow as well. i'll let you know who is going to see what. we'll break it down as far as timing is concerned. but the big factor tomorrow morning, i think, will be rush hour. we'll talk much more about this coming up in a few minutes. >> thank you. team coverage continues now with our transportation reporter adam tuss. he's been looking at the efforts to keep the roads clear ahead of the snowfall. he's live along the beltway.
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hi adam. >> reporter: hey, doreen. the snow crews are getting ready for this snowfall. the game plan is being drawn up and the roads are being treated. testing the trucks ahead of what's coming. all the equipment gearing up to spread out across the district maryland and virginia. well here we go. the first snowfall of 2015 and wouldn't you know it the gang is all here. all the trucks at the ready for whatever is coming. drivers like francisco sanchez gearing up as well. francisco, what do you think about the snow tomorrow 1 to 2 inches. that scare you at all? >> yeah because i'm going to be off from work. >> reporter: no telling what your work plans will be but if we get snow during the morning rush that certainly makes it harder for road crews to clear the roads. take a look at the snow budget local crews have ready this year. in d.c. the department of public works with $6.2 million on hand. in maryland the state highway administration with $51 million
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statewide. and in northern virginia v-dot with $52 million to spend. the conventional thinking with snow crews, every inch amounts to about $1 million in cleanup. bridges and overpasses getting the majority of the attention. cold temps mean whatever falls will stick. some like ibrahim taking it in stride. they say they have been through this before. does it make you nervous driving in the snow? >> no. actually last year i drove to boston when the winter storm socked us here in virginia. so like i was driving, and i was seeing the snow coming. so i'm racing with the snow, bob. doesn't make me nervous. >> reporter: just have to slow down and take your time? >> yeah. >> reporter: and back here now live coming up at 6:00 what new tricks do road crews have for treating the snowfall this year? reporting live along the beltway, adam tuss news4. >> adam thank you. delays still lingering on
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the beltway this evening after an awful crash. chopper 4 flew over greenbelt, maryland about an hour ago. fire officials say a crash between a truck and a tractor-trailer left one person so badly hurt they cancelled the helicopter transport and decided to drive the victim to a closer trauma center instead. that person is in critical condition right now. a deadly crash temporarily shut down part of south osborne road in rosariville, this morning. chopper 4 over the scene of the single car accident on the 7300 block. prince george's county police tell us a woman flew off the road and slammed into a tree. emergency crews rushed to the hospital where she died. so far, no word on the identity of the victim. i feel vindicated. those words tonight from former redskins cornerback fred smoot, after a not guilty verdict in a domestic assault trial. after the trial, he sat down with our chris gordon in leesburg with more on what he
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had to say. chris? >> reporter: he said i have never hit a woman, i would never hit a woman. and he would really like his broadcast jobs back. moments after the not guilty verdict here in the loudoun county juvenile and domestic court, i sat down for an exclusive interview with fred smoot. >> first thing came to my mind is just picking up the pieces trying to get my life back. >> reporter: valerie jackson testified that on november 23 her former boyfriend, fred smoot, woke her up in a rage screaming for the keys to the truck he let her use. ms. jackson said she was scared and ran into the bathroom. she testified smoot kicked a hole in the door and once he got in ripped her shorts leaving marks on her stomach, and ripped a cell phone from her hands, causing abrasions. but former redskin, fred smoot, testified in his own defense, and had a different version of that argument. smoot testified he needed the keys to that truck because she had the only set, and his
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escalade wasn't working. he said he had to go to work at comcast in bethesda maryland on a redskins game day, and she told him to take a cab or call a friend. he said he got frustrated and kicked the door open. but didn't hit her. he ripped her shorts he said to keep her from running outside partly clothed. he said she was trying to ruin my career because i broke up with her in october. and refused to pay her medical and legal bills. smoot was suspended from his broadcasting jobs after he was charged with misdemeanor assault in november. today judge jacob found smoot not guilty saying smoot didn't intend her harm even by busting in the bathroom door concluding why didn't ms. jackson just give him the keys and let him go to work. >> i have put together a pretty good portfolio, and i was working for some pretty good companies. and i just want that back. i just want them to know before this happened i had never touched a woman, and i just want to change the view of how people look at me right now. >> reporter: what's your reaction to the verdict?
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>> people get away with murder like i keep saying. a not guilty verdict in this country happens every day. >> reporter: now, this assault charge against fred smoot came at a very sensitive time when professional football was under intense scrutiny for the way it handles domestic assault cases. and coming up on news4 at 6:00 fred smoot talks about the pressure he has been under, and what he has gone through since he was charged in november. that's the latest live in loudoun county chris gordon news4. breaking news out of fairfax county tonight. we have just learned the name of the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in springfield back in 2013. richard jordan with the new details from the live desk. richard? >> the breaking news out of fairfax county. we have just learned the name of that police officer who shot and killed this man in springfield. this is back in 2013 in august so about a year-and-a-half ago. the officer's name is adam torres. he's an eight-year veteran of the force, on administrative
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duty. the report just released says that john gear began to lower his hands during a standoff at his home again, in august of 2013. police have been called out there for domestic dispute. at that point, torres fired a single shot hit gear. gear backed into the home and shut the front door. officers say gear did not respond to their calls, trying to get him some medical help. they eventually broke down that front door and found him dead inside the house. they also found a loaded and holstered gun on the landing of the stairs. that was to gear's left. and seven more firearms also located inside that house. shomari stone is in fairfax county tonight, and will have a live update. jayson werth will be back in court next month to appeal his conviction in a reckless driving case in virginia. a state trooper says he clocked werth doing 105 on the beltway last summer. werth was found guilty sentenced to ten days in jail but has not served that time.
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a judge today said his new trial date for february 3. the man suspended in two high-profile murders of virginia college student is expected to be in court later this week for a case in our area. over the weekend, jesse matthew was transferred to a jail in fairfax county. matthew has pretrial hearings for a 2005 sex assault in fairfax. today prosecutors said they did not want a gag order in that case but they agreed with the defense they did not want camera notice courtroom. matthew has also been linked to the murders of virginia tech student morgan harrington and uva student, hannah graham. the son of the late marion barry filed papers to fill his ward 8 council seat. christopher barry is 34 and owns a small painting company. he has no election spirns but said he always wanted to carry on his father's work. he would become 1 of 24 candidates. one challenge may be his record.
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the younger barry has been arrested three times on drug and traffic charges. he's currently on probation. that special election is set for april 28th. a child playing with fire appears to have started an apartment fire that displaced 15 people in virginia. investigators say the child who is under the age of 10 was experimenting with flammable materials. that fire started yesterday afternoon along zir con drive in the alexandria section of fairfax county. nobody was seriously hurt but it did more than half a million dollars in damage. we're told there will not be any charges in this case. another house fire that left six people without a place to stay has now been ruled a case of arson. that fire broke out saturday evening at a home along buhla drive. investigators think it started in a second floor bathroom and believe someone set it intentionally. at this point, no one is facing any charges. two up and coming american skiers are dead tonight after
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being caught up in an avalanche. they were skiing at the european base for u.s. training in austria when this happened. news4's scott macfarlane has details for us. scott? >> yeah jim, we've learned the two skiers were not wearing avalanche detection systems, but doctors say it wouldn't have married mattered because they were skiing with four other people when they went off the prepared slope and triggered an avalanche themselves. both berlack and astle were buried in 12 feet of snow. it took nearly an hour for rescue crews to reach the men. doctors tried to revive them but they were buried so deep there were likely no air pockets to keep them alive. they were on a developmental team preparing to enter world cup competition. there have been warnings about avalanches in recent days because of heavy snowfall and warmer temperatures there. but the u.s. ski team just arrived today. at the live desk i'm scott macfarlane. now at 5:00 jury selection begins in the trial of the
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boston marathon bombing suspect. nbc's pete williams will let us know what we can expect during the trial. fake fan gear for sale at the winter classic. the feds seized tens of thousands of dollars in bogus merchandise. how to know the real goods from the phony. and talking about snow tomorrow winter weather advisory in effect for the first part of the day, but then something else moves in entirely. i've got that for you, as well coming up in just a minute. check the radar on our storm team 4 weather app. download it for free in the app store, and google play. we're coming right back. ring ring!... progresso! it's ok that your soup tastes like my homemade. it's our slow simmered vegetables and tender white meat icken. apology accepted. i'm watching you soup people. make it progresso or make it yourself
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the process of picking a juror in the boston marathon bombing suspect, dzhokhar tsarnaev is wrapping up for the day. jury selection began this morning with a group of about 200 people filling out questionnaires. tsarnaev was in the courthouse to face that group for the first time. prosecutors say they're seeking the death penalty is tsarnaev is convicted, which means they must seat what's known as a death eligible jury. >> we try to produce a jury that can fairly and impartially render a verdict and give a punishment that considers all options, including the death penalty and life without parole. >> tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty in the bombing attacks, which killed three people and injured more than 250 others.
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this phase of the high-profile trial, the jury selection, is expected to take several weeks. nbc's justice correspondent, pete williams joins us now from boston with more. several weeks? is that an underestimate of the time? what do you think, pete? >> well it comes from the judge himself, doreen. so it's probably a pretty good guess. but everything about this jury selection process is jumbo-sized, because this is a death penalty case. one number says it all. 3,000. that's the number of people in the boston area who have been put on notice with a summons that they could be potential jurors. as you said they have been coming into the courthouse a bit at a time to get a lecture from the judge on the importance of jury service, and more to the point, to fill out a long questionnaire. 100 separate questions about their likes, dislikes beliefs, potential problems. the lawyers and the judge will use that to start to winnow it down, and then get to the process where they start asking
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questions to the individual jurors. and you put all that together and the judge says it could take up to three weeks before they get to the opening statements on january 26. and it's all because this is a death penalty case. so the judge said they want a fair and impartial jury fair and impartial about the facts. he says it doesn't matter if you know something about the bombing trial. the question is can you put it aside and judge the case solely based on the evidence. a pretty standard lecture at the beginning of every trial. but because of the death penalty, that also factors in. >> and pete the defendant was in the courtroom today. can you talk a little bit about his demeanor? >> right. he was pretty nondescript today. none of the sort of cockiness we have seen in the past. now, that may be because none of his family members were here and he realizes this is all potentially somewhere in there are 18 people 12 jurors and 6 alternates who will decide his fate.
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so he did stand up when the judge asked him to stand up. the defense lawyer stood up the prosecutor stood up. one of the questions is do you know any of these people. but he didn't smile much. he just sort of looked down or looked at the judge throughout most of the proceedings. >> all right. that's pete williams nbc justice correspondent, live from boston. thanks for talking with us tonight, pete. the other boston bombing suspect, tamerlan tsarnaev is buried in an unmarked grave at a muslim cemetery in doslo, virginia. he was killed during a gun battle with police. locals were afraid it would draw unwanted attention. we have reached out to the caroline county sheriff's office to see if there have been incidents and they said there have not been problems or issues at that cemetery. we invite you to stay with us for more coverage. pete will have more from the courthouse on "nbc nightly news" at 7:00. doug joins us now on the eve of some weather.
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how far away are we talking? >> that snow will be here by about 12 hours from now, right during the morning rush. a lot of people getting out around 5:00 a.m. 6:00 a.m. 7:00. that's when the snow is coming down and it's really bad timing and the kind of storm we're talking about, early tomorrow morning. now, temperatures they're on the cold side. yesterday, a high of 67. we're now at 36 degrees. winds out of the northwest at 14 miles per hour. our wind chill now at the airport, a cool 28 degrees. but take a look at the temperatures. down to 32 in luray. 28 in gaithersburg. 29 in martinsburg. we're already below freezing in many locations and i do think that will allow the snow to stick very quickly. nothing on the radar right now. once again. we're going to wait about 12 hours to see it. it's back towards the west back towards iowa into portions of illinois coming through the chicagoland area over the next couple hours. that whole system making its way our way, it's a clipper system and most of the time these clippers don't have a lot of moisture. that's going to be the case with this one. but there is enough and because of the timing that winter weather advisory in effect from 4:00 a.m. tomorrow morning until
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1:00 tomorrow afternoon. prince william county, fairfax county prince george's county and everybody west those are the areas we expect to see the best chance for accumulating snowfall. how much are we going to see here? well again, snow moderate at times. 1 to 2 inches in some areas. it will be a fine and powdery snow. you'll be able to brush it rather than shovel it. it will be a few spots in the morning. i think even the roads, secondary roads, will get covered by some of this snow. we'll take you through the next couple hours. here is future weather. i mentioned 5:00 a.m. there's the radar, there's the snow coming through loudoun county manassas coming back through warrenton and culpeper in through the d.c. metro area and just about everywhere else around 7:00. notice fredericksburg lexington park saint mary's county in the northern neck. not a lot down here and i don't expect there to be much even around 9:00 a.m. you're still seeing the snow around the region by around noon it does start to break up a bit. we will still see scattered showers and scattered flurries throughout the day. how much will we see? first off, we know it's going to be cold. 25 overnight tonight in d.c.
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21 in gaithersburg. 20 in martinsburg. that sets the stage for that snowfall. here's your forecast as far as snow is concerned. a dusting down to the south. fredericksburg around leonardtown, chesapeake beach. but back to the west about half inch to an inch around warrenton and d.c. 1 to 2 inches to the north and west around winchester fredericksburg martinsburg and hagerstown. the area that's going to see the most garrett county which could get 2 to 3 inches maybe more. and there may be a few more areas that see a little more than 2. around lovettsville or mt. airy. a little more than 1 around the montgomery area here. so about a half inch to inch for most of us but it's coming during the hours of rush hour. next couple days it's not the snow that i think is the big story here. it's the cold. 28 on wednesday, 24 for a high on thursday. we're talking very cold temperatures wind chills in the teens and maybe even negative numbers early thursday morning. and we stay on the cold side as we make our way through the weekend. we told you much earlier, about
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a month ago, we would be talking about cold january. it looks like mother nature is giving us just that. we'll take you hour by hour with chills coming up at 5:30. the flu outbreak continues. within the last few hours, an update on how widespread the flu now has become and why the timing of this spike is even more concerning. we've posted four things you need to know about the flu this year in our nbc washington app. and he was the grinch who tried to steal christmas. and he started with a holiday display. find out who got caught in montgomery county. and a reminder that nbc 4 will also be working for our veterans and military families at this year's health and fitness expo on friday. we'll partner with the u.s. chamber of commerce for a hiring of our heros job fair. you can find information on the nbc for health and fitness expo is open to everyone saturday and sunday at the washington convention center and it's all free.
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developing right now in gaithersburg all train service along the brunswick line has been stopped after a man was struck and killed by a marked train. that accident happened just after 4:00 this afternoon. the pedestrian was hit near north summit street and east diamond avenue. police have shut down the street and stopped traffic while they investigate what happened.
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transportation officials are asking people to take metro to shady grove and then transfer to buses. here's some news that none of us wants to hear. the flu outbreak is spreading. >> 21 children have now died from the flu, and hospitals in our area are taking precautions. >> doctors expect more cases with children going back to school today, and the temperature drop that happens tonight. news 4's richard jordan has the numbers. >> this is prime time to get the flu. 43 states now have widespread flu activity. a fifth grader died from the virus. and today holy cross hospital announced anyone under 12 won't be permitted to visit patients at both its hospitals. >> reporter: children are at the highest risk of getting the flu. that means with the first day back to school after the holiday break, your kids may be coming home with more than an empty lunch box. look out for a runny nose body aches and fever. and they can get the flu even if they got a flu shot.
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the centers for disease control says this year's vaccine is not as effective as in years past. >> this does not mean you don't need to get a flu shot. it just means that it's not going to provide the same level of protection but it will provide some protection. >> reporter: basically, you are still better off getting that flu shot. the cold weather may create the perfect storm to get sick. below-freezing temperatures aren't necessarily to blame, but more people tend to stay indoors in close quarters where germs can easily spread. so stay ahead of it. websites and smartphone apps can help you monitor where flu is prevalent. the cdc's flu view takes doctor reports and code maps how severe the flu is state by state. there are also helpful videos and podcasts with treatments. if you want to zoom into your neighborhood flu near allows you to type in your zip code and see how many people are reporting flu symptoms where you live. and the app, sick weather, works
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like a weather radar, scanning social media to see where people are commenting about feeling under the weather. it's not only children who get the flu easily. it's also over 65 pregnant women and anyone with medical conditions like asthma or heart disease are more susceptible too. doreen and jim? >> richard, thank you. home security cameras captured it all. now a teenager is charged in connection to a vandalized christmas display in maryland. police identified the young man in this surveillance image as daniel enger. he lives in new york but lived in montgomery county last month when they say he snatched a couple of lawn ornaments and damaged others from a woman's elaborate display there. investigators found those ornaments the next day, a couple mile's from the victim's home and traced them back to enger. it's just down the beltway during the height of rush hour. >> we continue to follow developments right now on the inner loop of the beltway after that horrible crash this afternoon. coming up next our crew just
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arrived on the scene to gather new information about the victim and how this accident is impacting traffic right now. >> reporter: i'm julie carey in richmond virginia where former governor bob mcdonnell will walk through those doors a free man. but his friends fear he will leave facing a
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tracking the snow expected overnight. >> it's not just the snow. the coldest air of the season. >> which is why we mentioned this days ago, storm team 4. here it comes, get ready. >> first it is the snow. let's show what's happening now. no snow on the radar. storm team 4 radar is clear. back to the west, this is where we're seeing our little clipper system. it's making its way down from canada now in through portions of ohio making its way to our -- or iowa rather making its way to the great lakes and then down towards our region. the winter weather advisory in effect for the day tomorrow especially for the morning hours. it does include d.c. and prince george's county fairfax county prince william county and everybody to the north and west. and we are expecting the snow to begin around the 5:00 a.m. hour. so early snow timing between 5:00 a.m. and about noon. so it's not too long but it happens just during rush hour. once again, more snow will be up towards the north and west. but this is a two-prong system. we're not just talking about the snow. we think the bigger deal is going to be the colder
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temperatures, and veronica the wind is going to be a big issue too. >> that's right. the lowest temperatures we have seen since last january, along with the wind, and this is what we get late wednesday night or late tuesday night, early wednesday morning. wind chills in the teens. by noon still in the teens and then we drop to the single digits wednesday afternoon. but take a look at late wednesday night, early thursday morning. 0 to 10 below, the wind chill readings and stay in the single digits thursday. so two brutal days coming up. that's wednesday and thursday. what to wear? we leave it at everything. it's going to be a layer-up kind of couple days midweek. wednesday, thursday warm coat hat, gloves scarf, everything you can do to stay warm and, of course keep moving if you've got to do anything for a long period of time outdoors. doug? >> tomorrow's weather just a little bit of a teaser to show what's going to be happening with winter. the rest of the week looking cold. i've got the snowfall totals in a minute. >> doug thank you. now to the latest on the awful wreck, still causing big problems in maryland. we told you earlier about a crash along the inner loop of
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the beltway between a tractor-trailer and a motorcycle that has left one person in critical condition. news4's pat collins just arrived to the area in greenbelt with the latest. pat, what are you seeing? >> reporter: jim, i'm on the cherry wood lane bridge over the inner loop of the beltway. you can see traffic now just beginning to move. but it's been pretty much a steady and still life for about two hours here on the beltway. following a terrible accident involving a tractor-trailer and a motorcycle. when that accident was over the motorcycle actually ended up beneath the tractor-trailer. the motorcyclist was taken to a trauma center. he's described to be in very critical condition. the backup here went on for about three-and-a-half miles. the traffic, barely moving at a very slow pace. now you can see it is starting to pick up as they start to
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clear that scene further down the beltway. but if you can, avoid this area for maybe about the next hour or so. it might be the best way to get home. live in prince george's county. tomorrow governor mcdonnell will face corruption charges. julie carey joins us live from the courthouse in richmond with a look at how the sentencing could play out. julie? >> reporter: doreen tomorrow as he enters this courthouse for his sentencing hearing, it may be the last day for a long time bob mcdonnell is truly a free man. even some of his strongest supporters fear his foe -- tomorrow as he returns tore sentencing he will make a final plea to the judge.
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his attorneys have asked he be allowed to do extensive community service in lieu of prison time. prosecutors say a 10 to 12-year sentence is appropriate. >> i have never seen one of my friends get jail time and i've never seen someone get jail time who honestly did not believe he did anything wrong. >> reporter: fairfax county delegate considers bob mcdonnell a close friend and mentor. he wrote one of the 440 letters to the judge seeking leniency for the once rising political star. >> one of the most wonderful guys i know. i mean i've met a lot of people in my 21 years. >> reporter: but he is a defense lawyer himself and even he concedes his friend will likely get prison time. he just hopes it's at the lower end of the scale. >> to my best reasonable case scenario the judge lowers it from 10 years to 5 years and lets him stay out on appeal. that will be a huge victory tomorrow. >> reporter: tomorrow's hearing will begin with mcdonnell's lawyers making the case for why the 5 to 10 year sentencing guidelines are an incorrect
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calculation. the judge will rule on that before hearing from witnesses and giving the sentence. former prosecutor no white collar defense attorney chuck james also believes prison time is nearly inevitable. >> i would say the odds of him not spending a significant period of time in prison is very, very low indeed. >> reporter: so for thor governor mcdonnell is sentenced tomorrow will he leave in handcuffs? i'll have answers on that at 6:00. julie carey, news4. hugs and high fives in the cowboys' owners box last night. did you see it they were from chris christie. how the new jersey governor responded to critics today. and are people potentially paying more at the grocery store. the proposal
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no apologies tonight from new jersey governor chris christie after he was seen celebrating the dallas cowboys' latest playoff victory. >> he says critics are just jealous of the success of the team that it's having this year. cameras captured christie high-fiving and bear hugging cowboys' owner jerry jones as his team clinched the win over the lions. good game yesterday. christie is a life-long cowboys fan. he takes some heat for that from people who say he should be rooting for his state's
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preferred sports teams. christie says he's not worried about the politics of just how this looks. >> when the cowboys are losing the last three seasons, not to make the playoffs there is nobody getting on social media giving me a hard time being a cowboys fan. so we all know what this is about. >> i don't think he really knows the level of venom that he is stirring up with eagles fans. >> i wouldn't vote for him even if he was an eagles fan. so it's hard for me to say. >> christie says he hopes to go to every game of the cowboys' playoff run. the team is undefeated in games he's attended. maybe he's a charm there. >> maybe we haven't seen the last of those kinds of pictures. as for the redskins they still have an open position at defensive coordinator. dianna russini joins us with the latest on that search. >> who is the governor supposed to root for, the jets and giants stink so he's got to go with the cowboys. but the redskins guys a new year means lots of change. the priority though is finding
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a new defensive coordinator. last night, owner dan snyder bruce allen and jay gruden met to begin going over who they want to take a look at in the nfl, and maybe even look to fill that void with one of their own. so first up is raheem morris, who is currently the redskins defensive backs coach. a position he has held since 2012. morris has experience from tampa bay. sources tell me morris is getting a long hard look by the redskins' front office. also phillips is getting a very strong look. phillips a former broncos bill and cowboys head coach, lots of experience there. there is a family connection to the redskins. his son, wes, is the tight ends coach for the burgundy and gold. also ed donatell the 49ers defensive backs coach, and defensive coordinator before with the packers and falcons. and another hot name san diego
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chargers linebacker coach, joe barry. he's doing a phenomenal job in san diego. he was the defensive coordinator of the detroit lions when they went 0-6. not so good. but can't blame it on him. the interview process starts tomorrow beginning with barry, who we were just phillips will meet with the team thursday. expect the redskins to move quickly on this decision. guys? >> thanks di. have you noticed people are sharing their photos of their dogs to a complete stranger in arizona? >> we'll share pictures and the good news story behind the doggy photos that are going viral. and storm team 4 coverage continues next. we're going to tell you what you can do now before the snow begins to fall to help protect your home.
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and it's coming soon. and it could be ugly tomorrow morning. >> yeah. >> doug is in weather center with an update. doug? >> yeah i think it will be kind of ugly here. once again, it's all about the timing with this storm. this is a saturday sunday storm. no big deal and pretty snow coming down. but this is happening during rush hour. that's why we're going to see some problems. take a look at the numbers outside first off here. we're looking at that temperature that currently is in the 30s. 36 degrees right now. and look at the numbers around the rest of the region. 30 in rockville. 27 in gaithersburg. 32 in bowie and 34 in the huntingtown area. wind chills already in the teens and lower 20s. so the cold air is here. so anything that falls is going to be able to stick. not just on the cars but on the roadways too, especially those secondary roads. nothing in our region just yet. the storm itself is a little clipper system. again, it's a very small storm. but the track it's going to take right down to our south right across our area and then back out to sea. that's why we're going to have snow from this event. but some areas may not see much
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at all. that's why we have a winter weather advisory. notice who is in this. warrenton, leesburg washington annapolis, frederick to the north and west. but fredericksburg waldorf, towards the rest of southern maryland you are not under any kind of winter weather advisory. and that's because you're only going to see the chance for some light snow some flurries possible. doubt you'll see any accumulation. snow moderate at times. 1 to 2 inches from d.c. back to the north and west. d.c. more like an inch, maybe two. this is a fine and powdery snow. on the highways i think we'll be okay. the cars are going to go by and you'll blow that snow off to the side. but the secondary roads are going to see the snow starting early. so it will be there. afternoon, we see flurries. temperatures 32 to about 40 degrees but with a little breeze. wind chills in the 20s all day long. and then we get really cold. 28 on wednesday. 24 on thursday. but we're not just talking about the temperatures. you mentioned the wind chills guys. and we're talking about winds, gusting upwards of 30 miles per hour.
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so we're talking dangerously cold air. wind chills subzero early thursday morning. i think those wind chills will be between 0 and minus 5 on thursday morning. so yeah for sure the coldest air we have seen so far. we rebound a little but we're still well below average as we head toward the weekend. one more time we'll have that forecast for how much snow you can expect in your area coming up at around 6:15. >> thank you, doug. >> thank you, doug. maybe all this weather forecast has you wondering what you can do to protect your home. >> our team coverage continues now with consumer reporter erika gonzales. >> there are preps you can still make tonight, especially because this is going to be a week-long event, in order to prevent serious damage to your home. let's start first with a big one. that freezing pipe problem. frozen pipes can cause tens of thousands of dollars of damage in just a couple of minutes. and that's because water expands as it freezes, placing lots of pressure on those pipes. and that pressure can cause the pipe to break. so d.c. water suggests during
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this freezing period identify any pipes that might be at risk like pipes along the outside walls, crawl spaces and at particulars, to let warm air circulate around your pipes, open the cabinet doors, like the one below your kitchen sink and vanity doors near the pipes. and with those at-risk pipes, keep a small trickle of hot and cold water running during the super cold nights. and outside your home if you haven't already done so disconnect any hoses from outside spigots. and if you do experience any problems you want to call a licensed plumber. now on to ways you're keeping warm during this temperature drop. if you use space heaters, put heaters on a hard surface. do not put these on rugs or carpets. you want to keep them away from curtains table cloths or furniture. turn the space heaters off before you go to sleep. that's when it's really time to double up on the blankets and avoid that safety hazard.
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also keep children and pets far away from those space heaters. last and this is really, really important, make sure you have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home in case something happens. not too late to run out and get a few of those much-needed items. jim and doreen back to you. >> erika gonzales back to you. if you're dreading the temperature drops coming to our area this may provide perspective. minnesota is in the middle of a bitter cold snap with temperatures around 10 below zero. never mind the wind chills. those are 25 to 35 below. it still wasn't cold enough for school to close in minneapolis today. nor was it cold enough to keep shoppers indoors, and that's not even the worst of it. tomorrow night's wind chills could drop to negative 45 degrees. woo. we'll send you a breaking news alert on our nbc washington app if there are any critical closings due to weather. download the app today by searching nbc washington in the app store or in google play.
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there is a new way to kick off your new year's resolution to get fit this year. if you don't want to commit to a single workout. the class pass membership service rolled out in d.c. today. it may not be cheaper than a typical gym membership but for about $100 a month, it let's you attend as many classes as you would like at participating fitness studios all over the city. classes range from camps. there is one catch, though. with that unlimited class, you can only visit the same studio a maximum of three times per month. in the past three years, montgomery county has collected more than $6.5 million from its plastic bag tax. and last october alone, the county made more than a quarter million. that's according to county data that shows the nickle tax has been applied to more than 167 million bags since 2012. now news4's scott macfarlane has learned the tax could impact more femalepeople in our area.
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a maryland delegate will introduce legislation that could expand the tax statewide. a spokesman for the taxpayers protection alliance says the bag tax hurts the poor saying quote, every nickle spent on a plastic bag is a nickle that won't go for food. the chesapeake bay is left less polluted than decades ago but still not making the grade. scientists gave it a score of 32 out of 100, a d-minus in the state of the bay report. a 70 would indicate a saved bay. the blue crab population is half of what it was two years ago. rockfish have also been declining. the good news oysters are on the rebound, and the water is clearer now. well hockey fans wear the caps jerseys with pride. but some gear may not be what it seems. the feds just nabbed $25,000 worth of fake items at the winter classic. news4's mark segraves has what you need to know to keep from getting ripped off.
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>> reporter: federal agents confiscated boxes and boxes filled with illegal items. all intended for sale toting fans going to the winter classic. the feds called it operation team player. >> it was a counterfeiting jerseys, hats posters. the manufacturers suggested retail was over $25,000. >> reporter: at the team store at nats' park fans were lining up to buy authentic winter classic items. >> if i'm going to buy something for, like the game i'm going to i want something authentic for the price i'm paying. if i'm paying 80 bucks for something, it better be authentic. >> reporter: they are trying to keep items off the streets. it's not just sports jerseys the public has to worry about. >> sometimes counterfeit air bags can cause loss of life because they don't perform correctly. our light -- faulty christmas lighting can cause fires. >> reporter: the agent says there are ways to know if the
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item you're buying is authentic. >> the best thing that a consumer do is realize that if the deal seems too good to be true it probably is. you want to look for poor quality, frayed material. >> reporter: in addition to looking for shoddy workmanship or stitching, there is another way you can protect yourself when you go out and buy authentic gear. in this case the nhl puts a hologram on their tags. it's the only way you can be sure you're actually getting what you pay for. while federal agents were able to confiscate hundreds of illegal items, no arrests have been made. coming up at 6:00 you about the huge impact counterfeit goods have on the american economy. at nats' park mark segraves news4. >> the name of the fairfax county police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man has just been released. we're getting the first reaction from the county in a live report, next. >> i'm tom sherwood in the district.
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new mayor muriel bowser goes to capitol hill to argue for voting rights for district citizens. i'll have the story, coming up.
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of their dog. and the response has been tremendous. more than a half million posts so far. there have been few answers in a police-involved shooting in pringfield virginia until today. police have released the name of an officer who shot and killed an unarmed man, standing in the doorway of his home. news4's shomari stone is in fairfax tonight, with the breaking details. shomari? >> reporter: well jim, the officer's name is adam torres and he has been on the force for eight years. we got hold of this exclusive video showing the police standoff in august of 2013. when the shooting happened. fairfax county police officer adam torres shot and killed 46-year-old john gear while he was standing at the front door of his springfield home. a s.w.a.t. team was surrounding the house. police initially responded to a domestic incident. the mother of gear's two kids warned there were weapons in the home. but gear wasn't armed while standing at the doorway. after 30 minutes of
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negotiations the police chief says gear began lowering his hands. that's when officer adam torres shot and killed him. police searched the house, and say they found a loaded holstered firearm on the stairs and seven more firearms in the house. the fairfax county top prosecutor says he was blocked in his criminal investigation of the shooting. the police department refused to release the officer's name or personnel records. but last month, a judge ruled they have to release some information. moments ago, we talked to sharon bull bullova, the head of supervisors. can you explain why there is a delay? >> there is a delay because this has gone from the commonwealth attorney's office to the federal government and that has created delays in the investigation and a decision being completed.
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>> reporter: torres is on administrative duty pending the outcome of a department of justice, and the fairfax county police department's internal affairs investigation. that's where the gear family filed a $12 million lawsuit against the department. live here in fairfax county i'm shomari stone, news4. at 6:00 tonight, severely cold air sweeping through parts of the country is on its way here. >> 18 states and millions of americans are impacted. in fact some cases could see wind chills as low as 50 below. severe storms in the south have already leveled homes and knocked out power, and we're expecting snow here. doug starts things off with a look at the timing of it all. he's in storm center 4. doug what's the word? >> timing of this storm is really going to have the biggest impact here. it's not going to be how much snow we see, because we're not going to see much. the timing happens to be just during the rush tomorrow morning. so if you're planning on leaving your house tomorrow morning
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between 5:00 and around 9:00 yeah, you're going to have some problems as far as snow is concerned. right now, though it's the cold air. and look at the numbers here. already a wind chill 16 in martinsburg, 19 in whininchester. 17 in gaithersburg. after a high yesterday of 67 degrees here. so we have come way down. and we've got a lot farther to go. storm team 4 radar, nothing around our region right now. the storm that's moving our way is a clipper system. it's moving just to the south of chicago, and then making its way right towards cincinnati and right around our region by early tomorrow morning. once again, i expect to see snow around 5:00 a.m. and that's why we have a winter weather advisory at 4:00 through 1:00 tomorrow afternoon for areas in prince william county fairfax, prince george's county and everybody to the north and west including the district. i'll break down the timing for you, show you how much i think you'll see in your area and then we'll talk about the real cold. you mentioned the negative


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