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trapped in target. right now, two suspected burglars are locked inside this local store after tripping the alarm. we'll take you there live as police go shopping for crooks. and threat at the theater. the sony hackers issue a serious warning to movie-goers. now the government is getting involved. plus, a live look this morning from our camera atop the loews hotel looking out at center city, and we're seeing a little haze there. that's fog that's spreading across the area. we'll tell you how long it will stick around and how it will affect your morning drive and everything else you need to know to get your morning started. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm chris cato. and let's begin with meteorologist bill henley, who is on fog patrol this morning. bill? >> good morning, chris. getting a warmer start this
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morning, temperatures 10 to 20 degrees warmer than yesterday. we're at 44 degrees right now in philadelphia. we are watching for some fog. not much to show you just yet, except in the mountains. the pocono mountains. this is the view this morning. this is a view from shawnee, where the fog is thick to start with, but not everybody is seeing it. everybody's seeing the warmer temperatures, including the mountains. 39 degrees in mt. pocono, 45 in trenton. wilmington and philadelphia have dropped to 42 degrees. the visibility down below two miles in coatesville. it's hazleton that's seeing some thick fog in the mountains, while mt. pocono has good visibility at 3 miles. and 5-mile visibility for wilmington. just light fog for northeast philadelphia, mt. holly and wrightstown. yesterday during the morning hours, we saw dense fog in dover, millville, atlantic city, but right now, 5 to 6-mile visibility, looking good. we'll see sunshine today. the fog will leave us and the wind will be picking up, too. a breezy day ahead.
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the first alert traffic report right now with jillian mele. good morning, jillian! >> good morning to you, bill. we're following some overnight construction out there. pretty typical construction for drivers in new jersey. 295 southbound, the off-ramp to route 42 is blocked until about 5:00 this morning due to the road work in that area. and speaking of road work, we also have some on 76. this is the westbound side right at 30th street. it's out there once again this morning. and behind this truck, that's where the right lane is blocked. it's not really causing a delay, but it's still something for you to be aware of. and 76, i mentioned we have that construction westbound. nothing happening eastbound. we had some overnight construction eastbound. that has since cleared. the blue route is clear in both directions. 95 looks good southbound, but northbound there is a spot of construction right near girard. chris? all right, two minutes after 4:00. we continue to follow breaking news out of philadelphia. kind of a bizarre situation unfolding here. two would-be burglars are trapped inside a target right now and police have the building surrounded. nbc 10's jesse gary also on scene live in bustleton.
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jesse, what's going on there? >> reporter: chris, police have units ringing the outside of this target store here in bustleton and also have the fire department on scene, providing access to the roof to make sure the would-be robbers do not escape. investigators say the pair tripped a silent alarm inside the store earlier this morning. target security officers watched the robbers in realtime on surveillance video cameras and then called police. officers responded to the store. while the two men tried to escape via the roof, police used a fire department engine ladder to move on to the roof, blocking that possible escape route. just in the past couple minutes, canine officers have gone inside the store and are now searching inside, looking for this pair of robbers. we'll update you on their search coming up in the next 30 minutes. live in bustleton this morning, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. a montgomery county community remembered six family members murdered in monday's killing spree. the victims' friends and classmates came together for this vigil at emanuel lutheran church in souderton last night.
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that took place not long after the manhunt for the suspect, brad stone, ended. search teams found his body in the woods near his home in pennsburg yesterday afternoon. he died, says the coroner, from self-inflicted stab wounds. >> our hearts are broken. our communities are broken. >> i tried to hold it together a little bit, but everyone's emotions really poured out tonight. >> now, brad stone killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives on monday. the divorced couple's two daughters are in protective custody. the only person to survive that killing spree is 17-year-old anthony flick, the nephew of stone's ex-wife. he's in serious but stable condition this morning. his mother, father and 14-year-old sister were killed. happening today, former philadelphia traffic court judge tomathine tynes is accused of accepting a $2,000 tiffany bracelet in exchange for a towing contract with traffic court. now, two weeks ago, she was sentenced to two years in
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federal prison for purgery charges for her part in a ticket-fixing scandal. and two pennsylvania lawmakers also face charges in the same corruption investigation that swept up tynnes. representatives rob waters and vanessa lowry brown turned themselves in on bribery-related charges yesterday. the district attorney says the democrats admitted to taking illegal cash payments. he says a lobbyist turned informant recorded conversations of him giving money to waters and brown in exchange for their influence in harrisburg. >> i need a contribution. i'll take cash. informant -- "how much?" brown -- "$500, is that too much?" >> that's the d.a. reading the transcript of the investigation there. two other state representatives from philadelphia are also accused in this scandal along with tynnes, as we mentioned earlier. charges have not yet been filed against the other two. we have new information this morning in the case of a man accused of kidnapping a philadelphia woman. the federal trial for delvin
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barnes was moved from next month to may of next year because the defense requested additional time. barnes is accused of abducting carlesha freeland-gaither off of a germantown street on november 2nd. we all remember the surveillance video of her abduction there. investigators tracked down barnes and the victim three days later in maryland. if barnes is convicted, he could face life in prison. six minutes after 4:00 now. happening later today, the montgomery county teen who was convicted of stabbing his girlfriend to death is set to be sentenced. tristan staley killed julie ann stiller and left her body in a wooded area of stip yack township. police say he told his mother and she turned him in. because he was 16 years old at the time, he faces 35 years to life in prison instead of an automatic life sentence. also, a delaware county teacher and coach is set to be arraigned for sexually assaulting a student. police say bill barber and a 15-year-old girl had a sexual encounter in his office at
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garnet valley middle school in september. they say prior to that, the girl sent him nude photos and the two exchanged sex-related text messages. an update now on that hazing scandal involving a north jersey high school football team. the sayreville athletic director is now suspended. the board of education made that decision last night. now, this came after younger players accused their teammates of holding them down, beating them and even sexually assaulting them. the head football coach is suspended from teaching and coaching and seven players are facing charges. new jersey's schools actually saw a decline in bullying, violence and weapons incidents last school year, a 9% decrease from the 2012-2013 school year. bullying incidents alone have been cut in half since schools were required in 2011 to document and investigate every allegation. well, why enjoy the mummers only on new year's day? now you don't have to. the mummers are bringing a mardi gras parade to philadelphia in 2015.
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and you heard it first here on nbc 10 news. sources close to the mummers association tell us that the costumed performers and musicians will strut down main street manayunk on sunday, february 22nd. organizers hope the mardi gras parade will raise thousands of dollars for the mummers and help preserve the tradition. >> i think it just adds to the allure of manayunk. i mean, there's already the bike race that comes through here. it's certainly a hub of all kind of entertainment. >> manayunk businesses looking forward to cashing in on that sunday. the mummers mardi gras parade in manayunk is centered on families. organizers say they hope this is the start of an annual tradition. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> a milder start this morning. temperatures are in the 40s. but with warmer air comes a bit more moisture, and we are watching for fog this morning. only some spots are seeing it so far. gusty winds. that's what we'll have during the day, but we will see sunshine today. the next couple days actually get a nice dose of sunshine.
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it's the weekend that will see the return of clouds and the possibility of rain and could be some snow as well. right now, 39 degrees in mt. pocono. much warmer this morning. in fact, 10 to 20 degrees warmer for the area. 45 in trenton and dover is 42 degrees. you can see the light fog in blue mountain. this is a live view from the pocono mountains. the fog will clear a little faster than it did yesterday. looks like it's mostly clear from this view from center city, looking past the art museum this morning. it's north and west that's seeing some light fog in the coatesville area.ease fozleton. kind of spottn in doylestown, bluebell, northeast philadelphia. really clear of any thick fog this morning. so is south jersey and delaware, at least for now. the temperatures are still falling right now, so we will likely be in and out of it in some spots during the day. but as far as clouds are concerned, we're going to break out of the clouds and see some sunshine with a pretty good wind, too, as the rain is now
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completely offshore. we will be dry today. and we'll watch the temperatures climb. 44 degrees at 9:00 this morning. by lunchtime, we'll be at 50 degrees and climbing. so, the forecast is calling for a dry day today. a bit of fog to start with, then partly sunny and breezy and back in the 50s this afternoon. the 50s, though, are not going to be staying. the extended future weather when i come back. >> we will enjoy those 50s while they last. thank you, bill. ten minutes after 4:00 now and time to check on traffic. nbc 10's first alert traffic reporter jillian mele will tell us if there are any problems this wednesday morning. >> good wednesday morning to you, chris. no problems as far as accidents go around center city, philadelphia. however, we are following an accident out of chester county in elverson, chestnut tree road near manor road, route 82. take bulltown road as your alternate there. but that is the only accident so far this morning. aside from that, just some of the normal construction out there on 76. we had some westbound near 30th street. we have some on 295 near the 42
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freeway. and for drivers in the lehigh valley, this is what it's looking like along route 22 at airport road. no accidents here and no delays. chris. there is more fallout this morning from that cyber attack on a hollywood movie studio. the group that hacked sony pictures is now making a more serious threat against american movie-goers. we'll tell you what that is. plus, this colwyn police officer is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend. what the victim told us hours before her death. that's next.
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want to go kill kim jun uni? >> totally. it's a date. "the interview" is scheduled to open on christmas day, but now some theaters are canceling
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showings of the comedy because of some very serious threats. those threats are part of the fallout from that cyber attack of sony pictures that began four weeks ago. nbc 10's tracy davidson is live in our digital operations center now. and tracy, new security fears here with this movie opening, right? >> right. so, the group called guardians of peace, the group that claimed responsibility for the sony hack, has a warning for theater-goers -- stay away. and they posted their warning online. the group released a new message online that threatens violence against movie theaters that show the film. "the interview" is a comedy about an assassination attempt on north korean leader kim jong-un. according to "the hollywood reporter," carmike cinemas was the first to cancel planned screenings of the film. there are several carmike theaters in our area, including ones in dover, allentown and voorhees. now, the threat has law enforcement in new york and los angeles stepping up security. >> we take those threats very seriously, and we will take
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extra precautions during the holidays at theaters. >> the department of homeland security said there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against theaters but said it was still analyzing those threatening messages. now, sony pictures has told theater owners that they can cancel their plans to show the film. we're waiting to see what theater chains across the country decide to do. live in the digital operations center, tracy davidson, nbc 10 news. 4:15 now. just hours after she told the nbc 10 investigators that she was afraid her ex-boyfriend might kill her, a glen olden woman was dead. investigators say former colwyn police officer stephen rozniakowski killed that woman monday night and then the woman's husband shot him. this morning, rozniakowski is charged with murder. investigators say he gunned down his ex-girlfriend, valerie morrow, at her home in night, rather. he also shot and wounded morrow's teenage daughter. then morrow's husband, who is also a cop for another city,
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another borough, returned fire, wounding rozniakowski. >> he went there to execute the entire family, in my opinion. i have no doubt about that. >> three hours before that shooting, police served rozniakowski with a court order, telling him to stay away from his former girlfriend. the nbc 10 investigators first told you about rozniakowski in an exclusive report last april after police arrested him for allegedly stalking an ex-fiancee after she called off their wedding. today marks 30 days in sanctuary for a honduran-born woman who is battling the government over her deportation. angela navarro is living inside a west kensington church in north philadelphia. west kensington ministry church. she says she will stay there with her husband and two kids until immigration and customs enforcement end her final deportation order. today, more than 200 religious leaders and politicians will deliver letters of support to immigration officials on her behalf. navarro is one of eight undocumented immigrants in the u.s. living in sanctuary.
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well, president obama has signed the $1 trillion spending plan to avoid a government shutdown. now, this keeps most government operations running until september. the one exception is the homeland security department, which will run out of money in february, and it could touch off a debate over immigration. governor-elect tom wolf will discuss pennsylvania's finances today. wolf will inherit a nearly $2 billion budget shortfall when he is sworn in as governor next month. he beat out republican governor tom corbett in the november election. a man with a name familiar to the white house is taking his most definitive step yet toward running for president. jeb bush told his followers on facebook and twitter that he has decided to "actively explore the possibility of running for president of the united states." bush, of course, is the son of president george h.w. bush and the brother of president george w. bush. his first step will be setting up a fund-raising political action committee in january. >> if i can get comfortable with being a candidate that gives
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people hope that we can fix some of these big problems that we have so that we can take advantage of our opportunities, that's what i'm pursuing. >> an nbc news/"wall street journal" poll of registered voters shows that jeb bush was viewed positively by 26% of those surveyed, while 33% viewed jimenezly. the next and final round of new jersey's superstorm sandy relief money will likely pay for housing for victims. governor chris christie's administration announced plans for spending nearly $502 million in federal aid. about $440 million of that would be used to complete repairs on all eligible sandy-damaged homes and to make more rental units available. the state will hold public hearings next month to discuss how that money will be spent. well, it is another step in the revitalization of a philadelphia neighborhood. philadelphia city council president darryl clark will cut the ribbon on the completed renovation of the historic hat shop building in brewerytown. that ceremony starts at 10:00 this morning.
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now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> a warmer start this morning. the temperatures are in the 40s for most of the area. and for now, we are fog-free. but there are some spots of fog this morning. 42 degrees in philadelphia. philadelphia international is not one of those spots. the wind out of the west-southwest at 7 miles per hour and the wind will be picking up during the day and the streets will be drying out. still a few puddles left over, but no sign of ice with temperatures well above freezing this morning. in fact, we're running eight degrees warmer in philadelphia, but look at northeast philadelphia, trenton, mt. holly, 16 degrees warmer this morning. in the middle 40s for trenton, northeast philly and wrightstown is 46 degrees. 40 right now in pottstown and 44 degrees for camden. audubon is 44 along with glendora, while voorhees is now 44 degrees. so, not bad at all this morning. still some clouds in the air, but they are starting to thin out. really nothing to show you on
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the radar except some showers north and west. but they're going to skip past us today. we will stay dry today. actually see some sunshine. and warm into the 50s this afternoon. that's 2:00 this afternoon. but riding in on the winds that will be picking up is colder air. so, tomorrow morning, 7:00 in the morning, it's going to be 20s and low 30s right around the freezing mark. the cold is back. and instead of 50s tomorrow afternoon, the high temperatures will warm only into the 40s. so, enjoy the mild weather while it's here today. a little bit of fog in some areas this morning will clear out. we'll see partly to mostly sunny skies. pretty nice day today with high temperatures in the 50s. but hold on to your hat because the winds will be gusting to 25 miles an hour. the seven-day forecast with a look at some potential rain and snow over the weekend coming up in the next half hour. >> potential snow. let's just limit it to that for right now. thank you, bill. 20 minutes after 4:00. roads are all dry this morning. let's see if there's anything else out there that may slow you down. nbc 10's first alert traffic
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reporter jillian mele will run it down for us. >> good morning, chris. following one accident out of chester county happening in elverson, chestnut tree road near manor road, which is route 82. take bulltown road as an alternate there. heading to a live look at the boulevard, quiet and calm. this is right near fox street. no accidents. as you can see, certainly no delays on the boulevard right now. so, it's a good time to head out if you need to. 76 is clear. 95 is looking good as far as any incidents go. and the 42 freeway drive times pretty average as you approach the walt whitman bridge. no issues to deal with there. we do have some of that normal construction right at the interchange between 295 and 42, but nothing causing any delays and area bridges off to a good start right now. chris? christmas comes early for drivers across the country this year. prices at the pump just keep falling. we'll tell you how long you can expect to save on your gas bill. and if you haven't seen "the voice" finale yet, spoiler alert. turn your eyes away from the tv soon, but don't change the
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channel. we've got last night's big winner. did local favorite matt mcandrew come out on top? we'll have that next.
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no dude, you're on the jumbotron! whoa. ah...yeah, pretty much walked into that one. geico anywhere anytime. just a tap away on the geico app. 4:24. we're taking you skiing this morning, or at least a live look at a place where you could ski, if you had time and were up in the poconos area. a live look this morning at blue mountain ski resort. yes, they have some fresh, manmade snow on the ground there. meteorologist bill henley mentioned a moment ago we may see some mother nature-created snow over the weekend. he'll tell us a little more on the timing of that and the location, moments away. craig wade boyd! >> yes! >> well, there it is. i said spoiler alert before the commercial break, so don't blame
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me now if you're seeing this for the first time. season seven's winner of "the voice" is craig wayne boyd. the 33-year-old from texas beat out philadelphia's matt mcandrew for the title, which includes a record deal and a $100,000 prize. more bragging rights for blake shelton, too. boyd will talk about his win on the "today" show later this morning. "the voice" will return for its spring season on february 23rd. we can't wait. christina aguilera coming back for that one. that's always spicy. well, a high-profile u.s. senator is calling for a federal probe into the high price of airline tickets. new york senator chuck schumer wants to know why ticket prices haven't gone down, even though the cost of fuel is going down. the high-ranking democrat has asked the departments of justice and transportation to find out if airline mergers have played a ro role in this. he wonders if airlines are taking advantage of flyers. >> well, that's the looming question, are consumers being taken advantage of? signs point to yes. when you have such a significant
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drop in fuel prices over such a long period of time and airline prices continue to go up, something's wrong. >> officials from the airlines say money saved by lower fuel prices is actually being reinvested in new planes and employee perks. well, the break in gasoline prices that we're seeing right now could carry through next year. the department of energy predicts that gas costs for the american household will be the lowest level since 2004. right now, aaa says the national average for regular gas is $2.53 a gallon. keep on falling. now your nbc 10 first alert weather. >> a milder morning, but it's going to be a windy day. the wind has already started to pick up. that's a live view from the loews hotel in center city. right now 42 degrees at 4:26. jillian mele in the first alert traffic center. good morning, jillian. >> good morning to you, bill. if you're headed out the door on 76, drive times average this morning. we're not dealing with any big
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delays. about 12 to 13 minutes both ways between the blue route and the vine. coming up, a live look at the blue route. also ahead, the tractor-trailer driver charged in that deadly crash in berks county is due in court today. we'll tell you what investigators say caused him to lose control of his big rig.
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trapped in target. we're learning new information about two suspected burglars who are locked inside a local target store right now. we will have a live report from the scene as police go shopping for crooks. and threat at the theater. the sony hackers are now issuing a warning to movie-goers, and
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the government is getting involved. plus, the fog is spreading right now. how long will it stick around and what you need to know for your morning commute. it's 4:30. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm chris cato. and if you enjoyed the slightly warmer weather we had yesterday, you're going to like today even more. meteorologist bill henley has his first alert forecast. good morning, bill. >> good morning, chris. we are starting with temperatures in the 40s for most of the area. they're starting to come down a bit, but overall, it is much warmer and a bit foggy in the pocono mountains. that's a live view from blue mountain this morning. fog is going to clear quickly today with the wind blowing, and not everybody's going to see the fog forming. we are watching temperatures drop in the mountains and in the allentown area, but overall, it's warmer than yesterday. 39 degrees both of those locations, low 40s for wilmington. northeast philadelphia is 46


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