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hello, everybody. i'm denise koch. >> and i'm kai jackson. here's what people are talking about tonight. just looking outside doesn't give you the real feeling for how cold it is. but you don't want to head out if you don't have to. arctic cold. temperatures are diving, as the frigid air is blowing into maryland. people are bundling up into layers trying to stay warm any way they can. have a look at a very frigid forecast. we've had a few stray flurries this region. garrett county. definitely will see some tonight. the heaviest stuff across pennsylvania. that's where they're seeing the real lake-effect snow. you can see it coming off the rains. approaching far western maryland. might see one of these snow showers making it tonight. and again tomorrow, there's a slight chance.
because of the fact that the wind chills are down. and the snow continues in garrett county, we have advisories in effect. the winds continue to be a factor west of us. and that's why we have a wind advisory. and the winter storm warning continues through tomorrow night. through garrett, western allegheny county. and in pennsylvania. bernadette woods has a look at some of these temperatures and the way it really feels on your skin. bernadette? >> well, the cold air has returned. and in some cases, it's worst than last week's cold. here are the temperatures we're looking at across the state right now. and they are falling. 27 in baltimore. 20 for most of the map. just above freezing in ocean city. and the single digits in the mountains. when you factor in the winds that are sustained over 20 miles per hour, and gusting over 30. it feels like the teens for a lot of us. and even hagerstown has dropped down to 27 degrees. minus 9 in oakland. the cold air has arrived. it's going to stick around for a while. for now, we'll send it back
inside. when wintry weather hits, remember, wjz 13 is always on. for instant updates all the time, live doppler radar, and information on closings and delays, log onto wjz.com. staying behind bars. that's what a judge just decided about the man accused of trying to blow up a military recruiting center in catonsville. wjz is live at the federal courthouse. kelly mcpherson talks to the suspect's mother about the serious charges he's facing. kelly? >> reporter: denise, in the courtroom, we heard the defense claim that they believed that the government planted the idea of bombing a military recruitment center into the mind of martinez. and the prosecutors are arguing that they have evidence to prove that martinez had intention to kill with or without the fbi's help. in the end, the judge ruled that martinez is a danger to society. >> reporter: 21-year-old antonio martinez faces life in prison for attempting to blow up this catonsville military recruitment center. wjz was inside the federal courthouse.
and we're learning more about his possible defense. his lawyer is questioning the government's tactics. martinez was unknowingly working with an fbi informant. and an undercover agent, who according to the federal affidavit guided his bombing plans for the past two months. his public defender asked to know more about the informant, saying is the informant combing through mosques of baltimore to find sussentible young -- susceptible young men? he says his client was entrapped. >> our argument is as to whether or not mr. hussein should be detained. and whether or not pending trial he is going to be at liberty. you know the court made their decision. and it didn't go the way we wanted it. >> reporter: the defendant's mother was in the courtroom to support her son. she said only this. >> i know him. i'm the only person that knows him. he's not a terrorist. >> do you believe he's not guilty? >> i just believe it's entrapment. that's all i'm going to say.
>> you believe it's entrapment? >> yes. >> this hearing shows that martinez confessed. he said he went through with it because it was the "right cause" and his "duty to wage jihad." he also said he believed it could have been an fbi sting all along, until he smelled gas fumes last wednesday. they recorded conversations saying martinez told the informant at one point, to go ahead and press the button if i start running because of police. >> reporter: the identity of that informant was not revealed in court. but prosecutors say they have a notebook that they believe belongs to martinez. and inside, there are entries, dating back to the spring of 2009 when he wrote that he wanted to die for a cause. reporting from federal courthouse, kelly mcpherson, wjz eyewitness news. >> thank you very much. kelly, the courts are using the name antonio martinez. has lawyer refers to him by his islamic name of muhammad hussein.
a popular deal in a high- profile case. >> well, kai, sources say a plea deal could be coming in the murder of cockeysville native yeardley love. george huguely is accused of killing his girlfriend. the couple had been in an on and off again relationship. huguely admitted slamming love's head into a wall during a fight. now, it looks like the prosecutors won't request the death penalty against hunguely. we should learn more next month when he is due in court. >> a first-degree murder sentence could last anywhere from 20 years to life in prison. tonight the search for answers and accountability, after a 6-year-old fell to his death from a school bus. there is critical new evidence under review. wjz investigates live in west baltimore with mike hellgren. he is at the private bus company that handles the route. mike? >> reporter: and denise that,
new evidence is a camera on board the bus. there is videotape of this entire incident. >> reporter: jeremy jennings was barely 6 years old. and this was the smile that always melted his mom's heart. but since his death when he pulled open a door, fell and slammed onto the pavement, his mom demands information. >> i will get some answers, answers that i really need. >> she admits her son was a handful and hyperactive. police say jeremy fought with another student and tried to get out the front of the bus before running to the back and opening it while it was moving. mom wants to know, what are the policies? were they followed? and who is accountable. she questions why her son wasn't in a harness he was supposed to wear. and why the bus driver didn't stop. >> if you can't handle a special needs child, you don't need that job.
>> reporter: baltimore city schools, ultimately in charge, hasn't issued much information, issuing a new that they will work with authorities. >> they know it's under investigation now. and we don't know anything, other than what's being reported. >> and i invite the other people of baltimore to pray for that family during this really difficult time. >> a contractor for the city, m.r. hopkins transportation, ran the bus, but isn't saying much to us. >> reporter: when wjz came here to their headquarters to ask them for their side of the story, they told us simply, no comment. >> reporter: a city school spokeswoman told wjz, two aides who were on board have been suspended during the investigation. >> suspension is not good enough for me at all. >> you want someone to be held accountable. >> right. someone is going to be held accountable. >> police say this is not a criminal investigation at this point but that could change. >> reporter: the bus operator has had a contract with city schools for more than 30 years.
a daring robbery. thieves grabbed the pharmacist this morning and threw him in the back of the truck. police say the thieves unloaded 80 crates of markets onto another truck. then they dropped off the delivery worker a few miles away away. >> this is an incredibly thought out robbery. the robbers in this case, we believe did have some prior knowledge of the packing list that was enclose closed in the truck. >> the worker was not hurt. baltimore police have contacted the fbi and dea to try to track down the stolen drugs. baltimore county police need your help to find a bank robber in cockeysville. take a look at this picture. police say this man robbed the columbia bank on york road this morning. he got away with cash before police arrived. if you recognize him, give baltimore county police a call. playing in primetime.
they are getting ready for prime time against the houston texans. they are in the loan star state. to face a texans team that is fighting for its play-off life. meanwhile, the ravens are very much alive. but fighting to kick start what seems like an offense that is stuck in low gear. >> the time is now. being that we want to accomplish late-season play- offs. that's our job. we want to get that fixed and get it corrected. but we're looking forward to getting it done this week. >> veteran derrick mason has been the most vocal about the struggles. and with just four games to go until the season begins, improvement needs to start tonight. we have to understand that the opportunities are becoming less and less. because the seasons are getting shorter and shorter. and we don't want to put yourselves into the position
that it comes out the last season. and we have to get a play in order for us to get into the playoffs. >> they're facing a houston defense. and that factors into our panel of experts. as far as predictions. my partner on wjz f.m., 105.7, the fan. damon the bulldog yavy is going 30-27. scott garceau has the ravens winning by 30. the morning team both have the ravens scoring more than 30 points. ed norris says blowout has it closer. and what about the ravens defense? offense is close. it's coming your way later in sports. thank you very much, mark. and wjz 13 is your home. for ranks football. don't forget, you can watch baltimore take on the ravens
here on wjz 13. our special pregame coverage starts tonight. a judge calls part of the healthcare law unconstitutional this. is the first time a judge has ruled against the law. he agreed with virginia's attorney general that challenges the law that forces people to buy health insurance or pay a penalty starting in 2014. two others have already upheld the law. most think the supreme court will end up having the final say. we should know in a few hours if michael steele will run for another term as republican national chairman. steele has been criticized for not raising enough money for the gop. several plan to challenge steele for the chairman's job. moving on. disgraced jack abramoff has finished his stint at a pizza shop. he took a job at a pizza parlor. he spent 3 1/2 years in prison
for a congressional corruption scandal. he is still on probation. still ahead on eyewitness news. . up in flames. in just a matter of seconds. a holiday danger inside your living room. and the best way to protect your family. i'm alex demetrick. coming up, an invisible killer takes two lives. that story as eyewitness news continues. a dramatic hostage situation inside a school. the heroes who helped end the nursery school nightmare. taking a live look outside. very cold out there. bob is tracking the tumbling temperatures in your first warning forecast. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
the silent killer. tonight, we're learning more about the two men killed by carbon monoxide poisoning. alex demetrick has more. >> police were the first to arrive yesterday morning at this house in pikesville, after a 911 call reported bodies. when they went inside -- >> they were quickly overcome. >> at first, i thought it was a fire. >> it killed two men here. >> carbon monoxide levels, close to 400 parts per million. the threshold that we're concerned with normally is 10 parts per million. >> three police officers and seven others in the home will rush to shock trauma. >> they said my aunt was closest to them to die.
now they said she's safe. >> we put them in. the hyper baric chamber. >> the men killed or identified by family members. both from guatemala. they worked construction and lived with the family that employed them. >> the men who died were rooming in the basement. and that's where. >> his body was found. >> the fire department says once bge turned off the gas, their official role ended. >> it is the private property owner's responsibility in a situation like this, to hire professionals to determine what the source of the problem was. >> until then, no one lives here. alex demetrick, wjz eyewitness news. >> according to baltimore county fire department, tracing the cause of that carbon monoxide leak and fixing it is a responsibility of the
property owner. there were no carbon monoxide detectors inside the home. it is important to be fire smart. nearly 300 christmas-tree- related fires are reported every year. there are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself this holiday season. when you pick a tree, make sure you get one with fresh needles. >> once you bring a tree into the house, it will dry out significantly faster than it would if being outside. make sure the trunks of the tree are cut. and that they are maintained and watered daily. one-third of all christmas tree fires are caused by electrical fires. so don't forget to turn off your christmas lights when you leave the house. you don't want your tree looking like this one. only 11 days before christmas. but today is a business day for workers. shipping presents around the country. wjz is live at the main post office downtown. pat warren has advice to make the holiday shipping easy.
hi, pat. >> i bet they really wish they did have a sleigh. but they don't. fedex is generating its biggest day in its history shipping 16 million packages. and the lines are already forming at the post office. it's the second busiest day for the u.s. postal service. >> can i help you? >> reporter: with the countdown yet to come? chris petro figured he'd beat the rush. >> i'm flying out next week. so just shipping it so i don't have to carry on luggage on the plane. >> reporter: for fedex, today is a record-breaker. due in large part to cyber monday, the equivalent of black friday. >> we've added extra trucks, extra employees to handle the volume to make sure the christmas gifts get to where they need to g. >> reporter: it's working as a relay team that accounts for much of this handling of the
volume. >> fedex will pick up all of those packages. and we'll sort them and deliver them to the destination post office. >> both carriers recommend doing as much sups you can to make your shipping easier. >> there's a wealth of information, as well as being able to get zip codes, rates. mailing dates. in addition to that, you can order boxes online. you can have them shipped right to your house. in addition, you can also print out your postage and mailing statement labels and put it right on there. and finally, can you even schedule a pickup with your carrier. so you don't even really have to leave the comfort of your own home. if you want to do it all online, that's what we really suggest our customers do. >> and the line didn't seem so bad. >> it's nice and smooth. >> everybody was nice and attentive. they offered us a cart when we
walked in carrying boxes. it's nice to get a jump on things early. >> reporter: keep in mind, the busiest day for the post office will be this coming monday. reporting live from downtown baltimore, i'm pat warren. back to you, kai. >> all right, stay warm. december 20th is the cutoff day to make sure your first class mail arrives by christmas. if you're still looking for that perfect holiday gift, you may want to head online to find that deal. >> they're calling this green monday. experts predict shoppers could spend $1 billion online today alone, denise. >> well, i've already diabetic mine. >> you're done? >> yes. >> saves you from having to go in the cold. wind chill will also drop. 26 now. dew points way down into 6
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it's chilly out there tonight. >> yes. we saw the wind whipping around pat warren's head. >> that's right. >> you saw pat, she's dressed for the weather. if you're going to be out any length of time, please. people say, i want to wear a hat. that's where about 60% of the heat from your body leaves through your head. so a hat is really good idea. 43 degrees. that was at midnight. yesterday's high was 54 degrees. it's down to 26. so far, average high is 47. average low is 28. and the records, 1889. 69. the record low, 7 in 1962. 26 here, guyou think it's cold. 21, hagerstown. 9 degrees of snow. the winds, anywhere from 15 to 20, 22 miles an hour.
23 to pax river with higher gusts. and with the temperature and the wind, here's the way it feels. feels like 13 degrees out there. so that's what you should dress for heading out. 6, the way it feels in hagerstown. and 9 below zero is the wind chill currently in oakland. down to our south in the midteens. a little warmer. 20 in ocean city is the way it feels. the big rain storm that gave us over an inch of rain. still causing heavy rain in maine, which is a little unusual. and even in boston, they're getting rain. winds are coming off the ocean. it's warm. on the other side of the storm, the winds are out of the north. that's where they had all of this in minnesota, wis wiss and the great lakes. the storm passed west of our region. but south that was area. up to 24 inches of snow it was the fifth biggest storm in minneapolis, by the way. for our region. this area over portions of idaho may get close enough to our region on thursday to give us a little bit of snow.
maybe a rain-snow mixture across portions of the region. right now, looks like it may head a little further south. and right now, just more of the cold and windy conditions. and wind chills once again, tonight into tomorrow will be in the teens. tonight, generally upper to lower teens. windy and cold side tonight through probably wednesday. west winds on the bay. and a gale warning through tomorrow night. bay temp. maybe a massing flurry. low around 20. otherwise, cloudy to partly cloudy. you could still see a few scattered flurries. it's possible one or two might produce a light dusting east of the mountains. 8 or 10 inches. that's all lake-effect snow. >> i am glad i live far away from that lake. stranded by the snow.
it's 6:29. 26 degrees and partly cloudy. in central maryland. good evening. thank you for staying with wjz. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. the midwest is getting hit hard by the winter weather. manuel gallegus reports for wjz. people are looking to dig out, now facing new challenges. feels like minus 24 degrees for people digging out in minneapolis. the arctic blast comes on the heels of a monster storm that dumped almost two feet of snow in -- snow in parts of minnesota and wisconsin. all of this snow driven by 50- mile-per-hour winds, made driving treacherous, forcing hundreds of vehicles off the road. in northwest indiana, police are searching for motorists
trapped in their cars. at least six weather-related deaths are reported across the country. >> airports are trying to get back on track after a weekend of misery. minneapolis closed its airport for the first time in 20 years. and in chicago's o'hair, more flights were canceled. >> i might not get here until tuesday. >> record rainfall sent this house sliding down a hill. three people had to be rescued, including a 94-year-old woman. >> she was hysterical. not quite sure what was going on football fans won't care. they'll be watching tonight's game between the new york giants and the minnesota vikings, indoors, in detroit. the giants headed to michigan after their flight was diverted to kansas city. sunday's game was postponed and moved to detroit after the metro dome roof in minneapolis caved in from the weight of snow. it was the fifth biggest snowfall in the twin cities'
history. manuel gallegus, wjz eyewitness news. here's good news. tickets to the game in detroit are free. too bad i have to work tonight. but the nfl stopped giving them away after so many people showed up to claim them. feels cold enough to snow here in baltimore. meteorologist bernadette woods has more. not much moisture left over from that storm. we're going to show you first warning doppler radar. because large lake-effect event has kicked in. you can see all downwind from the lakes. all of that snow coming off. and it is a strong enough event that we are occasionally getting flurries down to the city. another thing going on with this pattern right now, look at all of that cold air we are below zero in the bright colors in minnesota. it was minus 33 in minnesota. and temperatures going all the way to south florida, miami might hit freezing. so there's news for you, too.
we'll have more on this coming up shortly. when wintry weather hits, wjz 13 is always on. and you can get the updated forecast, live doppler radar, and any closings and delays, should they occur, on our website, wjz.com. the president's tax cut legislation faces its first crucial vote today. >> the plan passed a tough vote in the senate. but it will face its biggest hurdle, of course, in the house. that's where many democrats have many issues with it. they say it benefits the wealthy too much. while house democratic leaders say they will push for changes. the president feels this is the best solution for all americans. i understand those concerns. i share some of them. but that's the nature of compromise. sacrificing something all of us want to move forward.
>> the state tax would allow up to $10 million to pass to heirs without being taxed. if it does not pass by january 1st, all americans will see an increase there their taxes. >> two national poles -- polls released show the majority of americans support the tax plan as it stands. charlie d'agata reports, the young children and their teacher were held hostage for several hours. >> reporter: french s.w.a.t. teams grabbed shields to take down a teenager who used swords to take young children hostage. the school siege began when the 17-year-old burst into a preschool in eastern france, just after it opened. he initially took a teacher and about 20 young children hostage. they were 3 to 6 years old. the suspect released most of them over the course of the morning. parents say the teacher tried to keep the kids calm. this mother says the teacher told the children to run outside, saying it was a game.
but the teen intruder kept hold of five children and the teacher for hours. police say he suffered from depression. and family members said he topped taking medication. >> the drama ended after he overpowderred a teacher. the captive said the teen was gentle with the children, even letting them use the bathroom. charlie d'agata, wjz eyewitness news. >> now, trance's education minister says counsel will be made available to children and their families. time now for a quick look at some of the stories you'll find in the baltimore sun. what was discovered in an audit of the state department of health and mental hygiene. a johns hopkins study on the financial effects of the
baltimore city. and plans for the temporary slots facility at arundel mills. for these stories and more, read the baltimore sun. and remember to look for the updated forecast from wjz's first warning weather team. seems the ravens are trying to rebound after a tough loss to the steelers. tonight, they get to take out their frustration on the houston texans on monday night football. ron matz reports, ravens fans expect the team to get back on track. and he gets knocked down. >> reporter: the bitter loss to the steelers, last sunday night, is still being felt, all around town. it was a gut-wrenching loss we took. and now we're back. >> reporter: ravens fans expect their team to rebound in houston. >> i think we won't have problems tonight. >> our defense is better than their defense. so i think that will win the
game. ooze it's a must-win game with the 8-4 ravens with just four games left in the regular season. and the push for the play-offs is turning serious. we gotta win. we've got to win. no question about it. we've got to win. >> tonight's game here on wjz is the ravens' fourth primetime appearance this season. >> what does that do for baltimore? >> ron matz, wjz eyewitness news. >> keep it here on wjz special pregame coverage continues tonight. a breakfast surprise. important news for parents who are trying to keep their kids away from sugary cereals. mona lisa mystery. secret in her eyes. it could reveal important clues about the masterpiece. how long will these arctic temps stick around? i'll have the exclus ive first warning five-day forecast.
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baltimore city police have a few tool to fight crime. but it's probably not what you're thinking of. as mary bubala reports, it's better fitness for baltimore's finest. keeping physically fit is an essential component of policing. the police chief and mayor unveiled the new weinberg gym. >> we were able to put together used equipment. and now they have state of the art equipment in a beautiful facility. >> reporter: several hundred police officers and fire cadets will train in the new gym. they'll focus on physical fitness, specialized martial arts training. all to prepare them for threats they face every day. >> the building can't be just about lifting weights or getting on the treadmill. they have to be inculcated with
this -- with this incredible service. and i think it starts them right at the beginning of their career to say, i'm not alone in this. >> reporter: mary bubala, wjz eyewitness news. along with the donation several local businesses, including home depot donated. president obama signed the $4.5 billion today in a washington, d.c. elementary school. it will expand free school meals and give the government the power to make the meals healthier. it also gives the government more power to decide what kinds of foods can be sold in vending machines at a fundraiser during school hours. good news for parents who want to keep their kids away from sugary cereals. it showed kids preferred low
luckily, we're only dealing with the cold weather. bob turk and meteorologist -- chilly meteorologist bernadette woods in the outback, here to show us how cold it's going to get tonight. well, it's going down to about 20 degrees overnight. in some cases, in the teens. and that's even with the gusty winds. so it will feel colder than that. as we head through the day tomorrow, we're not going up by much. close to 30 degrees for our high. wind chill in the teens. and tomorrow night, we drop once again. now, there is a chance for some snow showers also, as weed weed this through the day. now, for the rest of the five- day, we send it back inside to the warm inside, bob. . already some of the warming
stations near 20 already. so they'll probably be down to 15 to 20 out there winds slowly quieting down. warming up a little bit. 38, as it clears out. and partly cloudy sky. 40 degrees by saturday. denise? >> thank you, bob. the first contestants. >> together, they weigh 724 pounds. >> this is life or death. it's that simple. we're here to change our lives. >> reporter: ularamy is just 26 years old. she weighs 301 pounds. right now, that's good news. >> my aha moment was earlier this year when i got on the scale for the first time in a
very long time. and i thought i weighed at 330 pounds. >> jaquin, her husband, tips the scales at 411 pounds. they are one of the couples to compete to the couple's biggest losers. anna weighs 255 pounds. she worries about daughter irene at 26. >> courtney begins her journey at 323 pounds. her sister hannah, 248 pounds. >> i want to go on a date. let's face it. i'm 31 years old. i'm tired of being single. also tonight, a nique speak. plus, gweneth paltrow on her country movie, strong. we'll have that and more coming up on entertainment tonight. >> and that is here at 11:30, on wjz 13. still ahead on eyewitness
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too bad that they're not playing here. those texansed not be ready for this cold. >> regardless, the ravens should win tonight. but as we've seen many times, it's easier said than done. they do things big in texas. that includes super sized pass catchers. houston's andre johnson towers in both stature and talent. he's about half a foot taller and 30 pounds heavier than the ravens' defensive backs who will be trying to stop him. has him among the league leaders. ravens' defense has played well lately. and i asked josh wilson. and remember, he is 5'9" 190. one of the best athletes in the nfl and you're going to
have to bring in your a game every play. take it deep. catch the ball. break it. he has the speed, the height, you know, the strength. he has the total package. if you built a receiver, you're going to build him. and you know, it's a challenge that you gotta step up. and these are the games that you find out, you know, where you're@as a player. and it's put up or shut up time. >> more of my conversation with josh wilson when we kick off pregame coverage of the ravens game at wjz at 8:00. a sore right shoulder keeps brett favre from playing tonight. and that ends the longest streak in history. 297 straight record games. the streak that favre started in 1992. the vikings play the new york
giants in detroit. here are fans who claimed all of the free tickets to that game in less than two hours this morning. game was moved to detroit. it caused the game to be moved to a neutral site. sal alossy intentionally tripped him. alossy apologized after the game today. he held an emotional press conference, during which he offered an apology for what he calls inexcusable action. baseball news, the orioles' off season makeover now officially includes pitcher koji ueharra. a one-year deal will now go. the past year, serving as the
closer for 15 games. earning saves in 13 of those opportunities. he is the first-ever player from the japanese pro league. his one-year deal for next season will pay $3 million with an option for 2012. in washington, d.c. today, the lakers visited with president barack obama. the president joined them away from the white house, at a local school, where the lakers held a clinic for kids. the team was honored by the president for their second straight title. now, he's a chicago bulls fan. >> none of ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
an italian art researcher said leonardo da vinci painted tiny letters behind the eye on the mona lisa. they said the letters are invisible to the naked eye. but searchers say the woman in the painting may be from milan. >> that's it for us tonight. i'm denise koch. >> thanks for watching wjz, maryland's news station. we now take you to new york and