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Group condemns ‘soldier Santa’ holding ‘God bless America’ sign at Army base

A blow-up Santa Claus on an Army base is deflating holiday cheer for promoting Christianity, an activist group complains.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) founder and president, Mikey Weinstein, condemns the display in the commissary at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Va.

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“I can’t make this sh-t up,” Weinstein told Crooks and Liars this week, pointing out the Santa is wearing a military uniform that says “Christmas Force,” is next to a sign that says “God bless America,” and one thing he says you can’t see in the photo.

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The Military Religious Freedom Foundation complained about this display on a military base for promoting Christianity. (Military Religious Freedom Foundation)

“Almost all the complainants—like the lead one that came to us on this— have been through mandatory situations where they’ve been forced to engage in blessing for Jesus Christ,” he added. “It’s always one faith, always it’s Christianity.”

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First Liberty Institute lawyer and director of military affairs, Mike Berry, told Fox News Weinstein’s complaint is just a bunch of hot air.

“It appears Mikey Weinstein thinks an inflatable Santa Clause is an actual military officer who speaks for the government,” Berry said. “Even if that were true, service members are permitted to say ‘God Bless America,’ just as the Commander-in-Chief does on a routine basis.”

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MRFF claims an Army officer, who served in Afghanistan, sent them an email complaining about the display.

“This image of Santa in a military uniform with the words ‘God Bless America’ imply that the military is a Christian religious organization, which is false and degrading to all soldiers,” the officer wrote. “Although I was raised a Christian, was baptized, and underwent confirmation at a Methodist church, I was disgusted to see this nonsecular image at the commissary.”

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Virginia firefighter killed in Thanksgiving shooting shielded son in ‘last act of love’

A Virginia firefighter mistakenly killed on Thanksgiving while shielding her 5-year-old son from a spray of bullets has been praised for her “last act of love.”

Richmond Fire Department Lt. Ashley Nicole Berry, 33, was at the wrong place at the wrong time when a stray bullet struck her as she left the home of her boyfriend’s family, Hopewell Police Chief Kamran Afzal told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He said the apartment next door was the shooter’s intended target.

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Police responded at 11:39 p.m. and said they found Berry suffering from serious injuries. She was rushed to a hospital where she later died.

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Lt. Berry was not the shooter’s intended target, police said. (Richmond Professional Firefighters Association)

Police and family members have remembered Berry’s heroic final act in the days since her death.

“We believe she was shielding her child,” Afzal told the paper. “That’s what I’d expect from [a first responder]. Firefighters and police officers give up their lives for other people and don’t even think twice about it.”

Berry’s father, Waverly Berry, recalled telling his grandson how important his mother’s sacrifice was.

“[I told him] ‘Your mother’s last act of love, for you, was to push you down,” he told WTVR-TV. “[She pushed you down] for a reason. The good thing is that God put his covering over you, so that we could still have you.”

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Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, her cousin George Berry III said it was Ashley’s “motherly instinct” that let her protect her son from a “hail of gunfire.”

“She was a beloved mother of three and will forever be her children’s hero,” he said.

No arrests have been made in the case. It was unclear what relationship the shooter had with the residents of the neighboring apartment.

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Police said their only lead so far was a silver or gold SUV that was spotted speeding away from the area at the time of the shooting.

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Virginia man arrested on Black Friday after being found naked in Kohl’s parking lot, police say

A Virginia man was arrested Friday after police say he was found sitting naked in a car in a North Carolina Kohl’s parking lot on America’s busiest shopping day of the year.

Tylik Shawdu Little, 28, was spotted after a patrolling officer smelled marijuana coming from a row of vehicles, the Knightdale Police Department said in a news release.

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The officer ordered Little to put clothes on and exit the vehicle, but he instead tried to escape by driving behind and between nearby buildings, according to authorities. He was stopped a short distance away and taken into custody, wearing pants and a shirt.

“This sort of public behavior on the busiest shopping day of the year is particularly appalling,” said Police Chief Lawrence Capps. “We are glad no citizens were adversely impacted and pleased that our emphasis on proactive patrols paid off in this instance.”

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Little’s presence in the parking lot didn’t disrupt any Black Friday shoppers, police said. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File / Wake County Sheriff’s Office (inset))

Despite the area being packed with Black Friday shoppers, authorities said they believed that only the officer saw Little’s lewd behavior. No passersby or store patrons had reported Little, whose motives weren’t immediately known, police said.

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Little was charged with indecent exposure, resisting arrest, marijuana possession. He was also served an outstanding warrant for assault on a female. He was being held at the Wake County Detention Center.

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Georgia man gets 7 years in prison for swindling women on Match.com, Craigslist

Money can’t buy you love, but a Georgia man who used Match.com to meet the supposed woman of his dreams showed his love’s money could buy an $80,000 BMW — a car the 34-year-old used to skip town and leave his lady high and dry, until the law caught up with him.

The so-called “Sweethart Swindler” known as John Martin Hill, 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of theft by taking and one count of perjury, Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Dan Mayfield said. He was sentenced to seven years behind bars and another 13 on probation.

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Hill convinced the woman — a widow with three children — that he was a millionaire and in love with her. They decided to wed within a week of meeting on the dating site, and Hill told her the $80,000 he took from her would go toward their dream home, as well as some furniture.

Cpl. Michele Pihera told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that once the woman gave Hill the money, she never heard from him again. The woman also didn’t know that Hill was reportedly already living in an apartment nearby with another woman and child and had only $6 to his name.

After Hill’s arrest, other women came forward and said they, too, had been duped by the local Lothario.

According to the AJC, Hill had arrest warrants out in at least four separate states under various names. Authorities said his go-to move in the past has been to post bail and disappear. Investigators said they did not know the total number of woman Hill had fleeced but confirmed he’s changed his name five times in the past few years.

The Gwinnett County Police Department says Hill had gone by the name of: Gregory Dutton, George Hill, Maverick McCray, Gregory Davis and Gregory Hill. He was wanted in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.

In 2011, Hill was arrested by the West Long Branch police department in New Jersey on “several outstanding warrants and charged him with three counts of theft by deception,” according to the Long Branch-Eatontown Patch.

Hill was accused of taking money from young women after claiming to be an executive and advertising a job on Craigslist.

“Hill made claims of being a CEO and owner of a company that specialized in obtaining scholarships for high school athletes,” Capt. Larry Mihlon told Patch.

He would make contact with women looking for a job, set up an interview with them and then ask for cash upfront after taking their information.

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Some of the company names used by Hill were College Bound Recruits and Athlon Sports.

In 2014, a Facebook page titled “Stop Gregory Hill” was created, detailing more accusations against the man.

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Ex-CIA officer gets 19 years for conspiring to spy for China

A former CIA case agent was sentenced to 19 years in prison Friday for espionage conspiracy after prosecutors say he received hundreds of thousands of dollars from China to divulge names of human sources and spycraft intelligence.

Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 55, pleaded guilty to conspiring with China to commit espionage in May, but prosecutors and defense lawyers disagreed about whether Lee succeeded in carrying out any actual espionage. Prosecutors had sought a prison term of more than 20 years, while the defense had asked for a 10-year sentence.

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Jerry Chun Shing Lee. (Alexandria Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

Lee left the CIA in 2007 and moved to Hong Kong. Beginning in 2010, prosecutors said, Chinese intelligence officers gave Lee more than $840,000 over a three-year period. In exchange, they claim, Lee likely gave them all the information he had from his 13-year career as a CIA case officer.

Lee is the third American convicted of committing espionage for the Chinese government in just over a year.

Prosecutors acknowledged they had no direct evidence proving what was transmitted, nor proof that the $840,000 in cash that Lee deposited into his bank account was from Chinese intelligence.

But prosecutors said Lee was never able to come up with a good explanation as to where the money came from. He ran a tobacco business in Hong Kong but it was essentially a failure, according to prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis said Friday he agreed with the government’s conclusion that at least some of the money deposited into Lee’s bank account came from Chinese intelligence. In turn, he said Lee must have divulged at least some classified information.

In 2010, Lee created a computer document which described certain locations where the CIA would assign officers with certain experience, as well as a location and timeframe of a sensitive CIA operation. Lee transferred the document to a thumb drive, according to a Justice Department release.

In 2012, the FBI searched his hotel room in Honolulu and found the thumb drive in Lee’s luggage. They found the document in the deleted section of his thumb drive.

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The FBI also found a day planner and address book containing intelligence provided by CIA assets, true names of assets and meeting locations and phone numbers, as well as information about covert facilities.

Lee initially denied knowing anything about the document when questioned by authorities. Eventually, he admitted to creating the document at the behest of Chinese intelligence officers and added that he thought about handing it over to them but never did.

In a January 2018 interview with the FBI, Lee denied keeping work-related notes at home and denied keeping notes with any classified information.

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“As I stated at the time of the defendant’s admission of guilt, those Americans entrusted with our government’s most closely held secrets have a tremendous responsibility to safeguard that information,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Instead of embracing that responsibility and honoring his commitment to not disclose national defense information, Lee sold out his country, conspired to become a spy for a foreign government, and then repeatedly lied to investigators about his conduct. This prosecution and sentence should serve as a clear warning to others who are contemplating selling out to the highest bidder and capitalizing on their position of trust. My thanks to the prosecutors, agents and our intelligence community partners for their terrific work on this important case.”

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In May of this year, ex-CIA officer Kevin Mallory was sentenced to 20 years in prison for disclosing secrets to China for just $25,000. Prosecutors pointed out the money Lee received far outweighed that of Mallory and showed his activities were even more severe. Defense lawyers responded that nothing disclosed by Lee was above the “Secret” classification level, while some of what Mallory disclosed was classified as Top Secret.

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Ex-CIA officer gets 19 years for conspiring to spy for China

A former CIA case agent was sentenced to 19 years in prison Friday for espionage conspiracy after prosecutors say he received hundreds of thousands of dollars from China to divulge names of human sources and spycraft intelligence.

Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 55, pleaded guilty to conspiring with China to commit espionage in May, but prosecutors and defense lawyers disagreed about whether Lee succeeded in carrying out any actual espionage. Prosecutors had sought a prison term of more than 20 years, while the defense had asked for a 10-year sentence.

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Jerry Chun Shing Lee. (Alexandria Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

Lee left the CIA in 2007 and moved to Hong Kong. Beginning in 2010, prosecutors said, Chinese intelligence officers gave Lee more than $840,000 over a three-year period. In exchange, they claim, Lee likely gave them all the information he had from his 13-year career as a CIA case officer.

Lee is the third American convicted of committing espionage for the Chinese government in just over a year.

Prosecutors acknowledged they had no direct evidence proving what was transmitted, nor proof that the $840,000 in cash that Lee deposited into his bank account was from Chinese intelligence.

But prosecutors said Lee was never able to come up with a good explanation as to where the money came from. He ran a tobacco business in Hong Kong but it was essentially a failure, according to prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis said Friday he agreed with the government’s conclusion that at least some of the money deposited into Lee’s bank account came from Chinese intelligence. In turn, he said Lee must have divulged at least some classified information.

In 2010, Lee created a computer document which described certain locations where the CIA would assign officers with certain experience, as well as a location and timeframe of a sensitive CIA operation. Lee transferred the document to a thumb drive, according to a Justice Department release.

In 2012, the FBI searched his hotel room in Honolulu and found the thumb drive in Lee’s luggage. They found the document in the deleted section of his thumb drive.

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The FBI also found a day planner and address book containing intelligence provided by CIA assets, true names of assets and meeting locations and phone numbers, as well as information about covert facilities.

Lee initially denied knowing anything about the document when questioned by authorities. Eventually, he admitted to creating the document at the behest of Chinese intelligence officers and added that he thought about handing it over to them but never did.

In a January 2018 interview with the FBI, Lee denied keeping work-related notes at home and denied keeping notes with any classified information.

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“As I stated at the time of the defendant’s admission of guilt, those Americans entrusted with our government’s most closely held secrets have a tremendous responsibility to safeguard that information,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Instead of embracing that responsibility and honoring his commitment to not disclose national defense information, Lee sold out his country, conspired to become a spy for a foreign government, and then repeatedly lied to investigators about his conduct. This prosecution and sentence should serve as a clear warning to others who are contemplating selling out to the highest bidder and capitalizing on their position of trust. My thanks to the prosecutors, agents and our intelligence community partners for their terrific work on this important case.”

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In May of this year, ex-CIA officer Kevin Mallory was sentenced to 20 years in prison for disclosing secrets to China for just $25,000. Prosecutors pointed out the money Lee received far outweighed that of Mallory and showed his activities were even more severe. Defense lawyers responded that nothing disclosed by Lee was above the “Secret” classification level, while some of what Mallory disclosed was classified as Top Secret.

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Virginia fishing pier collapses after loose barge strikes it

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That’s probably going to scare away the fish.

A loose barge struck a fishing pier in Virginia, causing a portion of it to collapse.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported from the incident.

People on the fishing pier were forced to evacuate, however, as the barge got closer, WAVY reported. Officials closed the beach to both foot and vehicular traffic.

Initial reports of a loose barge started at around 5:40 a.m. this morning, but it apparently did not strike the pier until closer to 9 a.m.

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The Hampton Virginia Police tweeted out multiple updates about the incident.

They initially posted, “Buckroe Fishing Pier is closed until further notice due to a loose barge that has struck the pier. Unknown extent of damage at this time. Hampton Fire, HPD, VMRC and US Coast Guard are on scene. Please avoid the area.”

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They quickly posted a photo of the collapsed pier, stating, “Buckroe Fishing Pier has collapsed from damage sustained from the drifting vessel. The beach and pier remain closed while VMRC, US Coast Guard, Hampton Fire and HPD work to secure the barge.”

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Within an hour, they posted another update, saying, “A portion of the Buckroe Fishing Pier has collapsed. Crews are on-scene attempting to secure the loose barge. The beach is closed from Resort to Seaboard to all traffic, both vehicular and foot.”

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Former elementary school assistant sentenced to over 12 years in prison for sex abuse crimes

A Virginia man who worked as a substitute teacher and teacher’s assistant at a local elementary school in Fairfax County was sentenced to 150 months in prison and 20 years of supervised release on Friday for the attempted coercion and enticement of a minor and distribution of child pornography, according to a release by the Justice Department.

Monis Irfan, 21, pleaded guilty on July 19 after an undercover police sting found that he communicated online with a Fairfax County police detective posing as the father of a 7-year-old child, who wasn’t real.

“Irfan repeatedly told the detective that he was sexually interested in and active with children, and discussed his desire to perform graphic sexual acts on the detective’s fictitious child,” the release said.

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Monis Irfan, 21, pleaded guilty on July 19 after an undercover police sting found that he communicated online with a Fairfax County police detective posing as the father of a 7-year-old child, who wasn’t real. (Fairfax County Police Department)

“After several days of sending sexually explicit messages and images, Irfan drove to a predetermined location to meet the undercover detective and engage in sexual acts with the child.”

He was arrested after meeting face to face with the detective.

The investigation found that Irfan also received and distributed child pornography that depicted the sexual abuse of an infant over encrypted messaging apps on his phone.

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The release stated that he also recorded a video of himself engaging in sexually explicit acts with a 5-year-old.

The case was investigated by the FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force and the Fairfax County Police Department. It was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative launched in 2006 that helps combat child sexual exploitation and abuse across the U.S.

Irfan worked as an instructional assistant and substitute teacher at Bush Hill Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia, who suspended him in Feb. after his crimes went public.

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“Irfan was an elementary school employee who was entrusted with teaching and protecting our community’s children,” said Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to the Fairfax Times. “But he was also a wolf in sheep’s clothing looking to prey on the most vulnerable members of our society, and he undertook a horrific hunt for opportunities to sexually abuse children. Our office is committed to working closely with state, local and federal authorities to ferret out such sexual predators, and we commend our investigative partners for their work in this case.”

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Former elementary school assistant sentenced to over 12 years in prison for sex abuse crimes

A Virginia man who worked as a substitute teacher and teacher’s assistant at a local elementary school in Fairfax County was sentenced to 150 months in prison and 20 years of supervised release on Friday for the attempted coercion and enticement of a minor and distribution of child pornography, according to a release by the Justice Department.

Monis Irfan, 21, pleaded guilty on July 19 after an undercover police sting found that he communicated online with a Fairfax County police detective posing as the father of a 7-year-old child, who wasn’t real.

“Irfan repeatedly told the detective that he was sexually interested in and active with children, and discussed his desire to perform graphic sexual acts on the detective’s fictitious child,” the release said.

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Monis Irfan, 21, pleaded guilty on July 19 after an undercover police sting found that he communicated online with a Fairfax County police detective posing as the father of a 7-year-old child, who wasn’t real. (Fairfax County Police Department)

“After several days of sending sexually explicit messages and images, Irfan drove to a predetermined location to meet the undercover detective and engage in sexual acts with the child.”

He was arrested after meeting face to face with the detective.

The investigation found that Irfan also received and distributed child pornography that depicted the sexual abuse of an infant over encrypted messaging apps on his phone.

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The release stated that he also recorded a video of himself engaging in sexually explicit acts with a 5-year-old.

The case was investigated by the FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force and the Fairfax County Police Department. It was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative launched in 2006 that helps combat child sexual exploitation and abuse across the U.S.

Irfan worked as an instructional assistant and substitute teacher at Bush Hill Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia, who suspended him in Feb. after his crimes went public.

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“Irfan was an elementary school employee who was entrusted with teaching and protecting our community’s children,” said Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to the Fairfax Times. “But he was also a wolf in sheep’s clothing looking to prey on the most vulnerable members of our society, and he undertook a horrific hunt for opportunities to sexually abuse children. Our office is committed to working closely with state, local and federal authorities to ferret out such sexual predators, and we commend our investigative partners for their work in this case.”

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Virginia crash involving charter bus, tractor-trailer that injured dozens blamed on fog, icy conditions

Heavy fog and icy road conditions are being blamed for a crash involving a tractor-trailer and charter bus on an interstate in Virginia early Sunday that sent dozens to area hospitals, according to officials.

The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. near mile marker 100 on Interstate 64, located about 25 miles west of Charlottesville. The Crozet Volunteer Fire Department said on Facebook the multiple vehicle accident involved a tractor-trailer, charter bus and several others.

“There were multiple victims transported to area hospitals,” fire officials said.

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Officials in August County said on Facebook that 27 people involved in the accident needed non-life threatening, medical attention and were transported to area hospitals after the crash.

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A truck was split in half after a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 in Virginia early Sunday. (Augusta County, Virginia)

A photo released by Virginia State Police shows the crash split the tractor-trailer in half, littering the roadway with debris. A Virginia State Police spokesperson told CBS19 the truck had overturned across the roadway when it was struck by the charter bus, which was unable to avoid it.

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Damage to tractor-trailer can be seen after a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 in Virginia on Sunday. (Virginia State Police)

After striking the truck, the charter bus involved in the crash ran off the side of the road, and came to a stop along the guardrail.

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Damage to a charter bus after a mutli-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 in Virginia on Sunday morning. (Augusta County, Virginia)

The front of the charter bus sustained serious damage in the crash in photos released by Virginia officials. The drivers of the bus and tractor-trailer were among 15 transported to UVA Medical Center, where one person is listed in critical condition, according to CBS19.

As a result of the crash between the bus and tractor-trailer, officials said there were seven other minor crashes in the area. Images from the scene showed one vehicle overturned in the median of the highway, and another with front-end damage.

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Several minor crashes were reported due to icy conditions on Interstate 64 in Virginia on Sunday. (Augusta County, Virginia)

The crash closed both directions of the highway for several hours, and state police warned drivers traveling over the Blue Ridge Mountains on Sunday to slow down when traveling through the area. Fog and icy conditions reportedly were to blame for the earlier accident.

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The National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington had issued a winter weather advisory until 11 a.m. on Sunday for areas around the Shenandoah Valley above 2,000 feet due to reports of freezing drizzle.

“Freezing drizzle looks to even be making it down to the valley floor for areas in the Winter Weather Advisory,” the agency said. “Use caution when driving this morning, especially around I-81 and I-64 in the valley.”

Shenandoah National Park said that parts of Skyline Drive had to be closed due to icy conditions.

“Winter weather advisory for motorists traveling across the Blue Ridge Mountains and at higher elevations near the mountains: Freezing drizzle and fog is being reported in those areas,” the Virginia Department of Transportation said. “Motorists should drive with extreme caution.”

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The NWS’ Weather Prediction Center said that moisture from a coastal storm off the coast of North Carolina is expected to transport northward into a region with a “much cooler air mass,” as seen in the Shenandoah Valley on Sunday, and bring the threat of freezing rain and drizzle into parts of the interior Northeast by Monday.

“We have this storm going down across parts of the mid-Atlantic coastline,” Fox News’ Chief Meteorologist Rick Reichmuth said on “Fox & Friends.” “This is a really strong coastal storm; it’s bringing really rough conditions across the ocean we’ll see some beach erosion from this.”

By Monday, Reichmuth said the storm will “very slowly’ pull off to the north.

“Throughout the day today, into tomorrow, and into tomorrow night as it does, we’re going to see some rain, we’re going to see some ice, and we’re going to see a little bit of snow from this that will total up,” he said.

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