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Published: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 @ 6:20 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 @ 6:20 PM
TUNICA COUNTY, Miss. — Young students are mourning after the loss of a kindergarten teacher at a North Mississippi school.
Sheronda Johnson, 32, collapsed in front of her class at Robinsonville Elementary. She was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in DeSoto, where she died.
The school brought in grief counselors to help students cope with the incident.
Family members said when Johnson collapsed in front of her kindergarten class, the principal responded and performed CPR until EMTs arrived.
“I pray that they will have people there that will help the kids and tell them that God is in control of everything that has happened,” Linda Smith, Johnson's aunt, said.
Smith said Johnson had worked at the school for two years.
“I believe she wanted to be a teacher because she loved children,” Smith said. “She used to work at the daycare because she loved kids.”
Johnson’s body has been sent to Jackson for an autopsy. Family members said she had no prior history of medical issues.
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Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:52 AM
— Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles that could prevent drivers from turning off the cruise control function.
The cruise control could become dangerous when an affected car accelerates under cruise control, like when trying to climb up a hill, Fiat Chrysler officials told CNN. This could cause the car to become locked in cruise control, and the driver might not be able to tap the breaks or hit the designated switch to turn it off.
One incident related to this issue has been reported to Fiat Chrysler, but there have been no reported injuries.
Affected car owners are told to stop using the cruise control function immediately until the vehicle can be repaired, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated in a press release.
Consumer Advisory: Owners of Certain Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Should Stop Using Cruise Control https://t.co/dXeNjuJ5j4— NHTSA (@NHTSAgov) May 25, 2018
If this issue happens while driving, the NHTSA said drivers might be able to stop the vehicle by pushing the break pedal and placing the vehicle in park once it is stopped. Drivers could also shift the transmission to neutral or forcefully apply the manual break and place the car in park once it has stopped.
Fiat Chrysler officials are asking owners of the recalled vehicles to bring them to a dealership for a software update.
The models covered under the recall include:
• 2015-17 Chrysler 200 sedan
• 2014-18 Chrysler 300 sedan
• 2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan
• 2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV
• 2014-18 Dodge Journey crossover
• 2014-18 Jeep Cherokee SUV
• 2014-18 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV
• 2014-18 Ram 2500 pickup
• 2014-18 Ram 3500 cab chassis
• 2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup
• 2014-18 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis
• 2014-19 Ram 1500 pickup
• 2015-18 Dodge Challenger coupe
• 2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica minivan
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:57 AM
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. — A 22-year-old man whose strategy is to only play odd-numbered scratch off tickets, won $2 million from the Michigan Lottery’s Diamond Dazzler game.
The player, who wanted to remain anonymous, took the lump-sum payout of $1.3 million Wednesday, according to lottery officials.
“Winning this much money at my age gives me endless opportunities if I’m smart about how I spend it, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” he said.
The win came from the player’s odd strategy.
He walked into the Busatti Party Store and asked the clerk what number the ticket was on his favorite game, the Diamond Dazzler.
“Twenty-one,” she replied.
He had to have it. He scratched the $20 ticket off in the store and saw it was a winner. He looked at the clerk then at his friend who was with him before running out to his car.
He plans to buy a new vehicle and invest the rest.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 2:11 AM
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia rape victim was awarded a $1 billion settlement verdict Tuesday by a Clayton County jury in a civil lawsuit, according to court documents.
Hope Cheston, who is now 20 years old, sued a security company whose employee, Brandon Lamar Zachary, was convicted of rape and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The rape occurred in October 2012 when Cheston was 14.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s policy is to not name rape victims, but Cheston has chosen to speak out after the verdict.
“Sexual assault is sexual assault,” Cheston said at a news conference Wednesday. “It’s not right, and it needs to be punished.”
She said the verdict was a pleasant surprise that validates her struggles and emotional pain.
“For the longest (time), I thought it would be pushed under the rug and no longer mattered ... but come to find out 12 strangers feel like what I went through and my story and how I feel six years later is worth a billion dollars,” Cheston said.
She originally filed the civil suit against the apartment complex, HACC Pointe South Inc., the property management company, Hammond Residential Group, Inc., and the security company, Crime Prevention Agency Inc.
HACC Pointe South Inc. and Hammond Residential Group Inc. were eventually dismissed from the suit.
The State Court of Clayton County ruled in Cheston’s favor against the security company, handing her the huge settlement, according to a statement from her attorney.
“This is a huge victory for women,” Cheston’s attorney, Chris Stewart, said at the news conference.
Stewart said Crime Prevention Agency Inc. has since changed its name to International Security Agency Inc., which he said has prompted a subsequent lawsuit.
“You can’t change names or try to hide from your responsibility,” Stewart said.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:22 AM
FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. — The family of a Floyd County high school senior is planning his funeral just days before they were planning to see him graduate.
His family told Channel 2's Matt Johnson they're overwhelmed by the support they've received.
Blue ribbons are everywhere near Model High School, even on the school itself, to honor Caleb Keller, 18.
"He was a very special kid," said his mother, April Helton. "He said, 'I'm going to make it, I'm going to walk across that stage,' and we are all just so excited."
But four days before graduation, the high school senior died in a two-car crash on the way to take his finals.
Floyd County authorities said Keller crashed his car into another truck at Mango Road and Wayside Road at around 10:30 a.m.
He died Tuesday morning.
His family said he was on his way to school to take his finals, but the road was wet.
"The road right there is a gravel road, and it had washed, and he just lost control," said his father, Clint Helton.
His family said the community has placed hundreds of blue ribbons for Keller all across the county, including some at his high school.
They are thankful and hopeful that Caleb's friends can still enjoy the graduation ceremony.
"We want this to be bright and happy for them because that's what Caleb would want," April said.
His parents want everyone to know through their pain and their heartbreak, they feel incredibly proud of their beloved son.
"Even though Caleb's not going to be there to walk with them, he's just as much a part, and he's there," April said.