Police are hunting for leads in the death of a North Carolina teen whose body was found in a Bojangles parking lot over the weekend.
Veronica Lee Baker, 17, was discovered dead inside a vehicle outside the fast food chain on Jones Sausage Road near Interstate 40 on Saturday evening, according to a Raleigh Police news release. She’d been shot to death, according to NBC affiliate WRAL-TV. Police, who have released little information in the case, are investigating her death as a homicide.
Authorities responded to an emergency call at 8:18 p.m. on Aug. 15 and later found the Raleigh teenager unresponsive in her vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
A witness, who had first notified authorities, told them the vehicle was running when Baker was found.
“There’s a car with the doors wide open and a girl that’s unresponsive,” the male caller told emergency dispatchers, according to audio of the 911 call obtained by Oxygen.com. “It doesn’t look like they’re breathing. … She’s not breathing. I tried to shake her and everything else and no response or nothing.”
A number of squad cars could be seen sealing off the parking lot with police tape on Saturday evening, according to local media. Police haven’t released a possible motive in the 17-year-old’s suspected slaying. No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.
The Raleigh Police Department declined to further comment on the case Monday.
Baker’s friends have since memorialized her on social media.
“One of my friends Veronica Baker is dead,” Lamont Whitaker wrote on Facebook. “She was a good worker and a better friend. I enjoyed every convo we had and she made me laugh. Love you Veronica. I’ll miss you forever.”
Others urged those who may have information related to Baker’s death to come forward.
“Catch her killer,” Lori Rhew also posted. “Someone knows something!! Do the right thing & make the anonymous call!!”
Investigators are also encouraging anyone with information related to Baker’s murder to contact Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or by submitting an anonymous tip online.
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California cops’ Memorial Day tribute busted by spelling police
Just throw in the “e” for effort.
A well-meaning salute to heroes by the San Jose Police Department was cited for bad spelling on Twitter, where the cops botched an operative word.
“Remembering and Honoring Our Heros,” reads a graphic celebrating Memorial Day.
Several commenters, all of whom should expect to get a ticket if pulled over for speeding in the Silicon Valley area, noted that a heros is a type of fish found in South America.
Only 10 people who’ve gotten Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine have had severe allergic reactions – and more than 4 million doses have been given out
The odds of having a severe allergic reaction after receiving Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine are looking incredibly slim.
On Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its first comprehensive trove of data detailing how many people have had confirmed allergic reactions after getting Moderna’s new shot.
Among more than 4 million doses of the vaccine that were administered nationwide from December 21 to January 10, just 10 people reported confirmed cases of anaphylaxis after vaccination, which is a severe allergic reaction requiring administration of epinephrine. That rate of anaphylaxis cases is 2.5 per million.
An additional 43 vaccine-takers had less severe nonanaphylactic allergic reactions, with symptoms including itching (especially in the mouth and throat), rashes, and “sensations of throat closure.”
There have been no reports of death so far, and patients have generally recovered well after these allergic reactions, though five of the 10 severe cases had to be admitted to intensive care first. ( Pfizer’s new COVID-19 vaccine , too, has been very rarely associated with severe allergic reactions .)
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10 women have had severe, allergic reactions to the Moderna vaccine
The first day of Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations in Broadbent Arena at the Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center on January 4, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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All of the confirmed cases of anaphylaxis after administration of Moderna’s shot so far were in women, which isn’t a huge surprise when you consider that most of the non-elderly people who’ve been vaccinated so far are healthcare workers, an industry which is 76% female in the US.
In addition, according to CDC data, more than 2.4 million woman have gotten Moderna’s shot, compared with 1.4 million men (an additional 125,000-plus people who got Moderna shots didn’t record a sex.)
Most of the anaphylactic reactions happened within just minutes of vaccination. Only one of the ten cases took longer than 30 minutes to present, post-vaccination:
For these reasons, the CDC is recommending that all vaccine sites have doses of epinephrine on hand, and that people who get vaccinated should wait 30 minutes at the vaccine site before heading off, just in case something happens.
“It’s important that anybody who has had anaphylaxis talk to their vaccinator about that, and make sure that if they choose to be vaccinated, they wait the 30 minutes,” Dr. Thomas Clark, who’s been tracking allergic reactions after vaccination at the CDC, told reporters earlier this month .
Nine of the 10 patients who had severe, allergic reactions after Moderna’s shot had a history of allergies, and the most common allergies among them were to drugs (six patients). Just one patient with a severe reaction after vaccination had a food allergy.
“You know, many, many people with histories of allergies were vaccinated uneventfully,” Dr. Clark added.
People who do have an allergic reaction after their first shot of Moderna or Pfizer’s vaccine should not get their second dose, the CDC says.
Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office: Woman charged with second-degree murder following shooting
PINEY FLATS, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has charged a woman with second-degree murder following a shooting investigation.
According to a release, Teresa Sherrill, 48, is charged for the death of John Sherrill, 71.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a 911 call Sunday just before 9:00 p.m. from 341 Warren Road in Piney Flats in “reference to a shooting.”
“The caller identified herself as Teresa Sherrill and stated that her boyfriend, John Sherrill, had attacked her,” the press release said. “Ms. Sherrill stated that she shot Mr. Sherrill.”
According to the press release, upon arrival, deputies discovered John Sherrill was dead.
The release stated the victim appeared to have both knife and gunshot wounds.
Sherill is being held in the Sullivan County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
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