A lovers’ quarrel took a sinister turn that took the lives of three people in a fire in Michigan. A woman is accused of arson that killed two children and their grandmother in Lansing.
Just minutes before the deadly blaze, the suspect allegedly sent a chilling text message to her boyfriend: “I’m outside your mom’s house. I hope your mom likes being burned alive.”
Jealous girlfriend’s wrath
The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Abbieanna Williams, who was accused of setting a house ablaze in September 3. The house fire killed three people, including two young children. The fire in Michigan claimed the lives of Melissa Westen and her two grandchildren, 8-year-old Aston Griffin and 4-year-old Jesse Kline IV, according to Crime Online.
During her interrogation with the police, Williams denied having any involvement with the incident. However, witnesses’ account and evidence contradicted her alibi. One of William’s friends spoke up and claimed that the suspect asked her to drop her off in Elizabeth St.
Photo: Lansing Police Department
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In an affidavit, the friend recalled the moments prior to the fire in Michigan. During their car ride, the friend allegedly heard Williams calling her boyfriend, who is also the son of the victim. The jealous girlfriend was mad and accused her boyfriend of cheating on her.
During their phone call, Williams allegedly said, “I hope your mama likes burning alive.”
Surveillance camera caught suspect on the scene
Several neighbors also testified that they saw a black woman roaming near the house several minutes before the fire started. She even borrowed a lighter from one of the neighbors then disappeared from sight.
A surveillance footage showed Williams walking back and forth in the neighborhood around 11:25 p.m. and 11:38 p.m.
According to Lansing State Journal, firefighters were called at 1450 Elizabeth St. around midnight of September 3. By the time they arrived, it was already too late. The homeowner and her two grandchildren were already trapped in the house and no efforts could get them out of the blazing home.
Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green expressed condolences to the family of the victims. He also said that they are working on the case to bring the suspect to justice.
“This arson was a despicable act of violence and my heart goes out to the victims and their family. I’m comforted in knowing that LPD and LFD intentionally investigated this dynamic crime and that our public safety collaboration was able to quickly bring a very dangerous alleged suspect into custody,” said Green in a statement.
On the other hand, Williams is expected to appear in court this week, according to Fox 59.
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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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