Atlanta's WSB-TV has learned a reality television star was arrested Tuesday at her child's middle school in Cobb County, Georgia.
Jefferson is accused of shoving her child’s head into a locker, among other things, at Griffin Middle School.
According to Smyrna police, Jefferson was charged with felony aggravated assault, simple battery, first-degree child cruelty and disruption of public schools.
Johnson reports she posted $27,000 bond Wednesday morning and is out of jail.
Jefferson has had several other run-ins with the law. She was arrested in July after police said she refused orders from officers and hit a valet on the head.
The valet didn't press charges, but Jefferson was charged with "disorderly under the influence" and booked at Atlanta City Detention Center.
Jefferson was also accused of attacking an Atlanta mall employee in February.
This may surprise you: Georgia voter roll data is for sale on a secret online forum for hackers and criminals.
Channel 2’s Justin Gray learned that on a dark web hacking forum, $250 will buy you voter roll information on all the voters in the state of Georgia.
But if you want swing state Wisconsin, you'll have to pony up more than $12,000.
Channel 2 Action News started investigating when we were alerted that someone was advertising for-sale voter lists.
We're learning more about what was found online and how Homeland Security is responding, on Channel 2 Action News This Morning
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If you're a fall lover, you're going to love the next few days.
Temperatures Thursday morning across north Georgia are in the 40s and 50s. Breezy weather is ahead later in the day and then after that -- even colder temperatures are on the way.
We're using the world's most powerful weather technology to pinpoint the forecast in your area, on Channel 2 Action News This Morning.3:45AM Temperatures - Good cool morning to you! Temperatures are starting off in the 40s in the mountains. I'm tracking a breezy day ahead with *widespread* 40s on the way. Join us starting at 4:30AM! pic.twitter.com/rLjRXQzzNg — Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) October 18, 2018
Temperatures Thursday morning are as much as 14 degrees cooler than Wednesday morning.Check out how much COOLER it is this morning compared to this time yesterday! #gawx pic.twitter.com/bwzcddVBfc — Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) October 18, 2018
The chance for rain goes up to 70 percent for Saturday morning but clears out later in the day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting an increase in cases of a rare polio-like illness affecting kids.
So far this year, the CDC has confirmed 62 cases acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, in 22 states, and has received reports of 127 patients who are under investigation.
The CDC started detecting the increases in 2014. Since, then there have been 386 cases of the mysterious illness, including one death in 2017.
Despite the increase in cases, the disease remains rare, with fewer than an estimated one in a million people getting AFM each year, the CDC said. However, it’s not mandatory for health providers to report AFM, so it’s possible there could be more cases.
According to Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, most AFM cases occur in late summer and fall. The Associated Press reported that "similar waves of the same illness occurred in 2014 and 2016," appearing to follow "every-other-year pattern."
“As far as we know, it has only been detected in the United States. In terms of clustering in the United States, many states in the U.S. have been impacted by this disease, so we are not seeing geographic clustering in 2018, nor have we seen it in 2016 or 2014,” Messonnier said.
In Jacksonville, Florida, doctors believe Aamira Faircloth, 3, has AFM. She is in fair condition at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Aamira's mother, Reba, told ActionNewsJax on Tuesday that her daughter suddenly couldn’t walk.
“It was just like how a baby learns to walk, and she collapsed and fell to the ground,” Reba said.
Dr. Mobeen Rathore, chief of infectious diseases at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, said this isn’t cause for panic, but parents should be aware.
“The good news is we know it’s not polio, but unfortunately it’s still happening, it almost looks like every other year, and still affecting children,” he said.
Rathore said the most frustrating thing about the illness is "not knowing what causes it and not knowing how to treat it."
ActionNewsJax's Facebook post about the illness received hundreds of comments, including one from Christina Strickland, who wrote that in 2012 she woke up one morning to find her son “crying laying on the floor screaming in pain that he couldn’t walk.”
Other parents on the thread blamed vaccinations – a claim that Rathore disputed.
“Absolutely not. There is no evidence. There’s absolutely no evidence that vaccines have anything to do with this,” Rathore said.
According to Rathore, there’s also no evidence that AFM is caused by the flu shot.
He said there is something parents can do right now.
“Good hand hygiene, good cough etiquette, stay away from people who are sick,” Rathore said.
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 8:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 16 North Carolina State at No. 3 Clemson. The ACC's last two unbeaten teams meet with first place in the Atlantic Division on the line. Both teams are coming off open weeks and figure to be well-rested. The Tigers (6-0, 3-0) are the only team in league history to open four straight seasons with at least six consecutive victories. The Wolfpack (5-0, 2-0) are off to their best start since 2002, when Phillip Rivers was taking the snaps, and were a missed field goal at the buzzer from beating Clemson in Death Valley in their last trip there two years ago.
Florida State rushing offense vs. Wake Forest run defense. Something's got to give in Tallahassee. The Seminoles rank last in the conference in rushing, and at 92.8 yards per game are the league's only team that isn't averaging at least 100 yards on the ground. Maybe they'll get things fixed against a Wake Forest defense that has had serious trouble stopping big plays. Clemson had five touchdown runs of at least 50 yards in a 63-3 romp two weeks ago.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The N.C. State-Clemson game marks only the fifth matchup between undefeated ACC teams with five or more victories apiece, and only the second since the league expanded from nine teams in the early 2000s. Of the four previous times it's happened, the winner has gone on to claim at least a share of the national title three times (Georgia Tech in 1990, and Florida State in both 1993 and 2013).
Virginia appears capable of at least keeping it close in its visit to Duke. The Cavaliers are 7-point underdogs but are coming off a 16-13 upset of Miami that knocked the Hurricanes from the national rankings. Virginia has won three straight in the series with the Blue Devils, intercepting QB Daniel Jones a total of seven times in its most recent victories. Duke wants to build off the momentum of its 28-14 victory at Georgia Tech.
Duke seems to look for T.J. Rahming when the Blue Devils need a big play. Rahming caught four passes for 91 yards and a 48-yard touchdown in the Georgia Tech victory, and all four of his catches went for first downs or touchdowns while also becoming the fourth player in program history with 200 career catches. He'll try to find some seams in a Virginia defense that ranks third in the conference against the pass.
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Here are a few things to watch during Week 8 of the Southeastern Conference season:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU: The Bulldogs moved back onto the national radar with an impressive 23-9 win over then-No. 8 Auburn back on Oct. 6. Mississippi State's resurgence has come thanks to an improved running game that features QB Nick Fitzgerald and RB Kylin Hill. LSU will counter with a fantastic defense, a solid offense and plenty of momentum after a convincing 36-16 win over then-No. 2 Georgia last week. LSU lost to Mississippi State 37-7 last season in Starkville.
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK
Tennessee receivers vs. Alabama secondary: Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano threw for a career-high 328 yards in a 30-24 upset at Auburn last week because he capitalized on the playmaking ability of the receiving trio of Marquez Callaway, Jauan Jennings and Josh Palmer, who caught a combined 10 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown. Those receivers will face a tougher test against an Alabama pass defense that has 12 interceptions, including a team-high three from Saivion Smith. North Texas is the only Football Bowl Subdivision team that has picked off more passes than Alabama this season.
Alabama coach Nick Saban owns a 14-0 record against his former assistants heading into the top-ranked Crimson Tide's game Saturday at Tennessee, which is coached by former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. That 14-0 record includes victories over Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher and Louisiana-Lafayette's Billy Napier this season. ... Tennessee's victory at Auburn last week snapped the Vols' 11-game losing streak in conference games. ... Mississippi's Jordan Ta'amu rushed for 141 yards in a 37-33 victory over Arkansas last week. That's the highest single-game total for an Ole Miss quarterback since John Fourcade ran for 169 yards against Vanderbilt in 1979. ... LSU hasn't allowed a first-quarter touchdown in 11 straight games. ... LSU's Cole Tracy scored 18 points (five field goals, three extra points) last week in a 36-16 victory over Georgia. Tracy set a school single-game record for points scored by kicking.
Missouri is favored by 9 points over Memphis, which has the nation's leading rusher in Darrell Henderson. Memphis has beaten at least one Power Five team each of the last three seasons and is facing a Missouri team that has lost three straight. If Memphis isn't still brooding over its heartbreaking 31-30 home loss to No. 10 Central Florida , the American Athletic Conference upstart is certainly capable of winning this game. Missouri coach Barry Odom was Memphis' defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 2012-14.
Mississippi State's Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons: The Sweat-Simmons combo along the Bulldogs' defensive line has been among the best in the country. Sweat leads the SEC with 7 sacks per game - including three in a win against Auburn on Oct. 6 - and Simmons is fourth in the league with 8 tackles for a loss. They should be fresh after a week off and ready to cause trouble against LSU.
AP Sports Writers Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, and David Brandt in Jackson, Mississippi, contributed to this story.
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Feeling lucky? If you can beat the odds, you can win more than a billion dollars by matching all the numbers for Mega Millions and Powerball.
The Powerball jackpot rolled over to $430 million Thursday morning after no one matched the numbers. On Wednesday, the jackpot for Mega Millions jumped to a record $900 million.
We'll let you know if the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots rise again, on Channel 2 Action News
One person in Macon won a $1 million Powerball prize Wednesday.
The odds of winning a jackpot remain abysmal at 1 in 258.9 million for Mega Millions and 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball.
MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS
Draw Date: Friday Estimated Jackpot Amount: $900 million Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments Cash Option Amount: Approximately $513 million Cost to Play: $2 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier; $3 for Just the Jackpot Drawings: 11 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday LIVE on Channel 2 Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:24 Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:302 million Date Jackpot Began Rolling: July 27 Number of Rolls: 25 Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: July 24, 2018 – $543 million (California) #1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million (Illinois, Kansas and Maryland)
POWERBALL FAST FACTS
Draw Date: Saturday Estimated Jackpot Amount: $430 million Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments Cash Option Amount: Approximately $248 million Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier Drawings: 11 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday LIVE on Channel 2 Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:24.87 Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:292 million Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Aug. 15 Number of Rolls: 20 Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 11, 2018 – $247 million jackpot (New York) #1 Powerball Jackpot: Jan. 13, 2016 – $1.586 billion jackpot (California, Florida and Tennessee)
A 5-year-old boy last seen in Massachusetts about two years ago was found 1,500 miles away in Orlando, Florida.
An anonymous tip sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on Tuesday helped Florida sheriffs locate the boy.
Police in Webster, Massachusetts, said Matthew Hale was kidnapped by his mother, Christina Hale, in 2016, first going from New York to her mother's home in Webster.
The child's father showed up in Webster in January 2017 and asked police for help.
"He was from New York. He had paperwork stating he had full custody of his child, and he wanted officers to go with him to keep the peace," Master Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said.
When they arrived on Emil Street, they came up empty-handed.
"When they went there, Christina and Matthew were not there," Tejada-Monforte said. "They learned she had left a few weeks prior."
Police filed a missing person's report, with posters featuring Matthew and his mother's pictures going up across the area.
Seven months later in July, the mother's car was found in Maine. That trail went cold, as the two eventually made their way to Florida to stay with a cousin, authorities said.
The anonymous tip led the Florida sheriffs to the home, where an arrest was made.
"She was located down in Florida with a relative, I assume, because it’s the same last name [Warren Hale], and she was taken into custody," Tejada-Monforte said. "Matthew was taken into custody of the Department of Children and Families, and they’re working on reuniting him with his father.”
The mother will face a charge of parental kidnapping in Webster, while Matthew's father gets a weight lifted off his shoulders.
“For the father, this is a good relief for him to know that his child is OK and is in good health," Tejada-Monforte said.
Salmonella linked to raw chicken has made dozens of people sick across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.
In total, 92 people from 29 states have been sickened in the outbreak.
The CDC said 21 people have been hospitalized, but no one has died.
The people who became sick reported eating different types and brands of chicken products bought from many different stores.
“A single, common supplier of raw chicken products or of live chickens has not been identified,” the CDC said in a statement.
The drug-resistant strain of salmonella making people sick has been found in samples taken from raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products and live chickens, which the CDC said indicates the outbreak may be widespread in the chicken industry.
Two national lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball – are sporting huge jackpots, topping a billion in total combined winnings.
Update 12:52 a.m. EDT Oct. 18: The estimated jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball drawing has climbed to $430 million, according to the Powerball website.
Update 11:30 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: No one won the $345 million Powerball jackpot in Wednesday’s drawing, but five lucky players won a $1 million. The Powerball website said the winners were in Michigan and Nebraska.
Update 11:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: The winning Powerball
numbers for the drawing on Wednesday, Oct. 17 are: 03-57-64-68-69 and the Powerball number was 15. The jackpot is $345 million.
Update 12:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: The Mega Millions jackpot has swollen to $900 million ahead of Friday’s drawing. If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $513 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website.
The next Mega Millions drawing is set to take place Friday at 11 p.m. EDT.
Update 12:59 a.m. EDT Oct. 17: No tickets matched all six numbers in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing. Friday’s estimated jackpot has climbed to a record $868 million, with a cash payout of $494 million, according to the Mega Millions website.
Update 11:15 p.m. EDT Oct. 16: Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday night were 69-45-61-3-49 and the Mega Ball was 9. It is not yet known if there is a winner.
Original report: If you have a few dollars and dreams of riches untold, the coming week could be a game-changer for you.
Two national lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball – are sporting huge jackpots this week, now topping a billion in total combined winnings.
The Mega Millions drawing set for Tuesday has the second largest jackpot in the game’s history, worth $667 million (or $372 million with the cash option). That breaks the game’s previous record jackpot of $656 million.
Add to that a hefty $345 million Powerball jackpot, and you’re looking at nearly a billion dollars in lottery money being up for grabs this week.
The Powerball jackpot is the 17th largest in the game’s history. The cash payout on the $345 million would be $199 million.
How did we get the chance to play for such jackpots? You can thank all those who played and didn’t hit the jackpot. The Mega Millions jackpot has been building since July 24, the last time the grand prize jackpot was won.
The Powerball game has not seen a grand prize winner since Aug. 11.
The Mega Millions numbers drawn Friday were 04-24-46-61-70. The Megaball was 07. The Megaplier was 3.
One ticket sold in Arkansas matched all five numbers, but did not match the Megaball number. That winning ticket is worth $3 million because the person who purchased the ticket purchased the “Multiplier” option which tripled the $1 million prize.
The Powerball numbers drawn Saturday were 11-14-32-43-65 and the Powerball was 15. The Power Play was 3. Two players – one in Nebraska and one in Michigan – matched the five numbers, but not the Powerball number. Each of those tickets is worth $1 million.
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