Morning News Briefs for 5-23-16

| May 23, 2016
The recall numbers on vehicles continue to increase. Now, nearly a million Mercedes-Benz vehicles have been added to the list of airbag recalls by the manufacturer. The recall is now up to nearly 700 million vehicles that have defective airbags. The problem is an inflator inside the airbag that can malfunction, sending shrapnel right at the driver.

16 year old Cederrius Hastings was the father of an 8-month-old baby. He died in a drive-by style shooting over the weekend, where three other teenagers were also shot and wounded. The incident occurred at a Jackson, Georgia graduation party over the weekend.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced a $2 million dollar plus award for 17 safety projects in 12 counties in Southwest Georgia. The recipients include Berrien, Echols, Grady, Lowndes, and Tift counties.

Jay Johnson, 48, of Valdosta, voluntarily turned himself in to Valdosta Police Detectives and was taken into custody at the Lowndes County Jail after an incident of inappropriate contact was reported. The victim reported that she went to the South Georgia Medical Center Emergency Room seeking treatment for a medical condition. The victim reported that while being examined by a staff member, she was touched inappropriately. The case was turned over to Valdosta Detectives for further investigation. At the completion of the investigation, an arrest warrant was presented to the Magistrate’s Court and was signed for the offense of Misdemeanor Sexual Battery.
Kelli Brown Named Interim President of Valdosta State University
VMS's Cody Moncrief named 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year Runner-up
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