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Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

ATLANTA -- Jury selection began Monday for a dozen defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial.

The teachers and administrators have been indicted on mobster-like charges, including racketeering and theft by taking. Prosecutors say they cheated students and pocketed big bonuses.

Four hundred potential jurors have been called. Jury selection is expected to take two to three weeks. The trial itself could last as long as eight months and may be one of the most expensive in state history, with six prosecutors and 12 defense attorneys, hundreds of witnesses and a million documents.

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Police warn about car fix-it scam in Midtown

Police warn about car fix-it scam in Midtown

ATLANTA, Ga. -- A scam in Midtown Atlanta is nearly impossible to protect yourself from and getting dangerous.

Police say Pedro Soto is allegedly disabling cars when their owners are away, and then offering to fix them. But now, police say, he's getting violent.

The scam starts as soon as someone leaves their car and goes inside.

"I had to go deliver a wedding cake," said baker Tom Rhodes.

Within seconds, he's at your car and underneath it.

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson.

“Vehicle arson is a very serious matter,” said Chief Larry Few, Director of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes. Fulton residents should learn ways they can prevent vehicle arson from happening to them.”

Motivations behind vehicle arson include, revenge, concealing another crime, excitement, insurance fraud/arson for profit and vandalism.

Tips to prevent vehicle arson

Burglars hit Midtown T-Mobile store

Burglars hit Midtown T-Mobile store

ATLANTA -- Thieves smashed a window to get inside a T-Mobile store in Midtown Atlanta Thursday morning.

The burglary happened at around 1 a.m. at the store at the corner of 5th and Williams streets near Georgia Tech.

Atlanta Police Capt. Jack Snowden said the suspects broke windows on the Williams Street side of the building. They then climbed inside the store and stole phones and iPads before running.

The suspects have not yet been identified or caught.

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Inmate escapes, is captured 2 hours later

Inmate escapes, is captured 2 hours later

ATLANTA -- A Fulton County Jail inmate who escaped from a transport bus Tuesday evening was caught just a few hours later.

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Ulysesse Cleckley, 21, managed to get out of the bus at around 5:30 p.m. on English Avenue in northwest Atlanta. Several agencies, including the Atlanta Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol, began a manhunt.

At around 7:18 p.m., Cleckley was arrested at the North Avenue MARTA station in Midtown.

Fulton County Sheriff's spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said Cleckley was originally charged with first-degree burglary, criminal attempt to commit burglary, second-degree criminal property damage and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. He will now face additional charges related to the escape.

Man shot at Room Service Lounge

Man shot at Room Service Lounge

ATLANTA -- One person was shot at the Room Service Lounge on Piedmont Circle in Atlanta overnight.

The victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

Atlanta police said three suspects got away in a silver Hyundai Sonata.

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