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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:

17 drug ring members indicted

17 drug ring members indicted

(WXIA) -- A federal grand jury has indicted 17 members of a massive Mexican drug ring.

The defendants are accused of smuggling cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to Georgia. Prosecutors said they also conspired to deliver a significant amount of drug money to Mexico.

According to information presented in federal court, Atenogenes Alvarado-Delgado runs the trafficking organization. His ring -- which includes his brother, Jose Alvarado-Delgado, and two associates -- used passenger buses to transport drugs from Mexico to the Atlanta area. Others would then unload the drugs and sell them in Georgia and Florida.

Since last October, law enforcement has seized much of the ring's wares in several busts, including:

* Oct. 8, 2013: 39 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Doraville

* Oct. 11, 2013: 165 pounds of methamphetamine during a search of an apartment on Cleburne Parkway in Hiram

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

Young Jeezy arrested in Alpharetta Tuesday

Young Jeezy arrested in Alpharetta Tuesday

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Rapper Young Jeezy has bonded out of jail after being arrested in Alpharetta Tuesday.

Jeezy, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, was picked up on charges of misdemeanor obstruction of law enforcement. He bonded out of jail before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers responding to an alarm call found Jenkins coming from the rear of the home. When he was questioned about his identity, he was uncooperative and became even more uncooperative as he was questioned, according to police.

He was subsequently arrested on the obstruction charge.

Additional information was not immediately available.

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2 indicted for mortgage fraud scheme targeting elderly

2 indicted for mortgage fraud scheme targeting elderly

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Two north Fulton County residents have been indicted for running a mortgage fraud scheme that targeted senior citizens.

Edmund Chatham of Roswell and Steven Connelly of Alpharetta each face one count of racketeering.

Prosecutors say the two defendants tried to obtain payouts from mortgage lenders for reverse mortgages. Between January 2008 and January 2009, Chatham and Connelly helped senior citizens buy five houses in Atlanta, then persuaded the victims to get the reverse mortgages using fraudulently inflated appraisals.

A reverse mortgage allows a homeowner to borrow a percentage of a home's equity while still being allowed to live there. Seniors who are at least 62 years old may be eligible for reverse mortgages, according to the Georgia Attorney General's office.

Chatham and Connelly are accused of taking proceeds and fees from the reverse mortgages at closings while giving little or none of the money to their victims.

Father and son sentenced for racketeering

Father and son sentenced for racketeering

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A father and son have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a plot to take control of houses they did not own.

Kennesaw residents Guilio Glenn Greye, 61, and Ian Justain Greye, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

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Giulio Greye was sentenced to five years, while his son received 10 years. Both men are required to spend two years in prison.

Two co-defendants -- 52-year-old Susan Lorraine Weidman of Kennesaw and 29-year-old Matthew Daniel Lowery of Alpharetta -- will be tried next month.

According to information presented in court, the Greyes moved into an empty house on Champlain Street in Decatur and filed false documents with DeKalb County, claiming they owned the property.

Alpharetta shooting suspect arrested

Alpharetta shooting suspect arrested

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The suspect accused of shooting a man at an Alpharetta townhouse complex last week has been arrested.

Timothy C. Pierce was taken into custody on Oct. 1, according to Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman George Gordon.

The suspect is accused of shooting a man in a parking lot at the Planter's Ridge townhouse neighborhood off Cumming Highway on Sept. 24.

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Pierce has been charged with possession of a knife during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and four counts of aggravated battery. He is being held without bond in the Fulton County Jail.