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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:

Classmates mourn student shot and killed after football game

Classmates mourn student shot and killed after football game

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Police are investigating the shooting death of a 17-year-old McClarin High School student.

According to Fulton County Schools PIO Samantha Evans, Kristofer Hunter was shot at around 10 p.m. Friday after attending Langston Hughes High School's homecoming football game against Campbell High School.

Hunter was immediately taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died. No other students were injured.

Fulton County School Police are handling the investigation, but are not releasing information on possible suspects. Evans says there is no information on what led to the shooting.

Grief counselors were on hand at Langston Hughes, McClarin and Campbell high schools Monday. All three schools also had heightened security.

Students at McClarin wore blue and white in memory of Hunter. Classmates said they were shocked to learn of Hunter's death.

2 killed in Smyrna murder-suicide after SWAT standoff

2 killed in Smyrna murder-suicide after SWAT standoff

SMYRNA, Ga. – Two people were found dead in a Smyrna home after a 14-hour SWAT standoff on Sunday.

Monday evening, police announced they believe the victims died in a murder-suicide.

Authorities were called to a home inside Oakdale Bluffs off Oakdale Road just after midnight. Police were responding to reports that a man was possibly holding a hostage inside a home on Sawtooth Oak court.

Some nearby homes were evacuated as police tried to establish contact with the man inside.

After hours of attempting to make contact with the man inside, officials entered the home and found a man and woman dead. The woman, 33-year-old Jessica Arrendale, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Investigators believe the man, 30-year-old Antoine Davis, killed Arrendale and then fatally shot himself in the head.

FBI and police hunt violent robbing crew

FBI and police hunt violent robbing crew

ATLANTA -- The FBI said they are pooling information with three Atlanta area police agencies looking for a connection between at least six violent robberies, including a bank robbery in Smyrna Tuesday.

Three suspects wearing dark clothes and masks robbed the Regions Bank on Cumberland Parkway in a "take over" style robbery, according to Cobb County police. All three suspects were armed with handguns.

"Any time you take guns into a bank, it is a stressful situation for not only the tellers and customers, but also for the robbers," said FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett. "They are very jacked up and a tragedy is just a trigger pull away."

Man gets 20 years in prison for tax fraud

Man gets 20 years in prison for tax fraud

SMYRNA, Ga. -- A Smyrna man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for filing thousands of fraudulent tax returns, illegally netting more than $5 million in the process.

Mauricio Warner, 38, was convicted in April of 16 counts each of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and filing false claims, and two counts of money laundering. Several people whose identities he stole testified against him.

As part of his sentence, Warner must also pay $5,041,869 in restitution and spend three years on supervised release after getting out of prison.

From January 2011 to April 2012, Warner filed more than 5,000 false tax returns. The U.S. Attorney's Office called it one of the largest tax fraud cases it had ever seen.

Smash and grab at Verizon store

Smash and grab at Verizon store

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Thieves targeted a new Verizon Wireless store in Vinings overnight.

The smash and grab burglars hit the store at Cumberland Parkway and Paces Ferry Road at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

There was no immediate word of how much money and merchandise was taken.

Cobb County employee admits to stealing from drug court

Cobb County employee admits to stealing from drug court

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A former Cobb County employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to six counts of theft by taking for stealing money from drug court.

Tomasita Reavis worked as a clerk in the county's drug testing lab, where in late 2012 she was caught on surveillance video taking money from the cash drawer and putting it in her purse.

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Cobb County Deputy Chief ADA Jason Saliba said Reavis, 57, took "several hundred dollars from the cash box" in one instance, then returned for an additional $20 to pay for her lunch. He asked a Cobb County judge to sentence her to four years in prison.