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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:

Marietta shoplifting spree ends with 2 arrests

Marietta shoplifting spree ends with 2 arrests

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two men were arrested for participating in what Marietta police call "an organized shoplifting ring."

Christopher Higgins and John Stiltz, both 31, were taken into custody after reportedly shoplifting from the Walmart in the 1700 block of Cobb Parkway.

Stiltz was arrested Oct. 15 while driving the suspected getaway car, a green Volkswagen Jetta, according to Marietta police spokesman David Baldwin. Higgins was taken into custody Oct. 21 inside the Target in the 2200 block of Cobb Parkway.

Baldwin said the two suspects are accused of shoplifting from both the Walmart and Target several times between Oct. 11 and 15, and pawning the stolen items at area pawn shops.

Both suspects have been charged with shoplifting and theft by deception. Additional charges are possible.

Man arrested for alleged threats to attack Lassiter High

Man arrested for alleged threats to attack Lassiter High

ATLANTA -- Police in New York have arrested an Atlanta man for threatening to attack Cobb County's Lassiter High School.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Bridger Carreau for allegedly making terroristic threats after he posted a video on his Facebook page in which he appeared with "a large knife, hand gun and long gun" and threatened to "Go full deer hunter" on students.

Students saw the video and alerted school officials on Friday.

It's not clear if Carreau planned to carry out the attack. He was arrested Sunday in New York and will be extradited back to Georgia.

Marietta employees sentenced for Section 8 fraud

Marietta employees sentenced for Section 8 fraud

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two former City of Marietta employees are among four people charged with stealing from the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program.

The program, also known as Section 8, helps low-income families pay their rent. Shantel Bowens and Debbie Bailey worked for Marietta's Housing Choice Voucher Program, which oversees local tenant and landlord participation.

Bowens and Bailey pleaded guilty in July and May, respectively, to conspiring with two landlords to steal money from the program.

According to federal prosecutors, Bowens, 43, of Atlanta, reactivated the closed accounts of former Section 8 tenants. She then altered computer records to link the tenants to two co-defendants, landlords Babatunde "Babs" Abass and Tunji "Chris" Imoukhuede.

Salon owner sentenced for videotaping clients

Salon owner sentenced for videotaping clients

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County man admitted in court that he videotaped women using the restroom in his two salons.

Mark Allan Storch, 56, pleaded guilty to 25 counts of invasion of privacy. A Cobb County judge sentenced him to 20 years -- five in prison and 15 on probation.

Storch owned Salon Avenue Suites, a body waxing business with locations in Kennesaw and East Cobb. Police said he installed hidden cameras throughout both salons and used them to record footage of women undressing.

Final defendant pleads guilty in unlicensed care facility case

Final defendant pleads guilty in unlicensed care facility case

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A fourth defendant has pleaded guilty to his part in running an unlicensed care home for elderly and disabled women.

Terry Catron was convicted Friday afternoon of racketeering, theft, deprivation and false imprisonment, among other charges. A Cobb County Superior Court judge sentenced the 56-year-old Cartersville resident to 20 years, with 10 to serve in prison.

Prosecutors said Catron was the primary daytime caregiver at the facility on Laurel Springs Lane in Marietta. He and co-defendant Raequel Penny provided the home's six residents with inadequate food, shelter, medicine and access to bathrooms, and kept them in tiny rooms separated by plywood partitions in the house's basement.

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Father and son among 4 charged in massive Roswell drug bust

Father and son among 4 charged in massive Roswell drug bust

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Four people were arrested and drugs, cash and weapons were seized during a massive bust in Roswell last week.

Police found 3.5 pounds of high-grade marijuana, 80 grams of concentrated THC, more than 700 generic Xanax pills, 11 guns and $29,000 cash at several locations, including a house in the 12000 block of King Road, about a mile from Roswell High School.

Roswell Police Officer Zachary Frommer said the four-month investigation into the drug ring stemmed in part from a number of complaints about drugs being sold to Roswell High students. Police wanted to make an arrest before Monday, when Fulton County students return to school.

"This investigation made a positive impact in reducing the availability of illegal drugs to youths in our area," Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant said in a release.