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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:

Cops: Atlantans arrested using info stolen in major corporate security breach

Cops: Atlantans arrested using info stolen in major corporate security breach

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Twelve metro Atlanta residents were arrested in Boise, Idaho, after attempting to buy high-dollar gift cards with “credit card numbers stolen in one of the major corporate security breaches,” according to police.

Detectives believe the suspects traveled to Boise from Georgia to commit the crime, then planned to sell the gift cards and pocket the cash.

Arrested are:

Jonathan Kennard Penn, 20, Suwanee

Charles Ontavious Moore, 25, Stone Mountain

Teens sought in connection with Gwinnett house fire

Teens sought in connection with Gwinnett house fire

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Fire officials want to speak with two teens spotted near the scene of a fire at an abandoned house.

The fire broke out at around 6:40 p.m. Saturday at a structure in the 1900 block of Lawrenceville Suwanee Road. Crews were dispatched to the scene after receiving multiple 911 calls from neighbors.

The single-story house was completely engulfed when firefighters arrived. Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said it was not the first fire at the location, but the building was a total loss after Saturday's event. No one was hurt.

As the house had no utilities, Rutledge said investigators believe the fire was intentionally set.

Phone scam reported in Gwinnett County

Phone scam reported in Gwinnett County

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- At least three Gwinnett County women have fallen victim to a recent phone scam, and now police are hoping to pass along information that could help prevent future cases.

Four people have come forward, saying they received calls from someone claiming to be Lt. Pierson with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office Warrants Division.

The suspect told the victims they had outstanding warrants for failure to appear for a jury summons. They were asked to use pre-paid debit cards to pay the associated fines and avoid arrest. All four victims told police the caller sounded professional and was very convincing.

Three victims purchased Green Dot MoneyPak cards over the phone in the amounts of $525, $810 and $962. The fourth victim did not make a purchase.

Suwanee authorities warn of phone scam

Suwanee authorities warn of phone scam

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The Help Desk and Suwanee Police Department are warning residents of a phone scam.

Residents are receiving phone calls and voicemails from a man who identifies himself as a Suwanee police officer.

According to Captain Cass Mooney of the Suwanee Police Department, it has been reported by residents that when the suspect calls them, it appears on their caller ID as what looks like a Suwanee Police Department number but when he leaves a voice mail he leaves a number with a 202 area code.

The suspect tells the resident that they have a "federal complaint" against them and threatens to send the police to their home and place of business to arrest them if they do not pay a fine over the phone.

"This is a scam." stated Mooney, "The Suwanee Police Department does not contact a resident seeking payment."

Suwanee SWAT standoff ends with suspect's arrest

Suwanee SWAT standoff ends with suspect's arrest


SUWANEE, Ga. -- A SWAT team was called in to negotiate with a man barricaded in a room at a Gwinnett County extended stay hotel Thursday afternoon.

The suspect, 25-year-old Jeremy Gates, ran from police and locked himself in a room at the Sun Suites on Celebration Drive in Suwanee. Suwanee Police and Gwinnett County Sheriff's officers responded to the scene.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m., officers forced entry into the room and arrested Gates without incident.

Suwanee Police Capt. Cass Mooney said Gates was wanted on a parole warrant for weapon possession and escape.


3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

ATLANTA -- Three members of the MS-13 gang have been sentenced to life in prison for committing murders in two counties.

Ernesto Escobar, 30, of Norcross was sentenced Thursday in federal court. He goes by the street names "Flaco" and "Pink Panther."

Two co-defendants -- 25-year-old Miguel "Joker" Alvarado-Linares of Norcross and 30-year-old Dimas "Toro" Alfaro-Granados of Duluth -- were sentenced in October.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the three men were charged with murder, attempted murder and armed robbery for several incidents in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

Evidence presented in court showed Alvarado-Linares and Alfaro-Granados killed a fellow MS-13 member in October 2006 because they believed the victim was cooperating with police.