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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:

Villa Rica mother arrested for leaving 2 kids in hot car

Villa Rica mother arrested for leaving 2 kids in hot car

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- A Villa Rica woman has been charged with reckless conduct and first-degree cruelty to children for leaving her two kids inside a hot car.

Witnesses spotted the children, ages 2 and 6, inside a car in the parking lot of a Villa Rica Walmart at around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Villa Rica Police Capt. K.L. Shaddix said investigators determined 39-year-old Ananya Lively arrived at the store at around 2:53 p.m. She unrolled the windows about 1 to 2 inches, but did not leave the car running when she entered the Walmart alone.

The witnesses determined one of the car's doors was unlocked. Shaddix said they opened the door to allow cooler air inside the vehicle. Both children were asleep in the backseat.

Paramedics evaluated the children and gave them some water to drink. They were hot, sweating and thirsty, but otherwise unharmed, and were released to a relative's custody, Shaddix said.

Police: Georgia man had 174 pounds of marijuana

Police: Georgia man had 174 pounds of marijuana

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma police say they've charged a Georgia man with drug trafficking after they found 174 pounds of marijuana in a car he was towing.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jemain McCreary of Douglasville, Georgia, was charged Wednesday. Court documents state police pulled McCreary over July 23 on Interstate 40 for straddling lanes.

Police say McCreary gave evasive answers during the stop when asked about the car. They say a K-9 unit alerted the officer that drugs were in the car.

McCreary is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on $25,000 bond. Online jail records didn't list an attorney.

Motorcyclist dies in Powder Springs crash

Motorcyclist dies in Powder Springs crash

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are investigating an accident that killed a 42-year-old motorcyclist.

The wreck happened Sunday shortly before 7 p.m. on Richard D. Sailors Parkway at New Macland Road in Powder Springs.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Anthony Gaiter of Mableton was approaching the intersection on his Harley-Davidson FLHX when a GMC Acadia turned into his path.

Police said Gaiter's motorcycle collided with the right side of the Acadia. Gaiter was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Acadia driver, 39-year-old Oyin Mitchell of Lithia Springs, was not hurt. A child strapped into a car seat inside her SUV was also uninjured.

Cobb County Police said they expect to file charges in this case.

Police: Driver rear-ends vehicle, runs over grandmother

Police: Driver rear-ends vehicle, runs over grandmother

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- A judge denied bond on Friday for an Alabama man accused of using his vehicle as a weapon and running over a Douglas County woman right in front of her family.

Police say 23-year-old Dewey Calhoun Green rammed his pickup truck into the back of a car driven by 53-year-old Janice Pitts Wednesday morning while she was at a stop light. When Pitts got out of the car to check the damage, witnesses say Green drove into Pitts, pinning her between both vehicles. Police say he ran over her again while trying to get away.

According to Pitts' daughter, the 53-year-old woman moved from Los Angeles to Douglasville two years ago for a better and safer life for her family. Now she is gone and they are grieving over her senseless death.

Buzz Lightyear toy leads police to theft suspect

Buzz Lightyear toy leads police to theft suspect

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!

Police are crediting an action figure of the Toy Story character with helping them catch a theft suspect in Douglas County. Or rather, the GPS tracker inside of the toy.

For the last two years, Mid-Atlantic Clothing (MAC) Recycling, a Maryland-based organization that collects and sells used clothes for people in need, has noticed an increasing amount of thefts in the Atlanta area.

The company places donation bins in parking lots of shopping centers, churches and other areas around the city. Left unattended for much of the day and night, territory manager Tim Peck quickly realized their goods were being stolen.

"Our donations were down, and down a lot, as much as 35 percent," Peck told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander. "It's tens of thousands of dollars if not more. It's a lot of money."

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