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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:

2 arrested after trying to run from traffic stop

2 arrested after trying to run from traffic stop

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Two men were arrested and a stolen weapon was recovered during a traffic stop in College Park Wednesday morning.

It began when a police officer spotted a Chevrolet pickup truck with an obscured tag on Sullivan Road. College Park Police Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Duffey said a towel was wrapped around the truck's license plate.

Police attempted a traffic stop, but the truck sped away. Duffey said the people inside the vehicle began throwing items out of the windows.

The chase ended at the intersection of Riverdale and West Fayetteville roads, when police deployed spikes and blew out the truck's front driver side tire. Officers followed the truck until it stopped on Interstate 85 south near the Old National Highway bridge. The two men inside the vehicle tried to run, but were quickly caught by police. Their names were not released.

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.

Father stabbed to death by son in College Park

Father stabbed to death by son in College Park

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Fulton County Police are searching for a man who stabbed his father to death Saturday morning in College Park.

The altercation took place at 4600 Kelden Circle in College Park just before 9:30 a.m.

According to authorities, the victim, Ronald Thompson Sr., 72, was attacked by his 47-year-old son, Ronald Thompson Jr. The son stabbed his father at least four times.

The father was able to make it to a neighbor's house, where he collapsed and was later pronounced dead at the scene. The son left the scene in a 2000 burgundy Ford Taurus, Georgia tag PWH5514.

The son is described as black, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 140 pounds, with long salt-and-pepper dreadlocks.

3 shot, 1 fatally, in College Park

3 shot, 1 fatally, in College Park

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- A man was killed and two women were injured in a shooting at a College Park apartment complex.

It happened shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday at the Lakeside Reserve Apartments on Lakemont Drive near Pelot Drive.

College Park Police Master Sgt. Jeff Hightower said the victims were found outside Building 15. All three had been shot.

The 31-year-old male victim was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Both female victims are being treated for their injuries. No names were released.

Hightower said police have not determined a motive, but believe two groups of people opened fire on each other. Investigators found multiple shell casings at the scene.

Detectives are now working leads and interviewing witnesses.

Police officer hurt after suspect rams cruiser

Police officer hurt after suspect rams cruiser

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Fulton County police officer was one of two people injured when a suspect rammed a stolen car into a cruiser in a Walmart parking lot.

It happened at around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday outside the Walmart Supercenter at Old National Highway and Flat Shoals Road.

The injured officer was originally dispatched to the Walmart to take a shoplifting suspect into custody, according to Fulton County Police Det. Melissa Parker.

As the officer drove through the Walmart parking lot with the suspect in the back of his cruiser, the driver of a stolen car pulled out of a nearby gas station.

Parker said the suspect in the stolen car apparently thought the police officer had arrived to arrest him. He rammed the stolen car head-on into the officer's cruiser, then jumped out of the car and ran away.

College Park police officer sentenced to prison for immigration fraud

College Park police officer sentenced to prison for immigration fraud

(WXIA) -- A former College Park police officer has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for committing immigration fraud.

Devon Campbell, 46, pleaded guilty in April to one count each of unlawfully procuring citizenship and using a fraudulently obtained passport.

As part of his sentence, Campbell had his U.S. citizenship revoked. He will be deported to his native Jamaica after his release from prison.

According to information presented in court, Campbell entered the U.S. in November 2000 with a passport issued to Wilmott Alvin Livingston, an alias he created.

He married a U.S. citizen in 2001, was granted permanent residency in 2004 and became a naturalized citizen in 2008, all under the fake name. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said when Campbell applied for naturalization, he marked "N/A" under the section that asked him to list any previously used names.