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Personal Safety Tips

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:

Bobbi Kristina Brown's husband Nick Gordon charged with DUI

Bobbi Kristina Brown's husband Nick Gordon charged with DUI

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina Brown's husband, was arrested after causing a single-car accident in Roswell Thursday morning.

It happened shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Holcomb Bridge Road at Barnwell Road.

A preliminary investigation revealed Gordon, 25, was behind the wheel of a BMW sedan that struck a curb while changing lanes. The car overturned and hit a fire hydrant, according to Roswell Police spokesman Zachary Frommer.

Gordon and his passenger were not hurt in the accident. Police arrested Gordon and charged him with DUI, failure to maintain lane and driving on a suspended license. He is being held in the Roswell Detention Center.

2 killed in Sandy Springs murder-suicide

2 killed in Sandy Springs murder-suicide

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A husband and wife were killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Sandy Springs Wednesday morning.

According to Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose, the shooting took place on the 7000 block of Chaparral Drive.

Sandy Springs Police confirmed through Twitter a woman was transported to North Fulton Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, 54-year-old Sharon Wilkins, later died at the hospital.

The body of a man, who police say was both the estranged husband of Sharon Wilkins and the shooter, was found inside the house with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was identified as 65-year-old Dan Wilkins.

The home where the shooting occurred is owned by Sharon Wilkins' 86-year-old mother, who was in the home at the time of the incident. She was not injured, authorities said.

The scene has been secured and an investigation is ongoing.

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.

Man robs Cobb County Fifth Third Bank

Man robs Cobb County Fifth Third Bank

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are working to identify a bank robbery suspect.

A man robbed the Fifth Third Bank at the corner of Sandy Plains Road and Highway 92 at around 4 p.m. Monday.

Police said the suspect approached a teller and asked her to cash a check. He then demanded she give him specific amounts of cash from her register.

The suspect told the teller he placed an explosive device outside the building. Cobb County Police said they never found a bomb or explosive material at the scene.

After receiving the money, the suspect drove away from the bank in a small silver four-door car, possibly a Honda.

Witnesses described the suspect as a white man, about 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall, and 45 to 50 years old. He was wearing khaki shorts, a black shirt, dark sneakers, and a white and black baseball cap.

Roswell home invasion suspect drags woman out of bed

Roswell home invasion suspect drags woman out of bed

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell Police are looking for a home invasion suspect who tried to assault a woman in her bed.

It happened early Wednesday at a house on Old Ferry Way, near Old Holcomb Bridge Road.

Roswell Police said the suspect got into the house through a back window. He dragged the homeowner out of her bed and tried to force himself on her.

The victim told police she fought off her attacker and he ran from the house. She was taken to a nearby hospital with non-serious injuries.

The victim described the suspect as a black or Hispanic man in his late teens or early 20's. He was about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium complexion and unkempt hair.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Roswell Police at 770-640-4100 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.

Police investigate death of woman found in Chattahoochee River

Police investigate death of woman found in Chattahoochee River

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell Police announced Tuesday they will launch an investigation into the death of a young woman whose body was pulled from the Chattahoochee River over the weekend.

Markeesha Taylor's body was found at Vickery Creek Park Sunday afternoon. Roswell Police Officer Lisa Holland said investigators believe Taylor, 20, was killed elsewhere and that her body was dropped off at the park. Her cause of death has not been determined.

Because the park is on federal land, the case was turned over to the FBI, but the Roswell Police Department is now investigating the death.