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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.

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson.

“Vehicle arson is a very serious matter,” said Chief Larry Few, Director of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes. Fulton residents should learn ways they can prevent vehicle arson from happening to them.”

Motivations behind vehicle arson include, revenge, concealing another crime, excitement, insurance fraud/arson for profit and vandalism.

Tips to prevent vehicle arson

Woman shot at Roswell gas station

Woman shot at Roswell gas station

ROSWELL, Ga. -- A woman was shot in the arm outside a Roswell gas station overnight.

The victim, whose name was not released, was shot at around 11:45 p.m. Monday at the Chevron at the corner of Holcomb Bridge and Dogwood roads near Georgia 400.

Roswell Police spokeswoman Lisa Holland said the victim was with her husband when she was shot. The husband drove her back to their Holcomb Ferry Road home and called the police.

An ambulance took the victim from her house to a nearby hospital. Holland said the woman is expected to recover.

Police did not immediately have a motive for the shooting. Two men were seen running from the gas station shortly after the woman was shot, but no one has been arrested, according to Holland.

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Doctor sentenced for Medicare fraud

Doctor sentenced for Medicare fraud

ROSWELL, Ga. -- An Atlanta doctor has been sentenced to 50 months in prison for defrauding Medicare and the IRS.

Lawrence Eppelbaum, 54, of Roswell must also pay a $3.5 million fine after being convicted of 27 counts of healthcare fraud, tax fraud and money laundering.

Eppelbaum operated the Atlanta Institute of Medicine and Rehabilitation (AIMR) and the Pain Clinic of AIMR. In 2004, he created a program called the Back Pain Fund, which transported patients between his Buckhead clinic and a hot spring in Florida. Despite labeling the fund a charity, Eppelbaum paid the vast majority of its operating expenses.

According to information presented in federal court, Eppelbaum entered into an arrangement with the Torah Day School in northeast Atlanta, where the parents of students would make their tuition checks payable to the Back Pain Fund instead of the school. In return, Eppelbaum repaid the school for the amount of the tuition plus 25 percent.

2 indicted for mortgage fraud scheme targeting elderly

2 indicted for mortgage fraud scheme targeting elderly

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Two north Fulton County residents have been indicted for running a mortgage fraud scheme that targeted senior citizens.

Edmund Chatham of Roswell and Steven Connelly of Alpharetta each face one count of racketeering.

Prosecutors say the two defendants tried to obtain payouts from mortgage lenders for reverse mortgages. Between January 2008 and January 2009, Chatham and Connelly helped senior citizens buy five houses in Atlanta, then persuaded the victims to get the reverse mortgages using fraudulently inflated appraisals.

A reverse mortgage allows a homeowner to borrow a percentage of a home's equity while still being allowed to live there. Seniors who are at least 62 years old may be eligible for reverse mortgages, according to the Georgia Attorney General's office.

Chatham and Connelly are accused of taking proceeds and fees from the reverse mortgages at closings while giving little or none of the money to their victims.