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What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Safety is a top concern for people planning to relocate to a new city. Luckily, the national research firm ValuePenguin crunched the numbers in an attempt to determine which areas of Georgia are the safest and most dangerous.

The top 10 safest cities in Georgia:

1. Holly Springs
2. Johns Creek
3. Milton
4. Flowery Branch
5. Tyrone
6. Grovetown
7. Peachtree City
8. Folkston
9. Jefferson
10. Hampton

The top 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia:

1. College Park
2. East Point
3. Atlanta
4. Americus
5. Garden City
6. Union City
7. Albany
8. Brunswick
9. Hapeville
10. Eastman

Public help sought in Fairburn cold case murder

Public help sought in Fairburn cold case murder

FAIRBURN, GA (WXIA) -- Police are asking for the public's help with an unsolved murder in Fayette County.

A Fairburn woman with cerebral palsy was shot and killed during a burglary more than two years ago.

Betty Brown is still grieving two years and seven months after she lost her granddaughter Denice Roberts in a senseless act of violence.

The two had been inseparable for 44 years, since Denice was born with cerebral palsy.

In August 2012, they came home from running errands and surprised an unknown number of burglars.

As the intruders drove off in a white vehicle, they fired at the two, who were cowering on the front


"She was shot in the left side of the face," Betty said.

Denise died instantly but her memory lives on throughout the house -- her photos, her doll collections, equestrian awards.

74-year-old woman among suspects in Fayetteville scam

74-year-old woman among suspects in Fayetteville scam

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Two people, including an elderly woman, have been charged with performing a so-called "Pigeon Drop" scam at a Fayette County grocery store.

Juan Alexander Jackson and Marie Mangham face one count each of felony theft by deception. Investigators said Jackson, 57, and Mangham, 74, carried out the scam in the parking lot of the Fayetteville ALDI.


Fayette County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Whitlow described the Pigeon Drop scam:

Fayetteville Shell station robbed at gunpoint

Fayetteville Shell station robbed at gunpoint

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Fayetteville Police are investigating an armed robbery at a gas station and convenience store.

It happened Friday at around 8:20 p.m. at the Shell station in the 480 block of Bradley Drive.

Witnesses said the suspect entered the convenience store, pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded all the money in the register. After receiving cash, he ran from the store and toward the car wash; police believe he got into a waiting getaway vehicle.

The suspect is described as a black man in his late 20's or early 30's. He is about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 170 to 175 pounds, and was wearing gray jeans, a dark-colored jacket, white women's sunglasses, white tennis shoes and a black baseball cap with a bird logo.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Fayetteville Police at 770-461-4441.

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:

Fayetteville woman becomes 'upskirting' victim

Fayetteville woman becomes 'upskirting' victim

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (WXIA) -- A Fayette County woman says she is outraged after becoming the latest victim of a troubling trend called "upskirting" -- in which someone uses a camera or cell phone to snap lewd photos under a woman's dress.

Audra Puckett says she was shopping in a JCPenney store when the suspect crept up behind her.

"I turned my head and I saw that there was a man behind me with his hand up my skirt," she said.

According to the police report obtained by 11Alive News, the man placed "an object under her skirt." Puckett then said she "observed a flash," as if "a picture had been taken."

Puckett says she confronted and chased after the man who tried to walk out of the store.

"I grabbed him," she said. "And I had my hands digging into him as he was trying to get away."

Man falls through ceiling while trying to burglarize Kroger pharmacy

Man falls through ceiling while trying to burglarize Kroger pharmacy

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Fayetteville Police are looking for a suspect accused of trying to steal pills from a Kroger pharmacy.

The attempted burglary happened at around 9 p.m. Sunday at the store on Glynn Street.

Fayetteville Police Lt. Mike Whitlow said the suspect got in the closed pharmacy by climbing into an air vent inside the men's restroom. He crawled across a suspended ceiling and fell through it, landing in the pharmacy.

Whitlow said the suspect grabbed two bottles of pills and tried to leave through the door, but couldn't get it open. He crawled back into the ceiling to return to the bathroom, and left the store without the medications.

The suspect is described as a white man dressed in khaki shorts, a black polo shirt and tennis shoes. He was last seen getting into a black Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a second suspect.