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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

15 charged in Johns Creek prostitution ring

15 charged in Johns Creek prostitution ring

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The Johns Creek Police Department has arrested and charged 15 people for participating in prostitution activities.

Johns Creek Police Capt. Chris Byers said four people were charged with prostitution, seven were charged with pimping, three were charged with misdemeanor pandering, and one was charged with felony pandering for soliciting a minor for sex.

All 15 suspects were booked in the Fulton County Jail.

The GBI and Alpharetta and Roswell police departments assisted Johns Creek officials in the investigation, which was conducted under the name Operation Saving Grace.

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:

Man shot in the stomach in Johns Creek

Man shot in the stomach in Johns Creek

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- A 20-year-old man was shot in the abdomen in Johns Creek Monday morning.

It happened at around 1 a.m. at a house on Feather Sound Court near Old Alabama Road.

Johns Creek Police said the shooting appeared to be the result of an argument. The victim was alert and conscious, and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Investigators are now searching for a suspect. No names have been released.

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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

Principal arrested in GBI child sex sting

Principal arrested in GBI child sex sting

DECATUR, Ga. -- An elementary school principal is among 14 people the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested in a sting operation targeting suspected child predators.

Dr. John McGill, principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary in Douglasville, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail.  He has been suspended from his position. He is due in court for his first appearance Tuesday.

11Alive's Blayne Alexander reports that the Douglas County School System superintendent announced on Monday that Dr. Sandra Williams will serve as interim principal of the school effective March 10. Williams is a retired former principal of the school. The central office will handle administrative duties until Williams arrives.

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Johns Creek stalking suspect arrested in Ala.

Johns Creek stalking suspect arrested in Ala.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- A man accused of stalking a Johns Creek woman has been arrested in Alabama.

James Jones Jr. was taken into custody Sunday during a traffic stop in Hoover, south of Birmingham.

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Johns Creek officials said Jones, 31, of Vestavia Hills, Ala., was infatuated with a local woman. On Jan. 23, he fired a bullet through the front door of the victim's Cauley Creek Drive home. No one was hurt in the shooting.

Jones has been charged with stalking, terroristic threats, harassing communications, firearm possession and four counts of aggravated assault.

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