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Dog catches ambulance thief

Dog catches ambulance thief

ATLANTA -- The search for a stolen American Medical Response ambulance ended with a crash in southeast Atlanta. The driver ran off in to the early morning darkness to hide in the bushes, until a police dog sniffed him out.

The ambulance, which operates out of DeKalb County, was parked at Grady Memorial Hospital when it was taken just before 3 a.m. Tuesday. Police said an EMS driver was cleaning the rear of the running vehicle when a suspect, 38-year-old Jermaine McCommons, jumped inside and drove away.

Grady Memorial Hospital officials used a GPS device inside the ambulance to track it and relay its location to police. Atlanta Police Capt. Terrell Griffin said McCommons drove the ambulance from Atlanta to Cobb County. Investigators followed, but canceled the chase when the speed became excessive.

Footage shows armed robbery in Grant Park bar

Footage shows armed robbery in Grant Park bar

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Police released security footage of a gunman storming a Grant Park bar with customers sitting inside. It happened so fast, they barely had a chance to react.

Early Wednesday morning, the suspects stormed into Augustine's off Memorial Drive. It was a two-man job. One robbed the bartender while the other stole from customers.

Police believe one suspect is a black male with a medium complexion, age 21 to 25, approx. 5'04" to 5'06" in height with a slim build and a goatee. He appeared to be wearing a dark colored hat, a brown-olive jacket with stripes on the right sleeve and matching pants, a white t-shirt and black Converse Chuck Taylors.

The second suspect was a black male with a light complexion, age 20 to 25, approx. 5'06" to 5'08" with a slim build. He was wearing a dark colored knit hat, a black leather jacket, jeans and white athletic shoes.

2 arrested, 1 tased after carjacking and chase in Atlanta

2 arrested, 1 tased after carjacking and chase in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Two teenage suspects were arrested after a carjacking and police chase in Atlanta Thursday morning.

The carjacking occurred on Fitzgerald Street in northeast Atlanta. Police later spotted the stolen car near Turner Field and initiated a chase.

Atlanta Police said they caught up to the car at the Park Commons Apartments in the 150 block of Peyton Place in southwest Atlanta.

Four suspects tried to run; two were captured. Both were charged with auto theft, and fleeing and attempting to elude police. Because they are minors, their names have not been released.

Investigators said a third suspect was tased by police and also suffered a laceration to the head. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police are now searching for the fourth suspect.

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

Man gets 40 years for shooting girlfriend in the head

Man gets 40 years for shooting girlfriend in the head

ATLANTA -- A southeast Atlanta man will spend 40 years in prison for shooting his girlfriend in the head, leaving her with permanent injuries.

Jason Thompson, 36, was found guilty Friday of criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and weapons offenses.

Thompson lived with his girlfriend, Barbara Baca, at a home on Bryan Street, near Grant Park. Police were called to the house on June 4, 2013. Responding officers found Baca with a gunshot wound to her head. She was conscious, but could not speak.

The defendant admitted he shot Baca, but claimed he intended to shoot himself. In court, he said he and the victim struggled for the gun and it discharged, striking Baca.

An investigation revealed Thompson had a history of violence toward Baca, according to prosecutors.

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department Homicide Unit will be featured on the new season of A&E documentary series "The First 48."

The television program follows detectives as they search for clues and interview witnesses in the first two days of a murder investigation. It has profiled police departments across the country, including DeKalb County.

"The First 48" crews filmed Atlanta's Homicide Unit members as they investigated and solved homicides throughout the city.

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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: