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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:

Final defendant pleads guilty in unlicensed care facility case

Final defendant pleads guilty in unlicensed care facility case

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A fourth defendant has pleaded guilty to his part in running an unlicensed care home for elderly and disabled women.

Terry Catron was convicted Friday afternoon of racketeering, theft, deprivation and false imprisonment, among other charges. A Cobb County Superior Court judge sentenced the 56-year-old Cartersville resident to 20 years, with 10 to serve in prison.

Prosecutors said Catron was the primary daytime caregiver at the facility on Laurel Springs Lane in Marietta. He and co-defendant Raequel Penny provided the home's six residents with inadequate food, shelter, medicine and access to bathrooms, and kept them in tiny rooms separated by plywood partitions in the house's basement.

RELATED | Penny claims innocence as she's hit with more charges

Suspect, victim names released in Cartersville shooting

Suspect, victim names released in Cartersville shooting

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Authorities are investigating after a man shot four people and led police on a chase before shooting himself to death.

According to Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap, it all began when a man, 20-year-old Austin Denzell Tyler, shot three people at a home on Brent Circle SW. One victim, 63-year-old Royce Randy Hobgood, was killed. The other two were critically injured and are being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Tyler suspect then drove to a house on Mylam Bridge Road, rammed his truck into the house and shot an 18-year-old man in the hand. Police said that victim is recovering with his family.

Authorities said Tyler then went to River Oaks Drive and purposely rammed into the back of a vehicle, and then drove up to the side and shot into it. Tyler then forced an elderly man and his grandson out of that vehicle and took off in it.

Man with Taser chases woman at Red Top Mountain

Man with Taser chases woman at Red Top Mountain

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -- A teen told police a man tried to use a Taser on her as she rode her bike at Red Top Mountain State Park in Bartow County.

The attack happened at around 10 a.m. Tuesday on the park's Iron Mountain Trail.

The 19-year-old victim said she rode up to a tree stump with a Taser on top, then spotted a man lying beside the fallen tree. As she passed the stump, she heard what sounded like a Taser being deployed, according to Bartow County Sheriff's spokesman Jonathan White.

The victim was not hurt by the Taser, but found the weapon's connection wires on her head and helmet. White said the woman rode to safety and asked a passing hiker to call 911.

The victim described the suspect as a white man in his 40's wearing a green baseball cap. After the attack, he ran into a wooded area toward Red Top Estates.

Police have not yet identified the suspect. The incident is under investigation.

2 men sentenced for operating Cartersville pill mill

2 men sentenced for operating Cartersville pill mill

(WXIA) -- Two Florida men have been sentenced to 15 years each in federal prison for operating a pill mill in metro Atlanta.

Jason Cole Votrobek and Roland Rafael Castellanos were convicted in March. The defendants ran Atlanta Medical Group in Cartersville, where pain pills were prescribed in a non-legitimate medical practice.

Prosecutors said Votrobek, 30, and Castellanos, 34, financed and operated the clinic with 35-year-old Jesse Violante. They worked to obtain and distribute Oxycodone, and persuaded the clinic's physician, 64-year-old Dr. James Chapman, to see as many patients as possible. In 2011, the clinic was one of the nation's top 15 purchasers of Oxycodone.

According to information presented in federal court, more than 98 percent of Atlanta Medical Group's patients were prescription drug addicts who traveled to Georgia from other states, mainly Tennessee and Kentucky.

4 suspects rob convenience store

4 suspects rob convenience store

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Cartersville Police are working to identify the men accused of robbing a convenience store last week.

The suspects hit the Kangaroo gas station at Joe Frank Harris Parkway and East Felton Road on May 12.

Cameras inside the store captured images of two of the men.

Anyone who recognizes them or can help solve this case is asked to call Cartersville Police at 770-606-5337.

Woman charged in fatal wreck

Woman charged in fatal wreck

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. -- An Adairsville woman faces a number of charges in a crash that killed one person Sunday night.

Michele Blum, 47, has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, injury by vehicle, driving on the wrong side of the road and driving without headlights.

The Georgia State Patrol said the wreck happened on Highway 140 near the Bartow-Floyd county line.

Blum's 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 slammed head-on into a Mercedes-Benz E350, killing 55-year-old Nim Bernal Russell of Adairsville.

The GSP said Blum and two others -- one passenger in each vehicle -- were injured and taken to Floyd Medical Center. Blum is still in the hospital Monday afternoon.