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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:

Athens Police Officer shot during disturbance call

Athens Police Officer shot during disturbance call

ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens police officer was shot by a suspect Sunday morning, as the suspect tried to take the officer's gun.

According to an Athens Police press release, officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Fairways @ Jennings Mill Apartments just before noon.

Police say 28-year -old James M. Marcantonio was banging on the door and attempting to gain entrance into the caller's apartment.

As an officer arrived and confronted the suspect, Marcantonio became combative and struggled with the officer.

Witnesses told police Marcantonio attempted to take the officer's weapon, and the officer was shot once.

Once more police arrived, Marcantonio was arrested without further incident.

The injured officer has not been identified and was taken to a local hospital for treatment

Teen shot to death in Athens

Teen shot to death in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County Police are investigating the shooting death of a teenager.

The victim, 18-year-old Jordanius Randolph, was found lying behind some hedges near a home on Westchester Circle shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.

Police said Randolph had been shot. Responding officers rendered first aid until EMS arrived, but the teen passed away. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will conduct an autopsy.

Police are now working to identify a suspect in the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 706-613-3342.

1 killed in Athens hotel fire

1 killed in Athens hotel fire

ATHENS, Ga. -- One person died Monday and another was in jail after a fire broke out, overnight, at an Athens motel, America's Best Inn, at 2715 Atlanta Highway, west of downtown Athens.

Motel guests awoke just before 1:00 a.m. Monday to the smell of smoke, the sight of flames shooting out of Room 211, the sounds of alarms and sirens.

And they soon learned that the fire killed the woman who was staying in room 211.

The woman was Anita Dantzer Watson, 34, mother of four, who grew up on a farm a few miles away. She was always known as Dantzer as she rode horses across the fields, attended church functions, enjoyed friends and school.

Driver arrested for killing pedestrian in Athens

Driver arrested for killing pedestrian in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. -- A 20-year-old man has been charged in a pedestrian's death in Athens Sunday night.

The accident happened shortly before 10 p.m. on the Athens Perimeter Highway near Oconee Street.

Police said the pedestrian, later identified as 55-year-old Kathy Maxey, stepped into the road and was struck by an Infiniti G35 driven by Edwin Gaona.

Maxey was pronounced dead at the scene. A 17-year-old passenger in Gaona's car was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Gaona was arrested and charged with DUI and vehicular homicide.

UGA police looking for theft suspects

UGA police looking for theft suspects

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia Police Department is working to identify two people who may be responsible for several thefts on campus.

The suspects were caught on surveillance video at an Athens store.

Police described them as a black man and black woman, both in their mid-20's to mid-30's. They drive a silver late model Dodge Avenger and have been spotted carrying an infant.

Anyone who can help investigators identify the suspects is asked to call University of Georgia police at 706-542-2200.

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Adderall, mushrooms, handgun found in Athens home

Adderall, mushrooms, handgun found in Athens home

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens police officers found drugs, money and a gun while executing a search warrant at a house this week.

Investigators raided the Northview Drive home Feb. 17. Athens-Clarke County police spokesperson Hilda Sorrow said members of the Drug Task Force recovered Adderall, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, packaging materials, a digital scale, a handgun and holster, ammunition and cash from the house.

Two people were taken into custody. David Douglas Elliott, 24, was charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, substance possession, marijuana possession and selling marijuana.

Robert Howard Ansley, 28, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

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