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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:

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Kennesaw man charged in fake credit card scheme


PAULDING COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- A Kennesaw man is behind bars charged with operating what investigators are calling one of the largest fake credit card schemes they have ever seen. Thousands of credit card users may be victims.

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Paulding County Sheriff's deputies arrested 44-year-old, Keith Michael Francis of Kennesaw after his landlord, who was going to evict him, and discovered thousands of phony credit cards, debit cards, gift cards and driver's licenses.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Elderly woman scammed by fake cops


DALLAS, Ga -- Paulding County investigators are looking for three people posing as police officers who are preying on seniors. They conned one woman out of $12,000.

The 73-year-old Dallas woman did not want to be identified because she was embarrassed by what happened. But she wanted other people like her to be aware and to not do what she did and report a crime when it happens.

"When people come around and ask you questions, you have to be aware of them," she said.

On Oct. 28, an unidentified male and female knocked on her door, posing as police officers conducting an undercover investigation. "When I opened the door up they said, 'We have a warrant for your arrest,'" she said.

Store clerk threatened with a bomb


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga -- A suspect who robbed a store and told the clerk he had a bomb may be connected to a second robbery. The robberies happened a day apart in Paulding County. In one of the robberies he said he had a gun and a bomb.

"At this point we don't have anything that would indicate whether he did have a bomb or a gun but as you can imagine the clerk took it serious and gave the suspect the money," said Corporal Ashley Henson of the Paulding County Sheriff Office.

On Friday, October 25, 2014, the suspect walked into the CVS Pharmacy on Cedarcrest Road at about 7:00AM. The suspect forced a clerk into the manager's office where he ordered the manager to open a safe and give him the money, according to Cpl. Henson.

The suspect pointed a black, semi-automatic pistol at the clerk and the manager.

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Paulding County's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.