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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

Hall County Fire warns of possible scam

Hall County Fire warns of possible scam

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County residents are asked to be wary of a person pretending to collect money for the county's fire department.

The scammer has called or visited a number of homes and businesses, asking for donations to Hall County Fire Services. Whenever residents question the collection, the scammer becomes rude and aggressive, according to Hall County Interim Deputy Fire Chief Chad Black.

Black added that the fire department only solicits funds during its annual Boot Drive for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

"We are disturbed that someone would misrepresent us in this way, and we urge all citizens to be wary of this person or persons," Black said in a statement.

Anyone who may have been visited by the possible scammer is urged to call the Hall County Sheriff's Office at 770-536-8812.

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:

Woman charged in year-old Gwinnett murder

Woman charged in year-old Gwinnett murder

BUFORD, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police have compiled enough evidence to charge an Oakwood woman with murder in a year-old case.

Amy Leann McGarity, 27, is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment and concealing a death. She is already in the Gwinnett County Jail on unrelated charges.

Police are investigating McGarity in the death of 20-year-old Kayla Jeanne Weil, whose remains were found in Chestnut Ridge Park in Hall County on Oct. 24, 2013.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said investigators believe Weil was murdered at a house on Cloud Street in Buford. McGarity lived at that address at the time of Weil's death.

No other information has been released, as the death is still under investigation.

Man gunned down outside Flowery Branch bar

Man gunned down outside Flowery Branch bar

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Authorities are investigating a shooting outside a bar in Flowery Branch that claimed the life of a Buford man.

Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller says the shooting happened at around 2 a.m. Saturday outside the Branch House Tavern.

The Times of Gainesville reported that 26-year-old Donald Lee Battle Jr., who recently moved to Georgia from Minnesota, was killed as he and others were leaving the bar.

Flowery Branch police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were probing the circumstances of the shooting. Few other details were immediately available.

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Ex-Hall County Schools electrician arrested for theft

Ex-Hall County Schools electrician arrested for theft

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- A retired Hall County Schools employee has been charged with stealing more than $55,000 from the school district.

Ricky Donald Loggins, 48, turned himself in to Hall County Sheriff's officials Tuesday.

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Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said Loggins is accused of manipulating the school system's repair and maintenance contract paperwork, which allowed him to obtain excess equipment and supplies. He then sold the materials and pocketed the money. The discrepancies in the paperwork were discovered during an internal audit.

Loggins worked as an electrician for Hall County Schools for 31 years and retired last month, Wilbanks said.

He was charged with felony theft by conversion and is currently free on $5,000 bond.

Teen arrested for Flowery Branch HS Instagram threat

Teen arrested for Flowery Branch HS Instagram threat

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The familly of a teenage girl arrested after writing about a possible shooting at Flowery Branch High School, says this has been one big misunderstanding.

Tiffani Torres, 18, was taken into custody Tuesday morning and released on bond around 5:30 that night.  A judge ordered her to stay away from social media sites, the internet and her cell phone.  She was also given a 10 p.m. curfew.

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Hall County Sheriff Sgt. Kiley Sargent said Torres was charged with one count of disruption of a public school after posting a threatening message on Instagram. Torres is a senior at Flowery Branch High School.