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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:

Woman kidnapped from east Atlanta bar parking lot

Woman kidnapped from east Atlanta bar parking lot

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police are investigating a kidnapping that took place early Thursday morning in east Atlanta village.

According to Capt. Paul Guerrucci, a woman was leaving The Earl around 1:30 Thursday morning. As she tried to leave the parking lot, a man grabbed her from her car and threw her into the back of an SUV, driven by another man, eyewitnesses told police. One of the suspects then fled in the woman's car.

The woman was found unharmed nearly 18 hours later in NW Atlanta. Police are looking into the possibility that the suspects may have been impersonating officers. Guerrucci said some witnesses said the men did represent themselves as police, while other witnesses did not.

Bicyclist struck by hit and run driver

Bicyclist struck by hit and run driver

ATLANTA -- A man was injured after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle in southeast Atlanta.

It happened at around 1:30 a.m. Monday near the Interstate 20 east ramp to Moreland Avenue.

An Atlanta Police spokesperson said the cyclist, whose name was not released, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with cuts to his leg.

The car sped away after hitting the cyclist. A witness described it as a dark-colored vehicle.

The accident is under investigation.

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

ATLANTA -- Jury selection began Monday for a dozen defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial.

The teachers and administrators have been indicted on mobster-like charges, including racketeering and theft by taking. Prosecutors say they cheated students and pocketed big bonuses.

Four hundred potential jurors have been called. Jury selection is expected to take two to three weeks. The trial itself could last as long as eight months and may be one of the most expensive in state history, with six prosecutors and 12 defense attorneys, hundreds of witnesses and a million documents.

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Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Police Department's Summer Crime Initiative appears to be paying off.

Monday morning, the department announced it has seen reductions in three crime categories. Residential burglaries are down 17 percent, pedestrian robberies are down 10 percent and entering auto cases are down nine percent this summer.

New strategies used to prevent and reduce crime in DeKalb County include 24-hour specialized operations, bike patrols and curfew enforcement.

"The reduction in crime statistics proves that the investments we are making in police and fire personnel pay dividends," DeKalb County interim CEO Lee May said in a release.

May said the police department plans to add 160 more sworn officers and 100 patrol cars by the end of 2014.

Woman shot to death in DeKalb apartment

Woman shot to death in DeKalb apartment

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A woman was found shot to death inside a DeKalb County apartment Thursday night.

Police found the victim's body at around 10 p.m. inside a unit at the Shoals Crossing Apartments in the 1900 block of Flat Shoals Road. They were dispatched to the scene after a neighbor called 911.

DeKalb County Police Sgt. Steven Dean said the woman was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name was not released, but Dean said investigators believe she was in her early 20's.

No suspects have been identified. Dean said police are following a few leads.

Anyone with information in this homicide case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.