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Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson.

“Vehicle arson is a very serious matter,” said Chief Larry Few, Director of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes. Fulton residents should learn ways they can prevent vehicle arson from happening to them.”

Motivations behind vehicle arson include, revenge, concealing another crime, excitement, insurance fraud/arson for profit and vandalism.

Tips to prevent vehicle arson

Smash and grab burglars hit Highlands boutique

Smash and grab burglars hit Highlands boutique

ATLANTA -- A Virginia-Highland boutique was burglarized overnight.

Atlanta police said the thieves hit 310 Rosemont at 1038 North Highland Avenue.

The suspects used a rock to break a front window of the store. Police said a special film on the window prevented the plate glass from shattering, but the burglars pulled back the glass like a door to get inside the store.

The thieves took merchandise, some of which they dropped on the sidewalk outside the store.

Witnesses told police the suspects arrived at the boutique in a truck and SUV.

The suspects have not been identified.

Thieves drive truck into Urban Outfitters

Thieves drive truck into Urban Outfitters

ATLANTA -- Smash-and-grab burglars drove a truck into an Atlanta clothing store Tuesday morning.

The incident happened at around 4:30 a.m. at Urban Outfitters on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Atlanta police said the suspects backed a white Ford truck into the store, but did not gain entry. Police confiscated the truck, which was left at the scene.

Investigators did not immediately know if any merchandise was stolen.

Smash-and-grab burglars drove a truck into an Atlanta clothing store Tuesday morning.

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

ATLANTA -- A Kennesaw man has pleaded guilty to being part of a kickback scheme involving Atlanta Public Schools.

Mahendra Patel admitted in federal court that he conspired with APS chief information officer Jerome Oberlton to benefit from a certain firm receiving a $780,000 computer project from the school district.

"Patel subverted the fairness of the contracting process for his own benefit and ultimately undermined the trust taxpayers place in APS to provide high-quality educational services," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement.

Oberlton pleaded not guilty in federal court in June. His trial date has not yet been set.

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

ATLANTA (AP) - A former chief information officer for Atlanta's school system accused of accepting bribes in exchange for his influence in awarding a technology contract has pleaded not guilty.

Jerome Oberlton entered his plea in federal court in Atlanta Tuesday. A federal grand jury handed down a seven-count indictment last week naming Oberlton and another man, Mahendra Patel, in the bribery scheme. Patel also pleaded not guilty.

The indictment says the two accepted $60,000 in kickbacks from an information technology company that won a contract worth more than $700,000 from the school district.

Oberlton served as chief information officer for Atlanta schools from 2004 to 2007. Oberlton joined the Dallas school district in January and was working as chief of staff. He resigned last week after informing the superintendent of the investigation.

Knife-wielding robbery suspect arrested

Knife-wielding robbery suspect arrested

ATLANTA -- A quick-thinking robbery victim's actions led to the arrest of her attacker in Virginia-Highland Thursday morning.

The victim told police she was robbed shortly after midnight while sitting in her car on Los Angeles Avenue.

Atlanta Police Officer Kim Jones said the suspect approached the victim and demanded money. As she tried to grab some change, he pulled out a knife and cut her face.

The victim was able to drive away and flag down an Atlanta Police officer on nearby North Highland Avenue. Jones said the victim spotted her attacker walking down the street and pointed him out to the officer, who arrested him.

The suspect was identified as 42-year-old Elmer Serrano. He was taken to the Fulton County Jail on a robbery charge.

The victim was treated for her minor cut by Grady EMS.

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of