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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

Man commits suicide after 5-hour SWAT standoff

Man commits suicide after 5-hour SWAT standoff

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cherokee County man has died after shooting himself during a SWAT standoff.

The incident began at around 1:45 p.m. Sunday at a house on Trinity Hollow Drive in Canton.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said the suspect, 31-year-old Paul Limerick, got into an argument with his father and shot at him several times. The father managed to escape the house unharmed.

A SWAT team was called to the scene and tried to convince Limerick to leave the home. After about five hours of negotiations, Limerick shot himself in the head, according to Baker.

Limerick was taken to North Fulton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The GBI was called in to investigate the incident.

Cherokee court reporters convicted of racketeering

Cherokee court reporters convicted of racketeering

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Three former Cherokee County court reporters will spend time in jail after pleading guilty to stealing from the county.

All three women were convicted Tuesday of racketeering. They were sentenced in Cobb County Superior Court.

Betty Petersen, Kimberly Probst and Tammy Stine were arrested last September after an investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Police learned that since 2006, the three had billed the county for court transcripts that did not exist. They also expanded the spacing in their reports to increase the number of pages transcribed.

Cherokee Co. man indicted for lying about Purple Heart

Cherokee Co. man indicted for lying about Purple Heart

CANTON Ga. -- A grand jury indicted a Canton man for allegedly lying about heroic service to his country. Shane Ladner was arrested in June 2013 after a six-week investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office determined he was lying about earning a Purple Heart. Tuesday, a grand jury moved the case forward with an indictment.

Ladner said he was wounded by shrapnel from a grenade explosion in Central America when his unit came under hostile fire while serving in the Army. He said he was awarded a Purple Heart for his actions in that attack.

Ladner was indicted for six counts of making false statements and theft by taking. The theft by deception charges come from Ladner receiving a Purple Heart license plate in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Ex-Cherokee elections director charged with theft

Ex-Cherokee elections director charged with theft

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The former Cherokee County elections director was arrested over the weekend for stealing from the county.

Janet Munda, 55, was booked into the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center Saturday night. She was later released on $9,000 bond.

Munda, of Cumming, was charged with felony theft by taking after a six-month investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said Munda is accused of using her county credit card to pay for personal items.

Munda was fired from her elections director position in July 2014.

Armed man robs Canton CVS

Armed man robs Canton CVS

CANTON, Ga. -- Police in Cherokee County are working to identify the man accused of robbing a Canton pharmacy at gunpoint.

It happened Saturday at around 7:30 a.m. at the CVS at Hickory Flat Highway and East Cherokee Drive.

Witnesses told police the suspect forced two CVS employees into a back room, where he stole cash. They described the suspect as a black man wearing a mask and dark clothing. He was armed with a handgun.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said the robbery is very similar to one committed in early December at the CVS in Canton's Sixes community.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call 911.

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: