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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

Elif Fine Jewelry in Buckhead burglarized

Elif Fine Jewelry in Buckhead burglarized


ATLANTA -- A Buckhead jewelry store was hit by burglars Tuesday morning.

Someone smashed a front window at Elif Fine Jewelry on West Paces Ferry Place at around 1 a.m.

There was no immediate word of how much merchandise was taken. No suspects have been named.

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Smash and grab at Buckhead AT&T store

Smash and grab at Buckhead AT&T store


ATLANTA -- Several suspects are on the run after burglarizing an Atlanta AT&T store Tuesday morning.

The smash and grab burglary happened at around 4 a.m. at the store in the 2500 block of Piedmont Road NE.

Atlanta Police Capt. Jack Snowden said three or four suspects used a hammer to break the store's front window. They took about 10 cell phones before running.

The suspects abandoned their Ford F-150 at the Buford Highway Connector and Sidney Marcus Boulevard, according to Snowden. No one has been arrested yet.

Police dispatchers said two iPhones wrapped in paper were found inside the abandoned truck.

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Driver flips car on Northside Parkway

Driver flips car on Northside Parkway


ATLANTA -- A man faces charges after driving down an embankment and flipping his car near a busy Buckhead intersection Friday morning.

The accident happened at around 12:45 a.m. on Northside Parkway near West Paces Ferry Road.

Atlanta Police Capt. Jack Snowden said the driver, whose name was not released, left the road and traveled down the embankment. The car overturned upon reaching the bottom.

After flipping his car, the driver got out and tried to run. Because of this, he will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, according to Snowden.

The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Snowden said the driver will be tested to decide if he will also be charged with driving under the influence.

No one else was hurt in the wreck.


Doctor sentenced for Medicare fraud

Doctor sentenced for Medicare fraud

ROSWELL, Ga. -- An Atlanta doctor has been sentenced to 50 months in prison for defrauding Medicare and the IRS.

Lawrence Eppelbaum, 54, of Roswell must also pay a $3.5 million fine after being convicted of 27 counts of healthcare fraud, tax fraud and money laundering.

Eppelbaum operated the Atlanta Institute of Medicine and Rehabilitation (AIMR) and the Pain Clinic of AIMR. In 2004, he created a program called the Back Pain Fund, which transported patients between his Buckhead clinic and a hot spring in Florida. Despite labeling the fund a charity, Eppelbaum paid the vast majority of its operating expenses.

According to information presented in federal court, Eppelbaum entered into an arrangement with the Torah Day School in northeast Atlanta, where the parents of students would make their tuition checks payable to the Back Pain Fund instead of the school. In return, Eppelbaum repaid the school for the amount of the tuition plus 25 percent.

Suspect falls off roof while running from police

Suspect falls off roof while running from police

ATLANTA -- A man was critically injured after falling four stories while running from police Friday morning.

The suspect, whose name was not released, fell at around 3:40 a.m. from a roof at the 2115 Piedmont apartment complex near Interstate 85 and the Buford Spring Connector in Atlanta.

Atlanta police spokesman John Chafee said the incident began as a traffic stop in the 2000 block of Piedmont Road. The suspect sped off and eventually led officers to the apartment complex. The chase continued onto the roof and ended with the suspect's fall.

The suspect was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

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'Maintenance Man' rape suspect's trial begins

'Maintenance Man' rape suspect's trial begins

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Jury selection begins Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of committing at least five rapes in the 1980s.

Daniel Wade, 63, is believed to be the Maintenance Man rapist, a nickname derived from the fact that he posed as a maintenance worker and attacked his victims in their apartments.

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Police say Wade committed the rapes between January 1986 and January 1987. His victims ranged in age from 10 to 65. They were sexually assaulted in various apartment complexes along northeast Atlanta's I-85 corridor.

The rapes went unsolved until April 2011, when police used DNA to link Wade to the five attacks, as well as three more in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. The suspect was indicted last September.