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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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Fourth murder in three months on same street

Fourth murder in three months on same street

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Along McDaniel Street, near Atlanta's Castleberry Hill neighborhood, crime is a common occurrence.

But what has happened in the last few months has even Atlanta Police befuddled.

Saturday night's triple shooting is the latest to strike the area. Donovan Thomas, 27, was killed. Two others, including a 14-year-old boy, were also shot.

"It appears the victims were the intended target, the motive right now is unknown," said Lt. Charles Hampton, Homicide Commander for APD.

It's on the same street where three other murders have happened recently.

On Oct. 7, 62-year-old Obie Phillips was shot and killed in front of the JVC Grocery Store on McDaniel Street in an apparent drive-by. Police say he wasn't the intended victim.

A month later, on Nov. 15, 21-year-old Nicholas Green was killed while riding with his brother.

Ex-Grady Memorial Hospital payroll director convicted of embezzlement

Ex-Grady Memorial Hospital payroll director convicted of embezzlement

ATLANTA -- Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation's former payroll director has been found guilty of stealing nearly half a million dollars from the Atlanta hospital.

Donald Thomas, 55, was convicted of six counts each of theft and wire fraud, and two counts of bank fraud. He will be sentenced in February.

According to information presented in federal court, from January 2008 to June 2011, Thomas oversaw payroll for Grady's 5,500 employees. During that time, he made 134 fraudulent payments to himself by removing fired employees' bank account numbers from their payroll records and replacing them with his own.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Thomas added vacation and severance pay for the former Grady employees, which was deposited into his personal bank account. In at least two instances, he created paper checks for payments to terminated employees, forged their signatures and took the money.

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:

Three injured in shooting near downtown Marriott

Three injured in shooting near downtown Marriott

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Multiple people were injured during a shooting near the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Peachtree Center Avenue NE in downtown Atlanta.

Three people were taken to the hospital.There has been no word on their injuries or their condition.

Atlanta police say six people in a white passenger van were driving along Edgewood Avenue near Ebenezer Baptist Church when someone shot at their van. Police don't know who shot at the van or why.

The driver of the van drove to the Marriott. Crews at the hotel counted multiple bullet holes on the exterior of the van.

Police are working two crime scenes. The van remains at the hotel where police are looking for evidence. There are also officers along Edgewood Ave. & Auburn Ave. where shell casings and shattered glass was found.

Home invasion suspects captured while trying to run

Home invasion suspects captured while trying to run

ATLANTA -- Police arrested two home invasion suspects in Downtown Atlanta Wednesday morning.

Officers were dispatched to the CityWalk Apartments at Auburn Avenue and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive at around 1 a.m., after witnesses said they saw two men force a victim into his unit at gunpoint.

Investigators arrived and spoke with the victim, who told them one of the suspects made him lie in the bathtub, while the other bagged some of his property.

Atlanta Police spokesman Greg Lyon said officers set up a perimeter in the area after learning the suspects escaped through the building's parking deck.

An off-duty officer spotted the suspects near Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding and called for assistance.

Suspect arrested in fatal Woodruff Park stabbing

Suspect arrested in fatal Woodruff Park stabbing

ATLANTA -- A 26-year-old man has been charged with stabbing another man to death near Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta.

It happened shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday at Park Place and Edgewood Avenue.

Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones said the suspect, Trent Anderson, got into an argument with the victim. The argument escalated into a physical fight that ended when Anderson stabbed the victim.

The victim was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Grady Memorial Hospital. His name was not released.

Anderson was arrested a few blocks away from the park.