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Pedestrian dies after being hit by Mustang

Pedestrian dies after being hit by Mustang

ATLANTA -- Two people were arrested after hitting and killing a pedestrian in Downtown Atlanta Saturday afternoon.

It happened shortly before 1 p.m., as the victim tried to cross Trinity Avenue near Peachtree Street.

Atlanta Police spokesman Greg Lyon said the pedestrian, 56-year-old Darathe Buckner, was hit by a 1995 Ford Mustang. He was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.

After striking Buckner, the two people inside the car jumped out and ran away. They were arrested at a business in the 1900 block of Metropolitan Parkway after they called 911 and tried to report the Mustang stolen.

Police charged Antavious Lowe with first-degree homicide by vehicle, felony hit and run, and failure to yield. Jungki Kim was charged with giving false statements. Both suspects were taken to the Fulton County Jail.

Man and woman shot while sitting in SUV

Man and woman shot while sitting in SUV

ATLANTA -- A man and a woman are both in critical condition after being shot multiple times each in Downtown Atlanta Friday morning.

Police received a call about the shooting at around 2 a.m. The victims were discovered inside a Lincoln Navigator in a parking lot near the intersection of Trinity Avenue and Peachtree Street. A police report stated they were each shot at least three times.

The victims were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Their condition was described as critical but stable.

The suspect ran from the scene and has not been caught or identified, although a witness told police the man is known as Joe. The witness described Joe as a black man wearing a white T-shirt, light blue plaid shorts, and a light blue hat. After shooting the victims, he ran toward Pryor Street.

Dog catches ambulance thief

Dog catches ambulance thief

ATLANTA -- The search for a stolen American Medical Response ambulance ended with a crash in southeast Atlanta. The driver ran off in to the early morning darkness to hide in the bushes, until a police dog sniffed him out.

The ambulance, which operates out of DeKalb County, was parked at Grady Memorial Hospital when it was taken just before 3 a.m. Tuesday. Police said an EMS driver was cleaning the rear of the running vehicle when a suspect, 38-year-old Jermaine McCommons, jumped inside and drove away.

Grady Memorial Hospital officials used a GPS device inside the ambulance to track it and relay its location to police. Atlanta Police Capt. Terrell Griffin said McCommons drove the ambulance from Atlanta to Cobb County. Investigators followed, but canceled the chase when the speed became excessive.

Ex-DeKalb official pleads guilty to fraud

Ex-DeKalb official pleads guilty to fraud

ATLANTA -- A former janitorial services manager has pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting bribes in exchange for government contracts.

Patrick Jackson, 56, of Loganville was indicted last September. He was investigated by both the FBI and GBI.

Jackson worked simultaneously for two government entities -- DeKalb County and Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center -- between 2006 and 2012. Before then, he worked for a company referred to in the indictment as Company A.

According to information presented in court, Jackson used his position and influence to secure government contracts for Company A with both DeKalb County and the GWCC. He also lived in a luxury Atlanta apartment paid for and furnished by Company A. Jackson did not tell his employers about each other or about his ties to Company A.

Ex-Ga. Aquarium employee convicted of stealing $250,000

Ex-Ga. Aquarium employee convicted of stealing $250,000

ATLANTA -- A former Georgia Aquarium account assistant pleaded guilty Monday to stealing nearly $250,000 from the facility.

Marina Magvrone Davis, 24, was convicted of 11 counts of theft by taking and one count of violating Georgia's RICO Act.

The defendant was responsible for processing Georgia Aquarium customers' credit card refunds. Between February 2012 and January 2013, Davis processed about 114 fraudulent refunds to more than a dozen debit cards linked to bank accounts she opened with her roommate, 25-year-old Ebone Curtisha Ray.

A Georgia Aquarium manager discovered the discrepancies after Davis quit her job, according to prosecutors. The aquarium hired a forensic accounting firm to investigate.

A Fulton County Superior Court judge sentenced Davis to 20 years, with four to serve in prison. She must also pay $110,000 in restitution, and is not allowed to pursue a trust or fiduciary job during her sentence.

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

Atlanta Police looking for Subway robbers

Atlanta Police looking for Subway robbers

ATLANTA -- Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta is offering a reward for the arrests and indictments of two men accused of robbing a Subway.

The suspects hit the restaurant at 74 Northside Drive SW shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 20. One of the men was armed with a silver chrome pistol.

Police described one suspect as a black man, 20 to 30 years old, with a medium to dark complexion. He was about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 175 pounds, with a thin mustache and tattoos near his eyebrows.

The second suspect was a black man, 21 to 30 years old, with a light complexion, medium build and mustache.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.