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3 Atlanta suburbs among nation's safest cities

3 Atlanta suburbs among nation's safest cities

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Three metro Atlanta towns are among the safest cities in the U.S.

Every year, NeighborhoodScout.com lists America's safest cities of at least 25,000 residents according to the number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 people.

Johns Creek comes in at No. 14 on this year's list, while another north Fulton County town, Milton, is No. 39. On the south side, Peachtree City ranks No. 63, jumping from No. 67 in 2012.

Johns Creek and Peachtree City are also among Georgia's top 10 suburbs, according to a 2012 study by Coldwell Banker.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Man wanted for robbing Milton pharmacy

MILTON, Ga. -- Milton Police are working to identify the man suspected of robbing a local CVS over the weekend.

City of Milton communications manager Jason Wright said the robbery happened at around 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the CVS at Bethany Bend and Alpharetta Highway.

The suspect, described as a white man in his 20s, handed a CVS pharmacist a note saying he had a gun and wanted prescription drugs, Wright said.

The man ran from the store and managed to escape police. He also tried to flag down a driver for a ride, according to Wright.

Surveillance cameras in the store captured images of the suspect. He is about 5-feet-11-inches tall and 170 pounds, and was wearing a white baseball cap, red or maroon shirt, dark pants and a blue jacket.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Milton Police at 770-777-6595.

Member of 'Felony Lane Gang' arrested in Milton

Member of 'Felony Lane Gang' arrested in Milton

MILTON, Ga. -- A Florida woman arrested in Milton last week may be a member of the national Felony Lane Gang of people who steal women's identities, the Milton Police Department announced Friday.

Investigators said 43-year-old Kelly Marie Mazon-Perez of Pompano Beach was taken into custody Jan. 13 while trying to cash a stolen check at the RBC Bank on Ga. 9.

When she was arrested, Mazon-Perez was wearing a red wig, reportedly to look like the woman in the photo on a stolen Chapel Hill, N.C. driver's license found in her possession. The checks Mazon-Perez was trying to cash had been stolen in Miami Beach, Fla.

Teen vandals caught, sentenced to community service

Teen vandals caught, sentenced to community service

MILTON, Ga. -- Milton Police have arrested three local high school students for vandalism in the Gates Mill subdivision.

The teens were taken into custody when an officer spotted a black Jeep Wrangler that witnesses saw in the area of the Dec. 10 crimes. The driver of the car cooperated with police and led them to the other two suspects, one of whom lived in the subdivision where the vandalism took place.

Because all three suspects are younger than 17, police are not allowed to publicly identify them.

The vandalism in question happened at three Gates Mill houses. The homeowners reported that the suspects "beheaded and hung" some of their Christmas yard decorations, according to Milton Police spokesman Shawn McCarty.

DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

ATLANTA -- DeKalb and Fulton counties have been awarded grants for use by law enforcement agencies to combat child sexual abuse and exploitation.

The grants awarded Tuesday are administrated by the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Federal officials say DeKalb County will receive $496,793 and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office will receive $352,803. They say Atlanta continues to have a reputation as a center of child prostitution.

Twenty grants totaling $9.2 million are being awarded to agencies across the country.

Local man arrested for Crooked Creek burglaries

Local man arrested for Crooked Creek burglaries

MILTON, Ga. -- Milton police charged a resident of the Crooked Creek subdivision with several burglaries that occurred in the neighborhood from April to June.

William Jarrod Ewing, 20, bonded out of jail Thursday on $20,000 bail.

He was arrested Aug. 16 in connection with six burglaries in which police said he attempted to enter the homes through back windows and doors between 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. In one of the cases, he encountered a woman inside her house.

Crooked Creek is Milton's largest subdivision. All of the burglarized homes backed up to the Atlanta Athletic Club golf course.

Ewing first became a person of interest because he was known to roam the subdivision late at night. Detectives eventually used physical evidence to link Ewing to the burglaries.

He was also arrested June 29 at the Forsyth County line for being under the influence of alcohol.