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Child struck by vehicle near Simpson Middle School

 

A child was struck by a vehicle in Cobb County on Monday evening.

The child was hit near Simpson Middle School, which is located at 3340 Trickum Rd. NE in Marietta.

The child was alert when taken to the hospital, according to a spokesperson with Cobb County police.

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(Read more: http://www.cbs46.com/story/27633609/child-struck-by-vehicle-in-cobb-county#ixzz3MAKsw2gi)

Safe America celebrates 20 years

Safe America Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary. The foundation was chartered in 1994. Its mission is to distribute information, develop and facilitate programming, and support businesses and products with a focus on emerging health and safety issues at home, work and play and to partner with civic organizations, government and corporations combining collective knowledge and skills to address emerging health and safety issues to promote a Safer America.

To learn more, visit www.safeamerica.org.

 

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Register for Safe America Winter Break Driver Ed classes

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Learn to drive over Winter Break! Safe America will offer Driver Eductaion classes December 22 – 27 (no class on Christmas Day) 9 am to 3:30 pm and 
December 29January 3rd (no class on New Year’s Day) 9 am – 3:30 pm. Courses include a special $75 discount off the full 30 and 6 Driver Education Class.
The Winter Break class is $399 per student. This gives the $150 State Tax Credit and 10% discount off car insurance for 3 years.

Locations include Safe America Foundation headquarters, 2480 Sandy Plains road, Marietta and East Roswell Park, 9000 Fouts Road, Roswell. For more information visit www.safeamericadrivers.org or call 770-973-7233.

 

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SPLOST purchases a benefit to public safety

 

During its next regular meeting, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners are expected to consider the final purchase of public safety equipment using funds from the 2011 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The new Hazmat truck for the Fire and Emergency Services Department is the final item on a long list of crucial equipment purchased to provide the community essential services.

The 2011 SPLOST Public Safety list included seven fire engines, five rescue trucks, two ladder trucks, two air/light trucks, 60 thermal imaging cameras, improved communications equipment at the jail and 911 center, ten sets of extrication equipment, 18 manual defibrillators, apparatus jacks for the maintenance shop, paving for four stations, roof repairs for three stations and 37 bay door replacements.

 

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Remembering Pearl Harbor Day

December 7 is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Let us never forget that 72 years ago Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor Naval Base and Hickam Air Field in Hawaii, killing more than 2,300 Americans. The following day President Franklin Roosevelt, addressing a joint session of Congress, called December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.” Declaring war against Japan, Congress ushered the United States into World War II and the United States abandoned isolationism.

Our parents and grandparents became the “greatest generation” for liberating the world from the threat of fascist domination which at that time was dominant in Germany, Italy and Japan. Today our youth defend us from a new threat of tyranny from Islamic zealots and terrorists whose sole goal is the murder of anyone who disagrees with their fanatical interpretation of Islamic religious beliefs. Keep our military personnel who fight for our freedoms in your prayers this holiday season. The conflicts that threaten America are not over.

(Source: Cobb County Government)

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Green Dot MoneyPak scam alert targeting East Cobbers

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In speaking with the Cobb Sheriff Office Fraud unit, East Cobb citizens are being targeted by scammers insisting to pay them with a Green Dot MoneyPak in lieu of going to jail or other similar threats. Green Dot cards are reloadable cards that people use who may not otherwise want to use a bank account. Once the money is placed on the card, providing the number to someone is giving them direct access to all of the funds on the card.

Two prevalent scams involve money owed to the IRS and failure to show up for jury duty. Government agencies will not call you and request payment by phone. Please do not become a victim of this scam.

Here is a link to MoneyPak with more details on scams – https://www.moneypak.com/ProtectYourMoney.aspx#Scams.

Tips On How To Protect Yourself From MoneyPak Fraud:

  1. Never give your MoneyPak number to someone you don’t know.
  2. Never give receipt information about your MoneyPak purchase to another party.
  3. Use your MoneyPak only to reload your prepaid cards or accounts you control.
  4. Refuse any offer that asks you to buy a MoneyPak and share the number or receipt information by email or phone.
  5. To use your MoneyPak with PayPal or eBay or other online merchants, transfer the money to your PayPal account before you pay the merchant. Don’t email your MoneyPak number directly to any merchant.
  6. Unless it’s an approved MoneyPak partner, don’t use MoneyPak for any offer that requires you to pay before you get the item.

(Source: Cobb County Police Department. Prevention tips from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cyber Division)

Entering Auto Alert from Cobb Police

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It’s the shopping season and unfortunately that includes thieves shopping for purses and bags left in cars at the day care centers. Cobb County Police wanted residents to be aware of some recent Entering Autos that have occurred along Lower Roswell Road and Bentley Road this week. They have had three cases only, but want this not to become more of a trend. The offenders are breaking the car door windows and taking purses and or bags left in the vehicle.  They are accomplishing this while children are being dropped off. Usually when this trend begins it spreads to other daycare facilities. There have been no suspect descriptions available.

In addition three Entering Autos incidents occurred at the National Parks parking lots this weekend. This includes the Sope Creek parking lot and Johnson Ferry at Columns Drive parking lot.  In one case they watched the victim place valuables in the trunk.

To prevent becoming a victim, Cobb Police reminds residents to take purses with you when you drop off your child so offenders see you did not leave it behind in the vehicle.  Be alert and call 911 if you see any suspicious activity.
 

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Help shape the future of transportation in Cobb

 

Share your thoughts and opinions on the Cobb County Comprehensive Transportation Plan 2040 update at an open house 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4. Your input is needed on major transportation investments in Cobb including pedestrian and bicycle facilities, public transit, roadway capacity and upgrades, bridges, intelligent transportation systems, maintenance and programs and policies. The open house will be held in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.

For more information, visit cobbinmotion.com or emailinfo@cobbinmotion.com.

 

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Holiday travel tips from Cobb County Police

The holiday season begins with Thanksgiving and continues through the New Year. The Holidays are a time of joy and celebration for most, but sometimes it is met with tragedy due to the high volume of travelers during this time period. According to the Crash Reporting Unit of the Georgia Department of transportation and the Georgia State Patrol are jointly predicting 2,915 traffic crashes, 1,301 injuries and 20 traffic deaths on Georgia roads between Wednesday and Sunday. Last year during a similar 102-hour holiday period, there were 2,760 traffic-crashes that resulted in 1,227 injuries and 17 traffic deaths.
https://dps.georgia.gov/thanksgiving-traffic-holiday-period

Most holiday travelers get to where they are going by car. To arrive safely, it is recommended that these safety steps are followed for travelers who will drive to visit their loved ones this Thanksgiving:

1. Make sure the vehicle is in good working order.

2. Start out with a full tank of gas, check the tire air pressure and make sure the wind-shield fluid is full.

3. Buckle up, slow down, and don’t drive impaired. Designate a driver who won’t drink.

4. Be well rested and alert.

5. Use caution in work zones.

6. Give one’s full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.

7. Observe speed limits – driving too fast or too slow can increase the chance of being in a collision.

8. Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If the driver is tired, stop and get some rest.

9. Be respectful of other motorists and follow the rules of the road.

10. Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.

11. Clean the vehicle’s headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows.

12. Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or if using windshield wipers due to in-clement weather.

13. Don’t overdrive the headlights.

14. If car trouble develops, pull off the road as far as possible.

15. It’s also recommended to keep an emergency preparedness kit in the vehicle. Useful items include water, snacks, a flashlight, first aid kit, extra cash and blankets.

For people traveling by air, bus or train, the seasonal flu can occur as early as October. If people have come in contact with someone who is sick, perhaps the trip should be postponed as they may be contagious for a week before symptoms appear.

Other safety tips to avoid the flu while travelling include the following:

• Remember that everything someone touches has to be touched by someone else – luggage handlers, etc. Handle one’s own belongings as much as possible. Wash hands often with soap and water.

• Carry hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes and use them to wash hands or wipe down surfaces such as armrests.

• Bring one’s own pillows and blankets – they can act as a shield against the seat it-self.

• If someone has to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or sleeve.

• Avoid touching the face or eyes.

(For more information visit the Redcross at http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Travel-Safely-During-Thanksgiving-Holiday)

 

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Black and Blue Friday: Stay Safe this Shopping Season

As stores gear up for the biggest holiday shopping day of the year, it may be easy to forget that Black Friday isn’t always a sign of holiday cheer. A new poll reveals that personal safety inside stores and outside in store parking lots is the No. 1 holiday safety concern for Americans – particularly women and seniors.

Nearly half of the more than 800 respondents (49 percent) who participated in a national survey reported that personal safety in stores and parking lots is their primary safety concern this holiday season. For holiday shoppers, the worries over personal safety outpaced concerns over merchandise being stolen and children going missing in the store.

The survey was conducted by Signal 88 Security, a private security company with more than 90 franchises services over 700 locations throughout the US and Canada, including offices in  Atlanta.

“While Black Friday should be a fun day for holiday shoppers, the threat to personal safety and security is very real,” said Kris Withrow, owner at a Signal 88 Security franchise  and former department store loss prevention specialist. “Shoppers may become combative while in pursuit of a popular holiday item, and that may compromise the safety of other shoppers.”

Withrow says that electronic items, such as gaming systems, computers and televisions, often cause the most confrontations in a store.

“Getting your hands on a Black Friday deal is great, but it isn’t worth becoming involved in a verbal or physical altercation,” Withrow said. “Oftentimes, merchandise can be replenished.”

In order to remain safe inside the store, Withrow suggests remaining aware of your surroundings.

“Shoppers tend to let down their guards once inside the doors, but that may make them more vulnerable – especially when it’s crowded,” said Withrow. “It’s not uncommon for thieves to follow shoppers out of the store in order to steal the merchandise once in the parking lot. Report any suspicious activity to a store employee or manager.”

In addition to store safety, nearly one-quarter of survey respondents (23 percent) indicated that having gifts stolen from their vehicles or homes was their biggest holiday shopping concern. To keep your purchases safe in the parking lot, take the time to follow common sense steps such as locking your car doors and keeping purchases out of sight.

“Shoppers are often in a hurry to get into the store and may forget to lock their car doors,” Withrow said. “Double- or even triple-check to make sure your vehicle is secure.”

If you’re traveling from store to store, keep your purchases out of sight, preferably locked in the trunk.

“Make sure nothing of temptation is left in the car,” Withrow said. “Even items such as backpacks, which may not contain anything valuable, could be alluring to a thief and make you vulnerable to a break-in.”

Nearly one in five survey respondents (19 percent) said their primary safety concern is having their children go missing in a crowded store.

“If possible, leave the kids at home as you do your holiday shopping,” Withrow said. “Crowded stores make it easy to lose track of children. Plus, they may create distractions for you that could put you in a position to become a victim of theft.”

 

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