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Grand jury hands down indictments

POSTED: September 19, 2012 4:00 a.m.

More than two dozen people were indicted on criminal charges after a Dawson County Grand Jury met Sept. 10.

Among those facing charges are a Dahlonega man found in possession of industrial grade dynamite that closed down an area in downtown Dawsonville earlier this year and a parolee who was released to care for her aging father but was then reportedly caught abusing him.

While authorities said they believe Murray Paul Davis, 46, had no intention of causing harm to anyone with the stick of industrial grade dynamite found in his car at a downtown gas station last December, a grand jury said the evidence against him warranted charges of possession of explosive materials and reckless conduct.

He also was indicted on charges of possession of morphine, alprazolam and trazodone, drugs not in original container.

"He was under the influence of several different drugs and was sitting, passed out, next to a gas pump," said Dawson County Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Ramsey. "It's reckless disregard. It could have been a very bad situation."

Deputies found the dynamite Dec. 21 after clerks at the Kangaroo convenience store on Hwy. 9 reported that a man appeared to have passed out behind the wheel after pumping gas.

Fearing a possible drug overdose, paramedics took Davis to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, while deputies searched the vehicle and found the stick of dynamite.

Several city blocks were shut down while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's bomb squad collected the explosive.

A court date has not been set.

Also indicted last week:

Just weeks after being released from prison, Dawson County Sheriff's deputies reportedly saw Martha Ann Horvat, 46, physically abusing her elderly father in early February at a downtown Dawsonville apartment.

Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said reports of a woman screaming in nearby woods drew deputies to the apartment complex on Hwy. 9 the night of Feb. 4.

After speaking with Horvat about the disturbance, deputies were leaving the apartment when they say she pulled her father from a wheelchair by his feet and slammed him onto the bed.

"They could see her through the front window," Wooten said.

In addition to simple battery of an individual older than 65, Horvat was indicted on several other charges, including reckless conduct of an HIV-infected person and five counts of officer obstruction.

Wooten said alcohol was a factor in the case.

According to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles, Horvat was released Jan. 4 after serving 16 months of a 10-year sentence for theft by receiving stolen property in Richmond County in eastern Georgia.

Horvat remains in Dawson County custody.


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