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Probe ongoing into find

Authorities continue to investigate the Dec. 21 discovery of an explosive device at a downtown Dawsonville gas station.

According to Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten, a 38-year-old Hall County man gave "no real reason" for having the device, which was described as an industrial grade explosive typically used on construction sites.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Closure in clerk theft case

The state's cases against three people who pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the Dawson County Clerk of Courts office came to an end Tuesday with the final suspect's sentencing.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Judge Kathlene Gosselin sentenced Donna Jeanette Sheriff to 10 years, with two to be served in state prison and the remainder on probation.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Public defender honored for indigent defense work

To some people work is truly work, but for Northeastern Judicial Circuit Public Defender Brad Morris his work is his passion.

"If you do something you like, it really isn't work," Morris said.

November 30, 2011 | By Patrick Stoker DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Deputies urge caution during holiday season

The recent arrest of a teenager in a theft case has Dawson County Sheriff's officials reminding residents to be cautious this holiday season.

"Just like when it's warm outside, as the weather changes near the holidays, we have an increase in criminal activity," said Capt. Tony Wooten.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Scuffle, theft lead to charges

A 26-year-old Gainesville man faces several felony charges after an alleged shoplifting scheme went awry in the early hours of post-Thanksgiving shopping.

Authorities said Steven Strickland was arrested after he reportedly tried to sneak a laptop computer out of the crowded local Walmart about midnight Thursday.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Theft suspect sentenced

A contract worker who admitted taking nearly $82,000 from the Dawson County Clerk of Courts office will spend the next two years in prison.

Justin Curtis Disharoon, 24, was sentenced Tuesday by Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin.

November 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Driver charged in fatal scooter wreck

November 10, 2011 | By Julie Arrington DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Woman pleads guilty to assaulting mother-in-law

A woman accused of attempting to kill her mother-in-law by suffocating her with a pillow last year has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

Catherine Lucille Hlavenka, 62, received a sentence of 10 years probation from Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver.

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-deputy charged after complaint

A former longtime Dawson County Sheriff's deputy has been charged with sexual battery and false statements following a probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Mark Louis Caruana, 48, of Lumpkin County was booked Tuesday morning on the charges, which stem from alleged inappropriate sexual conduct while on duty.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man was staying at closed fun center

Authorities are trying to determine just how long a theft suspect had been living at a former Dawsonville family fun park.

Paul Henry Moran, 19, was arrested Friday night at Christ Fellowship Church after employees reported finding a door that leads to the adjacent family fun center propped open with a golf putter.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-clerk pleads guilty

The state has resolved its criminal case against Dawson County's former clerk of courts, who pleaded guilty Friday to theft by taking and violation of oath of offices charges.

In exchange for her negotiated plea, 62-year-old Becky McCord received a 10-year sentence, with four years to be served in custody and the remaining on probation.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy fired after allegations surface

A veteran local sheriff's deputy has been terminated amid allegations he had inappropriate sexual conduct with a woman while on duty.

According to Dawson County Sheriff's Lt. Col. John Cagle, former deputy Mark Caruana, 48, could face criminal charges in connection with the incident.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-Dawson clerk gets 4 years added to prison term

Former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord pleaded guilty Friday in Superior Court to theft by taking and violation of oath of office charges.

In exchange for her negotiated plea, McCord, 62, received a 10-year sentence with four years to be served in custody and the remaining on probation.

October 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Additional arrests made in local theft case

Local authorities have made two more arrests in connection with a string of thefts in Dawson and Forsyth counties last month.

Nathan Seth Davis, 17, was taken into custody in Forsyth County on Sept. 28 on burglary, theft by taking and criminal trespass warrants. He is being held without bond at the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sex offender found at lodge

A convicted child molester wanted on a felony escape charge in Hall County was taken into custody Saturday in Dawsonville.

Michael Keith Coker, 21, of Gainesville, reportedly did not return to the Hall County Detention Center from work release Friday.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Forsyth County man killed in weekend crash

A Forsyth County man was killed Saturday night as he attempted to pull onto Ga. 400 from Nightfire Drive.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman charged after alleged home invasion

A Forsyth County woman was arrested last week in connection with what authorities are calling a home invasion at a local mobile home park near Ga. 400.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local teen charged as adult in molestation case

A 17-year-old from Dawsonville has been arrested in the alleged molestation of a young child.

June 24, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Drugs taken during robbery

Authorities are investigating a report that two men assaulted and robbed another at the Kangaroo gas station in Dawson County near Ga. 400 last week.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man guilty of murder, believed cellmate was the devil

Believing his cellmate was the devil, John Setchel grabbed 72-year-old Ronald Sailers off of the top bunk in the Hall County Jail and slammed his head into the ground until he died, prosecutors said Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Man robbed at Dawson County gas station

Authorities are investigating a report that two men assaulted and robbed another at the Kangaroo gas station in Dawson County near Ga. 400 Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Robbery leads local salon to take security measures

Salon owner Zoya Sarab is taking extra precautions to protect her downtown Dawsonville business following an armed robbery on Friday.

June 17, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Three injured in fiery collision

A head-on collision just after noon on June 11 sent three area residents to nearby hospitals.

June 17, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Local teenager pleads guilty to reduced charges

A local teenager will spend the next 36 months in county lockup after admitting to sex crimes involving a younger family member.

June 17, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gunman robs downtown Dawsonville hair salon

A daytime robbery in downtown Dawsonville has police following K-9 units on a search for an armed suspect.

June 12, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


NASCAR engine builder’s wife back in custody

The wife of famed NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott is back in Dawson County Sheriff's Office custody.

June 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man shot by trooper after firing high-caliber rifle at patrol post

GAINESVILLE - A Gainesville man may have had a death wish when he was shot by a Georgia State Patrol trooper Monday morning after pulling up to the Cleveland Highway post and firing a high-caliber rifle.

June 08, 2015 | DCN regional staff editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Man lured to Dawsonville for date gets robbed

A man lured to Dawsonville by a woman he met on the Internet was reportedly ambushed when he arrived at her home.

June 03, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged following fatal Dawsonville motorcycle crash

A Forsyth County man was among the first of 15 fatalities on Georgia roads during the Memorial Day weekend.

May 27, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Murder suspect wants trial moved from Dawson County

The reported triggerman in the shooting death of a popular little league coach last November has requested a change a venue for his murder trial.

May 27, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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