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Authorities discover alleged grow houses

For the second time in less than a week, investigators shut down a suspected indoor marijuana-growing operation in western Dawson County.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the two busts, which resulted in three arrests, were unrelated.

September 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man shot in alleged drug theft

A 42-year-old Dawsonville man was arrested Monday after he reportedly shot an intruder who authorities say was attempting to take marijuana plants from his property early Sunday.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said Darius Marcel Ciupeiu faces felony drug charges as well as a litany of other charges.

August 31, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


‘A collaborative effort’

Less than a month after he was named to the National Drug Court Hall of Fame, the judge responsible for envisioning a treatment court in Dawson County was honored during a ceremony marking the program's fifth anniversary.

"I've been really given too much credit," said Northeastern Judicial Circuit Senior Judge John Girardeau. "Those of us who work in the drug court arena know that success is never attributable to just one person. It is a collaborative effort.

August 24, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man acquitted of child molestation charges

A 54-year-old Dawson County man arrested nearly a year ago on child molestation charges has been acquitted.

With friends and family by his side Aug. 10, Louis "Lou" Renevillia said he felt a weight lifted from his shoulders as a jury returned not guilty verdicts on each of the nine charges.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-planning member arrested in drug sting

A former member of Dawson County's planning board was arrested Monday in a drug sting.

Elbert Phil Clark, 62, of Dawsonville was charged with trafficking methamphetamine after authorities said he bought 4 ounces of the drug at a local motel.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Couple charged in burglary

A Dawsonville couple who authorities say are responsible for a burglary last week were arrested after tips from nearby residents.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Theft case nears end

Prosecutors expect to resolve the state's theft case against former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord next month.

A plea hearing is set for Sept. 16, two days after McCord is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud charges.

August 03, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Hilton appears in N.C. federal court

Convicted killer Gary Michael Hilton pleaded not guilty Monday in a North Carolina federal court to allegations he kidnapped and murdered an elderly couple in 2007.

Already serving a life sentence for a Georgia slaying and awaiting execution in Florida for another, Hilton could face the death penalty for the double murder of John and Irene Bryant who disappeared while hiking in the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.

July 27, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man arrested, cache of stolen items found

Several firearms reportedly stolen in late June were recovered last week during a search of a home off War Hill Park Road.

Investigators also found jewelry taken in the same theft case at a local jewelry store, according to Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten.

July 20, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Driver charged in July 4 wreck that killed 2 teens

The driver in a July 4 wreck that killed two teenagers has been charged with vehicular homicide, according to Georgia State Patrol officials.

Tony James Delong, 19, was driving a 1993 Jeep Wrangler east on Whelchel Mill Road in Hall County at about 2 p.m. when he lost control in a curve, struck an embankment and the vehicle flipped several times, according to Georgia State Patrol reports.

July 20, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Man arrested for downtown burglary

A 49-year-old man was arrested last week, less than a day after authorities received reports that a downtown business had been burglarized.

Randy Lee Mooney of Davis Road was identified as the lone suspect after Dawson County Sheriff's investigators showed jail employees a video surveillance photo of him at the crime scene.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Victims, suspect in Harbour Point shooting identified

Hall County deputies shot and killed a man they believed stabbed two women, killing one of them in a scene that ended in the street of an upscale lakeside community Monday night.

Officials identified the deceased woman as Mary Pearce, 64. The stabbing victim was identified as her sister-in-law, Gretchan Pearce, 66.

July 12, 2011 | By Ashley Fielding DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Hilton indicted in N.C. murders

A former drifter serving a life sentence for one slaying and sentenced to death for another has been indicted in the murders of an elderly couple in a third state.

For years, authorities have called Gary Michael Hilton, 65, a suspect in the killings of John and Irene Bryant, who disappeared in 2007 while hiking in Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.

July 06, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


5 arrested after party in WMA

A recent report of possible underage partying in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area resulted in the arrests of five metro Atlanta men on drug, alcohol and firearms charges.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said Department of Natural Resources officers alerted deputies June 21 after they saw several men drinking alcohol and firing shotguns into the air.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-clerk pleads to charges

GAINESVILLE - Dawson County's former clerk of courts pleaded guilty Friday to federal tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud.

Appearing in U.S. District Court, Becky McCord, 62, admitted falsifying her 2009 federal income tax return and lying about her income during a bankruptcy hearing.

June 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Dawsonville man accused of hitting family member with metal fire poker

A Dawsonville man has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the brutal beating of a family member.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man pleads guilty to Lumpkin church thefts

A Dahlonega man pleaded guilty last week to his part in a string of church burglaries in Lumpkin County.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Proposal designed to prevent underage drinking

Parents caught allowing their kids to host drinking parties with their friends could face hefty fines and punishments if a proposed ordinance is passed by county commissioners.

May 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Weapons, ammo stolen from deputy’s vehicle

Authorities are investigating the thefts of guns and ammo taken from a deputy's service vehicle last week.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Trial dates set for murder suspect

Trial dates are set for the man accused of gunning down a popular coach last November.

May 06, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Couple seeks $1 million after criminal charges dismissed

A couple arrested for interference of child custody in 2014 is seeking a sizable retribution from the Dawson County Sheriff's Office after the charges were dismissed.

May 06, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deal signs transparency bill

A bill signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday in Dawsonville opens transparency into one of the state's most secretive agencies.

May 06, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman accused of ‘doctor shopping’

A Dawsonville woman is facing multiple charges in connection with what authorities are calling "doctor shopping."

May 06, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deal signs transparency bill in Dawsonville

A bill signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday in Dawsonville opens transparency into one of the state's most secretive agencies.

May 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Governor to sign parole transparency bill Friday

Gov. Nathan Deal will be in Dawsonville Friday morning to sign a bill into law that will make sweeping transparency changes to one of the Georgia's most secretive agencies.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man found guilty of evidence tampering

A Dawson County man was sentenced to 20 days in jail last week for his role in a 2013 shooting in southwestern Dawson County.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Names of drivers released in head-on wreck

A 39-year-old Dawsonville man has been cited in last week's head-on collision that sent him and a second driver to area hospitals with serious injuries.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville couple facing felony drug charges

A Dawsonville couple is facing felony drug charges after authorities were called to their home on a reported domestic case and discovered suspected narcotics laying out in plain view.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two airlifted after collision

Both drivers were seriously injured in what appears to have been a head-on collision on Hwy. 136, just west of Bailey Waters Road in Dawson County Tuesday morning.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Student arrested with shotgun in truck on Hightower campus

A student at Hightower Academy, Dawson County's alternative school, was arrested last week for having a weapon on campus.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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