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Lumpkin County teen charged in burglary

A Dahlonega teen faces felony theft charges stemming from a June 2011 burglary.

Jackson Edward Kearns, 19, turned himself in to authorities Oct. 22.

October 31, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Realtor charged with falsifying contract

A local real estate agent is facing felony charges in connection with what investigators are calling a fraudulent sales transaction.

Carol Michaelson, 49, of Dawsonville turned herself into authorities Oct. 10. She was released a short time later.

October 17, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Couple faces drug charges

A Marble Hill couple who fled the country to avoid drug charges has been taken into Dawson County custody.

Dawson County Sheriff's Lt. Ray Goodie said Gladys Lucia Ferrer, 46, and husband Nelson Vidal Ferrer-Hernandez, 52, were detained last week as they attempted to enter Panama.

October 03, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Sweep deemed successful

A recent multi-agency sweep to verify the whereabouts of Dawson County's nearly three dozen sex offenders resulted in the arrest of one and investigations into two others.

Dawson County Sheriff's Lt. Ray Goodie called the roundup Thursday an overall success.

September 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Grand jury hands down indictments

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.

September 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Man may also have posed as officer here

A Dahlonega man arrested last month for impersonating an officer in neighboring Lumpkin County faces the same charge in Dawson County.

According to authorities, Donald Lee Hill portrayed himself as a border patrol agent with the Department of Homeland Security on several occasions between May 1 and July 1 to employees at a local pawn shop.

September 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Suspect charged after manhunt along 400

September 05, 2012 | By Alyssia LaRenzie DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS

Dawson man sentenced in meth trafficking case

A 46-year-old Dawson County man pleaded guilty last week to trafficking methamphetamine.

In a negotiated plea, Daniel Jeffery Thompson received a 22-year sentence with the first 12 years to be served in prison and the remainder on probation.

August 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

2 locals charged in sting

Two Dawsonville men were among 23 people indicted last week as part of a two-year undercover FBI investigation into the Outlaw Motorcycle Club and its affiliates in Georgia.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Raymond Sellers, 65, of Dawsonville, was arraigned along with George Norwood, 48, of Cumming, on charges they conspired to make a bomb and give it to an undercover agent.

August 22, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS

Man charged in historian’s death

A Gainesville man faces charges in connection with the collision that claimed the life of local historian and retired educator Charles Finley.

Mickey Lee Bunton, 67, turned himself in to authorities Aug. 14, the day after he was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide by the Georgia State Patrol, which investigated the wreck.

August 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Four charged with trafficking meth

A routine traffic stop in downtown Dawsonville early Saturday led to the arrests of four people on felony drug charges, authorities said.

According to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, those arrested include: Stephanie Adkins, 40, of Gainesville; Joseph Cansler, 42, of Sweetwater, Tenn.; and Crystal Tyner, 28, and Samuel Smallwood, 39, both of Madisonville, Tenn.

August 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Officers recover $16K in stolen equipment

Three people face theft and drug charges after a probation verification visit turned up more than $16,000 worth of stolen equipment from a new Fulton County high school.

According to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, 23-year-old Donald B. Watts of Orlando, Fla., was charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, one felony and one misdemeanor, as well as misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

August 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Official: ‘This is a set fire’

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a suspicious fire June 12 at a vacant building.

"We're looking at this as a set fire," said Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Tim Satterfield.

August 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Pot plants seized in drug sweep

Authorities say a multi-agency law enforcement sweep uncovered an elaborate indoor marijuana-growing operation in western Dawson County.

According to Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle, drug agents found more than two dozen marijuana plants in the basement of a home on Hensley Way and made one arrest.

August 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Convicted child molester asks for new trial

A Dawsonville man serving life in prison for aggravated child molestation made a case last week for a new trial.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver is considering the matter, which she heard Thursday.

July 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

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Authorities investigating multiple break-ins at workshop

Investigators with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are asking for help in identifying the two suspects that allegedly broke into a local workshop three ...

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

3 injured when teen driver collides head-on with fire engine

The teen driver that collided head-on with a Dawson County fire engine last week remained hospitalized on Tuesday with injuries she sustained in the crash.

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Inmate charged with making up murder story

Authorities have charged a Lumpkin County man with giving false statements after he reportedly took local investigators on what they are calling a wild goose ...

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Dawson man charged with vehicular homicide

Vehicular homicide charges have been brought against a Dawson County man who was also seriously injured in a collision that killed an elderly woman.

September 30, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Dawsonville woman charged with DUI in downtown crash

A Dawsonville woman has been charged with driving under the influence after authorities say she crashed into a brick sign, overturned and came to rest ...

September 30, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Jail commander announces bid for sheriff

Veteran lawman Maj. Jeff Johnson last week announced his intention to run for Dawson County Sheriff.

September 23, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Judge rules on pre-trial motions in murder case

While the trials of two men charged in connection with the 2014 death of a Dawson County man did not begin as originally scheduled last ...

September 23, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

DNR officer on Lake Lanier wins national award

When announced last week as the national boating officer of the year, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Cpl. Jason Roberson said it's his family ...

September 23, 2015 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff, | CRIME/COURTS

Marijuana growers arrested in separate busts

Two Dawson County men are facing felony charges in connection with growing marijuana.

September 23, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

GBI sketch released of woman in Zales armed robbery

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office has released a rendering by a Georgia Bureau of Investigation sketch artist of the woman wanted in connection with ...

September 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

No threat found at school

Despite rumors circulating that Dawson County High is on lockdown, sheriff's officials say their investigation has revealed no threat to the school.

September 17, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS

Shoplifters hit outlets

Bandits continue to target North Georgia Premium Outlets, this time shoplifting nearly $3,000 in merchandise from more than a half dozen stores at the ...

September 16, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Dawsonville jewelry heist could be part of tri-state crime spree

The unidentified woman that made off with more than $13,000 worth of jewelry during an armed robbery at North Georgia Premium Outlets last month ...

September 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Murder trial continued in coach’s death

The trial of a Dawson County man accused of fatally shooting a popular Little League coach last November has been continued.

September 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Woman arrested at political rally seeks $550,000

Attorneys for a Roswell woman arrested last summer during a political rally in Dawson County have filed notice that a lawsuit is looming unless a ...

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

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