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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


5 arrested in separate drug stings

Authorities say recent efforts have removed more than a half pound of suspected methamphetamine from the streets.

June 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Former clerk of courts pleads guilty to tax evasion, fraud

An ex-Dawson County official pleaded guilty Friday to federal tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud.

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

June 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man indicted in woman’s death

A Dawson County grand jury has indicted a local man on felony vehicular homicide charges in connection with a June 2010 traffic incident that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Gainesville woman.

According to the indictment, Colon Louis Hartzler, 44, was under the influence of alcohol when he attempted to turn left onto Carlisle Road from Ga. 400.

June 15, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Driver faces charges in death

Jeremy Todd Adams, 30, faces seven charges including DUI and vehicular homicide following a May 27 car accident that killed a Dahlonega man, Georgia State Patrol officials said.

Officials said blood results are still pending but it appears Adams, who was driving a 1993 Isuzu Trooper, crossed the center line on Mill Creek Road at 12:35 p.m.

June 08, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Former county worker agrees to reduced charge

A former Dawson County maintenance worker has been sentenced for his role in a June 2010 wreck that claimed the life of a Dawsonville man.

James "Jim" Ferrante, 42, pleaded guilty earlier this month to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless conduct.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gainesville man charged in former official’s death

A 73-year-old Gainesville man faces charges in connection with a 2010 collision that claimed the life of a former Lumpkin County commissioner.

May 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man backs over wife

A Dawson County man has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after authorities say he backed over his wife in the couple's Valley Brook Circle driveway Sunday.

May 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Mother, daughter plead guilty in theft case

A Dawson County woman who admitted to stealing thousands from her former employer will spend the next three months behind bars.

May 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Effort nets 22 arrests

The local sheriff's office is working with several anti-drug groups and partner agencies in its ongoing effort to keep drugs out of Dawson County.

May 11, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two charged with shoplifting

Hundreds of dollars of children's clothing and designer shoes were recovered May 4, just minutes after associates at the local outlet mall reported the merchandise stolen.

May 11, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local woman arrested in Forsyth burglaries

A Dawsonville woman was among three people arrested in connection with two smash-and-grab burglaries early Thursday in north Forsyth. Authorities say they are wanted for other crimes in metro Atlanta also.

May 04, 2011 | By Julie Arrington DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Convicted killer sentenced to death

A drifter from Georgia learned his fate Thursday morning when a judge sentenced him to death for the 2007 murder and kidnapping of a nurse in northern Florida.

April 27, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Plea near in clerk’s federal case

GAINESVILLE - A financial discrepancy appears to have delayed the guilty plea federal prosecutors were expecting Tuesday morning in the tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud case against an ex-Dawson County official.

April 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Convicted killer sentenced to death

A drifter from Georgia learned his fate Thursday morning when a judge sentenced him to death for the 2007 murder and kidnapping of a nurse in northern Florida.

April 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Dawsonville man in standoff arrested again

Days after a Dawsonville man with a shotgun held officers at bay for nearly five hours, deputies issued a new warrant for his arrest, this time for aggravated stalking.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ellijay teen killed in fiery crash on Hwy. 52

A Gilmer County teen was killed in a fiery crash last week when his car ran off the road in northwestern Dawson County, hit a tree and ignited in flames.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Murder suspect enters not guilty plea

The Dawson County man charged with murder in the shooting death of a local coach has entered a not guilty plea.

March 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arraignments set in murder case

The Dawson County man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father is set to answer to the charges against him in Superior Court on Monday.

March 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


5 hour standoff leads to arrest

A Dawsonville man is in custody following a five hour standoff with deputies overnight Sunday.

March 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local lawman named state’s top boating officer

A Dawson County lawman has been named the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division's 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

March 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local authorities search for man in CVS robbery

Authorities are seeking assistance in identifying a suspect from an armed robbery at CVS in Dawsonville last week.

February 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in church fire

An arrest was made last week in connection with a fire late last year at Gospel Way Baptist Church.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman on probation for theft, forgery arrested again

An ex-realtor who pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges last year was arrested again last week, this time for fraud.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Meth lab found

Four suspects are in custody after drug agents last week raided a home in southeastern Dawson County where an active methamphetamine lab was uncovered.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Murder suspect’s bond set at $250K

Bond has been set at $250,000 for the Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Eight hour standoff ends in arrest

A Dawsonville man is in custody after an eight hour standoff with deputies on Thursday.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man charged with arson

A Dawsonville man has been charged with first-degree arson in connection with a fire at a local tire shop in 2012.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Cold case TV series to revisit Levi Frady case

Local authorities are hoping an upcoming TV series on cold case files in Georgia will shed some new light on the murder of 11-year-old Levi Frady more than 17 years ago.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Meth lab found in southeast Dawson

Drug agents were on the scene Wednesday morning of what they are calling a methamphetamine lab at a home on Hanging Dog Road in southeastern Dawson County.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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