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Audit shows an outdated registry

The basis of Georgia's statewide sex offender registry is an antiquated and inflexible system that contains incomplete, inaccurate and outdated information on sex offenders, according to a recent audit.

August 18, 2010 | By Stephen Gurr DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


3 soldiers in jail after bomb scare

Charges continue to mount for three enlisted soldiers who authorities say tossed training grenades into a crowd of people at a local parking lot over the weekend.

August 11, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Soldiers arrested after attack on crowd

Three enlisted soldiers from Camp Frank D. Merrill in Dahlonega were booked Monday morning on dozens of charges, including domestic terrorism, after authorities say they tossed explosive devices into a crowd of people in a Dawson County parking lot.

August 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspects nabbed in sting

A former employee of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office faces felony drug charges after her recent arrest in what authorities said was a sting operation.

July 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two arrested at car dealership

A recent parolee from Suwanee was arrested over the weekend after authorities said he attempted to take wheels off vehicles at a local car dealership.

July 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teens accused of theft are released to parents

Three teenagers believed to be responsible for entering nearly two dozen vehicles near Ga. 400 on July 7 made their first appearance before a Juvenile Court judge Friday.

July 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Clerk race to runoff

Gaye Cantrell and Justin Power woke up Wednesday morning ready to hit the campaign trail again as they head into an Aug. 10 runoff election to become Dawson County's next clerk of courts.

July 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Judge swears in new circuit ADA

A Mercer University Law School graduate joined the Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office last week.

July 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local teens likely to face theft charges

Authorities likely will charge three teenagers in connection with a July 7 crime spree that targeted nearly two dozen vehicles near Ga. 400.

July 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man pleads guilty to child molestation

A Dawsonville man must serve at least half of the 40-year prison sentence he received after admitting he sexually abused a teenage family member.

July 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen hospitalized after wreck

A Dawsonville teenager remained hospitalized Tuesday, five days after he was injured in a two-vehicle wreck near Ga. 400.

July 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Charges likely after passenger ejected

Authorities say a Dawsonville man likely will face charges after a passenger fell out of the Jeep he was driving Friday night on Ga. 400 and was killed when hit by an oncoming minivan.

June 30, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Grand Jury hands down indictments

A Dawson County Grand Jury last week indicted 20 suspects on charges ranging from perjury to child molestation and statutory rape. The following list of indictments was provided by the Dawson County Clerk of Superior Courts office.

June 30, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Charges likely in wreck

A Dawson County employee involved in a June 15 fatal wreck near Veterans Memorial Park could face charges in connection with the incident, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

June 23, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Former deputy clerk, cohort plead guilty

Sentencing has been delayed until September for a former Dawson County deputy clerk of court and her accomplice who admitted last week they had taken about $82,000 from an office account.

June 16, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Man charged under new state law

A 20-year-old Dawsonville man is the first to be charged locally under a new state law that prohibits sending sexually explicit photographs without the consent of the person depicted.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Report details use of force incident

Personnel documents released by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office detail the use-of-force incident that resulted in the firing of a jail sergeant earlier this month.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Jailer will lose post

The termination process is underway for a Dawson County Detention Center shift supervisor accused of punching an inmate in June.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County wants clemency answers

County commissioners are demanding answers after a state board's ruling last month to grant clemency to a convicted murderer.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Motorcycle collides with SUV, killing one on Hwy. 9

A 21-year-old Baldwin man was killed on July 29 after he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a pickup truck on Hwy. 9.

August 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man charged with pandering, solicitation

A 37-year-old Dawsonville man was arrested last week on pandering and solicitation charges.

August 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teachers resign after incident in Gilmer Co.

Two teachers involved in an incident that ended with the arrest of one of the women in Gilmer County last month have both resigned from the Dawson County school system.

July 30, 2014 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Checkout clerk charged in thefts from Walmart

An 18-year-old Gainesville woman has been arrested in connection with the theft of about $6,800 from a Dawsonville retailer.

July 30, 2014 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


2nd arrest in church burglaries

A second suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a string of church burglaries over the past several months.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


No clean getaway for burglary suspect

Dawson County Sheriff's investigators cracked the case of a missing dishwasher by following a blood trail that led them --eventually-- to the alleged culprit, who lives down the street.

July 16, 2014 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Man faces rape, kidnapping charges

A 43-year-old Dawsonville man faces kidnapping, rape and other charges after he reportedly assaulted a woman over four days at a home in western Dawson County.

July 16, 2014 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest in church burglaries

Authorities have arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Death row inmate granted clemency

A local family is devastated after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip on July 9.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in church burglaries

Authorities last night arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

A local family is devastated after the state's pardons and parole board on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip.

July 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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