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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


High-speed chase ends with wreck, 3 arrests

A 37-year-old Cumming man faces nearly a dozen charges after he reportedly led authorities on a high-speed chase through Dawson County in a stolen truck.

June 16, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Restrictions lifted for many sex offenders

A law signed last month by Gov. Sonny Perdue allows more than half of the county's registered sex offenders to live and work wherever they want.

June 09, 2010 | By Stephen Gurr DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Teen pleads guilty for restroom videos

Two days before he was set to graduate with honors from Dawson County High School, a teenager admitted making video recordings of women and young girls in three local restrooms.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Boy turns up at school

A woman who reported her son missing May 27 faces drug and other charges after the child turned up safe at a day care, where he had been the whole time.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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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


Execution scheduled for Thursday

It was 23 years ago in April that the community was rocked by one of the most brutal murders in Dawson County's history.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Thieves continue to target churches

The number of burglarized churches in Dawson County continues to mount.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen faces additional sexual battery charges

The case against a teenager arrested last month on misdemeanor sex charges has grown.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


1 arrested after stop by deputy

Several garbage bags filled with harvested marijuana plants were discovered during a traffic stop last week in Dawson County.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teacher charged with intimidating co-worker

A local elementary school teacher was among two people arrested last week after authorities responded to reports of a burglary at her colleague's home in neighboring Gilmer County.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


GBI investigating jail employee

A night shift supervisor at the Dawson County Detention Center is on paid administrative leave while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation looks into accusations he punched an inmate in the face.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Speeding SUV leads to marijuana bust

Several garbage bags filled with harvested marijuana plants were discovered during a routine traffic stop Tuesday in Dawson County.

June 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged with battery after fight with roommate

A verbal altercation between roommates that escalated into a physical fight hospitalized one man and sent another on the run early Saturday morning.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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