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Scuffle, theft lead to charges

A 26-year-old Gainesville man faces several felony charges after an alleged shoplifting scheme went awry in the early hours of post-Thanksgiving shopping.

Authorities said Steven Strickland was arrested after he reportedly tried to sneak a laptop computer out of the crowded local Walmart about midnight Thursday.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Theft suspect sentenced

A contract worker who admitted taking nearly $82,000 from the Dawson County Clerk of Courts office will spend the next two years in prison.

Justin Curtis Disharoon, 24, was sentenced Tuesday by Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin.

November 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Driver charged in fatal scooter wreck

November 10, 2011 | By Julie Arrington DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Woman pleads guilty to assaulting mother-in-law

A woman accused of attempting to kill her mother-in-law by suffocating her with a pillow last year has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

Catherine Lucille Hlavenka, 62, received a sentence of 10 years probation from Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver.

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-deputy charged after complaint

A former longtime Dawson County Sheriff's deputy has been charged with sexual battery and false statements following a probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Mark Louis Caruana, 48, of Lumpkin County was booked Tuesday morning on the charges, which stem from alleged inappropriate sexual conduct while on duty.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man was staying at closed fun center

Authorities are trying to determine just how long a theft suspect had been living at a former Dawsonville family fun park.

Paul Henry Moran, 19, was arrested Friday night at Christ Fellowship Church after employees reported finding a door that leads to the adjacent family fun center propped open with a golf putter.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-clerk pleads guilty

The state has resolved its criminal case against Dawson County's former clerk of courts, who pleaded guilty Friday to theft by taking and violation of oath of offices charges.

In exchange for her negotiated plea, 62-year-old Becky McCord received a 10-year sentence, with four years to be served in custody and the remaining on probation.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy fired after allegations surface

A veteran local sheriff's deputy has been terminated amid allegations he had inappropriate sexual conduct with a woman while on duty.

According to Dawson County Sheriff's Lt. Col. John Cagle, former deputy Mark Caruana, 48, could face criminal charges in connection with the incident.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-Dawson clerk gets 4 years added to prison term

Former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord pleaded guilty Friday in Superior Court to theft by taking and violation of oath of office charges.

In exchange for her negotiated plea, McCord, 62, received a 10-year sentence with four years to be served in custody and the remaining on probation.

October 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Additional arrests made in local theft case

Local authorities have made two more arrests in connection with a string of thefts in Dawson and Forsyth counties last month.

Nathan Seth Davis, 17, was taken into custody in Forsyth County on Sept. 28 on burglary, theft by taking and criminal trespass warrants. He is being held without bond at the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sex offender found at lodge

A convicted child molester wanted on a felony escape charge in Hall County was taken into custody Saturday in Dawsonville.

Michael Keith Coker, 21, of Gainesville, reportedly did not return to the Hall County Detention Center from work release Friday.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Officials arrest 2 in theft case

Two suspects are in custody and two more are sought in connection with a string of thefts in Dawson and Forsyth counties.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the Sept. 21 arrest of Calvin Blackstone, 31, of Dawsonville for a probation violation led investigators to a home off Knight Road in north Forsyth.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen injured in wreck

A local teenager was flown to an Atlanta-area children's hospital after being trapped in a crushed pickup truck for nearly two hours Monday night.

According to authorities, the 13-year-old girl was a passenger in a Ford F-150 that struck a power pole near Harmony Church Road and Ga. 400 just after 11 p.m.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Judge rejects plea deal

Former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord will be back in Superior Court next month after a judge rejected her guilty plea on theft by taking and violation of oath of office charges.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin did not publicly say Friday why she refused to accept the plea, which had been negotiated and approved by both the state and McCord's attorneys.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Judge rejects ex-clerk’s guilty plea

Former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord will be back in Superior Court next month after a judge on Friday rejected her guilty plea on theft by taking and violation of oath of office charges.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin did not publicly say why she refused to accept the plea, which had been negotiated and approved by both the state and McCord's attorneys.

September 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Memorial Sunday in Dawsonville for south Forsyth family killed in murder-suicide

The south Forsyth mother and two young sons who were killed in their home last week will be laid to rest and memorialized together Sunday.

July 30, 2015 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


High speed chase ends in arrest

A Dahlonega man is in custody following a high speed chase on Ga. 400 overnight Saturday.

Jerry Dakhota McCranie, 29, was being pulled over during ...

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Community holds vigil and balloon release for family killed in murder-suicide

SOUTH FORSYTH - The yellow crime scene tape had been taken down by Thursday. What drivers passing by could see was the pile of stuffed animals ...

July 29, 2015 | By Kayla Robins DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man racks up nearly $3,700 in unauthorized charges

A woman who entrusted a Dawsonville man to make a purchase for her with her credit card while she was hospitalized last year is now ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff’s office renews state certification

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recently received word that the department's state certification has been renewed.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy injured by irate bank customer

A Dawson County Sheriff's deputy was injured Friday evening when an irate bank customer trying to flee the scene of a disorderly conduct call ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man attempts to flee after fight outside Publix in Cumming

CUMMING - A Dawsonville man who attempted to run away from Cumming police was arrested Wednesday morning after a brief chase.

July 17, 2015 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man crashes truck fleeing from officers

What appears to have started as a reported domestic call ended Sunday evening with a Dawson County man crashing the truck he was driving into ...

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Family, friends remember slain 911 employee at vigil

NORTH FORSYTH - The four cousins hugged, wiped away tears and scribbled messages on the canvas sheet draped between two goalposts.

July 13, 2015 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Authorities release names in Dawsonville murder-suicide

DAWSONVILLE - The victim in Wednesday's murder-suicide has been identified as a Forsyth County 911 communication officer.

July 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two found dead in Dawsonville home

An incident authorities initially described only as a dispute has left two people dead at a home on Maple Hill Drive in downtown Dawsonville.

July 08, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Commissioners approve social hosting ordinance

Dawson on Thursday became only the second county in the state to implement a social hosting ordinance, which holds adults accountable if they knowingly allow ...

July 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Forsyth County man killed in weekend crash

A Forsyth County man was killed Saturday night as he attempted to pull onto Ga. 400 from Nightfire Drive.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman charged after alleged home invasion

A Forsyth County woman was arrested last week in connection with what authorities are calling a home invasion at a local mobile home park near ...

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local teen charged as adult in molestation case

A 17-year-old from Dawsonville has been arrested in the alleged molestation of a young child.

June 24, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


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