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Man arrested for downtown burglary

A 49-year-old man was arrested last week, less than a day after authorities received reports that a downtown business had been burglarized.

Randy Lee Mooney of Davis Road was identified as the lone suspect after Dawson County Sheriff's investigators showed jail employees a video surveillance photo of him at the crime scene.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Victims, suspect in Harbour Point shooting identified

Hall County deputies shot and killed a man they believed stabbed two women, killing one of them in a scene that ended in the street of an upscale lakeside community Monday night.

Officials identified the deceased woman as Mary Pearce, 64. The stabbing victim was identified as her sister-in-law, Gretchan Pearce, 66.

July 12, 2011 | By Ashley Fielding DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Hilton indicted in N.C. murders

A former drifter serving a life sentence for one slaying and sentenced to death for another has been indicted in the murders of an elderly couple in a third state.

For years, authorities have called Gary Michael Hilton, 65, a suspect in the killings of John and Irene Bryant, who disappeared in 2007 while hiking in Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.

July 06, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


5 arrested after party in WMA

A recent report of possible underage partying in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area resulted in the arrests of five metro Atlanta men on drug, alcohol and firearms charges.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said Department of Natural Resources officers alerted deputies June 21 after they saw several men drinking alcohol and firing shotguns into the air.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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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


Drugs taken during robbery

Authorities are investigating a report that two men assaulted and robbed another at the Kangaroo gas station in Dawson County near Ga. 400 last week.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man guilty of murder, believed cellmate was the devil

Believing his cellmate was the devil, John Setchel grabbed 72-year-old Ronald Sailers off of the top bunk in the Hall County Jail and slammed his head into the ground until he died, prosecutors said Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Man robbed at Dawson County gas station

Authorities are investigating a report that two men assaulted and robbed another at the Kangaroo gas station in Dawson County near Ga. 400 Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Robbery leads local salon to take security measures

Salon owner Zoya Sarab is taking extra precautions to protect her downtown Dawsonville business following an armed robbery on Friday.

June 17, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Three injured in fiery collision

A head-on collision just after noon on June 11 sent three area residents to nearby hospitals.

June 17, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Local teenager pleads guilty to reduced charges

A local teenager will spend the next 36 months in county lockup after admitting to sex crimes involving a younger family member.

June 17, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gunman robs downtown Dawsonville hair salon

A daytime robbery in downtown Dawsonville has police following K-9 units on a search for an armed suspect.

June 12, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


NASCAR engine builder’s wife back in custody

The wife of famed NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott is back in Dawson County Sheriff's Office custody.

June 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man shot by trooper after firing high-caliber rifle at patrol post

GAINESVILLE - A Gainesville man may have had a death wish when he was shot by a Georgia State Patrol trooper Monday morning after pulling up to the Cleveland Highway post and firing a high-caliber rifle.

June 08, 2015 | DCN regional staff editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Man lured to Dawsonville for date gets robbed

A man lured to Dawsonville by a woman he met on the Internet was reportedly ambushed when he arrived at her home.

June 03, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged following fatal Dawsonville motorcycle crash

A Forsyth County man was among the first of 15 fatalities on Georgia roads during the Memorial Day weekend.

May 27, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Murder suspect wants trial moved from Dawson County

The reported triggerman in the shooting death of a popular little league coach last November has requested a change a venue for his murder trial.

May 27, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Fender bender with Dawson deputy leads to suit

A woman involved in a fender bender with a deputy in 2013 has now filed suit against Dawson County.

May 27, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man accused of hitting family member with metal fire poker

A Dawsonville man has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the brutal beating of a family member.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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