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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


Man pleads guilty to local charges

A local man awaiting trial on vehicular homicide charges in Lumpkin County has pleaded guilty to separate felony charges in Dawson County.

Appearing Sept. 7 before Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller, Jeremy Todd Adams admitted his role in a February case in which he was charged with false imprisonment, interfering with a 911 call, simple battery and criminal trespass.

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Clerk of courts theft case nears end

The sentencing hearing for former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord is scheduled for today in federal court in Gainesville.

McCord, 64, pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud charges in June.

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Authorities discover alleged grow houses

For the second time in less than a week, investigators shut down a suspected indoor marijuana-growing operation in western Dawson County.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the two busts, which resulted in three arrests, were unrelated.

September 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man shot in alleged drug theft

A 42-year-old Dawsonville man was arrested Monday after he reportedly shot an intruder who authorities say was attempting to take marijuana plants from his property early Sunday.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said Darius Marcel Ciupeiu faces felony drug charges as well as a litany of other charges.

August 31, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Treatment court leads addicts down the road to recovery

The road to recovery was a long, rough drive for Pam Williams.

August 26, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Smash and grab thieves target outlets

North Georgia Premium Outlets has once again become the target for thieves, and this time the suspects got away with more than $20,000 in ...

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Wooten announces bid for sheriff

Capt. Tony Wooten on Monday announced his bid to be Dawson County's next sheriff.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gainesville man arrested in mountain resort heist

An arrest has been made in last week's burglary at Forrest Hills Mountain Resort.

August 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Brazen thieves hit resort cabins, steal 15 flat screen TVs

The owners of a popular mountain resort just across the Dawson County line in Dahlonega are once again reeling to recover after thieves reportedly stole ...

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Campground host fires gunshots at lake visitors

A Buford man is facing state and federal charges after authorities say he attempted to take the law into his own hands Saturday night by ...

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


DA plans to add fourth attorney in Dawson

Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh plans to add a fourth attorney to cover the court caseload in Dawson County.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Florida woman identified as driver in fatal car chase

Authorities have positively identified a Florida woman as the driver in last week's fatal high speed chase.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Unidentified woman killed in Friday night wreck

An unidentified woman died from injuries sustained in a wreck on Hwy. 52 in northwestern Dawson County Friday evening.

August 12, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman sought in outlet mall jewelry store heist

Authorities are on the lookout for a woman that held up a Dawsonville jewelry store at the North Georgia Premium Outlets last week.

August 12, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman sought in outlet mall jewelry store heist

Authorities are on the lookout for a woman that held up a Dawsonville jewelry store at North Georgia Premium Outlets this morning.

August 05, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect charged with Internet dating robbery

Investigators have charged a 24-year-old Dawsonville man with armed robbery weeks after they say he robbed a woman he met on an online dating site.

August 05, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Forsyth woman charged in connection with alleged rape

A Cumming woman has been charged in connection with the alleged rape of a Dawsonville teen.

August 05, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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