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Dawsonville terror defendant can represent self at sentencing

ATLANTA – Syed Haris Ahmed has one of Georgia's top criminal defense lawyers to represent him when he is sentenced for providing material support to terrorists, but the 24-year-old former Georgia Tech student insisted Thursday he wanted to go it alone.

October 23, 2009 | By Stephen Gurr DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Judge sides with group

A judge has ruled the state must return funds seized from a group accused of helping a Cumming man end his life because it has taken too long to file a complaint against the organization.

October 21, 2009 | By Julie Arrington DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Postal worker sentenced

A postal worker who pleaded guilty last month to selling methamphetamine will serve about six months at a women's residential treatment center, followed by several months of strict supervision and fines.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


More meth brings stiffer charges against couple

A recent indictment places a local couple at the center of what authorities say is one of the largest methamphetamine trafficking cases in Dawson County history.

September 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Seized truck to be used at jail

It's not brand new and it needs a bit of maintenance, but the 1997 red Ford F-150 sitting outside the Dawson County Sheriff's Office will be put to good use.

September 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-postal worker pleads guilty to drug charges

A postal worker arrested over the summer for making methamphetamine deliveries while on her route pleaded guilty to felony charges Thursday.

September 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Trucker pleads guilty in wreck

A log truck driver pleaded guilty Monday to charges in connection with a collision that claimed the life of a 33-year-old Forsyth County mother.

September 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspected pot farmer arrested

A Dawson County man was arrested Monday afternoon after authorities say they found him tending to a crop of suspected marijuana in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

August 26, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Treatment court graduates five

Thursday was a day of celebration and the official marking of a new life for five people.

August 26, 2009 | By Elizabeth Hamilton Staff Writer | CRIME/COURTS


Second terror suspect found guilty

A federal judge set an October sentencing date for a Dawsonville man convicted of conspiring to provide support to terrorists after the man's co-defendant was found guilty of similar charges last Wednesday.

August 19, 2009 | By Stephen Gurr DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-cop pleads guilty

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit with his hands and feet shackled, former Dawson County Sheriff's Officer Kenneth Cannon admitted he impersonated a state patrol officer to illegally gather information on his ex-wife.

August 12, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Middle school teacher resigns following arrest

A Dawson County Middle School teacher has resigned following his arrest in Forsyth County last month on a felony drug charge.

August 12, 2009 | By Elizabeth Hamilton Staff Writer | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged with child porn

A Dawsonville man faces nearly a dozen felony charges for sexual exploitation of children after he reportedly made contact with a teen over the Internet.

August 12, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Task force aims to locate fugitives

Communicating vital information is key in the search and apprehension of fugitives.

August 05, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man sought in armed robbery

Authorities are searching for a suspect who reportedly held another man at gunpoint while robbing him early Friday morning in his home.

July 31, 2009 | 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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