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Officer graduates head of the class

Every law enforcement officer has his own story to tell on how or why he got into the field.

July 29, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Driver arrested twice in three days

A Dawsonville man remains in custody after being arrested twice in three days for driving under the influence.

July 29, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Middle school teacher arrested in meth bust

A Dawson County Middle School teacher faces felony drug charges after his arrest earlier this month in Forsyth County.

July 24, 2009 | By Frank Reddy DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Theft charge dismissed

A Superior Court judge has determined a Dawsonville accountant did not break any laws when he transferred more than $60,000 from a client's escrow account to pay other expenses.

July 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Criminal charge not valid against local CPA

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday determined an accountant did not break the law when he transferred over $60,000 from a client's escrow account to pay other expenses.

July 15, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman charged in wreck

A Forsyth County teenager has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a February wreck that claimed the life of her boyfriend and injured four other people in southwestern Dawson County.

July 08, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Indictment: Ex-jailer had relationship with inmate

The former Dawson County Sheriff's detention officer who was arrested in February on child molestation and statutory rape charges is now accused of sexual assault against a female inmate in custody, according to a grand jury indictment filed on June 16.

July 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Authorities urge safety this holiday weekend

A wreck Monday morning shut down both lanes of Dawson Forest Road after a Dawsonville man left the road way and careened down a 25 foot embankment.

July 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen sentenced in molestation case

A Dawson County teenager convicted as an adult in a child molestation case received a life sentence with a mandatory 25 years to serve in prison, June 16.

June 24, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Mail carrier indicted on drug charges

A suspended postal worker has been indicted by a Dawson County grand jury on charges that she used her route to deliver drugs.

June 24, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Postal worker suspended

A Dawson County mail carrier accused of selling methamphetamine on her route is off the job pending the outcome of the investigation, authorities said Monday.

June 17, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man found guilty in terrorism trial

ATLANTA – Syed Haris Ahmed may not have posed an imminent threat to the United States with his e-mails discussing violent Jihad, his amatuerish videos of Washington landmarks or his implausible plots to attack domestic targets, but his acts supported terrorism just the same, government prosecutors said.

June 11, 2009 | By Stephen Gurr DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Postal workers face drug charges

Two local postal workers remain on the job despite their arrests last month on felony drug charges, including suspicion that at least one used her postal route to deliver drugs.

June 10, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Terrorism trial winds down

ATLANTA - A former Georgia Tech student who formerly lived in Dawsonville and is charged with plotting to help terrorist groups, turned the closing arguments in his federal trial last Thursday into a bewildering lesson on Islamic principles amid stunned courtroom observers.

June 10, 2009 | | CRIME/COURTS


3 arrested in recent burglaries

Three men have been arrested and a large cache of stolen goods recovered in connection with a suspected home burglary spree in Dawson and Murray counties.

June 03, 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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