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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


Trial begins for ex-Tech student

ATLANTA - As an isolated, shy teenager, the seeds of Syed Haris Ahmed's jihadist aspirations were planted during hours in front of a computer screen in his family's Dawsonville home.

June 03, 2009 | By Stephen Gurr DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Public defender recovering after scooter wreck

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Public Defender Brad Morris remained in critical but stable condition at an Atlanta hospital last week after his scooter collided with an employee's truck that swerved into his path.

May 27, 2009 | By Stephen Gurr DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect opts for judge

A Dawsonville man accused of plotting "violent jihad" on American targets has waived his right to a jury trial.

May 27, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Treatment court graduates eight during ceremony

While many local parents prepared to watch their children complete high school and begin a new chapter in their lives, a different kind of graduation ceremony was taking place last Thursday at the Dawson County Courthouse.

May 27, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Wreck claims ‘fun-loving guy’

A 63-year-old Dawsonville great-grandfather who friends said never met a stranger died Saturday, four days after he was badly injured in a four-vehicle, chain-reaction wreck on Ga. 400.

May 20, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two plead in botched burglary

Two of six defendants in what authorities say was a botched burglary last summer at a local outlet mall entered guilty pleas Thursday.

May 06, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Slaying remains unsolved

More than a year has passed since family members found the body of Cheryl Ann Williams in her parents' Brookwood Drive home near Lake Lanier.

April 29, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Former lawman charged with stalking ex-wife

A former Dawson County sheriff's investigator remained in custody Tuesday, four days after he was arrested on charges of stalking his ex-wife.

April 29, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Lumpkin man charged in pharmacy fire

A man arrested last month in a Dawson County drug sting has now been charged with setting the Dahlonega Rite Aid on fire two days earlier.

April 08, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged after short chase, wreck

A Ball Ground man who authorities say has a lengthy record of driving violations was arrested Sunday night after fleeing a traffic stop and flipping his truck.

April 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Burglary probed on Kelly Bridge Road

Investigators are trying to find the man who burglarized a Kelly Bridge Road home March 17 and reportedly shot at a member of the homeowner's family.

March 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Man charged under new state law

A 20-year-old Dawsonville man is the first to be charged locally under a new state law that prohibits sending sexually explicit photographs without the consent of the person depicted.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Report details use of force incident

Personnel documents released by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office detail the use-of-force incident that resulted in the firing of a jail sergeant earlier this month.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Jailer will lose post

The termination process is underway for a Dawson County Detention Center shift supervisor accused of punching an inmate in June.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County wants clemency answers

County commissioners are demanding answers after a state board's ruling last month to grant clemency to a convicted murderer.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Motorcycle collides with SUV, killing one on Hwy. 9

A 21-year-old Baldwin man was killed on July 29 after he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a pickup truck on Hwy. 9.

August 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man charged with pandering, solicitation

A 37-year-old Dawsonville man was arrested last week on pandering and solicitation charges.

August 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teachers resign after incident in Gilmer Co.

Two teachers involved in an incident that ended with the arrest of one of the women in Gilmer County last month have both resigned from the Dawson County school system.

July 30, 2014 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Checkout clerk charged in thefts from Walmart

An 18-year-old Gainesville woman has been arrested in connection with the theft of about $6,800 from a Dawsonville retailer.

July 30, 2014 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


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


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