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Man gets 20 years for May 2006 chase

The family of a Dawsonville man shot by authorities in a May 2006 pursuit that injured four Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies say they plan to appeal his conviction.

February 11, 2009 | By Julie Arrington DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Driver found guilty

A Dawsonville man who was shot by authorities following a May 2006 pursuit has been convicted of several charges, including aggravated assault of four Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies.

February 04, 2009 | By Julie Arrington DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Gainesville man charged with entering vehicles in parking lots

Local authorities are warning individuals to use caution when leaving valuables inside cars.

February 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two arrested for alleged auto break-ins

Officials believe the two men arrested for a string of auto break-ins in Lumpkin County are responsible for at least seven reported thefts in the Chestatee Golf Club community.

January 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Treatment expands to include theft

Superior Court Judge Jason Deal estimates that nearly 90 percent of the cases he hears in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit involve a dependency on drugs.

January 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged in Ponzi scheme

The owner of an Alpharetta-based financial firm who lives in Dawsonville has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with operating a Ponzi scheme worth at least $25 million.

January 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Runaway reunited with relieved family

The mother of a North Forsyth High School student who ran away nearly two weeks ago is happy to have her daughter home, but said the child is "definitely" grounded.

January 20, 2009 | Julie Arrington DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff’s office enhances Citizens Law Enforcement Academy

With the addition of firearms training and the opportunity to solve a crime using crime scene investigation equipment and techniques, space is quickly filling for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office's ninth annual Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deaths, speed on rise

Authorities responded to more traffic fatalities in 2008 on Dawson County roads than they had in nearly a decade.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman charged in fatal wreck

A Gainesville woman has been charged with vehicular homocide in connection with a 2008 wreck that claimed the life of a Forsyth County man and his unborn daughter.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local lawman graduates at top of police academy

Jarrett Simpson has set the bar high for the next group of Dawson County Sheriff's deputies.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Slaying tops biggest stories of 2008

Former GBI Special Agent in Charge John Cagle says it is one of the few cases he worked in his 30-year career that touched him personally.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Metro Atlanta theft ring busted in Dawson in 2008

Dawson County authorities were not part of the original Atlanta area task force set up to catch a group of thieves targeting high-end department stores, but after a foiled robbery attempt at the Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet in Dawsonville in June, Dawson County's involvement in the case tipped the theft ring wide open.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Top employees honored by sheriff

Deputy Stan Harrison was born to be a school resource officer.

December 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Familiar face returns to sheriff’s office

It's been more than four years since Johnny Holtzclaw wore a badge or carried a gun.

December 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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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


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


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