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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


GBI looks for man in 1986 slaying

Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials say they never close out an unsolved murder.

December 28, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man indicted in 22-year-old murder

State authorities reopened a 22-year-old cold murder case over the summer, and Thursday the man they believe responsible was indicted for murder.

December 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Manhunt called off

A man authorities say assaulted a police officer eluded capture Monday despite an hours-long manhunt in western Dawson County.

December 21, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Men face rape, drug charges

Two construction workers remained in custody Tuesday, four days after they were arrested for an alleged sexual assault at a local motel.

December 07, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Drug court recognizes graduates

More than three years have passed since Jeremy Adams had his first run-in with Dawson County Sheriff's Deputy Jennifer Wright.

December 07, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Advocacy center receives present from local women’s organization

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle has worked for years to create a local victim's advocacy center.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New judge to bring first law degree to Magistrate Court

Fresh out of law school and still awaiting his bar exam results, Tony Tarnacki was named Dawson County's Associate Magistrate Judge last week.

November 02, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Big Canoe death is ninth traffic fatality in 2008

A wreck in Big Canoe last Tuesday claimed the life of a Talking Rock man and increased the number of deaths on Dawson County roads in 2008 to nine.

November 02, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Accountant faces more theft charges

A Dawson County accountant arrested over the summer on a single theft charge was arrested again Tuesday and now faces nine more related charges.

October 26, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local authorities warn of paving scams

Local authorities are warning residents to watch out for scam artists targeting seniors with offers of low cost driveway paving and repairs.

October 12, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Men indicted for rape, kidnapping

Two men accused in unrelated rape and kidnapping cases were indicted last week by a Dawson County grand jury.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect indicted in credit card scheme

A Riverdale man has been indicted on nearly two dozen charges in connection with a credit card scheme and high-speed chase last summer.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Clemency may be issue at Capitol

GAINESVILLE - The State Board of Pardons and Paroles' silence on the July 10 clemency it granted a death-row inmate in a 1991 murder case has stirred strong emotions in north Georgia, with ripple effects possibly leading to the doors of the 2015 General Assembly.

September 16, 2014 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Man sentenced to 12 years for molestation

A Dawson County man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a child molestation arrest in 2012.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect surrenders in burglary

A 17-year-old surrendered to authorities last week after avoiding arrest for months in connection with a spring burglary in eastern Dawson County.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County’s request for public records denied

Dawson County's request for the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to declassify information regarding its decision to grant clemency to a man convicted of a 1991 slaying has been denied.

September 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy cleared in arrest at rally

A Dawson County Sheriff's officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman at a political event last month.

September 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy cleared of any wrongdoing

Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman over the weekend.

August 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy placed on leave after woman arrested at political rally

The deputy who arrested a Roswell woman over the weekend at a political rally in Dawson County has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation into the incident.

August 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bones found at transfer station sent to GBI

Employees got a surprise last weekend when a backpack full of bones turned up at the Dawson County waste transfer station.

August 27, 2014 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Woman arrested at rally

A Roswell woman was arrested Saturday after she refused to stop recording a political rally in Dawson County with her video camera.

August 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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


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


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