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Candlelight vigil planned for Sunday

A candlelight vigil is planned Sunday for the two Dawson County men missing since Jan. 2.

January 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Search continues for missing men

Foul play has not been ruled out in the disappearance of two Dawson County men who were last seen Jan. 2.

January 08, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Recovered gun likely used in Cherokee slaying

Authorities say a handgun found after a standoff at a Harmony Church Road home is likely the weapon used to kill a Woodstock man earlier this month.

December 18, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Veteran lawman retiring

A veteran lawman with nearly four decades of service will take off his badge for the last time Dec. 31.

December 18, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Third murder suspect in custody

The third suspect wanted in connection with the weekend shooting of a Woodstock man was apprehended Wednesday afternoon.

December 11, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man arrested in home fire case

A 64-year-old Dawson County man was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with what authorities are calling a suspicious fire.

December 11, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Driver, 16, charged in car surfing fatality

Charges have been filed against the Forsyth County teenage driver involved in a June fatal car surfing wreck that claimed the life of a 16-year-old Dawson County girl.

November 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen charged in car surfing wreck

Charges have been filed against the teen driver in the fatal car surfing wreck that killed a Dawson County teen in June.

November 15, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man convicted in child cruelty case

Sentencing has been delayed for a 34-year-old Dawsonville man convicted last week on eight counts of cruelty to children.

November 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in shooting

A Dawsonville man has been charged with felony aggravated assault in connection with a shooting Thursday afternoon off Kelly Bridge Road in southwestern Dawson County.

November 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in Thursday shooting

A Dawsonville man is in custody charged with felony aggravated assault in connection with a shooting off Kelly Bridge Road Thursday afternoon in southwestern Dawson County.

November 01, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen acquitted of sex crimes

A Dawsonville teenager indicted earlier this year for alleged sex crimes has been acquitted of all charges.

October 30, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Designer jeans targeted in heist

About $8,000 in designer jeans is missing from True Religion at North Georgia Premium Outlets after authorities say at least two suspects smashed through a front window of the business overnight Friday.

October 23, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Motorcycle gang defendant convicted

A Dawsonville man and Wingman Motorcycle Club member was found guilty in Gainesville's federal court on weapons charges in September.

October 23, 2013 | By Emma Witman DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Shoplifting suspect hurt in crash

A suspected shoplifter was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash Sept. 25 on Dawson Forest Road after authorities say she attempted to run over a sheriff's deputy.

October 02, 2013 | 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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