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Four injured when SUVs collide on 400

Four people were injured Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle wreck that shut down southbound traffic on Ga. 400 in Dawson County for nearly an hour.

October 02, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman on ‘most wanted’ list caught

One of Dawson County's most wanted was apprehended last week, some 18 months after authorities say she stole several thousand dollars from a local woman.

September 18, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Drug sweep nets six arrests

Six people were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in what authorities described as a Dawson County-based methamphetamine trafficking operation.

September 11, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Car chase ends in Forsyth

A shoplifting suspect was arrested Monday after leading Dawson County sheriff's deputies on a car chase into Forsyth County.

September 11, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Drug sweep nets 6 arrests

Six people were arrested Wednesday for their alleged involvement in what authorities described as a Dawson County-based methamphetamine trafficking operation.

September 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Motorists urged to use caution

Two wrecks within an hour Friday had authorities reminding motorists to use caution over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

August 28, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Drug court grads get second chance at life

Dawson County's drug treatment court offers first-time felony offenders a chance to get back on their feet and have a second chance at life.

August 21, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged with child sex crimes

A 45-year-old Dawson County man remains in custody without bond after his arrest last week on a variety of felony counts involving child sexual abuse.

August 21, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman accused of taking DNR truck

A Dawsonville woman was arrested last week after she reportedly took a Department of Natural Resources pickup truck from Amicalola Falls State Park.

August 07, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged with credit card scheme

A Riverdale man who led deputies on a chase through two counties earlier this month faces nearly a dozen local charges involving credit card fraud.

July 31, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Former football player arrested

Former University of Georgia and NFL quarterback Quincy Carter was arrested earlier this month and charged with family violence simple assault, a misdemeanor, after authorities say he allegedly threw a child safety seat at his girlfriend in downtown Dawsonville.

July 24, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Chase disrupts Ga. 400

A Riverdale man faces a litany of charges in Forsyth and Dawson counties following a car chase July 12 on Ga. 400.

July 17, 2013 | By Alyssa LaRenzie DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Teen accused of child sex crimes

A local teenager has been indicted by a Dawson County Grand Jury on charges he molested a young family member.

July 17, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Cable series profiles Emerson murder

A crime series on the cable channel Investigation Discovery will profile serial killer Gary Michael Hilton, the drifter who admitted to killing a young Buford woman in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area in January 2008.

July 10, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Family disputes state patrol reports

Family members of the teen who died last week in what has been dubbed a "car surfing" accident are convinced the police report is inaccurate.

June 19, 2013 | 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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