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Men face animal cruelty charges

A former county employee is among two men facing charges in an animal cruelty probe involving malnourished horses in northwestern Dawson.

Tyler Jones of Dawsonville and Jim White of Dallas were cited last week with three counts each of animal cruelty by the Dawson County Marshal's Office.

March 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Couple charged in alleged arson case

A Dawson County couple has been arrested in connection with what authorities are calling a set fire to a home off War Hill Park Road.

James Henry Raines is charged with first-degree arson. He and wife Gloria Ann Raines, both of whom are 31, were taken into custody Feb. 28 in Dawsonville, according to jail records.

March 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Greer to be supervising ADA at Dawson office

Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh announced Monday that longtime prosecutor Conley Greer has been assigned as the new supervising assistant district attorney for the Dawson County office.

"The citizens of Dawson County will be well served with Mr. Greer in his capacity as Supervising ADA," Darragh said Monday afternoon in a release.

February 27, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Several promoted at sheriff’s office

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle recently promoted three officers to new leadership positions in the agency's uniform patrol and criminal investigation divisions.

The promotions of Maj. Tony Wooten, Capt. Ray Goodie and Lt. Dan Ramsey took effect last month. They are an extension of Carlisle's two-year plan to streamline departmental operations and better provide top-notch police services to the community.

February 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man dies in prison

A defendant in a high profile Dawson County government theft case was found dead Saturday at the minimum security prison south of Atlanta where he was serving his sentence.

Funeral services for Justin Curtis Disharoon, 25, were held Monday at Bethel Baptist Church in Dawsonville.

January 30, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Advocate leads state board for second year

Local advocate Katie Strayhorn was recently re-elected to serve as chair of the state's Sex Offender Review Board for the second year.

In her first year chairing the panel, Strayhorn focused on several initiatives. She also worked closely with newly-elected state Rep. Kevin Tanner to propose legislation that would allow the board to review parole notes in assessing sex offenders.

January 30, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ga. 400 manhunt suspect indicted

A 22-year-old Dawsonville man has been indicted on several charges after he reportedly disrupted traffic last summer on Ga. 400.

Luke Evans will face two counts of reckless conduct and one count each of first-degree burglary and criminal trespass, according to an indictment handed down last week by the Forsyth County Grand Jury.

January 23, 2013 | By Alyssa LaRenzie DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Alcohol suspected in head-on collision

Authorities say alcohol appears to have been a factor in a head-on collision Thursday night on Hwy. 53 that sent three people to area hospitals.

A spokeswoman with Georgia State Patrol said 54-year-old Kenneth Smith of Dawsonville faces several traffic violations, including driving under the influence.

January 16, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Cumming man indicted on child sex charges

A 27-year-old Cumming man has been indicted by a Dawson County Grand Jury on charges of child molestation, statutory rape and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Elvis Lamar Griffin was also indicted on charges of reckless conduct for allegedly having unprotected sexual intercourse with the juvenile teen in October while knowing he was infected with HIV, according to the Dec. 6 indictment.

January 02, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Chase leads to 2 arrests

A 25-year-old Cumming man faces drug and traffic charges in Dawson and Forsyth counties following a late-night, high-speed chase that spanned nearly 30 miles.

According to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, Andrew Michael Waters has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, a felony.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Program to aid patients

Dawson County has received a state grant designed to help mental health patients involved in the criminal justice system live productive lives.

County commissioners on Thursday approved a proposal by Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin to accept the grant, which would establish a local mental health court.

November 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Lumpkin County teen charged in burglary

A Dahlonega teen faces felony theft charges stemming from a June 2011 burglary.

Jackson Edward Kearns, 19, turned himself in to authorities Oct. 22.

October 31, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Realtor charged with falsifying contract

A local real estate agent is facing felony charges in connection with what investigators are calling a fraudulent sales transaction.

Carol Michaelson, 49, of Dawsonville turned herself into authorities Oct. 10. She was released a short time later.

October 17, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Couple faces drug charges

A Marble Hill couple who fled the country to avoid drug charges has been taken into Dawson County custody.

Dawson County Sheriff's Lt. Ray Goodie said Gladys Lucia Ferrer, 46, and husband Nelson Vidal Ferrer-Hernandez, 52, were detained last week as they attempted to enter Panama.

October 03, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Grand jury hands down indictments

More than two dozen people were indicted on criminal charges after a Dawson County Grand Jury met Sept. 10.

Among those facing charges are a Dahlonega man found in possession of industrial grade dynamite that closed down an area in downtown Dawsonville earlier this year and a parolee who was released to care for her aging father but was then reportedly caught abusing him.

September 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Authorities seek suspect in reported car theft

Authorities are hoping the public can help them identify the man who reportedly stole a vehicle from a local repair shop.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Drug treatment court seeks new coordinator

Dawson County Treatment Court is under new management.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local jailer charged with DUI

A Dawson County Sheriff's employee is on unpaid administrative leave following his arrest over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Vandals continue to target churches

Vandals have targeted as many as six Dawson County churches in recent months, including two where several thousands of dollars of electrical equipment was taken.

March 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


DCSO: Clerk sold synthetic marijuana

A convenience store clerk is being held without bond after authorities say he was caught selling synthetic marijuana, commonly known as Spice, from his vehicle at work.

March 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


2 charged with illegal hunting

Two teenagers from Forsyth County were arrested Sunday morning in connection with what authorities described as a case of illegal hunting.

March 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Former bank manager sentenced in theft case

CUMMING -- A former bank branch manager has been sentenced to 15 years of probation for taking more than $25,000 from the First Citizens Bank, now Foothills Community Bank, location in Forsyth County.

March 21, 2014 | By Jennifer Sami, Regional Staff editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Youth ministry intern held on child molestation charges

CUMMING - A church youth ministry intern remained in the Forsyth County Detention Center on Wednesday following his arrest on felony counts of child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

March 19, 2014 | By Jennifer Sami, regional staff editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


3rd suspect arrested in gambling sting

A third suspect has been charged with commercial gambling after authorities raided two local convenience stores earlier this month and seized a dozen coin-operated poker machines.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Convicted child molester left without telling authorities

A convicted child molester who reportedly violated his probation by vacating his home without notifying authorities is back in custody.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man arrested for impersonating officer

A 40-year-old Jasper man was arrested Monday for allegedly impersonating a law enforcement officer.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Charges in poker machine raid

A third suspect has been arrested in connection with what authorities described as an illegal gambling operation in Dawson County.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two arrested for entering autos

Video surveillance from a neighbor's private security system helped investigators find two suspects they say are responsible for a string of thefts from automobiles in mid-February.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen released on bond

A local teenager facing numerous charges in connection with a reported rape has been released on bond.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Electronics targeted in break-ins

According to authorities, several thousands of dollars in electrical equipment is missing from two local churches.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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