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Alleged illegal gambling operation shut down

Two suspects were arrested and a third man is being sought in connection with what authorities are calling an illegal gambling operation in Dawson County.

March 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen faces sex charges

A 17-year-old Dawson County High School student remained in jail on Tuesday, a week after his arrest on kidnapping, rape and aggravated child molestation charges.

March 05, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Tennessee man convicted of trafficking meth in Dawson

A jury on Thursday convicted a Tennessee man of trafficking methamphetamine in Dawson County.

February 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Realtor pleads guilty in 2012 forgery case

A well-known real estate agent avoided jail time by pleading guilty to three felony charges in connection with her involvement in a fraudulent sales transaction.

Carol Lynn Michaelson, 50, of Dawsonville was sentenced as a first offender to four years on probation. The sentence also carries more than $3,100 in fines and fees, as well as 50 hours of community service, according to court records.

February 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man sentenced to 20 years

A Dawsonville man convicted last month of sex crimes against children has received a 20-year sentence with the first 12 to be served in prison.

February 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man guilty of child molestation

A Dawsonville man awaits sentencing Thursday after a jury convicted him of sex crimes involving children.

Jose Francisco Gonzalez, 41, was initially indicted on two counts of sexual battery, two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes and a single child molestation charge.

February 05, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff restructures command staff

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle recently promoted two officers to new leadership roles within the department.

January 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Atlanta man charged with aggravated assault

Warrants have been issued for an Atlanta man who allegedly threatened to kill a local business owner over a service dispute.

January 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Former tax official pleads guilty to drug charges

Dawson County's former chief tax appraiser will spend the next 12 months on probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drug charges.

January 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Drownings are ruled accidental

Autopsy reports have confirmed that two Dawson County men pulled from Lake Lanier on Friday drowned.

January 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two bodies recovered in Fredericks Cove

The bodies of two men have been found in Fredericks Cove on Lake Lanier near the site where two Dawson County young men reportedly went missing on Jan. 2.

January 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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Grand jury indicts murder suspect

A Dawson County Grand Jury, last week, handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Iowa man indicted after alleged rape at local motel

An Iowa man accused of sexually assaulting an employee at a local motel late last year was indicted on the charges by a Dawson County grand jury last week.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local teen charged as adult in molestation case

A 15-year-old from Dawsonville has been charged as an adult in the alleged molestation of a young child.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Grand jury indicts murder suspect

A Dawson County Grand Jury on Tuesday handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

January 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman charged for alleged false report

A Powder Springs woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by three men in the parking lot of a local business has been charged with false report of a crime.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Hearing set in murder case

A hearing initially set for last week in the state's murder case against a Dawsonville man has been moved to Jan. 21, according to court records.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen arrested after alleged drunken rampage

A local teen arrested last week wearing only his boxer shorts faces numerous charges in connection with an alleged drunken rampage that left cars beat up, windows busted and a mailbox damaged in downtown Dawsonville.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


High court ruling eliminates 28 outstanding warrants

State lawmakers are expected to revisit the handling of misdemeanor probation cases after the Georgia Supreme Court ruling late last year that banned the practice of tolling.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Kentucky man arrested after Kroger robbery

A man wanted in connection with at least two bank heists in Kentucky was arrested Monday, days after authorities say he allegedly robbed the Dawsonville Kroger.

December 31, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Retiring Judge Joliff plans to stay connected

On weekends and spare moments here and there, retiring Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff chips away at packing up 24 years of mementos and paperwork that fill his office.

December 31, 2014 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged with impersonating public officer in Dawsonville

A Dawsonville man arrested Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol also faces a charge of impersonating a public officer.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect charged with murder in fatal shooting

An arrest was made Thursday morning in the fatal shooting last month of a popular coach and father of three.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bones have yet to be identified

Authorities continue to wait on lab results to positively identify bones found in a wooded area of southeast Dawson County last month.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in fatal shooting

An arrest was made Thursday morning in the fatal shooting of a popular coach and father of three.

December 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Human bones found by hunters

The discovery of human remains in southern Dawson County on Sunday launched a full-scale search of the wooded area by multiple law enforcement agencies.

December 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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