The state's cases against three people who pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the Dawson County Clerk of Courts office came to an end Tuesday with the final suspect's sentencing. Northeastern Judicial Circuit Judge Kathlene Gosselin sentenced Donna Jeanette Sheriff to 10 years, with two to be served in state prison and the remainder on probation.
To some people work is truly work, but for Northeastern Judicial Circuit Public Defender Brad Morris his work is his passion. "If you do something you like, it really isn't work," Morris said.
The recent arrest of a teenager in a theft case has Dawson County Sheriff's officials reminding residents to be cautious this holiday season. "Just like when it's warm outside, as the weather changes near the holidays, we have an increase in criminal activity," said Capt. Tony Wooten.
A 26-year-old Gainesville man faces several felony charges after an alleged shoplifting scheme went awry in the early hours of post-Thanksgiving shopping. Authorities said Steven Strickland was arrested after he reportedly tried to sneak a laptop computer out of the crowded local Walmart about midnight Thursday.
A contract worker who admitted taking nearly $82,000 from the Dawson County Clerk of Courts office will spend the next two years in prison. Justin Curtis Disharoon, 24, was sentenced Tuesday by Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin.
A woman accused of attempting to kill her mother-in-law by suffocating her with a pillow last year has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. Catherine Lucille Hlavenka, 62, received a sentence of 10 years probation from Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver.
A former longtime Dawson County Sheriff's deputy has been charged with sexual battery and false statements following a probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Mark Louis Caruana, 48, of Lumpkin County was booked Tuesday morning on the charges, which stem from alleged inappropriate sexual conduct while on duty.
Authorities are trying to determine just how long a theft suspect had been living at a former Dawsonville family fun park. Paul Henry Moran, 19, was arrested Friday night at Christ Fellowship Church after employees reported finding a door that leads to the adjacent family fun center propped open with a golf putter.
The state has resolved its criminal case against Dawson County's former clerk of courts, who pleaded guilty Friday to theft by taking and violation of oath of offices charges. In exchange for her negotiated plea, 62-year-old Becky McCord received a 10-year sentence, with four years to be served in custody and the remaining on probation.
A veteran local sheriff's deputy has been terminated amid allegations he had inappropriate sexual conduct with a woman while on duty. According to Dawson County Sheriff's Lt. Col. John Cagle, former deputy Mark Caruana, 48, could face criminal charges in connection with the incident.
Former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord pleaded guilty Friday in Superior Court to theft by taking and violation of oath of office charges. In exchange for her negotiated plea, McCord, 62, received a 10-year sentence with four years to be served in custody and the remaining on probation.
Local authorities have made two more arrests in connection with a string of thefts in Dawson and Forsyth counties last month. Nathan Seth Davis, 17, was taken into custody in Forsyth County on Sept. 28 on burglary, theft by taking and criminal trespass warrants. He is being held without bond at the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center.
A convicted child molester wanted on a felony escape charge in Hall County was taken into custody Saturday in Dawsonville. Michael Keith Coker, 21, of Gainesville, reportedly did not return to the Hall County Detention Center from work release Friday.
Two suspects are in custody and two more are sought in connection with a string of thefts in Dawson and Forsyth counties. Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the Sept. 21 arrest of Calvin Blackstone, 31, of Dawsonville for a probation violation led investigators to a home off Knight Road in north Forsyth.
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.
Charges have been filed against the teen driver in the fatal car surfing wreck that killed a Dawson County teen in June.
Sentencing has been delayed for a 34-year-old Dawsonville man convicted last week on eight counts of cruelty to children.
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.
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.
A Dawsonville teenager indicted earlier this year for alleged sex crimes has been acquitted of all charges.
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.
A Dawsonville man and Wingman Motorcycle Club member was found guilty in Gainesville's federal court on weapons charges in September.
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