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Suspect charged after manhunt along 400

September 05, 2012 | By Alyssia LaRenzie DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Dawson man sentenced in meth trafficking case

A 46-year-old Dawson County man pleaded guilty last week to trafficking methamphetamine.

In a negotiated plea, Daniel Jeffery Thompson received a 22-year sentence with the first 12 years to be served in prison and the remainder on probation.

August 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


2 locals charged in sting

Two Dawsonville men were among 23 people indicted last week as part of a two-year undercover FBI investigation into the Outlaw Motorcycle Club and its affiliates in Georgia.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Raymond Sellers, 65, of Dawsonville, was arraigned along with George Norwood, 48, of Cumming, on charges they conspired to make a bomb and give it to an undercover agent.

August 22, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged in historian’s death

A Gainesville man faces charges in connection with the collision that claimed the life of local historian and retired educator Charles Finley.

Mickey Lee Bunton, 67, turned himself in to authorities Aug. 14, the day after he was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide by the Georgia State Patrol, which investigated the wreck.

August 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Four charged with trafficking meth

A routine traffic stop in downtown Dawsonville early Saturday led to the arrests of four people on felony drug charges, authorities said.

According to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, those arrested include: Stephanie Adkins, 40, of Gainesville; Joseph Cansler, 42, of Sweetwater, Tenn.; and Crystal Tyner, 28, and Samuel Smallwood, 39, both of Madisonville, Tenn.

August 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Officers recover $16K in stolen equipment

Three people face theft and drug charges after a probation verification visit turned up more than $16,000 worth of stolen equipment from a new Fulton County high school.

According to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, 23-year-old Donald B. Watts of Orlando, Fla., was charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, one felony and one misdemeanor, as well as misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

August 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Official: ‘This is a set fire’

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a suspicious fire June 12 at a vacant building.

"We're looking at this as a set fire," said Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Tim Satterfield.

August 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Pot plants seized in drug sweep

Authorities say a multi-agency law enforcement sweep uncovered an elaborate indoor marijuana-growing operation in western Dawson County.

According to Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle, drug agents found more than two dozen marijuana plants in the basement of a home on Hensley Way and made one arrest.

August 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Convicted child molester asks for new trial

A Dawsonville man serving life in prison for aggravated child molestation made a case last week for a new trial.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver is considering the matter, which she heard Thursday.

July 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Former planning member sentenced in drug case

A former member of Dawson County's planning board has been found guilty of trafficking methamphetamine.

Elbert Phil Clark, 63, received a 20-year sentence, with 12 years to be served in prison and the remainder on probation.

July 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man sentenced in vehicular homicide case

A Dawsonville man convicted of vehicular homicide in February received a 10-year sentence for the 2010 incident that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Gainesville woman.

According to authorities, Colon Louis Hartzler, 45, was driving under the influence of alcohol on June 25, 2010, when passenger Jenna Fitzgerald fell from his Jeep and was struck by a minivan on Ga. 400.

May 30, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


High court dismisses appeal

Georgia's highest court has dismissed appeals filed by a local couple against the city of Dawsonville over a motorsports park in western Dawson County.

According to Tuesday's unanimous opinion written by Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias, West and Helen Hamryka failed to follow the correct procedure when filing their appeals.

May 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff: State certification on track

Top officials at the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are confident the agency will receive state certification in the near future.

May 09, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sign case treated as arson

On April 23, emergency officials responded to reports of a fire on Hwy. 9 near Dawson Forest Road.

"I got the call about 11:45 p.m. from someone who was driving by and saw the sign on fire," said Sheriff Billy Carlisle, who is seeking a fourth term.

May 02, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man pleads guilty in assault case

A man accused of attempted rape during a New Year's Eve party in Big Canoe has pleaded guilty to the charges.

Jose Alfredo Delafuente, 49, was sentenced as a first offender and received a 14-year sentence with a year to be served in jail and the remainder on probation.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Men indicted for rape, kidnapping

Two men accused in unrelated rape and kidnapping cases were indicted last week by a Dawson County grand jury.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect indicted in credit card scheme

A Riverdale man has been indicted on nearly two dozen charges in connection with a credit card scheme and high-speed chase last summer.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Clemency may be issue at Capitol

GAINESVILLE - The State Board of Pardons and Paroles' silence on the July 10 clemency it granted a death-row inmate in a 1991 murder case has stirred strong emotions in north Georgia, with ripple effects possibly leading to the doors of the 2015 General Assembly.

September 16, 2014 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Man sentenced to 12 years for molestation

A Dawson County man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a child molestation arrest in 2012.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect surrenders in burglary

A 17-year-old surrendered to authorities last week after avoiding arrest for months in connection with a spring burglary in eastern Dawson County.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County’s request for public records denied

Dawson County's request for the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to declassify information regarding its decision to grant clemency to a man convicted of a 1991 slaying has been denied.

September 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy cleared in arrest at rally

A Dawson County Sheriff's officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman at a political event last month.

September 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy cleared of any wrongdoing

Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman over the weekend.

August 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy placed on leave after woman arrested at political rally

The deputy who arrested a Roswell woman over the weekend at a political rally in Dawson County has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation into the incident.

August 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bones found at transfer station sent to GBI

Employees got a surprise last weekend when a backpack full of bones turned up at the Dawson County waste transfer station.

August 27, 2014 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Woman arrested at rally

A Roswell woman was arrested Saturday after she refused to stop recording a political rally in Dawson County with her video camera.

August 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged under new state law

A 20-year-old Dawsonville man is the first to be charged locally under a new state law that prohibits sending sexually explicit photographs without the consent of the person depicted.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Report details use of force incident

Personnel documents released by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office detail the use-of-force incident that resulted in the firing of a jail sergeant earlier this month.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County wants clemency answers

County commissioners are demanding answers after a state board's ruling last month to grant clemency to a convicted murderer.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Jailer will lose post

The termination process is underway for a Dawson County Detention Center shift supervisor accused of punching an inmate in June.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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