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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


Sweep deemed successful

A recent multi-agency sweep to verify the whereabouts of Dawson County's nearly three dozen sex offenders resulted in the arrest of one and investigations into two others.

Dawson County Sheriff's Lt. Ray Goodie called the roundup Thursday an overall success.

September 19, 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


Man may also have posed as officer here

A Dahlonega man arrested last month for impersonating an officer in neighboring Lumpkin County faces the same charge in Dawson County.

According to authorities, Donald Lee Hill portrayed himself as a border patrol agent with the Department of Homeland Security on several occasions between May 1 and July 1 to employees at a local pawn shop.

September 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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Man accused of killing cellmate will undergo mental evaluation

A Dawsonville man accused of murdering his cellmate in the Hall County Jail will be evaluated for mental competency.

October 29, 2014 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville teen cut in weekend fight

A Dawsonville teenager was cut with a knife in a fight at a downtown gas station Saturday during the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man accused of killing cellmate will undergo mental evaluation

October 24, 2014 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Lookout posted for fake cop

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking residents to be on the lookout for a man who reportedly impersonated a police officer on a local college campus.

October 22, 2014 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Authorities on the lookout

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 16, 2014 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Inmate indicted 3 days after slaying

October 09, 2014 | | CRIME/COURTS


Cellmate charged in death

A Dawsonville man being held on a felony probation violation has been charged with murdering his cellmate at the Hall County jail.

October 08, 2014 | By Jennifer Brown DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Bones found at dump human

State investigators have confirmed that bones discovered in August at the Dawson County Transfer Station are human remains.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bones confirmed as human

State investigators have confirmed that bones discovered at the Dawson County Transfer Station in August are human remains.

October 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Jailer resigns amid inquiry

A Dawson County Detention Center employee resigned earlier this month during an investigation that exposed an inappropriate relationship with a female inmate.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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