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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


Third murder suspect in custody

The third suspect wanted in connection with the weekend shooting of a Woodstock man was apprehended Wednesday afternoon.

December 11, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man arrested in home fire case

A 64-year-old Dawson County man was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with what authorities are calling a suspicious fire.

December 11, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Driver, 16, charged in car surfing fatality

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.

November 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen charged in car surfing wreck

Charges have been filed against the teen driver in the fatal car surfing wreck that killed a Dawson County teen in June.

November 15, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man convicted in child cruelty case

Sentencing has been delayed for a 34-year-old Dawsonville man convicted last week on eight counts of cruelty to children.

November 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in shooting

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.

November 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Dawsonville man killed in fatal collision

A memorial fund has been set up for the children of the Dawsonville man that was killed in last week's fatal motorcycle crash on Hwy. 53 West.

April 15, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Senate makes changes to parole board transparency bill

After passage in the State Senate on the last day of the 2015 General Assembly, the House Bill designed to make one of the state's most secretive agencies more transparent is awaiting the governor's signature.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Student arrested with shotgun in truck on campus

A student at Hightower Academy, Dawson County's alternative school, was arrested Tuesday afternoon for possession of a weapon on campus.

April 14, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Judge sets bond for NASCAR engine builder’s wife

The wife of famed NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott remained in custody Tuesday, nearly a week after she was arrested for reportedly trying to run him over.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Officials unclear if armed robbery suspect connected to Dawsonville CVS heist

The FBI task force investigating a string of armed robberies at CVS stores across metro-Atlanta has not reached out to local law enforcement to determine if a February robbery at the Dawsonville location is connected.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Program helps graduates cope with mental health

Looking back 24 months ago, Paul Watson can now admit his life was spiraling out of control.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


4 men charged for racing on Ga. 400

High-speed races on Ga. 400 over the weekend landed four drivers behind bars facing numerous traffic violations.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen arrested in school burglary

A Dawson County teen was arrested last week after authorities identified him as the culprit in a burglary at Riverview Middle School.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ernie Elliott’s wife charged with aggravated assault

The wife of famed NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott was arrested early Tuesday morning.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gunshots lead to arrest

Shots fired at a residence on War Hill Park Road Sunday led to the arrest of a Dawson County man on assault and battery charges.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man in standoff arrested again

Days after a Dawsonville man with a shotgun held officers at bay for nearly five hours, deputies issued a new warrant for his arrest, this time for aggravated stalking.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ellijay teen killed in fiery crash on Hwy. 52

A Gilmer County teen was killed in a fiery crash last week when his car ran off the road in northwestern Dawson County, hit a tree and ignited in flames.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Murder suspect enters not guilty plea

The Dawson County man charged with murder in the shooting death of a local coach has entered a not guilty plea.

March 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arraignments set in murder case

The Dawson County man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father is set to answer to the charges against him in Superior Court on Monday.

March 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


5 hour standoff leads to arrest

A Dawsonville man is in custody following a five hour standoff with deputies overnight Sunday.

March 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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