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Family disputes state patrol reports

Family members of the teen who died last week in what has been dubbed a "car surfing" accident are convinced the police report is inaccurate.

June 19, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged with child molestation

A Dawsonville man arrested last week is accused of sexually abusing two girls.

June 19, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-bank manager charged in theft

May 22, 2013 | By Alyssa LaRenzie DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged in attempted arson

A Dawsonville man was arrested Monday morning after he reportedly attempted to set fire to his home on Duck Thurmond Road last week.

May 15, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Tax official resigns after drug arrest

Dawson County's chief tax appraiser has resigned following his arrest last week on misdemeanor drug charges.

May 15, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Chief tax appraiser facing drug charges

Dawson County's Chief Tax Appraiser was arrested at his office Tuesday afternoon on misdemeanor drug charges.

May 08, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Hilton gets life for murders of N.C. couple

Convicted serial killer Gary Michael Hilton received four more life sentences last week for the kidnapping and slaying of an elderly couple in North Carolina.

May 01, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman faces fraud charges

A College Park woman faces a litany of charges in connection with more than $13,000 in fraudulent credit card charges.

Shiakieta Chantell McCoy, 26, is being held without bond at the Dawson County Detention Center.

April 03, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local woman charged with embezzlement

A Dawsonville woman has been charged in connection with the alleged embezzlement of more than $27,000 from a Gainesville business.

According to authorities, Amanda Kaye Phillips, 31, reportedly stole 52 blank checks from Bulldawg Collision, where she had worked for nearly a decade.

March 27, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Men face animal cruelty charges

A former county employee is among two men facing charges in an animal cruelty probe involving malnourished horses in northwestern Dawson.

Tyler Jones of Dawsonville and Jim White of Dallas were cited last week with three counts each of animal cruelty by the Dawson County Marshal's Office.

March 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Couple charged in alleged arson case

A Dawson County couple has been arrested in connection with what authorities are calling a set fire to a home off War Hill Park Road.

James Henry Raines is charged with first-degree arson. He and wife Gloria Ann Raines, both of whom are 31, were taken into custody Feb. 28 in Dawsonville, according to jail records.

March 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Greer to be supervising ADA at Dawson office

Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh announced Monday that longtime prosecutor Conley Greer has been assigned as the new supervising assistant district attorney for the Dawson County office.

"The citizens of Dawson County will be well served with Mr. Greer in his capacity as Supervising ADA," Darragh said Monday afternoon in a release.

February 27, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Several promoted at sheriff’s office

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle recently promoted three officers to new leadership positions in the agency's uniform patrol and criminal investigation divisions.

The promotions of Maj. Tony Wooten, Capt. Ray Goodie and Lt. Dan Ramsey took effect last month. They are an extension of Carlisle's two-year plan to streamline departmental operations and better provide top-notch police services to the community.

February 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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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


No arrests in fatal shooting

The investigation into the shooting death of a Dawson County man remains a top priority for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

December 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man killed in weekend shooting

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting Saturday that killed a popular coach and father of three off Dawson Forest Road in southern Dawson County.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man falls down 50-foot embankment fleeing police

An Atlanta man suspected of fraud was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital Friday night after plummeting about 50 feet down an embankment while fleeing authorities.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man killed in weekend shooting

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting Saturday that killed a popular coach and father off Dawson Forest Road in southern Dawson County.

November 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Second suspect in church burglaries in local custody

A second teen has been arrested in connection with a string of church burglaries earlier this year.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Homeowner charged with fraud

A woman whose Dawson County home caught fire and exploded in March has been charged with felony insurance fraud after officials say she exaggerated the extent of her losses from the blaze.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged with raping employee at local motel

A man who had been living at the Best Western along Ga. 400 in Dawsonville was arrested last week for allegedly sexually assaulting an employee at the motel, authorities said.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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