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Driver charged in July 4 wreck that killed 2 teens

The driver in a July 4 wreck that killed two teenagers has been charged with vehicular homicide, according to Georgia State Patrol officials.

Tony James Delong, 19, was driving a 1993 Jeep Wrangler east on Whelchel Mill Road in Hall County at about 2 p.m. when he lost control in a curve, struck an embankment and the vehicle flipped several times, according to Georgia State Patrol reports.

July 20, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Man arrested for downtown burglary

A 49-year-old man was arrested last week, less than a day after authorities received reports that a downtown business had been burglarized.

Randy Lee Mooney of Davis Road was identified as the lone suspect after Dawson County Sheriff's investigators showed jail employees a video surveillance photo of him at the crime scene.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Victims, suspect in Harbour Point shooting identified

Hall County deputies shot and killed a man they believed stabbed two women, killing one of them in a scene that ended in the street of an upscale lakeside community Monday night.

Officials identified the deceased woman as Mary Pearce, 64. The stabbing victim was identified as her sister-in-law, Gretchan Pearce, 66.

July 12, 2011 | By Ashley Fielding DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Hilton indicted in N.C. murders

A former drifter serving a life sentence for one slaying and sentenced to death for another has been indicted in the murders of an elderly couple in a third state.

For years, authorities have called Gary Michael Hilton, 65, a suspect in the killings of John and Irene Bryant, who disappeared in 2007 while hiking in Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.

July 06, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


5 arrested after party in WMA

A recent report of possible underage partying in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area resulted in the arrests of five metro Atlanta men on drug, alcohol and firearms charges.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said Department of Natural Resources officers alerted deputies June 21 after they saw several men drinking alcohol and firing shotguns into the air.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-clerk pleads to charges

GAINESVILLE - Dawson County's former clerk of courts pleaded guilty Friday to federal tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud.

Appearing in U.S. District Court, Becky McCord, 62, admitted falsifying her 2009 federal income tax return and lying about her income during a bankruptcy hearing.

June 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


5 arrested in separate drug stings

Authorities say recent efforts have removed more than a half pound of suspected methamphetamine from the streets.

June 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Former clerk of courts pleads guilty to tax evasion, fraud

An ex-Dawson County official pleaded guilty Friday to federal tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud.

Appearing in U.S. District Court in Gainesville, Becky McCord, 62, admitted falsifying her 2009 federal income tax return and lying about her income during a bankruptcy hearing.

June 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man indicted in woman’s death

A Dawson County grand jury has indicted a local man on felony vehicular homicide charges in connection with a June 2010 traffic incident that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Gainesville woman.

According to the indictment, Colon Louis Hartzler, 44, was under the influence of alcohol when he attempted to turn left onto Carlisle Road from Ga. 400.

June 15, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Driver faces charges in death

Jeremy Todd Adams, 30, faces seven charges including DUI and vehicular homicide following a May 27 car accident that killed a Dahlonega man, Georgia State Patrol officials said.

Officials said blood results are still pending but it appears Adams, who was driving a 1993 Isuzu Trooper, crossed the center line on Mill Creek Road at 12:35 p.m.

June 08, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Former county worker agrees to reduced charge

A former Dawson County maintenance worker has been sentenced for his role in a June 2010 wreck that claimed the life of a Dawsonville man.

James "Jim" Ferrante, 42, pleaded guilty earlier this month to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless conduct.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gainesville man charged in former official’s death

A 73-year-old Gainesville man faces charges in connection with a 2010 collision that claimed the life of a former Lumpkin County commissioner.

May 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man backs over wife

A Dawson County man has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after authorities say he backed over his wife in the couple's Valley Brook Circle driveway Sunday.

May 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Mother, daughter plead guilty in theft case

A Dawson County woman who admitted to stealing thousands from her former employer will spend the next three months behind bars.

May 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Effort nets 22 arrests

The local sheriff's office is working with several anti-drug groups and partner agencies in its ongoing effort to keep drugs out of Dawson County.

May 11, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Hearing set in murder case

A hearing initially set for last week in the state's murder case against a Dawsonville man has been moved to Jan. 21, according to court records.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen arrested after alleged drunken rampage

A local teen arrested last week wearing only his boxer shorts faces numerous charges in connection with an alleged drunken rampage that left cars beat up, windows busted and a mailbox damaged in downtown Dawsonville.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


High court ruling eliminates 28 outstanding warrants

State lawmakers are expected to revisit the handling of misdemeanor probation cases after the Georgia Supreme Court ruling late last year that banned the practice of tolling.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Kentucky man arrested after Kroger robbery

A man wanted in connection with at least two bank heists in Kentucky was arrested Monday, days after authorities say he allegedly robbed the Dawsonville Kroger.

December 31, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Retiring Judge Joliff plans to stay connected

On weekends and spare moments here and there, retiring Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff chips away at packing up 24 years of mementos and paperwork that fill his office.

December 31, 2014 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


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