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Jury convicts man in property theft ring

A local businessman with deep ties to the community will be sentenced next week for his role in a property theft ring.

May 12, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Former clerk arrested again

Authorities have added tax evasion to the litany of charges against Dawson County's embattled former clerk of courts.

May 12, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Facing ‘old-fashioned gospel’

Over the past 23 years, Sheriff Billy Carlisle has watched the number of inmates rise at the detention center.

April 28, 2010 | Frank Reddy | CRIME/COURTS


Junior law academies offered this summer

Every year about this time, Lt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office begins answering the question: "When can I sign my chid up for your junior law enforcement academy?"

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


System warns of crime

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is now one of more than 3,600 law enforcement agencies across the country using instant messaging to communicate with the public.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man pleads in slayings

A Dawson County man will spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting Monday he killed his 22-year-old stepdaughter and her husband late last year.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Lottery tickets lead to suspect

Authorities followed a trail of scratch-off lottery tickets to find the man they say is responsible for breaking into a Dawson County convenience store last week.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Authorities foil bank robbery

A Jasper man who authorities say robbed a Marble Hill bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning was arrested a short time later following a high-speed chase and crash.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Plea nets man 2 life sentences

A local man admitted Monday to his role in the double homicide of a South Georgia couple along the Amicalola River in Dawson County last December.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Drum named top of academy class

For the third time in just more than a year, a Dawson County Sheriff's officer graduated at the top of the class at the Regional Police Academy in Athens.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Probate Court moves forward

Six months have passed since a Dawson County probate clerk was arrested in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars from the court.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Clerk of courts resigns position

In what local officials say was an unexpected turn of events, Dawson County's clerk of courts resigned Thursday.

March 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Clerk of Courts resigns from office

In what local officials say was an unexpected turn of events, Dawson County's clerk of court resigned Thursday.

March 18, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


IRS looks into clerk of courts

The Internal Revenue Service has opened a case on Dawson County Clerk of Court Becky McCord, authorities said Monday.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


No outlet for theft

Larry Taffar was working in his garden March 9 when he noticed two men sprint past his house behind the outlet mall.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Arrest made in church burglaries

Authorities last night arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

A local family is devastated after the state's pardons and parole board on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip.

July 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Execution scheduled for Thursday

It was 23 years ago in April that the community was rocked by one of the most brutal murders in Dawson County's history.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Thieves continue to target churches

The number of burglarized churches in Dawson County continues to mount.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen faces additional sexual battery charges

The case against a teenager arrested last month on misdemeanor sex charges has grown.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


GBI investigating jail employee

A night shift supervisor at the Dawson County Detention Center is on paid administrative leave while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation looks into accusations he punched an inmate in the face.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


1 arrested after stop by deputy

Several garbage bags filled with harvested marijuana plants were discovered during a traffic stop last week in Dawson County.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teacher charged with intimidating co-worker

A local elementary school teacher was among two people arrested last week after authorities responded to reports of a burglary at her colleague's home in neighboring Gilmer County.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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