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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

2 locals charged in sting

Two Dawsonville men were among 23 people indicted last week as part of a two-year undercover FBI investigation into the Outlaw Motorcycle Club and its affiliates in Georgia.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Raymond Sellers, 65, of Dawsonville, was arraigned along with George Norwood, 48, of Cumming, on charges they conspired to make a bomb and give it to an undercover agent.

August 22, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS

Man charged in historian’s death

A Gainesville man faces charges in connection with the collision that claimed the life of local historian and retired educator Charles Finley.

Mickey Lee Bunton, 67, turned himself in to authorities Aug. 14, the day after he was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide by the Georgia State Patrol, which investigated the wreck.

August 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Four charged with trafficking meth

A routine traffic stop in downtown Dawsonville early Saturday led to the arrests of four people on felony drug charges, authorities said.

According to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, those arrested include: Stephanie Adkins, 40, of Gainesville; Joseph Cansler, 42, of Sweetwater, Tenn.; and Crystal Tyner, 28, and Samuel Smallwood, 39, both of Madisonville, Tenn.

August 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Officers recover $16K in stolen equipment

Three people face theft and drug charges after a probation verification visit turned up more than $16,000 worth of stolen equipment from a new Fulton County high school.

According to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, 23-year-old Donald B. Watts of Orlando, Fla., was charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, one felony and one misdemeanor, as well as misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

August 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Official: ‘This is a set fire’

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a suspicious fire June 12 at a vacant building.

"We're looking at this as a set fire," said Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Tim Satterfield.

August 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Pot plants seized in drug sweep

Authorities say a multi-agency law enforcement sweep uncovered an elaborate indoor marijuana-growing operation in western Dawson County.

According to Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle, drug agents found more than two dozen marijuana plants in the basement of a home on Hensley Way and made one arrest.

August 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Convicted child molester asks for new trial

A Dawsonville man serving life in prison for aggravated child molestation made a case last week for a new trial.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver is considering the matter, which she heard Thursday.

July 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

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Judge grants separate trials in murder case

The two men facing charges in connection with the murder of a local Little League coach will be tried separately.

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Churches burglarized, two hit in two weeks

Authorities are investigating the back-to-back weekend burglaries of two churches in Dawson County.

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Thieves target outlets: Burberry, Zales both hit in August

A Georgia Bureau of Investigation sketch artist is being called in to help create a better picture of the woman who robbed a local jewelry ...

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Patrol deputy injured but OK after wreck

A Dawson County deputy was injured last week when a driver failed to stop at a traffic light and collided into his patrol cruiser.

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Treatment court leads addicts down the road to recovery

The road to recovery was a long, rough drive for Pam Williams.

August 26, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Smash and grab thieves target outlets

North Georgia Premium Outlets has once again become the target for thieves, and this time the suspects got away with more than $20,000 in ...

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Wooten announces bid for sheriff

Capt. Tony Wooten on Monday announced his bid to be Dawson County's next sheriff.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Gainesville man arrested in mountain resort heist

An arrest has been made in last week's burglary at Forrest Hills Mountain Resort.

August 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Brazen thieves hit resort cabins, steal 15 flat screen TVs

The owners of a popular mountain resort just across the Dawson County line in Dahlonega are once again reeling to recover after thieves reportedly stole ...

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Campground host fires gunshots at lake visitors

A Buford man is facing state and federal charges after authorities say he attempted to take the law into his own hands Saturday night by ...

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

DA plans to add fourth attorney in Dawson

Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh plans to add a fourth attorney to cover the court caseload in Dawson County.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Florida woman identified as driver in fatal car chase

Authorities have positively identified a Florida woman as the driver in last week's fatal high speed chase.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Unidentified woman killed in Friday night wreck

An unidentified woman died from injuries sustained in a wreck on Hwy. 52 in northwestern Dawson County Friday evening.

August 12, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Woman sought in outlet mall jewelry store heist

Authorities are on the lookout for a woman that held up a Dawsonville jewelry store at the North Georgia Premium Outlets last week.

August 12, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

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