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‘A collaborative effort’

Less than a month after he was named to the National Drug Court Hall of Fame, the judge responsible for envisioning a treatment court in Dawson County was honored during a ceremony marking the program's fifth anniversary.

"I've been really given too much credit," said Northeastern Judicial Circuit Senior Judge John Girardeau. "Those of us who work in the drug court arena know that success is never attributable to just one person. It is a collaborative effort.

August 24, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man acquitted of child molestation charges

A 54-year-old Dawson County man arrested nearly a year ago on child molestation charges has been acquitted.

With friends and family by his side Aug. 10, Louis "Lou" Renevillia said he felt a weight lifted from his shoulders as a jury returned not guilty verdicts on each of the nine charges.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-planning member arrested in drug sting

A former member of Dawson County's planning board was arrested Monday in a drug sting.

Elbert Phil Clark, 62, of Dawsonville was charged with trafficking methamphetamine after authorities said he bought 4 ounces of the drug at a local motel.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Couple charged in burglary

A Dawsonville couple who authorities say are responsible for a burglary last week were arrested after tips from nearby residents.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Theft case nears end

Prosecutors expect to resolve the state's theft case against former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord next month.

A plea hearing is set for Sept. 16, two days after McCord is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud charges.

August 03, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Hilton appears in N.C. federal court

Convicted killer Gary Michael Hilton pleaded not guilty Monday in a North Carolina federal court to allegations he kidnapped and murdered an elderly couple in 2007.

Already serving a life sentence for a Georgia slaying and awaiting execution in Florida for another, Hilton could face the death penalty for the double murder of John and Irene Bryant who disappeared while hiking in the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.

July 27, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man arrested, cache of stolen items found

Several firearms reportedly stolen in late June were recovered last week during a search of a home off War Hill Park Road.

Investigators also found jewelry taken in the same theft case at a local jewelry store, according to Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten.

July 20, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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Community holds vigil and balloon release for family killed in murder-suicide

SOUTH FORSYTH - The yellow crime scene tape had been taken down by Thursday. What drivers passing by could see was the pile of stuffed animals ...

July 29, 2015 | By Kayla Robins DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man racks up nearly $3,700 in unauthorized charges

A woman who entrusted a Dawsonville man to make a purchase for her with her credit card while she was hospitalized last year is now ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff’s office renews state certification

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recently received word that the department's state certification has been renewed.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy injured by irate bank customer

A Dawson County Sheriff's deputy was injured Friday evening when an irate bank customer trying to flee the scene of a disorderly conduct call ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man attempts to flee after fight outside Publix in Cumming

CUMMING - A Dawsonville man who attempted to run away from Cumming police was arrested Wednesday morning after a brief chase.

July 17, 2015 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man crashes truck fleeing from officers

What appears to have started as a reported domestic call ended Sunday evening with a Dawson County man crashing the truck he was driving into ...

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Family, friends remember slain 911 employee at vigil

NORTH FORSYTH - The four cousins hugged, wiped away tears and scribbled messages on the canvas sheet draped between two goalposts.

July 13, 2015 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Authorities release names in Dawsonville murder-suicide

DAWSONVILLE - The victim in Wednesday's murder-suicide has been identified as a Forsyth County 911 communication officer.

July 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two found dead in Dawsonville home

An incident authorities initially described only as a dispute has left two people dead at a home on Maple Hill Drive in downtown Dawsonville.

July 08, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Commissioners approve social hosting ordinance

Dawson on Thursday became only the second county in the state to implement a social hosting ordinance, which holds adults accountable if they knowingly allow ...

July 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Forsyth County man killed in weekend crash

A Forsyth County man was killed Saturday night as he attempted to pull onto Ga. 400 from Nightfire Drive.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman charged after alleged home invasion

A Forsyth County woman was arrested last week in connection with what authorities are calling a home invasion at a local mobile home park near ...

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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