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Seniors arrested for hoax device

A pair of Dawson County High School seniors will spend the last few days of the school year at home after they were arrested on felony charges for having a hoax device at campus.

May 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man convicted of molestation

A Dawsonville man convicted of child molestation asked a judge Thursday to sentence him to life without parole.

May 19, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawson man sentenced in theft ring

A Dawson County businessman with deep roots in the community was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years, with a year to serve in custody, for his involvement in a theft ring.

May 19, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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Arrest in church burglaries

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

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Death row inmate granted clemency

A local family is devastated after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip on July 9.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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