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County resident charged with trafficking meth

A Dawson County man who authorities say they had been watching for more than two years was charged with trafficking methamphetamine earlier this month.

Daniel Jeffrey Thompson, 46, is being held without bond at the Dawson County jail.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Jury convicts driver

A Dawsonville man awaits sentencing after a jury found him guilty in connection with an incident that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Gainesville woman in 2010.

The jury took less than four hours Feb. 3 to reach its verdict against Colon Louis Hartzler, who authorities said was driving under the influence of alcohol when passenger Jenna Fitzgerald fell from his Jeep and was struck by a minivan on Ga. 400.

February 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Parolee charged with battery

A woman recently released from prison to care for her elderly father was arrested over the weekend after Dawson County Sheriff's deputies reportedly saw her physically abusing the man.

Martha Ann Horvat, 45, is being held at the Dawson County jail without bond, authorities said.

February 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Equipment vandalized on construction site

The investigation is continuing into the vandalism of several pieces of heavy equipment last week on the site of Lanier Technical College's new campus near downtown Dawsonville.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the property damage has been estimated at about $11,000.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Burglary recovery rate above average

A recent report on local crime statistics shows the burglary recovery rate in Dawson County is significantly higher than the national average.

"Right now, if you look at the national FBI statistics for the Southeast, they say the national average is a 13 percent solve rate," said Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle. "We have an almost 34 percent solve rate, so we're almost three times as high as what the national average is."

January 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man with explosive faces drug, other charges

A Dahlonega man questioned last month after an explosive device was found in his vehicle at a Dawsonville gas station has been charged in connection with the incident.

While they suspect Murray Paul Davis had no intention of causing harm with the stick of industrial grade dynamite, local authorities said his actions warranted the drug and other charges.

January 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Big Canoe man faces sexual battery charges

A Big Canoe man faces sexual battery charges in connection with a reported attack at a home in the gated community over the New Year's weekend.

Jose Alfredo Delafuente, 48, was arrested Monday following an investigation into an attempted rape at a holiday gathering in Big Canoe.

January 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man arrested after chase on Ga. 400

A Lumpkin County man remains in jail a week after he was charged with attempting to run over the officers who were pursuing him on an arrest warrant.

Christopher Kevin Jones, 25, is being held at the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center without bond in connection with the Dec. 27 altercation that began in the parking lot of Ingles and ended after a high speed chase on Ga. 400.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Grand jury hands down indictments

A convicted child molester was indicted last month on similar charges in Dawson County.

Hugh Clay Williams, 33, was among the nearly three dozen people indicted Dec. 15 by a Dawson County Grand Jury.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Probe ongoing into find

Authorities continue to investigate the Dec. 21 discovery of an explosive device at a downtown Dawsonville gas station.

According to Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten, a 38-year-old Hall County man gave "no real reason" for having the device, which was described as an industrial grade explosive typically used on construction sites.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Closure in clerk theft case

The state's cases against three people who pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the Dawson County Clerk of Courts office came to an end Tuesday with the final suspect's sentencing.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Judge Kathlene Gosselin sentenced Donna Jeanette Sheriff to 10 years, with two to be served in state prison and the remainder on probation.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Public defender honored for indigent defense work

To some people work is truly work, but for Northeastern Judicial Circuit Public Defender Brad Morris his work is his passion.

"If you do something you like, it really isn't work," Morris said.

November 30, 2011 | By Patrick Stoker DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Deputies urge caution during holiday season

The recent arrest of a teenager in a theft case has Dawson County Sheriff's officials reminding residents to be cautious this holiday season.

"Just like when it's warm outside, as the weather changes near the holidays, we have an increase in criminal activity," said Capt. Tony Wooten.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Scuffle, theft lead to charges

A 26-year-old Gainesville man faces several felony charges after an alleged shoplifting scheme went awry in the early hours of post-Thanksgiving shopping.

Authorities said Steven Strickland was arrested after he reportedly tried to sneak a laptop computer out of the crowded local Walmart about midnight Thursday.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Theft suspect sentenced

A contract worker who admitted taking nearly $82,000 from the Dawson County Clerk of Courts office will spend the next two years in prison.

Justin Curtis Disharoon, 24, was sentenced Tuesday by Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin.

November 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Accused jewelry bandits indicted in Florida

A Northern District of Florida Grand Jury has indicted an Atlanta area pair accused in a Southeast jewelry theft operation.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Former jail sergeant pleads guilty to punching inmate

A former Dawson County Sheriff's sergeant last week pleaded guilty to simple battery, nearly 18 months after he was accused of punching an inmate ...

January 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Jewelry heist suspect nabbed

Abigail Lee Kemp made no effort to hide her face as she casually walked into the Zales Outlet at North Georgia Premium Outlets last August ...

January 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two charged after fake hostage report

Authorities responding to a report of a possible hostage situation in downtown Dawsonville last week took two men into custody in connection with making false ...

January 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Armed jewel thief in custody

The suspect in a string of armed jewelry robberies, including the August heist at Zales Outlet in Dawsonville, was taken into custody Friday in Smyrna.

January 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Clint Bearden sworn in as new Magistrate Court judge

Dawson County native Clint Bearden on Tuesday vowed to uphold the principles of justice and fairness in the law as the county's new part-time ...

January 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Overturned dump truck shuts down busy crossing

An overturned Mack dump truck shutdown the intersection of Hwy. 9 and Dawson Forest Road for several hours Monday evening as crews attempted to clear ...

January 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teens charged in road crimes

Two Dawson County teens are facing a long list of criminal charges after authorities say they were involved in an aggressive driving incident that later ...

January 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


4 detained after possible hostage situation reported

Authorities have detained four people at a home in downtown Dawsonville after a third party caller reported a possible hostage situation.

January 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff recognizes top employees of 2015

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle recognized his top employees of 2015 during the department's annual Christmas luncheon and celebration at the Georgia Racing Hall ...

December 30, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man arrested after fleeing traffic stop

A Dawsonville man faces a litany of charges after fleeing a traffic stop on Sunday.

December 23, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Authorities say threat unfounded at doctor’s office

Authorities continue to investigate who called in a bomb threat at a local doctor's office last week.

December 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


No threat found at doctor's office

Authorities on the scene at a local doctor's office where a bomb threat was phoned in this morning say they found no evidence of ...

December 17, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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