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Convicted drug trafficker may get new trial

The Georgia State Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Lilburn woman convicted in 2007 of trafficking amphetamine in Dawson County.

February 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man cleared of molestation charge

A 38-year-old Dawsonville man arrested last year on child molestation charges was acquitted by a jury Feb. 4.

February 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Floridian charged with molestation

A Florida man was taken into custody in Dawson County last week and charged with child molestation.

February 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man gets 20 years for May 2006 chase

The family of a Dawsonville man shot by authorities in a May 2006 pursuit that injured four Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies say they plan to appeal his conviction.

February 11, 2009 | By Julie Arrington DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Driver found guilty

A Dawsonville man who was shot by authorities following a May 2006 pursuit has been convicted of several charges, including aggravated assault of four Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies.

February 04, 2009 | By Julie Arrington DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Gainesville man charged with entering vehicles in parking lots

Local authorities are warning individuals to use caution when leaving valuables inside cars.

February 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two arrested for alleged auto break-ins

Officials believe the two men arrested for a string of auto break-ins in Lumpkin County are responsible for at least seven reported thefts in the Chestatee Golf Club community.

January 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Treatment expands to include theft

Superior Court Judge Jason Deal estimates that nearly 90 percent of the cases he hears in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit involve a dependency on drugs.

January 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged in Ponzi scheme

The owner of an Alpharetta-based financial firm who lives in Dawsonville has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with operating a Ponzi scheme worth at least $25 million.

January 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Runaway reunited with relieved family

The mother of a North Forsyth High School student who ran away nearly two weeks ago is happy to have her daughter home, but said the child is "definitely" grounded.

January 20, 2009 | Julie Arrington DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff’s office enhances Citizens Law Enforcement Academy

With the addition of firearms training and the opportunity to solve a crime using crime scene investigation equipment and techniques, space is quickly filling for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office's ninth annual Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deaths, speed on rise

Authorities responded to more traffic fatalities in 2008 on Dawson County roads than they had in nearly a decade.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman charged in fatal wreck

A Gainesville woman has been charged with vehicular homocide in connection with a 2008 wreck that claimed the life of a Forsyth County man and his unborn daughter.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local lawman graduates at top of police academy

Jarrett Simpson has set the bar high for the next group of Dawson County Sheriff's deputies.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Slaying tops biggest stories of 2008

Former GBI Special Agent in Charge John Cagle says it is one of the few cases he worked in his 30-year career that touched him personally.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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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


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


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


Speeding SUV leads to marijuana bust

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

June 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged with battery after fight with roommate

A verbal altercation between roommates that escalated into a physical fight hospitalized one man and sent another on the run early Saturday morning.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-church intern charged with child pornography

A former youth ministry intern from Dawsonville faces nearly three dozen child pornography charges in connection with an investigation that originated earlier this year in neighboring Forsyth County.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Execution date set in 1991 slaying

An execution date has been set for Georgia death row inmate Tommy Lee Waldrip, who was convicted in the murder of a Dawsonville man more than 20 years ago.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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