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Metro Atlanta theft ring busted in Dawson in 2008

Dawson County authorities were not part of the original Atlanta area task force set up to catch a group of thieves targeting high-end department stores, but after a foiled robbery attempt at the Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet in Dawsonville in June, Dawson County's involvement in the case tipped the theft ring wide open.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Top employees honored by sheriff

Deputy Stan Harrison was born to be a school resource officer.

December 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Familiar face returns to sheriff’s office

It's been more than four years since Johnny Holtzclaw wore a badge or carried a gun.

December 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


GBI looks for man in 1986 slaying

Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials say they never close out an unsolved murder.

December 28, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man indicted in 22-year-old murder

State authorities reopened a 22-year-old cold murder case over the summer, and Thursday the man they believe responsible was indicted for murder.

December 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Manhunt called off

A man authorities say assaulted a police officer eluded capture Monday despite an hours-long manhunt in western Dawson County.

December 21, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Men face rape, drug charges

Two construction workers remained in custody Tuesday, four days after they were arrested for an alleged sexual assault at a local motel.

December 07, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Drug court recognizes graduates

More than three years have passed since Jeremy Adams had his first run-in with Dawson County Sheriff's Deputy Jennifer Wright.

December 07, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Advocacy center receives present from local women’s organization

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle has worked for years to create a local victim's advocacy center.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New judge to bring first law degree to Magistrate Court

Fresh out of law school and still awaiting his bar exam results, Tony Tarnacki was named Dawson County's Associate Magistrate Judge last week.

November 02, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Big Canoe death is ninth traffic fatality in 2008

A wreck in Big Canoe last Tuesday claimed the life of a Talking Rock man and increased the number of deaths on Dawson County roads in 2008 to nine.

November 02, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Accountant faces more theft charges

A Dawson County accountant arrested over the summer on a single theft charge was arrested again Tuesday and now faces nine more related charges.

October 26, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local authorities warn of paving scams

Local authorities are warning residents to watch out for scam artists targeting seniors with offers of low cost driveway paving and repairs.

October 12, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Cuts could delay cases, autopsies

Georgia's association of elected coroners says mandated budget cuts at the state agency that performs nearly 3,000 autopsies a year could mean longer waits for families of the deceased and higher costs to county taxpayers.

October 05, 2008 | By Stephen Gurr DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Local man indicted for alleged molestation

A Dawsonville man accused of molesting a female family member was indicted last week by a Dawson County grand jury.

September 28, 2008 | 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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