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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


Man indicted in woman’s death

A Dawson County grand jury has indicted a local man on felony vehicular homicide charges in connection with a June 2010 traffic incident that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Gainesville woman.

According to the indictment, Colon Louis Hartzler, 44, was under the influence of alcohol when he attempted to turn left onto Carlisle Road from Ga. 400.

June 15, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Driver faces charges in death

Jeremy Todd Adams, 30, faces seven charges including DUI and vehicular homicide following a May 27 car accident that killed a Dahlonega man, Georgia State Patrol officials said.

Officials said blood results are still pending but it appears Adams, who was driving a 1993 Isuzu Trooper, crossed the center line on Mill Creek Road at 12:35 p.m.

June 08, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Former county worker agrees to reduced charge

A former Dawson County maintenance worker has been sentenced for his role in a June 2010 wreck that claimed the life of a Dawsonville man.

James "Jim" Ferrante, 42, pleaded guilty earlier this month to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless conduct.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gainesville man charged in former official’s death

A 73-year-old Gainesville man faces charges in connection with a 2010 collision that claimed the life of a former Lumpkin County commissioner.

May 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man backs over wife

A Dawson County man has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after authorities say he backed over his wife in the couple's Valley Brook Circle driveway Sunday.

May 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Mother, daughter plead guilty in theft case

A Dawson County woman who admitted to stealing thousands from her former employer will spend the next three months behind bars.

May 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Effort nets 22 arrests

The local sheriff's office is working with several anti-drug groups and partner agencies in its ongoing effort to keep drugs out of Dawson County.

May 11, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two charged with shoplifting

Hundreds of dollars of children's clothing and designer shoes were recovered May 4, just minutes after associates at the local outlet mall reported the merchandise stolen.

May 11, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local woman arrested in Forsyth burglaries

A Dawsonville woman was among three people arrested in connection with two smash-and-grab burglaries early Thursday in north Forsyth. Authorities say they are wanted for other crimes in metro Atlanta also.

May 04, 2011 | By Julie Arrington DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Convicted killer sentenced to death

A drifter from Georgia learned his fate Thursday morning when a judge sentenced him to death for the 2007 murder and kidnapping of a nurse in northern Florida.

April 27, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Plea near in clerk’s federal case

GAINESVILLE - A financial discrepancy appears to have delayed the guilty plea federal prosecutors were expecting Tuesday morning in the tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud case against an ex-Dawson County official.

April 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Dawsonville couple facing felony drug charges

A Dawsonville couple is facing felony drug charges after authorities were called to their home on a reported domestic case and discovered suspected narcotics laying out in plain view.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two airlifted after collision

Both drivers were seriously injured in what appears to have been a head-on collision on Hwy. 136, just west of Bailey Waters Road in Dawson County Tuesday morning.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Student arrested with shotgun in truck on Hightower campus

A student at Hightower Academy, Dawson County's alternative school, was arrested last week for having a weapon on campus.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Student arrested in locker room thefts

A Dawson County High School student was arrested Thursday, two days after he reportedly took nearly $600 from the wallets in the school's gymnasium locker room.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man pleads guilty in Halloween shooting

One of two men charged with aggravated assault in the Halloween 2013 shooting of a Dawsonville man pleaded guilty to the charges last week.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man killed in fatal collision

A memorial fund has been set up for the children of the Dawsonville man that was killed in last week's fatal motorcycle crash on Hwy. 53 West.

April 15, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Senate makes changes to parole board transparency bill

After passage in the State Senate on the last day of the 2015 General Assembly, the House Bill designed to make one of the state's most secretive agencies more transparent is awaiting the governor's signature.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Student arrested with shotgun in truck on campus

A student at Hightower Academy, Dawson County's alternative school, was arrested Tuesday afternoon for possession of a weapon on campus.

April 14, 2015 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Judge sets bond for NASCAR engine builder’s wife

The wife of famed NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott remained in custody Tuesday, nearly a week after she was arrested for reportedly trying to run him over.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Officials unclear if armed robbery suspect connected to Dawsonville CVS heist

The FBI task force investigating a string of armed robberies at CVS stores across metro-Atlanta has not reached out to local law enforcement to determine if a February robbery at the Dawsonville location is connected.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Program helps graduates cope with mental health

Looking back 24 months ago, Paul Watson can now admit his life was spiraling out of control.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


4 men charged for racing on Ga. 400

High-speed races on Ga. 400 over the weekend landed four drivers behind bars facing numerous traffic violations.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen arrested in school burglary

A Dawson County teen was arrested last week after authorities identified him as the culprit in a burglary at Riverview Middle School.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ernie Elliott’s wife charged with aggravated assault

The wife of famed NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott was arrested early Tuesday morning.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gunshots lead to arrest

Shots fired at a residence on War Hill Park Road Sunday led to the arrest of a Dawson County man on assault and battery charges.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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