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Driver charged in fatal scooter wreck

November 10, 2011 | By Julie Arrington DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Woman pleads guilty to assaulting mother-in-law

A woman accused of attempting to kill her mother-in-law by suffocating her with a pillow last year has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

Catherine Lucille Hlavenka, 62, received a sentence of 10 years probation from Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver.

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-deputy charged after complaint

A former longtime Dawson County Sheriff's deputy has been charged with sexual battery and false statements following a probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Mark Louis Caruana, 48, of Lumpkin County was booked Tuesday morning on the charges, which stem from alleged inappropriate sexual conduct while on duty.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man was staying at closed fun center

Authorities are trying to determine just how long a theft suspect had been living at a former Dawsonville family fun park.

Paul Henry Moran, 19, was arrested Friday night at Christ Fellowship Church after employees reported finding a door that leads to the adjacent family fun center propped open with a golf putter.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-clerk pleads guilty

The state has resolved its criminal case against Dawson County's former clerk of courts, who pleaded guilty Friday to theft by taking and violation of oath of offices charges.

In exchange for her negotiated plea, 62-year-old Becky McCord received a 10-year sentence, with four years to be served in custody and the remaining on probation.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy fired after allegations surface

A veteran local sheriff's deputy has been terminated amid allegations he had inappropriate sexual conduct with a woman while on duty.

According to Dawson County Sheriff's Lt. Col. John Cagle, former deputy Mark Caruana, 48, could face criminal charges in connection with the incident.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-Dawson clerk gets 4 years added to prison term

Former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord pleaded guilty Friday in Superior Court to theft by taking and violation of oath of office charges.

In exchange for her negotiated plea, McCord, 62, received a 10-year sentence with four years to be served in custody and the remaining on probation.

October 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Additional arrests made in local theft case

Local authorities have made two more arrests in connection with a string of thefts in Dawson and Forsyth counties last month.

Nathan Seth Davis, 17, was taken into custody in Forsyth County on Sept. 28 on burglary, theft by taking and criminal trespass warrants. He is being held without bond at the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sex offender found at lodge

A convicted child molester wanted on a felony escape charge in Hall County was taken into custody Saturday in Dawsonville.

Michael Keith Coker, 21, of Gainesville, reportedly did not return to the Hall County Detention Center from work release Friday.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Officials arrest 2 in theft case

Two suspects are in custody and two more are sought in connection with a string of thefts in Dawson and Forsyth counties.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the Sept. 21 arrest of Calvin Blackstone, 31, of Dawsonville for a probation violation led investigators to a home off Knight Road in north Forsyth.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen injured in wreck

A local teenager was flown to an Atlanta-area children's hospital after being trapped in a crushed pickup truck for nearly two hours Monday night.

According to authorities, the 13-year-old girl was a passenger in a Ford F-150 that struck a power pole near Harmony Church Road and Ga. 400 just after 11 p.m.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Judge rejects plea deal

Former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord will be back in Superior Court next month after a judge rejected her guilty plea on theft by taking and violation of oath of office charges.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin did not publicly say Friday why she refused to accept the plea, which had been negotiated and approved by both the state and McCord's attorneys.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Judge rejects ex-clerk’s guilty plea

Former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord will be back in Superior Court next month after a judge on Friday rejected her guilty plea on theft by taking and violation of oath of office charges.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin did not publicly say why she refused to accept the plea, which had been negotiated and approved by both the state and McCord's attorneys.

September 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man pleads guilty to local charges

A local man awaiting trial on vehicular homicide charges in Lumpkin County has pleaded guilty to separate felony charges in Dawson County.

Appearing Sept. 7 before Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller, Jeremy Todd Adams admitted his role in a February case in which he was charged with false imprisonment, interfering with a 911 call, simple battery and criminal trespass.

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Clerk of courts theft case nears end

The sentencing hearing for former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord is scheduled for today in federal court in Gainesville.

McCord, 64, pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud charges in June.

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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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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