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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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Judge grants separate trials in murder case

The two men facing charges in connection with the murder of a local Little League coach will be tried separately.

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Churches burglarized, two hit in two weeks

Authorities are investigating the back-to-back weekend burglaries of two churches in Dawson County.

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Thieves target outlets: Burberry, Zales both hit in August

A Georgia Bureau of Investigation sketch artist is being called in to help create a better picture of the woman who robbed a local jewelry ...

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Patrol deputy injured but OK after wreck

A Dawson County deputy was injured last week when a driver failed to stop at a traffic light and collided into his patrol cruiser.

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Treatment court leads addicts down the road to recovery

The road to recovery was a long, rough drive for Pam Williams.

August 26, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Smash and grab thieves target outlets

North Georgia Premium Outlets has once again become the target for thieves, and this time the suspects got away with more than $20,000 in ...

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Wooten announces bid for sheriff

Capt. Tony Wooten on Monday announced his bid to be Dawson County's next sheriff.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Gainesville man arrested in mountain resort heist

An arrest has been made in last week's burglary at Forrest Hills Mountain Resort.

August 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Brazen thieves hit resort cabins, steal 15 flat screen TVs

The owners of a popular mountain resort just across the Dawson County line in Dahlonega are once again reeling to recover after thieves reportedly stole ...

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Campground host fires gunshots at lake visitors

A Buford man is facing state and federal charges after authorities say he attempted to take the law into his own hands Saturday night by ...

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

DA plans to add fourth attorney in Dawson

Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh plans to add a fourth attorney to cover the court caseload in Dawson County.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Florida woman identified as driver in fatal car chase

Authorities have positively identified a Florida woman as the driver in last week's fatal high speed chase.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Unidentified woman killed in Friday night wreck

An unidentified woman died from injuries sustained in a wreck on Hwy. 52 in northwestern Dawson County Friday evening.

August 12, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Woman sought in outlet mall jewelry store heist

Authorities are on the lookout for a woman that held up a Dawsonville jewelry store at the North Georgia Premium Outlets last week.

August 12, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

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