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Dawsonville man found guilty in terrorism trial

ATLANTA – Syed Haris Ahmed may not have posed an imminent threat to the United States with his e-mails discussing violent Jihad, his amatuerish videos of Washington landmarks or his implausible plots to attack domestic targets, but his acts supported terrorism just the same, government prosecutors said.

June 11, 2009 | By Stephen Gurr DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Postal workers face drug charges

Two local postal workers remain on the job despite their arrests last month on felony drug charges, including suspicion that at least one used her postal route to deliver drugs.

June 10, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Terrorism trial winds down

ATLANTA - A former Georgia Tech student who formerly lived in Dawsonville and is charged with plotting to help terrorist groups, turned the closing arguments in his federal trial last Thursday into a bewildering lesson on Islamic principles amid stunned courtroom observers.

June 10, 2009 | | CRIME/COURTS


3 arrested in recent burglaries

Three men have been arrested and a large cache of stolen goods recovered in connection with a suspected home burglary spree in Dawson and Murray counties.

June 03, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Trial begins for ex-Tech student

ATLANTA - As an isolated, shy teenager, the seeds of Syed Haris Ahmed's jihadist aspirations were planted during hours in front of a computer screen in his family's Dawsonville home.

June 03, 2009 | By Stephen Gurr DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Public defender recovering after scooter wreck

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Public Defender Brad Morris remained in critical but stable condition at an Atlanta hospital last week after his scooter collided with an employee's truck that swerved into his path.

May 27, 2009 | By Stephen Gurr DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect opts for judge

A Dawsonville man accused of plotting "violent jihad" on American targets has waived his right to a jury trial.

May 27, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Treatment court graduates eight during ceremony

While many local parents prepared to watch their children complete high school and begin a new chapter in their lives, a different kind of graduation ceremony was taking place last Thursday at the Dawson County Courthouse.

May 27, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Wreck claims ‘fun-loving guy’

A 63-year-old Dawsonville great-grandfather who friends said never met a stranger died Saturday, four days after he was badly injured in a four-vehicle, chain-reaction wreck on Ga. 400.

May 20, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two plead in botched burglary

Two of six defendants in what authorities say was a botched burglary last summer at a local outlet mall entered guilty pleas Thursday.

May 06, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Slaying remains unsolved

More than a year has passed since family members found the body of Cheryl Ann Williams in her parents' Brookwood Drive home near Lake Lanier.

April 29, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Former lawman charged with stalking ex-wife

A former Dawson County sheriff's investigator remained in custody Tuesday, four days after he was arrested on charges of stalking his ex-wife.

April 29, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Lumpkin man charged in pharmacy fire

A man arrested last month in a Dawson County drug sting has now been charged with setting the Dahlonega Rite Aid on fire two days earlier.

April 08, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged after short chase, wreck

A Ball Ground man who authorities say has a lengthy record of driving violations was arrested Sunday night after fleeing a traffic stop and flipping his truck.

April 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Burglary probed on Kelly Bridge Road

Investigators are trying to find the man who burglarized a Kelly Bridge Road home March 17 and reportedly shot at a member of the homeowner's family.

March 25, 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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