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Local lawman graduates at top of police academy

Jarrett Simpson has set the bar high for the next group of Dawson County Sheriff's deputies.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Slaying tops biggest stories of 2008

Former GBI Special Agent in Charge John Cagle says it is one of the few cases he worked in his 30-year career that touched him personally.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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Alleged illegal gambling operation shut down

Two suspects were arrested and a third man is being sought in connection with what authorities are calling an illegal gambling operation in Dawson County.

March 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen faces sex charges

A 17-year-old Dawson County High School student remained in jail on Tuesday, a week after his arrest on kidnapping, rape and aggravated child molestation charges.

March 05, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Tennessee man convicted of trafficking meth in Dawson

A jury on Thursday convicted a Tennessee man of trafficking methamphetamine in Dawson County.

February 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Realtor pleads guilty in 2012 forgery case

A well-known real estate agent avoided jail time by pleading guilty to three felony charges in connection with her involvement in a fraudulent sales transaction.

Carol Lynn Michaelson, 50, of Dawsonville was sentenced as a first offender to four years on probation. The sentence also carries more than $3,100 in fines and fees, as well as 50 hours of community service, according to court records.

February 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man sentenced to 20 years

A Dawsonville man convicted last month of sex crimes against children has received a 20-year sentence with the first 12 to be served in prison.

February 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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