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Dawson man sentenced in meth trafficking case

A 46-year-old Dawson County man pleaded guilty last week to trafficking methamphetamine.

In a negotiated plea, Daniel Jeffery Thompson received a 22-year sentence with the first 12 years to be served in prison and the remainder on probation.

August 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


2 locals charged in sting

Two Dawsonville men were among 23 people indicted last week as part of a two-year undercover FBI investigation into the Outlaw Motorcycle Club and its affiliates in Georgia.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Raymond Sellers, 65, of Dawsonville, was arraigned along with George Norwood, 48, of Cumming, on charges they conspired to make a bomb and give it to an undercover agent.

August 22, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged in historian’s death

A Gainesville man faces charges in connection with the collision that claimed the life of local historian and retired educator Charles Finley.

Mickey Lee Bunton, 67, turned himself in to authorities Aug. 14, the day after he was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide by the Georgia State Patrol, which investigated the wreck.

August 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Four charged with trafficking meth

A routine traffic stop in downtown Dawsonville early Saturday led to the arrests of four people on felony drug charges, authorities said.

According to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, those arrested include: Stephanie Adkins, 40, of Gainesville; Joseph Cansler, 42, of Sweetwater, Tenn.; and Crystal Tyner, 28, and Samuel Smallwood, 39, both of Madisonville, Tenn.

August 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Officers recover $16K in stolen equipment

Three people face theft and drug charges after a probation verification visit turned up more than $16,000 worth of stolen equipment from a new Fulton County high school.

According to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, 23-year-old Donald B. Watts of Orlando, Fla., was charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, one felony and one misdemeanor, as well as misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

August 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Official: ‘This is a set fire’

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a suspicious fire June 12 at a vacant building.

"We're looking at this as a set fire," said Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Tim Satterfield.

August 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Pot plants seized in drug sweep

Authorities say a multi-agency law enforcement sweep uncovered an elaborate indoor marijuana-growing operation in western Dawson County.

According to Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle, drug agents found more than two dozen marijuana plants in the basement of a home on Hensley Way and made one arrest.

August 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Convicted child molester asks for new trial

A Dawsonville man serving life in prison for aggravated child molestation made a case last week for a new trial.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver is considering the matter, which she heard Thursday.

July 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Former planning member sentenced in drug case

A former member of Dawson County's planning board has been found guilty of trafficking methamphetamine.

Elbert Phil Clark, 63, received a 20-year sentence, with 12 years to be served in prison and the remainder on probation.

July 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man sentenced in vehicular homicide case

A Dawsonville man convicted of vehicular homicide in February received a 10-year sentence for the 2010 incident that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Gainesville woman.

According to authorities, Colon Louis Hartzler, 45, was driving under the influence of alcohol on June 25, 2010, when passenger Jenna Fitzgerald fell from his Jeep and was struck by a minivan on Ga. 400.

May 30, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


High court dismisses appeal

Georgia's highest court has dismissed appeals filed by a local couple against the city of Dawsonville over a motorsports park in western Dawson County.

According to Tuesday's unanimous opinion written by Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias, West and Helen Hamryka failed to follow the correct procedure when filing their appeals.

May 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff: State certification on track

Top officials at the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are confident the agency will receive state certification in the near future.

May 09, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sign case treated as arson

On April 23, emergency officials responded to reports of a fire on Hwy. 9 near Dawson Forest Road.

"I got the call about 11:45 p.m. from someone who was driving by and saw the sign on fire," said Sheriff Billy Carlisle, who is seeking a fourth term.

May 02, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man pleads guilty in assault case

A man accused of attempted rape during a New Year's Eve party in Big Canoe has pleaded guilty to the charges.

Jose Alfredo Delafuente, 49, was sentenced as a first offender and received a 14-year sentence with a year to be served in jail and the remainder on probation.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Residents take to the range

Samantha Moulder admits firing a gun for the first time was scary, but also exciting.

Moulder, 16, was one of about three dozen participants that drove to a gun range in Cumming in late February to take a firearms training course offered through the Dawson County Sheriff's Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Suspected outlet mall shoplifter nabbed in Forsyth

A south Georgia man suspected of shoplifting at the North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawson County was arrested last week in Forsyth, officials said.

April 27, 2016 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


North Forsyth traffic stop yields 1,000 doses of meth stashed in can of peaches

A 46-year-old Dawsonville woman was arrested after a recent traffic stop in north Forsyth, during which authorities found about 1,000 suspected doses of methamphetamine.

April 20, 2016 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man accused of rape

A local man has been charged with rape in connection with an alleged beating attack at his Dawson County home.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


No threat found in suspicious package

Authorities investigating a suspicious package under a vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart in Dawsonville have found no threat.

April 07, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man charged with child molestation

A Dawsonville man was arrested last month on three counts of child molestation.

April 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gunfire near Dawson-Forsyth line triggers rumors, social media frenzy

Local law enforcement is investigating reports of gunfire Sunday night in north Forsyth, not far from the Dawson County line.

April 04, 2016 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff's candidates answer questions at forum

Editor's note: This is part two in a series of questions candidates running to be Dawson County's next sheriff answered during a political ...

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Burt one of state’s first judges to complete new training

Probate Judge Jennifer E. Burt of Dawson County successfully completed in-depth judicial training requirements through the Georgia Probate Court Judges Certificate Program.

March 30, 2016 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


9-1-1 center operator and husband arrested for growing pot

A Dawson County 9-1-1 dispatcher was set to turn herself in to local authorities Tuesday in connection with allegedly growing marijuana at her home with ...

March 16, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman arrested at pumpkin farm pleads not guilty

The woman at the center of controversy in connection with her arrest at Burt's Pumpkin Farm in 2014 appeared in court on Tuesday to ...

March 15, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


High speed chase ends in teen’s arrest

A Cumming teen remains in custody a week after authorities say he stole a friend's car and was arrested following a high speed chase ...

March 14, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


State drops charges against Miguez

Two days after a jury acquitted a Dawson County man in connection with the shooting death of a local little league coach, the state filed ...

March 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Body located in abandoned car near Ga. 400 identified as missing Atlanta woman

Dawson County Sheriff's investigators have identified the woman, whose body was found inside an abandoned car nar Ga. 400 Thursday morning, as a missing ...

March 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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