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Treatment expands to include theft

Superior Court Judge Jason Deal estimates that nearly 90 percent of the cases he hears in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit involve a dependency on drugs.

January 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged in Ponzi scheme

The owner of an Alpharetta-based financial firm who lives in Dawsonville has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with operating a Ponzi scheme worth at least $25 million.

January 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Runaway reunited with relieved family

The mother of a North Forsyth High School student who ran away nearly two weeks ago is happy to have her daughter home, but said the child is "definitely" grounded.

January 20, 2009 | Julie Arrington DCN Regional Staff | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff’s office enhances Citizens Law Enforcement Academy

With the addition of firearms training and the opportunity to solve a crime using crime scene investigation equipment and techniques, space is quickly filling for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office's ninth annual Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deaths, speed on rise

Authorities responded to more traffic fatalities in 2008 on Dawson County roads than they had in nearly a decade.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman charged in fatal wreck

A Gainesville woman has been charged with vehicular homocide in connection with a 2008 wreck that claimed the life of a Forsyth County man and his unborn daughter.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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Bones found at transfer station sent to GBI

Employees got a surprise last weekend when a backpack full of bones turned up at the Dawson County waste transfer station.

August 27, 2014 | David Renner | CRIME/COURTS


Woman arrested at rally

A Roswell woman was arrested Saturday after she refused to stop recording a political rally in Dawson County with her video camera.

August 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged under new state law

A 20-year-old Dawsonville man is the first to be charged locally under a new state law that prohibits sending sexually explicit photographs without the consent of the person depicted.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Report details use of force incident

Personnel documents released by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office detail the use-of-force incident that resulted in the firing of a jail sergeant earlier this month.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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