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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


Dawsonville man guilty of child molestation

A Dawsonville man awaits sentencing Thursday after a jury convicted him of sex crimes involving children.

Jose Francisco Gonzalez, 41, was initially indicted on two counts of sexual battery, two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes and a single child molestation charge.

February 05, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff restructures command staff

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle recently promoted two officers to new leadership roles within the department.

January 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Atlanta man charged with aggravated assault

Warrants have been issued for an Atlanta man who allegedly threatened to kill a local business owner over a service dispute.

January 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Former tax official pleads guilty to drug charges

Dawson County's former chief tax appraiser will spend the next 12 months on probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drug charges.

January 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Drownings are ruled accidental

Autopsy reports have confirmed that two Dawson County men pulled from Lake Lanier on Friday drowned.

January 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two bodies recovered in Fredericks Cove

The bodies of two men have been found in Fredericks Cove on Lake Lanier near the site where two Dawson County young men reportedly went missing on Jan. 2.

January 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Candlelight vigil planned for Sunday

A candlelight vigil is planned Sunday for the two Dawson County men missing since Jan. 2.

January 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Search continues for missing men

Foul play has not been ruled out in the disappearance of two Dawson County men who were last seen Jan. 2.

January 08, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Recovered gun likely used in Cherokee slaying

Authorities say a handgun found after a standoff at a Harmony Church Road home is likely the weapon used to kill a Woodstock man earlier this month.

December 18, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Veteran lawman retiring

A veteran lawman with nearly four decades of service will take off his badge for the last time Dec. 31.

December 18, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Third murder suspect in custody

The third suspect wanted in connection with the weekend shooting of a Woodstock man was apprehended Wednesday afternoon.

December 11, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man arrested in home fire case

A 64-year-old Dawson County man was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with what authorities are calling a suspicious fire.

December 11, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Driver, 16, charged in car surfing fatality

Charges have been filed against the Forsyth County teenage driver involved in a June fatal car surfing wreck that claimed the life of a 16-year-old Dawson County girl.

November 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Arrest in church burglaries

Authorities have arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Death row inmate granted clemency

A local family is devastated after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip on July 9.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in church burglaries

Authorities last night arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

A local family is devastated after the state's pardons and parole board on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip.

July 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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