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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


Paving scam suspect arrested in Indiana

Local authorities are awaiting the extradition of a suspect who reportedly swindled an elderly Dawson County man out of more than $8,000.

Johnny Shane Wells, 21, of North Augusta, S.C., was arrested in Shelbyville, Ind., in mid-March after a bank employee alerted police to a possible suspicious check.

March 28, 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


Teen detains alleged burglar

Authorities are praising the efforts of a teenager who caught a burglary suspect at his family's Grizzle Road home Friday.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the 17-year-old arrived home from school to find the basement window open.

March 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-deputy pleads guilty

A former longtime Dawson County Sheriff's deputy accused of inappropriate sexual conduct while on duty has pleaded guilty to the charges against him.

Mark Louis Caruana, 48, of Lumpkin County admitted Feb. 16 that he had lied to investigators when questioned about an incident reported by a 24-year-old Dawson County woman in September.

February 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Forsyth candidate cited for going 103

A candidate for sheriff in neighboring Forsyth County was cited earlier this month in Dawson County for driving nearly 40 mph over the posted speed limit on Ga. 400.

According to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, deputies clocked Duane K. Piper traveling north at 103 mph in a 2011 BMW 325I at about 10 a.m. Feb. 4.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dog breeder arrested in drug sweep

A local dog breeder and businessman was one of four people arrested last week in a multi-agency drug sweep.

Authorities said the operation also uncovered nearly 12 pounds of suspected marijuana, three indoor grow houses and 106 marijuana plants in several counties.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Residents urged to use caution

Reports of a police impersonator in neighboring Lumpkin County have drawn the attention of local authorities.

"We've had no incidents here in Dawson County, but Sheriff [Billy] Carlisle wanted to make sure our citizens are aware of the reports," said Capt. Tony Wooten.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Officers warn of possible police impersonator

An incident in neighboring Lumpkin County involving an apparent police impersonator has prompted local officials to urge the community to use caution when being pulled over by unmarked vehicles.

"We've had no incidents here in Dawson County, but Sheriff (Billy) Carlisle wanted to make sure our citizens are aware of the reports," said Capt. Tony Wooten.

February 17, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Crash nets goods

Thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise was recovered Thursday after shoplifting suspects crashed on Dawson Forest Road as they attempted to flee authorities.

Carl Anthony McCrady, 23, of St. Louis, Mo., was arrested at the scene of the single-vehicle wreck. He is being held at the Dawson County jail on $12,000 bond.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County resident charged with trafficking meth

A Dawson County man who authorities say they had been watching for more than two years was charged with trafficking methamphetamine earlier this month.

Daniel Jeffrey Thompson, 46, is being held without bond at the Dawson County jail.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Jury convicts driver

A Dawsonville man awaits sentencing after a jury found him guilty in connection with an incident that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Gainesville woman in 2010.

The jury took less than four hours Feb. 3 to reach its verdict against Colon Louis Hartzler, who authorities said was driving under the influence of alcohol when passenger Jenna Fitzgerald fell from his Jeep and was struck by a minivan on Ga. 400.

February 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Parolee charged with battery

A woman recently released from prison to care for her elderly father was arrested over the weekend after Dawson County Sheriff's deputies reportedly saw her physically abusing the man.

Martha Ann Horvat, 45, is being held at the Dawson County jail without bond, authorities said.

February 08, 2012 | 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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