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Closure in clerk theft case

The state's cases against three people who pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the Dawson County Clerk of Courts office came to an end Tuesday with the final suspect's sentencing.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Judge Kathlene Gosselin sentenced Donna Jeanette Sheriff to 10 years, with two to be served in state prison and the remainder on probation.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Public defender honored for indigent defense work

To some people work is truly work, but for Northeastern Judicial Circuit Public Defender Brad Morris his work is his passion.

"If you do something you like, it really isn't work," Morris said.

November 30, 2011 | By Patrick Stoker DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Deputies urge caution during holiday season

The recent arrest of a teenager in a theft case has Dawson County Sheriff's officials reminding residents to be cautious this holiday season.

"Just like when it's warm outside, as the weather changes near the holidays, we have an increase in criminal activity," said Capt. Tony Wooten.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Scuffle, theft lead to charges

A 26-year-old Gainesville man faces several felony charges after an alleged shoplifting scheme went awry in the early hours of post-Thanksgiving shopping.

Authorities said Steven Strickland was arrested after he reportedly tried to sneak a laptop computer out of the crowded local Walmart about midnight Thursday.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Theft suspect sentenced

A contract worker who admitted taking nearly $82,000 from the Dawson County Clerk of Courts office will spend the next two years in prison.

Justin Curtis Disharoon, 24, was sentenced Tuesday by Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin.

November 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Driver charged in fatal scooter wreck

November 10, 2011 | By Julie Arrington DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Woman pleads guilty to assaulting mother-in-law

A woman accused of attempting to kill her mother-in-law by suffocating her with a pillow last year has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

Catherine Lucille Hlavenka, 62, received a sentence of 10 years probation from Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver.

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-deputy charged after complaint

A former longtime Dawson County Sheriff's deputy has been charged with sexual battery and false statements following a probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Mark Louis Caruana, 48, of Lumpkin County was booked Tuesday morning on the charges, which stem from alleged inappropriate sexual conduct while on duty.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man was staying at closed fun center

Authorities are trying to determine just how long a theft suspect had been living at a former Dawsonville family fun park.

Paul Henry Moran, 19, was arrested Friday night at Christ Fellowship Church after employees reported finding a door that leads to the adjacent family fun center propped open with a golf putter.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-clerk pleads guilty

The state has resolved its criminal case against Dawson County's former clerk of courts, who pleaded guilty Friday to theft by taking and violation of oath of offices charges.

In exchange for her negotiated plea, 62-year-old Becky McCord received a 10-year sentence, with four years to be served in custody and the remaining on probation.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy fired after allegations surface

A veteran local sheriff's deputy has been terminated amid allegations he had inappropriate sexual conduct with a woman while on duty.

According to Dawson County Sheriff's Lt. Col. John Cagle, former deputy Mark Caruana, 48, could face criminal charges in connection with the incident.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-Dawson clerk gets 4 years added to prison term

Former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord pleaded guilty Friday in Superior Court to theft by taking and violation of oath of office charges.

In exchange for her negotiated plea, McCord, 62, received a 10-year sentence with four years to be served in custody and the remaining on probation.

October 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Additional arrests made in local theft case

Local authorities have made two more arrests in connection with a string of thefts in Dawson and Forsyth counties last month.

Nathan Seth Davis, 17, was taken into custody in Forsyth County on Sept. 28 on burglary, theft by taking and criminal trespass warrants. He is being held without bond at the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sex offender found at lodge

A convicted child molester wanted on a felony escape charge in Hall County was taken into custody Saturday in Dawsonville.

Michael Keith Coker, 21, of Gainesville, reportedly did not return to the Hall County Detention Center from work release Friday.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Officials arrest 2 in theft case

Two suspects are in custody and two more are sought in connection with a string of thefts in Dawson and Forsyth counties.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the Sept. 21 arrest of Calvin Blackstone, 31, of Dawsonville for a probation violation led investigators to a home off Knight Road in north Forsyth.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Speeding SUV leads to marijuana bust

Several garbage bags filled with harvested marijuana plants were discovered during a routine traffic stop Tuesday in Dawson County.

June 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged with battery after fight with roommate

A verbal altercation between roommates that escalated into a physical fight hospitalized one man and sent another on the run early Saturday morning.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-church intern charged with child pornography

A former youth ministry intern from Dawsonville faces nearly three dozen child pornography charges in connection with an investigation that originated earlier this year in neighboring Forsyth County.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Execution date set in 1991 slaying

An execution date has been set for Georgia death row inmate Tommy Lee Waldrip, who was convicted in the murder of a Dawsonville man more than 20 years ago.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen charged with statutory rape

A Dawsonville teenager is facing statutory rape and child molestation charges after admitting to having had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Jailer fired over sexual harassment

A Dawson County Detention Center officer was fired last month after an investigation into accusations he had sexually harassed a former female co-worker.

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


CSI: Dawsonville

Ally Goodie watches a lot of crime-fighting shows on television.

June 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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