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Local man arrested on assault charges
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A Dawsonville man is being held in jail on battery charges against a private citizen and a sheriffs office deputy.

Law enforcement received a call from a person witnessing an assault against a man in the bathroom of Lorenas Food & Spirits, located at 22 Prestige Lane in Dawsonville. When police arrived at the scene, they quickly located the suspect outside the business.

The man, Randall Chadwick Evans, 34, was arrested for aggravated battery. The victim, a 58-year-old unidentified man, was taken to a nearby hospital for extensive facial injuries, said Major Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriffs Office.

While being taken into custody, Evans received three charges of simple battery on a peace officer for spitting.

Alcohol appears to be involved, Wooten said.

Evans was still being held Tuesday in the Dawson County Detention Center.

Woman charged with fraud, forgery

In a separate, unrelated incident, local law enforcement arrested Amanda Kaye Phillips, 31, of Dawsonville, on 15 charges of forgery (fourth degree).

Phillips is accused of forging checks by her Hall County-based employer, and using them at various locations in Dawson County.

She had previously been arrested by the Gainesville Police Department on one charge each of first degree forgery and fourth degree forgery. According to Corporal Kevin Holbrook with the Gainesville Police Department, Phillips was employed by Bulldawg Collision in Hall County.

She posted $40,000 in bond for those two charges.

In addition to the 15 counts of fourth-degree forgery in Dawson County, Phillips also is charged with three counts of first-degree forgery and one count of theft by taking. According to Wooten, she is suspected of using the fake checks to collect more than $27,000.

In Georgia, forgery in the first degree is a felony, while forgery in the fourth degree is a misdemeanor.

Phillips remains in the Dawson County Detention Center.