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Another suspect arrested in undercover drug operation

Two Gainesville residents were arrested Friday on drug charges at an Atlanta Street apartment, authorities said.

November 01, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Police searching for 2 suspects in Wednesday shooting

Police are searching for two Lawrenceville men suspected in a Gainesville shooting and robbery Wednesday night.

November 01, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Police release little information in shooting

Police offered little new information into a Wednesday night shooting at Ridgecrest Apartments in the 1600 block of Roper Hill Road in Gainesville.

October 31, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Drive slowly and watch out for costumed children

Whether you're an active participant in trick-or-treating, or just on the roads this evening, police are urging residents to be cautious on Halloween.

October 31, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Undercover investigation nets 14 drug arrests

Law enforcement officers arrested 14 people, all Gainesville residents, on drug-related charges Thursday.

October 31, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Sex offenders must skip Halloween

Sex offenders in Hall County will be directed to the probation office in Gainesville during trick-or-treating hours tonight, Chief Parole Officer Matthew Ellison said.

October 30, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Mother says son didn’t pull gun on deputy

A witness disputed the account of an Oct. 16 arrest in South Hall County, where her son was charged with assaulting a deputy.

October 30, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Lieutenant charged with deleting sheriff’s office data

A former lieutenant with the Hall County Sheriff's Office was arrested Wednesday on charges she intentionally deleted sheriff's office data.

October 30, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Boomershines receive Helping Hands Award

Before Elizabeth Smart gave the evening's keynote address, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County presented this year's Helping Hands Award, given to an individual or group for their contributions.

October 30, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Kidnapping victim Smart speaks at Boys & Girls Clubs fundraiser

Elizabeth Smart said she never knew why she was "chosen" by her kidnapper, but taking her mother's advice, she has chosen to move on.

October 30, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville City Council considering petition to rename park for ex-fire chief

When Dick Taylor died in February at age 65, longtime friends and colleagues noted his extensive history serving the public, from his years as fire chief for both Gainesville and Hall County to earlier Navy days.

October 27, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Tower mural greeted with dance performance

A live performance-art piece ushered in the grand unveiling of the artistic face of the Lake Lanier Olympic Center.

October 27, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Study: Aging prison population is costly

Georgia has passed three criminal justice reform laws in two years, with sentencing getting a good deal of scrutiny. However, advocacy groups say the changes may not be enough to stem the tide of aging inmates serving lengthy sentences.

October 26, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Body discovered at closed South Hall park to be investigated as homicide

Hall County Sheriff's Office officials said a body found Thursday afternoon in a South Hall park is being investigated as a homicide.

October 25, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall law officers nab wanted man

A Flowery Branch man wanted on numerous outstanding warrants was apprehended Thursday night following a pursuit that led into Gwinnett and Walton counties, the Hall County Sheriff's Office reported Friday.

October 25, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


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Articles By Author - Emma Witman


People’s pontif earns praise from religious leaders

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, became the first non-European pope in 1,200 years in March 2013, he also carried a burden of expectation.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Weather Service aims for more accurate tornado warnings

False alarms during severe weather can draw the ire of residents, or worse a complacency that causes people to ignore real dangers.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Rain not a damper for March of Babies

Doctors, former patients and hundreds of other walkers didn't let rain dampen their enthusiasm for helping ensure healthy babies Saturday.

April 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Man gets 18 months in motorcycle gang bust

A judge said Friday that although the government's conduct had raised some eyebrows, it didn't excuse the actions of a Gainesville man who served as lookout for federal-agent-initiated drug deals.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Man reported drowned at country club

Gainesville police and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are investigating the reported drowning of a Gainesville man in Lake Lanier.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville man pleads guilty in $12 robbery case

The most serious violent felonies were dropped against a Gainesville man after he pleaded guilty to robbery Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Panel publicly upholds firing of Hall fire official

The Hall County Civil Service Board publicly voted 4-2 Wednesday to affirm the termination of an ex-Hall County Fire Department battalion chief.

April 17, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville man resentenced after pleading to molestation

After a tumultuous ending more than a year ago, a child molestation case closed on calmer terms Tuesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Judge won’t restrict hearings access in murder case

A Hall County judge denied a defense motion to restrict public access to the pretrial hearings for an upcoming murder trial.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Coinciding cleaning events beautify county

Under a clear weekend sky, volunteers on land and water did some spring cleaning to make Hall County a bit more pristine.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Drug court graduates do well, statistics show

Hall County's drug court program is an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders. Successful completion ensures there is never a conviction on their record.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


DA seeks tougher penalty in stabbing

The Gwinnett County District Attorney's office has given notice of intent to increase the punishment in the slaying of a Gainesville woman.

April 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Ex-jailers, former inmates enter mediation

Two former Hall County Sheriff's Office employees have entered into mediation with three then-inmates alleging civil rights violations in a Dec. 22, 2010, incident at the jail.

April 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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