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Hall County jury acquits man of rape charges

A Gainesville man was acquitted on felony rape and kidnapping charges and convicted of three misdemeanors Thursday afternoon by a Hall County jury.

January 30, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Rape, kidnapping case goes to jury

A Hall County jury is tasked with determining the extent - or lack - of consent in the case of a Gainesville man charged with rape and kidnapping.

January 29, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Investigator testifies in trial of man accused of battery, rape

The trial of a Gainesville man accused of rape and kidnapping began Tuesday with testimony from medical and law enforcement officials.

January 28, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville man appeals sentence after contradictory verdicts

A Gainesville man is seeking to reduce his sentence after a jury acquitted him of multiple assault and gang violence charges in an apartment shooting, but convicted him of having a gun in the commission of a crime.

January 26, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Law may privatize foster care

Stakeholders are weighing in on a legislative proposal with the governor's support that would establish a fully integrated private-public partnership for some child protective services, including foster care.

January 26, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Entrapment defense is seldom successful

Undercover law enforcement officers from local and federal Northeast Georgia agencies recently have netted arrests by posing as poachers, drug dealers, militia members and 15-year-old girls.

January 26, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Friends gather to pray for, support stricken Gainesville woman

LeeAnn Noble has endured life changing medical problems in the past; she received a heart transplant in 2006 after being diagnosed with heart disease at age 12.

January 25, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Second suspect in October shooting caught by Marshals Service

Law enforcement authorities have caught a second suspect wanted in the Oct. 30 shooting of a Gainesville man, police said.

January 25, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Norton predicts stability for area economy

It should come as no surprise to those paying attention that his economic forecast is distinctly calm, with volatile times in the rearview mirror, Frank Norton Jr. said.

January 24, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall County Sheriff’s Office overtime pay rises

Though the Hall County Sheriff's Office was able to trim its overall budget last year, it paid more for overtime hours than in 2012.

January 22, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Parents ask legislators for medical exception for marijuana

For Oakwood mother of five Sarah Caruso, it's hard to understand why a possible treatment for her daughter's seizures is illegal.

January 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall sheriff aims to tone up department’s officers in 2014

After about one year in office, Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch is nearing the fulfillment of a campaign pledge: a program to encourage officer fitness.

January 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Madison County Democrat announces House run

David Vogel, a Madison County Democrat, announced his plans Saturday to run for the 9th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

January 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Elections


Murder suspect claimed to be protecting his son

A Flowery Branch man said he killed his brother on Christmas Day to protect his son, a Hall County Sheriff's Office investigator testified Friday during a hearing in Hall Magistrate Court.

January 17, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville man charged with drug trafficking

A Gainesville resident was arrested in Hall County on drug trafficking charges after $5,600 in methamphetamine was confiscated, law enforcement authorities said Thursday.

January 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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Articles By Author - Emma Witman


Social media posts often used to screen jurors

Online social media profiles have become a seamless extension of our real-world personalities. But with broader access to sharing your life and personality via the Internet come implications, including with the criminal justice system.

July 13, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Women learn to construct a new life

Donning pink and yellow hard hats, a group of 11 women sported a distinctly different look than most graduating classes at commencement.

July 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Life in prison, no parole, for killer in Peppers shooting

The last time Antonio Thompson talked to his brother, Adrian asked him if he was still getting married. He wanted him to maintain a path toward stability.

July 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall County judge to rule in August on deputies’ case

A Hall County judge has set an Aug. 12 court date to rule on a civil case in Superior Court involving two former deputies.

July 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall County: Former jailer’s record mixed

Records show a Hall County jail sergeant fired for allegedly punching an inmate in June had been transferred to the jail shortly after a two-day suspension in 2012.

July 09, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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