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Murder charges dropped against woman accused in beating

The state has dropped murder charges against a 25-year-old woman charged in the beating death of a Gainesville man.

February 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Boys & Girls Clubs offer Saturday tutoring program to area students

Kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County now can get more one-on-one help from tutors.

February 01, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

New hires, recruits and reorganization part of Hall Fire Services growth

Battling fires in front of a crowd of onlookers, Hall County Fire Department trainees looked ready for the real deal as they extinguished controlled car fires, structure fires and a propane blaze that shot 30 feet into the sky above the Allen Creek training facilities.

February 01, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Obama’s compromise could aid immigration bill

In a potential breakthrough on an immigration overhaul, President Barack Obama has hinted that he would be open to a reform bill even if it lacked a special pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people here illegally.

February 01, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Hall County Sheriff’s Office introduces jail courtroom

Law enforcement and court officials are touting a new court that Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said will help close more cases, enhance public access to hearings and save money by reducing inmate transports.

January 30, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

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

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