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Officials urge caution as school buses reclaim streets

Law enforcement officials are urging drivers to obey traffic laws as the familiar sight of yellow school buses repopulates the roads today.

August 12, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall awarded $200,000 grant for juvenile reform programs

Hall County has received a grant from the state toward rehabilitating delinquent youths in their homes and not at a detention center.

August 11, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Kids, parents see heavy machinery up close at Touch-A-Truck event

Kids got a chance to gape, touch and climb on some heavy machinery Saturday afternoon at City Park in Gainesville at the 14th annual Touch-A-Truck event.

August 11, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Stolen boat recovered on Lake Lanier; 3 arrested

A Hall County woman's boat was stolen from the dock Friday afternoon, but it was recovered by authorities, albeit banged up, later that evening.

August 10, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Woman faces 40-year sentence after her infant died

The state has dropped murder charges against a teen accused of killing her newborn daughter, and she is now awaiting her sentence on lesser charges.

August 09, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Badge and Bar: Trial in Jeep theft slated to start later this month

A Gainesville man arrested in November on charges of robbery and impersonating law enforcement is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 19.

August 08, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Deputies fired after inmate's escape had mixed records

One of the Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies fired after an inmate escape last month had two previous suspensions, and the other deputy a commendation for his good work in transporting inmates, according to personnel records obtained by The Times.

August 07, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Police train for ‘worst case’ at local school

While students examine and compare class schedules, and parents formulate car pool plans, local police are doing their own behind-the-scenes back-to-school preparation as well - planning and preparing for the worst.

August 01, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Teens learn realities of law at forum

About 150 youth turned out Wednesday evening for a teen forum at the University of North Georgia's Oakwood campus, the first in what the Department of Juvenile Justice hopes will be one of many across the state.

August 01, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


3 indicted in human trafficking case involving 4-year-old

Three Gainesville residents were indicted by a Hall County grand jury Tuesday in a human trafficking case involving a young girl.

August 01, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Tag readers a popular but controversial new police tool

If you're driving in Gainesville, that patrol car perched in the median might be reading more than your speed.

July 31, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Criminal law experts host talk with area youth

Do you know the law?

July 28, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Flowery Branch neighborhood watch program cited as nation’s best

The phrase "neighborhood watch" has been prominent in the news of late, and not always in a positive way.

July 27, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


County hoping to keep firefighters from leaving for higher paying jobs

In recent years, austerity measures in Hall County prompted many of the fire department's firefighters to leave for more lucrative positions in other counties.

July 27, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Drug court helps man give back

Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal, who heads the drug court program, led the latest graduation ceremony Friday, which featured well wishes and words of advice for the four graduates.

July 26, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


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Articles By Author - Emma Witman


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


Griffin police: No leads in 2013 slaying of area man

A year later, authorities said there have been no developments in the homicide investigation of a Flowery Branch man who was killed in Griffin.

April 09, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Crash cuts power for thousands in S. Hall

Power was restored by 8 p.m. Tuesday to thousands of customers who were left without power when a car collided with a power pole, according to Jackson EMC.

April 08, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


UGA to pay homage to Masseys

Gainesville poultry icon Abit Massey and his family are being honored Friday as the University of Georgia's 2014 Alumni Family of the Year.

April 07, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Attorney, advocate for indigent defense, to receive statewide award

In 2003, a battle brewed in Georgia's legislature over the creation of a statewide indigent defense system.

April 06, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Diversity a key goal for law enforcement

Census figures confirm Hall County is still growing, and if predictions hold true, becoming more diverse.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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