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Man guilty of murder in Peppers Market shooting

Joseph Williams, the man accused of shooting down Adrian Thompson outside Peppers Grocery & Market, was found guilty Thursday in Gainesville of murder.

June 27, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Eyewitnesses give their accounts of killing

Taking the stand in his defense Wednesday, Joseph Williams said he was a "scared man shooting for his life" when he gunned down 37-year-old Adrian Thompson.

June 25, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Friend: Pepper's Market victim bullied defendant

A longtime friend of murder defendant Joseph Scott Williams said he was bullied, demeaned and pushed by the victim.

June 25, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Prosecutor calls killing 'cold-blooded execution'

A Gainesville man on trial for murder was previously married to the wife of the victim, testimony in Hall County Superior Court revealed.

June 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Murder trial of Gainesville man begins today

A Gainesville man being tried on a murder charge was previously married to the wife of the alleged victim, testimony in Hall County Superior Court revealed.

June 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall County Sheriff: Deputies stronger, smarter

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch came into office in 2013 with big ideas to energize and revitalize services to residents. One area of improvement he has stressed is the individual improvement of deputies, including through increased training.

June 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville man indicted in grandmother’s death

A Hall County grand jury has indicted a Gainesville man on charges of murder in the May death of his grandmother.

June 21, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


GBI investigating jail sergeant accused of punching inmate

A Hall County jail sergeant fired Tuesday following accusations he punched an inmate in the stomach is now under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.

June 21, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville woman charged with murder after stabbing

A Gainesville couple's argument led to murder charges Friday following a June 13 incident outside their West Avenue house.

June 21, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Lawyers finalize jury picks in Pepper’s Market fatal shooting trial

Attorneys are set to give opening statements Monday in Hall County Superior Court after selecting jurors for the murder trial of Joseph Scott Williams.

June 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Patrol car decals aim to boost visibility, safety

Residents may have noticed that the Gainesville Police Department is boasting a more visible presence in the community.

June 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Child welfare advocates welcome state shake-up

A leadership shake-up and shift in focus at the Department of Family and Children Services is a "major change," local child welfare leaders said this week.

June 15, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Event helps cope with loss of a dad

Father's Day is a joyful occasion to celebrate dads and all they mean to us. But for some, the holiday is colored with sadness, a reminder of an important person they lost at a young age.

June 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Civil Service Board reaffirms man's firing

The Hall County Civil Service Board voted to affirm the termination of a former Hall County Fire Services employee for the third time after twice failing to conduct the appeals in compliance with the Georgia Open Records Act.

June 13, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Presentation discusses drugs in community

Sen. Butch Miller said when he told a young employee he would be participating in a panel on drug use among youth in the county, the worker immediately offered an insight.

June 13, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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