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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


World Cup draws fans from across area

The world's elite soccer players converge today in Brazil for a tournament of monumental pride and legacy.

June 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall County clerk’s office to discontinue passport service

The Hall County Courthouse will no longer be a one-stop shop for your international travel and fine-paying needs.

June 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Shooting victim identified as Gainesville man

The victim in a Gainesville shooting is identified in a Gainesville Police Department incident report as Cedric Huff, 41.

June 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


‘No-knock’ warrants under scrutiny

When a 19-month-old toddler was injured in the execution of a "no-knock" warrant, it raised questions on whether the technique is appropriate and safe.

June 07, 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


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