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Supreme Court’s DNA ruling could alter state law

In 2011, citing Fourth Amendment concerns, the Georgia legislature gutted a Senate bill that would have allowed collection of DNA evidence upon arrest for those charged with felonies.

June 17, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


New Hall fire stations set to open next year

Hall County has taken another step toward relief for North Hall homeowners suffering from skyrocketing insurance rates.

June 16, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Black History Society celebrates Emancipation Day

The first celebration of Juneteenth Day in Gainesville, sponsored by the Gainesville-Hall County Black History Society, was held Saturday afternoon at Midtown Greenway & Park in Gainesville.

June 16, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Citizens' Academy alumni unite to support sheriff’s office

Gainesville resident Luis Santos-Rivas took the Hall County Sheriff's Citizens' Academy as a curious new resident.

June 15, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Most drownings can be silent and difficult to notice

Like the undisturbed surface of Lake Lanier, sometimes drowning can be calm and quiet.

June 14, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Ga. Mountains YMCA leader leaving for NC job

The president and CEO of the Georgia Mountains YMCA is resigning to take a job as executive director of the Siskey YMCA in Matthews, N.C., a suburb of Charlotte.

June 11, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Probable cause hearing set for slaying suspect

A probable cause hearing is set for later this month after a Gainesville man made his first appearance Tuesday in Hall County Magistrate Court on murder charges.

June 05, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Motion denied, trial date set in 2012 boating deaths

A Hall County Superior Court judge Tuesday denied a motion to dismiss the case against Paul Bennett, who is charged with eight counts of homicide by vessel in a Lake Lanier accident that killed two Buford boys.

June 05, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Blood drive to honor disaster victims

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the North Georgia Detention Center and the American Red Cross to host a blood drive to honor victims of natural disasters both close to home and hundreds of miles away.

June 04, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall County Sheriff’s Office to upgrade aging fleet

A stagnant motor pool at the Hall County Sheriff's Office will soon be invigorated with several new patrol cars.

June 02, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Hispanic businesses recharge corridor of Atlanta Highway

It's just after the lunchtime rush at Perla Medrano's ice cream shop, La Mejor De Michoacan, on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville.

June 01, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Facebook, Twitter become new public safety tool

Social media started out largely as a hangout for young people. But as it evolved to reach wider audiences across generations, law enforcement agencies have latched on as well.

June 01, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Detention center warden sings Georgia fight song for good cause

Decked out in University of Georgia garb, Charlie Peterson suffered a moment of weakness at the tail end of his brief stint as a UGA fan.

May 31, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Thieves hit Junior League’s thrift sale storage unit

Junior League members found an unsettling surprise Wednesday when they discovered the storage unit for their annual thrift sale had been ransacked.

May 30, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Lula shooting update: Quiet community shaken by assault

In Lula, a North Hall town of a little less than 3,00 people, acts of violence are often only read about or seen on the news.

May 29, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


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Articles By Author - Emma Witman


People’s pontif earns praise from religious leaders

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, became the first non-European pope in 1,200 years in March 2013, he also carried a burden of expectation.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Weather Service aims for more accurate tornado warnings

False alarms during severe weather can draw the ire of residents, or worse a complacency that causes people to ignore real dangers.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Rain not a damper for March of Babies

Doctors, former patients and hundreds of other walkers didn't let rain dampen their enthusiasm for helping ensure healthy babies Saturday.

April 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Man gets 18 months in motorcycle gang bust

A judge said Friday that although the government's conduct had raised some eyebrows, it didn't excuse the actions of a Gainesville man who served as lookout for federal-agent-initiated drug deals.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Man reported drowned at country club

Gainesville police and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are investigating the reported drowning of a Gainesville man in Lake Lanier.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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


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