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Jury deliberations to begin today in child sex abuse case

After eight days of testimony and closing arguments from the state and defense, the case of a Gainesville man charged with child molestation and exploitation went to the jury.

April 22, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Georgia ranks high in armed robbery rate

Georgia was ranked 10th overall in gun violence, according to a new study by the Center for American Progress.

April 21, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville fire hero ‘honored’ by award, community support

Hall County firefighter in-training Tray Ross already is a hero to Rev. Victor Lamar Johnson.

April 21, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Device helps hearing-impaired jail inmates chat with visitors

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is making it easier for hearing-impaired inmates to communicate with visitors.

April 20, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Bill raises hopes of immigration reform supporters

Four Democratic and four Republican senators formally unveiled a sweeping immigration bill Thursday at a news conference attended by traditional opponents from big business and labor, and conservative and liberal groups.

April 19, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Prosecution rests in child molestation trial

The state concluded its case against a Gainesville man who faces more than 20 counts of child molestation and exploitation charges.

April 18, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Call about threat was false alarm, police say

Armed law enforcement officers descended on the old Regions building Wednesday evening in downtown Gainesville in response to what turned out to be a false alarm, a Gainesville police department spokesman said.

April 18, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Sex crime trial enters 2nd week; focuses on investigator

After testifying Monday, Gwinnett County Police Department Detective Jerrald Leak found himself on the witness stand all day Tuesday in a child molestation case in Hall County Court.

April 17, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Debate over gun law continues

Federal gun legislation has passed its first legislative hurdle in the Senate, including background checks on sales at gun shows, and banning high-capacity magazines.

April 15, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Brenau alums celebrate May Day festivities

Brenau University celebrated alumni weekend, continuing the tradition of honoring the "May Day" court as part of the festivities Saturday afternoon on campus.

April 14, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville police riding new motorcycles

Last week, Gainesville Police Chief Brian P. Kelly rolled out the department's newest enforcement tools - three new 2013 Kawasaki police motorcycles.

April 14, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


3 men arrested after drugs found

Two Gainesville men were arrested on charges of growing marijuana and possession of methamphetamine Thursday, law enforcement officials said.

April 13, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Interview style under scrutiny in child molestation trial

Testimony continued Thursday in Hall County Superior Court in the trial of a Gainesville man facing multiple child sex and exploitation charges.

April 13, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Testimony in child sex abuse trial becomes technical

Testimony continued Thursday in Hall County Superior Court at the trial of a Gainesville man charged with multiple child sex and exploitation charges.

April 12, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Testimony continues in child molestation, kidnapping trial

Investigators and police officers testified Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court at the trial of a Gainesville man charged with more than 20 counts of child sex crimes and controlled substance violations.

April 11, 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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