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Gainesville police probe 2 robberies on the same corner

A pedestrian was targeted by armed robbers in Gainesville for the second time in two days and in the same location, police reported.

January 19, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Head takes The Golden Rule to new role

Maj. Kevin Head left the Hall County Sheriff's Office as a lieutenant in 2012. He returns as a major and member of the streamlined two-man command staff, heading the Administrative Bureau.

January 19, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


More TV time for Hall County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard

The Hall County Honor Guard has been bestowed the honor for the second time of presenting the colors for Sunday's NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome.

January 19, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


‘Dependable’ mother Clifford Earles dies just shy of 109

Clifford Earles was days shy of turning 109 when she died Tuesday afternoon.

January 18, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Snow a no-go, roads in good condition

UPDATE at 7 a.m.: After the threat of snow and ice Thursday night into Friday morning, the Georgia Department of Transportation have dispatched crews throughout several counties in Northeast Georgia, including Forsyth, Gwinnett, Dawson, Lumpkin, Hall, Habersham, Towns, Union, Rabun and White Counties.

January 18, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Drug case moves to Superior Court

A felony drug case against three Gainesville residents was moved on to Hall County Superior Court after a Wednesday morning committal hearing in which the suspects represented themselves.

January 16, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Lawmakers eye more criminal justice reform

As Georgia state lawmakers tackle juvenile justice reform this year, they also are expected to expand on last year's overhaul of the adult criminal justice system.

January 16, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Fingerprint access streamlines investigations in Gainesville

Budget constraints previously did not allow the Gainesville Police Department access to a federal fingerprint database.

January 15, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Feds’ immigration program extended

The Obama administration confirmed last week that it had extended agreements allowing officials in four Georgia counties, including Hall, to continue participating in the federal 287(g) immigration program until June 30.

January 13, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Latty brings professor’s perspective to Hall Sheriff’s Office

Major John Latty is a 25-year veteran of law enforcement. But for the past decade, he's embodied another realm: academia.

January 12, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Space heaters dangerous if not used correctly

The past three major fires in Hall County have been caused by space heater misuse, Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said.

January 11, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Fire officials honor 11-year-old for helping family escape fire

It's unclear what exactly awoke 11-year-old Jema Hernandez at 3 a.m. Dec. 18.

January 11, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Georgia ranks high for crashes involving older adult drivers

Georgia has one of the country's highest motor vehicle crash rates for older adults, typically ranked No. 5 or No. 6 in the U.S., officials with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety said Wednesday.

January 10, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Man pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charges

A Gainesville man indicted on 17 counts of sexual abuse pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Hall County Superior Court.

January 08, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Ballet, yoga come in handy for 1st shooting lesson

The first time I held a gun, my panicked friend chastised me for absentmindedly pointing the unloaded rifle at him.

January 05, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


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Articles By Author - Emma Witman


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


Suicides often fit common profile

A violent death shakes any community, but most do not come at the hand of others: Suicide persistently outpaces homicide as a killer of Hall County residents.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville man acquitted of growing marijuana

The attorney for a Gainesville man acquitted on charges of growing marijuana said it was much ado over bean sprouts and residue.

April 04, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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