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Leadership role comes naturally to assistant jail commander

A public leadership role is nothing new for Cindy Mustachio.

January 27, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Ga. legislature unlikely to take up gun control

In the wake of the December mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., wide ideological differences in gun control are being reflected in legislative proposals across Georgia and the nation.

January 27, 2013 | Emma Witman | State government


Couch follows a long road to Mayberry

Sheriff Gerald Couch doesn't come from a family legacy of law enforcement, although a fictional law enforcement legend is perched on his office shelf.

January 26, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Investigators seek help with Truelove clues

The Hall County Sheriff's Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation are again seeking the public's help in the search for Hannah Truelove's killer.

January 26, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Smaller grants can limit growth of fitness program

In December, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation awarded $400,000 over three years to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County for its fitness program "Club Fit," but that amount is not on par with funding the club has leveraged in the past, club officials said.

January 23, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Sheriff offers fresh idea to recycle patrol cars

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch is proposing to upgrade his department's fleet while saving money by having cars refurbished rather than replaced.

January 21, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Gun sales are rapid fire at local shop

Business has never been better for Jon Lipscomb, owner of Foxhole Guns & Archery. He isn't too pleased about it.

January 19, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


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


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Man pleads guilty to assault after start of trial

A Gainesville man decided to plead guilty to assault charges after his trial was underway.

April 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Drowning investigation continuing

Gainesville police said Tuesday there was no new information as to how or what caused the apparent drowning of a man Thursday in Lake Lanier.

April 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Georgia Supreme Court upholds man’s murder verdict

The Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously upheld Tuesday a Gainesville man's convictions of malice murder and other crimes for beating to death his girlfriend's 18-month-old daughter and physically abusing her other two children.

April 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


New correctional institute construction underway in Hall

Construction has started on the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 22, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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


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