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Church to offer classes about child sex trafficking

The local community has become more aware of child sex trafficking, children's advocates say. Now, the advocates hope to engage the community further.

February 09, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Juvenile transition program taking shape

After months of planning and searching for an instructor, a Department of Juvenile Justice educational and workforce initiative is coming together at Gainesville's Regional Youth Detention Center, program organizers said.

February 07, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Oakwood mother missing since Monday

Authorities are investigating the disappearance of a 32-year-old Oakwood mother.

February 07, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


PETA wants roadside monument for chickens that died in truck crash

A roadside memorial could be erected to honor chickens killed in a wreck last week in Gainesville.

February 06, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Police arrest 4 in taxicab robberies

Four men have been arrested in connection with thefts of cash from taxi drivers in November and January incidents, Gainesville police said Wednesday.

February 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Murder charges dropped against woman accused in beating

The state has dropped murder charges against a 25-year-old woman charged in the beating death of a Gainesville man.

February 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Boys & Girls Clubs offer Saturday tutoring program to area students

Kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County now can get more one-on-one help from tutors.

February 01, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


New hires, recruits and reorganization part of Hall Fire Services growth

Battling fires in front of a crowd of onlookers, Hall County Fire Department trainees looked ready for the real deal as they extinguished controlled car fires, structure fires and a propane blaze that shot 30 feet into the sky above the Allen Creek training facilities.

February 01, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Obama’s compromise could aid immigration bill

In a potential breakthrough on an immigration overhaul, President Barack Obama has hinted that he would be open to a reform bill even if it lacked a special pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people here illegally.

February 01, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall County Sheriff’s Office introduces jail courtroom

Law enforcement and court officials are touting a new court that Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said will help close more cases, enhance public access to hearings and save money by reducing inmate transports.

January 30, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall County jury acquits man of rape charges

A Gainesville man was acquitted on felony rape and kidnapping charges and convicted of three misdemeanors Thursday afternoon by a Hall County jury.

January 30, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Rape, kidnapping case goes to jury

A Hall County jury is tasked with determining the extent - or lack - of consent in the case of a Gainesville man charged with rape and kidnapping.

January 29, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Investigator testifies in trial of man accused of battery, rape

The trial of a Gainesville man accused of rape and kidnapping began Tuesday with testimony from medical and law enforcement officials.

January 28, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville man appeals sentence after contradictory verdicts

A Gainesville man is seeking to reduce his sentence after a jury acquitted him of multiple assault and gang violence charges in an apartment shooting, but convicted him of having a gun in the commission of a crime.

January 26, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Law may privatize foster care

Stakeholders are weighing in on a legislative proposal with the governor's support that would establish a fully integrated private-public partnership for some child protective services, including foster care.

January 26, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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Articles By Author - Emma Witman


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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