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Judge again delays decision on motions in murder trial

After two hearings on the matter, a Hall County judge again postponed a decision on whether alleged prior violent actions of a Gainesville man killed in the Pepper's Market parking lot will be admissible in court.

May 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

White Sulphur Elementary students get special lesson in fishing

Seeing the sense of awe on children's faces as they learn a new skill is one of many rewarding experiences for educators.

May 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Report finds difficulties in combating human trafficking

A report released May 1 by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation sheds insight into how human trafficking is understood by law enforcement agencies across the state.

May 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Sign theft can lead to serious criminal charges

In Colorado, officials said they had to deal with a spike in thefts as residents hijacked "420" mile markers to repurpose in their homes.

May 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

No charges filed in I-985 wall rescue

Gainesville police identified the motorists involved in an early morning fall May 1 off an Interstate 985 ramp.

May 09, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Man found guilty of aggravated assault on a child

A Gainesville man was convicted Thursday of aggravated assault and cruelty to a child by a Hall County jury.

May 08, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Mock trial teaches students about court proceedings

Fourth-graders from Fair Street Elementary School in Gainesville on Wednesday had their constitutional and civic knowledge tested on the spot.

May 08, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Man found guilty of murder in car dealership slaying

For taking the life of Charles Weaver, a judge sentenced Mark Antonio Taylor II on Wednesday afternoon to spend the rest of his life in a Georgia prison.

May 08, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Prosecution asserts defendant was aggressor in dealership shooting

Amanda Tyndall, an employee of the Gainesville Comfort Suites, recalled a conversation on the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting with Mark Antonio Taylor II.

May 07, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Man claims self-defense at murder trial

A few days after shooting and killing a Gainesville man, Mark Antonio Taylor II said from an interview room in Atlanta that he was trying to right a wrong.

May 06, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

2 fire stations open to help improve response times

For 10 years, Lt. Phil Bowman served at the Hall County Fire Department's Station 3, a 30-year-old structure meant to be temporary. He's now a shift supervisor at the newly-minted Station 16.

May 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Relay for Life draws 10K, raises thousands

This year's Relay for Life of Hall County drew more than 10,000 participants, organizers said.

May 03, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Local pastors join state reform efforts

For the Rev. Bill Coates, advising the governor on re-entry initiatives for prisoners leaving the corrections system wasn't a role he would have sought - until it struck home.

May 03, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Law Day honors go to legal standouts

Northeast Georgia lawyers, judges and court staff assembled outside the courtroom Friday to honor each another, reaffirm vows of professionalism and stress the importance of voting in an election year.

May 03, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

Suspect charged in death of grandmother in New Holland

A Gainesville man has been charged with murder in the Friday afternoon death of his grandmother.

May 03, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local

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