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Madison County Democrat announces House run

David Vogel, a Madison County Democrat, announced his plans Saturday to run for the 9th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

January 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Elections


Murder suspect claimed to be protecting his son

A Flowery Branch man said he killed his brother on Christmas Day to protect his son, a Hall County Sheriff's Office investigator testified Friday during a hearing in Hall Magistrate Court.

January 17, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville man charged with drug trafficking

A Gainesville resident was arrested in Hall County on drug trafficking charges after $5,600 in methamphetamine was confiscated, law enforcement authorities said Thursday.

January 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Health department shuffle to allow HIV clinic expansion

Hall County's Department of Health plans on renovating and relocating several clinics in a series of moves that officials said would improve quality of services.

January 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Oakwood bank robbery suspect still at large

Oakwood police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery at the SunTrust bank at 3725 Mundy Mill Road.

January 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Two arrested after $60,000 in meth, other drugs found

Two Cumming residents were recently arrested in Hall County on drug trafficking charges after $60,000 in drugs was confiscated, law enforcement authorities said Tuesday.

January 15, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall Sheriff’s South Precinct follows county’s population growth

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch touted the planned South Hall Precinct, saying it will suit the county's population and growth needs.

January 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Report touts criminal justice reforms, says more to be done

The Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform's annual report called for changes that would help released offenders rejoin their communities.

January 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Lawmakers won’t dawdle as election looms

Local legislators are gearing up for a short, dense Georgia General Assembly session, with earlier primary elections around the corner.

January 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Mecum: Hall’s finances solid for future

In his first State of the County speech, Board of Commissioners Chairman Richard Mecum expressed cautious optimism for county budget's future.

January 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Authorities: Man pulled over claimed to be an officer

A Bibb County man faces charges after telling a Hall County deputy at a traffic stop he was a police officer.

January 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville eyes road work for future sales tax

A voter-approved 2009 special option local sales tax fell short of covering planned projects in Gainesville.

January 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville police officer in stable condition after 2-car wreck

Gainesville police officer Chelsea L. Laughlin is in stable condition at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a Friday afternoon traffic accident at E.E. Butler and Jesse Jewell parkways.

January 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall picks architect for new correctional institute

Plans to build a new Hall County Correctional Institute are moving forward after county commissioners unanimously approved the architectural contract at Thursday's meeting.

January 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Ga. Senate panel backs limits on criminal records access

A state Senate committee recommended limiting access to criminal records in order to protect people convicted of crimes and those who were wrongly accused, Sen. Butch Miller said.

January 09, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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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


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


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