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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


Toddler drowns in North Hall pool

A 16-month-old boy died Wednesday after falling into a swimming pool at a Clermont home, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

May 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Obstruction case sentence reduced

A Hall County judge signed off on a reduced sentence for a Flowery Branch man convicted of obstruction for his role in an October confrontation with the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

April 30, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Victim's actions may be considered in murder case

The defense for a Gainesville man accused of murder wants the jury to hear the violent actions of the alleged victim just before he was slain, but a judge on Tuesday pushed off a decision pending more information.

April 30, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


New fire stations to open, bring insurance relief

A 2 p.m. ribbon cutting today will mark the first day of operations for one of two new Hall County fire stations.

April 28, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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Articles By Author - Emma Witman


Social media posts often used to screen jurors

Online social media profiles have become a seamless extension of our real-world personalities. But with broader access to sharing your life and personality via the Internet come implications, including with the criminal justice system.

July 13, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Women learn to construct a new life

Donning pink and yellow hard hats, a group of 11 women sported a distinctly different look than most graduating classes at commencement.

July 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Life in prison, no parole, for killer in Peppers shooting

The last time Antonio Thompson talked to his brother, Adrian asked him if he was still getting married. He wanted him to maintain a path toward stability.

July 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall County judge to rule in August on deputies’ case

A Hall County judge has set an Aug. 12 court date to rule on a civil case in Superior Court involving two former deputies.

July 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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