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Tips to avoid fires when preparing Thanksgiving feast

Fire officials are warning residents not to let food and fun distract them from keeping an eye on the fire hazards that come with cooking the turkey.

November 26, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Oakwood police moving to City Hall

The Oakwood Police Department will soon be sharing quarters with the City Hall and municipal court, City Manager Stan Brown said.

November 24, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Under the Bridge Ministries delivers meals to those in need

Under the Bridge Ministries continued its Thanksgiving season tradition of distributing boxed meals on Saturday in its most successful year yet, ministry founder Jason Ladd said.

November 24, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Body-mounted cameras provide ‘backup’ for area agency

As surveillance and monitoring technology increases, groups like the American Civil Liberties Union advocate safeguards and limits to ensure government uses data in ethical and legal ways.

November 24, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Oakwood spa closes after woman arrested for prostitution

An Oakwood spa agreed to close its business after an employee was arrested for prostitution in an undercover sting, law enforcement officials said.

November 22, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall County Juvenile Court Judge honored

Outgoing Hall County Juvenile Court Judge Mary Carden was honored by friends and colleagues Friday afternoon at the Hall County Courthouse.

November 22, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Fired deputies dispute allegations of negligence in inmate escape

Terminated deputies Jack Dodd and Larry Henslee responded Thursday to what they said are inaccurate and unfair assertions of blame by the Hall County Sheriff's Office for their roles in the escape of an inmate.

November 22, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Santa arrives in Gainesville's downtown square for Jingle Mingle

Gainesville ushered in another holiday season with horse-drawn carriage rides, music and lights on the square.

November 22, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Board overturns firing of deputies after inmate escaped

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is appealing a decision by the Hall County Civil Service Board to reinstate two deputies terminated after the escape of an inmate from the Hall County Courthouse in July.

November 20, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Hall, Gainesville team up on Citizen's Alert System

The city of Gainesville and Hall County have set up a one-stop shop for residents to report road hazards, fire hazards, storm damage and other concerns.

November 17, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Bennett verdict puts scrutiny on new alcohol laws

The deaths of Jake and Griffin Prince in a June 18, 2012, boating accident created enough sense of urgency to spur statewide legislative changes to Georgia criminal code.

November 17, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Bennett acquitted of homicide in boat deaths trial

Paul J. Bennett was acquitted Thursday evening on eight counts of homicide by vessel in Hall County Superior Court.

November 14, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Badge and Bar: Man indicted on child molestation, rape charges

A 35-year-old man was indicted Tuesday on child molestation and rape charges by a Hall County grand jury.

November 14, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Jury resumes deliberations today in boat deaths trial

A jury will reconvene this morning to continue deliberating in the trial of Paul J. Bennett, a boater accused in the deaths of two Buford boys on Lake Lanier.

November 13, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


Defense experts dispute alcohol level, crash reconstruction in brothers' boating deaths trial

Testimony concluded Tuesday in the trial of Paul J. Bennett, a boater accused in the deaths of two Buford boys on Lake Lanier.

November 13, 2013 | Emma Witman | Local


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Articles By Author - Emma Witman


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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