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Tips to keep burglars away this holiday

Burglars hiding in your bushes may sound cliche, but it's just the kind of thing to look for when evaluating your home's security.

December 21, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Local


Deputies cite inadequate staffing in inmate escape

Whether two Hall County Sheriff's Office employees were negligent or tasked with an impossible job was the focus of a termination hearing in November, according to a transcript of the hearing obtained by The Times.

December 14, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Local


Man accused of assaulting deputies was wrongly ID’d as his twin

A man charged after Hall County deputies said he assaulted them in a Sept. 26 incident was misidentified as his twin brother by the Sheriff's Office.

November 16, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Local


Firefighters install smoke detectors in area where home burned

A stone's throw from the Gainesville Fire Department's headquarters on Queen City Parkway, family members rummaged Monday through the burned contents of their home.

November 12, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Local


Lt. governor’s SUV involved in accident

A Georgia State Patrol trooper driving Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in an SUV to the Capitol on Wednesday morning struck the rear of a car driven by an Oakwood woman on Interstate 985.

November 08, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Local


Passing a water test requires know-how

Every day you turn on the faucet in your house and clean water comes out.

November 08, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Life top stories


Man was asleep when fire started at Sardis home

A man had to crawl out of his northwest Hall County home Thursday night after a neighbor called him to tell him it was on fire, according to another neighbor, Shirley Beck.

November 07, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Local


Pregnant woman charged with serious injury by vehicle, DUI

A 22-year-old pregnant woman hit two vehicles before overturning her vehicle, seriously injuring her father, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 18, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Local


2 killed in head-on collision

Two people were killed early Friday morning when a pickup truck attempted to pass another vehicle on Browns Bridge Road and struck an SUV head-on.

October 12, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Local


Deputies say they were assaulted by irrational, naked man

Editor's note: The Hall County Sheriff's Office later determined the suspect was Kelly Martinez Nicely, not his twin Keary. Read more about the mistake here.

September 27, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Local


Health system to close child care center

Northeast Georgia Health System is closing its child care center in May, the hospital announced Wednesday to employees.

September 18, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Local


Gainesville police seek suspects in home invasion

Porfirio Salcido, a Gainesville High School student, said he had heard about home invasions happening in his neighborhood off Old Flowery Branch Road, but he didn't think his family would be victims.

September 18, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Local


Times photographer charged with obstruction

A Times photographer was charged Friday with obstruction after he arrived at a crime scene off Lyman Street in Hall County to take photos.

September 13, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Local


Gainesville man pleads guilty to 49 charges, many linked to fake newspaper

A Gainesville man who started a fraudulent newspaper pleaded guilty earlier this week to 49 charges, many stemming from the operation of the Gainesville Observer newspaper. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

September 13, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Local


Gainesville man charged with impersonating an officer

Jose S. Lara-Hernandez knew something wasn't right when the man he was driving in his taxi wanted to go to the YMCA with a .22-caliber gun.

September 10, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Local


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