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Badge and Bar: Hall fugitive indicted by grand jury Tuesday
0717James Cantrell
James Cantrell

A man who escaped from custody and led the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and surrounding area authorities on a weeklong manhunt was indicted Tuesday by a Hall County grand jury.

After being sentenced to five years in prison in Superior Court just a few weeks ago, James Edward Cantrell faces two new felony charges — escape and theft by taking.

He was in State Court July 16 for violation of a temporary protective order, with an original charge of felony battery related to family violence.

Cantrell was leaving the Hall County Courthouse with other inmates when he managed to slip away from deputies and steal a work truck parked outside the courthouse. He was captured July 22 at a motel in Tucker by agents of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

He remains detained in the Hall County jail. His next court date has not been scheduled.

The grand jury also handed down an indictment Tuesday on an armed robbery.

Dujuane Lamonta Myers, 43, is charged with armed robbery, false imprisonment and theft by taking.

According to authorities, on Oct. 11, 2012, Myers took two cash boxes containing more than $1,300 dollars, and a money order, from Premiere Insurance Agency on Shallowford Road in Gainesville, and motioned to two employees as if he had a weapon in his pocket.

According to Hall County jail records, Myers is out on bond. His next date in Superior Court has not been set.

Public and Business Safety Academy set for Sept. 10

Starting Sept. 10, the Gainesville Police Department and Gainesville Fire Department will hold their third annual Citizens/Business Public Safety Academy.

The class is every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 9 through Nov. 12 at the Gainesville Public Safety Complex on Queen City Parkway.

Police ask that completed applications be returned no later than Aug. 23 to Cpls. Joe Britte and Kevin Holbrook.

The application can be found on the police department home page at

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