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Badge and Bar: Man pleads not guilty in theft of 10 $1 coins
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A 32-year-old Gainesville man has pleaded not guilty to burglary in the first degree in connection with entering a house and allegedly taking 10 $1 coins.

Tuan Van Nguyen of Gainesville is being held on bond in the Hall County Jail after court records stated he entered a Gillsville Highway residence on Nov. 22 with the intent to commit a theft.

According to the records, Nguyen was found with “ten $1.00 coins in his front right pocket of his pants.”

He pleaded not guilty May 30 and waived appearance at a formal arraignment in Superior Court. A court date has not been set.

Gainesville man faces probation revocation hearing

A Gainesville man will appear in Superior Court on June 18 for a probation revocation proceeding stemming from accusations of criminally setting fires in the city.

Law enforcement authorities charged Zachary Dan Grissom, 21, with three counts of arson in the first, second and third degrees.

Grissom allegedly set three fires on Feb. 26, starting at a car in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on Shallowford Road; an abandoned house blocks away from the Wal-Mart; then a dumpster at the Chick-fil-A restaurant, also on Shallowford. Officials from Hall and Gainesville law enforcement and fire departments investigated.

According to arrest reports from the Hall County Jail, Grissom was also charged by Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies the same day with felony theft by taking, criminal trespassing, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license, unregistered vehicle and no proof of insurance.

Neither of the cases have been indicted yet. Grissom is being held at the Hall County Jail.

Teen set for trial on rape, child molestation charges

A 14-year-old appeared in Hall County Superior Court on Tuesday for calendar call on rape and molestation charges.

Rosendo Mojica of Gainesville is charged with one count of rape and two counts of aggravated child molestation in an alleged July 4 sexual assault of a girl under the age of 10, according to the indictment. He has pleaded not guilty.

Trial weeks in Judge Andrew Fuller’s court are set to run during mid-July, mid-August and early September.

Emma Witman covers public safety issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her: