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Badge and Bar: Man takes, keeps friend's gun, police say

A man told Gainesville Police a friend took his gun from his holster and wouldn’t give it back, according to a report filed last week.

Police took the report April 30 filed as a robbery happening after 9 p.m. that night on Browns Bridge Road.

“The victim alleged that his friend (Harris) snatched his handgun from his hip holster and refused to give it back,” Cpl. Jessica Van wrote in an email.

Officers caught up with the suspect near there and located the gun “within his proximity.”

“It’s uncertain what events led up to the incident, but the parties were allegedly hanging out with each other prior,” Van wrote.

Hall deputies honored for DUI enforcement

Two Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies received pins marking the number of DUI arrests made over the past year.

With 190 arrests, Deputy John Thompson received a “150 pin,” while his colleague Jeremy Cooksey got a “50 pin” for his 75 DUI arrests from the Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Golden Shield Honors.

Thompson was named “Officer DUI Hero” for the most arrests in the sheriff’s office’s category, having been named “DUI Officer of the Year” by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety last fall, according to a news release.

“I don’t do it for the awards. I don’t do it for the recognition. I do it because I want to save people’s lives,” he said in a news release.

Report: Gainesville company scammed through spoof email

A Gainesville company thought it had wired money to a construction company until they discovered they had been scammed, police said.

The company filed a wire fraud report with Gainesville Police Thursday, May 2, though the alleged fraud occurred sometime between Feb. 11 and April 25.

The Gainesville company received notice from the real construction company asking why they had not been paid.

“(The company) discovered a spoof email was sent to them, which included the scam account and routing number,” Van said.

Following the notice from the real construction company, employees at the company “discovered they were scammed by an unknown party,” Van said.

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