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Badge and Bar: Power outage slows activity at courthouse
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An electrical glitch hit the Hall County Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon, temporarily slowing the robust pace of business.

Elevators, scanning machines and the computer system were all down as backup electricity only powers dim lights.

After about half an hour, the unscheduled disruption, which affected some other nearby buildings as well, was settled. It was business as usual by 3:30 p.m.

Man indicted in officer impersonation

A Gainesville man was indicted June 4 by a Hall County grand jury on charges of impersonating an officer, burglary in the first degree and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Carlos Lopez reportedly carried a security badge, a .22-caliber Sig Sauer, more than 200 rounds of ammunition and a laptop computer when a taxi driver picked him up Sept. 9 on Ridgemont Trace in the Willow Ridge subdivision off Old Flowery Branch Road.

According to court records, Lopez pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, a felony and simple assault in January 2012.
He has been scheduled for a Sept. 16 arraignment before Judge Andrew Fuller in Superior Court.

Lopez is being held in the Hall County Jail.

Two more indicted on charges from undercover Internet child sex sting

A 22-year-old Gainesville man and a 47-year-old Demorest man were indicted in separate cases for alleged contact with the persona of a 15-year-old girl, who was in actuality an officer with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Conner Reid Johnson is charged with enticing a child, and Allen Wayne Reynolds with obscene Internet contact with a child.

An enticement conviction carries one-year minimum sentence and a 20-year maximum, to be served on probation and in prison, as well as registration as a sex offender.

The Internet obscenity charge carries a one-year minimum and 10-year maximum prison sentence, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Three other men have been charged with enticement in a string of arrests stemming from undercover Craigslist investigations executed by the sheriff’s office, with one other case indicted.

Both Johnson and Reynolds are out on bond and scheduled for July arraignments in Superior Court.

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


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