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Badge and Bar: Two indicted in kidnapping, assault case
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Two Gainesville residents have been indicted on charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault, accused of dragging the victim into the bathroom of a Gainesville apartment.

Lawana Cleveland, 25, and Kendrick Deshawn Goss, 33, both were indicted on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and aggravated assault. Goss was charged with a second count of aggravated assault, according to the Aug. 26 indictments.

On Jan. 4, Cleveland allegedly lured 31-year-old Taneka Haynes to the Lake Forrest Apartments “dragging her to the bathroom, running water in the tub, holding her against her will with pre-arranged plan to kill and did admit same,” according to the arrest warrants.

She and Goss are accused of taking Hayne from the apartment complex hallway to the bathroom, not allowing her to leave. The apartments are located at 1360 Otila Drive off Dawsonville Highway.

Cleveland was originally charged with attempted murder in her arrest warrant.

The second count of aggravated assault resulted from Goss allegedly shooting at Haynes as she attempted to flee, according to the warrants.

Fire Department raising funds for burn foundation

The city’s fire department is holding its annual boot drive, with proceeds going to the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

The drive starts today and ends Saturday, as Gainesville holds its 25th annual “Give Burns the Boot” drive.

The foundation works with the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta and the Grady Memorial Hospital burn center while also donating money to fire safety programs.

In addition to the burn foundation, a camp for burned children, Camp Oo-U-La, will also receive funding.

Contributions will be received by firefighters at business store fronts throughout the city.

In October, also known as Fire Prevention Month, the first three Fridays will be boot drives for Hall County, said Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle. The funds raised will also benefit the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.


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