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Hall County SWAT team worked with 28 local, state and federal agencies in a three-month child pornography investigation, leading to 18 arrests Wednesday.

The operation led to the seizure of 595 devices, with four of the 18 arrests coming from neighboring Habersham, Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. None of the suspects lived in Hall County.

Those arrested included Jonathon Earls, 24, of Habersham County, Glasford Simpson,36, of Gwinnett County, Jerry Griffin, 73 and Thomas Lagomasino, 22, both of Forsyth County.

In 31 counties, a total of 44 search warrants were executed. Officers involved with the operation looked for people “who possessed, produced, or distributed images of child pornography” on the Internet, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation news release.

Known as Operation MasqueRAID, suspects are believed to be “the most prolific offenders of child pornography laws,” according to the release.

Sheriff’s offices from nine different counties assisted city police departments in the probe. On the federal level, the FBI, Homeland Security, the Secret Service, the United States Attorney’s Office and the United States Postal Inspectors Service aided the effort.

The 18 suspects have been charged with violating the Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 2007. More arrests are expected, according to the release.

Golf tourney to benefit firefighters who were injured in truck fall

A charity golf tournament is scheduled for Monday to benefit three Hall County firefighters injured in a July training incident.

The tournament, a four-man Lauderdale format, will take place at the Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club at 8 a.m. Monday. All proceeds benefit Will Griffin, T.J. Elliott and Stephen Jackson, three firefighters injured on July 22.

The three firefighters fell 44 feet in a firetruck bucket when the ladder descended suddenly. The three were transported for immediate medical attention and are recuperating.

To enter the golf tournament costs $100 for an individual and $400 for a team.

The Hall County Injured Firefighters Fund at the Hall County Community Credit Union was established at the end of July to support the three firefighters.

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