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Badge & Bar: Lake Lanier DNR officer gets award
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An officer patrolling Lake Lanier earned the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement’s 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

Cpl. Jason Roberson took home the honor, having conducted 15 search-and-rescue missions in 2014.

A 14-year veteran of the agency, Roberson also works with Gainesville/Hall County Safe Kids Coalition.

“When it comes to ensuring the safety of Georgia’s boating public, Jason is top-notch. He is a professional that exhibits fair and unbiased enforcement, education where applicable, compassion when needed, and dedication always,” said Sgt. Mike Burgamy in a section of the nomination letter provided in a news release.

Man accused in shooting charged with obstruction

A Gainesville man accused of shooting two women at the Atlanta Street Apartments was charged with obstruction of an officer.

Antwan Xavier Earls, 24, is accused of shooting Sheena Mattox, 28, and Angelene Hall, 25, at the apartment complex on Aug. 15. Both women were wounded in the shooting.

Earls was charged with third-degree child cruelty, criminal trespass, violation of a family violence order, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Jealousy, according to Gainesville Police Department investigator Margaret Ashby, may have been a motive, as Earls and Hall were in a relationship.

Earls was charged in State Court on Feb. 12 with obstruction of an officer. Earls is accused of “grabbing the strap of Officer (Nathan) White’s vest or pulling said officer backwards” on Jan. 28, according to the accusation signed by Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard.

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