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  • White Co. sheriff: Uptick in mail theft, check forgery

    White Co. sheriff:  Uptick in mail theft, check forgery

    The sheriff in White County is reporting an increase in the number of thefts of mail and a corresponding increase in check forgery. Sheriff Rick Kelly says the thieves are taking mail from mailboxes and then using a technique called “check washing” to remove the names and dollar amounts from personal checks which results in…

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  • NGMC first Ga. hospital to operate with new robotic system

    NGMC first Ga. hospital to operate with new robotic system

    Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville is the first hospital in the state to perform robotic surgery with the da Vinci 5 surgical system. Ron Lewis, MD, medical director of Perioperative Services at NGMC and a general surgeon with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group, performed the first procedure using the new robotic system. Da Vinci 5…

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  • Buford woman charged with neglect, exploitation of an 80-year-old

    Buford woman charged with neglect, exploitation of an 80-year-old

    A Buford woman is free on bond following her arrest after an elderly woman was found last week living in unsanitary conditions inside a camper at a campground on Lake Lanier. HALL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE (HCSO) NARRATIVE: “HCSO deputies responded to Shoal Creek Campground just before 3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 13, for a welfare check…

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  • Sisu’s new Executive Director

    Sisu’s new Executive Director

    Sisu will have a new Executive Director effective July 1. Blythe Hammons has been chosen for the job. Sisu (formerly Challenged Child and Friends) offers an “integrated learning environment where children from 6 weeks to 6 years with special needs learn and interact alongside their typically developing peers,” according to its Website. Hammons most recently…

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  • Victim in April S. Hall traffic accident dies

    Victim in April S. Hall traffic accident dies

    A 32-year-old Hall County man is now facing charges of Homicide by Vehicle in the 1st Degree following the death of one of two people seriously injured in a traffic accident that occurred April 12. The state patrol says Alejandro Torrecillas-Reyes of Oakwood is also charged with Racing on Highways or Streets and that he…

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  • Barrow Co. man charged with helping run casino

    Barrow Co. man charged with helping run casino

     Gwinnett County Police have shut down an illegal casino operation and arrested a Duluth man and one from Barrow County on charges of running the operation. Eight other people were also arrested during the raid. GWINNETT POLICE NEWS RELEASE: “On June 18, the Gwinnett County Police Department executed a search warrant at Sosa’s Billiards located…

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  • Flowery Branch PD: Jefferson man facing 18 theft-related charges + 9 others

    Flowery Branch PD: Jefferson man facing 18 theft-related charges + 9 others

    A Jackson County man is being held in the Hall County Jail on bonds totaling $227,100 following his arrest by Flowery Branch Police on 27 charges related to his alleged theft and sale of gaming equipment that was not his. FLOWERY BRANCH POLICE NEWS RELEASE: “(This past Monday) Flowery Branch Police Investigators…spoke with a (man)…

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  • Gville woman misses ‘shot’ at Olympics

    Gville woman misses ‘shot’ at Olympics

    Eight shotgun athletes recently earned their spot to represent Team USA at the Olympic Games in Paris next month, but a Gainesville native is not among them. Samantha Simonton, a sergeant in Army, missed making the team when she placed fourth in the qualifying. But two other Georgians will be on the mixed team: Vincent…

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  • Drought expands into part of Hall Co.

    Drought expands into part of Hall Co.

    The drought which reappeared in Georgia a few weeks ago expanded in coverage by 26 percent over the past seven days and now includes parts of Hall and Gwinnett counties along the South Hall-North Gwinnett line, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM). All of Forsyth and parts of Barrow, Jackson and Dawson are also…

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  • Elderly exploitation; $7K burglary; $9K theft from car; $20K bank account theft

    Elderly exploitation; $7K burglary; $9K theft from car; $20K bank account theft

     *Gainesville Police continue to investigate a reported case of exploitation involving a 77-year-old woman. Spokesman Kevin Holbrook says the incident reportedly occurred between April 1 and June 17. He said thus far no charges have been filed but that a caretaker for the woman “allegedly put money in their own account.” *A residential burglary in…

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  • Gville neurosurgeon honored as one of nation’s best

    Gville neurosurgeon honored as one of nation’s best

    Betsy Grunch, a Gainesville native and board-certified neurosurgeon with Longstreet Clinic, has been recognized among “America’s Best Spine Surgeons 2024” by Newsweek and Statista, a list of the best 150 best spine surgeons in the country. You can read more about Dr. Grunch and her accomplishments here: Neurosurgeon Betsy Grunch, M.D., honored as one of…

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  • Ga. jobless rate up slightly

    Ga. jobless rate up slightly

    Georgia’s May unemployment rate was 3.2 percent, up one-tenth from a revised 3.1 percent in April. The unemployment rate was eight-tenths lower than the national rate. Meanwhile, the number of jobs were up by 9,200 (0.2%) over the month and up by 73,900 (1.5%) compared to a year and the number of unemployed was up by 4,457…

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  • White Co.’s new emergency response program

    White Co.’s new emergency response program

    White County Wednesday announced a program designed to enhance emergency response. By enrolling in Logan’s List, residents can provide important details like medical conditions, medication lists, and emergency contacts, according to a White County EMS Facebook post. “This information helps our first responders deliver personalized and efficient care when you need it most,” the post…

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  • HCSO: 70-year-old facing drug distribution, other charges

    HCSO:  70-year-old facing drug distribution, other charges

    A 70-year-old Gainesville man was arrested Tuesday on a series of drug charges, including distribution, stemming from a raid on his home last month. HCSO NARRATIVE: “HCSO Warrant Service Unit deputies took Thomas Gary Sweatman…into custody at his residence in the 2000 block of GA 60/Candler Road. Investigators obtained arrest warrants for the following charges…

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  • Missing girl case: Reward increases, investigators field more tips

    Missing girl case: Reward increases, investigators field more tips

    As the investigation into the disappearance of 12-year-old Maria Gomez-Perez ofGainesville enters its third week, the reward for the girl’s safe return is now $50,000. All ofthe reward money has been contributed by business and community members who wish toremain anonymous. Wednesday, Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch extended his appreciation for the ongoing community support…

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