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Woman charged with DUI after wrong-way crash on I-16 leaves man in critical condition

MACON, Ga. — A North Georgia woman is facing charges of DUI and serious injury by motor vehicle after a wrong-way accident on I-16 in Macon Monday. According to a news release, 41-year-old Jenna Scheidegger of Dawsonville is being held without bond at the Bibb County jail on charges of serious injury by motor vehicle, traffic offense, driving under the influence, and misdemeanor obstruction of law enforcement officers.
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Georgia man sentenced to prison for multi-state identity fraud ring

CANTON, Ga. - A Georgia man will spend over two years in federal prison for leading a multi-state identity fraud ring, authorities say. Officials say 39-year-old Canton resident Kenson Hunte pleaded guilty in federal court to possession with the intent to use five or more false identification documents. According to...

Gainesville father and son plead guilty in attempt to run guns to Mexico

A Gainesville father and son pleaded guilty earlier this month to attempting to smuggle shotguns, rifles, and pistols through Hall County to Mexico. Othon Marban, Sr. 56, and Othon Marban, Jr. 20, were arrested Dec. 3 after the Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies pulled over a truck heading south on Interstate 985 for traffic violations and found 51 guns “wrapped in cellophane,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Fort Lauderdale city manager quitting to take job in Georgia

City Manager Chris Lagerbloom will quit his $293,000-a-year job to take a job as city administrator in Alpharetta, Georgia — where he served as an officer and police captain early on in his career. Lagerbloom, who has been top boss at Fort Lauderdale City Hall since January 2019, notified the entire commission by text Tuesday morning. His last day as city manager will be July 22. “Returning to ...

What’s taking the place of old SunTrust Bank in Gainesville

Peach State Bank & Trust is moving its downtown Gainesville operations into the old SunTrust Bank building off E.E. Butler Parkway. Not only will Peach State be picking up about twice the space it has now, “we think this new location has a lot more visibility and is easier to get in and out of,” bank president and CEO Ron Quinn said Tuesday, May 17.

Former Gainesville Police Chief dies

Frank Hooper, who spent half his life in law enforcement in Gainesville, has died: the 64 year-old Hooper was with the Gainesville Police Department for 32 years, serving 12 years as chief before his retirement in 2008. From the Gainesville Police Dept Facebook page…. It is with great sadness and...

'Wait 'till you see this guy': How the Falcons decided on Arnold Ebiketie in the 2022 NFL Draft

You've already read about how the Falcons decided on Drake London with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. But what about the rest of the draft class? How did the Falcons find them? How did they land on them? Through conversations with area scouts and position coaches, those stories unfold. Every Tuesday for the next seven weeks, we'll attempt to tell those stories for every 2022 draft pick by the Falcons.

Gainesville astronaut honored at street sign unveiling

The Gainesville City School System held a ceremony Tuesday morning at Gainesville Exploration Academy for the unveiling of a street sign honoring a Gainesville High School graduate who piloted the space shuttle Challenger in 1985. During the ceremony, Retired Major General Roy D. Bridges, Jr. was joined by his peers...

Homeless man murdered in Gainesville

Investigators have determined that a man found dead at a homeless camp Friday morning in Gainesville was murdered. The body of Billie Lee Davis, 37, was found along the woodline at the edge of the camp in the Queen City Parkway bridge area. A homeless camp resident alerted officials to...

Community Burger Opening in Canton and Milton

Hogan is owner operator and chef for Branchwater in Canton (open 3 years) and Cumming (open 10 years) and Branch and Barrel (open 7 years) at Avalon in Alpharetta. There are a variety of 17 traditional, international, and not so traditional choices. Your mouth will water looking at the menu! Even though beef burgers are the main ingredient, he has several vegetarian offerings and salads as well. Plus, gluten-free buns will be offered too. All the sides are made from scratch as well as his house made signature steak sauce and ketchup.

Former Gainesville Police Chief Frank Hooper has died

Frank Hooper, who spent 32 years in the Gainesville Police Department, rising from patrolman to chief, died Monday, the department confirmed. He was 64. Hooper was viewed by many in the department as mentor and a legend. Current Police Chief Jay Parrish said Hooper hired him and was a mentor throughout the rest of his life.

‘One of the finest men.’ Former Gainesville police Chief Frank Hooper dies at 64

The last time Chad White spoke with his friend and former chief, Roy Franklin Hooper Jr., the chief was at peace about where he was headed. “He said, ‘Chad, if I have to leave this world, I know where I’m going,’” said White, a retired captain from the Gainesville Police Department. “‘My name was written many years ago in the book of life, and I know where I’m going.’”

Peach State Bank & Trust set to move into former SunTrust building

GAINESVILLE—A popular Northeast Georgia bank plans to move its headquarters into the former offices of another top bank. After nearly a decade inside its headquarters on the corner of Washington and West Academy streets, Peach State Bank and Trust announced it would move to the old SunTrust building on E.E. Butler Parkway later this year.