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Hall Co. firefighters, hurt in collapse, sue truck maker


GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The three Hall County firefighters injured last July after their ladder truck collapsed are now suing the truck's manufacturer.

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The firefighters -- T.J. Elliott, Will Griffin, and Stephen Jackson -- fell 45 feet last year during a training exercise.

But attorney Shane Lazenby, representing Elliott, would tell you the story begins three months earlier, when Hall County purchased the truck from the Sutphen Corporation for more than 500,000 dollars.

Lazenby says Sutphen did not fully disclose the truck's issues to Hall County.

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Man shot at Georgia State Patrol post in Hall County


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HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was shot at Georgia State Patrol Post Six in Hall County Monday morning.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 21-year-old Leighton Beaux Marchetta drove up to the building at around 8 a.m. He was armed with a .30-06 Ruger hunting rifle.

Marchetta got out of his truck and yelled to two troopers standing outside, saying something like, "You guys are going to have to kill me," according to the GBI.

Marchetta approached the troopers, who took cover. He fired a shot and ignored a trooper who told him to drop the weapon.

Gainesville PD looking for suspected fake police officer


GAINESVILLE, Ga. (WXIA) – Gainesville Police are looking for help from the public in finding an alleged police impersonator.

On May 23, shortly after 11:30 pm, a woman was approached by a white man in an apartment complex off McEver Road. The suspect presented a gold badge to the woman and claimed to be a federal agent. Investigators said the suspect then asked to pat down the woman.

"Once he was frisking her he began to touch her inappropriately," said Cpl. Kevin Holbrook.

The victim was able to get away.

Gainesville man indicted for sexual battery, impersonating doctor


GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- A man has been indicted after police said he misrepresented himself as a doctor and sexually assaulted a victim.

Gainesville Police said that they first received a report of a sexual assault on March 26 when they were called to Northeast Georgia Medical Center where the victim went after the incident.

According to the report, Jamieson L. Allen, 48, of Gainesville, Ga. allegedly encountered the victim and solicited the person for employment to move furniture at a residence.

The report states that the two traveled to a residence in Gainesville where the job was supposed to take place.

While at the residence, however, the report states Allen represented himself as a doctor conducting medical work.

Allen had previously worked at Northeast Georgia Medical Center as a licensed nurse.

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Hall Co. teen charged with vehicular homicide in toddler death


GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- A teen is behind bars after allegedly striking and killing a toddler with his truck before leaving the scene of the accident.

The incident happened on Miller Drive in Gainesville on Sunday. According to a Georgia State Patrol report, Joshua Sanders, 19, backed out of a private driveway and struck 2-year-old Landon Martin.

The report said that Sanders left his vehicle to check on the victim and called 911, but eventually fled the scene.

Deputies in Hall County found Saunders a short time later and charged him with reckless driving, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and vehicular homicide.

Blood alcohol results are pending but troopers reported that Saunders was under the influence of alcohol during the incident.

Cheerleading coach accused of molesting teen


HALL COUNTY, Ga. – A Hall County cheerleading coach is accused of inappropriately touching one of his students.

Terrance Bohanna, of Gainesville, was arrested and charged with child molestation after he allegedly touched a 15-year-old boy.

He's been released from jail on a $10,000 bond.


3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.