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GAINESVILLE - Kinanna Cantrell gives 'not guilty' plea, to stabbing death

GAINESVILLE - (AP) A Georgia woman pleaded not guilty to charges that she stabbed to death a 26-year-old man.

The Gainesville Times reports (http://bit.ly/vV4YPS) Lisheena Kinanna Cantrell on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to murder, aggravated assault, battery and simple battery charges.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old stabbed Eveccio Ballard in the neck during a Sept. 5 dispute between the two and another woman.

Gainesville Police Sgt. Chad Ford said Cantrell and Ballard had an "on-and-off" relationship, but police would not reveal a suspected motive for the killing.

Defense attorney Travis Williams declined comment on his defense strategy.

Community: Standoff Ends Peacefully

Community: Standoff Ends Peacefully


2 suspects sought for robbery inside taxi

2 suspects sought for robbery inside taxi

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Investigators with the Hall County Sheriff's Office are looking for two men accused of robbing a taxi driver.

The victim, who works for Taxi Los Potros, told police that he picked up the suspects on Atlanta Highway at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and took them to a mobile home park in the 100 block of McConnell Drive.

When the taxi arrived at its location, the victim said one of the men produced a handgun. When the driver tried to reach for his own gun, the two men overpowered him, stole his handgun and ran from the cab.

The driver described his attackers as Hispanic men in their late teens or early 20s. Both were wearing hooded sweatshirts.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Hall County Sheriff's Office at 770-533-7674.

HALL: $21,5000 in cattle stolen

HALL: $21,5000 in cattle stolen

GILLSVILLE, Ga. -- The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of 30 cattle from a holding pen in Gillsville.

The owner, Wayne Wright of Jefferson, told authorities he had put the cattle in the pen and planned to move them to another property. Hall County sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks says when Wright returned the following day, he discovered the cattle were missing.

Wilbanks says the 15 cows and 15 calves are of mixed colors, and some are branded with the letters "WT" on the hip. They have a total value of $21,500.

Wilbanks says it's the first report of cattle rustling in the county in three years, and that involved a dairy cow which was later recovered.

Citizen follows, helps catch teen burglary suspect

Citizen follows, helps catch teen burglary suspect

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- A Gainesville resident's quick thinking helped police nab a burglary suspect last week.

The theft happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 8, when the witness saw a young man on a moped with copper wire draped across his back leaving a vacant house on Poplar Springs Road.

Assuming the suspect had stolen the wire from the partially demolished house, the witness jumped in his car and followed the moped to Candler Road, according to Hall County Sheriff's officials.

The suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Paul Dylan Gross, told the witness he stole the copper because he "had tickets to pay." He took off and lost the witness by driving behind a building near Lee Land Road and Webb Girth Road.

The witness called police, and officers caught up with Gross on Moore-Mills Road.

Gross was arrested and charged with burglary. He was released from the Hall County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Sheriff’s Investigators Recover $400,000 in Stolen Jewelry

Sheriff’s Investigators Recover $400,000 in Stolen Jewelry

On Friday August 19th, Investigators with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office recovered approximately $400,000 in jewelry in connection with a burglary of a North Hall residence.

On Friday, August 12th, 2011, Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to a report of a burglary in the 6000 block of Mountain Meadow Drive in Clermont. During the course of the investigation, Sheriff’s Office Investigators recovered jewelry that was stolen from the residence and on Tuesday, August 16th, arrested 48 year-old Linda Waddell, of Clermont.

Ms. Waddell was arrested without incident and booked into the Hall County Jail, charged with felony Theft by Receiving.

This incident remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division.

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Woman sentenced for stealing from law firm account

Woman sentenced for stealing from law firm account

ATLANTA -- A Dawsonville woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for stealing money from an Atlanta law firm.

Ola Suzanne Stowers, 34, must also pay $260,171.94 in restitution. She pleaded guilty on Apr. 4 to charges of bank fraud and identity theft.

According to information presented in court, Stowers worked as a closing paralegal and database manager for the law firm for nearly 11 years.

In June 2008, she was instructed to close a Bank of America account that belonged to the firm. Instead, Stowers changed the account's address to that of her home and transferred $176,946.79 into it from a law firm escrow account, according to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

Stowers allegedly began writing checks from the Bank of America account for her own personal use.