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East Hall County House Fire Labeled Arson --$10,000 Reward

East Hall County House Fire Labeled Arson --$10,000 Reward

Hall County --  A house fire occurred on May 17, 2011 around 2:11 pm located at 3770 Stone Creek Court in the “Stone Creek @ the Reservoir” subdivision.  At this time in the investigation both the Hall County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Insurance Company have determined that the fire was deliberately set.  Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle says, “We are asking for help from the public”. Capt. Cagle encourages citizens to call with any information that they might have.

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Five men arrested for forgery scam

Five men arrested for forgery scam

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Five Atlanta men have been arrested for allegedly operating a forgery scam in the metro area.

All of the suspects were charged with one count of first degree forgery:

* Selin Ben Jerome Akines, 22
* Larry Bennett, 60
* John James Davis Jr., 42
* Troy Lamont Preston, 22
* Donrico L. Stoutmire, 33

According to the investigation, the suspects were preying on homeless people in desperate need of work and money in the Gainesville area.

They allegedly wrote fraudulent checks in the victims' names and drove the subjects to local banks to cash them. In return, the homeless victims would receive a percentage of the transaction.

The checks were generally written from a business account.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Police seek help in locating a bank robber

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – (submitted by City of Gainesville) On March 18, 2011 at 11:22am officers responded to an armed robbery at 1368 Browns Bridge Road, the business of Wells Fargo Bank.

The teller stated that a white male approached the counter, stated he had a gun and demanded money. The suspect did not produce a weapon but did leave the bank with an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect was wearing a camouflage hat, dark sunglasses, long sleeve dark colored shirt with white/horizontal stripes and white and red t-shirt underneath the long sleeve shirt and blue jeans. Suspect left the bank on foot heading west bound on Browns Bridge Road towards the Big Lot Shopping Plaza.

There was no one injured at the scene of the crime.   

The suspect is still at large and the investigation is still on-going. If you have any information regarding this armed robbery please contact our Criminal Investigations Division at (678) 450-5076.

Sheriff's Office Investigating South Hall Home Invasion

Sheriff's Office Investigating South Hall Home Invasion

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA -- (hallcounty.org) The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating a home invasion that occurred in Chateau Glen Subdivision in South Hall.

On Friday, January 28, 2011, just before 9:00 AM, Deputies responded to Chateau Glen Drive off of Thompsons Mill Road (GA SR347) to a report of a home invasion and armed robbery. Upon arrival Deputies discovered that a Hispanic male knocked on the front door of a residence and told the female occupant that he had some “papers” for her husband. After the resident opened the door, the subject forced his way inside the home, brandished a handgun, and demanded cash.

After obtaining an undetermined amount of cash and a handgun from the victim, the suspect fled the scene in a burgundy colored, late 1990’s model compact SUV, possibly a GMC Jimmy.

No one was injured in the incident.

Forsyth County to benefit from the use of federal ICE Strategies

Gainesville, GA--  (submitted by Barbara Gonzalez)

On Tuesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began using a federal information sharing capability in Forsyth County that helps federal immigration officials use biometrics to identify aliens, both lawfully and unlawfully present in the United States, who are booked into local law enforcement’s custody for a crime. This capability is part of Secure Communities—ICE’s comprehensive strategy to improve and modernize the identification and removal of aliens convicted of a crime from the United States.

“The Secure Communities strategy provides ICE with an effective tool to identify criminal aliens in local custody,” said Secure Communities Assistant Director David Venturella. “Enhancing public safety is at the core of ICE’s mission.