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Hall County Correctional Officer Arrested

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by the Hall County Sheriff's Office) On Monday, November 15, the Hall County Sheriff's Office was requested to conduct a criminal investigation into the actions of a former Hall County Public Works, Corrections Officer, assigned to Resource Recovery. (Recycling Center) This request was made by Warden Avery Niles of the Hall County Correctional Institute.

The Corrections Officer, Eric Miller, age 33, of Toccoa was terminated Monday, November 15th after an internal investigation revealed that he had failed to properly supervise inmates in his custody and for other illegal activity. Miller had been assigned to supervise inmates at the Recycling Center on Chestnut Street. He had been employed with the County for three years.

The Sheriff’s Office investigation began as a result of a small bag of Marijuana being found in Millers uniform jacket last Monday.

Hall County Man sentenced on Child Porn Charges

Atlanta, GA-(AP) - A 52-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.


Prosecutors say Jerry Ray Kinman purchased child pornography from a Belarus-based website. They said they found about 14,000 images and 54 videos of child pornography on his computer after searching his home in February.

This wasn't Kinman's first brush with the law. He was convicted in 1994 in a U.S. military court on three counts of indecent acts with a child, and served about four years in prison.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.)




Hall County to Benefit from new ICE Strategy to Use Biometrics to Identify Aliens

Atlanta, GA--  On Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began using a federal information sharing capability in Hall and Whitfield counties that helps federal immigration officials use biometrics 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.

3 Gainesville Gang Members Arrested

Atlanta, GA--  On September 20, 2010, Agents with the Gang Task Force arrested three documented members of the criminal street gang BOE during the course of an investigation.

The arrests resulted after the trio, Mr. Lopez, Mr. Tavira and a Juvenile Suspect were found in possession of a small amount of marijuana during a traffic stop.

Both adult suspects failed to comply with Officers commands and were subsequently charged with obstruction.

Additionally, Mr. Lopez was charged with and 4 counts of Violating the Street Gang and Terrorism Act and 4 counts of Criminal Trespass for spray painting gang Graffiti on four separate locations in Hall County.

Both adult suspects were booked in at the Hall County Jail.

The juvenile was relinquished to the custody of his parents and will be summoned to Juvenile Court to face his charge.

No further arrests or charges are anticipated in this case.

Former Bus Driver Sentanced for Possesion of Child Porn

A former Hall County bus driver, John Copper Spinks of Oakwood, Georgia, was sentenced today to six years in federal prison for his convictions of distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography.

Spinks was sentenced to six years in federal prison to be followed by 20 years of supervised release. He was also fined $2,000 with no chance of parole. According to United States Attorney Yates and the information presented during his guilty plea hearing on June 18, 2010, Spinks distributed images of child pornography over the internet to an undercover law enforcement officer who he encountered in a chat room named “Baby and Toddler Love".

In January 2010, Spinks was again found in a chat room known for trading images of child pornography. United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “As a school bus driver, this defendant was in daily contact with the children of Hall County.

US Attorney Charges Gainesville Car Dealer with Laundering Purported Drug Cartel Money

Atlanta, GA-- QUIRINO GARCIA-COSINO, 30, of Dacula, Georgia and DIANA PERALTA-TRUJILLO, 22, of Gainesville, Georgia, were charged in a criminal complaint earlier today with laundering drug money.  GARCIA-COSINO is the owner of Community Auto Center, located on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, Georgia.  PERALTA-TRUJILLO is an employee of the business.  GARCIA-COSINO and PERALTA-TRUJILLO made their initial appearances this afternoon in United States District Court in Gainesville before United States Magistrate Judge Susan S.