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Gainesville

Man sentenced for 2003 fatal wreck

A Gainesville man pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide Wednesday and was sentenced to 30 years, 10 of which will be served in prison, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

Haskel Eugene Ransom, 55, of Gainesville also was charged with hit-and-run, as well as various habitual violator charges, Darragh said.

The vehicular homicide charge stems from an Oct. 15, 2003, wreck that killed John Walter Brabham III, 24, of Gainesville.

A condition on Ransom's probation also will restrict him from ever driving a motor vehicle or riding in the front seat again, Darragh said. He said Ransom also was fined and ordered to pay restitution for hospital, funeral and other costs incurred by Brabham's family.

Ransom's pickup struck Brabham's motorcycle on Pierce Road off Old Cornelia Highway in October 2003. Ransom is a habitual violator for driving under the influence, according to court records.

Hall County

Restaurants give veterans free meals

With Veterans Day on Friday, military veterans and service members can eat free from 5-9 p.m. at Sonny's Barbecue on Mundy Mill Road (Ga. 53) in Oakwood, according to Wendy Paradis, a volunteer with Disabled American Veterans.

Golden Corrals statewide will offer a free meal to veterans and service members from 5-9 p.m. Monday, Paradis said.

And from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, some Atlanta Falcons players will autograph items at the Flowery Branch Publix in support of disabled veterans.

Donations for autographs and proceeds from a silent auction of Falcons memorabilia will go to the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 17 in Gainesville, according to Paradis and DAV volunteer Gene Boccumini.

For more information, call Paradis at (770) 967-8023.

Dahlonega

Lumpkin court clerk charged

A Lumpkin County Magistrate Court clerk was charged Friday with theft by extortion and violation of oath of office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent John Cagle said.

Denise Danielle Grizzle, 36, of Dahlonega was arrested by the GBI following an investigation requested by the Lumpkin County Magistrate Court, Cagle said.

Cagle said Grizzle allegedly was using "threats and intimidation" to force someone to pay her money owed to the court. Grizzle used the money for herself instead of depositing or entering it with the court, Cagle said. The investigation is continuing.

Originally published Thursday, November 10, 2005

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