Dead Body Found Floating in Lake Lanier Identified

A local boater found a body floating in the Gainesville Marina on Thursday, September 29. Authorities report that 65-year-old Richard Linton Beacham, of Cobb County, fell off a dock and drowned last week. He was discovered around 10 a.m. Thursday near Gainesville Marina off of Dawsonville Highway. Stephen Wilbanks, a Hall County Sheriff’s Office Deputy,… READ MORE

Body of Missing Lakeside Property Owner Recovered

The body of 53-year-old Gregory Todd Walker, who was reported missing by a family member in late August, has been recovered. The Hall County dive team was preparing to search the area where they found some of the victim’s personal items when Walker’s body was located about 40 yards offshore. Authorities said Walker owned lakeside… READ MORE

Man Drowns after Ignoring Safety Precautions

Man Drowns after Ignoring Safety Precautions

On Saturday, 48-year-old Arsenio Urbano Santiago of Atlanta, went swimming with his family at Lake Lanier. What started as a fun filled family day, quickly turned into a life-threatening situation, after Santiago, who was swimming outside of the recommended area, was pulled from the lake in critical condition. A multi-agency response with fire and rescue… READ MORE

Boat Salesman Keeps over a Million in Cash from Boat Sales

A boat salesman employed with Holiday Boat Sales in Buford has been arrested on charges related to keeping close to $1 million in proceeds from sales made in the Hall County area. Timothy Paul Schwan, 42, of Cartersville, has been charged with seven counts of theft by conversion, two counts of theft by deception, and… READ MORE

Nude Man Arrested at Lake Lanier

On Friday, July 22, Jeffery Lynn Everett, 52, of Jefferson, was arrested after exercising in the nude on the shores of Lake Lanier. Everett was “nude at the campground exercising,” said Scott Ware, Lieutenant of Hall County Sheriff’s Office. Ware also wrote in a news release that “[Everett] refused to leave several hours after having… READ MORE

Deadman’s Houseboat Scheduled for Removal

Deadman’s Houseboat Scheduled for Removal

For 9 months a houseboat has been floating, abandoned on Lake Lanier near Sunset Cove. The boat has been subjugated to the will of the environment, the lake levels dictating whether or not it is fully submerged or partly visible. Locals have christened the vessel, “Deadman’s Houseboat,” due to the state of the previous owner.… READ MORE