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Dalton High students get “Fatal Vision”

The Dalton Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Unit conducted Fatal Vision classes at Dalton High School on May 18th and 19th. The two day course consisted of classroom instruction and a hands-on driving simulation.

During the classroom portion of the program, officers spoke to the students about the dangers of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  The officers also spoke to the students about traffic laws pertaining to teenage drivers, including restrictions on class CP and class D licenses.  On the second day, a cone course was set up and students, wearing Fatal Vision Goggles, attempted to drive a golf cart through the course.  The golf cart exercise was used to illustrate how a driver’s vision is impaired while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The purpose of the class was to get students to understand the consequences of drinking alcohol or using drugs and then getting behind the wheel of an automobile, or being a passenger of a friend or family member that is operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Car crashes are the number one killer of young adults across the country due to the lack of driving experience and, in some cases, the addition of alcohol and drugs into the mix.

The Fatal Vision course can be conducted for any organization in the community. To schedule the Fatal Vision course, contact the Traffic Enforcement Unit at 706-278-9085 extension 124.


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Staying Safe on Shugart Road

Crash statistics show that the stretch of Shugart Road between Waugh Street and US Highway 41 has one of the highest accident rates in the City of Dalton.  In fact, statistics show that the Shugart Road/Waugh Street and Shugart Road/US 41 intersections are among the most dangerous in the city. 

In the video below, Sergeant Daniel Nicholson from the Dalton Police Department gives you some tips on how to stay safe on Shugart Road.

Click "Play" in the window below to watch the video (video may take a few moments to load, to view in higher quality, click on the 360p button and select 480p).

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Click It or Ticket: A New Seatbelt Law Goes Into Effect July 1st.

Georgia drivers marking their calendars for their Fourth of July celebrations should make another note…it’s time to buckle up in pickup trucks.  By the Fourth of July, the new state law requiring the use of seat belts in pickup trucks will be in effect in Georgia.  The new law actually goes into effect on July 1st.  Why buckle up in your pickup truck?  When worn correctly, seatbelts have proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat light truck occupants by 60% and as much as 80% in the event of a rollover crash. Plus, now it's the law.

Even before this new law goes into effect, the Dalton Police Department will be hard at work cracking down on seat belt violators. The DPD Traffic Enforcement Unit, along with the Patrol Division, will step up enforcement of Georgia’s safety belt and child restraint laws, in conjunction with the nationwide “Click it or Ticket” campaign which runs from May 24th through June 6th.  The nationwide traffic enforcement campaign includes the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.  “Click It or Ticket” is a nationwide enforcement campaign to increase safety belt usage and reduce the number of serious injury or fatal car crashes. 

This year, the Dalton Police Department will also be focusing on safety belt usage at night with night-time enforcement details.  This comes after safety experts studied nationwide fatality stats and discovered unbuckled crash deaths are more frequent at night. The alarming nationwide nighttime highway death toll in 2008 claimed the lives of 12,671 Americans. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of those who died were NOT wearing their seat belts at the time of the crashes.

As always, the Dalton Police Department is asking all motorists to, Slow Down, Buckle Up, and Drive Sober to reduce serious injury car crashes.

Click "Play" in the window below to watch a video on the Click It or Ticket campaign (video may take a few moments to load, to view in higher quality, click on the 360p button and select 480p).

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DPD Officers Take Part in Law Enforcement Torch Run

Officers from the Dalton Police Department joined with deputies from the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office to participate in the 2010 Law Enforcement Torch Run on Tuesday morning, running a course that spanned nine miles and finished at the Gordon County line.

The effort was a fundraiser in support of Special Olympics Georgia.  The statewide goal is for law enforcement agencies to raise $750,000 for the Special Olympics, and the Dalton Police Department's fundraising effort contributed nearly $1,000. 

On Tuesday morning, the officers left the Municipal Court Building's parking lot across the street from the Police Services Center and ran past a cheering crowd at City Park Elementary and down Thornton Avenue to Bryman's Plaza.  From there, they boarded a bus to ride to the South Bypass, where they ran to Highway 41 and Valley Point Elementary School.  From Valley Point, they ran to the county line.

Click "Play" in the window below to watch a video of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (video may take a few moments to load, to view in higher quality, click on the 360p button and select 480p).

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DPD Clears Man in Counterfeit Case, Seek New Suspects

The Dalton Police Department has cleared a man of any wrongdoing after he passed a counterfeit $100 bill on May 1st at Los Reyes Mexican Restaurant, after tracing the bill back to a transaction he made at the Shugart Road Wal-Mart.  Investigators are seeking the identity of two women who are recorded on surveillance video at the store paying for their purchases with $100 bills, one of which was the counterfeit bill in this case.

After recognizing himself in the surveillance picture recorded at Los Reyes and issued to the media on May 6th, Richard Glenn Cartiledge contacted investigators with the Dalton Police Department.  He told investigators that he got the counterfeit bill when cashing a check at the Wal-Mart on Shugart Road, which was verified by the store’s surveillance footage.  Mr. Cartiledge was cleared and is not a suspect in this case.

Investigators then watched more video of the register, which recorded a black female with short dark hair and a white v-neck shirt with a black purse making a small purchase and paying with the counterfeit $100 bill, which was not checked by the cashier.   The suspect is pictured in the attached surveillance photo pushing a shopping cart.  This suspect then left the store and got into the driver’s side of a white car in the parking lot.  Another black female, with a heavier build wearing plaid pants and a white shirt also paid for a small purchase with a $100 bill and left the store from another exit, and got into the passenger side of the same white car.  The pair then drove away very fast, almost hitting another car in the parking lot.  Anyone with information on the identity of these two women is asked to contact Officer Matthew White with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 132.

Below: Surveillance images of the two suspects and the car they drove away from the Wal-Mart on Shugart Road (click images for a larger version)


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DPD Seeks Owners of Found Property

UPDATE: Investigators have located the owners of the property in question.  No more calls are needed on this case.

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in making contact with the owners of property which was recovered during an ongoing drug investigation.  Investigators believe these recovered items are stolen property and need to contact the property owners to return the items and continue their investigation.

The items recovered include eight watches, both men’s and women’s styles, numerous pieces of jewelry including ear rings, a wedding band with the inscription “My Friend Life Love” on the inside of the ring, and also a wooden jewelry box.  Pictures of the recovered item are included with this release. 

Below: Pictures of some of the found property (click images for a larger version)


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Safe Kids Dalton Hosts Car Seat Event

Safe Kids Dalton hosted a 32 hour class this week to teach new technicians how to inspect Child Restraint Systems.  Seventeen new car seat technicians were certified at the class from public safety agencies around northwest Georgia, including the Dalton Fire Department and the Whitfield County Fire Department.  After Friday's certifications, the Dalton Fire Department now has 5 certified car seat technicians, to go along with 12 certified technicians at the Dalton Police Department.  The University of Georgia's Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) taught the curriculum at this week's class.

The class wrapped up with a Car Seat Safety Check in the parking lot of First Baptist Church on Jones Street, across the street from the Dalton Police Department and Station #1 of the Dalton Fire Department.  New car seat technicians along with veteran technicians checked 20 car seats, handing out 3 new seats to replace defective or expired car seats. 

Safe Kids Dalton is a not for profit organization made up of police officers, sheriff’s deputies, city and county firefighters, health care providers, social workers, business professionals and concerned individuals with the mission of preventing unintentional injuries or deaths of children from birth to 14 years of age. The Dalton Police Department and Dalton Fire Department are both participating partner agencies with Safe Kids Dalton.  As part of the organization's mission, Safe Kids provides safety equipment like helmets, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, home safety kits, child safety seats and more to the community. 

Below: Car seat technicians from Safe Kids Dalton check car seats at a safety event in Dalton on Friday (click images for a larger version)


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Car Seats Save Lives. Have Yours Checked.

A van involved in a crash Tuesday morning had its Child Restraint Systems checked at a SafeKids safety event less than a month beforehand, and none of the three children on board were hurt.

The Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit responded to the crash Tuesday morning that sent eight people to Hamilton Medical Center.  Five Adults and three juveniles ranging in age from 10 months to 2 years of age where transported to the hospital, all with non-life threatening injuries.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Waugh Street and Trammel Street at 8:12 AM when a Mercury Mountaineer driven by Sandy White, 35, of Chatsworth turned into the path of a Ford Econoline Van driven by Laura Ledford, 28, of Tunnel Hill.  After the van struck the SUV it continued off the roadway and struck a utility pole.  The van was carrying three mothers and their young children, each of whom where correctly seated in Child Restraint Systems.

On April 17th, the same van with the same three mothers and young children had attended a Child Restraint System safety check hosted by SafeKids Dalton.  At that safety check, SafeKids technicians, including officers from the Dalton Police Department, educated the young mothers on the correct installation and use of Child Restraint Systems and their importance to the safety of young passengers. 

One reason that none of the young children our other occupants of either vehicle were seriously injured in Tuesday morning's crash is the fact that all of the occupants were secured properly by safety belts or the use of Child Restraint Systems.

If you have a question about the correct installation and use of their Child Restraint System, you can reach an officer with the DPD Traffic Enforcement Unit at (706) 278-9085, ext 124.

Below: The van involved in Tuesday morning's crash, and one of the car seats inside.  Recently the Child Restraint Systems in the van were inspected at a SafeKids Dalton safety event.

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DPD Arrests Three Suspects in 2008 Arson Case

The Dalton Police Department has arrested three suspects in connection with a November 2008 burglary and arson incident at the offices of Oliver F. Cobb & Associates at 2708 Airport Road. 

The incident occurred during the morning hours of November 10th, 2008.  One of the windows of the offices was found broken out, and a small fire had been started inside.  The fire was put out by the building’s sprinkler system, but the office and an adjacent suite suffered heavy water damage.  A vehicle belonging to the business was also entered.  The department’s investigation began that day.

Acting on specific information from a citizen’s tip, investigators from the Dalton Police Department developed information that indicated three suspects were involved in the break-in, and obtained warrants for their arrest.  Coy Wayne Clark, 18, of 102 Gay Street was arrested the morning of April 23rd.  Christopher Todd McNair, 29, of 1954 Collins Road was arrested on April 29th, and Charles Tyler Barker of 1268 Summerour Church Road in Chatsworth was arrested on Friday, May 7th.  All three were charged with one count each of arson, burglary, and entering auto.

This incident remains under investigation. 

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DPD Seeks Help Identifying Counterfeit Money Suspect

UPDATE: Investigators have cleared the man in the picture of any wrongdoing, and have traced his counterfeit bill back to the point where he received it when cashing a check.  The DPD is no longer looking for this man.

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who passed a counterfeit $100 bill at the Los Reyes restaurant on Cleveland Highway.  The incident happened just before 1:00 PM on May 1st and was recorded on the store’s surveillance system.

According to the cashier, the suspect paid for his meal with a legitimate $10 bill, and then asked for change for a $100.  She gave him five $20 bills, and he left the store.  Later, she realized that the bill was counterfeit and called the police.  The bill appears to be a $5 bill with the ink washed off, with a $100 printed on the paper. 

The suspect is described as a heavyset white male in his 50’s, with gray hair and a salt-and-pepper goatee.  The video shows the suspect wearing a white t-shirt with the slogan “Work Hard, Pray Hard” printed on it and dark shorts.  The suspect is recorded on surveillance video leaving in a black two-door car.  A picture of the suspect and his vehicle is included below.  If you have any information on the identity of this suspect, please contact Officer Matthew White with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 132.

This is not the first time counterfeit bills manufactured in this way have appeared in Dalton.  In March, a suspect was arrested for attempting to pass a counterfeit $100 bill that was spotted by a cashier.  After his arrest, he was found with more then $10,000 worth of fake bills, and with receipts that indicated he may have passed the fake bills in 11 other locations further south along I-75.  Once again, the Dalton Police Department reminds business owners that even if a counterfeiter washes the ink off of a bill, retailers can check the security strip and watermarks in the light and identify them as fakes.  The Dalton Police Department urges retailers to train their employees to beware and take the time to check bills.  If you suspect a customer is attempting to pass a counterfeit bill, contact the Dalton Police Department by dialing 911.

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