Posts on Jan 1970

Car Seat Saves a Life in Dalton Accident

A  two year old female escaped serious injuries this week after the vehicle that she was riding in was involved in a rollover crash on South Thornton Ave north of Conway Street.  Investigators at the scene determined that she escaped unharmed because she was properly restrained in a Child Restraint System.  The crash occurred at 8:04 AM when the child’s mother swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle that had stopped in front of her.  The family's SUV left the roadway and overturned in a five foot ditch.

Everyday across Georgia, children in serious car accidents escape serious injury because they are properly restrained in approved Child Restraint Systems.  This proves that Georgia’s occupant safety laws do save lives. 

The Dalton Police Department reminds all parents that children under the age of 6 must be properly restrained in a Child Restraint System when traveling in a vehicle on the roadways of Georgia.  The department also reminds the public if they have any questions about proper Child Restraint System use or installation they can come by the Dalton Police Department Service Center at 301 Jones Street, or call the Traffic Enforcement Unit at 706-278-9085, ext 124.

Below: pictures from the accident, including a shot of the Child Restraint System (click images for a larger version)


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Mark Your Calendar: August 3rd is National Night Out 2010

The Dalton Police Department is putting the finishing touches on plans for National Night Out 2010 which will take place Tuesday night, August 3rd at the North Georgia Fair Grounds at 500 Legion Drive.  The event will take place from 6 PM – 9 PM, and will feature plenty of fun for the whole family.

This is the third year that the event will be held at the Fair Grounds, and last year featured a large turnout.  This year, the event will feature free hot dogs from Outback Steakhouse, inflatable playgrounds, and lots of free goodies for kids.  There will also be plenty of crime prevention, traffic safety, and fire safety information available for your family's information.  There will also be free home fingerprint kits for children and also free gun locks. 

This is also a great opportunity to meet some of the law enforcement, fire, and emergency services personnel who serve your community.  Officers from the Dalton Police Department, Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, firefighters from the Dalton Fire Department, Whitfield County Fire Department, and personnel from Whitfield County Emergency Services and EMS will all be on hand to meet and greet members of the community.  All the agencies will also have police cars and fire trucks for kids to look at up close.  Life Force will also be on hand with a Med Evac helicopter.  Representatives from Safe Kids Dalton and the North Georgia Safety Training Division will be there with information on car seat safety.  The Red Cross will also attend with important safety information.

So make your plans to join us on August 3rd at the Fair Grounds for plenty of food, fun, and information!

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DPD Seeks Information on Parking Lot Groping Suspect

UPDATE: An arrest has been made in connection with these cases, thanks in part to a tip from the public.

Twice in the past week, a young white male has groped women in the parking lots of area stores before fleeing on foot.  The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect from surveillance video.

The first incident happened on Sunday evening, July 18th,  at approximately 6:40 outside of the TJ Maxx store in the Walnut Avenue Kroger shopping center.  The female victim was shopping in the TJ Maxx while waiting for her food order from a neighboring restaurant.  When she left the store talking on her cell phone, the suspect followed her out of the store and down the sidewalk.  He called out to her to ask if he could ask her a question.  When she stopped to say yes, he lunged forward and pulled down her top.  When the victim screamed he ran away across the parking lot.  When officers arrived, they canvassed the neighboring stores and parking lot, but were not able to find the suspect.  He was described as a young male, possibly between 18-22 years of age with shaggy brown hair and an average build, standing between 5’6 and 5’9.  He was wearing a blue shirt with a team name on the front in white lettering, most likely from a local baseball or softball team.  The shirt had the number “5” on the back, also in white.  He was also wearing dark sweatpants or athletic pants.  The victim was able to identify him on surveillance video from the entrance to TJ Maxx.

The second incident occurred at Walnut Square Mall at the Belk’s department store on Thursday evening, July 22nd.  At approximately 3:30, two females left the store together walking to their car.  The suspect was recorded leaving the store following them approximately 15 seconds later.  After following the women to their car, he asked them if he could stop and ask them a question.  When the victim stopped and turned to face him, he reached out and grabbed her on the breast, and then ran away.    Responding officers searched the mall and the parking lot area, but were not able to find the suspect.  This time he was wearing a pair of khaki pants and a light blue Hollister t-shirt with the word “Hollister” printed vertically down the side.

Still frame photos of the suspect are included below and you can view a video clip from the TJ Maxx surveillance cameras by clicking this link: Download Long-tj maxx-Trim of front door 1.

Below: Images of the suspect from the TJ Maxx surveillance cameras (click images for a larger version).


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FBC Kids Camp Visits DPD

The Kids Camp group from First Baptist Church took a short trip across Jones Street to visit their neighbors at the Dalton Police Department on Thursday morning. 

After getting a tour of the Police Services Center from Sergeant Alan Woods, the group lined up in the Training Room for a presentation from Crime Scene Investigator Mack Flood.  Detective Flood showed the kids some of the tools he uses to do his job, and also showed them how to process fingerprints.  The kids even got a chance to process a few fingerprints of their own. 

Sergeant Woods also demonstrated the use of the Taser, as well as pointing out all of the other tools on his duty belt.

The group's visit to the Police Services Center concluded with a tour of the department's Crime Scene Unit vehicle and an up-close look at a patrol car.  The DPD thanks the FBC Kids Camp for visiting!

Below: Sergeant Woods and Detective Flood show the Kids Camp kids how to process fingerprints and show off the Crime Scene Unit and a patrol car (click images for a larger version).


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DPD Announces July 31st Road Closures

Traffic will be re-routed around downtown Dalton on Saturday, July 31st in connection with the Twilight Music Festival and Georgia Cup bike race.  Roads will be closed starting at 2:00 PM through 9:00 PM. 

The roads that will be affected by the closures are:

  • Pentz StreetBetween the Waugh Street and Cuyler Street intersections
  • Hamilton Street Between the Waugh Street and Cuyler Street intersections
  • Waugh Street One east-bound lane closed between the Selvidge Street and Pentz Street intersections
  • King StreetBetween the Selvidge Street and Hamilton Street intersections
  • Crawford StreetBetween the Pentz Street and Hamilton Street intersections
  • Gordon Street Between the Pentz Street and Glenwood Avenue intersections
  • Cuyler StreetBetween the Pentz Street and Hamilton Street intersections

Click here to learn more about the Twilight Music Festival and Georgia Cup bike race at the event's website.

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DPD, DFD to Host 3rd Annual Scholarship Dinner

The Dalton Police Department and Dalton Fire Department will host a fundraiser dinner on Monday, August 16th at the Dalton Depot Restaurant to benefit the City of Dalton Public Safety Scholarship Endowment at Dalton State College. 

Tickets for the event cost $10 each, and can be purchased at the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street or from any Dalton Police Officer for Firefighter.  The dinner, which runs from 5:00-9:00 PM, will feature a steak dinner with scalloped potatoes and a Greek salad.  Curbside take-away will be available, or guests are welcome to dine in at the Depot.

This is the third year that the city’s Fire Department and Police Department have hosted this event. 

The City of Dalton Public Safety Scholarship is part of the Dalton State College Foundation’s scholarship program, an annual offering of scholarship awards recognizing academic achievement and financial need for students at Dalton State College.  The scholarship will benefit dependents of Dalton Police or Fire employees, or the dependents of retired DPD and DFD employees.  A six-member committee (three each from the Fire Department and the Police Department) determined the selection criteria for the scholarship.  The scholarship is managed by the DSC Foundation, which makes all decisions regarding selection of the scholarship recipient. The Dalton State College Foundation awards more than $150,000 in scholarships every year.

To read about last year's scholarship dinner and watch video from the event, click here.

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DPD Seeks Hobby Lobby Thieves

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two men who stole nearly $1,500 worth of jewelry from the Walnut Avenue Hobby Lobby.  These two men are also suspected of stealing items from a Hobby Lobby location in Cleveland, Tennessee. 

At approximately 2:00 PM on July 14th, two white men entered the Hobby Lobby store at 2103 East Walnut Avenue.  They were recorded on the store’s surveillance system walking up to a jewelry counter and stuffing items into their pockets before bypassing cash registers and walking out of the store.  Store managers found that the jewelry was missing and called police.  After comparing the images from the Dalton store to pictures from the Cleveland, TN location, Dalton investigators determined that the suspects were the same people.  Images from the Cleveland store’s surveillance cameras are included with this release.  One of the suspects has a medium build and a brown beard and wore a ball cap.  The other individual had close cropped dark hair and a stocky build.  These individuals may be traveling in a white Ford Taurus.

If you have any information on the identity of these men or this crime, please contact Detective Brandon Carter with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 183.

Below: Surveillance images of the suspects (click images for a larger version).

Hobby Lobby

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Surgeon General’s Warning: Stealing Cigarettes Is Bad

The laws have changed a bit over the years about where you can smoke.  One thing's always stayed the same, though: stealing cigarettes is illegal.  Now the Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who crawled through a ceiling to attempt to steal cases of cigarettes from a gas station. 

The incident happened at the Murphy USA service station at 885 Shugart Road on the evening of July 13th.  Around 10:15 PM, the suspect entered the men’s restroom, remaining inside for several minutes.  A cashier then saw the man leaving from the next door, walking out of the storage room with two cases of assorted cigarettes which were valued at approximately $4,000.  Investigators found that the suspect stood on a trash can to climb up into a ceiling panel and crawl across into the storage room.

He tried to get the cases into a waiting car, but the clerk was able to get outside and knock them out of his hands before he got into the car and fled.  It’s unclear if he was able to get away with any cigarettes.  A witness pumping gas reported that the suspect’s car was a silver-colored Pontiac Bonneville and the car’s tag number was 19XYV from Bradley County, Tennessee, but a search for that tag number didn’t return any information.  The witness lost sight of the car as it turned south on Shugart Road.  The witness reported that the car appeared to be driven by a white female. 

The suspect is a white male, approximately 6’ tall with a slender build and a red goatee.  He was photographed in the store room by the store’s surveillance system, and that picture is included with this release.  Anyone with information about this crime or this suspect’s identity is asked to please contact Detective Jason Bishop with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 214.

Below: The cigarette thief is caught on camera (click image for a larger version).

Male Suspect

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Summer Fun at the DPD

Many times, ending up at the police department might mean that your summer vacation has taken a wrong turn.  But for the boys and girls from the Sunshine House summer camp program, taking a tour Tuesday of the Dalton Police Service Center was a chance to learn and have some fun.

The kids visited the PD Tuesday morning after taking a tour of the Dalton Fire Department's Station #1 where they got an up-close look at fire engines, fire fighters, and learned some tips for staying safe from fire.  Once they got to the Police Services Center, the kids got to learn about a police officer's equipment and ask one of the Dalton officers about his duties.  Then the group got a chance to walk through the Criminal Investigations Division, an interview room, and the Patrol Division.  The kids wrapped up the tour by sitting in the department's Roll Call Room, where each patrol officer starts his or her shift each day. 

The Dalton Police Department thanks the kids for stopping by!

Below: Kids from the Sunshine House summer program tour the Dalton Police Services Center (click images for a larger version)


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DPD to Conduct “Operation: ID Please” In Area Businesses

The Dalton Police Department will be conducting operations at area restaurants and package stores in the coming days and weeks to check compliance with city ordinances prohibiting the sale of alcohol to minors.  The department conducts operations under the nickname “Operation: ID Please” several times throughout the year to make sure that area businesses aren’t selling alcohol to minors.

If your business sells alcohol, please make sure that you’re checking the IDs of your customers to make sure they’re old enough to legally purchase and consume alcohol. 

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