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Thanks for Coming!

The Dalton Police Department thanks everyone who came out and helped out with our second annual Toy Run for Kids!  Approximately 50 bikers turned out to make the run, and the event raised more than $400 and many toys for less fortunate kids in Dalton. 

The toys will be delivered at a holiday party this winter with kids chosen by the Dalton Public School System.

The Dalton Police Department wants to give special thanks to the Calhoun Police Department Motorcycle Unit, 
Mountain Creek Harley Davidson, Mapco for donating free coffee for riders, and Daylight Donuts for donating donuts for the riders.  The DPD would also like to thank all of the area businesses who donated goods or services for the raffle: Amy's Nails, Best Western Motel, Bi-Lo, Chef Lin's, Daylight Donuts, El Agave, Evergreen Chinese Buffet, Fast Foto Services, From Tips 2 Toes Nail Spa, Garcia's, Gondolier Pizza, Hobby Lobby, Inkus Tattoo, Kirk's Cycle Shop, LifeTouch Chiropractic, Los Pablo's, Los Reyes, Margarita's, Mo Mo Ya, Moe's, Nob North Golf Course, Panera Bread, Performance Cycle, Regis Salon, Sprint Store at Walnut Square Mall, Whitecotton Leather, Wicked Ink Tattoo, Dalton Hospitality, Carmike Cinemas, The Pine Needle, Mapco, CC & Company, and Raspberry Row.

The Toy Drive will continue through December 10th, and anyone who wants to donate toys or money for this effort is invited to drop those donations off at the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street. 

Below: The raffle, helpers, and bikes at the 2010 Toy Run for Kids (click images for a larger version). 

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Come On Out on Saturday to Help Kids!

The Dalton Police Department's 2nd Annual "Toy Run for Kids" event will be taking place tomorrow, September 25th, at Mountain Creek Harley Davidson at 1001 Market Street.  It's an escorted motorcycle ride to raise money and toys for less fortunate kids in Dalton and Whitfield County for the holidays. The fee to participate is a new boxed toy for either a boy or a girl up to 14 years old (please, no stuffed animals), or $15.00.

But you're still encouraged to come out and spend some time with us Saturday morning even if you're not planning to ride with the bikes.  In addition to a chance to see all of the bikes up close and enjoy some entertainment, there will be a raffle with some great prizes before the riders set out.  To see some of the prizes being offered, click here.

Registration for the event starts Saturday morning at 10:00 am, and the riders will leave around 11:00 am. 

This is the second year the Dalton Police Department has hosted the Toy Run for Kids. Last year, more than 70 motorcycle riders participated and raised more than $800 and hundreds of toys which were distributed at a holiday party for families selected by the Dalton Public School System.

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DPD Will Be Conducting Alcohol Ordinance Compliance Checks Soon

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 compliance checks several times throughout the year to make sure that area businesses aren’t selling alcohol to minors.

So, if your business sells alcohol, be aware.  If you're not checking the IDs of your customers to make sure they’re old enough to legally purchase and consume alcohol, you will be cited.

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DPD Seeks Hit-and-Run Driver

The Dalton Police Department is asking for help from the public in locating a pickup truck involved in a “hit and run” involving a 7-year old boy riding a bicycle.  The crash happened at about 5:35 pm on Wednesday, September 15th in the 800 block of Showalter Ave.  The juvenile was transported to TC Thompson Children's Hospital late last night.

A witness stated that he heard a loud noise and saw that a pickup truck had hit the boy on the bicycle.  The witness further stated that the driver of the pickup, a young Hispanic male, got out of the truck, picked up the bicycle and its rider and carried them to the door step of a residence.  The individual living at that residence told police investigating the crash that he heard a knock on his front door and when he opened the door there was a young Hispanic male carrying the juvenile.  The male then told the resident that he had struck the juvenile in the road.  When the resident informed the male that he would call the police, the male set the juvenile down and fled the scene. 

Both witnesses described the vehicle that fled the scene as a Brown Chevrolet Silverado, with a partial GA Tag of “1779”.  Both witnesses further stated that the truck was coming from the dead end area of Showalter Ave.  Investigators at the scene spoke with a resident in that area and she advised that the driver of the truck had just left her residence.  The only information she knew about the driver was that his first name was possibly “Lasetro”. 

If anyone has information about the driver or the truck that fled the scene, they are asked to call the Dalton Police Department’s Traffic enforcement Unit at 706-278-9085, ext 124.  

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DPD Seeks AC Thieves

Despite slightly cooler September temperatures, this is still no time to be without an air conditioner.  Unfortunately, some criminals in Dalton seem to disagree.  The Dalton Police Department is investigating three separate air conditioner thefts from area business that have occurred over the past week.  Investigators believe the incidents are related.

Two large outside air conditioner units, valued at approximately $3,000, along with 15 used pool pumps were stolen from the Luau Pools business at 1315 East Walnut Avenue sometime between September 9th and September 14th.  One large outside air conditioning unit, valued at approximately $4,000, was also taken from the Army-Navy Surplus Store at 315 West Franklin Street sometime between 3 pm September 11th and 11 am on September 14th.  And sometime during the early morning hours of September 14th, the window air conditioner unit from Los Pablos at 1513 West Walnut Avenue was stolen, along with various items from the kitchen.

If you have any information about these crimes, please contact Detective Ricky Long with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 168. 

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DPD Announces Raffle Prizes for Toy Run

The Dalton Police Department's 2010 Toy Run for Kids is coming up on Saturday, September 25th and it will be much more than just a motorcycle ride. In addition to food and fun for the family, the event will feature a raffle for prizes donated by area businesses.

Prizes for the $1 raffle include T-shirts and hats from Kirk's Cycle Shop, merchandise from Hobby Lobby, Whitecotton Leather, Fast Foto Services and Performance Cycle, and sunglasses from the Sprint Store. There will also be gift cards from Bi-Lo, Wicked Ink Tattoos, Inkus Tattoo, Best Western, Tips 2 Toes Nail Salon, and Amy's Nails. Services from Regis Salon, LifeTouch Chiropractic are being raffled. There are also gift certificates from restaurants like Margarita's, Evergreen Chinese Buffet, Garcia's, Los Pablo's, Los Reyes, Panera Bread, El Agave, Gondolier Pizza, Moe's, Chef Lin Chinese Buffet, Mo Mo Ya Restaurant and Daylight Donuts. A free round of golf at Nob North is also a raffle prize.

The Toy Run for Kids is an escorted motorcycle ride to raise money and toys for less fortunate kids in Dalton and Whitfield County for the holidays. The event starts at Mountain Creek Harley Davidson at 1001 Market Street. The fee to participate is a new boxed toy for either a boy or a girl up to 14 years old (please, no stuffed animals), or $15.00.

Registration for the event starts at 10 am and the motorcycle ride begins at 11 am. There will be a festival-type atmosphere at the Harley Davidson store site with live entertainment, food for sale from Outback Steakhouse, and much more.

This is the second year the Dalton Police Department has hosted the Toy Run for Kids. Last year, more than 70 motorcycle riders participated and raised more than $800 and hundreds of toys which were distributed at a holiday party for families selected by the Dalton Public School System.

Below: two decorative motorcycles from Hobby Lobby are being offered as prizes in the Toy Run Raffle (click image for a larger version)

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DPD Seeks Drug Court Delinquents

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating two women who have absconded from the Drug Court Program, which is a condition of their probation on drug arrests. 

April Elizabeth Edwards, 28, of 501 Cherokee Trail Apartment 33 and Shanda Lee McCartney, 26, of 2966 Davis Road in Rocky Face have both stopped attending meetings of the program.  Probation violation warrants have been issued for their arrests.

According to the program’s website, the Conasauga Judicial Circuit’s Drug Court Program began in February, 2002 and provides the opportunity for drug treatment under the supervision of the Conasauga Circuit Superior Court. The purpose of the program is to reduce repeat drug-related offenses by creating the opportunity for recovery from chemical addiction. Candidates for the program enter a guilty plea to their current charges and receive a probation sentence, part of which is served in attending and successfully completing the Program. Participants who are eligible for “first offender” status and successfully complete the probated sentence will not have a felony conviction on their record.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of April Elizabeth Edwards or Shanda Lee McCartney is asked to contact Detective Sam Eaton with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 158.

Below: April Elizabeth Edwards (first picture, left) and Shanda Lee McCartney (second picture, right) are wanted on probation violation warrants.

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Arrest Made In Armed Robbery Case

The Dalton Police Department arrested 33 year old Robert Wiggins of Whitfield County on Friday evening and charged him in connection with the September 7th armed robbery at the GQ Spa located at 2217 Chattanooga Road. 

Investigators made the arrest after getting an anonymous tip after surveillance photos from the robbery were circulated by area media.  The arrest was made without incident Friday evening around 4:30 pm at the Choo Choo Truck Wash in Catoosa County where Mr. Wiggins is employed.  Wiggins is charged with three counts each of armed robbery, false imprisonment, and aggravated assault. 

The original incident happened at approximately 10:00 pm last Tuesday night, September 7th, at the GQ Spa located at 2217 Chattanooga Road.  Victims told investigators that the suspect got a massage from one of the spa employees.  After about a half hour, the massage was over and the suspect produced a stainless steel semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the three women working in the spa.  He took $140 cash from one of the women.  Before he left, he tied the women up with plastic zip ties and gagged them with white masks and left the business on foot. 

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DPD Seeks Suspect in Massage Spa Armed Robbery

UPDATE: An arrest has been made in this case.

The Dalton Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect who held the employees of a massage parlor at gun point while robbing them late Tuesday night.

The incident happened at approximately 10:00 pm at the GQ Spa located at 2217 Chattanooga Road.  The suspect got a massage from one of the spa employees.  After about a half hour, the massage was over and the suspect produced a stainless steel semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the three women working in the spa.  He took $140 cash from one of the women.  Before he left, he tied the women up with plastic zip ties and gagged them with white masks and left the business on foot. 

The suspect was described as a black male standing between 5’10” and 6’2” tall with short, balding hair and a short, thin beard.  He was wearing a white Hawaiian-type shirt with floral print and a white floppy hat with dark stripes.  He was recorded by the spa’s surveillance cameras, and two of those images are included below.

Below: The suspect is recorded by the GQ Spa surveillance system (click image for a larger version).

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