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Halloween Safety Reminders

Halloween is coming up on Sunday, October 31 and to get ready the Dalton Police Department is reminding citizens of some important ways to stay safe when Trick-or-Treating:

  • Only Trick-or-Treat at homes with front porch lights on.
  • Make sure that children, especially young children, don’t Trick-or-Treat alone.  Have a parent or trusted adult should always go along.
  • Make sure that your child’s costume can easily be seen by passing drivers.  If it’s a dark-colored costume, use reflective tape to make sure that it shows up in a car’s headlights.
  • When dropping off Trick-or-Treaters by car, make sure not to block traffic lanes.
  • Keep in mind that masks can restrict your vision, so consider using make-up effects instead.  If wearing a mask, take it off when crossing the street.
  • Always use sidewalks and cross the street only at crosswalks
  • Have identification like home address and phone number inside a child’s costume, in case they become separated from their escort.
  • Make sure children know their home phone number.
  • Make sure to have a flash light if you’ll be out after dark.
  • Don’t cut through yards or alleyways.
  • Never go into a stranger’s house for treats.
  • Make sure to check children’s treats before they eat them.

It’s also important for drivers to keep in mind that there will be more pedestrians near roads than normal on Halloween, especially in residential neighborhoods.  Slow down and stay alert. 

If you’re planning to attend a Halloween party where alcohol is involved, make sure to designate a driver or have the number of a cab company before you go.  Do not drink and drive. 

The Dalton Police Department hopes that keeping these tips in mind will help you have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Rotary Club Honors Public Safety Employees

The Rotary Club of Dalton honored five public safety employees from Dalton/Whitfield County agencies at its annual Vocational Excellence Luncheon for Public Safety. 

Honored at Tuesday's lunch were EMT Chris Tieck from Hamilton Emergency Medical Services, Lt. Wayne Mathis from the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, Engineer Earl Boyd from the Dalton Fire Department, Ron Ownby from the Whitfield County Fire Department, and Public Relations Specialist Bruce Frazier from the Dalton Police Department.  Each of the honorees was introduced to the Rotary Club by the head of their agency. 

Thanks to the members of the Rotary Club of Dalton for taking time to recognize the hard work done by all of Dalton and Whitfield County's public safety employees.

Below: (left) The five public safety honorees pose with their agency heads after being recognized by the Rotary Club of Dalton, (right) DPD Public Relations Specialist Bruce Frazier poses with his award

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DPD Seeks Information in Credit Card Fraud Case

UPDATE (11/5/10): Two arrests have been made in this case.

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying two people who are suspected of using a stolen credit card to make more than $1,100 in purchases at the Shugart Road Wal-Mart. 

The incident happened October 1st when a woman had her wallet stolen from Tiger Creek Elementary School in Ringgold.  Once she realized her wallet was missing, she immediately called to cancel all of her credit cards.  However, her American Express card had already been used at the Wal-Mart.  Surveillance video from the store shows two subjects, a white male and a white female, entering the store together and the male purchashed a large flat-screen Vizio HDTV.  The two people left the store separately, with the female suspect walking out with a child.  They then left in the same vehicle.  Surveillance images of the two suspects are included below.  The male suspect is pictured in a white shirt, walking out with a Wal-Mart employee who is pushing the cart with the HDTV.  The female suspect is blonde, wearing a black shirt in the surveillance image.

Below: Images of the two suspects (the male suspect is wearing a white shirt and is walking on the right, the female suspect is wearing a black shirt)

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DPD Makes Arrest in Fraud Case

The Dalton Police Department arrested Deloris Annette Barnett of 3205 Cruiser Drive in Tunnel Hill and charged her with 1st degree forgery, financial transaction card fraud, identity fraud, and theft by conversion.  The charges are connected to an investigation into discrepancies with bank accounts and credit card accounts of her former employer, Dalton Family Practice.  Barnett was employed as the practice’s office manager.  Barnett was arrested on October 19th and is currently free on bond.

The investigation began on August 30th when the owners of Dalton Family Practice contacted the Dalton Police Department after he began to look into money missing from the company’s accounts.  He contacted police after finding a credit card had been issued to the company without his knowledge or authorization.  Investigators determined that the card was in Barnett’s possession and was being used to make personal purchases.  Investigators also found evidence that Barnett had paid personal expenses with one of the company’s checking accounts. 

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DPD Makes Arrest in Prostitution Investigation

The Dalton Police Department arrested 43-year old Christina Yu on Friday, October 15th after an undercover investigation into prostitution at the GQ Spa located at 2217 Chattanooga Road.

After receiving anonymous citizen complaints reporting that prostitution was occurring at the GQ Spa, officers from the Dalton Police Department conducted an undercover investigation at the site.  After an undercover officer was offered masturbation for hire by Ms. Yu, officers entered the building and placed her under arrest.  She is charged with masturbation for hire (GA Code 16-6-16), prostitution (GA Code 16-6-9), and giving massage in a place used for lewdness (GA Code 16-6-17). 

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DPD Seeks Man on Multiple Warrants

UPDATE (Oct. 19, 2010): The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bobby Hawkins on Saturday after several anonymous tips were phoned in to investigators from both the Dalton Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office.  Hawkins was wanted on warrants for failure to register as a sex offender, aggravated assault, giving false name and also probation violation.  Hawkins’ name and picture were published by area media outlets after the DPD issued a press release last week.

Hawkins was located by Sheriff’s deputies in a tree house behind an abandoned property on Railroad Street near Old Chattanooga Road in Rocky Face on Saturday afternoon.  He was arrested without incident. 

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating Bobby Hawkins.  Hawkins is on probation and has warrants for his arrest for failure to register as a sex offender, aggravated assault, giving false name and also probation violation.

Hawkins is a 43 year old white male and stands 5’10 tall. He weighs 150 pounds with graying brown hair and green eyes.  He has tattoos on both arms, including a tattoo of a spider on his right shoulder.  Two pictures of Hawkins, one with facial hair and one without, are posted below.  His last known addresses were 819 Trammel Street and 1112B Dozier Street in Dalton. 

Hawkins has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for child molestation, rape, public indecency, drugs, aggravated assault, theft, and other charges. 

Below: Two photos of Bobby Hawkins (click images for a larger version)

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DPD Warns Public of Possible New Car Break-In Scheme

The Dalton Police Department is warning the public of a unique car break-in that happened last week so that citizens can try to keep the same thing from happening to them.

The incident happened Friday afternoon, October 8th at the Chick-fil-A at 1517 West Walnut Avenue.  An employee of the restaurant was leaving when he noticed oil poured all over the hood and windshield of his truck.  After leaving his bag in the truck and locking the door, the victim went back into the restaurant.  When he came back out less than a minute later, he found one of his windows broken and the bag, which contained cash, stolen.  A witness reported seeing a Hispanic male, approximately 5’8” tall wearing a blue shirt and blue sweat pants jump into the truck’s window and then exit holding a red bag.  The witness saw the suspect leave the scene in a blue Dodge Caravan with two other Hispanic males. The witness said that the man driving the van was wearing a hat and white or cream colored shirt with stripes.

Investigators believe that the suspects may have poured the oil on the truck to trick the owner into going back inside the restaurant while leaving valuables behind.  If you find yourself in a similar situation, please call 911 from a safe location.  Don’t leave valuables behind in your car.

And if anyone has any information on the Chick-fil-A incident or the identity of the suspects, they are asked to please contact Detective Ricky Long at 706-278-9085, extension 168. 

 

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Thank You!

The Dalton Police Department thanks the Shugart Road Wal-Mart for donating $1,000 to the department's 2010 Toy Run effort.  The money donated today will help provide toys and a holiday party for Dalton children in need this winter. 

Last month, the DPD hosted the 2010 Toy Run motorcycle ride, and raised money and toys for the event.

If you'd like to donate toys or money to support this effort, contact Sergeant Pat Meyer at the Dalton Police Department, 706-278-9085, extension 400. 

Below: DPD Sergeant Pat Meyer (right) accepts a check from Wal-Mart's Ann Waldroup (click image for a larger version)

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DPD Announces Road, Lane Closures for Dalton Half Marathon

On October 16th, the Dalton Police Department will be closing some city roads and also some lanes of other city roads to accommodate runners in the Dalton Half Marathon.  Motorists should adjust their routes on the morning of the 16th accordingly.

The roads or lanes that will be affected by the half-marathon route are:

  • W. King Street Closed
  • Hamilton StreetClosed from King Street to Grace Street
  • W. Franklin StreetClosed
  • S. Thornton AvenueSouthbound lane closed from Franklin Street to Waugh Street
  • W. Waugh StreetEastbound lane closed from Thornton Avenue to Valley Drive
  • Valley Drive Closed
  • W. Walnut Avenue Westbound lane closed from Thornton Avenue to Tibbs Road
  • Tibbs RoadClosed
  • Wood Valley Drive/Wood Valley Court Closed
  • Shugart RoadNorthbound lane closed
  • Chattanooga Road Eastbound lane closed from Shugart Road to Old Chattanooga Road
  • Old Chattanooga Road Closed
  • N. Thornton AvenueSouthbound lane closed from Old Chattanooga Road to Trammel Street
  • Thornton AvenueSouthbound lane closed from Benton Street to Hawthorne Street

The affected roads or lanes will be closed down around 7:30 am and will remain closed until approximately noon. If possible, motorists are encouraged to avoid the area, but if you must drive near the half marathon route, please allow extra time to reach your destination and follow road signs or the directions of officers directing traffic.

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Girl Scouts Tour DPD

Girl Scouts from Westwood Elementary's Troop #8204 toured the Dalton Police Services Center on Wednesday as part of their requirements for a community helpers merit badge.  The fifth graders were led on their tour of the facility by Officer John Edwards, who fielded questions ranging from information about the tools on his duty belt to answering what was the craziest call he's ever worked on.  The students showed great enthusiasm for the tour, and the Dalton Police Department thanks them for their visit.

Below: Girl Scouts touring the Dalton Police Services Center (click images for a larger version)

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