Posts on Jan 1970

DPD Seeks Man on Assault, Kidnapping Warrants

UPDATE: Mr. Burton has turned himself in on his arrest warrants.

The Dalton Police Department is asking the public for information on the whereabouts of David Anthony Burton, who is wanted on warrants for aggravated assault, kidnapping, and violation of the Georgia Gang Act.  Burton, 19 years old, has a last known address of 186 Terrapin Way in Dalton. 

On the afternoon of November 18, a teenage juvenile victim told police that Burton and two unidentified males approached him and threatened him with a gun, telling him to get into his car.  The victim refused, and Burton grabbed him and pulled him into the car.  The victim managed to escape out the car’s window before Burton drove away.  Investigators believe this incident was related to a fight that occurred the day before this incident.

Burton is a Hispanic male, 5’11” tall, weighing approximately 210 pounds.  He has close-cropped dark hair and several tattoos.  He has a tattoo of the name “Belinda” in cursive writing across the right side of his neck, and a tattoo of red lips on the left side of his neck.  He has “David 1973-2000 RIP” tattooed on his left forearm.  He has a tattoo of a woman’s face on the front of his left shoulder.  He also has other tattoos.

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DPD to Participate in Disaster Drill on December 1st

Citizens in and around Dalton may notice some unusual activity next Wednesday, December 1st, but it's nothing to be concerned about.  Multiple local, state, federal and private agencies will be participating in a simulated disaster drill next week to test the emergency preparedness of law enforcement, fire departments, EMS, hospitals, and emergency management. The drill will take place in multiple locations around the Dalton area, including the area of Needham Drive where the simulation will begin.  Drill activities will also take place in and around Hamilton Medical Center, as well as other locations.

The drill will simulate a hazardous materials incident, and provide first responders with a training opportunity to deal with evacuation, shelter-in-place, hazmat containment, contamination, and decontamination.  The drill will also give area hospitals an opportunity to fully test their preparedness for decontamination and overflow procedures.

The scenario for the drill is a train accident near the Needham Drive crossing, with a simulated release of a hazardous material.  There will be some actors pretending to be injured or contaminated by the accident who will be transported and decontaminated.  Many first responders will be wearing hazardous materials suits. 

It's important to spread the word in advance of this exercise so passers by and neighbors won't be alarmed when they see the simulation taking place.  Drills like this one are important to ensure that all agencies involved in a response to an emergency will be ready in the event of an actual emergency.

To watch video from a similar drill from 2008, click "Play" in the window below (video may take a few moments to load)

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DPD Officers Promoted at Public Safety Commission Meeting

Two officers from the Dalton Police Department had their promotions confirmed on Tuesday morning by unanimous vote of the Dalton Public Safety Commission.  William Cason was promoted from the rank of lieutenant to captain, and Shaun Scott was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Captain Cason is a 17-year veteran of the Dalton Police Department and has served in every division within the department.  He's a graduate of the FBI's prestigious National Academy and also the Senior Management Institute for Police. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management.  Captain Cason is currently assigned as the division commander for Support Services.

Sergeant Scott is a 10-year veteran of the Dalton Police Department and has served a variety of roles within the department's Patrol Division.  Most recently, he served as a member of the department's Traffic Enforcement Unit.

Below: Sergeant Shaun Scott before the Tuesday morning meeting of the Public Safety Commission (click image for a larger version)


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DPD Investigates Pair of Armed Robberies

UPDATE (1/3/11): An arrest has been made in connection with these cases.

UPDATE (12/9/10): The DPD has released some new information and pictures in this case.

The Dalton Police Department is investigating two armed robberies that occurred in the past two weeks and investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect.  Investigators believe that the two incidents are related, and that they may have been committed by the same person.

At approximately 9:50 pm, on Friday, November 12th, a Hispanic male walked into the Taqueria Villa Juarez restaurant trailer at 1103 East Morris Street and produced a silver handgun and demanded money.  The employees described him as being between 5’5” and 5’9” tall, wearing black shoes, black jeans, and a black hooded sweatshirt with a white handkerchief or bandanna covering his face with a thin build.  The suspect demanded that the cashier put the money into a bag, which she did.  The suspect left on foot, telling the employees not to call police for 5 minutes because he had a friend watching the business.

A week later on Friday, November 19th, at approximately 7:30 pm a Hispanic male wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and black jeans walked into the El Mercandito restaurant at 101 East Long Street and produced a silver handgun and demanded money.  The suspect was described as being between 5’5” and 5’9” tall, possibly in his mid-to-late 20’s and had a white handkerchief or bandanna covering his face.  The suspect demanded that the cashier put the money into a plastic grocery bag, and then he ran away from the business on foot, down Long Street towards the railroad tracks.

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DPD Investigates Weekend Break-Ins on Walnut Avenue

The Dalton Police Department is investigating a pair of burglaries at Walnut Avenue businesses which investigators believe are related.  In both instances, the suspect or suspects broke through glass doors to make entry and stole money by prying their way into cash registers. 

Sometime overnight between Saturday, November 20th and Sunday, November 21st, someone broke out the glass from the door at the Centro Nutrista Mundo Natural store located at 100 West Walnut Avenue, Suite 38.  The suspect or suspects used some sort of prying tool to break into the cash register and took approximately 30 dollars in change.

Also overnight on Saturday, November 20th, someone broke into Irene’s Cake and Candy Supply at 100 West Walnut Avenue, Suite 110.  The glass door to the business was also broken out, and the cash register was also pried open with cash and change stolen. 

Anyone with any information on these crimes is asked to contact Detective Ricky Long with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 168.

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DPD Seeks Identity of Check Forgery Suspect

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a suspect who is using stolen checks to make fraudulent purchases at locations in Dalton, Calhoun, and Cartersville.

On November 10th, the victim reported that several fraudulent checks had been written on a joint account that he shares with his mother.  Neither he nor his mother had written the checks.  After checking with his bank, the victim discovered a total of 13 forged checks written at various locations.  Investigators checked with the Mapco at Carbondale Road and found surveillance video of the suspect writing one of the bad checks.  She had apparently written a fake driver’s license number and fake social security number on the check, which she used to buy gift cards.  The suspect is a white female with shoulder-length blonde hair and a medium build, and wore glasses when she was inside the store.  She left in a blue, possibly two-toned Ford Ranger extended cab truck.  In the surveillance image, she is wearing a short-sleeved white shirt and jeans with white tennis shoes.  She also forged checks at K-Mart stores in Dalton, Calhoun, and Cartersville.  The suspect started forging checks on the account on October 25th, which was around the time that the victim’s mother may have lost her checkbook.

If you have any information about this crime or the identity of the pictured suspect, please contact Detective Jason Bishop with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 214. 

Below: The suspect is pictured on surveillance video entering a store where she forged a check to buy gift cards (click image for a larger version).


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DPD Chaplains Host Annual Toy Drive

The Dalton Police Department's Chaplains stood out in front of the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street all morning on Friday, collecting donated toys for children in need for the holidays.  The toys will go to benefit the GreenHouse Christmas Party as well as a holiday celebration for kids hosted by the Dalton Police Department in December.

But just because the chaplains have given up their post in front of the Police Services Center, the toy drive goes on!  If you would like to donate a new or lightly used toy to the toy drive effort, please come by the Police Services Center during normal business hours.  Donation boxes are set up in our front lobby, and donations will be accepted.  The Dalton Police Department offers sincere thanks to all who donated to this effort.

Below: DPD Chaplains wait outside the Police Services Center for toy donations.  The stack of cardboard boxes contain more than 100 die-cast toys donated by the Judd & Sims, Inc. oil company (click images for a larger version)


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DPD Visits First Baptist’s “Heroes” Book Fair

Dalton Police Department Officer Joseph Corso usually deals with much taller people while he's on duty. But on Friday morning, he took time out of his shift to read to kids at the First Baptist Church preschool as part of the program's "Heroes" Book Fair.  As part of the fair, teachers invited heroes from the community to read to kids, and Officer Corse visited two preschool classrooms to read a book about police vehicles, and also a "Clifford the Big Red Dog" book and a "Llama Mama" book.

Officer Corso also told the kids a little about what a police officer does in the community, and showed them some of the tools on his duty belt. Unfortunately, he declined an invitation from one class to paint his face like a Native American chief.

Thanks to the FBC Preschool for the invite, and thanks to the students for being so well behaved!

Below: DPD Officer Joseph Corso reads to kids at First Baptist Church's Preschool (click images for a larger version)


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Reminder: DPD Chaplains’ Toy Drive Is On Friday

The weather on Friday should be sunny, but for people dropping off toys to the the Dalton Police Chaplains’ Toy Drive, the weather shouldn’t be a concern.  The department’s chaplains will be in front of the Police Services Center rain or shine, and visitors can simply drop off their toy donations from their cars.  The annual Chaplains’ Toy Drive will take place from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm on Friday to benefit children at the GreenHouse child advocacy center.

All morning, the chaplains will be stationed in front of the Dalton Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street, accepting toys and also any donations of clothing, shoes, or coats for children.  Anybody interested in dropping off a toy can simply drive through the front parking lot off of Jones Street and hand off the items from their vehicle.

The GreenHouse is a child advocacy center that serves child victims of physical and sexual abuse in Whitfield and Murray Counties.  Many of the victims and their siblings come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the Dalton Police Chaplains collect toys every year to make sure they have something for Christmas.  The presents will be given to the children and their families at the annual GreenHouse Christmas Party.

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The Smoke Diver Final Exam

The 13 remaining members of the 42nd Georgia Smoke Divers Class took their final exams on Friday, November 12th in Dalton.  All 13 made it through to become Georgia Smoke Divers.

To watch video of the last day of Smoke Diver training, click "Play" in the window below (video may take a few moments to load. To watch in higher quality, select "480p")

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