Posts on Jan 1970

Reminder: Child Seat Law Changes July 1st

Changes to Georgia's Child Safety Restraint law go into effect on July 1st.  Children younger than 8 years old who are less than 4'9" tall must be in a child seat or a booster seat.  For more details, click here.

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Fireworks: What’s Allowed In Georgia, and What’s Not

Fireworks and the 4th of July seem to go hand in hand. But, with the Independence Day holiday coming up this weekend, many Georgians have questions about what types of fireworks are allowed and what types are banned by state law. 

Georgia law does allow fireworks such as sparklers or glow snakes or glow worms.  The list of items allowed by law include:

  • Wire or wood sparklers with 100 grams or less of mixture per item
  • Other sparkling items, as long as they are not explosive and do not fly through the air, and contain 75 grams or less of chemical compound per tube or a total of 200 grams or less for multiple tubes
  • Snake and glow worm
  • Trick noise makers, including party streamers, party poppers, snappers, and drop pops containing 0.25 grains or less of explosive mixture

Fireworks banned by Georgia law include:

  • Firecrackers
  • Bottle rockets
  • Roman candles
  • Sparklers with more than 100 grams of mixture
  • Mortars or torpedoes

The Dalton Police Department reminds parents to make sure children don’t play with any types of fireworks unattended.  Have a safe and happy Independence Day holiday!

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DPD Plans Road Checks

The Dalton Police Department plans to conduct occasional road checks during the next week (June 30-July 6) as part of the department’s district plans to address traffic and crime problems within the city. 

Each week, the lieutenants assigned as patrol commanders for the city’s three districts (east, west, and south) meet to discuss trends observed over the past week with shift supervisors, detectives, and members of other agencies.  At these meetings, held Wednesday afternoons, they address specific concerns and plan different strategies to address those concerns. 

This week’s district action plan for the west district includes performing road checks when personnel are available.  In addition to typical traffic concerns in the area of Shugart Road and the Bypass, other checks are possible in the northwest section to address burglary and shoplifting issues.  One issue being reported in the west district is the theft of copper wire being stolen from buildings. 

The district action plan in the east district also includes concentrated patrols, including road checks if manpower allows, in the northeast area of the city to address burglaries which have been reported over the past several weeks.

In addition to these district plans, Operation Zero Tolerance is still underway nationwide, focusing on curbing drunk driving.  With the upcoming holiday weekend, the Dalton Police Department will join other law enforcement agencies across the region in increasing focus on DUI patrols and enforcement, including possible road checks.

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Tibbs Road Closure Planned for Friday

Over the next couple of weeks, Dalton Public Works will be working to clear debris near roadways from recent thunderstorms in Dalton. 

The Dalton Police Department will be assisting by helping to close some streets while Public Works employees work.  Tomorrow (Friday, June 24), a segment of Tibbs Road will be closed between the intersections with Shugart Road and Emery Street from approximately 9 am until work is completed. Detours for alternate routes will be posted. 

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Road Checks Part of Strategic Plans in Next Week

The Dalton Police Department plans to conduct occasional road checks during the next week (June 22-June 29) as part of the department’s strategic plan to address traffic and crime issues in the area.  The areas where road checks could be conducted include locations in the west district and the east district.

Roadchecks may be conducted in the west district and east district, specifically the northeast and northwest portions of the city. These checks would be conducted to address areas with concentrations of recent crashes and also crime issues such as burglaries, shoplifting, and property damage.

Operation Zero Tolerance is also still underway nationwide, focusing on curbing drunk driving.  The Dalton Police Department is one of many law enforcement agencies across the region which is increasing focus on DUI patrols and enforcement during this mobilization, including possible road checks. 

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Increased Patrols Coming As Operation: Zero Tolerance Starts Friday

Operation: Zero Tolerance begins nationwide Friday, June 17th.  The Dalton Police Department will take part in this national mobilization of law enforcement agencies to focus on efforts towards getting drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol off of the road.  Operation Zero Tolerance will be in force through the July 4th holiday weekend.

Statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over the past 25 years show that, on average, nearly half of all deadly traffic crashes over each year’s July 4th holiday involved some level of alcohol.  In fact, 410 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide during the Fourth of July weekend in 2009.  40 percent of those fatal incidents involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.

The Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit and Patrol Division will be concentrating their efforts towards fighting drunk driving during the campaign.  Concentrated patrols and random road checks will be conducted throughout the city at strategic locations in an effort to crackdown on motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The Dalton Police Department reminds all drivers to slow down, buckle up, and drive sober to have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday.  Remember: "Buzzed" driving IS drunk driving.  Don't drink and drive.


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DPD Officer Honored By Nat’l Guard, Nat’l Reserve

Dalton Police Captain Tom Phillips was honored with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award on Wednesday morning at the Dalton Police Services Center.  The award honors individual supervisors for their support of employees in the National Guard or National Reserve.

The award was presented to Captain Phillips Wednesday morning by two ESGR volunteers.  The ESGR is a Department of Defense agency that seeks to develop and promote a culture of support for military employees by their employers.  The ESGR is the primary advocate agency for the National Guard and National Reserve within the Department of Defense, advocating initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable employment laws, and resolving conflicts between employers and service members. 

Nominations for the Patriot Award are made by National Guard or National Reserve service members or their spouses.  Captain Phillips' nomination was made by Officer Brian Early, a Dalton Police officer who spent most of 2010 deployed with his National Guard unit, the 190th Military Police Unit.  Officer Early returned to the Dalton Police Department late last year.

While at the department on Wednesday, ESGR volunteers presented Chief Jason Parker with a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve for the Dalton Police Department.  The statement pledges support for the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment and Rights Act (USERRA).  Chief Parker signed the statement, which will be displayed at the Police Services Center.

Below: ESGR volunteers Bernard Kenemer and David Young present the Patriot Award to Captain Tom Phillips and greet Chief Jason Parker (click images to see a larger version)


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DPD Arrests Pair in Theft From UPS Store

On Friday afternoon, the Dalton Police Department arrested Edward Michael Copenhaver and Margaret Katherine Carlisle on charges of misdemeanor theft by receiving in connection to an investigation at the Dalton UPS Store. 

Copenhaver, 45, and Carlisle, 26, both of 1903 Middle Summit Drive in Dalton were arrested last month by the Alpharetta Police Department on charges related to the theft of Target gift cards that were supposed to be shipped from the UPS Store there to tornado victims in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Copenhaver is part owner of both the UPS Store in Alpharetta and also the store in Dalton.  Carlisle is one of his managers.

The Dalton Police Department was already investigating another report of missing money at the UPS Store at 1323 Walnut Avenue when the Alpharetta arrests took place.  In March 2011, a Dalton property owner reported that cash payments for rent left by her tenants in a rent deposit box at the UPS Store had gone missing.  While the investigation into this incident was proceeding, the pair’s arrest in Alpharetta was reported by area media.  Once those reports were broadcast, more Dalton citizens contacted the Dalton Police Department to report missing property that was supposed to have been shipped from the Walnut Avenue UPS Store.

One of those reports came from a resident who had a jacket arrive at his home in December 2010.  The complainant hadn’t ordered the jacket, and took it to the UPS Store to ship it back to the sender.  After leaving the package with employees at the UPS Store, the complainant got a call from his son who said that he’d had the jacket shipped to the complainant’s home as a gift for his daughter.  The complainant returned to the UPS Store to try to get a tracking number on the package and was told that the employees had no idea what he was talking about.  He contacted the company that shipped the jacket and found that the jacket had never been returned.  After investigating the report, Dalton Police detectives executed a search warrant for Copenhaver’s home on June 8th and found the jacket in a closet, still in the original packaging with the tags still attached.  After taking the jacket as evidence, investigators obtained arrest warrants for Copenhaver and Carlisle on a charge of misdemeanor theft by receiving.

The Dalton Police Department is still investigating these incidents and further charges are possible.  Anyone with any information on these cases can contact Detective Ricky Long at 706-278-9085, extension 168.

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DPD Seeks Laundromat Burglary Suspects

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying two men who attempted to break into a laundromat change machine using a metal pry bar.  The incident was recorded on the store’s surveillance system.

The incident happened shortly after 3:30 am on Thursday, June 2nd at the Suds N’ Shine Laundromat at 1405 East Morris Street.  The two men arrived in a red or maroon four-door sedan and went into the Laundromat.  After walking around the room for a few minutes, the pair began to try to break into the change machine with some sort of metal bar.  After several minutes of trying, they left the store, having caused heavy damage to the machine which had to be repaired.

The first suspect was a white male with short dark hair and a goatee.  He wore red workout shorts and an old light-blue Addidas shirt with the sleeves and sides cut out.  He was also barefoot.  The second suspect is a white or possibly Hispanic male, with dark buzz cut hair and a goatee.  He wore a white t-shirt and white plaid shorts.  Pictures of the two suspects and their car are included with this release.

Anyone with any information on the identity of the two suspects is asked to please contact Detective Brandon Carter with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 183.   

Below: The two suspects and their vehicle (click images to see a larger version)

Suspect 1Suspect 2Suspects 1 and 2Car

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DPD Officers and Supervisors Attend Seminar

This afternoon, officers and supervisors from the Dalton Police Department completed a three-day seminar entitled “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Police Officers”.  The course, sponsored free of charge to the department by the Carolina Institute for Community Policing and the US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, was adapted for law enforcement agencies from Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”

The seminar is designed to improve the personal and interpersonal effectiveness of the department’s supervisors and staff.  One of the points of emphasis is on interpersonal communication, both with members of the community and also with fellow officers.

“What the seven habits are all about is just making you a better person, a better leader,” said instructor Hank Levinson, who travelled from Louisiana to teach the seminar.  “It’s the same seven habits [as the book], it’s just done in a police application as far as how you can take those seven habits and apply them to your professional and your personal lives.”

“We have a staff of very well-educated managers and supervisors,” said Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker, who took part in the seminar.  “I believe that it’s important to provide them the most advanced training possible.  After all, our management team employs the same best practices as our contemporaries in the private sector.”

Below: DPD officers and supervisors take part in the "Seven Habits" seminar at the Dalton Police Services Center (click image to see a larger version)


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