Posts on Jan 1970

Flashing Incident Reported on Tibbs Road Near Interstate

This morning, two women reported that they were flashed by a white male as they walked alongside Tibbs Road at approximately 11:00 am.  A Dalton Police officer drove past Civitan Park shortly after the incident and was flagged down by the victims.  Officers searched the area, but were not able to locate any suspects in the area. 

The incident happened along Tibbs Road between the interstate bridge and the Church of Christ. A white male approached the victims from the tree line and got their attention and pulled down his pants, exposing his genitals.  As the women ran away, they reported that he ran after them for a very short distance.  Shortly after, a Dalton Police officer turned onto Tibbs Road and possibly spooked the suspect.  The victims flagged the officer down and reported the incident, but a search of the area didn’t turn up any suspect.

The victims described the suspect as being a white male, approximately 6 feet tall with a slender build, short dark hair and dark facial hair.  The suspect appeared to be in his late 20’s or early 30’s. He wore dark brown shorts and a white t-shirt. 

This is the only report of this type that the DPD has received, and investigators don’t have any indication that this will happen again.  However, the DPD does advise people to use caution, especially in the area where this incident occurred.  Women who plan to go walking or jogging are advised to try to go out in pairs or groups, and to avoid being out alone after dark.  If possible, it’s a good idea to have a cell phone with you as you walk or run. 

If anyone has any information on the suspect in this case, or has experienced a similar incident, please contact Detective Greg Bates at 706-278-9085, extension 137. 

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DPD Seeks Suspect in Car Break-In

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a man who used a debit card which was stolen during a vehicle break-in at Saul Raisin Bike Park at Raisin Way and Brooker Drive.

The incident happened between 7:00-8:00 pm on July 18th.  After riding the bike trails at the park, two people returned to find the driver’s side window of their car had been broken out.  Nothing in the locked trunk or glove compartment was disturbed, but a purse that had been tucked underneath the passenger seat was missing.  The purse contained a brown Coach wallet with $60 in cash, along with a Samsung cell phone, insurance cards, a Lowe’s credit card, a $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card, keys, and two Bank of America debit cards.  A backpack was also taken from the car, containing a pair of Oakley sunglasses with silver frames and blue lenses. 

While talking to the responding police officer, the victim attempted to cancel her debit cards and found that purchases had already been made using the card at the Kangaroo service station on Cleveland Highway.  Investigators retrieved surveillance video of a white male wearing a white hat and blue-gray Timberland logo t-shirt, khaki shorts, and black flip flops.  A surveillance picture of the suspect is included with this release.

Anyone with any information on this suspect is asked to contact Detective Brandon Carter at 706-278-9085, extension 183.

Below: The suspect is pictured in a white hat and blue-gray Timberland t-shirt

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DPD Honors Employees of the Year

At the monthly meeting of Dalton’s Public Safety Commission on Tuesday morning, Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker honored the department’s sworn and non-sworn employees of the year.  Detective Brandon Carter and CID Division Secretary Maria Montejano were both recognized at the beginning of the meeting.

Detective Carter earned the department’s Sworn Employee of the Year award.  He has served the Dalton Police Department for eight years, and in that time he has been honored with eight previous commendations, including three Employee of the Month commendations.  Before being assigned as an investigator, Detective Carter was assigned as a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Dalton High School, and his contacts within the school helped him clear several cases.  Chief Parker noted during Tuesday morning’s meeting that Detective Carter has been able to clear many cases, singling out a shoplifting investigation in 2010 in which Detective Carter was able to investigate a lead and make an arrest, finding that the same suspect had also committed similar thefts in four other cities in Georgia and Tennessee.

Maria Montejano was honored with the department’s Non-Sworn Employee of the Year award for the third time.  As the Division Secretary for the Criminal Investigations Division, Montejano is often called to assist with investigations by providing Spanish language translation.  Montejano is also a trained forensic sketch artist, and has performed composite sketches to assist with many criminal investigations.  She has seven previous commendations, including two previous honors as Non-Sworn Employee of the Year.

The department’s Employee of the Year awards are voted on by department employees by secret ballot.  Nominations for the awards are also made by agency employees.

Below: Chief Jason Parker poses with Maria Montejano (left) and Detective Brandon Carter (right)


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DPD Promotes Detective

The Dalton Police Department recently promoted Detective Ron Kilgore to the rank of Master Patrol Officer.  Kilgore joined the police department in 1999.

For the past six years, Detective Kilgore has been assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division.  He is currently assigned as an investigator with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.  Before joining that task force, he worked as an investigator with the department’s Drug Unit.

Detective Kilgore graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree from Covenant College.  He earned his high school diploma from Northwest Whitfield High School in 1990.

Below: Detective Kilgore (click image to see a larger version)


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Former UPS Store Owner Arrested on New Theft Warrants

On Friday afternoon, the Johns Creek Police Department served Edward Michael Copenhaver, 45, with three arrest warrants from the Dalton Police Department for felony theft by receiving.  Mr. Copenhaver was transported to the Whitfield County Jail on Monday. 

The warrants for his arrest were issued as part of a continuing investigation into reports of missing or stolen property supposed to have been shipped either to or from the UPS Store at 1323 Walnut Avenue in Dalton.  Copenhaver was the part owner of that store.  Copenhaver and Margaret Katherine Carlisle, 26, both of 1903 Middle Summit Drive, were also arrested by the Dalton Police Department in June on a similar charge and were free on bond.

On July 11th, a complainant reported that he had shipped a Mac computer and Nintendo Wii back to his home in California from the Dalton UPS Store, and that the package never arrived.  After investigating the report, Dalton Police investigators obtained a search warrant for Mr. Copenhaver’s home at 1903 Middle Summit Drive.  Copenhaver was not home when the warrant was served on July 13th.  Investigators recovered both the computer and Wii, and a check of serial numbers proved that they were the stolen items.  While serving the search warrant, investigators also located more than 30 bottles of imported wine which were reported missing from the UPS Store in a separate case.  Those items were also recovered and were confirmed to be stolen.

On July 6th, an employee of the UPS Store turned over 10 Red Box DVD’s that were at the store, and were found by investigators to be stolen.  Investigators had observed nearly 60 Red Box DVD’s at the residence while serving the search warrant on July 13th for the electronics, and later obtained another search warrant for stolen DVD’s.  When attempting to serve this search warrant on July 18th, investigators found that Copenhaver and Carlisle had moved all of his belongings out and was no longer living at the residence. 

Dalton Police investigators obtained three felony theft by receiving warrants for both Edward Copenhaver and Margaret Carlisle.  Last week, DPD investigators got a tip that Copenhaver would be in Johns Creek on Friday, July 22nd, and worked with Johns Creek Police to serve the arrest warrant.

Copenhaver and Carlisle, were arrested in May by the Alpharetta Police Department on charges related to the theft of Target gift cards which were supposed to be shipped from a UPS Store there to tornado victims in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Carlisle was one of Copenhaver’s employees and also lived with him in Dalton.  Media reports of the arrest led to new reports of missing property from the store in Dalton, and the Dalton Police Department arrested the pair on June 10th on charges of theft by receiving after a search warrant led to the discovery of a stolen jacket which a Dalton resident intended to send out from the Dalton UPS Store but which never reached its intended destination.

The Dalton Police Department is still looking for Margaret Katherine Carlisle.  Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to please contact Detective Ricky Long at 706-278-9085, extension 168. 

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DPD Seeks Suspect on Burglary Warrant

UPDATE (7/18/11): Thanks to anonymous tips from the public, Ira Alexander Dennis was arrested this morning.

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with locating 20-year old Ira Alexander Dennis in connection with the burglary of $18,000 of equipment from a local auto shop.  Dennis, whose listed address is 1033 Holly Grove Drive, is also wanted on three burglary warrants by the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office.

The Dalton burglary happened sometime between June 17th and June 20th at In Town Auto Service at 1017 North Glenwood Avenue.  Employees opening the business after the weekend noticed holes in the walls of two repair bays where metal had been pried away from the walls to make entry.  Inside, they found that tools, diagnostic equipment and other electronics had been stolen, totaling approximately $18,000. 

While investigating this burglary, Dalton Police investigators were contacted by a detective from the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office who was investigating similar crimes in his county.  The Catoosa County detective later found some of the stolen property from In Town Auto being sold in his jurisdiction.  During the course of a joint investigation, the Dalton Police Department obtained arrest warrants for 19 year old Dustin Ray Mowery of 1922 Brady Drive and also Ira Dennis.  Mowery turned himself in on his warrant.  Catoosa County also has warrants on Mr. Mowery.

A picture of Ira Dennis is included with this release.  He is 6’1” tall, weighing 180 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes. 

Anyone with any information on this crime is asked to please contact Detective Brandon Carter with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 183, or Detective Roden with the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office at 706-935-2424.

Below: Ira Alexander Dennis is wanted by the Dalton Police Department and the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office (click image for a larger version)


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DPD Makes Arrest in Burglary Case

UPDATE (8/29/11): Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Samantha Sanford in connection with this case.

The Dalton Police Department arrested 29-year old Lavalis Sentell Ward on Friday and charged him with aggravated assault, forced entry burglary, impersonating a public officer, and kidnapping in connection with a June 19th incident.  Ward was arrested without incident at the Whitfield County Courthouse where he was attending a sentencing hearing in a separate armed robbery case.

The incident happened at the McGhee Place Apartments at 775 McGhee Place at approximately 2:45 am on June 19th.  The victim was in his apartment when two men started banging on the back door and identifying themselves as the Sheriff’s Office.  The victim refused to open the door, instead running out of the front door and around the side of the building where he was confronted by two men, one of whom was identified as Ward.  The other suspect was unknown.  Ward followed the victim into the apartment at gunpoint, while his accomplice waited outside.  The victim told investigators went into a bedroom to get his sleeping daughter while he heard Ward go through his apartment.  He told investigators that as he exited the apartment with his daughter, he was hit in the head with a gun.

Ward is in custody, but his accomplice remains unidentified.  The victim told investigators that he was a black male, standing between 6’ and 6’2” tall.  The suspect wore jeans and a dark blue shirt with a blue bandanna covering his face.  The suspect had close cropped hair.

Dalton Police investigators also want to talk to Samantha King Sanford, 26.  Sanford has outstanding warrants for burglary in unrelated cases, and is also wanted for questioning in this incident. 

The investigation into this incident continues, and anyone with information on Ward, the identity of his accomplice, or the whereabouts of Samantha Sanford is asked to please contact Detective Greg Bates at 706-278-9085, extension 137.

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DPD Seeks Suspect in Theft of Money

UPDATE (7/12/11): Garcia-Jacobo has surrendered to authorities at the Whitfield County Jail and is in custody.

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Ulysis Garcia-Jacobo, 24, who is wanted for stealing a large amount of cash from a local restaurant in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The incident happened around 12:45 am at Los Caporales, located at 603 Fleming Street in Dalton.  Garcia-Jacobo, a regular customer of the restaurant, was the last customer in the restaurant when employees began to put together cash for that night’s bank deposit.  The money was left unattended on the counter, and employees later discovered it was missing.  Surveillance video clearly shows Garcia-Jacobo walk up to the counter, look around the room to see if anyone is watching, and then take the money and leave the restaurant. 

Garcia-Jacobo is described as a Hispanic male, 5’10” tall and weighing 170 pounds.  Witnesses say he has several tattoos, including a tattoo on his right arm with two skulls and the words “Laugh Now, Cry Later”, the letters “SUR” on his left arm and an unspecified tattoo on the left side of his neck.  A prior booking photo of Garcia-Jacobo is included below. Witnesses told investigators that he often drives a white Cadillac Deville with 22” rims. 

Below: A photo of Ulysis Garcia-Jacobo (click image to see a larger version)


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Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July Weekend!

For many people in Dalton, the 4th of July weekend means a long weekend and cookouts with family and friends.  But it also means a potentially dangerous weekend on Georgia's roadways, as many drivers make the fatal decision to drive after they've been drinking.

For your safety and the safety of others, please remember to plan ahead if you're going to be drinking this weekend.  Do not drink and drive.  Officers from the Dalton Police Department are joining with other law enforcement agencies across the country to increase DUI enforcement efforts to crack down on people driving impaired as part of Operation: Zero Tolerance.  If you know you're going to be drinking, plan ahead.  Designate a driver, or program the number of a taxi cab company into your cell phone before you leave.  And remember, "buzzed" driving IS drunk driving. 

Fireworks often go hand-in-hand with 4th of July celebrations, and if you'd like information about what types of fireworks are allowed in Georgia, click here.

Of course, it's much safer to just let the professionals handle the fireworks. Click here to read about plans for the City of Dalton's 4th of July celebration in the Dalton Daily Citizen.

From everyone at the Dalton Police Department, have a safe and happy holiday.

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