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DPD Seeks Information on Pair of Burglaries

The Dalton Police Department is asking for information from the public to identify two males and a female who were involved in a pair of recent burglaries which investigators believe are related.  A witness to one of the burglaries was able to work with a composite sketch artist at the police department to create a sketch of the female suspect.

The first incident happened on July 20th at 1707 Wellington Drive shortly before noon.  At least one suspect entered the residence after breaking out the glass in a sunroom door.  A large amount of jewelry, a purse, and some medication were taken.  A witness to the burglary reported seeing a silver pickup truck in the driveway with two white males and one white female inside.  

The second incident happened on July 26th at approximately 3:00 pm at 2004 Kingsridge Drive.  In this burglary, at least one suspect made entry to the house after forcing open a garage door.  Three watches were stolen from a bedroom inside.  A witness reported seeing what was described as a silver Dodge Dakota pickup truck, possibly a 2000 or newer model year with two white males and one white female inside backing up into the driveway around the same time as the burglary.  The witness thought that the males might have been in their 30’s. 

One of the witnesses who saw the female’s face assisted the DPD’s sketch artist with a composite sketch which is included with this release.  Anyone with information on these burglaries is asked to please contact Detective John Helton with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 143.

Below: A composite sketch of the female suspect

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Focus On The Road!

Don't read this article while driving.

Recent traffic crash data shows that distracted driving is a big issue for motorists on the city streets of Dalton.  In fact, distracted driving causes more traffic crashes and injuries related to those crashes than speeding or drunk driving combined.  While the Dalton Police Department has always tracked statistics for speed and DUI-related crashes, the agency began tracking distracted driving crashes in September 2011 after observing an increase in the number of crashes attributed to at least one distracted driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20% of all injury crashes involve a distracted driver.  NHTSA statistics also show 18% of all fatalities were the result of a driver using a cell phone.  The Dalton PD's own stats show there were 75 traffic crashes related to distracted driving compared to 35 crashes related to speeding and DUI combined for the first six months of 2012 in Dalton.  Our statistics also show injuries received in distracted driving crashes accounted for 11% of the total injuries while speed and DUI combined to account for 8% of injuries.

So what is distracted driving?  Under Georgia Law ( OCGA 40-6-241, 40-6-241.1) it can be any action which would distract the driver from safe operation of a vehicle, not just cell phone use, and would include the following things.

  • Using a cell phone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a PDA or navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Changing the radio station, CD, or Mp3 player
  • Or, as simple as taking your eyes off the road

If the operator of a motor vehicle is engaged in any of the above activities and violates a Georgia traffic law, they can be charged with violating the original traffic law as well as distracted driving. That’s two citations!

The Dalton Police Department needs your help in making our roadways safer.  Please refrain from activities that distract you, your friends, or loved ones from the safe operation of their vehicle.

Part of our agency's commitment to making the streets of Dalton safe has to do with educating the public, not just enforcing traffic laws.  Anyone belonging to a civic group, church group, school or any employer that would like to host an education event can contact the department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit at 706-278-9085, ext 124. 

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Meet Your Public Safety Commission: Chairman Bill Weaver

This is the first in a series of stories profiling the members of Dalton’s Public Safety Commission, the five member panel  appointed by the City Council to oversee the function of the Dalton Police Department and Dalton Fire Department.  The Dalton Public Safety Commission is comprised of Chairman Bill Weaver, Terry Mathis, Keith Whitworth, Kenneth Willis, and Carlos Calderin. 

Bill Weaver was born in Middleton, Ohio, but has lived in the south since 1957 when his career in education brought him to The Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee.  He moved to Dalton in 1963 to take a teaching and counseling position at Dalton High School, and he’s been here ever since. 

Weaver currently serves as the chairman of the Dalton Public Safety Commission, a position he has held since January 2009.  He has been a part of the commission since his appointment in 2007.  But his influence over the community spans a much longer period of time as both an educator and as a leader in the Dalton Public Schools.

After serving as an English teacher and counselor at Dalton High School from 1963 until 1978, Weaver became the Director of Human Resources and Student Services for the school system until 1990 when he became an administrative assistant to the superintendent.  From there, he was promoted several times in the central office, eventually wrapping up his career with the system as Deputy Superintendent until his retirement in 2001.

Over the years, Weaver has served on a number of Civic and Community Boards.  Currently, he is involved with The Dalton Regional Youth Detention Center Citizens Advisory Committee, the  Rotary Club of Dalton, the Highland-Rivers Community Services Board, Dalton-Whitfield Retired Educators Association,  and the O. N. Jonas Arts Foundation Board of Directors. 

Bill is actively involved at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, where he has served on the Vestry and currently serves as a Lay Eucharistic Minister.

His interest in the public safety community dates back to his participation in the Dalton Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.

“I attended the first Citizens Police Academy,” said Weaver, “and it whet my appetite and I have been interested since then and thought ever since that I would like to be part of this commission and thankfully it worked out.”

Weaver, who also had a nephew who worked in the law enforcement field, considers his work with the Public Safety Commission to be as important as the work he did in his professional career. 

“Public safety is one of the most critical services provided by a community,” Weaver said.  “Our Community has always supported our Police and Fire Departments and this support has enabled them to be among the very best .”

Weaver’s tireless work with the Public Safety Commission is appreciated by the leaders of both the police and fire departments.

"The public safety business can be very complex, and almost every function we handle has a great deal of risk involved,” said Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker.  “ Mr. Weaver's expertise and counsel provides a great compliment for leading the fire and police departments.”

“The Fire Department is extremely fortunate to have a Public Safety Chairman who takes the amount of time that Bill does to learn about the department and its personnel,” said Dalton Fire Chief Bruce Satterfield.  “ Bill digs deep into the agency to realize the many different hats that our personnel wear and the wide array of training and capabilities within the agency that extends far beyond just fire responses.”

"When it comes to looking out for Dalton's citizens and its police and fire officers,” Chief Parker said, “Mr. Weaver's heart is in the right place."

Bill Weaver and his wife Virginia have been married since 1966.  Their family consists of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Below: (left) PSC Chairman Bill Weaver speaks to the 2011 Citizens Police Academy class; (right) Chairman Bill Weaver presents a plaque honoring the retirement of Code Enforcement Officer Eddie Hughes from the Dalton Fire Department at Tuesday's meeting of the Public Safety Commission (click images to see a larger version)

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July 2012 Public Safety Commission Meeting Notes

DFD Promotions

The Dalton Fire Department opened the July meeting of the Dalton Public Safety Commission Tuesday morning by presenting two candidates for promotion.  Firefighter IIIs Scott Brock and Randy Rogers both had their promotions to the rank of lieutenant approved by unanimous vote of the commission. 

Lt. Brock joined the fire department in December 1998 and Lt. Rogers joined in June 2002.  Both firefighters reached the rank of Firefighter III in 2007.

DFD Retirement

After the promotions, one Dalton firefighter’s upcoming retirement was recognized by the Public Safety Commission.  Code Enforcement Officer Eddie Hughes will hang up his gear on Friday after completing more than 31 years of service to the DFD.

Hughes joined the Dalton Fire Department in April of 1981.  He worked in fire suppression until 1987, becoming certified as a Georgia Smoke Diver during that period.  In 1987, he became a dispatcher for the department.  In 1993, he transferred back to fire suppression duties which he performed until 2000 when he transferred to the Fire Safety Division and became the agency’s Code Enforcement Officer.

The Dalton Fire Department wishes Hughes well in his retirement.

DPD Report

Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield presented the Dalton Police Department’s report covering June 2012.

Chief Whitfield noted that the Part 1 crime rate for June was up about 20% compared to June 2011, with the significant increases coming in the categories of larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.  For the year, the Part 1 crime rate in Dalton is up 3% compared to 2011 year to date.  Clearance rates for both violent crime and property crime are both still up over 2011, with 68% of violent cases.  That’s a 2% increase over 2011.  Property crime clearances are up 5%, at 44% for the year.

Calls for service were down in June by 5% compared to the same period in 2011.  For the year, service calls are down slightly less than 1%.

The rate of traffic crashes in Dalton increased by 14% compared to June 2011.  The areas of Shugart Road and Walnut Avenue continued to be the most dangerous roads in town, accounting for 23 crashes in June with 14 injuries.

Alcoholic Beverage Licenses

Representatives for two Dalton businesses appeared before the Public Safety Commission for approval of their alcoholic beverage applications.  The Momoya Restaurant at 1277 Cleveland Highway was approved for a pouring beer and wine license by unanimous vote of the commission.  Tijuana’s Mexican Restaurant #2 at 2311 Chattanooga Road had a change of address approved for their pouring beer, wine, and liquor license approved by unanimous vote of the commission.

Below: Chief Bruce Satterfield (left) and Deputy Chief Gary Baggett (right) stand with Lieutenants Scott Brock (center left) and Randy Rogers (center right) after the approval of their promotions; Eddie Hughes is congratulated on his retirement by PSC Chairman Bill Weaver; DPD Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield addresses the Public Safety Commission. 

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Reward Offered in Boys and Girls Club Vandalism

The Boys and Girls Club of Dalton is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for vandalizing their building at 1007 Underwood Street this week.  Early estimates indicated that the incident caused approximately $2,000 worth of damage.

The incident happened sometime between 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 22nd and 7:00 am the next morning.  Boys and Girls Club staff found that the window had been broken out of a door to the building used for high school students’ recreation and the door was opened.  Inside, staff found that there were holes knocked in walls and doors by a hammer which was recovered inside the building.  There was also extensive damage to a patio outside the building, where plexiglass was broken and a glass table from inside the building was also broken outside.  A fire extinguisher was also discharged inside a bus on the site. 

While there was a great deal of property in the building, nothing appeared to have been stolen.  The Dalton Police Department’s crime scene examiner responded on Monday morning to process the scene and collect evidence. 

Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the person or persons responsible is asked to please contact Detective Brandon Carter at 706-278-9085, extension 183.

 

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Update: Reward Offered in Trailer Theft Case

A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a team of at least two individuals who stole a utility trailer from a business on Edwards Drive off of Dawnville Road in Whitfield County.  The incident was captured on surveillance video. 

The theft happened shortly after 5:30 am on June 30th at Shearman Machinery on Edwards Drive.  A white pickup truck with a white camper top, possibly a Chevrolet, pulled up next to the trailer and a white male wearing a white tank top t-shirt got out to hook up the trailer to the truck.  Then the truck pulls away with the trailer in tow.

The victim in the case offered the reward this week to hopefully convince someone with information on the case to come forward.

Anyone with information on the identity of the man in the video or on this crime is asked to please contact Detective Suzi Thorne with the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office at 706-278-3029.

Click here to watch a surveillance video clip of this incident.

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DPD Seeks Info On Shopping Cart Shoplifter

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a man who loaded up a grocery cart with merchandise at the Shugart Road Wal-Mart and then hastily pushed it out the front door without paying.  The man was recorded by the store’s surveillance system and his picture is included with this release.

The incident happened just before 2:30 am on July 12th.  The suspect, a white male with gray hair, glasses, and a short gray goatee, placed several items in his shopping cart and then immediately made his way out of the store, getting into a green Dodge Caravan minivan.  A store employee reported that the minivan did not have a license plate, but did have a butterfly sticker on one of the passenger side windows.  The suspect wore a black t-shirt and blue jean shorts.

Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is asked to please contact Detective Jason Bishop with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 214.

Below: The suspect is pictured on a surveillance video (click image to see a larger version)

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Congratulations, Pat!

The Dalton Police Department honored Sergeant Patrisha Meyer on Friday afternoon as she wrapped up her last day on the job.  Sergeant Meyer is retiring today after 25 years of service.  The department marked the occasion with a reception in her honor, attended by officers, former colleagues, family and friends.

Sergeant Meyer joined the department in November of 1987, but her involvement with the public safety community in Dalton goes back even further.  Before joining the police department, Sergeant Meyer served as a dispatcher for both the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Emergency Medical Service.  After joining the department as a patrol officer, Meyer later served as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Divison and was later promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Patrol Division.  Most recently, Sergeant Meyer has served as Records Supervisor.  She has also been instrumental in organizing several of the DPD’s charity outreach programs, helping to plan the department’s “Poker Run for Kids” to raise money and toys for the Salvation Army’s holiday toy drive.

For now, Sergeant Meyer plans to turn her attention to her writing career.  She’s been working for several years on writing projects, including a crime novel that will be titled “Murder and Moonshine.”  The Dalton Police Department wishes her well in retirement.

Below: Images from a ceremony honoring DPD Sergeant Patrisha Meyer on her last day on the job (click images to see a larger version)

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DPD Seeks Man in Burglary, Auto Theft

The Dalton Police Department is asking for information from the public regarding the whereabouts of 22 year old Jeremy Lorenzo Arteaga.  He is wanted in connection with a burglary and auto theft that happened on June 27th.  Arteaga’s last known address was 205 Windy Hill Drive in Rocky Face.

The incident happened on June 27th between noon and 1:45 pm.  The two victims in the case left their house at 604 Richardson Street to get lunch.  When they returned, they saw that their other car, a 2002 silver Nissan Altima, was missing from the driveway.  They also found that their front door was unlocked.  When they entered the house, they found that it appeared to be ransacked, and the back door had been kicked open.  In addition to the missing Altima, they also found that a laptop computer, a flat screen TV, an iPhone, and an X-Box were missing along with other items. 

Investigators working the case received a tip that Arteaga was involved in the incident, and after following up on several leads they obtained warrants for his arrest.  A picture of Arteaga is included below.

Anyone with information on Arteaga’s whereabouts is asked to please contact Detective Chris Tucker with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 165.  

Below: 22 year old Jeremy Lorenzo Arteaga, wanted in connection with a June 27th home burglary and auto theft (click image to see a larger version)

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Sheriff’s Office Seeks Identity of Pair Involved in Trailer Theft

Area law enforcement is looking for a team of at least two individuals who stole a utility trailer from a business on Edwards Drive off of Dawnville Road in Whitfield County.  The incident was captured on surveillance video. 

The theft happened shortly after 5:30 am on June 30th at Shearman Machinery on Edwards Drive.  A white pickup truck with a white camper top, possibly a Chevrolet, pulled up next to the trailer and a white male wearing a white tank top t-shirt got out to hook up the trailer to the truck.  Then the truck pulls away with the trailer in tow.

Anyone with information on the identity of the man in the video or on this crime is asked to please contact Detective Suzi Thorne with the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office at 706-278-3029.

Click here to watch surveillance video of the crime.

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