Posts on Jan 1970

Operation Zero Tolerance Continues Though Labor Day

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
one out every four traffic crash fatalities can be related to an impaired
driver.  Across the country in 2010, 147
people lost their lives in alcohol-related traffic crashes during the Labor Day
weekend.  Statistics show that drivers
with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams or higher are eleven times
more likely to die in a crash than if involved in that same crash while they
were sober. All 50 states and the
District of Columbia have now established a threshold making it illegal to
drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams or higher. 

The Dalton Police Department will continue using sobriety check points
and saturated patrols in an effort to curb alcohol-related crashes as part of Operation Zero Tolerance, which
continues through Monday, September 3rdOperation
Zero Tolerance
is a nationwide mobilization of law enforcement agencies
to combat drivers driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and to raise
public awareness of the consequences of driving while impaired..

The Dalton Police Department would like to ask motorists to Buckle-up,
Slow Down, and Driver sober 
to make the 2012 Labor Day weekend safe.  And remember, Drive Sober
or Get Pulled Over!
 

For questions concerning this release, please contact
Officer Steve Zahn at (706) 278-9085 ext. 124. 
I can also be reached by email at: 
szahn@cityofdalton-ga.gov

 

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Dalton Police Seek Information in Sexual Battery Case

Heath Shield Franklin, 41, of Cohutta, GA was charged Sunday, August 19, 2012 with Sexual Battery and Tampering with Evidence for an incident that occurred at 2201 Chattanooga Road (Stop-n-Go). During the incident, it is alleged Franklin grabbed the buttocks of a 14 year old female inside of the store. 

Investigators with the Dalton Police Department are in the process of reviewing hundreds of hours of surveillance video from the store and have located more victims in the case.  The victims, all women and female children, may not have known the incidents were being videotaped, or the clerk may have led the victims to believe the touching was accidental. 

The Dalton Police Department is asking for anyone that has been in the store at 2201 Chattanooga Road over the past two months when this clerk was present and felt they may have been a victim of this behavior, to please contact Detective Brandon Carter at (706) 278-9085 ext. 183. 

A photograph of Heath Shield Franklin is shown below.

Heath

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Dalton Police Seek Information in Scam Case

The Dalton Police Department is asking for information from the public about a bait and switch scam occurring in the city of Dalton.  A picture of James William Taylor and the vehicle are included below.

Two males representing themselves as “Taylor Roofing” employees driving a white ford f-250 with a ladder rack have been contacting elderly females offering gutter cleaning services.  The two give a quote and then after completion, elevate the cost of the repairs approximately three times the original amount.  James William Taylor was arrested on 08/16/12 for theft by deception and is currently incarcerated in the Whitfield County Jail. Mr. Taylor is currently awaiting extradition to Hamilton County, TN to face similar charges.  An individual representing himself as an employee of “Taylor Roofing” is continuing to solicit business by placing telephone calls to members of the community.

 If James William Taylor or an individual representing himself as an employee of “Taylor Roofing” has performed any home repairs for you where this type of bait and switch has occurred or attempts to contact you, please contact Detective James Goines with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 115.

James William Taylor
James William Taylor

Truck
Surveillance Photo of Suspect Vehicle

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Back to School Means Back to School Zones!

It'll be a while until the end of the summer heat, but summer vacation ends on Thursday, August 9th for students in the Dalton Public Schools System.  That means school zone speed limits will also go back into effect that morning.  The Dalton Police Department will be concentrating efforts on speed enforcement in school zones in an effort to keep kids safe by slowing down traffic near our schools.  Both the Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) and Patrol Division will be increasing patrols.  School zones experience higher volumes of vehicle and pedestrian traffic during morning and afternoon pickup and dropoff times.

The following areas have posted school zones:

  • Dalton High School – Waugh Street from the east entrance of Manly Street to the west entrance of Manly Street.  The posted school zone speed limit is 30 mph when the warning lights are flashing.  There are flashing lights at both ends of the school zone to warn motorists of the zone.
  • Dalton Middle School – Cross Plans Blvd. from the By-Pass to Dalton Middle School.  The posted speed limit is 25 mph at all times.
  • Roan Street Elementary School – Martin Luther King Blvd. from just west of Grimes Street to Grade Street.  The posted school zone speed limit is 30 mph when the warning lights are flashing.  There are flashing lights at both ends of the school zone to remind motorists of the zone.
  • Blue Ridge Elementary School / Morris Street High School – Morris Street from Harris Street to just east of Fourth Ave., the posted school zone speed limit is 25 mph when the warning lights are flashing.  Also on Fredrick St. from McAfee St to Morris St., the posted school zone speed limit is 20 mph when children are present in the area. 
  • City Park Elementary School – Thornton Ave. from School Street to Crawford Street.  The posted school zone speed limit is 25 mph when the warning lights are flashing.
  • Brookwood Elementary School – Central Ave. from Frances Street to Brown Street.  The posted school zone speed limit is 25 mph at all times.
  • Westwood Elementary School – Trammel Street from Tyler Street to Richards Street, which is a one-way street heading north and on Jones Street from Richards Street to Tyler Street, which is a one-way street heading south.

Even outside of school zones, drivers should take extra care to keep an eye out near crosswalks around schools for children walking to and from schools.  Officers will be monitoring intersections in an attempt to prevent pedestrian involved crashes.

In school zones, speeding fines can be twice the amount of a normal speeding citation, and points assessed on driving records can also be doubled.

Please be aware of any school zones that you pass on your morning or afternoon commutes and allow extra time to reach your destination so you'll be able to slow down in these areas and obey the school zone speed limit.  That way, we can be make sure this will be a safe school year for students.  Keep an eye out for kids walking to school, because they sometimes dart out into traffic without looking.

The Dalton Police Department also reminds motorists to buckle up, and obey all posted speed limits in an effort to reduce the number of serious injury accidents.

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