Posts on Jan 1970

DPD Receives Grant For New Breath Test Machine

The Dalton Police Department recently
received a new breath testing machine purchased with an $8,000 grant from the
Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). 
The department received the grant in April to purchase the Intoxilyzer
9000 which will replace the agency’s Intoxilyzer 5000 model which has been in
service since the mid-1990’s. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation
approved the Intoxilyzer 9000, manufactured by CMI, Inc., for use as the
state’s new standard breath testing device in January 2013.  The state will be phasing out use of the
Intoxilyzer 5000 by December 2015. 

The GOHS grant was awarded to the
Dalton Police Department in recognition of the agency’s active participation in
the MATEN II (Mountain Area Traffic Enforcement Network II).  The network includes agencies from Whitfield,
Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Murray, Chattooga, Gordon, Floyd, Bartow and Polk
Counties. To be eligible to receive the grant, agencies must attend monthly
MATEN II meetings, conduct road checks in the agency’s jurisdiction, and also
report monthly traffic statistics to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Officers from the Dalton Police
Department’s Traffic Unit will be attending training classes soon to become
certified to use the new device.

Below: Officer Woody Cantrell from the DPD's Traffic Unit examines a component of the new Intoxilyzer 9000

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DPD Seeks Suspect In Car Break-In At Doctor’s Office

UPDATE (10/2/13): An arrest has been made in connection with this case.

The Dalton
Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a suspect
who broke into a parked car and stole credit cards which he later used and
attempted to use at locations in Dalton, Varnell, Ringgold, and
Chattanooga.  The suspect got away with
between $300 and $500 of purchases.

The
incident happened between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on August 26th in the
parking lot of a doctor’s office at 1405 Dug Gap Road.  An employee’s car was broken into by smashing
the passenger side window.  A purse
containing credit cards, debit cards and checks was taken.  When police arrived, the victims were already
in the process of cancelling their bank cards and discovered that they’d been
used at the BP gas station on Walnut Avenue and a Shell station on Varnell
Road.

The clerk
at the BP station told investigators that the suspect attempted to use a credit
card at the gas pumps and the card did not work.  He then came inside to try to make a
purchase.  When the clerk asked to see
his ID, the suspect told the clerk he’d left it in his car and left.  He then drove away in a silver Nissan XTerra
that had the license plate removed.  The
suspect was described as a white male with a shaved bald head wearing a white
t-shirt, shorts, and sunglasses. 

Investigators
then went to the Shell station where the suspect was successful in making two
purchases totaling approximately $150. 
The suspect was recorded on the store’s surveillance system and pictures of the suspect are included below. The credit cards were later used in Ringgold and
Chattanooga before the activity on the accounts stopped.

Below: Images of the suspect recorded by a store surveillance system 

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The Avenue of Flags

More than a dozen officers from the Dalton Police Department volunteered along with other community members Friday morning to post the Avenue of Flags display in honor of National POW/MIA Memorial Day. The Avenue of Flags is a patriotic display of more than 500 American flags on the grounds of the Whitfield County Court House for different holidays throughout the year.  The flags are posted and retired by volunteers from the community.  On Friday morning, the process of displaying the flags took about ten minutes.  

After the flags were posted, there was a short ceremony to honor POW/MIA Memorial Day.  The Avenue of Flags will stand all day on Friday before being retired this evening, weather permitting.  

Below: Dalton Police officers work with other volunteers to display American flags for the Avenue of Flags. To see more pictures from Friday morning's display, click here to see a gallery on the Dalton Police Department's Facebook page)

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DPD Investigates Theft of Electronics From Academy

UPDATE (12/12/13): Arrest warrants have been obtained in this case for Steven Dwayne Pyles and Ashley Paige Caruthers of Crossville, TN in this case.

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public's help with identifying two suspects who stole more than $1,000 worth of electronics from the Academy Sports and Outdoors store on Shugart Road.  The stolen merchandise included a GPS unit and several wild game hunting cameras.

The incident happened at approximately 6:45 pm on August 31st.  The suspects, a white male and a white female who both appeared to be in their late 30’s or early 40’s, entered the store separately and then met inside the store. The male suspect took the electronic items in a stack of clothes which he took into a fitting room.  When he left the fitting room, he had the electronics out of their packaging and the female suspect stuffed them into her large pink purse.  They left the store separately.  As the male suspect tried to leave the store with a stolen leather bag he was stopped by management. After telling the store manager that his wife had purchased the bag and that he would get the receipt, he left the bag behind and the pair left the parking lot in an older maroon two door sedan.  The car might have been a Buick Regal. 

The male suspect wore a gray polo shirt and a black Nike baseball cap and had a clean shaved head and appears to be in his 40’s. The female suspect wore a white tank top and jeans and was either in her late 30’s or early 40’s.  Pictures of the suspects from the store’s surveillance system are included with this release. 

Below: The two suspects are recorded on the store's surveillance system. Click images to see a larger version

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Softball Players Association Donates to Scholarship Fund

The City of Dalton is once again playing host to the Softball Players Association (SPA) World Series this week, and the city’s public safety community is benefiting once again.  At an opening ceremony on Friday night, the SPA donated $1,000 to the City of Dalton Public Safety Scholarship Fund at Dalton State College.

The Softball Players Association World Series has brought teams from across the country to Dalton this week to compete in several different age divisions (all 55 years and up).  Teams from as far aways as Las Vegas and Indiana are competing for championships at the Heritage Point Park softball complex.  Friday night’s opening ceremony was about more than just the games.  After a parade of players from the various teams, the ceremony took a patriotic turn as the veterans among the competitors were honored. Each branch of the military was honored with the display of its flag and also the playing of its song. The SPA also noted the recent 12th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks with the display of 4 American flags representing each of the downed planes from the attacks.

During the ceremony, the Softball Players Association’s director Ridge Hooks also noted that the league tries to have an impact on the communities that play host to tournaments.  The SPA once again presented a $1,000 check to the public safety scholarship fund.  The City of Dalton Public Safety Scholarship is part of the Dalton State College Foundation’s scholarship program, an annual offering of scholarship awards recognizing academic achievement and financial need for students at Dalton State College.  The scholarship benefits dependents of Dalton Police or Fire employees, or the dependents of retired DPD and DFD employees.  A six-member committee (three each from the Fire Department and the Police Department) determined the selection criteria for the scholarship, but the responsibility of choosing the recipients each year rests solely with the Dalton State College Foundation. The DSC Foundation awards more than $150,000 in scholarships every year.

Below: (from left) DPD Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield, Dalton State College Present Dr. John Schwenn, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Brett Huske, and Dalton Fire Lieutenant Brandon Bray accept a donation check from Softball Players Association Director Ridge Hooks

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DPD Seeks Information In Wallet Theft

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public's help
with identifying suspects investigators say were involved in the theft of a wallet from the Kroger grocery store on West Walnut Avenue.   

The incident happened at approximately 11:30 am on September
6th when the female victim was shopping at Kroger.  While shopping, she was
approached by a black male who asked for her help in reading something. 
While the victim was distracted, a black female took the victim’s wallet from her
purse which was sitting in her shopping cart.  The suspects then reunited outside the store
and used the stolen credit cards at retail stores throughout Dalton, spending
over $4500 in less than an hour.

Anyone with
information on the identity of the suspects is asked to please contact Officer
Aaron Simpson at 706-278-9085, extension 253.

The pictures below were taken by surveillance cameras at the Wal-Mart on East Walnut Avenue of the suspects and their vehicle after they purchased three iPads using the stolen credit
cards. 

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DPD Makes Two Arrests In Stabbing Incident

The Dalton Police Department arrested
two people on Sunday evening in relation to a fight that ended with the
stabbing of one victim.  Bruce Walter
Bender and Paul Walter Bender, both 19 and both of 1409 Threadmill Drive in
Dalton, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault. 

The incident occurred shortly after
midnight on Sunday morning, September 8th.  The victim in the case, Eddie Meraz, came to
the emergency room at Hamilton Medical Center and reported that he had been
shot.  Investigators later determined
that Meraz had actually been stabbed with some sort of knife and was not shot.  One of the victim’s friends reported that a
group of friends were traveling home from a wedding when they noticed a car
tailgating them near Altamont Road.  The victim’s
friend reported hearing gun shots, and that at one point Eddie Meraz fell out
of the car.  Meraz’s friend told
investigators that when they met back up at their home, Meraz was holding his chest and
told friends that he thought he had been shot. 
They drove him to the hospital where they met police. The victims
identified the other party as the Bender brothers, who they knew from school
and also previous disputes. 

This incident is still being
investigated by the Dalton Police Department.  

Below: Paul Walter Bender (left) and Bruce Walter Bender (right)

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