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Halloween Is Thursday, Drive Safely!

Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins will be taking to the streets in Dalton and across the country on Thursday night for Halloween trick-or-treating.  It's a fun time for kids, but it can also be a dangerous time on our roadways. That's why the Dalton Police Department is reminding drivers to be on the lookout for kids on Thursday!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ranks Halloween among the Top 3 most deadly days for pedestrians.  Not only are there more children and parents walking on sidewalks and along roadways on Halloween, but many Halloween costumes can limit the wearer's vision which can cause them not to see approaching cars. Some Halloween costumes are also dark colored and can be harder to see as the evening wears on.  The Dalton Police Department reminds drivers to slow down and be on the lookout, especially when driving in residential areas.

The DPD also reminds parents and guardians who drive their trick-or-treaters from house to house to make sure they are obeying all occupant safety laws.  Never put more children into a vehicle than it was designed to carry.  All children under the age of eight must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat when the vehicle is on the roadway, and older kids must be buckled up in a seat belt.

The Dalton Police Department wishes everyone a
safe and happy Halloween. Here are more safety tips for Thursday night's festivities provided by Safe Kids Worldwide:

Here are more Halloween Safety Tips provided by Safe Kids

Walk Safely!

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Look left, right, and left again when crossing and keep looking both ways as you cross
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up. Walk, don't run, when crossing!
  • Teach children to make eye contact with stopped drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or along paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left of the roadway as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up! Teach children to NEVER dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Keep Costumes Creative AND Safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks which can obstruct a child's vision
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flash lights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent tripping and falling.

Trick or Treat With An Adult!

Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night
without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without
supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and
trick-or-treat in groups. 

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Rotary Club Honors DPD Sergeant

The Rotary Club of Dalton recently presented a Vocational Excellence Award to Sergeant Daniel Nicholson of the Dalton Police Department.  Each year, the club honors excellence in the area's public safety agencies by honoring one representative from each agency with the award. The honorees are selected by the leaders of each agency.

Sergeant Nicholson was chosen for the honor in recognition of his outstanding work as a leader in the department.  Nicholson's career with the DPD began in 1999, and he became a mentor for younger officers as early as 2003 when he became a Field Training Officer (FTO) for the agency's new recruits.  Nicholson was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2010, becoming a full-time supervisor and mentor to the agency's patrol officers.  As a shift supervisor in the patrol division, Sergeant Nicholson worked to ensure the work being done by our officers was top notch by leading by example.  Sergeant Nicholson currently serves as the Special Operations Sergeant, overseeing operations and leading officers on special details to work on problems identified in the community.  He also serves as a mentor to newly promoted supervisors.

Before Nicholson's promotion and move into supervision, he served as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Divsion and did outstanding work to combat drugs in Dalton.

In nominating Sergeant Nicholson for the award, DPD Patrol Captain Tom Phillips noted that a "law enforcement agency’s success hinges directly on the culture of the
personnel and the department as a whole. 
That culture of ethics and success is built on the willingness of
mentors and leaders like Sgt. Daniel Nicholson to model appropriate behavior
and share knowledge of how to correctly handle situations that may arise." 

Congratulations to Sergeant Nicholson for his recognition with the 2013 Rotary Club Vocational Excellence Award.

Below: Sergeant Daniel Nicholson


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Road Closures Coming For Red Carpet Half Marathon

The City of Dalton will once again
host the Red Carpet Half Marathon on the morning of October 26th.  In addition to the half marathon race, there
will also be a 5K race and a 2K fun run. 
To make way for the runners, there will be several road closures along
the race route.  Dalton Police officers
will be on hand to block traffic and direct motorists along detours, but
drivers should plan ahead now to avoid the area.

The 5K and half marathon races start
at 8:00 am.  The 2K race will start at
approximately 10:30 am.  Here’s a list of
the road closures planned for the race (once roadways are no longer being used
for runners, they will be re-opened):

  • King Street
    – closed on Friday at 6:00 PM from Pentz to Selvidge Street.
  • Selvidge
    – closed from the entrance of BB&T to Crawford Street from
    Friday at 6:00 PM until cleanup is completed on Saturday.
  • Pentz
    – closed from King Street to Crawford St during the races. 
    Closed from Emery Street to Morris Street from 10:15 am to 11:30 am.
  • Hamilton
    – closed from Hawthorne St to Franklin St
  • W.
    Franklin Street
    – closed until the last 5k runner exits onto Thornton
  • S.
    Thornton Avenue
    – outside, S. bound lane closed from Walnut Avenue to
    Hawthorne Street
  • Waugh
    – outside eastbound lane closed from Jones Street to Thornton Avenue. 
  • Jones
    –Closed from Waugh Street to Crawford Street
  • Crawford
    – Closed from Cappes Street to Valley Drive
  • Ridge
    – Closed from Murray Hill to Crawford Street
  • Lewell
    – entrances to the east side of the cemetery at Cuyler St and Gen
    Thomas Dr closed during the half-marathon
  • Emery
    – Closed at Tibbs Road and closed from Lewell Street to Thornton Avenue
    during the 5K and Half Marathon.  Westbound lane closed from Hamilton Street
    to Pentz for 2k.
  • Miller
    – Closed from Franklin to Emery
  • Valley
    – closed from Franklin to Crawford
  • Cuyler
    – closed between Thornton Avenue and Lewell Street
  • W. Walnut
    – Outside westbound lane closed from Thornton Avenue to Tibbs Road
  • Tibbs
    – closed between Walnut Avenue and Shugart Road
  • Maple
    Way/Ella Lane
    – closed
  • Wood Valley
    Drive / Wood Valley Court
    – closed
  • Shugart
    – Northbound outside lane closed
  • Chattanooga
    – Outside eastbound lane closed from Shugart Road to Old Chattanooga Road
  • Old
    Chattanooga Road
    – closed until the last half marathon runner is clear
  • N.
    Thornton Avenue
    – partial southbound lane closed (6 feet from curb) from
    Old Chattanooga Road to Trammel Street
  • N.
    Thornton Avenue
    – Southbound lane closed from Trammel Street to Hawthorne
  • Hamilton
    access lane beside the Waugh St Bridge – Closed
  • Morris Street
    – closed from Thornton Avenue to Hamilton Street

For more information on the Dalton Red Carpet Half Marathon/5K/2K click here to visit the event's website.

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DPD Seeks Person Of Interest In Entering Auto, Credit Card Case

UPDATE (3:40 PM): The individual from the surveillance image has been in touch with Det. Lowery and has been ruled out as a suspect in this case and we have also determined that he does not have any information helpful to the investigation.  Thanks to all who contacted us with information.

The Dalton Police Department is
asking for the public’s help with identifying a person investigators believe may
have information regarding an entering auto and credit card fraud case.  This person of interest was recorded on
surveillance at an area service station around the same time that a stolen
credit card was used to buy fuel.  This
person is not necessarily a suspect, but investigators are hoping that he may
have witnessed someone using the stolen card.

The original theft happened sometime in
the early morning hours of October 9th when someone entered an unlocked
car parked on South Goose Hill Road in Dalton and stole golf clubs and a wallet
containing $300 in cash and several credit cards along with the victim’s driver’s
license and passport.  After checking
with his credit card company, the victim reported that his car had been used at
the Mapco service station at 2830 Chattanooga Road.  Investigators found no surveillance video of
the gas pump area, but did find the attached image of a white male entering the
store at about the same time the stolen card was used.  He wore khaki shorts and a burgundy pullover
with a green hat.  The individual had a
beard and wore glasses.  Again, this
individual is not necessarily considered a suspect in this case, but investigators
would like to contact him to find out if he saw someone using the stolen

Anyone with information on this theft  is asked
to please contact Detective Matt Lowery at 706-278-9085, extension 133.

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Downed Power Lines Close Glenwood Avenue

UPDATE: (5:40 PM) Glenwood Avenue is now re-opened.

The Dalton Police Department and Dalton Utilities are on scene at Glenwood Avenue just south of Morningside Drive where all lanes have been closed by downed power lines.  Power poles in the area were damaged by a car crash.  The road is expected to be closed for several hours.  Traffic is being detoured around the area on Morningside Drive and Mitchell Street.

One of the drivers involved in the crash has been transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Warrants Obtained For Car Burglary Suspect

Thanks to multiple tips from the
public, the Dalton Police Department has obtained arrest warrants for Kenneth
Raymond, 44, of East Ridge, Tennessee in connection with an August car
burglary.  He is charged with burglary in
the second degree, four counts of financial transaction card theft, two counts
of theft by taking, and one count of financial card fraud.  Raymond is currently in the Walker County
Jail on another charge, and will be brought to Whitfield County when he is

The original
happened August 26th when a car parked at a doctor’s office
on Dug Gap Road was broken into by smashing a passenger side window.  A purse was stolen, and shortly later one of
the credit cards taken was used at a gas station on Walnut Avenue.  Investigators got a picture of the suspect
from the store’s surveillance system and sent it to area media.  Several people contacted the Dalton Police
Departmant and identified the suspect as Mr. Raymond, and investigators tracked
him down at the Walker County Jail where he has been since the end of August on
an unrelated charge. 

thanks all area media who ran this story on September 23rd and also
everyone who contacted police with the suspect’s identity.

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DPD, DFD Participate in “Teen Maze” Event

The Dalton Police Department and Dalton Fire Department are among multiple agencies participating this week in the "Teen Maze" event at the North Georgia Fairgrounds.  All week, students from the Whitfield County, Murray County, and Dalton City School Systems are visiting the maze where they're presented with different simulated scenarios including a party, a DUI car crash, and an emergency room to teach the importance of making good decisions.  

Wednesday's sessions of the Teen Maze were attended by students from the Dalton City Schools, so Dalton agencies took center stage during the program.  The maze included a dramatic presentation of a DUI crash scene. Actors portrayed victims of the crash, and the driver was arrested by a Dalton Police officer and a Whitfield County deputy. Firefighters from the Dalton Fire Department responded to the mock scene and extricated one victim from the wreck with the help of paramedics from Whitfield County EMS.

After the scene played out, some students visited a mock ER where they heard from staff from Hamilton Medical Center about different accident victims who have been treated here in Dalton.  Other students visited other scenes including a mock funeral. 

Students also went through the "Fatal Vision" course with the Dalton Police Department and Whitfield County Sheriff's Office.  The course allows students to drive a golf cart through a cone course while wearing goggles that simulate alcohol impairment to give participants a better understanding of just how dangerous it is to drive while impaired. 

The Teen Maze event is being coordinated by the school systems and also the Whitfield/Murray County Drug Free Coalition and the Whitfield Family Connection.  Click here to visit the event's website for more information.

Below: A mock crash scene plays out in front of students from the Dalton City Schools; DPD officers take students through the Fatal Vision course; Students visit a mock ER scenario


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