Posts on Jan 1970

DPD Seeks Information On BB Gun Vandalism Near Underwood Street

The Dalton Police Department is asking for information from the public regarding a string of recent vandalism incidents in the area of Underwood Street that left cars with dents or broken windows.

More than 15 cases have been reported since March 8th, with approximately half of the incidents occurring that weekend and the others taking place over the weekend of March 29th.  It appears that a BB gun or pellet gun was used to shoot cars parked along the street in neighborhoods off of Underwood Street.  The damage reported was to car windows and in some cases dented metal.  Investigators do not believe that these incidents are connected to the series of BB gun shootings last summer that left dozens of businesses with shattered windows.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to contact Detective Jason Bishop at 706-278-9085, extension 214. 

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Looking Both Ways At Roan Street School

Sometimes it's hard for the littlest pedestrians to remember to look both ways before crossing the street. That's why Officers Sean Hudson and Woody Cantrell from the DPD's Traffic Unit paid a visit to the kindergarten classes at Roan Street School to teach the kids how to stay safe while walking.  

Officer Hudson showed the kids a short animated video about walking safely near roadways and intersections with a lot of reminders to look both ways before crossing the street. The video also reminded the kids to always have a trusted adult with them when they walk to help keep them safe.

Officer Hudson then read the kids a book called "Look Both Ways" about a squirrel who just couldn't remember to look both ways before crossing the street and the folly that comes from being unsafe when crossing the street.  

The DPD thanks Roan Street School for giving our officers a chance to meet with the kindergartners.  If you're interested in having the Traffic Unit come to speak to your group about traffic or pedestrian safety, contact Sergeant Daniel Nicholson at 706-278-9085 extension 159.

Below: Officer Sean Hudson of the DPD Traffic Enforcement Unit speaks to kindergartners at Roan Street School and reads a book about being safe when crossing the street (click image to see a larger version)

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Pedestrian Safety Tips

As the temperature starts to go up, so does the amount of pedestrian traffic in the city of Dalton.  Getting some fresh air and enjoying a beautiful day is a great idea but it is important to do so as safely as possible.  The Traffic Enforcement Unit of the Dalton Police Department has some safety tips and reminders to help you enjoy the longer days and warmer weather. 

  • It is important to use sidewalks and crosswalks when they are provided.  It not only keeps you and your family safe but it is the law, as covered in the Official Code of Georgia (OCGA 40-6-91, 40-6-92 and 40-6-95). 
  • If there is no sidewalk, you should always walk facing traffic and make sure that you walk as far to your left as possible.  This will allow you to see oncoming traffic and help you react to it sooner. 
  • If you walk in the street or cross outside of crosswalks, you are responsible to yield to traffic.  If you use marked crosswalks and sidewalks, vehicles are required to yield to you.
  • Remember to wear comfortable shoes and to wear clothing that can be easily seen by vehicles and other pedestrians, as well. Bright colors and reflective materials are best.
  • Children should NEVER walk on or near roadways without a parent or guardian.
  • And finally, running and walking can be great exercise but don’t over-do it!  Be aware of your physical fitness level before you head out so that you are less likely to risk injury.

Hopefully, you will find these tips helpful as you go out and enjoy the warmer days.  Stay safe and enjoy spring! 

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Bicycle Safety

Spring time is finally here and it will be soon be time to hang up our winter coats and dust off our bicycles.  The DPD's Traffic Enforcement Unit encourages bicyclists to inspect their bicycles before riding, obey all traffic laws while riding, and to always wear a helmet when you ride your bike! REMEMBER: Georgia law requires all riders under the age of 16 to wear a bicycle helmet.  We recommend that all riders regardless of age put on a helmet before riding.  

Please take a moment to look over the following bicycle inspection list in order to check the integrity of any bicycle you are going to ride.  Then review the list of safety tips regarding how to properly wear a helmet.

Bicycle Inspection List:

  • Are the wheels centered, secured and spin properly without wobbling?
  • Are the tires firm, with proper tread and free of any bulges, cuts or worn/bald spots?
  • Are the brakes secure and able to stop the bicycle both quickly and smoothly?
  • Are the brake cables in good shape?
  • Are the spokes unbroken and in the correct place?
  • Is the chain clean, lubricated and in overall quality condition?  Chain should fit snugly with no more than a two inch slack.
  • Are the pedals secure, turn easily and have reflective tape on both sides?
  • Is the seat properly adjusted, secure and parallel to the ground?Is the frame secure and free from any noticeable damage?
  • Does the bicycle have a white light in front and a red light on the rear?  Both should be visible from 300 feet.

Wearing a Helmet:

  • Use the sponge pads with the helmet to secure a proper fit.
  • The helmet should be snug and only move one inch when pushed from front to back.
  • The front edge of the helmet should be two-finger widths above the eyebrows.
  • The front and back straps should meet in a V shape just below the ear.
  • The front straps should be vertical and the rear should lie flat, without any slack.
  • If the helmet leans forward adjust the rear straps, if it leans backwards then tighten the front straps.
  • All straps should be equally tight when the chin strap is buckled.
  • Chin strap should be snug when your mouth is open and one finger should fit between the chin and chin strap when your mouth is closed. 
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DPD Citizens Academy Members Get Some Trigger Time

One of the highlights of the Citizens Police Academy each year is Range Day, when participants get a little hands on experience with the weapons used by DPD officers.  Last night, the members of the 22nd Citizens Police Academy got their chance to test fire the three firearms issued by the department under the watchful eyes of DPD firearms instructors.

Despite an unseasonably frigid night that featured some snow flurries, the class met at the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office firing range and got a safety briefing from Lt. Mike Wilson and Sergeant Alan Woods to start the session.  After getting a quick primer on the range's safety rules and each weapon, the class hit the range.  

This year's Citizens Academy class is the first group to get to try out the department's Glock 22 .40 caliber handguns which were issued to officers last summer (previous classes got a crack at the Sig Sauer handguns that were carried by Dalton officers for more than a decade).  Participants also test fired the AR-15 rifle and a shotgun.  Firearms instructors also demonstrated a "less lethal" option that is available to the department, a shotgun round that fires a bean bag projectile.  

Below: Academy participants test fire some of the DPD's weapons (to see more pictures from Tuesday night's trip to the range, click here to see a gallery on the Dalton Police Department's Facebook page)

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DPD Investigates Separate Shooting Incident

Before the shooting that left one man dead and another injured outside the Las Delicias bar on East Morris Street there was a separate shooting incident in Dalton on Saturday night, March 22nd.  Dalton detectives are still investigating this case and are working to determine if the two incidents were related.  At this time, investigators do not believe that the two incidents are connected. 

The shooting was reported to police at approximately 9:50 pm in the area of Fredrick Street.  The victim, 21 year old Julian Hosea Moore, told investigators that he and his friends were walking across Meeting Street when a dark colored SUV pulled up with several people inside.  One of the people in the SUV asked if the group had any PCP.  After telling the man that they did not have any drugs, Moore and his friends cut through a field towards Fredrick Street. Moore told investigators that a Hispanic man then got out of the car and ran towards him and shot him in the shoulder.  Moore told investigators that his friends, who he refused to identify, ran away and left him.  He told investigators that he then went to a home at 219 Fredrick Street where the resident called 911.  An investigation into the incident began immediately.  Moore was transported to Hamilton Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery. 

After the shooting at Las Delicias, investigators considered whether the two incidents may have been related and the available information indicated that the two incidents were separate. 

This incident is still being investigated by the Dalton Police Department.  At this time, no charges have been filed.  Anyone with information on this case is asked to please contact Detective Chris Tucker at 706-278-9085, extension 165.  

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New DPD Officer Sworn In

The Dalton Police Department welcomed a new officer to the ranks on Tuesday morning with a ceremony at the Police Services Center.  Officer Ben Ridley was sworn in by Judge Jim Wilbanks and had his badge pinned on by his mother. 

Officer Ridley graduated from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s Athens Regional Police Academy on Friday, March 21st.  At his graduation, Officer Ridley was honored with the Academic Award honoring the academy class’ top academic performer.  That wasn’t the first academic honor for Ridley, who also graduated with honors from North Georgia College and State University (now the University of North Georgia) in 2012.  Ridley also played Tennis for North Georgia.

Officer Ridley is a native of the northwest Georgia area.  He was born and raised in Murray County, and graduated from Murray County High School in 2008.  

Below: New DPD Officer Ben Ridley has his badge pinned by his mother and then is sworn in by Judge Jim Wilbanks (click images for a larger version)

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Public Safety Commission: March Meeting Notes

DFD Honors Retiring Engineer

Dalton Fire Chief Bruce Satterfield opened Tuesday’s meeting with a short ceremony honoring Engineer Earl Boyd who retired on March 16th after more than 25 years of service to the agency.  Public Safety Commission Chairman Bill Weaver presented Boyd with a plaque honoring his service.

Engineer Boyd began his service on April 7th, 1988.  Chief Satterfield noted that while Engineer Boyd chose not to advance in rank he served as one of the department’s unofficial leaders as he mentored younger firefighters. Chief Satterfield also noted that whoever is promoted to fill Boyd’s engineer position will have some big boots to fill.

Below: Engineer Boyd (center) is honored by Chief Satterfield (left) and PSC Chairman Bill Weaver (right)

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Burglary, Violent Crime Down in 2013

Chief Parker of the Dalton Police Department included with his report to the commission a year-end recap of the agency’s accomplishments and activities in 2013.  Crime is down in Dalton in nearly every category from high-water marks set in 2005. The rate of crimes classified as “Part I Crimes” (Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Larceny, Motor Vehicle Theft and Arson) dropped to a low point in 2010 before rising in 2011.  Ever since the rate of Part I crimes has remained steady.  However, the DPD made significant strides in the fight against burglary in 2013.  The rate of burglaries went down by 9.5% compared to 2012.  Violent crimes also went down by nearly 30% in 2013. 

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Ramirez In Custody, Girlfriend Arrested

After a manhunt lasting just more than 40 hours, investigators from the Dalton Police Department arrested Orlando Ramirez with the assistance of US Marshals, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.  Ramirez was arrested at approximately 4:30 pm in Marietta, Georgia and charged with one count of homicide and two counts of aggravated assault. 

During the course of the investigation, DPD detectives developed leads that placed Orlando Ramirez at the Harmony Meadows apartment complex at 1910 South Cobb Drive in Marietta.  After making contact with the US Marshals’ Southeast Region Fugitive Task Force and the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, detectives from Dalton left for Marietta.  Marshals and Cobb County deputies began surveillance at the apartment complex.  After determining Ramirez’s location, they knocked on the door of an apartment and Orlando Ramirez answered the door at approximately 4:30 pm.  He was immediately taken into custody after a brief struggle during which a taser was deployed.  Nobody was injured during the capture.

After taking Ramirez into custody, Dalton officers transported him back to the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street to be interviewed by detectives.  He was then booked into the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office Jail.  Investigators also served a search warrant at the apartment in Marietta, recovering several pieces of evidence in the case. 

Also on Monday afternoon, DPD officers arrested 18 year old Alexa Jiminez on charges of making false statements of law enforcement officers and hindering the apprehension or punishment of a criminal.  Jiminez is Ramirez’s girlfriend and lied several times to investigators about having contact with Ramirez and other factors that helped him evade capture. 

Ramirez is being charged with homicide and two counts of aggravated assault for shooting two security guards at the Las Delicias bar at 511 East Morris Street early Sunday morning.  Security guard Bruno Rodriguez, 28, was killed and 37 year old Daniel Maldonado-Flores was injured.  

Juvencio Garcia (of 903 North Hamilton Street) and Fernando Resendiz (of 1601 Beverly Drive) were interviewed and ultimately arrested by investigators later Sunday on homicide charges as accessories to the crime.

Below: Orlando Ramirez is booked into the Whitfield County Jail

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Victims Identified, Details Released, Suspect Still At Large In Sunday Homicide

UPDATE 5:00 PM 3/24/14: Orlando Ramirez has been arrested.

The Dalton Police Department has identified the two victims in the Sunday morning’s shooting incident on East Morris Street and is releasing more details about what happened in that early morning incident. 

28 year old Bruno Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene.  37 year old Daniel Maldondo-Flores was also shot in the incident, and was treated and released later Sunday morning from Hamilton Medical Center.  Both Rodriguez and Maldonado-Flores were working security for the bar.

At approximately 12:43 am Sunday, officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired at the Las Delicias bar at 511 East Morris Street.  The investigation shows that shortly before the shots were fired, 20 year old Orlando Ramirez and 20 year old Juvencio Vega Garcia got out of a car parked in the front of the building and walked around the back of the building to the door of the bar which is located downstairs.  Orlando Ramirez attempted to enter the bar but was denied entry because he was only 20 years old.  Ramirez produced a gun and fired a shot which hit Daniel Maldonado-Flores in the leg at which time the group of people gathered near the door scattered into the parking lot.  Ramirez ran backwards into the parking lot and Bruno Rodriguez attempted to tackle Ramirez. Ramirez shot Rodriguez in the head and killed him.  Ramirez then tried to chase Maldonado-Flores and shot him again hitting him in the neck.  Maldonado-Flores was able to run away.  Orlando Ramirez them attempted to enter the bar, but the door had been locked from inside.  During the shooting, Juvencio Garcia ran away from the scene and got back into the car which was parked at the front of the building.  The car, driven by Fernando Resendiz, pulled away before circling back to pick up Orlando Ramirez.

Officers and investigators responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses who were on scene.  DPD investigators also retrieved surveillance video of the incident from the convenience store located in the upstairs portion of the building. 

During the course of Sunday’s investigation, both Juvencio Garcia (of 903 North Hamilton Street) and Fernando Resendiz (of 1601 Beverly Drive) were interviewed and ultimately arrested by investigators on homicide charges as accessories to the crime.

Orlando Ramirez stands approximately 5’7” tall and has a tattoo of a tear drop under his right eye.  He is a documented member of the Hard Time Surenos gang, and his street name is “Smiley”.

The FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force has been assisting the Dalton Police Department in this investigation along with deputies from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office and agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security.

Below: Fernando Resendiz, Juvencio Vega Garcia are pictured in their booking photos from the Whitfield County Jail. Orlando Ramirez (right, in hooded sweatshirt) is still at large

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