Posts on Jan 1970

Look Twice! Motorcycles Are Everywhere

Now that the weather is warming up, more and more motorcycle enthusiasts are hitting the road. It’s a great time for motorcyclists to get out of the house and enjoy the open air and sunshine but unfortunately bikers can be at a much higher risk of having an accident. Motorcycles are smaller vehicles and at times can be hard to see. The Dalton Police Department encourages safe practices for both motorcyclists themselves and other motorists. Here are a few tips to stay safe.


  • Don’t assume other motorists see you.
  • Be sure to signal your turns as soon as possible.
  • Ensure that all of your lights on your motorcycle are operational.
  • Wear bright colored clothing to increase your visibility.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • If your helmet does not have a face shield, wear impact resistant eye protection.
  • Ride with your headlight on at all times.
  • Watch your speed.
  • Avoid riding at night or in inclement weather.
  • It’s also a good Idea to wear long pants, gloves, riding boots, and a riding jacket with reflective tape.


  • Watch for motorcycles.
  • Be patient with motorcyclists.
  • Pay attention to their turn signals.
  • Don’t follow too closely.
  • Check your mirrors for approaching motorcycles.
  • Visually check the blind spots of your mirrors before changing lanes.
  • Signal your turns.
  • Watch your speed.
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DPD Seeks Man On Molestation, Statutory Rape Charges

The Dalton Police Department is asking for information from the public regarding the whereabouts of 21 year old Carl Edward Belgon.  Belgon is wanted on warrants for child molestation and statutory rape.  His last known address was 122 Denali Drive in Calhoun.

Belgon is wanted in connection with an incident that occurred April 9th.  A teenage girl was reported missing after not returning home from school.  She returned home later that same evening and reported that she had engaged in sex acts with two men in an apartment at the Chalet Valley Apartments. She identified the men as Carl Belgon and 24 year old Anthony Deparrish Quinn of 3258 Rauschenberg Road.  Quinn was arrested the next day on charges of child molestation and statutory rape and investigators obtained warrants for Belgon the same day.

Anyone with information regarding Belgon’s location is asked to please contact Detective Scott Murray at 706-278-9085, extension 148.  

Below: Belgon is pictured in a driver's license photo


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DPD Makes Arrest In Assault Case

The Dalton Police Department on Monday charged 45 year old Brent Price Pickard of 1426 Williams Street in Chattanooga on a charge of simple assault.  The charge stems from last week’s incident at the Eligère Carpet and Rugs facility on Hamilton Street that led to a four hour standoff with police as Pickard barricaded himself inside of his office.  

Investigators determined that before the standoff on Tuesday, April 22nd, Pickard was involved an argument with a woman outside of the building.  During that argument he used a rifle to intimidate her, putting it on the back of his truck but apparently not aiming it at her.  He also threw a cup of tea at her during the course of the argument.  Pickard, who was intoxicated, then went inside of the building leaving the rifle in his truck.  The woman ran into a neighboring business at the scene and told him that Pickard had gone into the Eligère building with a gun.  That man called 911 and reported the incident to police who formed a perimeter around the building and determined that all employees other than Pickard were safely outside.  After a four-hour period of negotiation with Dalton investigators, Pickard eventually agreed to leave the facility and go to Hamilton Medical Center for evaluation.

On Monday, Pickard was booked into the Whitfield County jail on a simple assault charge for intimidating the woman with the rifle and throwing an object at her during the argument.

Below: Brent Price Pickard


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DPD Officers, Honor Guard Take Part In Special Olympics Ceremony

Officers from the Dalton Police Department and deputies from the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office helped kick off Whitfield County's Special Olympics on Friday morning at Coahulla Creek High School.  After the DPD Honor Guard presented the colors at Friday's ceremony, officers and deputies escorted athletes around the track for the torch relay.  At the end of the relay, Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood lit the Special Olympics Torch to signal the start of Friday's games.

Next month, officers and deputies will take part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise money for Special Olympics Georgia.  Each year, the Torch Run is the single largest statewide fundraiser for SOGA.  To support the DPD's fundraising effort, click here.

Below: Dalton officers pose before the Special Olympics opening ceremony, The DPD Honor Guard presents the colors during the opening ceremony, DPD officers escort a Special Olympics athlete around the track for the Torch Relay

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Suspects In Entering Auto Case Ruled Out

On April 16th, the DPD posted surveillance pictures of two males wearing baseball caps who were suspected by our investigator of using a stolen credit card to make purchases at the Kangaroo service station on East Walnut Avenue.  The individuals in the pictures made contact with the investigator in the case and have been ruled out as suspects in the case.  The card that they used belonged to them.  The stolen card was apparently used at the same time at an ATM in a different area of the store.  We do not have video of that transaction.

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Public Safety Commission: April Meeting Notes

Hamilton EMS Honors DFD’s Stratton

Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Dalton Public Safety Commission opened with a special recognition of Dalton firefighter Dale Stratton.  Stratton was recognized with Hamilton Emergency Medical Services’ First Responder of the Year Award.  The award is voted on by Hamilton EMS paramedics and staff. 

Chief Rick Cobb noted when presenting the award to Stratton, who was not told before the meeting that he would be receiving the honor, that EMTs praised his attention to providing excellent patient care and giving detailed reports to paramedics arriving on scene about the condition of his patients. 

Below: Hamilton EMS Chief Rick Cobb presented Dalton firefighter Dale Stratton (second from left) with the First Responder of the Year award


PSC Confirms New DPD Officer

Also at Tuesday morning’s meeting, the Public Safety Commission confirmed by unanimous vote the appointment of new officer Ben Ridley.  Ridley was sworn in on March 25th after graduating from the police academy but his hiring was not official until this morning’s confirmation.

Officer Ridley graduated March 21st from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s Athens Regional Police Academy with honors as the class’ top academic performer.  Ridley graduated with honors from North Georgia College and State University in 2012. He was born and raised in northwest Georgia, graduating from Murray County High School in 2008.

Below: Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker (left) presents Officer Ben Ridley to the members of the Public Safety Commission


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DPD Parking Lot Closing For Maintenance

The parking lot at the Dalton Police Services Center will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, April 19th and 20th for resurfacing.  During this time, no cars will be able to park in the lot.  Anyone needing to speak to an officer during this time may park at the First Baptist Church parking lot across Jones Street and use the front lobby phone as usual.  The lot should re-open on Monday.

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DPD Investigates Entering Auto Case

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying two suspects in the theft of several items from a car parked at an area business in March.  The suspects were recorded on surveillance video using a bank card stolen in the incident to rack up more than $80 in purchases shortly after the theft occurred.

The victim reported to police that her unlocked car was entered in the parking lot of the New York Pizza at 101 East Walnut Avenue on the evening of March 5th.  Taken from the car were here brown Relic purse and Relic pocketbook among other items.  When she contacted her bank to cancel her cards, she was told they’d already been used at the Kangaroo convenience store on East Walnut Avenue.  Investigators retrieved surveillance video from the store and saw two males wearing backwards baseball caps using the card to make purchases.  Those images are included below.

Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the two suspects is asked to please contact Detective Brian Shirley at 706-278-9085 extension 189.  

Below: The suspects are recorded on surveillance video

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Do You Know This Man?

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying two suspects who used a stolen credit card on March 31st to make purchases at two locations in Dalton.  One of the suspects was captured on surveillance video at a gas station and the second suspect was described to investigators by witnesses.

The victim told investigators that she was not sure if her wallet was stolen from her car which was parked at Dalton State College or from her office on campus.  After she found her wallet was stolen she contacted her bank and shut off her credit card and found that it had already been used at the Office Depot and the Conoco station on West Walnut Avenue. 

Investigators spoke with staff at both locations and determined that the card was used by two suspects, a black male and a black female.  The male suspect was described as standing approximately 6’2” tall with a skinny build.  He wore a red and white t-shirt with black pants and white flip flops, glasses, and a black flat billed baseball hat.  He was captured on surveillance at the Conoco station and those pictures are included with this release.  The female suspect was described as having brown and purple hair with purple eye brows and stud piercings in both cheeks standing approximately 5’3” tall.  No picture of the female suspect is available.  The pair left in a silver colored vehicle believed to be a Dodge Magnum.

Anyone with information on the identity of these suspects is asked to contact Detective Brian Shirley at 706-278-9085, extension 189.

Below: The male suspect and suspect vehicle were recorded on surveillance 

Suspect Photo 1 Suspect Photo 2Suspect's Vehicle

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