Posts on Jan 1970

DPD Seeks Shopping Spree Suspect

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a woman who used stolen credit and debit cards to finance a shopping spree and racked up more than $1,400 in fraudulent purchases at stores in Dalton and Calhoun.

The victim in the case reported that her wallet was stolen from her purse while she worked at Hamilton Medical Center on July 25th. When she discovered the wallet was missing she checked with her bank and learned that her debit card had already been used at that day at the TJ Maxx in Dalton and the Home Depot in Calhoun for more than $600 in purchases.  Dalton investigators checked out activity on her credit card and found that it had been used for more than $800 in purchases at the Calhoun outlet mall at the Skecher’s, Nike, and Polo stores. 

Detective Sam Eaton retrieved surveillance video from some of the stores and found a black female wearing glasses and a long “chevron” patterned dress with long hair possibly in braids was using the stolen cards. Detective Eaton also found video of the same female entering Hamilton Medical Center on July 25th in a maroon SUV, possibly an Isuzu Rodeo or Honda Passport and walking around the halls checking doors around the administrative offices.  Witnesses at both the hospital and the Calhoun outlets remembered meeting the suspect and described her as having a Jamaican accent. Surveillance images of the suspect and her vehicle are included below.

Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to please contact Detective Sam Eaton at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and then enter extension 158.  

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DPD Hosts CarFit Check Up

Officers from the Dalton Police Department wrapped up a certification class in the "CarFit" system with a free checkup event Friday at the Dalton Whitfield Senior Center.  Senior citizens were invited to come meet with officers certified in the CarFit system to make sure they were positioned as safely as possible in their vehicles.

The CarFit system was developed to help senior drivers find a better “fit” with their cars for comfort and safety in their vehicles. It's a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.     

This week, seven more Dalton officers were certified as CarFit technicians during a class led by DPD Traffic Unit officers David Saylors and Woody Cantrell.  The officers put their new skills to the test Friday, completing a 12-point checklist with each driver. Among the items checked:

  • Correct position of driver’s seat
  • Driver’s ability to easily reach pedals
  • Proper adjustment of mirrors

Senior drivers can also check with their local AAA club or AARP office to take a driver safety refresher course for older road users or look into occupational therapy driving evaluation programs for individualized assessments and recommendations.  CarFit represents an extension of those classroom programs, and an opportunity for older drivers to make sure their personal vehicles are adjusted to their needs.

Below: DPD officer Grant Mantooth completes a CarFit checkup with a driver at the Dalton Whitfield Senior Center on Friday afternoon

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Reminder: Lock Your Car Doors

Detectives from the Dalton Police Department are investigating a series of entering auto theft cases that happened August 25th.  In each of the cases reported that night, the cars entered were all left unlocked and police are reminding Dalton residents to lock their cars and secure valuables.

The entering auto cases occurred in the early morning hours Monday in the area of Dug Gap Road and the Brookwood subdivision.  Other cases were reported in the area of Veterans Drive.  Investigators believe the suspect or suspects were simply checking car doors to see which ones were unlocked and then entering the vehicles.  Items taken included money and electronics. 

In addition to making sure never to leave your car unlocked, it’s also a good idea to never leave valuables in plain sight inside of your vehicle.  If you must leave valuables inside your car, hide them out of sight or lock them in your trunk to make your vehicle a less tempting target for a would-be thief. 

Anyone with information on these entering auto cases is asked to please contact Detective Brian Shirley at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and then enter extension 189.

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CarFit Checkup Event Friday

The DPD will conduct CarFit check-ups in Dalton from 10 am – 2 pm on August 29th, 2014 at the Dalton-Whitfield Senior Center (302 Cappes Street), next to the Dalton-Whitfield Library.
At a CarFit event, trained volunteers complete a 12-point checklist with each driver. Among the items checked:

Correct position of driver’s seat
Driver’s ability to easily reach pedals
Proper adjustment of mirrors

Following the check-up, driver’s will meet with an Occupational Therapist or a Senior CarFit Technician and discuss available tools to help with the ease and comfort of operating their vehicle.

CarFit is a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.

Senior drivers can also check with their local AAA club or AARP office to take a driver safety refresher course for older road users or look into occupational therapy driving evaluation programs for individualized assessments and recommendations.

The Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit conducted the first of these check-ups during the Downtown Memorial Day Celebration on May 26th. Seven drivers/vehicles were evaluated. Many of those evaluated raved about the usefulness of the material and inquired about the next event so that others could go through the program. We encourage any mature drivers that have questions about their driving habits and comfort in their vehicles to come to the event on August 29th and participate in the process.

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Citizens Survey Results To Be Discussed At PSC Meeting

Chief Jason Parker will discuss the results of the 2014 Citizen Survey at Tuesday’s meeting of the Dalton Public Safety Commission at City Hall at 8:30 am.  The survey, which will be instrumental in crafting the department’s next three-year strategic plan, was conducted earlier this year with the assistance of Dalton State College.

The survey was designed to measure Dalton residents’ perception of crime in the community, their perception of the Dalton Police Department, and what issues they feel need to be addressed by law enforcement in the community. 

“The results tell us we are doing many things well, and have strong support from the community,” said Chief Parker. “It also lets us know where the concerns are.”

Click here to read the full report.

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DA’s Office Takes The Ice Bucket Challenge

Earlier this week, Chief Jason Parker and members of his command staff took part in the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge, which has gone viral around the internet in an effort to raise awareness of and money to fight ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease.  Dalton attorney Marcus Morris took part with the officers, and challenged district attorney Bert Poston and the staff of the Conasauga Circuit DA's Office.  

On Thursday, August 21st, the office took the plunge after raising more than $1,000 for ALS research. For more information on the ALS Association or how to donate, visit www.alsa.org

If you've ever wanted to see a bunch of prosecutors get dunked with ice water, here's the video: 

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DPD Investigating Underwood Circle Stabbing

The Dalton Police Department is investigating a stabbing attack that happened on Underwood Circle in the early morning hours of Thursday.  The attack may have been an attempt at robbing the victim.  The victim survived the attack and is expected to recover.

The incident happened at approximately 12:20 am. The victim told police that he was talking on the phone while sitting outside of his apartment at 428 Underwood Circle when he saw two males wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up walking past on the road.  The victim told investigators that he told his friend on the phone that the two males looked suspicious and that he believed they may have heard him say it.  The victim told investigators that the two males turned around after a minute or two and rushed him saying, “give it up! Give it up!” The men started to kick and beat the victim and also stabbed and cut him several times with some type of knife.  The victim suffered three stabbing lacerations to his torso and also two lacerations to his arms and one laceration on the right side of his head.  The victim told investigators that the attackers also claimed that they had a gun. 

While the attack took place the victim’s friend was still on the phone and called 911.  Officers responding to the scene were unable to locate the suspects who fled on foot in the direction of Red Clay Avenue.  The victim was unable to provide many details about the description of the suspects.  He did tell investigators that he believed based on their accents that the suspects were Hispanic and were teenagers standing between 5’7 and 5’8 in height with slim builds.  Both were wearing black hooded sweatshirts.

Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the suspects is asked to please contact Detective Tommy Ensley at 706-278-9085, press 9 and then dial extension 157.

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DPD Seeks Suspect In Debit Card Fraud

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a suspect who used a stolen debit card to rack up nearly $450 in fraudulent purchases.  The victim reported losing her bank card at the Walnut Express gas station at 2524 East Walnut Avenue and found the fraudulent purchases after she realized the card was missing.

The fraud cases were reported to police on August 12th and took place on August 10th. Investigators determined that the stolen card was used twice at the Kangaroo Express on Walnut Avenue, the O’Charley’s and Red Lobster restaurants on Walnut Avenue for purchases totaling $446.17.  An investigator recovered surveillance video from the Kangaroo Express service station that showed a white male wearing a white tank top t-shirt using the card.  He was with another male in a black shirt.  On one occasion he arrived in a silver passenger car and on another he arrived in a white Toyota 4-Runner.  A picture of the suspect is included with this release.

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

Below: The suspect is pictured in the first image in a white t-shirt.  In the second and third images he is pictured in a black t-shirt with two females.  The people in the pictures are considered persons of interest. Also pictured are two vehicles in which the suspect was traveling. 

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The Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge has been all over the internet lately, and on Tuesday morning it made its way to the Dalton Police Services Center.  

The challenge is designed to raise awareness of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or "Lou Gehrig's Disease"). Once challenged by someone, an individual has 24 hours to either donate a sum of money to the ALS Association for research to combat the disease, or dump a bucket of ice water over one's head (while also hopefully donating a smaller sum of money to the ALS Association).  

After being challenged by agency personnel, Chief Jason Parker, Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield, Lt. Chip Whitfield, and local attorney Marcus Moris all assembled on the patio outside the Police Services Building to receive their dunking. Rest assured, the water was indeed icy. In fact, the officers who prepared the ice buckets for the challenge went so overboard while adding bags of ice that the downpour more closely resembled a hail storm. 

While the chiefs kept the "pass it on" portion of the challenge fairly generic (Chief Parker and Chief Whitfield simply challenged other members of the PD and public safety to take part without calling by name), the Dalton Fire Department and the District Attorney did get called out.  Lt. Chip Whitfield called out the firefighters to participate, while Morris called out Conasauga Circuit District Attorney Bert Poston by name. 

The four ice bucketeers were dunked by fellow officers on Tuesday. So far, there's been no word on whether Officer David Saylors will face any negative consequences for making Chief Parker's ice bath last so much longer than the others.

Over the past three weeks, the ALS Association has raised more than $22 million thanks to donations and publicity from the Ice Bucket Challenge.  That's an increase of $21 million over the same period last year. For more information on the disease and how you can help, visit the ALS Association's website.

Click "Play" below to watch the DPD's Ice Bucket Challenge:

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Crime Scene At Morris High School (Don’t Worry, It’s Fake)

Students at Morris Innovative High School were surprised to find one of their teachers on the floor of a classroom, apparently killed as she tried to stop a burglary. Fortunately, it wasn't real.  The mock crime scene was set up to give freshman students a chance to learn about how police investigators process crime scenes.

Detective Greg Bates from the Dalton Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division spoke to students at Morris on Thursday mornning, explaining how crime scene investigators would work in a similar crime scene.  Detective Bates explained how investigators make sure to document and collect any piece of evidence in a scene, even if it doesn't appear to be significant.  Everything about the crime scene is documented and photographed.

Detective Bates pointed out that even though a murder victim laid in the back corner of the room, he wouldn't immediately focus on that area. Instead, an investigator starts with a "big picture" view of the scene. In the case of the mock crime scene, an investigator would start with a survey of the entire classroom from the door before closing in on the area around the victim. 

A similar demonstration was held earlier this year for students at Dalton High School.

Below: Detective Greg Bates discusses a mock crime scene with students at Morris Innovative High School as a teacher lays on the floor portraying a murder victim

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