Posts on Jan 1970

DPD Seeks Suspect In Theft Of Rare Coins

UPDATE (1/15/15): An arrest has been made in this case.

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who stole an assortment of rare coins worth nearly $40,000 from a local store by concealing them under his jacket.

The theft happened November 17th at Dalton Stamp and Coin at 110 West Waugh Street. At approximately 5:30 pm, a man came in to the store and began asking the owner about rare coins. The owner showed the suspect between 70 and 80 coins in a box. During the discussion, the suspect distracted the owner by asking to see something under the counter. While the owner’s back was turned, the suspect concealed the box of coins under his jacket. The suspect then told the store owner that he had to go back to his car to get his credit card to make his purchase. After about a minute, the owner realized that the box of coins was missing but the suspect was already gone.  The owner estimates the value of the stolen rare coins to be approximately $37,000.

The suspect is a black male with a shaved head standing approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds. He wore eyeglasses, a dark jacket, jeans, and white tennis shoes.  A picture from store surveillance is included with below. While investigating this incident, Dalton investigators learned that the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department is investigating a similar crime in which a suspect matching the Dalton suspect’s description stole a rare $1,000 bill. Two surveillance pictures from that incident are also included below.  In that incident, the suspect wore a black track suit with yellow trim. 

Below: Images of the suspect in the Dalton theft (first image) and the Fort Oglethorpe theft (second and third images)

Suspect 1Suspect 3Suspect 3

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Police Memorial Installed At DPD

The Chief William Hannah Police Memorial was installed at the Dalton Police Services Center Thursday afternoon. The memorial, which was announced back in May, fulfills a promise made by the City of Dalton more than a century ago.

The memorial is named in honor of Chief William “Bill” Hannah who was killed by a gunman on September 20, 1899.  Chief Hanna was shot and killed by 18 year old Will Jones.  News accounts of the slaying differ, but most agree that Hannah went to Mount Rachel after complaints of Jones causing a disturbance by firing his rifle into the air while drunk.  Chief Hanna confronted Jones, who pointed his gun at Hannah.  Hanna reportedly said that Jones would not shoot him, at which time Jones shot him in the head.  Hannah died two hours later.  Jones fled but was captured 26 years later in Texas and returned to Dalton to face trial.  News accounts of that trial and its resulting verdict have been lost.

In October 1899, the Dalton City Council resolved to mark Chief Hannah’s grave with “a suitable monument commemorative of his untimely end.”  That resolution was never carried out, and over the years the location of Chief Hannah’s unmarked grave has been lost.  In recent years, efforts to determine the location of Chief Hannah’s grave have been unsuccessful.  Instead, the DPD resolved to place a memorial marker on the grounds of the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street in honor of Chief Hannah and law enforcement officers everywhere who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.  

Also honored on the memorial is Officer Maurice W. Phillips who was killed in the line of duty on December 25, 1956. Officer Phillips was training a fellow officer on some “quick draw” techniques at the police headquarters in Dalton’s old city hall building on December 22nd, 1956.  The officers were practicing with unloaded weapons. When the other officers stepped out of the room, Officer Phillips reloaded both weapons.  When the officer returned, he again tried the “quick draw” not realizing that his gun was now loaded.  He fired, hitting Officer Phillips in the chest.  Officer Phillips succumbed to his injuries three days later.

"Chief Hannah paid the ultimate price of service, and it will be good to go the last mile and finish what we started over one hundred years ago," said Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker earlier this year. "Although the original idea in 1899 was to place a marker at Chief Hannah's grave, locating it here will be a more prominent location and will serve as a visible reminder of his service. This site will commemorate his service, but will also serve as a focal point for future police memorial observances".

The monument, a 2,500 pound granite stone, was installed by D&S Monuments of Dalton.  The memorial is in a plaza near the intersection of Waugh Street and Jones Street. It reads: "DEDICATED TO ALL WHO HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN THE LINE OF DUTY" with the end of watch dates for Chief Hannah and Officer Phillips.

Below: The Chief William Hannah Police Memorial stands on the grounds of the Police Services Center shortly after being installed Thursday


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Man Arrested After Domestic Incident, Officer Involved Shooting

The Dalton Police Department arrested 20 year old Baldemar Jaramillo-Garcia of 205 Cappes Street Wednesday after a domestic incident during which he pointed a gun at a Dalton police officer. The officer involved fired one shot at Jaramillo-Garcia which did not hit him.  Nobody was injured in the incident.

The incident happened shortly after 8:30 am at the townhouse apartment at 205 Cappes Street. A Dalton police officer was passing by the area when he was flagged down by a woman on the street and alerted to a fight in progress at the residence. When the officer arrived he found Jaramillo-Garcia and a woman in a physical fight in front of the residence.  As other DPD officers arrived on the scene Jaramillo-Garcia was given verbal commands to surrender.  Jaramillo-Garcia, who was wearing a ballistic bulletproof vest, initially told officers to shoot him and refused to surrender.  Jaramillo-Garcia then ran back inside the residence.  While Jaramillo-Garcia retreated upstairs, officers were able to get the woman and her two children, a three year old and a three month old infant, out of the apartment and safely away from the building.  Jaramillo-Garcia then appeared in an upstairs window and pointed a long gun at one of the Dalton officers.  The officer fired once, hitting near the window but not hitting anyone.  Jaramillo-Garcia then threw his gun out of the window.  The gun was a rifle style BB gun. A short time later, Jaramillo-Garcia came out of the front door and surrendered without further incident.

In accordance with Dalton Police Department policy, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist with the investigation into the shooting incident.  The officer involved was placed on paid administrative leave pending the review of the incident which is also Dalton Police Department policy.  That investigation is continuing. 

Jaramillo-Garcia was charged with aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, reckless conduct, cruelty to children in the second degree, and making terroristic threats.

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No Injuries In Officer Involved Shooting

UPDATE (11/19/2014 4:15 PM) More information here.

UPDATE (11/19/14 2:30 PM) ; The arrestee in this morning’s incident is 20 year old Baldemar Jaramillo-Garcia of 205 Cappes Street (the incident location).  He’s being charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and reckless conduct.  It’s possible that more charges will be added.

There were no injuries this morning in an officer involved shooting at 205 Cappes Street. The incident happened shortly after 8:30 am and began as a domestic dispute. 

Early information indicates that officers responding to the scene found a domestic fight in progress. During the disturbance, a male subject apparently pointed a weapon at police from an upstairs window. A Dalton officer fired at the subject, not hitting him. The subject was taken into custody.

By department policy, the Dalton Police Department has called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to assist with the investigation of the incident and the shooting. That investigation is underway. 

There is a large parking lot at the Dalton Senior Center on Cappes Street where we will stage media. They're ok with us using the lot. Approach from Waugh Street side. 

Below: DPD officers respond to the scene of an officer involved shooting at 205 Cappes Street


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DPD Seeks TV Thief

The Dalton Police Department needs your help identifying a man who stole three televisions from the Shugart Road Walmart.  The three TVs and the attached security devices are valued at more than $1,000. 

The theft happened on July 27th at approximately 7:00 pm.  A black male with a shaved head wearing a dark t-shirt and light colored shorts pushed a shopping cart out of the store loaded with two Sony 40” flatscreen televisions and a Vizio 32” flat screen television without paying for them.  Each television also had a $35 security device attached.  A surveillance picture of the suspect is included below.

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

Below: The suspect is pictured on store surveillance


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DPD Offers Defensive Driving Course For Teens

Automobile crashes are the leading cause of teenage injuries and deaths in the United States and preventing these premature deaths in our community is one of the Dalton Police Deparment's top priorities. To help reach that goal, the DPD has adopted the "Collision Avoidance Training" program for teenage drivers. This advanced defensive driver training program has been very successful aiding law enforcement agencies in reducing crashes involving teens. This training program truly provides safe driving skills teens will use for the rest of their lives and we hope every parent of a teenage driver or soon to be driver will enroll their son or daughter in this life saving program. (more infomation after the jump)

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Click It Or Ticket Starts Next Week In Georgia, Nationwide

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness with family and friends to give thanks for one’s blessings.  It’s also one of the busiest travel periods of the year which unfortunately brings a rise in the rate of roadway crashes and fatalities across Georgia.

Last year, 14 people were killed in crashes on Georgia’s roads over Thanksgiving weekend, which was actually a decrease from the 19 highway deaths in 2012. In an effort to make Thanksgiving 2014 the safest yet on Georgia’s roads, the officers of the Dalton Police Department will be joining police nationwide in the Click It Or Ticket campaign beginning November 17th and continuing through November 30th. The goal of the national law enforcement mobilization is to influence motorists to buckle up every single day, not just the holiday weekend.

Here are a few more safety tips from the National Safety Council to ensure a safer Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Drivers should:

  • Refrain from all cell phone use behind the wheel
  • Make sure all passengers are buckled up and children are in age-appropriate safety seats
  • All children 12 and under should always be in the back seat
  • Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed
  • Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather
  • Avoid driving while drowsy
  • Designate a “non-drinking” driver – even moderate consumption of alcohol impairs reaction time and driving judgment
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Tunnel Hill Man Hit By Car On Shugart Road

A 22 year old Tunnel Hill man was killed after running into traffic on Shugart Road Tuesday afternoon. Jacob Minjariz was pronounced dead at Hamilton Medical Center after being transported from the scene by paramedics.

The incident happened at 1:40 pm Tuesday afternoon near 900 Shugart Road. Investigators say that Minjariz ran out in front of a 1994 Ford Explorer while trying to cross Shugart Road.  The driver of the Explorer did not have time to stop.  The investigation indicates that the driver of the Explorer was not speeding.  No charges are being filed against the driver.

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DPD Honors Military Veterans

The Dalton Police Department took time out on Tuesday to honor its military veterans. The agency's 3rd annual Veterans Day Luncheon was held at the Mack Gaston Community Center featuring a catered lunch and an address from WTVC anchor Josh Roe.

The lunch, catered this year by The Engine Room restaurant, has become a yearly celebration of the agency's veterans. 25 former or active duty military members currently serve as Dalton police officers. The event is a chance for the agency to thank them for their service on the day when the nation honors veterans for their service.

Chief Jason Parker, himself an Army veteran, opened Tuesday afternoon's lunch with a short welcome and then handed the program over to fellow veteran and DPD Chaplain Ray McCranie for the invocation. After that, lunch was served. After a meal of chicken fingers, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese and other sides, WTVC NewsChannel 9 anchor/reporter Josh Roe was introduced by event organizer (and Marine Corps veteran) Captain Tom Phillips.  Roe is an 8 year veteran of the US Marine Reserve and reports on veterans' issues in an ongoing series of reports titled "The Price Of Freedom". Roe spoke to the DPD veterans about some of the stories he's covered and also issues facing vets who are returning home now from the service.

Chief Parker closed the event by presenting each of the military vets with a flag from their branch of service.

The Dalton Police Department thanks its military veterans and wishes all those who have served or who are still serving a safe and happy Veterans Day.

Below: The DPD's veterans pose before lunch with keynote speaker Josh Roe; Josh Roe speaks to the DPD's military veterans after lunch; Chief Jason Parker hands an Army flag to DPD officer and Army vet Sean Hudson


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DPD Seeks Person Of Interest

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who was recorded by a home surveillance system looking into windows and checking doors on a house on Oneonta Drive last Thursday. Since September there have been five burglaries that occurred within a ¾ mile radius of the address on Oneonta. One of those burglaries took place during the same time frame that the Oneonta Drive surveillance image was taken. Dalton investigators would like to speak to this individual to find out if he might have witnessed any of the incidents or have information on these cases.

The man recorded on surveillance at the Oneonta Drive house walked up to the house at approximately 11:00 am and knocked on the door.  The other burglaries in the area have occurred in the time frame between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.  The man was recorded standing on the porch for approximately 5 minutes while also looking into windows and trying to open the front door which was locked.  He is an African American male and wore a gray jacket with a black Atlanta Braves baseball cap with a white “A” tomahawk logo.  A picture from the security camera is included below.

Anyone with information on this case or the identity of the man in the pictures is asked to please contact Detective Brian Shirley at 706-278-9085 extension 189. 


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