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PSC June Meeting Notes

New DPD Officers

Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Dalton Public Safety Commission included the confirmation vote for two new Dalton Police Department officers.  Officers Andrew Sell and Coleman Jenkins were both confirmed by a unanimous 3-0 vote of the commission (PSC members Carlos Calderin and Terry Mathis were unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting). Both officers recently graduated from the regional police academy in Cherokee County.

Officer Sell comes to the Dalton Police Department from Ohio where he was most recently employed as an officer with the Ball State University Police Department.  He also previously served as a part-time deputy with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office in Celina, Ohio.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University in Celina. 

Officer Jenkins graduated in 2011 from the Whitfield County Career Academy.  He served the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office from February 2012 until December 2013 and comes to the DPD after working with Shaw Industries.

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Officers Andrew Sell (left) and Coleman Jenkins (right)

DFD Promotion

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the Dalton Fire Department promoted Captain Steve Hollingsworth to the rank of Battalion Chief.  The promotion was approved by a 3-0 vote of the PSC.  Hollingsworth’s promotion fills the vacancy left by the promotion of Todd Pangle to Deputy Fire Chief.  He has served as Acting Battalion Chief of A Shift since March.

Hollingsworth has served the DFD since April 1987 and has steadily risen through the ranks. He was promoted to Captain of A Shift in May 2012. 

Hollingsworth is a certified Georgia Smoke Diver and is a member of the DFD’s Special Operations Team. He holds multiple instructor certifications and previously served a vital role in the opening of Fire Stations 3, 4, and 5.  

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Chief Bruce Satterfield (left) congratulates Battalion Chief Steve Hollingsworth (right) after the confirmation of his promotion Tuesday

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A Note To Area Businesses

The Dalton Police Department is working with a company called Law Enforcement Publications to create a 2016 calendar featuring pictures of DPD personnel. Company representative Bryan Wilder is going to be visiting area businesses to sell advertising on the calendar posters.

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DPD Seeks Woman Involved In Armed Robbery

UPDATE: Ms. Smith has turned herself in on this warrant. 

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a woman involved with an armed robbery.  Police have warrants for the arrest of 20 year old Kelsey Brooke Smith of 309 Rowena Street on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, and two counts of false imprisonment.  Two other suspects have already been arrested in the case.

The robbery was committed June 12th at a home at 1016 Dude Street in Dalton.  Shortly after 9 pm, the victim reported that his friend Quindarus Jy’Kwon Fleming knocked on his door with a male and female unknown to the victim.  The victim invited Fleming and the other two suspects, later identified as 19 year old Dikembe Olajuwon Ester and Kelsey Brooke Smith, into the home.  The victim’s brother joined the group in the living room.  Shortly after arriving, Ester pulled out a handgun and held the victims at gunpoint.  He directed Smith to use zip ties to tie up the victims.  While Ester held the victims, Smith and Fleming went through their belongings, stealing several items including a Droid Max cell phone, and Xbox 360, and approximately $400 in cash. The three left shortly afterwards in a maroon GMC Envoy.

Officers were able to locate the Envoy within the next two hours and took Quindarus Fleming, 19, of 826 Shugart Road and Dikembe Ester of 100 Marshall Drive into custody.  Both are charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, and two counts of false imprisonment.  Investigators continued to work on the case and developed evidence that Smith was the female suspect involved in the robbery and this afternoon obtained warrants for her arrest.

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Police Identify Body Found In Park

The Dalton Police Department has confirmed that 13 year old Raul Juan was the drowning victim found in a pond at Al Rollins Park early Friday morning. The identification was made by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab using his dental records.

The cause of Juan's death was drowning. There was no evidence of foul play either at the scene or during an autopsy performed at the state crime lab.

Juan was reported missing to the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 6:00 am on Friday morning when his mother woke up and saw that he was not home.  She reported that she last saw him at home at approximately 1:00 am.  Juan's body was found by a passerby in the park who called 911 at approximately 7:30 am. DPD detectives are still investigating to determine what Raul Juan was doing during the early morning hours before he drowned in the pond at the park.

Below: DPD officers and investigators gathered Friday morning behind crime scene tape near the scene of the drowning. Investigators believe that the drowning death was accidental

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DPD Seeks ID of ID Thieves

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying two men who used stolen identity information to open a cell phone account at the AT&T store on Walnut Avenue.

On April 29th the Smyrna, Tennessee man contacted Dalton investigators and reported that his identity had been used to open a new phone account here on April 16th.  The victim reported that his identity information had also been used to open a Sam’s Club account in the Chattanooga area around the same time.

Investigators contacted the AT&T store at 1526 West Walnut Avenue and got surveillance images of two black males opening the account using the victim’s information. One of the men had a shaved bald head with a goatee and wore a white shirt unbuttoned or unzipped over a long sleeved black undershirt.  The other man also had a goatee and wore black glasses and a black hooded jacket.  Images of the two men are included with this release.

Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the two men is asked to contact Detective Forrest Jones at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 184.

Below: The two suspects recorded on store surveillance

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