Posts on Jan 1970

DPD Says Farewell To Retiring Chaplain

The Dalton Police Department said goodbye to an old friend on Friday with a ceremony to mark the retirement of Chaplain Donald Treick. Treick is leaving his post to move to Pensacola, Florida to be closer to his son. Treick has volunteered as one of the department’s chaplains for more than twelve years.

Chaplain Treick moved to Lookout Mountain with his wife, Maureen, fourteen years ago. He began looking for an agency where he could volunteer his time as a chaplain. He joined the Dalton Police Department’s chaplains in February 2004 and has served the agency faithfully since.

On Friday, the department marked his retirement with a reception at the Police Services Center. Del Farris, the associate director for civilian chaplaincy for the Presbyterian and Reformed Chaplain Commission, presented Treick with a small bust of an eagle that the commission presents to retiring chaplains. Former Dalton Police Department Chaplain Jim Cox, now a chaplain with the Wythe County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office, presented Treick with a certificate from the International Conference of Police Chaplains. Fellow Chaplain Ray McCranie presented Treick with a scrapbook of memories from DPD staff. DPD Chief Jason Parker presented Treick with a glass plaque and his chaplain’s badge.

We thank Chaplain Treick for his service to the department and wish him a happy and sunny retirement.

Below: Chief Jason Parker poses with retiring Chaplain Donald Treick


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Residents Urged To Sign Up For Code Red! During Prepare-A-Thon

From the Whitfield County Local Emergency Preparedness Committee: 

Dalton (GA) – Spring has sprung and residents should now spring into action to prepare for the potential weather hazards that often come with the season.

Whitfield County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) officials want to reach all county residents any time emergency weather warnings must be issued. Therefore, as part of the local community preparedness activities of the annual FEMA America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign this year, Whitfield County EMA will conduct a PrepareAthon! Telethon on Wednesday, April 27 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

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DPD Investigates Jewelry Heist At Walmart

UPDATE (4/25/16): Thanks in part to many phone calls from the public identifying a suspect, 36 year old Eric James Hyatt of Cleveland, TN was identified and arrested on charges related to this case.

The Dalton Police Department wants to lend a jewelry thief some fashionable interlocking bracelets to go with the more than $600 worth of earrings he stole from Walmart this morning, and we need your help to do it. Investigators are hoping that someone will recognize surveillance pictures of the suspect and help us put him in handcuffs.

The incident happened at approximately 3:00 am at the Shugart Road Walmart. A white male suspect entered the store and went directly to the jewelry counter which was not attended by a store employee. The suspect broke into the counter and filled his pockets with earrings, worth a total of $634. The suspect was then recorded on store surveillance wandering around the store for approximately 15 minutes before leaving. He left in what appears to be a silver Toyota sedan with Army decals on the back windshield.

The suspect is a while male with close cropped brown hair and glasses. He wore jeans, sneakers, and a black jacket into the store. Pictures of the suspect and his vehicle are included below.

Below: The suspect is pictured on store surveillance entering the store and later leaving in a silver sedan

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DPD Seeks Man On Warrants For Motorcycle Theft

The Dalton Police Department is looking for 28 year old Matthew Aaron Rogers on warrants related to the theft of a motorcycle from a local title pawn business. Investigators are asking for information from the public regarding his where he can be found.

The incident happened at approximately 9:30 pm April 15th at National Title Pawn at 2522 East Walnut Avenue. A motorcycle that was parked in the lot behind the business was stolen, removed from the lot through a hole that was cut in the fence. A subject, later identified as Rogers, can be seen on surveillance video entering the fenced in area behind the business and entering unlocked cars in the lot. Investigators were unable to determine what, if anything, was taken from these cars. Then the subject was recorded approaching the area where the motorcycle was parked and then was recorded riding out of the view of the camera on the bike. Responding officers located and collected several tools near the hole in the fence including a hammer, a screwdriver, and electrical crimpers.

In the following days, Dalton detectives developed leads on the case and determined that Matthew Aaron Rogers was the person who stole the bike. Investigators obtained warrants for his arrest on charges of theft by taking of the motorcycle, burglary in the 2nd degree, and criminal trespass.

Rogers stands 5’9” tall and weighs 190 pounds. He has short reddish brown hair. A picture of Rogers is included with this report. The stolen motorcycle is a red and blue Kawasaki Ninja with Georgia tag TFT150. A picture of the motorcycle is also included with this release.

Anyone with information on this incident or the whereabouts of Matthew Aaron Rogers is asked to please contact Detective Brian Shirley at 706-278-9085, extension 9189.

Below: Matthew Aaron Rogers and the stolen motorcycle

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Funeral Home Donates Car Seats To DPD

Peeples Funeral Home has donated 15 car seats to the Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Unit for use in cases when officers encounter children in vehicles without proper child passenger safety systems to meet Georgia’s seat belt laws.  Representatives from Julian Peeples Funeral Home made the donation Tuesday afternoon at the Police Services Center.

Police officers frequently encounter cars with children under the age of 8 who are not in a proper child safety seat. Georgia law requires children ages 8 and under to be belted into an approved child passenger safety seat or booster seat (for more information on Georgia’s child safety seat belt laws, click here). When an officer encounters this type of violation, they can’t let the car continue on with the children on board until they’re in a proper child safety seat. The child safety seats donated on Tuesday can be given to families in need in this type of situation after all other options (such as contacting family to bring a seat to the scene) have been exhausted.

Thanks to Julian Peeples Funeral Home for the donation!

Below: Officers Matthew Dykes, David Saylors, Sean Hudson, and Sergeant Daniel Nicholson pose with Dan Peeples (center left) and Grant Mantooth (center right) from Julian Peeples Funeral Home and several donated car seats



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DPD Officers Lead Law Enforcement Torch Run Through Town

Friday morning, officers from the Dalton Police Department led the agency’s annual Law Enforcement Torch Run through the city, wrapping up months of fundraising in support of Special Olympics Georgia. The overall Torch Run fundraiser was made up of several earlier agency efforts such as the Cops On Top Of The Shop event at Krispy Kreme and also individual fundraising on the part of Torch Run participants. The DPD raised more than $10,000 in support of Special Olympics during this year’s Torch Run project.

Twelve runners comprised of DPD officers, staff, and Special Olympics volunteers ran along Thornton Avenue starting at Chattanooga Road and ending at Lakeshore Park. Along the way, runners diverted their course to stop and greet cheering crowds of students at Westwood Elementary School, City Park Elementary School, and Brookwood Elementary School.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a statewide effort by law enforcement agencies to raise money in support of Special Olympics Georgia. In 2015, the statewide effort raised more than $866,000 in support of Special Olympics Georgia, making the Torch Run the organization’s largest single fundraising effort.

Funds raised through the Torch Run fund many aspects of the Special Olympics operation. Much of that money goes to send athletes to compete in the statewide Special Olympics Games. It costs $85 to send one athlete to one of the state games meets. At these games, children and adults with intellectual disabilities get to compete in high quality sports, interact with peers, and experience new places. Participation in the games means athletes work towards a goal, learn and master new skills, and develop good habits that could improve their health and lives.

Special Olympics Georgia does not receive funds from local, state, or federal funds. SOGA also does not receive United Way funding. Funding for SOGA, which operates competitions year-round for their athletes, comes from donations and fundraising events such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Neither Special Olympics athletes nor their families pay fees to compete. More than 26,000 athletes are currently being served by SOGA.

Below: Before the start of the race, a group shot of the 2016 DPD Law Enforcement Torch Run participants. Back row L to R : Officers. Michael Hughes, David Saylors, Solomon Douhne, Captain Chris Cooke, Asst. Chief Cliff Cason, Lt. Jamie Johnson, Sgt. Daniel Nicholson, Public Relations Specialist Bruce Frazier, Special Olympics Dalton-Whitfield coordinator Lisa Hughey
Front Row L to R: Sgt. Ricky Long, Jonah Ogas, and Captain Tom Phillips. To see more pictures from Friday’s run, click here to see a gallery on the DPD Facebook page

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Promoting Safe Driving For Prom Weekend

“Thank you for wearing your seat belt.”

Officer David Saylors from the DPD’s Traffic Unit followed up the thanks with a gift card from Chick-fil-A for a free dessert. Dalton High students leaving the school’s parking lot Thursday were greeted by officers from the Dalton Police Department and also the Chick-fil-A mascot cow. Many of those students wearing their seat belts were given the gift cards, thanks from an officer, and encouragement to stay safe this weekend as Dalton High School celebrates its prom.

Safe driving goes beyond seat belt use, of course, and messages have been posted around the Dalton High School campus bearing the slogan “Get Dressed Up, Not Messed Up” all week reminding students not to drink and drive this weekend at prom (or any other time). The DPD’s Traffic Unit arranged for a wrecked car to be displayed on the front yard of the school to illustrate what can happen when you drive intoxicated or when you drive distracted.

Below: Officers from the DPD pose with a display of a wrecked car on the Dalton High campus and help the Chick-fil-A cow hand out gift cards to DHS students using their seat belts


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Stop Driving Distracted

By the DPD Traffic Enforcement Unit

With ever increasing demands on our personal and professional time in today’s busy society, learning to juggle multiple tasks at once is something we all face.  As a result, a new traffic safety epidemic has emerged on America’s roadways that demand immediate attention: distracted driving.

In 2014, 3,179 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver.  One of the most alarming and widespread forms of distracted driving is cell phone usage. According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55-mph for the length of an entire football field.  A 2014 special article in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the risk of a crash or near-crash among novice drivers increased with the performance of many secondary tasks, including texting and dialing cell phones.

Distractions are not limited to forms of phone usage, however.  A wide array of distracting behaviors has been observed locally by Dalton Police personnel.  Drivers have been found to be driving with their knees while eating, grooming, reading mail/newspapers, knitting and even removing dentures while traveling on city streets.  All of these behaviors can (and do) contribute to crashes and injuries.

Text messaging is of heightened concern because it combines three types of distraction – visual, manual and cognitive.  In other words, texting involves taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off the task of driving.

To tackle this ever-increasing problem, the Dalton Police Department is joining NHTSA and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in focusing on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness and education—the same tactics that have curbed drinking and driving and increased seat belt use.

The Dalton Police Department has engaged in several initiatives locally over the last two years, attempting to educate citizens, increase enforcement and raise overall awareness.  April is Distracted Driving Month and we wanted to take a moment to put the message out again.

The message is simple – “One Text or Call Could Wreck it All.” With supporters ranging from President Obama to Adam Levine and legislation being passed across the nation to discourage distracted driving, we hope drivers get the message loud and clear.


So the next time you are pressed for time and it seems like multitasking in the car is the best decision, remember those 3,179 lives that were taken because someone decided they could do two things at once.  A text or call is not worth your life, or anyone else’s.

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DPD Law Enforcement Torch Run Will Be Friday

Officers and staff from the Dalton Police Department will run the Special Olympic Torch through Dalton on Friday morning as the agency participates in the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run. The race route will take DPD personnel past three elementary schools on Friday where they will be greeted by students cheering them on along the way.

Runners will meet behind the Dalton Police Services Center at 9:00 am on Friday morning before riding together to the intersection of Chattanooga Road and US Highway 41. Runners will travel east down Chattanooga Road towards Thornton Avenue and then turn south on Thornton. They will run down Thornton until they turn onto Trammel Street and run to Westwood School. From Westwood School, they will run up Jones Street past the Police Services Center and across Waugh Street to City Park Elementary School. From City Park, they will run south on Thornton Avenue until turning on Central Avenue to run to Brookwood School. The route will finish near Brookwood at Lakeshore Park.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a statewide effort by law enforcement agencies to raise money in support of Special Olympics Georgia. This year, the Dalton Police Department has raised more than $10,000 through different fundraising events and the fundraising efforts of the torch runners. In 2015, the statewide effort raised more than $866,000 in support of Special Olympics Georgia, making the Torch Run the organization’s largest single fundraising effort.

Patrol vehicles will escort the runners and divert traffic around the runners to minimize the impact on traffic.

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DPD Investigating Report Of Missing Man

UPDATE (7/7/16) Mr. Pitts has been found safe and sound in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Dalton Police Department is investigating a report of a missing homeless man and investigators hope a member of the public can help provide information about his whereabouts.

64 year old Michael Grant Pitts was last seen when he checked out of a facility on the Hamilton Medical Center campus on March 18th. For the past two years he has been staying in a homeless camp located near Providence Ministries near downtown Dalton. He was reported missing to police by a relative who had not had contact with him since March 1st.

Pitts stands approximately 5’10” tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds. A picture of Pitts is included with this release.

Below: Michael Grant Pitts

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