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DPD Seeks ID Of Suspect In Theft Of Check

UPDATE (6/1/17) The suspect has been identified. Thanks to everyone who called or emailed with tips!

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a man who cashed a stolen check at an area store. The suspect was recorded on store surveillance.

 

The check was reported stolen to the police department on May 30th. The owner of a local cleaning business reported that she had written the check in the amount of $30 to one of her employees. The employee later reported that the check had either been lost or stolen, possibly while he was working out at the Planet Fitness gym on Walnut Avenue sometime on May 24th. Before canceling the check, the owner noticed that the check had been cashed on May 24th at the Carneceria Nacho’s at 900 Underwood Street.

 

A DPD officer viewed footage of the transaction. At 7:16 pm, a Hispanic male in his late teens or early 20’s wearing a bright yellow Georgia Southern t-shirt presented the check and cashed it. He did not present an ID. The suspect left the store in a late model Chevy Camaro, possibly black or dark green or blue in color. Neither the victim nor employees at the Planet Fitness recognized the suspect. A pictures of the suspect is included with this release.

 

Below: The suspect recorded on store surveillance

 

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DPD Arrests Four In Christian Heritage School Burglary, Vandalism

Four suspects in an early-morning burglary and vandalism at Christian Heritage School left a trail of footprints and discarded fire extinguishers for officers to follow direct to their doorstep on Monday. All four individuals were charged with felony criminal trespassing in the incident, which left hallways in the high school building covered in fire extinguisher foam.

 

Dalton firefighters were dispatched to the high school building at 1600 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at approximately 3:20 am Monday morning after smoke alarms went off in the building. When firefighters arrived, they found the smoke alarms had been set off by fire extinguishers being set off inside of the building. Firefighters then called police to investigate.  Responding officers found that multiple hallways sprayed with fire extinguisher foam. Basketball jerseys and sweatpants were stolen from the gym and food had apparently been stolen from the concession stand area.

 

Officers found multiples sets of footprints left in the foam leading out of a back door. Outside, officers followed tracks to one of the stolen fire extinguishers laying on the ground near the woodline. Officers were able to follow a trail of footprints, discarded fire extinguishers, and areas where fire extinguishers had been sprayed to the area of Beechland Circle. There, officers found a trail of footprints left in the fresh dew on the grass to the back of a vacant apartment unit at 1600 Underwood Street, a rare example of southern humidity being helpful.

 

After entering the vacant apartment, officers searched the unit and found four men hiding inside a closet. Officers determined that all four individuals were involved with the burglary and placed all four under arrest. The four arrestees were:

  • Lakwon Marquise Fleming, 20, 1801 Beechland Place
  • Bryson Hunter Gallman, 20, 120 Jeanette Drive
  • Kaylub Kuhn, 18, 1612 Beechland Place
  • Joshua Ryan Brower, 17, 1633 Ken Drive, Rocky Face

All four were charged with felony criminal trespass. Stolen items such as the basketball jerseys and sweatpants were recovered and returned to the school. The investigation into this incident is continuing and additional charges are possible.

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DPD Observes Peace Officers Memorial Day

Officers and staff from the Dalton Police Department welcomed visitors on Monday afternoon to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day. The department hosted a brief ceremony on the grounds of the Police Services Center by the Chief William Hannah Police Memorial.
 
The ceremony was opened by Captain Tom Phillips, who introduced members of the DPD Honor Guard who presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. After a welcoming invocation from Chaplain James Eades, Assistant Chief Cliff Cason welcomed the gathering. Department spokesman Bruce Frazier read a proclamation from Dalton Mayor Dennis Mock declaring Police Week in Dalton, and then read the names of the eight Georgia law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty since the last Peace Officers Memorial Day. They are:
 
* Officer Timothy Kevin Smith, Eastman Police Department, End of Watch August 13, 2016
* Sergeant Patrick Michael Sondron, Peach County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch November 6, 2016
* Deputy Daryl Wayne Smallwood, Peach County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch November 8, 2016
* Deputy Justin Scott White, Newton County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch November 15, 2016
* Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr, Americus Police Department, End of Watch December 7, 2016
* Officer Jody Carl Smith, Georgia Southwestern State University Public Safety, End of Watch December 8, 2016
* Sergeant Gregory Michael Meagher, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch February 5, 2017
* Deputy Michael Butler, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch February 25, 2017
 
The DPD Honor Guard then laid a wreath at the Chief Hannah Police Memorial and Chaplain Eades gave a benediction to conclude the ceremony.
 
May 15th was declared to be National Peace Officers Memorial Day by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. President Kennedy further declared that the week in which Peace Officers Memorial Day falls to be National Police Week. This year, Police Week runs from Sunday, May 14th through Saturday, May 20th.
Below: Images from the Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony (to see more pictures from the ceremony, click here to visit a gallery on the DPD Facebook page)
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DPD Seeks ID Of Tire Slashing Suspects

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying two males suspected of slashing tires of a car parked at the Shugart Road Walmart. The suspects were recorded near the damaged vehicle before being recorded inside the store.

 

The incident happened at approximately 5:00 am on May 10th. The victim, who works 3rd shift at Walmart, reported that his back driver’s side tire was slashed in the parking lot while he worked. The victim’s car, a green Ford Mustang, was parked far away from other cars in the lot. After a review of surveillance footage, a suspect vehicle, a dark colored pickup truck, was seen parking next to the Mustang around 5:00 am and two males were recorded getting out. One of the males walked around to the driver’s side of the Mustang. He was recorded standing behind the driver’s side for several moments, apparently doing something to the car. Then the two males walked into the store. Both males rode electric scooters around in the store, and also ran around in the store. The store’s loss prevention staff reported that the males then left the store without buying anything.

 

One of the suspects is a heavyset male who wore a snapback ball cap over his long, dark hair and a gray “UAH” University of Alabama-Huntsville t-shirt with dark shorts and velcro sandals. The second male had a slender build and short dark hair and wore sunglasses with a blue t-shirt and short khaki shorts. Pictures of the two males are included below.

 

Anyone who knows these individuals is asked to please contact Officer Serena Martin at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 240. Officer Martin can also be reached by email at smartin@cityofdalton-ga.gov.

Below: The two males recorded by store surveillance

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DPD To Observe Peace Officers Memorial Day Monday

The Dalton Police Department will host a brief ceremony Monday afternoon to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day.  The ceremony will be held near the Chief William Hannah Police Memorial on the grounds of the Police Services Center at 3:00 pm. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held inside the Police Services Center. The public is invited to attend.

Monday’s ceremony will continue the department’s tradition of observing National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day. This year, department leaders will lay a wreath at the Chief William Hannah Police Memorial, and there will be a recognition of all Georgia law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty in the past year. The Chief Hannah Memorial was dedicated in May 2014 and stands in honor of Chief William “Bill” Hannah, a former Chief of the Dalton Police who was killed in the line of duty in 1899. The marker also bears the name of Officer Maurice William Phillips, Sr. who was killed by an accidental gunshot during training in 1956. The memorial marker stands near the intersection of Jones Street and Waugh Street.

May 15th was declared to be National Peace Officers Memorial Day by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. President Kennedy further declared that the week in which Peace Officers Memorial Day falls to be National Police Week. This year, Police Week runs from Sunday, May 14th through Saturday, May 20th.

The Chief William Hannah Police Memorial

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