The Dalton Red Carpet Half Marathon will return to the streets of Dalton on October 24th. The half marathon, 5K, and 2K races will require several roads to be closed in the morning hours. Dalton Police personnel will be on hand to help direct traffic around the race route, but motorists should plan alternate routes.
Roads and lanes around the course will be closed beginning at approximately 7:45 am and they will remain closed until the last runner is past which could be after noon.
A Jeep left in the Lowe’s parking lot on Glenwood Ave/Cleveland Highway was stolen sometime over the weekend and Dalton police investigators are hoping a member of the public might have information to crack the case.
The Jeep was left parked in the lot by a Dalton resident who is in the middle of moving residences. He got permission from store management to leave his vehicle on the property and left it parked on Friday, September 18th. On Monday, September 21st, the victim was driving by the Lowe’s and noticed that his Jeep was no longer in the parking lot and called police. Store management confirmed that nobody had the vehicle towed because they knew the vehicle was supposed to be there, and an officer confirmed that the vehicle had not been repossessed.
The Jeep is a silver two-door soft top with a lift kit and black rims and “Midsouth Jeeps” decal on the driver’s side door area and a Whitfield County Fire Department sticker on the back window. Pictures of the vehicle are included with this release.
Anyone with information on this crime or the whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to contact Detective Aaron Simpson at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 253.
Below: The stolen Jeep (click images to see a larger version
The Dalton Police Department has added two new officers to the ranks after they were confirmed by a vote of the Dalton Public Safety Commission Tuesday morning. Officers Jeremy Smith and Zane Steward completed their training at the regional police academy in Cherokee County last Friday.
Officer Smith is a 2009 graduate of Murray County High School and is continuing his education at Kennesaw State University. He also attended Dalton State College for two years. Officer Steward graduated in 2005 from Greencastle-Atrium High School in Greencastle, Pennsylvania and attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.
Both officers were confirmed by a unanimous 3-0 vote of the Public Safety Commission (commission members Carlos Calderin and Kenneth Willis did not attend Tuesday’s meeting). Smith and Steward will now continue their training in the department’s Field Training Officer program, riding with experienced officers in the field for some real-world training.
Below: New DPD officers Zane Steward (left) and Jeremy Smith (center) stand with Chief Jason Parker (right) after their confirmation by the Public Safety Commission (click image to see a larger version)
The Dalton Police Department's code enforcement officers want your yard sale to be a huge success. That's why they don't want to have to take down your signs.
In recent weeks, code enforcement officers have seen more signs advertising yard sales and other messages posted on public rights of way and also on utility poles or telephone poles around town. This violates Dalton ordinances 4.1-10 and 4.1-11 prohibiting signs to be posted on an public right of way or for signs to be posted on utility poles, telephone poles, or traffic control devices. Not only are these signs an eyesore, but they can also do damage. DPD code enforcement officers have reported that tape used to affix signs to the green traffic poles around downtown Dalton takes chunks of the green paint off when signs are removed.
Code enforcement officers will be removing any signage that violates city codes.
The Dalton Police Department bid a fond farewell on Thursday to Troyce Nash, who will retire on Friday after nearly 20 years of service to the agency. Thursday afternoon, the agency held a reception in her honor at the Police Services Center.
Before the reception, Chief Jason Parker thanked Nash for her years of service to the agency in a brief ceremony that included the presentation of a retirement gift. Afterwards, guests including current and retired DPD officers and members of Nash’s family were served cake and refreshments in the main hall of the department.
Troyce Nash joined the Dalton Police Department as a civilian employee in January 1996. She was assigned as the agency’s purchasing agent in 2001 and in April 2008 she was promoted to the position of records department supervisor.
Below: Chief Parker puts an arm around Troyce Nash during a ceremony honoring her retirement; the agency held a reception in her honor Thursday (click thumbnails to see a larger version)
A domestic dispute that turned violent ended Wednesday with an assault on a Dalton Police officer and two men under arrest. Ramiro Sanchez, 26, of Dalton and Matthew John Katsianis, 21, of Norcross were both arrested for their roles in the incident. The officer involved did not sustain serious injuries.
The incident happened at approximately 8:00 am when Mr. Sanchez arrived in a white car at the residence of an ex-girlfriend at 903 North Hamilton Street and demanded to be let inside. Witnesses reported that Sanchez was beating on the door and attempted to kick it in. After he was unsuccessful, witnesses say Sanchez used a crowbar to strike and damage the windshield of the victim’s car.
When DPD Officer Richard Cook arrived on scene, Sanchez had fled behind the residence. Cook gave chase through a wooded area and caught up to Sanchez in a gravel parking lot at 924 Selvidge Street where a white car was waiting with the passenger door open. Cook grabbed Sanchez and attempted to arrest him, but Sanchez was holding on to the car, driven by Mr. Katsianis. Katsianis pushed the gas and attempted to drive away, dragging Sanchez and Officer Cook approximately 20-30 feet before Sanchez let go. Katsianis stopped the car and complied with officer commands, but Sanchez continued to resist arrest. A second DPD officer, John Edwards, arrived on scene and assisted Officer Cook with getting Sanchez into handcuffs.
Officer Cook sustained abrasions and a sprained knee from being dragged by the vehicle.
Matthew Katsianis was charged with being a party to a crime, conspiracy to commit a crime, aggravated assault on a police officer, and felony obstruction of justice. Ramiro Sanchez was charged with aggravated stalking, criminal trespass, criminal attempt to commit burglary, felony obstruction of justice, four counts of cruelty to children in the 3rd degree, public intoxication, and disorderly conduct.
Note: A version of this story appeared in the August 30th edition of the Dalton Daily Citizen
It’s a call that any police officer might get during their shift: a neighbor has reported that the house next door has had its door standing open but nobody is supposed to be home. Two officers are sent to check things out. As the officers check the house, though, they’re surprised by a man inside.
Is this person there to rob the house? Is he there to check on things for the homeowners? Is he a threat? It’s a tense situation as the officers have to first secure the scene and then investigate.
Fortunately, the situation isn’t real. The officers are teenagers from the Dalton Police Department’s Law Enforcement Explorer post, students taking part in a program to learn more about the law enforcement profession. The program gives participants both classroom instruction on law and agency policies and also the chance to test their knowledge at competitions with other explorers in real-world type scenarios.
“It’s as close to being a police officer as you can get without real life consequences like somebody getting hurt or losing your job or making a mistake,” said Christian Peinado, a graduate of Northwest Whitfield now studying criminal justice at Dalton State College. “This program is a great way to learn things before you go into the [law enforcement] field.”
Sitting in traffic can be frustrating, but drivers jumping out of line on College Drive are creating a dangerous traffic situation and the Dalton Police Department is working to educate drivers about the situation through increased patrols in the area.
With classes back in session at Dalton State College, traffic near the intersection of College Drive and Walnut Avenue has gotten heavier. As drivers traveling southbound on College Drive reach the intersection, most drivers attempt to turn left onto Walnut to access the shopping area of the I-75 on ramps. Because there is only a stop sign at the intersection, this causes traffic to back up on the road way. Some drivers instead get out of line to turn right and head eastbound up Dug Gap Battle Road and then attempt a U-Turn to travel back towards the interstate ramps and Walnut Avenue. Doing so requires improper lane usage and an improper turn, however, and is against the law.
Since January, there have been 12 crashes in this area including one that caused injuries. The DPD Traffic Unit has placed an electronic sign near the intersection to warn drivers not to attempt u-turns on Dug Gap Battle Road and officers are patrolling the area. Drivers who do not want to wait in traffic at the College/Walnut intersection can instead travel north on College Drive to Tibbs Road and access I-75 through the Rocky Face on ramps on Highway 41.
Below: A line of traffic waits to turn left onto Walnut Avenue from College Drive; the DPD Traffic Unit's electronic message board warns drivers turning westbound onto Dug Gap Mountain Road to stay right and not attempt a u-turn
The Dalton Police Department is asking for help from the public with identifying a woman who stole a wallet left behind on a counter at a Dalton Walgreen’s pharmacy. The wallet contained approximately $100 in cash along with credit cards, personal identification and other items. The theft was recorded on store surveillance.
The incident happened September 7th at the Walgreen’s on East Walnut Avenue. At approximately 4:20 pm, the victim made her purchases and then left her wallet behind on the checkout counter accidentally. The next woman in line behind the victim then approached the checkout and pays for her items and walks away before turning around and walking back to the counter to take the wallet. She then walks out of the store. When the victim realized her wallet was missing she cancelled her credit cards and returned to the store, a store manager reviewed the incident on surveillance video and then the victim contacted police. The suspect is a heavyset white female with long dark hair. She wore a black shirt and pants with a patterned design. The suspect arrived at the store in a newer model orange Kia Soul. Pictures of the suspect and the vehicle are included with this release.
Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to please call Detective Chris Tucker at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 165.
Below: The suspect is pictured on store surveillance (click images to see a larger version)
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