Nobody was hurt when a First Student school bus was rear ended this morning before 7:00 am on Waugh Street by a drunk driver. There were two students on board at the time as well as two First Student employees.
61 year old William Hughes of 2213 Raintree Way in Dalton was arrested on a charge of DUI after the crash. Preliminary investigation of the crash indicates the bus was traveling westbound on the Waugh Street bridge and had just started downhill on the west side of the bridge when Hughes' pickup truck came over the bridge and struck the bus from behind. Nobody on board the bus was injured. Hughes was also not injured in the crash.
The Dalton State Roadrunners are national champions and it’s time to celebrate. There will be a parade Friday night in downtown Dalton to honor the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball champions.
The parade will begin and end in front of the Dalton Depot Restaurant at 110 Depot Street. It is set to start at 6 PM. The route will run up King Street to Pentz Street to Crawford Street and then back to the Dalton Depot on Hamilton Street. The affected sections of each street will be closed shortly before the beginning of the parade and remain closed until the parade passes.
The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying two men who used stolen credit card information to purchase gift cards at a Dalton store. The two men were recorded on store surveillance making the purchase.
The incident happened on March 19th at the Bi-Lo on Glenwood Avenue. Two men entered the store together and bought two Shell gas cards and a Visa gift card. The victim in the case noticed the unauthorized activity on his account and reported it to police on March 20th. The victim in the case was still in possession of his credit card and investigators do not know how the suspects got his account information. The suspects apparently used a fake card to make the transaction. The victim reported that his card was apparently also tried at the Shugart Road Home Depot but it was declined. Pictures of the suspects are included below.
Anyone with information on the identity of these suspects is asked to please contact Detective Greg Bates at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 137.
The Dalton Police Department honored Officer Lane Bennett with the agency's Traffic Safety Officer of the Year award at Tuesday morning's meeting of the Dalton Public Safety Commission. The award is designed to recognize officers who put forth extra effort to reduce roadway fatalities and injuries through education and enforcement.
Officer Bennett was selected for the honor because of his hard work to enforce Georgia's distracted driving laws. During 2014, Bennett made more than 140 citizen contacts with motorists he observed driving while distracted. During these contacts, Officer Bennett informed the drivers about the state's distracted driving laws and warned them about the dangers of driving while distracted by cell phones, radios, or other distracting behaviors.
The agency put an emphasis on education as well as enforcement of Georgia's distracted driving laws in 2014, including a month-long campaign called "Operation Thumbs Up" during October that included targeted patrols and an extensive information campaign using both traditional and social media. During the patrols, officers placed an emphasis on issuing warnings to drivers in most cases instead of citations.
In the Dalton Police Department's 2014 Citizen Survey, more people called distracted driving a significant problem in town than any other public safety concern. Overall, 68% of respondents termed distracted driving a significant concern, up from 57% in the 2011 Citizen Survey (see Table 12).
Officer Bennett has served the Dalton Police Department since April 2013.
Below: Chief Jason Parker (left) presents Officer Lane Bennett with the DPD's 2014 Traffic Safety Officer of the Year award
The Dalton Police Department is tired of looking at old tires. That’s why the department’s code enforcement officers spent their day Tuesday collecting and disposing of more than 150 illegally dumped tires at various sites around Dalton.
Some Dalton residents may not realize that the city’s trash collection does not pick up tires. Tires are one of the exceptions to collection listed in city code 94-29 (c). Residents must dispose of tires by other means such as recycling them at a recycling center or tire dealer. There is typically a small fee associated with recycling tires. The Whitfield County landfill typically charges a $2 per tire fee for recycling tires.
Illegally disposed tires are more than just an eyesore for Dalton residents. They’re also a potentially public health risk. Stagnant rainwater can collect inside dumped tires and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can carry and spread various diseases. Disease carrying rodents can also live inside tire piles.
While patrolling Dalton in recent weeks, code enforcement officers have noted several illegal dump sites for tires. Officers Chris Cochran and Grant Mantooth drove to several of those sites Tuesday and collected 151 tires using the department’s pickup truck and a trailer. The county landfill agreed to take the tires at no charge to the city. The tires were collected from 23 sites including dump sites along Hamilton Street, MLK Jr. Boulevard, Riverbend Drive, and Northview Drive. There are still illegal tire dumps around town.
Dumping tires is prohibited by Dalton code 94-208 and is punishable under code 94-209 by a fine between $200 and $1,000. The department’s code enforcement officers will be investigating future instances of illegal tire dumping. Anyone with tires to dispose of should contact a recycling center, a tire dealer, or the county landfill to make arrangements.
Anyone with complaints or tips about code enforcement issues within Dalton can contact the DPD’s code officers by filling out the form at www.safedalton.com.
The Dalton Police Department will celebrate 20 years of hosting the Citizens Police Academy with an open house reunion for all graduates of the program on April 16th. The agency is currently conducting its 23rd Citizens Academy class.
Graduates of the program will be receiving invitations by mail to attend the open house which will run from about 4:30 until 7 pm on April 16th. The department is asking graduates who have had changes of address since taking part in the program to contact Alethea Brown with their new address by Friday, March 27th. She can be reached at 706-278-9085 ex 9330 or by email at email@example.com.
The Citizens Police Academy is a 10 week course that gives participants an up-close and behind the scenes look at every aspect of the police department's operations. Participants meet once a week for lectures given by various department personnel and also get a chance for some hands on firearms instruction and scenario training. Applications for each year's class begin to be accepted in December and the program starts in February each year.
New Dalton Police Explorers discount cards are now on sale at the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street. The cards, which cost $5 each, can also be purchased at Zaxby’s, Los Reyes, and John’s Bar-B-Q or from any Dalton Police Explorer.
This year’s card can be redeemed for discounts or other services at O’Charley’s, Applebees, Outback Steakhouse, Zaxby’s, John’s Bar-B-Q, Subway, Taylor’s Tire & Service, Retro Bowl, The Sweet Spot, Hamilton’s Food Spirits and Pizzeria, Los Reyes, Fashion Cleaners, Fuji Steak & Sushi, Dalton Vacuum & Power Tools, Oasis Beauty Salon, Panda Express, Chelsea’s on Thornton, Schlotsky’s, The Perfect Cup, Salon 41, The Dalton Depot, Stroll-N-Shine, Battlegrounds Games & Comics, Las Palmas, and Buckin’ Burrito.
Proceeds from Explorer card sales will go to fund the Dalton Police Explorers program, which allows young men and young women to gain training and experience in the law enforcement field. The program also provides young people with opportunities for community involvement and development. Program activities center around law enforcement traiing, organized recreational activities, and competitive events. Officer David Saylors currently oversees the program. Explorers must be between 14 and 20 years old, maintain at least a C average while remaining in school until graduation or obtaining a GED, and must attend regularly scheduled meetings which include physical training.
The Dalton Police Department thanks all of the sponsors of the Explorer cards for their generous support of the program.
Below: Officer David Saylors shows the new Explorer Card
The Dalton Police Department is reviewing an incident in which a search warrant was served on the wrong house on Whittle Drive late Tuesday night. The department has repaired damage caused to the residence’s front door. Nobody was hurt in the incident.
Late Tuesday night, detectives from the department’s drug unit were attempting to serve a search warrant and also two arrest warrants for Eric Ashton of 1150 Whittle Drive. The drug unit had previously purchased marijuana from Ashton on two separate occasions during an undercover investigation. Detectives drove by the scene Tuesday evening and observed that Ashton’s truck was in the driveway of the residence and people could be seen inside the residence. Detectives decided to wait until approximately 11:00 pm to serve the warrants in order to assemble enough personnel to conduct the operation.
When detectives returned, they mistakenly approached the residence at 1138 Whittle Drive which is nearly identical to the target house at 1150 Whittle Drive. Detectives announced that they were with the Dalton Police Department and had a search warrant. When nobody answered the door, detectives waited moments and then breached the door using a ram. After entering the residence, they learned they were in the wrong house. Detectives apologized to the residents. During the day Wednesday, detectives repaired the front door of the residence. A door matching the original door has been ordered and will be installed at the residence.
Mr. Ashton was taken into custody Thursday morning on the two arrest warrants without incident.
The Dalton Police Department has policies and procedures in place to guide officers and detectives in conducting raids and executing search warrants. Officials are currently conducting a review of this incident to determine what procedural errors, if any, may have taken place and ensure that this type of mistake does not happen again.
There are still slots available for students in the DPD's upcoming Collision Avoidance Training (CAT) class for teen drivers. The class will be offered April 3rd and 4th. The class costs $25 per participant. The DPD hosted the course for the first time in December 2014 and it was met with positive reviews.
The CAT program is an advanced defensive driving and vehicle control program designed for teenage drivers. The program is open to all teens at least 16 years old with a valid Class D driver's license. Parents are encouraged to enroll their teens several months prior to their 16th birthday This program does not fulfill the Joshua Law requirements.
The 10-hour course is taught by trained and certified Dalton Police Officers over a two-day period including 2 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of one-on-one behind-the-wheel training. Classroom instruction will be held on Friday evenings and behind-the-wheel training will be held on Saturdays. Registration fee for the two-day course is $25.00 per student. The class will be limited to ten (10) drivers per class. Additional classes can be scheduled for groups.
The first session of 2015 will be offered April 3-4. The second will be June 26-27. The final two sessions this year will be September 25-26 and December 11-12.
Students must use their own (or parent/guardian’s) vehicle for behind-the-wheel training. The idea is for the students to learn to handle the vehicle they will typically be driving. Behind-the-wheel training is conducted on a closed course, at speeds of 35 mph and below. Students may use cars, trucks, minivans or SUV’s, but vehicles with modified suspension, oversized tires or other unsafe components will not be permitted on the driving range.
At the end of the class, students who have successfully completed all driving range skills will receive a Certificate of Completion. Certificates can be presented to most auto insurance companies for discounted insurance premiums, or proudly displayed.
The curriculum was developed around the fact that most crashes involving teenage drivers are classified as “avoidable” and are due to a lack of experience or training.
This course is designed to give the student a better understanding of the responsibilities and liabilities of the driver, vehicle dynamics, friction and the effects of intoxicating substances on their ability to operate a vehicle.
Students will work with law enforcement on the following life-saving skills during the behind the wheel section of the course:
Forward and reverse serpentine
Cornering and backing
For more information on this program or to enroll your teen, please contact PFC David Saylors at 706-278-9085 Ext. 124, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who used a stolen Georgia ID card to rent a hotel room in Chattanooga. The ID was stolen from the victim after her car was burglarized in the parking lot of Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton.
The victim’s car was broken into on February 8th. The victim reported that one of her car’s windows was broken out and that her purse was stolen. On February 23rd, the victim’s ID was used to rent a hotel room in Chattanooga. Surveillance images show a white female with brown hair wearing a black jacket using the victim’s ID. A white male with dark hair and facial hair was with the female suspect, and was recorded on hotel surveillance stealing a TV from their hotel room as they checked out. The suspects were traveling in a late 80’s or early 90’s model Ford Thunderbird with a sunroof. Pictures of the suspects and a similar Thunderbird are attached with this release.
Anyone with information on the identity of these suspects or this crime is asked to please contact Detective Brian Shirley at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 189.
Below: Pictures of the suspects and a similar vehicle
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