Local News

March 8, 2013

Salyer set for trial Monday

A trial delayed several months for a former college professor accused of child molestation and related crimes is scheduled to begin Monday with jury selection.

Monte Gale Salyer was charged about a year ago with two counts of rape, one count of statutory rape, three counts of child molestation, five counts of aggravated child molestation and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony. The former Dalton State College professor is accused of molesting an 8-year-old relative and two other children he befriended at church over several years.

The case has been rescheduled numerous times, including once in December when Salyer backed out of a plea deal at the last minute and again in January after an attorney representing him withdrew, citing ethics rules that prohibit lawyers from knowingly presenting false information.

Several other cases at calendar call before Judge Cindy Morris in Whitfield County Superior Court Thursday were delayed until the next trial calendar, April 26, for various reasons. The defendants have all pleaded not guilty. They include:

• James Smith, the former Varnell police officer charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving in a collision a year ago that killed Leon Thurman, a contract newspaper carrier for The Daily Citizen.

• Jody Michael Stokes, a Rocky Face man charged with electronically furnishing obscene materials to minors after police said he was sending “explicit” text messages to an underage girl and propositioning her for sex about two years ago.

• Daniel Hank Yokley, a Tennessee man charged in the 2008 death of William “B.J.” or “Billy” Malone. Malone was a retired state trooper. Yokley faces charges for aggravated battery, robbery, first degree arson and three counts of murder.

• Floyd Earnest Youngblood, a Tunnel Hill man charged with rape, sodomy and making false statements in a 2011 case involving a homeless woman police say he met near a camp close to Providence Ministries.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Bugs and Kisses 1 mlh.jpg Local stores expect tax holiday to create lots of sales

    Local retailers say Georgia’s sales tax holiday weekends mean big business for them, and they are gearing up to capitalize on this year’s tax-free shopping on Friday and Saturday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Esme file mw 2.jpg Still fighting

    Ten-year-old Esme Miller was celebrated earlier this year for the way she’s handled a bout with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Historical photos of Murray County needed

    Maybe you have a photograph of a well-known preacher from the 1940s. Or maybe you have a photograph taken of a church choir from the 1920s.

    July 30, 2014

  • State DOT wants your input on transportation needs

    As state and national leaders consider alternatives for funding future transportation needs, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants to know what Georgians would like in their 21st century transportation system and how they recommend paying for it.

    July 30, 2014

  • Jail for Justice Tour event here tonight

    The Moral Monday Georgia Coalition, the NAACP-led multi-racial, multi-issue advocacy group, will host an event in partnership with the Georgia Dreamers Alliance, Coalition of Latino Leaders (CLILA), Whitfield NAACP and the Whitfield County Democratic Party at Dalton’s Mack Gaston Community Center tonight from 5 to 9.

    July 30, 2014

  • Two charged with tampering with evidence in drug investigation

    Two people have been arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in connection with the synthetic marijuana bust in February involving a Dalton business owner.

    July 30, 2014

  • Beaulieu to close operations for one week for inventory

    Floorcovering giant Beaulieu of America will conduct a physical inventory of its buildings and facilities next week, with only salaried employees reporting for work.

    July 30, 2014

  • Green spot closing 1 mlh.jpg A part of the family

    Larry Green can’t remember the exact date. But he says it was about 54 years ago when his father Marvin took him to see the new store he and his brother Herman had commissioned Red Jennings to build at 309 W. Emery St. in Dalton.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • New high school?

    The only means for “staying small” and preserving “The Dalton Way” in Dalton Public Schools may be through expansion, Superintendent Jim Hawkins said Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Bond denied for man arrested in synthetic marijuana bust

    A Dalton business owner charged in a synthetic marijuana bust was denied bond Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014