Local News

January 8, 2013

Search for robbery suspects continues in Whitfield

Authorities are still searching for two men they said got away with an undisclosed amount of cash from a convenience store on Antioch Road Monday evening. The owners said it was the second time the store had been robbed in two weeks.

Lt. Nancy Chadwick with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office said the suspects, believed to be two Hispanic males who wore hoodies and had their faces partially covered, were still on the loose as of Tuesday afternoon.

Chadwick said the incident occurred around 8 p.m. Both men had guns, she said, and they demanded money from a female clerk.

The business, at 2510 Antioch Road, was named La Esquinita until current owner Silvia Avila and partner Maricela Barragan bought it in April and renamed it Avila. Monday marked the second time the women have been robbed. The first time, Avila said, was on Dec. 24. A black man came in, pushed a gun in Barragan’s face, and demanded money. She spoke little English, and when she didn’t understand his commands to stay down, he pushed her, Avila said. She said he took off with several thousand dollars the owners had collected from customers wanting to transfer it to their families out of the country for Christmas, and also several electronic items and some perfume.

On Monday, two Hispanic men carrying guns took off with all the cash in the store, Avila said. She said one of the men was short and wore green pants, a black jacket and a yellow shirt and had a revolver and brown skin. The other was light-skinned and taller, perhaps 5 feet, 6 inches, she said; and he wore blue jeans, a black jacket and a gray shirt. He wore white shoes with yellow tape on them, she said, and he had a pistol.

Avila said the robberies are scary, but she’s glad she and Barragan are OK.

“No one was injured, and if anyone has information they need to contact the sheriff’s office at (706) 278-3029,” Chadwick said.

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