October 31, 2012

Charles Oliver: Officers confuse daisies for weeds, uh, weed

Earlier this year, the Alberta, Canada, drug task force announced one of the biggest marijuana busts in the province’s history. Dozens of officers descended on a suburban home in Lethbridge and seized 1,624 plants the owner had growing in his garden. It turns out the plants were daisies.

It took a Washington County, Minn., jury less than 30 minutes to find Jennifer Goldetsky not guilty of four counts of child neglect and endangerment. Goldetsky, who ran a home day care center, had been accused by prosecutors of locking three children in an outdoor shed to hide them from a surprise inspection that would have shown she was keeping more children than state law allowed. Prosecutors went forward with the case even though the alleged victims denied they’d been locked in the shed. Although Goldetsky was found not guilty, she lost her day care license and faces hefty legal bills.

Federal Judge Theodore Albert has demanded that the Orange County, Calif., sheriff’s office explain why they ignored a written order from him that they should not evict Niko Black from her home. Deputies pulled Black, who is being treated for cancer, from her home at gunpoint. Albert has threatened sheriff’s officials as well as Wells Fargo, Black’s bank, with contempt of court. Sheriff’s officials say they were advised by the county attorney to evict the woman despite the judge’s order. And they say it’s just standard practice for deputies to have their guns out when they clear a house.

Alburtis, Pa., city council member Kyle Bower is just nine months into his first term in office. The Democratic politician is also serving two years probation after pleading guilty to stalking charges on the same day he took his oath of office, so he probably should try to stay out of trouble. But he was nabbed by police earlier this month on charges of stealing Republican campaign signs, damaging a farm field with his car and probation violation.

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  • Tax holiday weekend is perfect time to shop

    August means children across the state are headed back to school, and for parents that means it’s time to buy new shoes and clothes for children who have outgrown their old ones. It means it’s time to buy new school supplies, and it may even mean it’s time to get a child a new computer to do their school work.

    July 30, 2014

  • "We’ve had a great ride"

    For 60 years, the Green Spot has been a part of Dalton. It survived long after most other locally owned grocery stores in the area had folded to competition from big chain grocery stores and to big box super stores.

    July 29, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Traveler from a district in Columbia?

    Jim Gray was traveling out of Orlando International Airport when a Transportation Security Administration officer tried to stop him from boarding his plane.

    July 29, 2014

  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

    We recently read somewhere that our country is at war, not with another nation but with one another.

    July 29, 2014

  • Ensuring the joy of reading

    They’re little, they’re libraries, and best of all, they’re free.

    July 28, 2014

  • Move carefully, but soon

    No one intended for it to happen. No one had any bad motives.
    But during a period of 40 years or more, quite a few people didn’t do enough planning, didn’t have enough foresight to see what all of the development in Dalton would do.

    July 27, 2014

  • Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure

    No word. No warning. Little help.
    That’s what Dalton Public Schools officials received from the federal government when it dropped 30 Central American students into local classrooms last school year.

    July 26, 2014

  • Sacrifices worth honoring

    Members of the Dalton City Council were recently approached by representatives of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with a request to declare Dalton a Purple Heart City. Council members indicated they will approve the request.

    July 24, 2014

  • We must do better

    The numbers tell a sad tale.
    Registered voters: 36,843.
    Cards cast: 5,307.
    That means the turnout for Tuesday’s runoffs in Whitfield County was a measly 14.4 percent, according to unofficial results from the Whitfield County elections office.

    July 23, 2014

  • Letter: Control immigration

    Thousands are starting to pour into our country, and things are getting personal. Why would we end up the bad guys if we turn away children who aren’t ours? How does it make us better people to let one man steal from our children and stand by and do nothing?

    July 23, 2014