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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  • Citizen of the Week: Kacee Smith of the Georgia Rampage

    When the Georgia Rampage became Dalton’s first professional indoor football team last year, it would have been easy for the owner and players to focus only on drawing attention to themselves as they tried to build up the team’s following.

    April 18, 2014

  • Successes continue at Dalton State College

    These are exciting times for our local college, Dalton State, both on campus and off.

    April 16, 2014

  • Mark Millican: The birds hushed their singing

    For the uninitiated, that line is from what many consider the greatest rock song of all time, “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin.

    April 15, 2014

  • Misty Watson: When blood sugar drops, anger rises

    It wouldn’t have taken 107 married couples and 21 days to figure out that being hungry makes people angry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Working for the man

    You may be one of the many Americans who will rush to file their income taxes today. But you may not yet have earned enough money to pay all of the taxes that will be imposed on you this year.

    April 15, 2014

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    A recent Daily Citizen column by Walter Williams will both awaken and frighten any thinking person who claims even a smidgen of knowledge about — or belief in —  either the Bible, world history or current events.

    April 15, 2014

  • College soccer team would bring local talent together

    Dreams of combining the best soccer players from all local high schools into one team finally could come true.

    April 13, 2014

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    Many people are confused this year about the May 20 Election Day. Unfortunately, very few voters in Whitfield County actually go to the polls for a primary election. But this means any increase in participation can have a significant impact.

    April 12, 2014

  • Letter: Hooper for Murray chief magistrate

    Thanks to all the wonderful people and friends who backed me for District 1 Murray County Board of Education. You sure showed a lot of support. Sorry I had to step down due to my and my wife’s health. I am a lot better now.

    April 12, 2014

  • Judicial dispute could have been avoided

    Judicial elections in Whitfield and Murray counties tend to be low key. In fact, we can’t recall the last time an incumbent judge on the Conasauga Superior Court, which cover the two counties, has even faced a challenger.

    April 12, 2014