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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  • 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

  • Helping with Book Blast betters the community

    The school test results are in, and students in Whitfield and Murray counties mostly improved from a year ago, mirroring or exceeding average scores of their peers.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Guns are already everywhere

    Though it happened over 30 years ago, the image is still vivid.

    July 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Former officer works overtime improperly

    Stephen F. Hall has pleaded guilty to theft by deception and falsifying a government record.

    July 22, 2014

  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014