November 14, 2012

Charles Oliver: What’s a bad check here or there?

Last week, Detroit voters elected convicted felon Brian Banks to the state assembly with 68 percent of the vote. Banks, a Democrat, had eight convictions for credit card fraud and writing bad checks between 1998 and 2004, but he insists he has turned his life around.

Meanwhile, Cook County, Ill., voters re-elected Judge Cynthia Brim despite the fact that she has been barred from entering the courthouse without a law enforcement escort. A judicial panel suspended Brim after she allegedly shoved a deputy and threw keys at him. A court-appointed psychiatrist testified she was legally insane at the time. Brim, a Democrat, received 63.5 percent of the vote.

And in Mesa, Ariz., Holly Solomon has been charged with aggravated assault and domestic violence after chasing her husband around a parking lot and striking him with an SUV. Solomon was reportedly upset that her husband did not vote in the general election and blamed him for the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Flagstaff, Ariz., police Cpl. John Tewes got a call from another officer who’d accidentally struck and injured a dog with his cruiser. On arriving at the scene, Tewes followed department policy and contacted animal control to pick up the dog, right? Umm, no. Tewes decided that the best thing to do would be to put the animal out of its misery. So he followed department policy and shot the animal, right? Umm, no. He says he was concerned about firing a weapon in a residential area. So he decided to strike the dog’s head with his baton and kill it. He struck it repeatedly. But the dog still lived, so he started jumping on the dog’s head to crush its skull. That went on for several minutes before Tewes changed course again and decided to choke the dog with a metal cable. It took him several tries but finally, some 20 to 30 minutes after he first attempted to kill the dog, Tewes succeeded in choking it to death. Prosecutors says Tewes will not face animal cruelty charges.

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  • 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

  • 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