April 22, 2014

Charles Oliver: Evidence at the last minute or later

• In New York, Bronx County Criminal Court Judge John Wilson has banned prosecutor Megan Teesdale from his court. Wilson, himself a former prosecutor in the Bronx district attorney’s office, became irate when Teesdale announced that the prosecutor’s office was dropping rape charges against Segundo Marquez. Teesdale said her supervisor had just found a note in the case file where the woman claimed to have initially told police her sex with Marquez was consensual. Teesdale made the announcement just after a two-week trial had concluded and after Marquez had spent eight months in jail waiting on his trial. Wilson described Teesdale’s failure to turn the note over to defense attorneys in a timely manner “gross negligence” and said he could no longer trust anything she might say. But defense attorneys in the Bronx told local media that the district attorney’s office routinely turns over exculpatory evidence at the last minute, or later.

• Some parents at Kentucky’s Stanford Elementary School are complaining that they were not informed about a lockdown drill at the school conducted by the local police department. During the “surprise” drill, students were held in their classrooms, while armed cops “cleared” the building. Police officials say they don’t understand why some parents are upset. They say they conduct these drills regularly and the students never saw them because they were locked in their classrooms.

• A Milwaukee, Wis., police officer faces up to three years in prison after being convicted of misconduct in office. Rodney Lloyd was escorting a handcuffed prisoner into a booking room when he rammed the man’s head into a concrete wall. Video showed the man was not resisting Lloyd.

• Springhill, Nova Scotia, resident John Gray says he’s tired of police arresting him for being drunk. Gray has Huntington’s disease, a degenerative genetic condition that interferes with his muscular coordination and speech. He says he has repeatedly been stopped by police walking to places near his home and they never accept that he isn’t drunk.

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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