June 17, 2014

Charles Oliver: Don't do good or waste water

• Officials in Arlington, Va., have banned the Boy Scouts and other groups from holding charity car washes. Officials blame tougher state regulations on runoff into the stormwater system.

• Former Anderson, Calif., police officer Bryan Robert Benson has pleaded guilty to deprivation of rights under the color of law after sexually assaulting a woman he was taking to jail. Benson pulled into a parking lot and forced the woman, who’d been arrested for DUI, out of his patrol car. He then raped her against the back of the car. Benson’s plea deal calls for him to receive five years in prison.

• Former Jersey City, N.J., police officer Mario Rodriguez has pleaded guilty to transporting stolen goods and extortion. Rodriguez stole more than 500,000 cigarettes and tried to extort $20,000 from someone he thought was a drug courier but was actually a government informant.

• Officials in Springfield, Mass., agreed to pay $28,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by two women who were given “an extensive strip and body cavity search” by the side of the road in front of at least seven male officers and passing motorists. The officer who conducted the search, Carla Daniele, did not wear gloves during the search. She and the other officers were not disciplined for the search.

• Former Lexington, Neb., police officer Terrance Smith was sentenced to 120 days in jail after pleading no contest to attempted burglary. He was apparently caught on video while on duty entering a local business and searching through drawers and cabinets.

• Former Chesapeake, Va., police officer Michael Mobley pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement. He reportedly stole marijuana and cash from three prostitutes, telling them he was seizing it for official purposes. He faces up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

• Chase Culpepper, 16, and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund say his rights were violated by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV refused to take Culpepper’s photo for his driver’s license until be removed the makeup he was wearing. “When this young man has to show his ID, his ID shows that he’s male. The card says he’s male (and therefore), he needs to look like a male,” said a DMV spokeswoman. But Culpepper says he wears makeup to school and on his job. “This is how I am every day. And if a police officer wanted to recognize how I am, then, he would want to see who I am in my picture as well,” said Culpepper.

Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen.

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    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

  • 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