December 17, 2013

Charles Oliver: Auction sniping for inferior beer?

• The Vermont Department of Liquor Control has cited Stephanie Hoffman with selling craft beer without a license. Officials say they regularly scour Craigslist and eBay trying to find those selling craft beer illegally. They add that beer sold on the black market may not have been refrigerated properly, so customers may be getting an inferior product.

• Valentine Harverye spent more than five years in a British prison after burning a prostitute’s face with melted plastic and scalding her with boiling water. After he was released, the government moved to deport him to his native Zimbabwe but an immigration court blocked the move, saying it would violate his human rights because he might face “ill treatment” there.

• Police in Solihull, England, have sent letters to children as young as three warning them they face penalties for anti-social behavior for playing outside. The letters report that large groups of small children playing together are “intimidating to elderly neighbors” and warned they have been seen trampling plants while they play.

• A federal judge has awarded Angel and Jennifer Mendez $4 million after they were shot by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department during a warrantless raid on their home. The shooting cost Angel Mendez one of his legs. Deputies said they were looking for a parolee who had reportedly been spotted near their home. But the judge said the cops not only did not have a warrant, they had no evidence the man they were looking for lived the Mendez home.

• Eleven women and one man have sued the Puyallup, Wash., police department, claiming officers selectively videotaped people, mostly young women, undressing while in custody. City Attorney Kevin Yamamoto says that video recording of holding cells is routine as is requiring people to change their clothes when they are brought into the jail.

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  • 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

  • John O. Schwenn: Making college completion easier

    There are, within the state of Georgia, an estimated 1.1 million adults who started a college degree program and never finished.

    July 19, 2014