June 12, 2013

Charles Oliver: Drug seizure funds squandered


• Officials in Calvert County, Md., suspended a 5-year-old kindergarten student for 10 days after they caught him with an orange-tipped cap gun on a school bus. The boy’s mother, who wasn’t named by local media, said the principal told her that if the gun had had any caps in it they would have treated it as an explosive and called in the police.

• Police in Commerce, Calif., have charged mailman Daniel Villasenor with cruelty to a child and assault on a park property. Villasenor, who was on the job at the time, reportedly stopped at a local park to use the restroom. He accidentally walked into the women’s room, prompting an 11-year-old girl to laugh at him. When he left the men’s room, she was still laughing. He allegedly chased her down and began to choke her until park employees intervened.

• Former Northbrook, Ill., police officer Enrique Guzman pleaded guilty to official misconduct and was sentenced to two years probation. Guzman had been caught on video taking jewelry from a house he was sent to check on. Guzman had been suspected of several thefts and burglaries in the area.

Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen.

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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