February 6, 2013

Charles Oliver: Boy handcuffed, falsely accused

The family of 7-year-old Wilson Reyes is suing the city of New York and its police department. Family members say police handcuffed Reyes and interrogated him for 10 hours without their knowledge after another child accused him of stealing $5 at school. Another student later admitted taking the money. Police say they held the boy no more than five hours.

The Oregon attorney general’s office is investigating the Sweet Cakes bakery in Gresham. A lesbian couple complained after bakery owner Aaron Klein refused to sell them a wedding cake. State law bans discrimination because of sexual orientation. Klein faces up to $50,000 in fines.

The British Parliament has demanded that police explain why they stole the identities of dead children for undercover officers to use. An investigation by the Guardian newspaper found that police have been using the identities of people who died as children for three decades without informing the parents of those individuals.

A federal judge has sentenced former Camden, N.J., police officer Jason Stetser to 48 months in prison. Stetser pleaded guilty to conspiring with fellow officers to deprive others of their civil rights. According to court documents, those officers planted evidence and threatened to plant evidence on suspects, conducted illegal searches, stole money during searches and arrests, and falsified reports and lied in court to cover those actions.

A St. Louis Applebee’s fired waitress Chelsea Welch for posting a customer’s bill online. A group came into the restaurant for a meal, and when they got their bill they found the restaurant had added an 18 percent tip it charges for large groups. Alois Bell, pastor of a local church, apparently didn’t like that. She crossed out the tip and replaced it with a zero, writing, “I give God 10 percent, why do you get 18?” and signed it “Pastor Alois Bell.” Welch got the bill from the waitress who’d handled that table and posted it online. Welch says that when Bell found out about it she called Applebee’s and demanded that they fire not only Welch but the server and the manager on duty at the time. Applebee’s didn’t fire those other employees. Supporters of Welch note the restaurant has no problems posting customer’s bills when they say something nice about Applebee’s.

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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