Opinion

March 30, 2014

‘Solid police work’ to be proud of

In other areas around the country, local law enforcement agencies don’t work too well together, even when they receive much of the focus amid high-profile investigations.

Thankfully, that isn’t the case in Northwest Georgia.

Two alleged murders happened this month in the city of Dalton, and in both cases, an arrest was made no more than two days after the incident. Instead of leaving an air of uncertainty, law enforcement officials did an amazing job finding the suspected killers and quelling all fears of law-abiding residents that someone could conceivably commit such a crime and not be caught.

On March 11, two days after officials believe she killed Dahyabhai Kalidas Chaudmari, 37, a clerk at the Hi-Tech Fuel gas station at 3385 Airport Road, Skyy Raven-Marie Mims was arrested. Capt. Rick Swiney with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office said Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials received information Tuesday that Mims was staying at a Bartow County residence, so they contacted the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and had the service and Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force begin surveillance. Marshals spokesman Gavin Duffy said the arrest was the result of “solid police work.”

Last Monday, around 40 hours after officials believe he killed Bruno Rodriguez, a 28-year-old security guard at Las Delicias nightclub on East Morris Street in Dalton, Orlando “Smiley” Ramirez was arrested at a Marietta apartment complex. Detectives developed leads on Ramirez’s location and contacted the Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force again as well as the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

In both cases, the arrests relied on assistance from multiple agencies and cooperation across county lines to find the suspects. No one with a heart wants to see someone’s life ended — or another’s ruined — but it’s comforting to know our law enforcement officials do everything they can, and help out whenever they can, to keep us safe.

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