December 3, 2013

Charles Oliver: Police unsuccessful in persistent drug search

• David Eckert has filed a lawsuit against Deming, N.M., police, the Hidalgo County sheriff’s office, several officers from those departments and the Gila Regional Medical Center after he was forced to undergo a number of invasive medical searches. Cops stopped him for not making a complete stop at a stop sign coming out of a shopping center. Officers claimed that when Eckert stepped out of his vehicle he appeared to be clenching his buttocks. That got them a warrant from a judge to do a cavity search for drugs. But medical personnel in Deming refused to do the search. So officers took him to a hospital in a neighboring county where, according to medical records, doctors X-rayed his abdomen and found nothing. They then did a manual cavity search and found nothing. They did a second manual cavity search and found nothing. They gave him an enema and forced him to defecate in front of them and the cops and found no drugs. They gave him a second enema and found no drugs. They gave him a third enema and found no drugs. They did a second X-ray and found nothing. Finally, they forcibly sedated him and did a colonoscopy and found nothing.

• Vancouver officials have banned doorknobs in all new buildings. Starting next year, doors must have lever handles instead. The ban is part of several new rules aimed at making buildings more accessible to the handicapped and elderly.

• Aflie Waine, 5, decided to take his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys with him on a visit to relatives in Dublin. But security at England’s Leeds Bradford International Airport had a different idea. They seized Alfie’s toy sword, laser and staff and threw them away, not even allowing his mom to take them back out to their car. An airport spokesman said anything that looks like a weapon must be confiscated, even if it is plastic and just a few inches long.

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  • 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

  • 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