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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    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

  • Guest column: Blevins supporter questions Wilbanks

    I support David Blevins in his campaign to be elected Conasauga Circuit Superior Court Judge on Tuesday, July 22. First, please get out and vote. Have a say in your local government.

    July 19, 2014

  • Citizens of the Week: Pleasant Grove Fire Station, Charles Crump

    Imagine this: One normal Thursday, you make preparations to bake a few dozen apple muffins for friends and neighbors, as you have countless times before. You bake the first batch without a hitch. Then, after you’ve placed the second batch in the oven, a loud noise sounds, your smoke alarm starts blaring, and your entire kitchen is full of smoke.

    July 18, 2014

  • A tournament to be proud of

    The scene Sunday afternoon at Lakeshore Park looked similar to one we see each fall on Friday nights around northwest Georgia.

    July 17, 2014

  • Still time to vote early

    Summertime, and the living is hectic.

    July 15, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Down with the berry picking blues

    It was there, and then it wasn’t — and Mr. Gravity took over.

    July 15, 2014