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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  • Citizen of the Week: Kacee Smith of the Georgia Rampage

    When the Georgia Rampage became Dalton’s first professional indoor football team last year, it would have been easy for the owner and players to focus only on drawing attention to themselves as they tried to build up the team’s following.

    April 18, 2014

  • Successes continue at Dalton State College

    These are exciting times for our local college, Dalton State, both on campus and off.

    April 16, 2014

  • Mark Millican: The birds hushed their singing

    For the uninitiated, that line is from what many consider the greatest rock song of all time, “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin.

    April 15, 2014

  • Misty Watson: When blood sugar drops, anger rises

    It wouldn’t have taken 107 married couples and 21 days to figure out that being hungry makes people angry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Working for the man

    You may be one of the many Americans who will rush to file their income taxes today. But you may not yet have earned enough money to pay all of the taxes that will be imposed on you this year.

    April 15, 2014

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    A recent Daily Citizen column by Walter Williams will both awaken and frighten any thinking person who claims even a smidgen of knowledge about — or belief in —  either the Bible, world history or current events.

    April 15, 2014

  • College soccer team would bring local talent together

    Dreams of combining the best soccer players from all local high schools into one team finally could come true.

    April 13, 2014

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    Many people are confused this year about the May 20 Election Day. Unfortunately, very few voters in Whitfield County actually go to the polls for a primary election. But this means any increase in participation can have a significant impact.

    April 12, 2014

  • Letter: Hooper for Murray chief magistrate

    Thanks to all the wonderful people and friends who backed me for District 1 Murray County Board of Education. You sure showed a lot of support. Sorry I had to step down due to my and my wife’s health. I am a lot better now.

    April 12, 2014

  • Judicial dispute could have been avoided

    Judicial elections in Whitfield and Murray counties tend to be low key. In fact, we can’t recall the last time an incumbent judge on the Conasauga Superior Court, which cover the two counties, has even faced a challenger.

    April 12, 2014