Dalton Police Seek Shopping Spree Suspect

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a woman who used stolen credit and debit cards to finance a shopping spree and racked up more than $1,400 in fraudulent purchases at stores in Dalton and Calhoun.

The victim in the case reported that her wallet was stolen from her purse while she worked at Hamilton Medical Center on July 25. When she discovered the wallet was missing, she checked with her bank and learned that her debit card had already been used that day at the TJ Maxx in Dalton and the Home Depot in Calhoun for more than $600 in purchases. Dalton investigators checked out activity on her credit card and found that it had been used for more than $800 in purchases at the Calhoun outlet mall at the Skecher’s, Nike, and Polo stores. 

Detective Sam Eaton retrieved surveillance video from some of the stores and found a black female wearing glasses and a long “chevron” patterned dress, with long hair, possibly in braids, was using the stolen cards.

Detective Eaton also found video of the same female entering Hamilton Medical Center on July 25, in a maroon SUV, possibly an Isuzu Rodeo or Honda Passport and walking around the halls checking doors around the administrative offices.  Witnesses at both the hospital and the Calhoun outlets remembered meeting the suspect and described her as having a Jamaican accent. 

Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Sam Eaton at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and then enter extension 158. 


Howard Band Director Returns To Job After Serving 7-Day Unpaid Suspension

The Howard School band director has been reinstated after serving a seven-day suspension without pay. County school officials said Dexter Bell admitted that he refused to meet with principal Zacery Brown as he was directed. He said he would not refuse to cooperate with the principal in the future. Some students and parents had protested after the band director was ... (click for more)

Motorcyclist From Fort Oglethorpe Crash Taken Off Life Support

A motorcyclist who had been in critical condition since a crash with an SUV on Sunday has died. Jesse Campbell had been on life support since the wreck on LaFayette Road  in Fort Oglethorpe. Authorities said the driver of the SUV, Janet Marie Brock, would be charged with failure to yield the right of way and vehicular homicide. (click for more)

The Truth About The Rising Costs To East Ridge On The Fire Hall Property

Re:East Ridge Has To Pay Unexpected $428,000 On Bass Pro Shop Deal   H ere is the truth about this article.    One section of the article says: " Unknown to anybody on the council today, the agreement limited use of the land to a fire hall."     In a letter dated Dec. 15, 2010, Mayor Lambert asked TDOT officials to ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I Know About Dowries

There is a lawyer in Kenya who wants to meet President Barack Obama very badly. He knows the President will visit Kenya in July and the noble, young lawyer, Felix Kiprono, is very sincere when he says he wants to marry the oldest of the Obama daughters, 16-year-old Malia. He became interested in Malia in 2008 and can proudly say he has dated no other women since then, it has just ... (click for more)

Harris Leaves Tyner For Administrative Job At Dalewood Middle

(Story has been updated) Long-time Tyner Academy boys basketball coach Gerald Harris has resigned his coaching position to accept a job as assistant principal at Dalewood Middle School. Harris, 49, was offered and accepted the administration job last Friday and met with last year’s team on Tuesday to break the news to those players. “I’ve been coaching a long time ... (click for more)

Atlanta Silverbacks Dodge Chattanooga Upset In Overtime

The Chattanooga Football Club was minutes away from a 1-0 upset of visiting Atlanta Silverbacks in the third round of the US Open Cup. After battling for 87 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Chattanooga team representing the NPSL scored the potential game winner when Luke Winter finished off a cross from John Finlay. Minutes later, a foul in the box by CFC led to a Atlanta ... (click for more)