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School volunteer arrested for drug theft

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Dalton Police Department arrested a paid volunteer worker at Morris Innovative High School. Jahala Hawkins, 38, of Dalton was arrested on charges related to the theft of drugs from a medicine locker from the school. 

Hawkins, who is not an employee of the Dalton Public Schools system, but a volunteer through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. 

The investigation into the theft began on Thursday afternoon when an assistant principal reported to the DPD School Resource Officer that pills were missing from the medicine locker. The SRO secured the medicine lock box in her office at the school and continued the investigation Friday morning with assistance from detectives from Dalton Police Department's drug unit. 

The investigation determined that Hawkins, had taken at least 20 pills of Adderall and Ritalin from pill bottles belonging to two students at the school over an undetermined amount of time. 

Hawkins was arrested and charged with two counts of theft by taking and two counts of possession of schedule 2 drug. 

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