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JANUARY 31, 2012

  • Inmate Services Division
    • Work Detail inmates saving Douglas County and the city of Douglasville citizens tax money by building new curbs on Bright Star Road.

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January 31, 2012

  • Special Investigations Division
    • The Special Investigations Division arrested a Thomas Mixon and Tonya Lolley for sales of a schedule II narcotic and use of a communication device to facilitate a felony. Agents began working an investigation in late 2011 in reference to information that was received about a subject named "Thomas" that was selling prescription drugs. Agents were able to make purchases from Thomas on two separate occasions over the course of the investigation. On the last transaction, a female identified as Tonya Lolley facilitated the sale by going to a local pharmacy, picking up the prescription and delivering it to agents working the case. Both Mixon and Lolley were taken into custody after the last transaction and turned over to the Douglas County Jail. Both were to appear before the local Magistrate Judge this morning.

JANUARY 30, 2012

  • Jail Division
    • This past Friday, January 27th, two officers at the Douglas County Jail were involved in a fight with inmate Christopher Cushenberry. Officers J. Davis and J. Smallwood entered 1 Max to lock down inmate Cushenberry when his recreation time was over. Cushenberry refused to lock down and began to resist when officers attempted to escort him into his cell. During the struggle, officer J. Davis struck the back of his head on a fixed object in the cell. As they struggled to restrain Cushenberry, they fell to the floor with Cushenberry landing on top of officer Davis. Officer Davis was treated at Douglas Wellstar for injuries sustained and is doing well. Inmate Cushenberry has received two additional charges for felony obstruction and riot in a penal institution.


JANUARY 27, 2012

  • Major Case Unit
    • Ref: Home Invasion
    • Date: 12/31/11
    • Location: Marsh Ave, Lithia Springs, GA
    • Suspect #1: Raven Stephens
    • Supect #2: Jamal Pinkney

    • On 12/31/11 at approx 1130 hours Jamal Pinkney entered a house on Marsh Ave., in Lithia Springs, where two (2) elderly females llived. Jamal Pinkney pointed a gun at each of the victims, demanding valuables and also threatening one of the victims that he was going to rape her. Detective Jay Smith, who works for the Douglasville Police Department and is attached to the Major Case Unit, which is a joint division worked by the Douglas County Sheriff Office and the Douglasville Police Department, identified Jamal Pinkney as the gunmen and Raven Stephens as a party to the crime. Both suspects have been arrested.

JANUARY 26, 2012

  • Criminal Investigation Division
    • On 01/20/12 Investigators and Deputies responded to a shooting off of Cherokee Boulevard in Douglasville. Investigators learned that suspect David Bullard and the victim were involved in an argument when Bullard obtained a gun and shot the victim in both legs. Investigators learned that drugs and alcohol were also involved.

      David Bullard was placed under arrest for Aggravated Assault and Possession of Methamphetamine. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.


      Investigator S. Sweat organized a search over the past weekend for a Douglasville man reported missing by his sister earlier this month. Investigator Sweat followed up on several leads and after several days of not locating the missing man, she organized a search with ATSAR, (Alpha Team Search and Rescue). After careful planning between Investigator Sweat and Investigator Skinner and ATSAR they began a ground search for the missing man and with the use of the search team dogs they were able to locate the man. The Sheriff's Department is very thankful for all the assistance we received from local resources and the Alpha Search and Rescue team.

JANUARY 25, 2012

  • Major Crimes Division
    • Between September 1st and December 15th 2011 there were multiple burglaries occurring in subdivisions directly off of Highway 5 and Kings Highway between Central Church Road and Dorset Shoals Road. Some property has been recovered in relation to these burglaries. We are asking the community in these areas to please look at the attached photographs. If you recognize any of this property as belonging to you please contact Sgt. John Sweat at 770-920-4913. Please tell everyone that you know to check our Facebook and Website pages for future updates.

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JANUARY 24, 2012

  • Major Case Division
    • On 01/23/12 Douglas County deputies were dispatched to 3800 Landmark Drive in reference to a home invasion. The victim/complainant, Hamlet Pimentel, told deputies on the scene that he was asleep in his room and heard banging on his front door and minutes later he heard glass breaking and two black males entered the house armed with handguns asking him where the money was at. Hamlet said he was ordered to lie face down on his bed while one of the suspects searched through the house. Hamlet said they left the house and got into a gray in color Hyundai and fled the neighborhood. Hamlet describes the the first suspect as a black male 5 feet 8, 160 pounds, short hair, dark complexion, carrying an old dark colored silver revolver. The 2nd suspect is described as a black male, 5 feet 10, 150 pounds with dreads, lighter complexion than the first suspect. Hamlet said the only thing he could tell that was missing was 2 laptop computers.

      Hamlet was arrested for possession less than one ounce of Marijuana, possession of Hydrocodone and possession of drug related objects.

JANUARY 23, 2012

  • Inmate Services Division
    • Last year, 2011, the outside work details picked up 308,000 pounds of trash, 895 tires, and a freezer off of Douglas County roads.

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JANUARY 17, 2012

  • Inmate Work Program
    • Sheriff Office Inmate Work Detail helping remodeling old 911 building into 2 offices for United Way and Atlanta Regional Council.
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  • Crime Suppression Unit
    • On 011312 at around 1:00 am, Deputy Myers and Deputy Harper of the Crime Suppression Unit observed a suspicious vehicle pull into Master Tech Mechanic on Hwy 78 in Lithia Springs. Since the business was closed these deputies stopped to check on this vehicle. After several different stories were told to these deputies they knew something was wrong. Investigator Ayers arrived to assist in the investigation. There were several tools in the truck that are commonly used to commit burglary or theft. Based on the time of day and the fact the business was closed along with the history of theft the suspect had, Brandon Bowles was arrested for an outstanding warrant through Paulding County for theft and possession of burglary tools.
  • F.I.N.D Unit Division
    • Traffic stops from the last week that resulted in arrests for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana
      01-05-2012 Malcom Buckhalter 20 years old from Lithia Springs, GA
      01-05-2012 Stefon Simmons 19 years old from Lithia Springs, GA
      01-11-2012 Lendell Henderson 38 years old from Riverdale, GA
      01-12-2012 Dorian Hamilton 26 years old from Muscle Shoals, AL
      01-13-2012 Jarica Ware 22 years old from Greenville, MS

      Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Cocaine
      01-12-2012 Alvin Gaines 55 years old from Tuscaloosa, AL
      01-12-2012 Willie Vawters 40 years old from Moundeville, AL

JANUARY 13, 2012

  • Major Case Division
  • Home Invasion suspect pleads guilty
    Brandon Potts
    Brandon Potts

    • Yesterday in Douglas County Superior Court, ADA Nadal Shawkat presented the facts surrounding an August 2011 home invasion to Superior Court Judge William H. McClain. Potts was apprehended red-handed by Lt. John Jewell of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office after a brief standoff at the residence. Potts exited the residence holding a 9mm pistol in his hand and was successfully taken into custody without further incident. Potts, 26 years old, entered his guilty plea to Judge McClain, throwing himself on the mercy of the court. All 8 victims were present during the plea including 4 victims under the age of eight. Potts plead guilty to 3 counts of armed robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and other charges alleged against him in a 21 count indictment. Judge McClain sentenced Potts to 3 LIFE sentences to run concurrent with an additional 5 years to serve consecutive to the life sentence for his part in this vicious crime. As part of his plea agreement, Potts has agreed to give truthful testimony against his co-defendants at any future proceedings. Potts will be eligible for parole consideration in 35 years.

JANUARY 12, 2012

  • Special Investigations Division
    • Agents with the Special Investigations Division received information about a subject selling illegal narcotics in the Fairburn Rd area. Agents working the investigation were able to make purchases of cocaine and marijuana on two separate dates from a Dustin Pickett who was residing in Sun Suites on Fairburn Rd. SID Agents and Sheriffs office Crime Suppression units arrested Pickett after the second transaction with undercover officers. After Pickett was taken into custody, SID and CSU units went to Sun Suites where Pickett was residing and executed a search warrant which had already been secured for his residence. While at the residence, agents encountered a Robert Mills and a Frances Carter. It was discovered that Mills had active arrest warrants on GCIC for him out of Dawson County Georgia. He was also found to be in possession of xanax which he did not have a prescription for. Mr. Pickett and Mr. Mills were taken into custody and turned over to the Douglas County Jail. Ms. Carter was released, however she was expected to turn herself in to authorities on Friday.
    • Charges on Suspects:

      Dustin Pickett- Sales of marijuana, Sales of Cocaine, Use of a communication device to facilitate felony- 2 counts, possession of drug related objects

      Robert Mills- Possession of Alprazolam, Driving while unlicensed, open container of alcohol.

      Frances Carter- Party to the crime of Sales of Cocaine, Use of a communication device to facilitate a felony

  • Court Services Division
    • Work Session: Friday, January 13th, 10 a.m., Commissioners' Board Room, 3rd floor, Courthouse
      Commission Meeting: Tuesday, January 17th, 10 a.m., Citizen's Hall, Courthouse
      The Douglas County courthouse will be CLOSED Monday, January 16th in observance of the MLK holiday.

  • Special Investigations Division
    • On January 10, 2012 a Jennifer Hardy was arrested on warrants issued by the Special Investigations Division. During the fall of 2011, the Special Investigations Division received information that Hardy was possibly involved in illegal drug sales occurring in the Lithia Springs area. Agents were able to arrange a meeting with Hardy where an amount of methamphetamine was purchased. Agents lost contact with Hardy after this purchase before the investigation could be taken further. Warrants were then issued for Hardy's arrest. She appeared before the local magistrate on January 11, 2012 to answer to the charges.
    • Charges on Jennifer Hardy:
      Sales of methamphetamine
      Use of a communication device to facilitate a felony

JANUARY 11, 2012

  • Special Investigations Division
    • Over the course of the past week, several individuals have been arrested in connection with Commercial Gambling cases which were made in November of last year. Investigators spent several weeks going through evidence, reviewing video footage and conducting interviews in connection to the investigations at eight locations in the county. After reviewing all the evidence several charges were made in connection with payouts on video gaming machines.

JANUARY 9, 2012

  • Investigations
    • Subject is person of interest in an entering auto on 11-21-11 in the Lithia Springs area. Do you know who this subject is? The subject is a black male, 18-25 years old, thin build. If you have any information, please contact investigator Joe Williams.
      Desk 678-486-1234
      Cell 678-794-8730

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JANUARY 6, 2012

  • Inmate Work Program
    • Inmates took down Christmas decorations at the Courthouse, Sheriff's Office, and around the city of Douglasville.

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  • Alexis Daniels Jail Division
    • On January 3, 2012, inmates complained to officers that an inmate was spitting on them. When officers K. Long and R. Gomez approached Daniels, she refused to comply with their instructions. Officer Long took hold of Daniels' sleeve and attempted to escort her. Daniels turned toward Ofc. Long and threw a punch aimed at her face, striking her glasses. Ofc. Long quickly recovered and the inmate was restrained on the ground by the officers. Inmate Daniels was taken before the Magistrate Judge for the charge of riot in a penal institution and was given a bond of $5,000.

JANUARY 5, 2012

  • Court Division
    • Douglas County Board of Commissioners
      • Work Session: Friday, January 13th, 10 a.m., Commissioners' Board Room, 3rd floor, Courthouse
      • Commission Meeting: Tuesday, January 17th, 10 a.m., Citizen's Hall, Courthouse
    • The Douglas County Courthouse will be closed Monday, January 16th in observance of the MLK Holiday.
    • The Douglas County Sheriff's Department, the Douglas County Fire/EMS Department, and Douglas County E-911 are always open, including holidays, to serve the residents of Douglas County.

JANUARY 4, 2012

  • Special Investigations Division
    • On December 27, 2011 the Special Investigations Division responded to a complaint received reference to drug activity at a residence located off of Hwy 78. Agents investigating the complaint identified Jessie Brister as a suspect. It was discovered through investigative means that Brister was growing marijuana in a room in his residence. Agents recovered several marijuana plants, and items used in the manufacturing of marijuana. Mr. Brister was taken into custody and turned over to the Douglas County Jail. He appeared before the local Magistrate Judge where his bond was denied based on his criminal history and the new charges.

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