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FEBRUARY 2011 NEWS ARCHIVE

FEBRUARY 28, 2011

  • K9 Unit - Pennies for Police Service Dogs
    • Monday, February 28th - Friday, March 11th: "Pennies for Police Service Dogs", a fund-raiser to Chase Away K9 Cancer, by the Douglas County Sheriff's Department K9 Unit 16 elementary schools in the Douglas County School System are bringing in their pennies to help Chase Away K9 Cancer and honor the lives and service of police dogs. You can help! Take pennies to any participating school, or bring them to the Courthouse where 16 buckets are set up to receive donations!
  • Jail Division
    • As of March 1, 2011 we will no longer take money orders at the bookin window or at visitation. We will continue to accept money orders through the mail. Also, we've placed Smart Deposit Kiosks in the Jail lobbies so that families can deposit money to an inmates' accounts easily. Click here to download information related to Smart Deposit Kiosks.
FEBRUARY 25, 2011
  • Special Investigations Division
    • On February 24, 2011 agents with the Special Investigations Division received information from the Haralson Paulding drug task force that a Hispanic male was delivering large amounts of methamphetamine to a business on Thornton Rd. Agents with SID working in conjunction with Task force officers were able to set up a transaction with this subject. Several phone calls were made to the suspect and received by undercover officers during the operation. Agents were able to order a trafficking amount of methamphetamine from the suspect. With the assistance of the Sheriffs office Crime suppression unit, Agents with SID were able to take Leon Octablo and Garay Florentino into custody for trafficking methamphetamine. Subjects had over two ounces of methamphetamine in there possession where they were arrested. US currency and Leon Octablo's vehicle were seized pursuant to Georgia Laws.
      • Charges on Leon Octablo:
        • Trafficking methamphetamine Use of a communication device to facilitate a felony
      • Charges on Garay Florentino:
        • Trafficking methamphetamine
FEBRUARY 24, 2011
  • Special Investigations Division
    • On February 23, 2011 the Special Investigations Division executed a search warrant at a residence located in Douglas County. After receiving information about possible drug use and sales, an investigation was started in reference to possible illegal activity. Agents were able to obtain probable cause for the search warrant. During the warrants execution, methamphetamine, marijuana and several different types of drug related objects were located. Agents arrested a subject by the name of Armis Pritchett and charges are pending on other subjects involved at the residence.
    • Charges on Pritchett:
      • Possession of methamphetamine
      • Possession of marijuana less than one ounce
      • Possession of drug related objects
  • Today we remember Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Dep. Blake Gammill. Killed in the line of duty February 24th, 2005.
    R.I.P. 591
  • Inmate Work Program
FEBRUARY 22, 2011
  • Criminal Investigation Division
    • Investigators and Deputies respond to a Fatality accident.
      • On February 19th at about 2:00 a.m. there was a fatality accident which occurred on Pleasant Rd. In Douglasville where a teenage driver and four passengers were involved in a two vehicle accident resulting in a roll over which also resulted in the death of one passenger and serious injury to two others. One passenger, a male believed to be 21, left the scene prior to emergency vehicles arrival. The investigation indicated they were at a party prior to the accident.
      • The driver Jason Lark was charged with DUI, serious injury by vehicle, and several other traffic charges. Two female passengers were ejected from the vehicle. State Troopers worked the accident scene as Investigators and deputies worked the death investigation which is ongoing.
  • Inmate Work Program
    • On Monday, February 21st, inmate work crews picked up trash & debris along Stewart Mill Road in Douglasville, Georgia. The Sheriff's Office has three inmate work crews that pick up trash daily (Monday through Friday – weather permitting) to keep the roads in Douglas County cleaner for our citizens.
  • Inmate Work Program
    • Today inmate work crews fixed a new playground for children at Hunter Park in Douglasville. The park is located off of Gurley Road near Highway 5.
FEBRUARY 21, 2011
  • Special Investigations Division
    • On February 18, 2011, SID Agents responded to multiple complaints on Joseph Lommey Sikes at Willow Brook Drive in Douglasville. Joseph has been terrorizing the subdivision for months, walking up and down the street yelling racial slurs and carrying a BB Gun. Agents arrested Sikes on an outstanding warrant through Fulton County for Aggravated Assault with a weapon.
    • On February 17, 2011, Douglas County Sheriff's Office SID agents arrested Jonathon Christopher Gamble of Marietta,GA for prostitution after soliciting an undercover Agent.
  • Inmate Work Program

FEBRUARY 18, 2011
  • Jail Division
    • Visitation will be closed the week of 2-21-11 through 02-25-11 and will re-open on 02-28-11.
  • Special Investigations Division
    • On February 17, 2011 the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Divisions executed a narcotics search warrant at Tumlin St. in Lithia Springs. The search warrant led to the arrest of three individuals for charges to include Sales of Oxycodone, Sales of Methamphetamine, Use of a Telecommunication device to facilitate a felony, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of K2, Possession of drug related objects, and Cruelty to Children.
  • Explorers Program
    • On February 4-6, 2011 the Douglas County Sheriff's Office "Law Enforcement Explorers" Post #104 attended the "Winterfest 2011" competition in Gatlinburg Tennessee. The Explorers competed against more than 75 different Explorer Posts from all over the country. This year these Explorer Posts registered 150 teams to compete in the event.
    • The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Explorers competed in 6 different events and won the following awards:
      • Amanda Riccardi placed 2nd in "Written Exam" competition.
      • The team of Austin Butler, Amanda Riccardi, Cameryn Melton, Lauren Kelley, and Terrance Thomas placed 2nd overall in "Crime Scene Investigation." Their Instructors were Investigators Dale Kelley and Cindy West.
      • The team of Jamel Brown, Lorenzo Bouwdry, Anna Slavic, Michael Hall (not pictured), and Jeffrey (Pumpkin) Stephens placed 3rd in "Class A Uniform" competition. Their Instructor was U.S. Army First Sergeant Mark Arnold.
      • The team of Remi Martel, Jessie Shoffner, Danny Jones (not pictured), and Dusty Garland placed 4th in "High Risk Warrant Service". Their Instructor was Investigator Joey Garland.
      • The team of Austin Lee, Ashley Norwood, Brandon Oliver, and Jeffrey (Pumpkin) Stephens placed 5th in "D.U.I. Traffic Stops". Their Instructors were Sergeant Elmer Horn and Deputy Eddie Englett, Jr.
      • The team of Ryan Butler, Cody Cochran, Rashad Shelton (not pictured), and Austin Wentz placed 12th in "Motor Vehicle Accident Investigation." Their Instructor was Sergeant Elmer Horn.

FEBRUARY 17, 2011
  • Inmate Work Program
FEBRUARY 16, 2011
  • Special Investigations Division
    • On February 16, 2011 members of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Clandestine Laboratory Response team participated in annual recertification training. The Sheriff's Office currently has six investigators who are trained in the dismantling, removal and disposal of items used in the production of methamphetamine. The Douglas County Fire Department also participated in this training as both agencies work together when faced with the threat of Hazardous materials in clandestine lab environments.
    • Each clandestine lab team member employed by the Sheriff's Office was sent to the Drug Enforcement Administrations training facility in Quantico, Virginia to be certified under OSHA guidelines as it pertains to clandestine lab environments. The training which has three levels (Clandestine Laboratory Investigator, Site Safety and Tactical entry) spans a total of three weeks. The training and travel is paid for by the Drug Enforcement administration office of training. At the completion of the basic school, the DEA outfits each officer with approximately $3,000.00 worth of equipment to be used in the enforcement of clandestine labs. Two of the members on the team have also attended Georgia Institute of Technologies Hazmat technician course. This training is more in depth as it pertains to hazardous material environments and is along the line of what fire department personnel are trained in for Hazmat Teams.
    • Anyone who has any information about possible clandestine labs operating in Douglas County is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Division at 770-920-4990 or 770-920-4993 and speak with an investigator. All information will be kept confidential.
  • On Wednesday, February 16th, the full Senate Health and Human Services Committee Passed SB 36, which is legislation to establish a PMP (Prescription Monitoring Program) in Georgia. The legislation will be scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor.
FEBRUARY 15, 2011
  • Jail Division
    • On February 12th, new arrestee Tahisha Negusti was strip searched upon being brought to jail. During the search, an officer located a bag of suspected methamphetamine in the arrestee's bra. Ms. Negusti received additional charges for the possession of methamphetamine and bringing drugs across the jail guard lines. She is currently in jail on a $12,000 bond.
FEBRUARY 14, 2011
  • Meth Task Force
    • The Sheriff's Office will be hosting a public Methamphetamine Awareness seminar at the Douglasville Convention and Conference Center on March 15th from 6pm to 9pm. The doors will open at 5pm for registration. There will be several local agencies on hand that will have booths set up to provide more information on resources and treatment options. The training will be presented by Sgt. Jesse Hambrick and consist of general Methamphetamine awareness, Meth lab concerns, and treatment options and resources for those dealing with an addiction. Light refreshments will be provided.
    • Tuesday, February 8th was the annual Addiction Recovery Awareness Day at the State Capitol. This day is set aside yearly to make legislators aware of the successes in the area of treatment and recovery from addiction, and to raise awareness for the need to continue funding for state agencies that provide treatment options for those struggling with addiction. The day consisted of opportunities to meet state legislators, two lunch and learn opportunities, as well as a rally on the courthouse steps. Rally speakers in attendance showing their support for this event included Governor Nathan Deal, Speaker of the House David Ralston, Representative Jay Neal, General James Donald with the State of Pardons and Parole, Otis Nixon former Atlanta Brave, and Sgt. Jesse Hambrick with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. For more information on this event, you can contact Sgt. Hambrick at 770-577-5106.
  • Special Investigations Division
    • On February 11, 2011 Agents with the Douglas County Sheriffs office Special Investigations Division arrested a female by the name of Nuengruethai Koyfong-Phan for the offense of Masturbation for hire 16-6-16. Agents with SID have received numerous complaints regarding prostitution from a business located around the Thornton Rd area. An operation was conducted where Mrs. Phan propositioned an undercover officer. Agents with SID were able to take Mrs. Phan into custody without incident.
      • Charges on Phan: Masturbation for hire
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
  • Employee of the Month - January 2011
    • Congratulations to Deputy Bryland Myers
      • The Command Staff of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office met on February 10, 2011 and selected Deputy Bryland Myers for Employee of the Month for January 2011.
      • Deputy Myers was nominated for this award by Lt. Scott Worthan who wrote;
        • Since 01-04,11 Bryland Myers has made 14 felony arrests. His arrests include 4 burglars, 1 for theft by taking, 4 for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, 2 for possession of meth, 1 for theft by receiving, 1 for aggravated battery, and 1 for aggravated stalking.
        • Bryland spends countless hours, after shift change, finishing his warrants and paperwork and still finds time to help other deputies with their warrants and paperwork. He has never requested overtime for these tasks.
        • When you tell Myers that he did a good job he just says, "Thanks but I was just doing my job." Lt. Worthan says that Myers is one of the hardest working most respectful deputies working for this agency.
      • Atta-boy Bryland Lyptus Myers…. Keep up the good work! Deputy Myers will be awarded one (1) good day off with pay and his name will be inscribed on the plaque in the lobby of the Gammill Building.
  • Douglas County Court Services
    • Juan Salazar was found guilty by jury of Trafficking $10,000,000 worth of Cocaine in Douglas County and was sentenced to 33 years in prison with 30 to serve before parole eligibility.
FEBRUARY 10, 2011
  • Special Investigations Division
    • The Special Investigations Division arrested a James Austin Edwards and a Crystal Crutchfield on February 9, 2011. Information was received by a concerned citizen that illegal narcotics were possibly being sold from the suspects residence located in Douglas County. After a short investigation, agents with SID located illegal drugs and a motor cycle stolen out of Paulding County Georgia in there possession. Both Austin and Crutchfield were taken into custody and turned over to the Douglas County Jail. Both were scheduled to appear before the local magistrate in the morning.
      • Charges on Edwards:
        • Theft by receiving a motor vehicle
        • Possession of methamphetamine
        • Possession of marijuana less than one ounce
        • Possession of drug related objects
      • Charges on Crutchfield:
        • Theft by receiving a motor vehicle
        • Possession of methamphetamine
        • Possession of marijuana less than one ounce
        • Possession of drug related objects
FEBRUARY 9, 2011
  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • Arrest of Burglary Ring Suspects
      • The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been working with agencies in Paulding County, Haralson County, Carroll County, Coweta County, Spaulding County, Pike County, Upson County, Fulton County Burglary Task Force, and the U.S. Marshall's Office on a Burglary Ring of Convenient Stores. The six month investigation has produced the arrest of two person charged with Burglary, Andre Wynn 43 year old male, Anthony Patrick 49 year old male both from the Atlanta Area. The arrest of these two subjects are projected to clear more than twenty Burglaries of convenient stores.
FEBRUARY 8, 2011
  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • At approximately 6:30 A.M. on the 6th of February, 2011, a domestic dispute between former lovers Reniery "Ray" Moreno and Cecily Cothran reached a boiling point. Cecily came to visit Ray early that morning and then decided she wanted to leave. Ray decided to take matters into his own hands and go after her in his Nissan Titan pickup truck. Ray crashed his truck into Cecily's Honda Accord on Mann Road several times resulting ultimately in a motor vehicle accident somewhere near Mason Creek Road and Post Road. After the accident, Ray got out of his truck and punched Freddy Fariasruiz, who was a passenger in Cecily's vehicle, in the face. There was extensive damage done to the Honda Accord and both Cecily and Freddy were transported to the hospital. Cecily was quite fortunate and was only shaken up from the accident. Freddy had slight injuries to his head and to his right hand that required medical attention. Ray was arrested for aggravated assault against Cecily and Freddy, battery against Freddy, and criminal damage to property in the second degree for the damage he did to the Honda Accord, which belonged to another individual named Alan Presnell.
    • T-Mobile Theft Case on Thornton Road - On Monday February 7, 2011 two black males walked into the T-Mobile on Thornton Rd, a sales man greeted the men. Both men working in concert removed a Dell Streak (IPAD like device) from a display case. The men walked out with the Dell Streak. The two men got into a parked car which was parked behind the business. A preliminary investigation by the responding deputies and lost prevention with T-Mobile provided the names of Wesley Warren Thomas Jr. and Clarence Maurice Leonard. Both men are wanted in connection to several thefts at T- Mobile stores in the Metro Atlanta area totaling over ten thousand dollars worth of Stolen Cellular Phones. Warrants were issued, and the investigation was turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division.
FEBRUARY 7, 2011
  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • Criminal Attempt to commit Armed Robbery.
    • On Friday night 02/04/2011, a subject walked into the Shell at Annawakee Rd. and Fairburn Rd., bought an alcoholic drink (fourLoko Malt Liquor) and walked out. The subject later identified as Ricardo Baker had a sawed off shotgun on his back. The subject immediately comes back into the store, tries to shoot the clerk and demands the money. When the gun does not fire he leaves the store and is soon after caught by patrol walking up hwy 92. The clerk is not injured and Ricardo Baker is charged Criminal Attempt to commit Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, possession of a sawed off shotgun and possession of a firearm during a felony crime.
  • Explorer's Program - Post 104
    • The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post competed this week end in Gatlinburg TN. There was over 75 different posts represented from all of the country. Each post had an average of 2 teams (160 Teams). Our Post finished in the following:
      • 2nd place Crime Scenes
      • 2nd place Written Exam
      • 3rd place Uniform Competition
      • 4th place High Risk Warrant Service
      • 5th place DUI Traffic Stop
    • Please if you see them around congratulate them a good job well done. They represented our department very well.
    • Program support includes: Sgt. E. Horn, Inv. D. Kelley, Inv. C. West, Deputy J. Garland, Deputy E. Englett, Jr. and Sgt. Glenn Daniels.
FEBRUARY 4, 2011
  • ** ATTENTION PROCESS SERVERS **
    • The Sheriffs of Georgia have agreed to oppose any further expansion of "certified process servers". All sheriffs will exercise their authority under the current law and PROHIBIT ALL certified process servers from serving process in every county. *This message is being provided to you as a courtesy, so potential applicants can make a better informed financial decision regarding the certification process.*
  • The numbers are now in and we can report on the success of the Thanksgiving and Christmas programs. Our two bedrock people, Tracey Stanley and Anne Rice, worked many hours on this annual program. They were successful in obtaining help from many sources, including The Greystone Foundation, Colonial Hills Christian School, Atlanta West Jewelers, Yancey Brothers, Knights of Columbus, Sara Lee Bread Company, many Douglas County employees, area churches, and more Douglas County citizens than we have space for on this site. There is no way to express our appreciation to the many sponsors who donated gifts, money, clothes, and food. We were able to provide Thanksgiving or Christmas for almost 400 children. In addition to this, more than 60 people contact Tracey on Facebook and "adopted" a family for the holidays. Those "adoptions" created a merry Christmas for over 100 more children. These things could not have occurred without the outpouring of our community's care and love. We are humbled to be a part of your graciousness. Thank you.
FEBRUARY 3, 2011
  • H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) Unit
    • Sgt. David Martin elected Coordinator of the Western Region Traffic Enforcement Network
      • Last Tuesday, January 25th, Sgt. David Martin of the Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic unit was elected coordinator of the Western Region Traffic Enforcement Network (WRTEN). The Western Regional Traffic Enforcement Network consists of Haralson, Carroll, Heard, Troup, Douglas, Coweta, Paulding and Meriwether counties and all 38 law enforcement agencies within these counties. WRTEN is one of 15 regional traffic enforcement networks throughout the state. In his new position, Sgt. Martin will be responsible for coordinating all multi-jurisdictional traffic enforcement activities in West Georgia. Congratulations to Sgt. Martin! For more information on the WRTEN, visit their website at http://www.wrten.org/
    • H.E.A.T. Unit Activity
      • Since January 1st, 2011, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic unit began its new year with a bang. Over 20 impaired drivers have been taken off of our roadways, including one Habitual Violator with 4 prior DUI convictions. Traffic related fatalities have dropped again for the fourth year in a row since the inception of the HEAT unit. In 2006, Douglas County had 26 traffic fatalities. In 2010, we have lowered that number to 13. Even though the number has been cut in half, the HEAT unit will continue to aggressively pursue impaired, speeding and unbelted drivers.
      • The HEAT unit also continued its mission to educate our newly and soon-to-be licensed drivers. Sgt. David Martin and Dep. Jeff Duncan instructed Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program classes at the Douglas County Public Library. Sheriff Phil Miller is one of the few agency heads that still allows his deputies to teach this class at no cost to the community so that students who miss the instruction in public schools can still receive the valuable training that it involves. In the last class, there were students from all over metro Atlanta including 19 from Douglas, 13 from Cobb, 4 from Paulding, 2 from Fulton and 1 from White, Carroll, Coweta and Fayette counties. Also, Dep. Eddie Englett, Jr. instructed Standardized Field Sobriety training to our local Law Enforcement Explorer Post which is part of the Boy Scouts of America.
      • Our HEAT unit isn't just active locally. Since our unit is funded through a Governor's Office of Highway Safety grant, we participate in all statewide enforcement mobilizations. The first mobilization of the year was Operation Rolling Thunder in Hall County, GA. It was attended by Sgt. David Martin and Dep. Eddie Englett, Jr. In this deployment, 23 impaired drivers and 46 suspended drivers were taken off of the roads in two days! We will continue to participate with other HEAT units around Georgia during this 90 day enforcement wave.
      • The Douglas County Sheriff's Office H.E.A.T. Unit consists of Sgt. David Martin and Deputies Jeff Shipp, Eddie Englett, Jr., Jeff Duncan and Kenny Turner. These deputies have over 60 years of combined law enforcement experience.
FEBRUARY 2, 2011
  • Special Investigations Division:
    • The Special Investigations Division arrested a William L Carroll for Possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects. Mr. Carroll was observed by one of our agents driving a vehicle with a suspended registration. Deputies from the patrol division were called to assist and conducted a traffic stop on Mr. Carroll. During the stop, Deputies and Agent s from SID located methamphetamine and items used to ingest illegal drugs. Mr. Carroll was taken into custody and turned over to the Douglas County Jail.
    • Charges on Carroll:
      • Possession of methamphetamine
      • Possession of drug related objects
      • Driving on a Suspended registration
FEBRUARY 1, 2011
  • Special Investigations Division:
    • The Special Investigations Division and officers with the FIND Unit arrested a Demetrius Ingram on February 1, 2011. Over the past couple of weeks, agents with SID were informed of illegal drug sales that Mr. Ingram was conducting on and around Thornton Rd. Agents were able to purchase cocaine from Ingram on one occasion and had arraigned for a second purchase of a trafficking amount of cocaine and several prescription narcotics. Mr. Ingram was taken into custody and found to be in possession of several different narcotics. Ingram was scheduled to appear before the local magistrate on February 2, 2011.
    • Charges on Ingram:
      • Sales of Cocaine Use of a communication device to facilitate a felony - 2 Cts
      • Criminal attempt Trafficking Cocaine
      • Possession of Cocaine with intent to Distribute
      • Possession of MDMA with intent to Distribute
      • Possession of Hydrocodone with intent to Distribute
      • Possession of Marijuana with intent to Distribute
  • Warrant / Fugitive Division:
    • Apprehension of suspect - On Tuesday Feb. 1st at approximately 2:00 pm in a combined effort with the Fugitive division, Traffic units and Patrol division Jermaine Lewis Caldwell was arrested. Mr. Caldwell was wanted on a list of charges including Kidnapping, Selling Cocaine, Motor vehicle theft and Probation violation. He was apprehended on a tip from a concerned citizen who called a member of the Fugitive Division who then advised units as to Mr. Caldwell's location. He was driving in the area of Brown St. and Green St. in Dogulasville. Mr. Caldwell, who had run from police before gave up without incident and was heard to say he was " tired of running and ducking y'all ".
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