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February 29, 2012

  • Congratulation Investigator Kirkland
    • On December 9th, 2011, Inv. Alex Kirkland was chosen by the United States Secret Service to attend training at the National Computer Forensics Institute in Hoover, Alabama. There were 99 nominations across the United States for 24 seats in the class. Inv. Kirkland attended the five week school from January 23rd, 2012 to February 24th, 2012. There were attendees from as far north as Alaska and Maine to some as far south as Texas and Florida. The National Computer Forensics Institute is federally funded as was completely paid for by the United States Secret Service. While attending this school, the Secret Service provided equipment and software, valued at approx. $25,000.00, for Inv. Kirkland and allowed him to bring the equipment to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office to assist in computer evidence related investigations. While it was an honor to attend this school and be selected from a vast group of law enforcement officers across the United States, it was not his only achievement during this five week period. Inv. Alex Kirkland also graduated with honors from college with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.
  • F.I.N.D. Division
    • On February 29th, 2012 Douglas County 911 placed a look out on a vehicle involved with a Shoplifting at the "Toys R Us" off of Chapel Hill Road. Apparently three subjects entered the store and stole several "Ipods". Members of the F.I.N.D. Unit began a search and located the vehicle traveling East on I-20. The vehicle pulled over and two of the three suspects were taken into custody w/o incident. A third suspect fled on foot. The F.I.N.D. Unit deployed a K-9 and a perimeter was established with the assistance of other DCSO units and DVPD units as well. The third suspect was found and arrested in the woods and the stolen property was found too. Milton Harris Jr (28 yoa) and Whitney Harris ( 22 yoa) of East Point, Georgia and Tommy Brownery (26 yoa) of Atlanta, Georgia were charged with Felony shoplifting and turned over to Investigators with the Douglasville Police Dept.
  • Outside Inmate Work Detail
    • On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, Inmate Work Detail picked up an illegal dumping of 123 tires on Pochontas Drive. If you see anyone illegally dumping please contact the Sheriff's Dept. at 770-949-5656 to report. Even though inmates were used to pick up this illegal dump of tires, the estimated cost to the Douglas County citizens to dispose of the tires was approximately $645.00

    • Last week Inmate Work Detail helped County Road Dept. replace a curb on South Seminole Drive.

February 28, 2012

  • F.I.N.D. Division
    • On February 27th, 2012 members of the F.I.N.D. Unit made a traffic stop on I-20 near the Tyson Road Bridge. Consent to search was given and 2lbs of Marijuana was found in the rear hatchback area of the car. Michael Holderfield (21 yoa) of Rainbow City, Alabama was arrested w/o incident.


February 24, 2012

  • Criminal Suppression Unit
    • Deputy Myers of the Crime Suppression Unit stopped a car on I-20 westbound near South Baggett for an equipment violation. As the car was pulling over the occupants were throwing things out of the window. Recovered from the car were about 1,600 Alprazolam pills which are generic for Xanax. After searching where the items were thrown two more bottles were recovered with about 400 more pills for a total of 2,000. The two males and one female were charged with possession of Alprazolam with intent to distribute.

February 23, 2012

  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been investigating several thefts over recent months of commercial phone cable that has been stolen from several locations in Douglas County. On 02/20/12, during the course of his duties a Deputy located a large amount of Commercial Wire that appeared to have been dropped on a vacant lot in Lithia Springs. Deputies and Investigators began investigating into the recovery of this large amount of wire that appeared to have been placed there temporarily or until suspects could return to get the wire. Investigators monitored the wire through surveillance with the belief someone would return to retrieve it at a later time. On 02/22/12 Investigators learned that the wire was retrieved and later located in the possession of two suspects Troy Curb & Zackary Sticker. The two were taken into custody for cable theft. Both suspects appeared in Bond Hearing on 02/23/12.
  • F.I.N.D. Division
    • On Wednesday February 22nd, 2012 members of the F.I.N.D. Unit made a traffic stop on I-20 near Tyson. A K-9 alerted to the vehicle and 4 bags containing numerous smaller bags of crack cocaine with a total weight of 13.6 grams. Three subjects out of Dallas, Texas were arrested without incident.


February 22, 2012

  • F.I.N.D. Division
    • On February 21st, 2012 members of the F.I.N.D. Unit made a traffic stop on I-20 West bound. A K-9 alerted to the car and a search revealed 2 oz of Marijuana sealed in large "Mason" Jars. Christopher Sharp (27 yoa) of Crawford, Mississippi was arrested w/o incident.


February 20, 2012

  • Jail Division
    • On Friday, February 17th, an inmate on the First Floor was assaulted when he attempted to protect his personal property. Leonard Joe Caldwell, who is currently in jail on a violation of probation, entered another inmate's cell and took his commissary items. When the inmate attempted to take his property back, Caldwell attacked him. The victim was transported to Douglas Wellstar to be treated for a possible broken nose. Caldwell appeared before the Magistrate Judge this morning on his new charge and received a $4,000 bond.

February 17, 2012

  • M.A.C.E. - Making A Change Early
    • This is a program designed for at risk kids. The exercise will be geared toward juveniles between the ages of 13 to 17. It would be based as a scared straight program. The program will be available for citizens of Douglas County to sign their child up and for court appointed juveniles as well.

    • The program is a guided tour of the jail facility. It would be designed to show the juvenile the different aspects of the way inmates are treated and housed. It would also be a way for the juvenile to see the type of environment that they would be living in as an incarcerated inmate.

    • As the youths arrive at the jail they would be greeted at the main entry to the jail. Parents will need to be in attendance for instruction on when to return for their child. After the parents are dismissed the juveniles are met by multiple officers and properly searched for any contraband before entering the jail facility. From there the youth will be taken in to the book in area and dressed in an inmate uniform. The youth will be stripped of any jewelry, phones, and any other contraband that is not allowed in the jail.

    • After dressing in proper inmate attire the youth is taken through out the jail to tour living quarters. Cell blocks would be locked down during the time that the juveniles are on the floor. Juveniles will experience isolation cells, restraint chairs and/or boards.

    • At the end of the tour, select current inmate volunteers would be allowed to speak to the kids so they may hear first hand accounts of jail and prison life and a way to explain how they come to be in jail. After the inmate interaction the juvenile would be taken to the visitation area to visit briefly with their parents (by phone or video). Officers will then debrief the juveniles as to what they think of the MACE program in order to obtain their reactions. After the debriefing, the juvenile is dressed out, property returned and exited from the facility to the parents.

    • A follow up on the youth's behavior and attitude can be conducted after a few weeks of the visit and made available for court presentation as needed.
  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • On February 15, 2012 at approximately 10:00 a.m. 3 young black male masked robbers entered the Verizon Wireless store located at 890 Thornton Road. They were armed with a long gun. The robbers were clothed in all black, wearing cargo style pants, ski masks and gloves. The robbers were described as being between the ages of 12-17 years of age and all had a thin build. They arrived on the scene in a black vehicle seen here, believed to be a Volkswagen Jetta or similar vehicle. Any information please contact Inv. Susan Sweat, Douglas County Sheriff's Office 770-920-7138.
  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • On 021512 deputies and investigators responded to a report of an armed robbery of a single victim that occurred at Waterford Apartments in Lithia Springs. The victim said a black male, small in size approached her with a gun as she was getting into her vehicle in the parking lot of the complex. The victim said the male put the gun to her head and demanded her money, wallet and cell phone. According to the victim, the male wore a bandana on his face and dark clothing. The victim also described a second male standing not far away that seemed to be with the gunman. Anyone with information about this crime, please contact the Sheriff's Department.
    • Descriptions of the suspects are:
    • Gunman
      • skinny
      • dark skinned
      • had on a jacket that was dark colored, had a sheen/shine to it in the light
      • wore a scarf/bandana over bottom of his face, it looked crisp and new
      • the gun barrel was skinny, looked old
      • had a southern accent
    • Second male
      • black male, light skinned
      • medium build wore a blue/teal colored t-shirt with a long sleeved white t-shirt under it
    • Three more members of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Command Staff have graduated from the Public Safety Leadership Institute at Mercer University. The six week course is a concentrated program for public safety officials designed to enhance their leadership abilities and prepare them to assume more command responsibility as needed. We congratulate them for their accomplishment.

    • L to R
      • Lieutenant Gary Gaston
      • Lieutenant Billy Lashley
      • Lieutenant Darryl Green


February 16, 2012

  • F.I.N.D. Unit
    • On February 15th, 2012, members of the F.I.N.D. Unit made a traffic stop on I-20 West bound near Liberty Road. A K-9 alerted to the car and one pound of Marijuana was found hidden in the trunk/quarter panel area. Lavard Louis (34 yoa) of Oxford, Mississippi was arrested w/o incident.
      Also on February 15th, 2012 members of the F.I.N.D. Unit made a traffic stop on I-20 near South Baggett Road. The driver was found to be in possession of a fake/forged North Carolina Identification card with a false name and date of birth. Ivan Reyes-Alvarez (30 yoa) of Austin, Texas was arrested w/o incident and charged with one count of Felony Forgery-2nd degree..

February 13, 2012

  • F.I.N.D. Unit
    • On Friday, February 10th, 2012, members of the F.I.N.D. Unit stopped a vehicle I-20 East bound between Tyson Road and Post Road. Consent to search was given and officers located 27lbs of Marijuana (Vacuum Sealed) in a large bag in the trunk. Roberto Paul Gonzalez (23 yoa) of Arlington, Texas was arrested without incident and his car was seized.
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February 10, 2012

  • F.I.N.D. Unit
    • On February 9th, 2012 members of the F.I.N.D. Unit made a traffic stop on I-20 west near Post Road. Consent to search was given and officers located 4 ounces of marijuana hidden in shoes and under the spare tire. Martin Davis (27 yoa) and Johnny Bryant (21 yoa) both of Ackerman, Mississippi were arrested w/o incident.

    • Also on February 9th, 2012 members of the F.I.N.D. Unit made another stop on I-20 east at Post Road. The vehicle was driven by Gregory Mccain (36 yoa) of Jonesboro, Georgia. Consent to search was given and officers found 15-20 "I-PADS" and other computer equipment. Preliminary investigation revealed the items were purchased around Birmingham, Alabama and parts of West Georgia with stolen/fraudulent credit cards. The items were seized and the case was turned over to CID for further investigations.
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February 9, 2012

  • F.I.N.D. Unit
    • February 6th-8th, 2012, members of the F.I.N.D. unit made multiple traffic arrests to include violations for: driving with no Insurance, suspended license, suspended registration, and DUI. The unit also took several individuals into custody for outstanding warrants and assisted motorists who were stranded on the side of I-20 for mechanical problems.
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February 8, 2012

  • Major Crimes Division
    • Below is jewelry recovered near the westside of the county. If you recognize any of these pieces as being yours, please contact Mike Howell at 770-920-4915. .

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  • Inmate Services Division
    • Outside inmate work detail repainting county owned buildings.

February 7, 2012

  • Training Division
    • The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 104 competed in a competition this past weekend. The competition was called Winterfest 2012. There were over 70 teams competing this year. The Douglas County Explorer Post competed and finished in the following competitions.
      • Crime Scene 7th place
      • Cell Extraction 7th place
      • Crisis Intervention 7th place
      • Warrant Service 11th place
      • Class A Uniform 8th place
      • Written Exam 18th place

    • Congratulations on a job well done!
    • Also a word of thanks to the following deputies for their help in teaching the Explorers.
      • Sgt. Elmer Horn
      • Inv. Dale Kelley
      • Inv. Joey Garland
      • Sgt. Brian Wood
      • Sgt. David Martin
      • Deputy Eddie Englett Jr.
      • Deputy Jeff Duncan
      • Deputy Jamie Fowler
      • Deputy Lori Gray
      • Deputy Greg Ashcraft
      • Sgt. John Sweat
      • 1st Sergeant Arnold, (Alexander High School JROTC)
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  • 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 photograph. If you recognize this property as belonging to you please contact Sgt. John Sweat at 770-920-4913. For more recovered property, click here. Please tell everyone that you know to check our Facebook and Website pages for future updates.


February 3, 2012

  • Fugitive Division
    • The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Division assisted the US Marshals Task Force and the Cobb County Sheriff's Office with the apprehension of Artarius Deontay Gay Thursday afternoon at 12:04 Tree Terrace Parkway off of Maxim Road. Mr. Gay is a suspect in a shooting that is believed to be gang related that took place in Austell early Thursday morning. He was wanted out of Cobb County for aggravated assault with intent to murder and second degree criminal damage.
  • F.I.N.D.
    • On Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 members of the F.I.N.D. Unit made a traffic stop on I-20 @ Post Road. The car was driven by Laquisha Paulding, 31 yoa, from Hueytown, Alabama. Consent to search was given and Deputies located 2.5 lbs of Marijuana and approximately 100 ecstasy pills (1.6 oz). Laquisha Paulding was arrested w/o incident and $3400 in cash and the Mercury Gran Marquis was seized as well.

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February 2, 2012

  • Criminal Investigation Division
    • Deputies were called out to an address on Kirkland Drive off of Kilroy Lane on Wednseday, February 1, 2012 around 1:45 pm. A caller called and advised that three white males and 1 white female entered into a vacant home. When deputy's arrived they confronted one white male inside. He was detained. During the investigation two more subjects were found under the mobile home. The subjects knocked holes in the floor and hid themselves from authorities. The subjects were cutting the copper pipes from inside the home and under the home to sell. The forth subject left before deputies arrived. Three subjects were detained and charged with burglary. Warrants were issued on the forth subject.
  • Crime Suppression Unit
    • On 012912 deputy Myers of the Crime Suppression Unit was assisting patrol on a perimeter for a burglary suspect in the area of Liberty Rd and Pool Rd. During this time Myers noticed a car in the area where deputy Tolbert and his K-9 tracked to with two people in it. After the perimeter was called off Myers saw this car again on Liberty Rd this time with three occupants. Myers stopped the car for a traffic violation and after his investigation he found that the front seat passenger was holding a stolen laptop taken from a burglary two days after Thanksgiving in Villa Rica. Investigator Ernst started an investigation on this suspect for the burglary on Liberty Road. More burglaries may be cleared because of this arrest.
  • F.I.N.D Unit
    • On Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm, the F.I.N.D. Unit made a traffic stop on I-20 west bound at the Post Road exit ramp. A K-9 alerted to the vehicle and during a search 20lbs of Marijuana was located. The driver was identified as 37 year old Frankie Benton of Snellville, Georgia. Investigation revealed the Marijuana was picked up in Dekalb County, Georgia and was destined for Villa Rica, Georgia.

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