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MAY 2011 NEWS ARCHIVE

MAY 27, 2011

  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • On May 25th, there were two burglaries reported off of West County Line Road. Deputies and Investigators began follow up by processing the scene and canvassing the neighborhood. At one of the burglaries, the victim advised there was alcohol and drink items taken from this residence. Deputy Jones remembered checking a suspicious person in the neighborhood walking with a "Juice Bottle" earlier in the day. This person's name was Nathon Biddy.
    • During the canvas, a description of a Green Honda occupied by three black males who appeared to be juveniles were developed as suspects. A witness to one black male coming out of the house where one of the burglaries occurred at.
    • On May 26th, Deputy Jones and Inv. Williams went to Lithia Springs High School and developed the person who was driving the Green Honda in the area the day before. Later in the afternoon on May 26th, deputies stopped the car with Nathon Biddy, Nicholas Clarke, and a juvenile. Inside the car, Deputies located unique property taken in one of the burglaries on May 25th.
    • Also, inside the car was a computer that was believed to have been taken in a burglary on May 24th. The computer was identified as belonging to the victim of a burglary in the same area on May 24th.
  • Major Crime Unit
    • The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Major Crime Unit concluded a lengthy investigation into a check fraud ring that involved counties from Polk to Rockdale. The ring leader Cassandra Rhea Gilbert, 47 years of age of southwest Fulton County was apprehended Thursday on forgery, identity fraud, and racketeering charges. Gilbert would employ homeless and drug addicts to pass stolen checks in post offices, grocery stores, shoe stores, and pharmacies. At the time of her arrest, she possessed multiple drivers' licenses and identification cards.

MAY 26, 2011

  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • On May 12, 2011 the Sheriff's Office received information which referenced an apartment in Lithia Springs that may be receiving items obtained from fraudulent internet purchases. The information stated that an apartment located at 1701 Tree Lodge Parkway in Lithia Springs had been receiving packages on average of two to three a week for several months. The investigators intercepted six in-bound packages in route to that apartment which were addressed to six different names.
    • A complaint was filed and a fraud investigation began. During the investigation, the Fraud Team identified the apartment was leased to a Kenneth Owusu. Previous complaints for 2010 and 2011 showed a Vido Manu and Kenneth Owusu were living in the apartment. Using the shipping labels provided from the packages, the investigators located two victims which lived in different states. An arrest warrant and search warrant for Kenneth Owusu and 1701 Tree Lodge Parkway were completed and signed by the Superior Court of Douglas County.
    • The search warrant was executed on the apartment on Monday, May 23, 2011. During the search, investigators located several items including packages that were addressed to more victims. Kenneth Owusu was arrested for Identity Fraud. During the search, Vido Manu was caught trying to dispose of evidence by throwing it away in the trash from the kitchen counter. Vido was arrested for Tampering with Evidence.
  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • On April 20th, two different burglaries occurred in the Johnson Road area along with one attempt on Ephesus Church Rd. Since this time, the Highway 166 area of Douglas County has also experienced burglaries in the area that were committed in a similar manner with a similar lookout. There was a lookout placed on a gold colored small car with a black male inside.
    • On May 13th, a gold colored Kia Optima was suspicious in a neighborhood in Villa Rica. Witnesses in Villa Rica got a tag number for the vehicle and we began trying to identify the people in the car at the time of the burglaries. Surveillance was set up on the Gold KIA Optima.
    • On May 25th, Christopher Butler and Robert Mcintyre went to Paulding County and attempted to commit a burglary at a residence there. The car, along with both subjects was located on Hwy 61 southbound and was stopped. Both subjects were taken into custody and transported to Douglas County. Deputies with Carroll County, Paulding County, and Douglas County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the residence where Butler resides. Property from several burglaries was located in the house tying them to burglaries in Carroll and Douglas County. Christopher Butler's girlfriend, Patrina Alexander, was detained and brought to the Sheriff's Office for further investigation. During interviews with Butler and Mcintyre, admissions were made to approximately 10 burglaries committed.

MAY 24, 2011

  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • On May 22nd at approximately 8:00 pm, deputies observed what appeared to be an altercation outside of the Waffle House at 908 Thornton Road. When the depuities pulled in to see what was going on, they observed a white Ford Expedition backed into a wall and several people trying to keep Tina Boober there. After further investigation, it was determined that the damage resulted from the driver trying to get away from Tina as she was trying to rob her. Tina was arrested and charged with Robbery, Entering Auto, and Damage to Property. She appeared in Magistrate Court on May 23rd. The judge denied setting bond at that time.
  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • Above the InfluenceSaturday, May 14th was the Taste of Douglasville event in downtown Douglasville and Sgt. Hambrick along with other key members of the community met with Ben Tucker who is the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy to discuss local efforts on combating illicit drug use and other addiction behavior. Director Tucker was in Douglasville to kick off the Above The Influence Campaign (ATI) in Douglasville. ATI is a media campaign that asks youth to identify things in their lives that keep them above the influence of drugs, gangs, and other negative behavior. Douglas County C.O.R.E. was key in facilitating this meeting. Sgt. Hambrick is on the C.O.R.E. board and is very involved with local efforts to educate the community on the dangers of illicit drug use as well as to provide treatment options for those addicted to drugs. Director Tucker identified several grant opportunities for C.O.R.E. and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office as well as left with plans to continue helping Douglas County stay above the influence.

MAY 23, 2011

  • Jail Division
    • On May 18th, while pulling inmates out for church call, inmate Willie Dave attempted to make contact with inmates in the opposite cellblock. He refused to follow their instructions and became argumentative. When officers tried to move him back to his cellblock, Dave began to struggle with them. A second inmate, Mark Smith, tried to join in the altercation and yelled to the other inmates in an attempt to get them involved. This posed a serious risk to officers that were outnumbered approximately 20 to 1. Both inmates were charged with felony obstruction and riot in a penal institution.
    • On the morning of May 19th, inmate Thomas Halsey, Jr. attacked another inmate in the Douglas County Jail. Officer C. Davenport quickly responded and broke up the fight. The victim told officers that the fight had been over payment for a haircut. Mr. Halsey was charged with riot in a penal institution. On the following morning, inmate Halsey was being escorted out of the cellblock for a court appearance. Halsey struck the escorting officer in the face. Deputy W. Paine, who was nearby, assisted Ofc. M. Beske in restraining Halsey. Halsey received another charge for riot in a penal institution and two counts of obstructing officers.
  • Inmate Work Crews
    • On Wednesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 19th Inmate Work Detail Crews rebuilt the retaining wall at Post Road Park for the Douglas County Park and Recreation Department.

grass cutting at new jail grass cutting

MAY 20, 2011

  • Inmate Work Crews
    • On Tuesday, May 17th, Wednesday, May 18th, and Thursday, May 19th one of the Inmate Work Detail Crews helped place rocks around the pillars of the bridge on Ephesus Church Road helping the Douglas County Road Dept. with erosion control.

grass cutting at new jail grass cutting

MAY 18, 2011

  • Inmate Work Crews
    • Grass Cutting Crews are responsible for maintaining approximately 40 county-owned properties around Douglas County. Last week, one crew cut the grass at the new jail site and new 911 facility for the first time.

grass cutting at new jail grass cutting

grass cutting at new jail grass cutting at courthouse

MAY 17, 2011

  • Jail Division
    • On Sunday, May 15th, Deputy Vanessa Love located four Clonazepam pills on a new arrestee. Dep. Love was in the process of dressing out the female when she noticed her attempting to hide something in her bra. The pills were recovered and the arrestee received two new felony charges for possession of a controlled substance and bringing drugs across a jail guard line.

MAY 11, 2011

  • Special Investigations Division
    • On May 10, 2011, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Division (SID) dismantled a drug trafficking ring operating in Douglas County. Over the past couple of months, information was provided to the Sheriff's Office about a subject by the name of Timothy Malin that was distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in Douglas County. Agents with SID were familiar with Malin due to previous encounters with him which were methamphetamine related. Agents were able to locate where Malin was residing which was off of James Road in Douglas County. Agents went to the Malin residence yesterday and encountered a total of six people, all of which had prior drug connections and were known to local authorities. A search of the residence revealed a total of approximately 3 ounces of methamphetamine, oxycodone pills, four firearms and several different types of items used to facilitate the distribution of methamphetamine. Several of the people located at the residence also had warrants out for their arrest. All of the subjects were taken into custody and turned over to the Douglas County Jail. They were all expected to appear before the local magistrate this morning.
      • Persons Taken into Custody:
        • Timothy Malin
        • Bobby Pruitt
        • Ashley Ulrich
        • Jessica Meadows
        • Rudy Fogg
        • Katie Keais

MAY 10, 2011

  • Patrol Division
    • On 05/06/11, Deputy Christian with Troop C made a traffic stop on a 2003 Ford Focus on Hwy78 at the Douglas - Cobb County line for equipment violations. During the stop one subject fled on foot into the city of Austell. Deputy Christian gave chase and what the subject did not know he was being chased by one of Douglas County Sheriff’s top S.E.R.T. member after ½ mile foot chase he was taken into custody without further incident. The subject had warrants throughout the metro Atlanta area. Thanks to Austell Police for all the assistance.
    • On 05/08/11, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was called out to a house on Ansley Blvd. in Lithia Springs for a domestic/aggravated assault with a baseball bat. When deputies arrived the suspect fled out the back door into the woods. Deputy Tolbert with Troop C arrived with his partner K-9 HERO. The suspect was tracked down by K-9 HERO and taken into custody without further incident.
    • On 05/09/11, Deputy McIlwraith with Troop C attempted to stop a Chevrolet Uplander on County Line Rd. for serious traffic violations the vehicle failed to stop and reached speeds up to 80 mph. The vehicle stopped in front of an address off Cindy Dr. and the driver/suspect fled on foot. It was determined that the suspect lived at the address he stopped at. Deputy Tolbert with his partner K-9 HERO arrived. The back door to the address was found to be ajar. The suspect was taken into custody by K-9 HERO hiding under a crawl space in the house.
  • F.I.N.D. Unit
    • On 05/04/2011 at 5:30 pm F.I.N.D. Unit member A. Sanders conducted a traffic stop on I-20 westbound at Post Road. The vehicle was a black Chevrolet Impala rental car. Driver identified as Antwain D. Gipson. Suspicious activity resulted in a consent search. One pound of marijuana was located in the trunk of the car. Gipson was arrested for felony possession of marijuana.

MAY 9, 2011

  • Inmate Work Program

inmate building step

  • Maintenance Division

cleaning bearcat vehicle woodwork

MAY 6, 2011

  • Inmate Work Program
    • In an effort to reduce operational expenses, the Douglas County Government utilizes Inmate Work Crews to cut grass and maintain lawns at over 30 of its properties. On Thursday, May 5th, inmates cut the grass at the Woody Fite Center.

inmates cut grass at Woody Fite Center inmates maintain over 30 government property lawns

  • Special Investigations Division
    • Agents with the Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Division executed a search warrant on Lake Crest Way, Douglasville, Georgia. During the month of April, Agents received information that a subject by the name of Shannon Pittman was selling illegal drugs from this residence. Agents were able to make a controlled purchase of marijuana from Mr. Pittman. Over the course of the investigation, Agents were able to obtain enough information to secure a search warrant for the residence. At the time of the warrant's execution, Agents were able to take Mr. Pittman into custody without incident. Agents also located items used in the distribution of marijuana and a firearm. Mr. Pittman was taken into custody and transported to the Douglas County Jail. He was scheduled to appear before the local magistrate on May 6, 2011.
      • Charges on Pittman:
        • Sales of Marijuana
        • Use of a communication device to facilitate a felony
        • Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
        • Possession of a firearm during a violation of the Georgia controlled substance act
        • Possession of drug related objects

MAY 5, 2011

  • Inmate Work Crews
    • On Tuesday, May 3rd, inmates helped Douglas County Road Dept. put up new guardrails on Factory Shoals Rd. On Wednesday, May 4th, inmates returned and painted the guardrails.

Guardrails on Factory Shoals Road Guardrails painted on Factory Shoals Road

MAY 4, 2011

  • Inmate Work Crews
    • On Monday, April 2nd, inmates worked on the Chapel Hill Court House and prepared the building for painting. On Tuesday, April 3rd, inmates painted the Chapel Hill Court House.

Chapel Hill Court House Chapel Hill Courthouse

  • Patrol Division
    • William Kyle Fields On May 3, 2011, Deputy William Kyle Fields was honored at the Hiram, Georgia city council meeting. At the meeting, Chief Gary Yandura, presented Deputy Fields a commendation for capturing three suspects involved in a series of armed robberies in Hiram and Paulding County. Congratulations to Kyle. Keep up the good work.

 

MAY 3, 2011

  • Relay For Life Event at Lithia Springs High School in Douglasville, GA on April 29th & 30th
    • Explorers Post 104 worked the parking lot and parked the cars for this event.

Relay for Life Explorers Post 104 Relay for Life Explorers Post 104

Relay for Life Explorers Post 104 Relay for Life Explorers Post 104

  • Touch-A-Truck Event at Arbor Place Mall on Saturday, April 30th

touch a truck event at Arbor Place Mall touch a truck event at Arbor Place Mall

touch a truck event at Arbor Place Mall touch a truck event at Arbor Place Mall

MAY 2, 2011

  • Jail Division - Reminder on Inmate Mail Change
  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • With upcoming vacation season and your trips to visit loved ones or just bask in the sun in some southern paradise...your home will be left unattended. Several things you can do prior to your vacation might help us help you if you become a victim of a property crime. Click here to download a PDF file of a Home Inventory Sheet that will assist you in documenting the valuables you have in your home. We, here at your Sheriff's Office, can better assist you in recovering your property with serial numbers, model number, photos, etc. Another thing you may want to do is to pick a trusted neighbor to look after your home daily to ensure that if you do become a victim of a crime that it does not go unnoticed for several days. You may want to consider giving your home the appearance that someone is there by getting timers for your lights that will cause them to come on and go off intermittently. While these are only a few things that you can do to help yourself avoid becoming a victim of a property crime, writing down and documenting your valuables will assist us in attempts to recover property in the event you become a victim of a property crime.
  • Inmate Work Program
    • On Friday 04-29-11, Inmate Work Crews worked 12 hours helping set-up for Relay for Life at Lithia Springs High School. Inmate Crews set-up tents and helped citizens load and unload their vehicles of supplies for the event. On Saturday, they returned to Lithia Springs High School and worked 5 hours taking everything down and cleaning the school grounds.

Relay For Life Douglasville 2011 Relay For Life Douglasville 2011

Relay For Life Douglasville 2011 Relay For Life Douglasville 2011

  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • Several weeks ago people began inquiring about headstones and grave markers that they had paid for at the Douglasville Monument Company on Bankhead Hwy in Winston. Inv. Thompson began an investigation into these allegations of theft. She learned that the owner of the business had recently been arrested near Lake Russell for possession of Methamphetamines. Thompson learned of numerous victims who had given the company many several months prior to the owner being arrested and had not received the product they were supposed to have gotten for their loved one's gravesite. While the investigation is on-going, Talmadge Fleeman is still in custody in Douglas County for Violation of Probation stemming from the Possession of Methamphetamine charge.

 

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