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Georgia's New Secondary Metal Recycler Law

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 10-1-360, secondary metals recyclers who purchase regulated metal property in any quantity
must register with the appropriate sheriff's office(s) beginning July 1, 2012.

  • The recycler must submit a completed registration form in person to Sgt. Mike Howell. Sgt. Howell can be reached at
    (770) 940-4915 or through email.
  • The recycler must also submit a copy of the driver's license or other identification along with the registration documents.
  • If the recycler is a qualified alien, secure and verifiable documentation must be attached to the application. A list of verifiable documents is included below.
  • Annually collect a non-refundable registration fee of $200, which must be remitted to the county governing authority. Registrations cannot be considered without full payment of $200.
  • Each registration is valid for a twelve month period beginning with the effective date of registration established by the sheriff’s office once all registration requirements are met.

How the Appropriate County of Registration is Determined

  • Business (Corporation or Partnership) :
    The recycler registering as a business must register with the sheriff in county where the place of operation is maintained. If the recycler maintains a place of operation in more than one county, he/she must register the business in each county.
  • Individual (Sole Proprietor):
    An individual must register in the county where he/she resides.
  • Non-resident of Georgia:
    A recycler who is not a resident of Georgia must register in the county where he/she primarily engages or intends to operate as a secondary metals recycler.

Documentation


We Have Moved!

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has moved. If you need to request a background check, register as a sex offender or talk to one of our deputies in person, our new address is:

8470 Earl D. Lee Blvd.
Douglasville, Georgia 30134


SUMMER IS COMING AND VACATION IS AROUND THE CORNER!!!!!

Just a reminder to the citizens of Douglas County that the through the Sheriff's Office and Leadsonline.com, you can log the personal information, such as serial numbers, model numbers, brands, etc. on all of your valuables on a secure server. You can set this account for you and your family FREE of charge to you!!! Check out ReportIt.LeadsOnline.com and get your free account and start logging today. While none of us ever want to be a victim of a crime, when we are, we want everybody to all they can do and try to recover your stolen property.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sgt. Mike Howell at 770-920-4915.


Criminal Investigations Division

REPORTING IDENTITY THEFT TO THE IRS

Identity theft can affect taxpayers in two primary ways:

  1. Refund-related: This occurs when the identity thief uses the victim's SSN to file a false federal income tax return to obtain funds. If the thief files before the victim, the victim may not receive his or her refund in a timely fashion.
  2. Employment-related or Income-related: This occurs when the identity thief uses the victim's SSN to obtain employment, resulting in what may appear as unreported income under the victim's account.

For both forms of identity theft the taxpayer must submit the following documentation to the IRS by mail or by visiting the local IRS Office.

For Refund-Related identity theft:

  1. A photocopy of one or more of the following:
    • Social Security Card
    • Passport
    • Driver's License
    • Other Federal or State issued identification, AND
  2. One of the following:

Attach the documentation referenced above to your paper return if you have not yet filed, or to a letter of explanation if you have already submitted a return. Send the information to the location where the return is filed.

For Employment-Related or Income Related identity theft issues, attach the documentation referenced above along with any notice received from the IRS, and send to:

Internal Revenue Service,
PO Box 9039,
Andover, MA 01810–0939,
OR
fax to (978) 247–9965 (this is not a toll-free number).

If additional assistance is needed, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) using the toll-free number 800-908-4490, or visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov (keyword identity theft).

To request a copy of the victim’s tax return and related refund information to assist in local jurisdiction prosecutions:
Form 8821-A Must be completed with no scratch outs, be legible, no blank spaces, and one form per tax year. We must have the original signature. If the form is incomplete or illegible in any way the form will be returned for corrections. Mail original Forms 8821-A along with a photocopy of Form 14039 to:

IRS-CI Disclosure Waiver Program
401 West Peachtree Street – Room 600
Atlanta, GA 30308

The 8821 A form (Victim's tax return waiver) must be picked up at the Sheriff's Office. Copies are at the front desk along with copies of the 14039 form (Identity theft Affidavit).

Action Steps for Victims:

  • Make a police report with the Police Jurisdiction where you live. Provide as much documentation as possible, to include who you talked to at xyz company and their phone number, copies of statements, etc.
  • Contact all your creditors, by phone and in writing (include a Universal Fraud Affidavit), and inform them of the problem. Suspects often apply for Instant Credit at businesses in your name. If you already have an account with the company he says "I forgot about that, how much credit do I have. I'll take the Big Screen TV, Washer/ Dryer, and a new computer".
  • Contact the Federal Trade Commission to report the identity theft.
  • Obtain your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus. Attempt to get one from a local bureau in the area the fraud occurred. Report the identity theft to their fraud units. Have a "Fraud Alert/Victim Impact" statement placed in your credit file asking that creditors call you before opening any new accounts.
  • Alert your bank and check verification companies to flag your accounts and to contact you to confirm unusual activity. Change your account numbers if they were compromised. Request a change of PIN's and Passwords if they are easily guessed, or were compromised.
  • Obtain your Social Security Administration (SSA) report and check for benefits paid out, or income earned in your name. Report the situation to the SSA Fraud Hotline if your SSN was misused.
  • Check post office for possible change of address for you. Suspects have filed for a Change of address to have all mail concerning the fraud come to their address, or a fictitious address, so you don't see it. This gives them more time to commit more fraud.
  • Check tenant screening services for apartments rented in your name (This may also be available on your credit report).
  • Contact driver license authority (Georgia Department of Driver Services); (770) 918-5822 or access the Web site: www.dds.ga.gov. Then contact the state where the loss/theft occurred to see if a license, or any traffic citations were issued in your name. If so, request a new license number and fill out the DMV's complaint form to begin the fraud investigation process.
  • Keep a log of all contacts and make copies of all documents. Ask for a fraud investigator at most companies as a point
    of contact.
  • Contact a privacy or consumer advocacy group for assistance and resources.

Resources:

Federal Trade Commission: (877) 438-4338 - Web site Information
Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline: (800) 269-0271 - Web site Information

Major Credit Bureaus:

Equifax Corp
To order report:
(800) 997-2493
Fraud #: (800) 525-6285
Web site
Experian (formerly TRW)
To order report:
(888) 397-3742 or (800) 520-1221
Fraud #: (800) 311-4769
Web site
Trans Union
To order report:
(800) 888-4213
Fraud #: (800) 680-7289
Web site

Checks:

Stolen checks or bank accounts set up fraudulently in your name, call these check guarantee companies. They can flag your file so that counterfeit checks will be refused.

  • CheckRite - (800) 766-2748
  • Chexsystems - (800) 428-9623
  • CrossCheck - (707) 586-0551
  • Equifax - (800) 437-5120
  • International Check Svcs - (800) 526-5380
  • SCAN - (800) 262-2771
  • TeleCheck - (800) 710-9898

NATIONAL CHECK FRAUD CENTER: (843) 571-2143 (Web site)

Consumer Advocacy Groups:

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
1717 Kettner Ave., Ste. 105
San Diego, CA 2101
Phone: (619) 298-3396
E-Mail: prc@privacyrights.org
Web site
U.S. Public Interest Research Group
218 D St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 546-9707
E-Mail: pirg@pirg.org
Web site

If you have any questions please contact:
Investigator Joshua Skinner
(678) 486-1254
jnskinner@sheriff.douglas.ga.ua


May 28, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

On 05/21/2013, Inv. Joshua Miller and Inv. Melinda Beabout from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant that resulted in the arrest of Danny Strickland, of Carrollton, for charges related to distributing child pornography. The search warrant and subsequent arrest resulted from an investigation that began on 02/16/2013 when a Douglasville woman reported that she had received an unsolicited email containing three images of child pornography from an unknown person.

The investigation led to the Carrollton home of Mr. Strickland. The search yielded numerous, graphic videos of child pornography from computer sources inside the residence. The search also resulted in charges taken by the Carrollton Police Department for possession of child pornography and drug charges. Another resident of the house was also charged with drug possession.

Special thanks to Sgt. Blake Hitchcock and the other Carrollton Police Department officers and detectives who assisted in the search of the residence and the processing of the evidence. Without their help, and especially Sgt. Hitchcock's expertise, Danny Strickland would still be at large as we waited for the evidence in the case to be processed elsewhere.


May 23, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

Yesterday morning (05/22/2013), the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit arrested the second person involved in the April 6th, 2013 attack on 3 Caucasian men walking down a local neighborhood street. The men were simply out for a walk when racial slurs such as "Hey Honkey" and "Hey Cracker" were thrust out at them as the suspects began following them down the road. After catching up to the victims, the suspects brutally beat and robbed them at gunpoint. Kristi Johnson was taken into custody at her residence in Austell without incident. Johnson has been charged with 3 counts of armed robbery and 3 counts of aggravated assault.


May 23, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

On Tuesday May 20th, Inv. Greg Ashcraft from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Crime scene Unit was at Providence Elementary school in Temple, Ga. for Career Day talking to students about Forensics and Crime scenes. Inv. Ashcraft spent time with the elementary students going over Crime Scene processing, forensics and analyzing evidence.

The Sheriff's department Crime scene staff are well trained and very experienced and Inv. Ashcraft enjoyed sharing his experiences and knowledge with the students at Providence Elementary. Thank you to the staff at Providence for giving Douglas County Sheriff's Office an opportunity to come out and visit!


May 22, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division/Crimes Against Children Unit

The below listed Article was recently published in the British Medical Journal Open and pertains to Co-Sleeping with infants and small children. This is a problem in our community that is the cause of a number of our infant fatalities.

BABIES sharing beds with their parents face a five fold risk of dying of cot death, even if their parents are not smokers, new research shows.

The increased risk of death extends to babies previously thought to be at low risk because they are breastfed and the mother has not taken alcohol or drugs, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal Open.

The findings come after 1472 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) cases and 4679 control cases from Australasia, the UK and Europe were analysed in the largest ever study of cot death.

The SIDS rate would plummet if parents avoided bed sharing and public healthy messages were more forceful about the dangers for babies under three months, the authors, led by Professor Robert Carpenter, said.

"Eighty eight percent of the deaths that occurred while bed sharing would probably not have occurred had the baby been placed on its back in a cot by the parents' bed,'' the authors concluded.

The risk of SIDs while bed sharing decreased as the baby gets older.

Bed sharing has increased "markedly" over the last decade, the study found.

Parents who endorse the practice are active on the internet and Facebook.

Murdoch University associate professor Catherine Fetherson said research shows between 30 and 50 per cent of parents share a bed with their babies at some time.

She believes a blanket message against bed sharing is driving parents underground.

"They are continuing to do it, even though people are being warned against it and so what is happening is they are shutting down all communication with health professionals,'' she said.

"We don't have the opportunity to talk to them about how they can do it safely and how they can minimise the risks associated with it.''

Safe sleeping organisation SIDS and Kids recommends babies sleep on their back in their own cot next to the parents' bed for the first six to 12 months.

"Sharing sleeping surfaces with a baby can increase the risk of not only SIDS but also fatal sleeping accidents,'' said Jill Green, from SIDS and Kids.

"We need to take both of those into consideration. There are as many fatal sleep accidents as there are little ones dying from SIDs.

"We need to go further and inform parents about what is a safe sleeping environment and what is not so they can make an informed choice.''

Bringing babies into the parental bed for comfort and feeding was safe as long as the baby is returned to their own cot for sleep, the BMJ Open study said.

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May 21, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was one of the honorees at Saturday's 1st Annual Dakota Dyer/Waffle House Waffle Eating Contest. Investigator Cindy West was present to receive the 1st Annual Warrior Award on behalf of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The DCSO was honored with an award for being the top agency that collected the most prescription drugs in a Dakota Dyer drop box. The drop box is located in our lobby and is available to all Douglas County residents for disposing of prescription and illegal drugs anonymously.

Video of Saturday's event can be found here.
Video of the drop box program can be found here.


May 17, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

All week long, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office has received recognition from the community in observation of National Law Enforcement Appreciation week. This has come in the form of hand-made cards from school children, sweets and goodies, and even a barbecue cookout from Google. As the week draws to an end, the Criminal Investigations Division would like to thank all of you for thinking of us.


May 16, 2013

Fugitive Apprehension Division

On Thursday May 16th, members of the Douglas County Fugitive unit arrested Quawee Basil Starks, 18 yoa. Mr. Starks was wanted on a Felony Aggravated Assault warrant and other charges, in reference to an alleged shooting, out of Newark N.J. police department. Members of the fugitive unit, acting on a Crime Stoppers tip, located Mr. Starks at his uncle's residence in Lithia Springs. With assistance from Uniform Patrol units, he was taken into custody without incident and transported to Douglas County Jail to await extradition.


May 9, 2013

Training Division


Criminal Investigations Division

PEOPLE BEWARE!!!!!!

There are people who are contacting the elderly over the telephone from an unknown number and/or area code 876, a Jamaican area code. They advise the elderly that they have won hundreds and sometimes millions of dollars and all they have to do is either wire, send via Western Union, buy Green Dot cards, or purchase prepaid debit cards to give them in exchange for the money. Usually, the amount of money they want is anywhere from a few hundred of dollars to thousands of dollars. If you receive one of these calls please notify your sheriff's office. Try to ask for the caller's name and return phone number so that we have as much information as we can get. While they will make you believe they know where you live and will be coming to your house, many of these callers are not even in the United States or even in this area. While the location is not always known, please be aware of your surroundings and notify the sheriff's office at the sight of anything suspicious.


May 7, 2013

Command Division

Sheriff's Command Staff Receive Advanced Training through the Governor's Office of Highway Safety Grant (GOHS)

Sheriff's Offices across the State of Georgia recognize the importance of maintaining high levels of training for all their staff. Quality training is an essential element to the overall operation of any law enforcement and corrections agency. The need for vigilance in our law enforcement community has never been higher. Sheriff Miller and other Georgia Sheriffs understand this and are committed to finding ways to continue to train, equip and mobilize Deputies in the event of a critical incident. Budget constraints can often hinder the Sheriff's ability to provide advanced training. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) has partnered with the Georgia Sheriff's Association (GSA) to assist in making advanced and specialized training available to Deputy Sheriffs across the state, along with a forum for discussion and information sharing between agencies.

A recent grant from GOHS provided an important educational opportunity at the Georgia Sheriff's Association 2013 Command Staff Training Conference. Three days of extensive training was conducted in Macon from May 1-3, 2013 for the upper-level command staff from Sheriff's Offices throughout the state. More than 150 command personnel participated in this training conference. Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland, Captain Bobby Holmes and Captain Jeff Nalley attended the conference and received valuable training in the areas of highway safety, leadership, legal updates, and community services.

"The Command Staff Training Conference is a tremendous opportunity for the upper level command leadership with Sheriff's Offices to attain specialized training on highway safety, leadership development and current trends in Georgia, as well as fostering partnerships statewide," stated Tonia Welch, Training Director of GSA.

"The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is proud of our long-standing partnership with the Georgia Sheriff's Association and the Sheriffs of our state. The command staff training is another example of the professionalism of the Sheriffs and law enforcement leaders who lead their respective forces. The citizens of Georgia are well served by these dedicated public servants." stated Harris Blackwood, Director of GOHS.

GSA is a professional organization that represents Georgia's 159 elected Sheriffs. The association relies on the support of more than 70,000 Honorary Members throughout the state who recognize and value the services provided by the Constitutional Office of Sheriff. In addition to the valuable services that the association offers to law enforcement initiatives statewide, GSA also sponsors the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes, Inc. which provides full-time residential care for Georgia's abused, abandoned, and neglected children. My department and I appreciate the efforts of GOHS and GSA and value our partnerships.


May 02, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

On May 1st, 2013, at 7:30 in the morning, Sgt. Sweat with the Major Crime Unit, along with members of the Crime Suppression Unit, and Fugitive Task Force executed a search warrant at 2608-A Wren Circle in Austell. John Fitzgerald Willis, 32 years of age, was arrested on 3 counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault stemming from the brutal beating of 3 white males walking down the street on April 6th, 2013 in an apparent hate crime. Willis was taken into custody without incident. Located at the residence was evidence linking Willis directly to the crime. Also recovered was a loaded police style 12 gauge shotgun where Willis was sleeping when entry was made. Willis will have his first court appearance on May 2nd at the Douglas County Courthouse via video conferencing. This case is still under investigation and more arrests are probable.

John Fitzgerald Willis 32 YOA


April 30, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

James Russell Luke was sentenced on April 29 to a term of 40 years to serve 17 in prison for four counts of Child Molestation. Luke is also facing charges in Cobb County for the same offense with a different victim. Luke was molesting his step grandchildren in Fulton, Cobb and Douglas Counties. He was tried and sentenced first for the case in Douglas County and other Counties are pending in their prosecutions. In October of 2012 the Douglas County investigation began and Investigators here worked briefly with Cobb County Crimes Against Children Unit with agencies helping each other in looking into Luke's past and present activities with his grandchildren. Once Luke makes Probation / Parole, he will be a registered sex offender under Georgia Laws.


April 29, 2013

Command Division

The Sheriff's Office would like to congratulate the following staff for their outstanding contributions to the department and service to the citizens over the last year. They were presented with Community Service Awards by the American Legion last Friday night.

  • Lieutenant Lamar Newborn, Correctional Officer of the Year
  • Deputy Ashley Hill, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
  • Supv. Jillian Ridge, Civilian Employee of the Year

The Sheriff's Office is truly blessed to have outstanding employees serving our community.

Stan Copeland, Chief Deputy


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