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Douglas County citizens and business owners

  • As a citizen or business owner in Douglas County, Sheriff Miller is proud to present to you, as a service, a way to record your serial numbers and pertinent information about your property.
    You can utilize this website, http://reportit.leadsonline.com/main/mainPage.aspx and can securely record your property information so you can have access to it if you were ever a victim of a theft of this property, the serial number and identifying information would be available to you to provide to law enforcement. See the flyer below on how this program works. This is just another service provide to you through your sheriff's office.

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  • The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is now on Twitter at @DCSheriffGA. All of the news releases, pictures and other items posted to Facebook will also be posted via Twitter. We hope that many of you who 'like' us on Facebook will also follow us on Twitter.

May 29th - June 29th, 2012

  • Blake Gammill Run/Walk
    • This year represents the 8th annual Blake Gammill run/walk. Click here for an entry form or see flyer below for complete details.

June 29, 2012

  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • On 062712, Deputy Kyle Fields was patrolling Riverwalk Subdivision around 430 a.m. Deputy Fields located a Silver Dodge Intrepid located near the intersection of West Phillips Mill Rd at Sequoia Lane. Deputy Fields began checking the car and made contact with individuals both in the car and others in the subdivision. Deputy Fields and other deputies located some GPS units, flashlights, etc... that would indicate that the individuals were out going into cars and taking these items.

    Deputies were able to identify two locations where these items were taken inside of Riverwalk Subdivision. Deputies made contact with these homeowners and were able to confirm the items were taken from automobiles at their homes. Two of the vehicles were entered while in an attached enclosed garage.

    Deputies and Investigators arrested William Robert Fowler, Andre London, Kevin Carter, and Jared Mushro, all of Douglas County for one count each of Entering Automobile and one count each of Burglary. Investigators are following up to determine if these individuals may be involved in other theft related cases in Douglas County.
  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • In February 2003, The Douglas County Sheriff's Office went online with a version of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, commonly referred to as AFIS. Since that time, this agency has made over a thousand identification utilizing this version of the AFIS. This version allowed the examiner only to search the Georgia database. Our Sheriff's Office examiners have made identifications for other agencies as well. Some of those agencies are Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Haralson County Sheriff's Office, Villa Rica Police Department, Paulding County Sheriff's Office, and Douglasville Police Department.

    On June 18th, 2012, The Douglas County Sheriff's Office upgraded to a newer version of AFIS. The updated system allows our fingerprint examiner to check and compare fingerprints from crime scenes to the Georgia database of fingerprints and now with national databases essentially simultaneously. This updated version will check against the Federal Database along with numerous other states with only one submission. With this new technology, our latent print examiners have the ability to search multiple databases to try and identify suspects who commit crimes in Douglas County. Utilizing this newer, upgraded technology available to us here at the Sheriff's Office, the number of identifications should increase as the databases are increased.

    This new AFIS system is Windows based, which is what most computer users utilize when doing computer work. The new AFIS system has the potential to be more user friendly and efficient for law enforcement agencies to compare suspects fingerprints and identify perpetrators of crimes in Douglas County.

    Our fingerprint examiners for the AFIS machine are Pam Gaines and Investigator Greg Ashcraft. While Pam is our primary examiner, each print identification must be reviewed by a peer fingerprint examiner to confirm each identification. Pam has the ability to get other latent print examiners to peer review her findings from the AFIS machine.

June 28, 2012

  • Major Case Unit
  • The following suspects are wanted by the Douglasville Police Department in connection with an armed robbery of a gas station on Bankhead Hwy on 06/27/12 at 9:30pm.

  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • In April of 2012 Inv. West became involved in a suspected Child Abuse investigation where Jada Goodson's infant son, (5 months of age at the time), was admitted into Scottish Rite Children's Hospital with a bilateral fracture of the skull.

    Inv. West followed up with interviews and medical information and reports from the child's physician, a specialist from Scottish Rite, which state the injuries to the infant were violent inflicted injuries. Medical specialists also stated that the injury was very recent, occurring just prior to the emergency room admittance. Goodson was the primary caregiver the evening the injuries occurred.

    Jada Jawan Goodson was arrested on June 27th 2012 and charged with Cruelty to Children by Inv. Cindy West.

June 27, 2012

  • Inmate Work Detail
  • Inmate Work Detail helped clean Willoughby Cemetery that hadn't been used since 1902.


    A small child's grave in Willoughby Cemetery.

June 26, 2012

  • Criminal Investigations Division/FIND Unit
  • Sunday June 24, 2012, members of the FIND Unit were able to come in contact with a stolen Chevrolet HHR out of Texas due to Police vehicle being equipped with a tag reader. The HHR had been reported stolen on April 19, 2012 from the San Antonio Police Department. Roy Harlow from Gastonia, NC was arrested without incident as he was headed back to North Carolina. The tag reader was purchased with seized drug funds about a year ago and since then we have been able to return several stolen vehicles.

June 25, 2012

  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • On 06/22/2011, several vehicles at Storage First on Fairburn Road were burglarized. Subsequent investigation led to Billy Duane Underwood who is currently incarcerated in Cherokee County, Alabama, on other unrelated charges. Underwood was interviewed by Investigator Clint Ayers on 06/07/2012 and admitted to the vehicle break-ins at Storage First. Charges for the Storage First break-ins are still pending.
  • Jail Division
  • The Douglas County Sheriff's Office would like to recognize Sgt. Jason Olds, their newest Jail Sergeant. Sgt. Olds started with Douglas County in 2010, and has since quickly risen to the rank of Sergeant. His next career goal is to become a Lieutenant and take command of his own shift. When asked what he considered to be the most rewarding part of his job, he replied, "Having a job that me and my family can be proud of."

June 21, 2012

  • Criminal Investigations Division/FIND Unit
  • On June 20th, 2012 members of the FIND Unit made a traffic stop on I-20. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 4 oz of Marijuana hidden in the spare tire compartment. Sharodd Daniels (24yoa) of Andalusia, AL was arrested w/o incident.

  • Crime Suppression Unit
  • On Sunday 6-17-12 a home off Hwy 92 was burglarized. Some electronics along with a $25 American Express Gift card was stolen. Investigator Joe Williams was able to track down the American Express gift card which was used at an Exxon Gas station located off Hamilton E Holmes Dr on 6-17-12. Two motorcycles, both with single riders, pulled up to the gas pump. The two black males, one in a grey hoodie and the other in a black AlpineStar jacket, went inside the store and used the American Express Card to purchase gas for the two motorcycles. It is unclear which subject actually used the card, but Investigator Williams is confident the subjects are familiar with one another.

    If you know who these subjects are, please call Investigator Joe Williams.
    Desk: 678 486 1234
    Office: 770 949 5656











  • Crime Suppression Unit
  • On 062012 members of the Crime Suppression Unit were working around Bright Star Road. Dep. Myers stopped a pickup truck with two air conditioning units in the bed. Due to the recent increase in A/C thefts Dep. Myers started questioning were the driver got them. After several attempts to lie about where they came from he finally stated he stole them from the abandoned building on Douglas Blvd. beside KIA after responding to the building it was discovered there were two missing from that location. The suspect, Robert Green of Winston, was charged with felony theft by taking and possession of burglary tools.

June 20, 2012

  • Criminal Investigations Division/FIND Unit
  • On Tuesday June 19th, 2012 members of the FIND Unit made a traffic stop on I-20. A K-9 alerted on the car and the following was found: Cocaine, Marijuana, 37 stolen/forged checks, a US Treasury check, 5 fake Social Security cards, and several fake IDs from various States. Subjects in the car were arrested without incident and the case is being investigated by the
    Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the US Secret Service.

June 19, 2012

  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • This is a follow-up to the Shell Mart break-in on June 8th.

    (From Fox 5):
    Douglas County deputies have arrested two people in a burglary ring and say more arrests are pending.

    Sgt Mike Howell says the crooks broke into more than a half dozen businesses in three counties, targeting quick sale items such as lottery tickets, cigars, hair pieces and drug paraphernalia.

    Howell says good investigative work and an anonymous tip generated from surveillance video they put out helped track down the suspects.

    Howell says surveillance video shows the burglars used a stolen white van and a stolen U-Haul during the break-ins.

    Douglas County investigators are comparing notes with Fayette and Fulton counties after similar burglaries there.

  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • In September 2011 deputies responded to Douglas Estates Mobile Home Community reference to an attempted kidnapping of two young children.

    The suspect, Thad Ashley, a 37 year old man that had recently moved in the community, had grabbed a seven year old girl by the arm and pulled her out of her family vehicle which was parked at her residence in the community. That child was able to free herself and run away, Ashley then reached into the van again and attempted to grab a second child, a two year old girl out of the same vehicle. Responding Deputy Chris Reeves learned that Thad Ashley had been issued a criminal trespass warning approximately one month earlier because of inappropriate conduct with children at the pool area in the community. Since he had already been banned from the mobile home park, Deputy Reeves arrested Thad Ashley for Criminal Trespass. He then contacted the criminal investigations division and reported the alleged kidnapping incident to investigators.

    Investigator Susan Sweat was assigned this case, followed up with the investigation and in addition, charged Ashley with Kidnapping of a seven year old girl, Criminal Attempt to Commit Kidnapping of a two year old girl and Entering Auto.

    Ashley admitted to pulling one child out of the van and reaching for the second child but stated he was confused because he had been mixing methadone and Xanax.

    In a recent Trial, Ashley was found guilty of all charges by a Jury and was sentenced on June 18, 2012 to life in prison on the kidnapping charge and 30 years on the attempted kidnapping to be served consecutively. He was also given 12 months to serve on the criminal trespass charge.

June 18, 2012

  • SERT Unit
  • The Douglas County Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone who came out on Saturday for our 8th Annual Blake Gammill Run/Walk. This was the first 5K run for many of the participants. We also had the largest departmental turn out in the event's history, and we hope it continues to grow. Thanks to Lt. Billy Lashley and the Douglas County Rouge Runners for putting on a great race. Hope to see everyone again next year!

     
  • Criminal Investigations Division/FIND Unit
  • On June 12th, 2012 members of the FIND unit stopped a vehicle on I-20 near Tyson Road. The driver, Marcellus Britton, was arrested for driving on a suspended license. An inventory search of the car revealed 11 lbs of Marijuana in the trunk. Investigation showed the Marijuana was purchased in the Atlanta Metro area and was destined for Tuscaloosa, Al.

    On June 15th, 2012 members of the FIND UNit stopped a vehicle on I-20 near South Baggett Road. A K-9 alerted on the car and 1.5 lbs of Marijuana was found hidden in an ice chest in the trunk. Jesse Sheppard (32 yoa) of Demopolis, Al was arrested w/o incident.

         
  • Criminal Investigations Division

June 12, 2012

  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • On Friday June 8, 2012 a Justin Winn was arrested by agents with the Special Investigations Division. Agents observed Winn driving erratic on I-20 and called for FIND unit to stop his vehicle. During the traffic stop, agents located six different types of narcotics that Winn did not have prescriptions for. Agents also located a hand gun and marijuana. Evidence found during the traffic stop indicated that Winn was selling the prescription drugs. Mr. Winn was taken into custody and transported to the Douglas County Jail. He was charged with six counts of possession with the intent to distribute based on the different types of narcotics that he had in his possession as well as marijuana less than one ounce and possession of a firearm during a violation of the Georgia controlled substances act. Mr. Winn's bond was denied after appearing before the local magistrate.
  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • Skilyer Earl was taken into custody last week on Sales of MDMA and Marijuana. Agents with the Special Investigations Division received information that Earl was dealing narcotics in Douglas County. Agents were able to arrange a meeting with Earl where he sold marijuana and ecstasy to undercover officers over the course of a 30 day period. Earl was selling drugs to multiple people in the Lithia Springs area. Earl appeared before the local Magistrate Judge on Monday morning to answer to all the charges.
  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • In the early morning hours of June 8,2012, the suspect entered the Shell Mart at 2959 Chapel Hill Road and took items from inside the store to include lottery tickets. The suspect arrived and left in a white newer model Ford Van. Later in morning several of the lottery tickets were turned in for cash in the Cascade Road area of Atlanta. If you are able to identify either the van or the suspect please contact Inv. Dale Kelley at 770-920-4903 or Sgt. Mike Howell at 770-920-4915.

         

         

         

         

         

June 11, 2012

  • H.E.A.T. Unit
  • The H.E.A.T. Team will be representing the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Walk Like MADD event in Atlanta on September 15th. We will be raising money to donate to MADD from our office. This is MADD's largest fundraising event each year. Almost every dollar goes toward their outstanding victim advocacy program and direct funding of their organization. If you or anyone you know has been touched by a alcohol or drug related crash or event, then you know the importance of this organization. Please support us in our fundraising efforts! Let's let the rest of Georgia know that we are committed to helping those who have been victimized by impaired drivers and put in a good showing for our department! If you need any further information, would like to Walk Like MADD or would like to donate, please email Senior Deputy Eddie Englett, Jr. (eeddie@sheriff.douglas.ga.us).

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    Click here for more information about the event.

June 7, 2012

  • Jail Division
  • On June 5, 2012, the Douglas County Jail conducted a mass catastrophe drill simulating the detonation of an explosive device. The drill provided our medical department an opportunity to experience what it would be like to have multiple victims with serious injuries in an area with heightened security. The jail staff also benefited from the drill and was able to practice operating in an emergency situation under the unique circumstances that an explosive device presents. Emergency preparedness drills, like this one, are an example of the training our staff participates in to make sure we are ready and capable to handle whatever situation may arise.
  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • On Tuesday, June 5th, Miranda Lee Cone of Douglasville and Joseph Seay of Marietta went into the Texaco next to the "Golden Estates" on Fairburn Road with a counterfiet $50 bill. Store clerk called DCSO and the perps left the store. A BOLO was placed on the car and the FIND unit stopped the car along with Deputy Brannon. Deputy Waters went to contact the store clerk. A search of the car revealed 39 counterfiet $50 bills hidden behind the car stereo. The subjects were arrested, and the US Secret Service was called and responded to interview the subjects. Car was impounded and taken to DCSO for possible seizure.
    Captain Holmes and Lt. Harrell were advised of the incident. Sgt. Howell is also assisting with the case.
  • Criminal Investigations Division

June 6, 2012

  • Public Awareness
  • SENIOR POPULATION NEEDS ATTENTION
    DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- After working all our lives, many of us hope to be able to reach the much sought after goal of retirement - the time where we can enjoy the "golden years," continue to learn, grow, and pursue new and different things. There are many senior citizens who have been able to achieve this after laboring so diligently for so long. Yet there are also those seniors who, after having run their race and crossed that finish line, have it deliberately and maliciously stolen from them, often by someone who is wearing a smile and offering a helping hand.

    Senior citizens are generally known to be more trusting with strangers and this has made them susceptible targets for financial crimes. For instance, the Times-Georgian reported in March of 2012 that "a resurgence of fraudulent checks and other financial scams" is occurring in Carroll County. Mail postmarked from Canada and other countries promises "a large sum of cash in return for Social Security numbers" or other personal information; mailers have also "disguised themselves as the Publisher's Clearing House and secret shoppers," and more often than not, seniors are targeted recipients.

    Another more deceiving scam was brought to the forefront in June of 2011.The Division of Aging Services, which is part of Georgia Department Human Services, issued an alert to the elderly community about Medicare scams, which were perpetrated by offering "bogus products and services, pretending to be federal officials," even having "fake health screening booths to steal Medicare numbers." After obtaining a Medicare or Social Security number, scammers can submit fraudulent claims or engage in identity theft.

    While financial crimes are the majority of crimes targeting seniors, there are still many that are victims of violent crimes. A 27 year-old Douglas County man was charged with the stabbing murder of his 65 year-old neighbor in April. The victim discovered the 27 year-old in his home during an attempted robbery.

    To combat the pervading issue of the financial and criminal victimization of the elderly community, The National Association of Triads (NATI) is a group that seeks to create a collaboration at the local level of three organizations—law enforcement, senior adults, and community groups to form a Triad Program. The goals of the Triad Program are to promote elder adult safetyand reduce the fear of crime that members of the senior adult population often experience.

    Once a local collaborative has been established, four key purposes provide the framework to a successful Triad Program:
    • EDUCATE by sponsoring crime prevention and public education sessions for older adults.
    • ASSIST by recruiting and training volunteers to help police departments, sheriff's offices and other agencies keep an eye on specific seniors.
    • SUPPORT by identifying community resources and providing referrals to older seniors to help reduce fear and lend moral support.
    • UNITE by involving the older adult population, law enforcement, community agencies and individuals to identify problem areas in their communities.

    Within Douglas County, the Pilot Club of Sweetwater, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas Senior services, and the West Georgia Senior Niche, whose members include assisted living communities, home health, and in home care, are currently working together to launch a Triad Program. There are several opportunities for projects within the community; anyone interested in participating with this group or needing more information is encouraged to call Jodi Bellam at 770.527.2788 or at Jodi@betteroffathome.com.

June 5, 2012

  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • On 06-01-12, Investigator Peter Hoberg arrested Joseph Jefferson for impersonating a police officer. Jefferson was a police officer for Austell Police Department who was terminated back in February of 2012.
    On 05-24-12 the Sheriff's Office was called out to Birch Landing Apartments on Maxham Road on a domestic disturbance call where Jefferson was involved. Jefferson identified himself to the responding deputy as an Austell Police Officer who was acting as the courtesy officer for Birch Landing Apartments.
    Through Hoberg's investigation he verified that Jefferson had been gone from the Austell Police Department since February. Also he learned that Jefferson had been subletting his free courtesy officer apartment at Birch Landing to a female since November of 2011. Additional information was received that Jefferson currently has a free courtesy officer apartment at Crestmark Apartments on Thornton Road as well. The investigation is ongoing and further charges may be forthcoming.

June 1, 2012

  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • *UPDATE*
    Mr. Presley was located in Atlanta and is safe and well.

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