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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.



July 31, 2012

Criminal Investigations

On July 30, 2012 Deputies responded to commercial burglary at the Interpretive Center at Sweetwater State Park. Upon arrival deputies discovered the rear door had been pried open. During the overnight hours of Sunday July 29, 2012 The Interpretive Center had been burglarized. Several items to include a laptop computer and U.S. currency were stolen. Any person with information regarding the burglary is urged to contact Inv. Joshua Skinner or the Douglas County Sheriff Office at
(770) 949-5656


July 27, 2012

Jail Division

On July 23, 2012, an inmate received stitches to the inside and outside of his lip when he was struck by his roommate. What started out as one inmate teasing the other, turned into a criminal case when Ketori Woods struck the victim in the mouth. Both inmates were separated and Woods received new charges related to the incident.

On July 25, 2012, another inmate received criminal charges when he was found to be in possession of marijuana inside of the jail. Travis Williams had just been brought into the Douglas County Jail from another facility and was waiting to be classified. Officers noticed the smell of marijuana and began to search inmates in the area. When officers spotted the marijuana in his mouth he attempted to make a run for the toilet. He was restrained and the marijuana was recovered.


Criminal Investigations Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office hosts college interns on many occasions who are seeking their degree in Criminal Justice Fields. The summer of 2012 we very pleased to host an intern, Terrell Jones, a student from North Georgia who is seeking a Criminal Justice Degree and as part of his curriculum had to earn 320 hours working with members of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. In late May 2012, Terrell began his internship with the Criminal Investigations Division assisting investigators with various types of Cases including Burglaries, Thefts and Frauds, Crimes against Families and Children, Fatality Accidents, working with the Narcotics Division and was able to attend an Autopsy. He also spent numerous hours with the Major Case Unit working on the Old Mill Arson Case and a Home Invasion for which he displayed great determination. Terrell also helped investigators and Administrators with a variety of other tasks, assisting in obtaining and viewing video. He also spent time working with The Professional Standards Major becoming involved and taking part with Polygraphs and had an opportunity to ride with Traffic Safety Units to experience the Deputies performing safety checks stops.


In addition to Terrell obtaining the required hours he needed for his degree, he also became a valued participant to Investigations and a valued asset to the Sheriff's Office. He was very professional, adaptable and well liked by all he
worked with.

We would like to say Thank You to Terrell Jones, and wish him good luck in seeking his degree and in his future.


July 24, 2012

Warrants Division

On July 10th nine people were arrested in RICO case.
The Douglas county Sheriff's Office fugitive Unit along with the US Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) assisted the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) environmental Protection Division in arresting nine metro Atlanta residents. After a long investigation by DNR, warrants were taken for the Georgia residents after allegedly being involved in organized crime. All defendants were charged with Racketeering Influence Organized Crime. (RICO) Defendants were residing in Fulton and Douglas Counties. All arrest were made in about nine hours and several search warrants were executed.

More information on this case can be found here via WSB-TV.

Jail Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is saddened by the loss of Bailiff Donald Davenport. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. Visitation is on Tuesday from 5pm - 9pm and from 9:30am - 11am Wednesday at Hightower Funeral Home. His funeral will be held at 11am on Wednesday.


July 23, 2012

Criminial Investigations Division/Crimes Against Persons

Mr. Kerry Mitchell has been located and is well
and hopefully soon to be reunited with Family.

Mr. Mitchell is on foot. It's possible he may have been given a ride. His family is very concerned.


July 20, 2012

Jail Division

Sheriff Miller is proud to announce that the Douglas County Jail has received its Accreditation from The Medical Association of Georgia. This accreditation is the result of 18 months work to bring the jail in compliance with all the standards required by Division of Correctional Medicine at the Medical Association of Georgia. A Medical Association team conducted an audit of the entire facility on June 26, 2012 and the jail met all required standards for accreditation. Sheriff Miller was presented the accreditation award at the Georgia Sheriff's Association meeting in Calloway Gardens on July 18, 2012. He was also asked to provide an overview of the accreditation process to the other Sheriffs in attendance. This was a tremendous effort by the jail and medical staff and we want to commend them for their diligence.

Jail Division

A good subject description or an eyewitness statement can help an investigation considerably. However, in a jail, where nearly everyone is wearing the same uniform and witnesses quickly get labeled as "snitches", officers often find themselves at a disadvantage. Despite these odds, Investigator Joe Williams and Corporal Glenn Hensley were able to identify and charge the subjects involved in two separate robberies that took place in the jail in the past week.

On July 14th, inmates Christopher Butler and Octavious Myers approached a group of smaller inmates with the intention of robbing them. When one of the victims decided to resist, the confrontation became violent. One of the victims was choked until he lost consciousness and the other was repeatedly struck. As the two aggressors were leaving with the stolen commissary items, one of the victims tried to grab his property back and was again attacked. Butler and Myers were charged with robbery, riot in a penal institution, and aggravated assault.

On July 16th, inmates Leonard Caldwell and Quantavious Partridge approached another inmate and demanded that he "pay taxes". These two inmates used intimidation to rob another inmate of his commissary items. Both of these inmates were also charged with robbery. All four subjects appeared before a Magistrate Court Judge for their initial appearance and their bonds were denied.


July 12, 2012

Criminal Investigations Unit

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office began an investigation into someone shooting at livestock in the area of Cowan Mill Road and Mason Creek Road. A cow belonging to Nolan Kell was found dead on his property and due to a similiar case a few years ago it was feared that someone had shot the animal from the roadway. An investigation and Necropsy performed by staff from the University of Georgia determined that the animal had not been shot and that the cause of death was undetermined. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone in the community who responded with tips and leads in this case and the matter is now officially closed.


July 9, 2012

Criminal Investigations Unit

On 07/07/2012, Nolan Kell discovered that someone had shot and killed one of his calves on his land off of Mason Creek Road. The calf, which Nolan estimated to be worth about $650, had been shot sometime overnight by an unknown person. No reports of any gunfire were received for that area on that night. Sheriff Miller is offering a $1000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. Mr. Kell is also offering a reward of $2500. If anyone has any information that may assist in this case, please call the Sheriff's Office, referencing case number 975823-12. You may also send a message to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

Additional pictures, interviews and video on this story can be found on Fox 5's website.


July 6, 2012


On Tuesday July 3rd, 2012 members of the FIND Unit stopped a Toyota Camry on I-20. This Camry was displaying an Alabama tag that was registered to a Chevrolet Impala. One of the occupants gave a false name to officers and further investigation on scene revealed the true identity of the subject to be Travaris Banks. It was then confirmed that Banks had a confirmed warrant out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama for attempted murder. Banks was taken into custody without incident.


July 5, 2012

Criminal Investigations Division

During the Month of June 2012, School Resource Officer, Dep. Matt Wilson has been working with Investigations on Sex Offender verifications. Douglas County Sheriff's Office maintains Sex Offender Registration for more then 150 current registered offenders. Dep. Wilson has been out in the community daily verifying information on registered offenders. This information includes pertinent information of their current living and working locations to ensure they are in compliance with Georgia Sex Offender Registration Laws. Registered Offenders must provide this information to the Sheriff's Office and must notify us of any changes of their information by law.

So far this summer, Dep. Wilson has verified over 50 offenders so far. Two of those were in clear violation, charges were taken for both offenders and they were taken into custody, Allen Johnson and Thomas Tidwell were both charged with Failure to Register, O.C.G.A. 40-1-12. Several other offenders were also removed form the Registry for completion of their registration service or current incarceration.

Dep. Wilson will continue to do verifications for the next several weeks to ensure all registered offenders have been checked and their information is current and up to date.


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.

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