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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.


August 31, 2012

Criminal Investigations Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office has taken down a criminal organization responsible for numerous thefts across the West Georgia area. Inv. Joe Williams working with deputies and officers from Carroll County were able to identify three suspects who were committing thefts from automobiles and residences in Haralson, Carroll and Douglas Counties. These suspects then were either pawning these items or trading these items for drugs. The suspects are identified as Joselyn Norris, Calvin Tye King and Lonnie Wilkins all of Carroll County Georgia. Preliminary investigation has determined that these suspects are responsible for at least twenty-five thefts and possible as many as two to three times that amount. These suspects are currently being held in the Carroll County Jail with holds for Douglas County.

In addition to the suspects arrested for committing these thefts, search warrants were issued for two Carroll County residences which were executed on 083012. Numerous stolen items to include a car and a motorcycle, guns, illegal drugs and items stolen from vehicles were recovered at these residences. The Carroll County ACE unit, Carroll County S.O. and Douglas County S.O. Criminal Investigations Division and the West Metro Drug Task Force worked together to effect these warrants. Carroll County arrested four suspects and has additional warrants on other individuals.

August 30, 2012

Criminal Investigations Division

This video is from a Dealership off Thornton Rd. At 21:40:30 on Saturday 8-25-12 a Thin B/M wearing what appears to be Light blue scrubs walks up to the vehicle and gets in the vehicle and removes the dash and car stereo. If you have any information, please contact Investigator Joe Williams at 678-486-1234 or 770-949-5656.


Thornton Road Breakin from Channel 23 on Vimeo.

Criminal Investigations Division/Economic Crimes

On August 6, 2012 a unknown Black male and female entered the Publix's Supermarket located at 2675 Lee Road Lithia Springs GA 30122. The female presented 25 counterfeit one hundred dollar bills as payment for money orders. Anyone with information on the identity of the female please contact Investigator Joshua Skinner at (678) 486-1254 or

August 29, 2012

Criminal Investigations Division

The Harley Davidson dealership on Thornton Rd. was burglarized the morning of 08/05/12. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is currently trying to identify the subject in the surveillance photo. He is described as a black male in his 30s. If you have any information, please contact Inv. Joe Williams at 678-486-1234 or 770-949-5656.

August 28, 2012

Jail Division

A special Thank You to Sgt. Thomas Puckett and his wife, Communications Officer Stacy Puckett for representing the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in this year's annual "Ride For the Fallen" on 08/25/12. A police escorted motorcycle ride through North Georgia in honor of the 173 law enforcement officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in 2011. Over 200 bikes began the ride at Frazier's Harley Davidson in Buford and enjoyed a scenic 75 mile ride through Forsyth County and historic downtown Dawsonville before ending at Killer Creek Harley Davidson in Roswell for dinner and entertainment.

August 27, 2012

Professional Standards

Chris and Brandy Rogers, agents for Landstar (, a global shipping and trucking company, arrived at the Sheriff's Office Friday (8-24-12) with a donation for the Sheriff's Christmas collections. Each year the Sheriff's Office collects toys, clothes, and other items which are given to needy families. The Rogers' said they wanted to be first in line to donate this year.

Chris says that Landstar agents are proactive when faced with an opportunity to contribute to help underprivileged people. He reports that Landstar agents often assist by providing food as well as cash donations when a situation arises. The Douglas County Landstar agency is located on Banks Mill Road.

Chris also offered, to the Sheriff's Office, the use of the No-Zone driver training vehicle. The vehicle is a full size tractor trailer training apparatus which will be useful to the Sheriff's teen driver training program. Chris and Brandy say the training is useful for both experienced and novice drivers. Be sure to watch the Sheriff's Facebook page for announcements about the dates of training.

Sheriff Miller appreciates Chris and Brandy's good work and he encourages all of the citizens of Douglas County to become involved with the community and try to help other people when they can.

August 17, 2012

Criminal Investigations Division

On the evening of the 11th of August, 2012, there was a party in a neighborhood off of South Giles Road in Douglasville, Georgia. There were people there from roughly ages 18-23. Four males that showed up to the party together got into an altercation with some of the other people at the party and broke into a number of vehicles at the house. Several items were stolen including a cellular phone and a gear shifter. The four individuals involved in the theft lied to investigators for several days before finally revealing the truth of the matter that it was actually them who stole the items. All four of the suspects were arrested for entering auto and giving false statements to law enforcement officers. These are felony offenses. The investigation conducted was thorough and lasted four full days. All stolen property has been returned to the rightful owners.

Criminal Investigations Division

Following up on this case, Investigator Trent Wilson and other investigators were able to identify two of the three suspects in this armed robbery of the two women from Douglas County. From information they learned, the investigative team was able to obtain and executed a search warrant on a residence in Cobb County on 08/22/12, they located two of the suspects in this robbery and supporting information for the case. Inv. Trent Wilson also obtained information that may soon lead to the identity of the third suspect.

    The two suspects in custody are charged with:
  • Amir Washington 22 yrs old - charged with 2 counts of Armed Robbery
  • Baruca Benyamin 22 yrs old - charged with 2 counts of Armed Robbery, two counts Aggravated Assault, one count of Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon.

On 08-13-2012 a local woman and her mother went to the Wal-Mart on Thornton Rd. in Lithia Springs, Ga. to go shopping. After getting their items that went to the pay and while they were at the register three black males came into the store. The black males saw the two women and waited for them to leave the store. Once outside the three males watched to see what car the women got into. They then followed the women to their residence. As the women were unloading their car, they left the front door of the residence open. At which time, one of the black males entered into the residence and put a gun to the head of one of the women. The gunman demanded money and when they told him that they didn't have any he told them to empty their pockets. He then took the purse from one of the woman and left the residence.

There is video from Wal-Mart showing the three males following the woman out of the store. They are seen leaving in a blue vehicle. If you have any information on these subjects please call Investigator Trent Wilson at (770) 920-4907 or
dispatch (770) 949-5656.

August 16, 2012

Professional Standards

Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Carr was presented with a character award this morning for his gentleness in dealing with troubled teens.

Video courtesy of Douglasville Patch

August 3, 2012

Major Case Unit

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office/Douglasville Police Department Major Case Unit arrested 20 year old Douglasville resident Brentrez McPherson Tuesday after investigating a series of burglaries that were occurring around the Pope and Fairburn Road area. This series of burglaries was considered especially concerning because the burglaries were occurring at night when the residents were at home asleep (Cat Burglar). The incidents started occurring in the Chestnut Hills Subdivision June 1st when a black male was observed exposing himself outside of a resident's sliding glass door. The second incident occurred in the same neighborhood, but in this case the perpetrator entered through a back window in the early morning hours and took personal property from the home owner. The resident was alerted to the intruder when the alarm sounded as the perpetrator exited the back door. The last incident occurred on Longview Drive on July 23. In this incident, the home owner was asleep in her bedroom and awoke to a black male lifting her nightgown in around 3 a.m. When she confronted the intruder, he fled. Investigators arrived and determined that the burglar entered and exited through a ground floor window. The home owner reported personal property stolen in the incident. The Major Case Unit developed a suspect and executed a search warrant early Tuesday morning. Once inside the suspect's home investigators recovered most of the stolen items from the burglaries. Brentrez ultimately confessed to Inv. Kenneth Conner to committing the two burglaries and public indecency incidents.

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.


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