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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.


September 28, 2012

Maintenance/Work Detail Division

"Missing pet cases don't always end happily, but thanks to the dedication of officers at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office the miniature Scottish Highlander calf named Blossom was reunited with its owner this week. The one-year-old calf belongs to Catherine Horton who runs Little Red Barn Mobile Petting Farm in Calhoun. She was at a party for a 3-year-old boy on Chapel Hill Road when she fled that Saturday in July."
Full article from the Douglas County Sentinel.

September 27, 2012

From the Sheriff

As Sheriff, my staff and I would like to invite all Douglas County citizens to an open house event at the new Douglas County Sheriff's office and Jail. This new public facility is designed to meet the needs of the county for the next 30+ years and this is the opportunity for citizens to come get a behind the scenes look at the new operation.

    EVENT: Open Hose for the new Douglas County Sheriff's Office & Jail
    WHEN: Saturday, November 10, 2012 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
    WHERE: 8470 South Cherokee Blvd (Soon to be Earl D. Lee Blvd)
                  Douglasville, Georgia 30134
                  First traffic light north of I-20 off Hwy 92
    Note: Open house will require a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes (facility is handicap accessible)

Staff will be on-site to answer any questions. Thank you.
Phil D. Miller, Sheriff

September 21, 2012

Jail Division

An inmate of the Douglas County Jail attempted to escape custody on Wednesday morning as he was returned from court. Lamorris Delano Russell, a twenty-three year old from Atlanta, tried to walk away from officers as they were unloading inmates from the bus. Deputy Liz Graham, a transport officer, was watching the inmates file into the jail when she noticed one inmate running toward the corner of the building. Deputy Graham caught up to him, grabbed him and walked him back. Russell's returned to court on September 20, 2012, where his bond was denied by a Magistrate Judge.

More information about Russell's initial arrest can be found in this article from the Douglas County Sentinel.

Patrol Division

Sheriff Phil Miller announces implementation of extra patrols to combat what he sees as a serious theft problem. Some Sheriff's specialized patrol units have been reassigned temporarily and have been tasked to perform saturation patrol in certain areas of the county. These officers will be canvassing the neighborhoods, meeting with citizens, and attempting to locate witnesses to thefts and burglaries in the area. Citizens should immediately see an increase in the frequency of patrols in their area.

Even though Douglas County has one of the lowest crime rates and the highest rate of clearance in the metro area, Sheriff Miller has made this task a high priority. Moving these Deputies will not reduce the number of Deputies available to answer calls for service. Having these reassigned Deputies on duty during peak call hours, has already resulted in some calls for service being answered even more quickly than normal.

Sheriff Miller requests that everyone remain vigilant and call the Sheriff's Office if they see anything suspicious. The numbers to call are 770-949-5656 and (for emergencies) 911

September 14, 2012

Jail Division

Officers received a tip on Wednesday night which led to an arrest in the Douglas County Jail. Several suspected inmates were separated and searched. As officers checked inmate Daleroda Smith, they spotted a white object in his mouth. The object turned out to be a small amount of marijuana hidden in paper, which Smith only gave up after a struggle with officers. Smith was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drugs within the jail.

September 11, 2012

Special Investigations Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is pleased to report that Jeffrey "Scott" Rushing, a local resident and business owner that has been missing since the end of May has been located safe and well. We would like to thank everyone for their concern and assistance on this case.

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.

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