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OCTOBER 31, 2011

  • Fugitive Division
    • On October 27, 2011, Michael Wheeler assigned to the Douglas County Fugitive Division along with other deputies went to the Pregnancy Resource Center on Chapel Hill Road. The deputies arrested a male wanted out of Oregon by the Pardon & Parole and Washington State for Felony Escape and Assault. The subject was identified as Brodrick Jamar Boyd. Boyd has been on the run since September 22, 2010. He was arrested without further incident.
  • Jail Division - Tour of the new Jail
    • Several jail lieutenants got an opportunity to tour the new jail facility today. For some of them, this was their first chance to walk through the new site and see the construction. During the walkthrough they were able to see what had been months of planning becoming reality.
    • Lt. Green walked through one of the new mezzanine style dorms. Cells are laid out on both sides and recreation yard is accessible from the rear of the dorm. The new jail design will reduce inmate movement which will allow the facility to operate more efficiently.
    • The new cells are designed to be safe, durable and to minimize potential areas to hide contraband.
    • The Douglas County Jail currently utilizes inmate workers to prepare inmate meals and to wash inmate laundry. We will continue to do this in the new facility to minimize cost to the Douglas County taxpayers.

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OCTOBER 27, 2011

  • Court Division
    • Saturday, October 29th: SHRED IT! The great Douglas County shredding event. This Saturday from 9 am till 12 noon shred your personal papers free at the Douglas County Courthouse!
    • Monday, October 31st: "Trick-or-Treating" in the Douglas County Courthouse 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. inside the Courthouse ~ Free Admission, Open to Children ages 12 and under (accompanied by parent) ~ Children will be able to go from office to office (marked with smiling jack 'o lanterns) and get treats from County employees. Costumes welcome! Bring your children to a safe place this Halloween and let them meet County staff and have a good time! a program of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners through its Department of Communications and Community Relations, 770.920.7593

OCTOBER 26, 2011

  • Video of USMC LCpl Scott Harper Procession
  • Special Investigations Division
    • Darry Shaffer was arrested on warrants taken by the Special Investigations Division. Shaffer sold Hydrocodone pills to an agent of the Sheriff's Office on 2 separate dates.
  • District 4 Commisioner Ann Jones Guider presented a forum on Bullying & Gangs moderated by Sgt. Jesse Hambrick of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department on September 22, 2011.

OCTOBER 25, 2011

  • Barbara ButlerMajor Crimes Unit - Barbara "Bobbie" Butler Case
    • Friday, October 28th, 2011 6:30 pm -7:30pm, the Douglasville Police Department will be hosting a candlelight vigil in memory of Ms. Barbara Butler. The general public is invited and encouraged to attend.
    • Ms. Butler was savagely beaten to death in her apartment the early morning hours of October 30th, 2006. Ms. Butler lived alone and was well known in the apartment community then known as Oak Creek Apartments. Ms. Butler was a model citizen and God fearing woman who lived life as she chose until her killers attacked her without provocation.
    • The crime is currently unsolved. The case is still under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Douglasville Police Departments combined Major Crimes Unit. Through this combined effort, justice will eventually be served. We have interviewed many suspects, witnesses, and other persons of interest yielding little to work with. The crime scene did yield evidence that will hopefully convict the person or persons responsible for this most heinous crime. This was a senseless crime committed against a gracious woman.
    • We would implore the community to please come forward with any information regarding the death of Ms. Butler so that we may punish those responsible for such an unthinkable crime, and bring closure to her loved ones. Anyone with information may contact the Douglasville Police Department at 770-920-3010 or the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 770-949-5656.
  • Halloween Safety Tips - Sheriff Miller and his staff would like to wish all of our children a safe and happy Halloween and hopes that everyone will take a moment to review some important safety tips.
    1. happy halloweenChildren under 12 should always be accompanied by a responsible adult and make sure there is, at least 1 adult to every 4 kids.
    2. Always walk on sidewalks, if possible, but always facing traffic. Children should walk on the inside of adults away from the roadway.
    3. Children should wear costumes made of reflective material and accompanying adults should also wear reflective outerwear. (Adults not wearing reflective clothing can often block the reflection of small children from the view of a driver.) Regular flashlights are not enough since they tend to blend in with other lights.
    4. Adults should carry a fully charged cell phone with them in case of an emergency.
    5. Motorists, PLEASE SLOW DOWN! Halloween is the most dangerous holiday on the road for children.
    6. Drivers, avoid distractions such as cell phones, music, and other things going on in your vehicle.
    7. Face paint is recommended for children's costumes instead of masks. Masks can hinder a child's vision.
    8. Be cautious of costumes with sharp objects such as swords, sticks, sabers, etc…
    9. Remember that liquid glow sticks can be hazardous for small children if they are broken or chewed on.
    10. Only go to reputable places and homes of people you know. Check all candy for any signs of tampering.
    11. Be cautious of pets. A family dog who has always been friendly can be easily frightened by all the commotion of Halloween and can react viciously.
    12. In an emergency, call 911 immediately. Time can make the difference.
      • In Partnership with SafeKids

OCTOBER 24, 2011

  • Fallen Marine somberly welcomed home.Thousands of people lined the streets of Douglas County in a silent salute to a 21-year-old Marine, Lance Corporal Scott Harper.
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  • Georgia's 1st Annual "Ride for the Fallen"
    • Capt. Eddie Morris, Sgt. Donna Morris and Sgt. Thomas Puckett represented the Douglas Coounty Sheriff's Office this past Saturday in Georgia's 1st Annual "Ride for the Fallen". This was a motorcycle ride across North Georgia to raise money for "Concerns of Police Survivors". C.O.P.S. mission is to rebuild shattered lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. provides funding for surviving family members to attend the National Police Week activities in Washington D.C. held during May of each year. Capt. Morris, Sgt. Morris and Sgt. Puckett pulled out of Douglas County on Saturday morning when the temperatures were in the mid 30s. They rode to Frazier's Harley Davidson in Hall County for the start of the ride. The ride started at 9:15 am and traveled across Buford Dam, through Forsyth and Cherokee Counties, resting at Cartersville Harley Davidson in Bartow County. After about a one hour layover, the ride more than doubled in size and was then escorted through scenic areas of East Cobb County ending at Atlanta Harley Davidson on Thornton Road in Douglas County. Riders were then provided lunch and free entertainment. The ride was sponsored by C.O.P. S., The F.B.I. National Academy Associates and the Blue Knights, a law enforcement motorcycle club. The ride included a law enforcement escort and was attended by approximately 200 riders.
  • Special Investigations Division
    • On October 19th, 2011, Deputies responded to a suspicious activity call on Waterford Club Drive. Upon arrival, the bedroom window had been busted out. There was a bag of Marijuana in the kitchen floor. Agents from the Special Investigations Division wrote a Search Warrant and searched on Waterford Club Drive. Agents located scales, bags, pipes and over 1 pound of Marijuana inside the apartment belonging to Doneld Everette Fogle.

OCTOBER 21, 2011

    • She has been located and was brought before the Juvenile Court on October 24, 2011.
  • Jail Division - Jail Software Upgrade
    • The CTS software upgrade yesterday morning went smoother than expected. Jail supervisors, along with CTS personnel, were on hand late into the evening in case any unforeseen problems came up. By the end of the day, many officers were commenting on the potential of the software and the benefits that were immediately apparent. As an added bonus, the CTS team will be working today to turn on a web feature that will allow the public to look up who is currently in the Douglas County Jail. This feature can be utilized by bonding companies, probation officers, Douglas County citizens or anyone looking for information on inmates.
  • Special Investigations Division
    • The Special Investigations Division arrested a Toby Richardson for violations of the Georgia controlled substance act on Thursday. Investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division were investigating an unrelated complaint at Mr. Richardson’s residence. While at the residence, they noticed a baggie of methamphetamine on table in the residence. SID agents were called and eventually a search warrant was secured for the residence. While searching, agents located more methamphetamine, marijuana and items used to package and distribute methamphetamine. Mr. Richardson was taken into custody and turned over to the Douglas County Jail. He was scheduled to appear before the local magistrate today.
      • Charges on Richardson:
        • Possession of methamphetamine with intent
        • Possession of marijuana less than one ounce
        • Possession of drug related objects
  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • On October 19, 201, Alan Presnell of Lithia Springs was arrested on assault charges. Presnell had an altercation with three employees of Austell Gas while they were attempting to repair a gas leak at his home. A subsequent search of his residence turned up two guns, some methamphetamine and other items. Presnell is currently out on bond on drug and gun charges stemming from an arrest in May of this year.

OCTOBER 20, 2011

  • Training Division
    • Sergeant Elmer Horn with the Training Division of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office showed off the driving simulator at Home Depot's "Fire Safety Day" that was held Saturday, October 15th. The simulator is used in the Sheriff Miller's "Teen Driving Program". Click here for more information on the driving program.

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    Home Depot Fire Safety Day

  • Maintenance Division
    • Inmates helped the maintenance division to repair air conditioning units and install a flag pole at the outdoor range.

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    Air Conditioning Repair

OCTOBER 19, 2011

    • Saturday, October 22, 2011. Viewing of items will begin at 7:30 am and Auction will begin at 9 am.
    • The auction will be held at the Douglas County Courthouse which is located at 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville, Georgia.
    • All items will be sold AS-IS. No refunds or returns!
    • A list of all items will be given to registered bidders only. You must register in person with current photo ID on Saturday, October 22, 2011. There is no charge to register.
    • Payment methods for auction items: Cash or local check only! Local means Douglas, Cobb, Carroll, Paulding, and Haralson counties. No Debit or Credit Cards will be accepted.
    • If you purchase a vehicle at the auction, the payment for vehicle tax is required at time of purchase. The tax rate is based on the county in which you will be registering the vehicle.
    • You cannot purchase a firearm if you are a convicted felon. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will run criminal histories prior to final purchase of any firearm.
    • All purchased items must be picked up and removed from Courthouse property at the time of sale or by the end of the auction on Saturday, October 22, 2011.
  • K-9 Unit
    • Next week (October 24th - October 28th), the Douglas County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit and the Douglasville Police Department K-9 Unit will be teaming up to visit 16 Douglas County schools as part of their Red Ribbon Week celebration. The students will be treated to full K-9 demonstrations as well as being taught about drug related issues that may arise for them on a daily basis. For more information, feel free to contact Lt. Michael Barnhill at 678-486-1220 or by e-mail at

OCTOBER 18, 2011

  • K-9 Unit
    • The D.C.S.O. K-9 Unit would like to invite everyone to the H. Blake Gammill Memorial Bldg. on November 3rd from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm for a special Meet and Greet with the K-9 Unit. We will be holding a K-9 demo for everyone in attendance and also be holding the drawing for the winner of the Grandfather clock that has been donated to us by Champ's Clock Shop. So make plans to attend and enjoy an evening with the D.C.S.O. K-9 Unit.
  • Court Division
    • WSA will be blasting for a new pipeline installation behind the Courthouse today at 1:00.

OCTOBER 17, 2011

  • Special Investigations Division
    • Over the course of the past month, the Special Investigations Division received information that a subject was selling marijuana in the area of Millwood Park. Agents were able to conduct purchases of marijuana on two separate dates from an individual living at a residence on Cooper Street across from the city park. On Friday, October 14th, Agents executed a search warrant and arrested an individual by the name of Marion Austin Worthington. During the search of the residence, agents located marijuana and digital scales. Worthington was transported to the Douglas County Jail. He was expected to appear before the local magistrate this morning (October 17).
      • Charges on Marion Austin Worthington:
        • Sales of marijuana- 2 counts Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
        • Use of a communication device to facilitate a Felony
        • Transactions in marijuana within 1000 ft of a Park- 3 counts
        • Possession of drug related objects

OCTOBER 14, 2011

  • Jail Division
    • The Douglas County Jail will be switching to CTS, a new jail management software, next week. Regular readers of the website will recall that configuration of the CTS software has been ongoing. A number of officers spent this week pouring over imported test data to pinpoint any issues and to ensure that the transition will be as smooth as possible. End user training for the jail staff will begin on Monday morning and will culminate with the software being switched on Thursday. By Thursday afternoon, the conversion should be complete and the first phase of a department wide upgrade will be complete.
  • Dangers of Social Networking - Thursday, October 20th at 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at the Church at Chapel Hill. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Community Character Coalition of Douglas County invite you to attend the Dangers of Social Networking Session. This event is a very important informational meeting geared toward parents of school-aged children and teenagers in the Douglas County School System. Event is open to adults and teenagers.
    • Topics of discussion include:
      • How easy it is to find a child on the internet.
      • The Dos & Don'ts of Social Networking.
      • Being safe online.
      • Cell Phones.
    • The informational session will be moderated by Investigator Alex Kirkland of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Any questions, call Inv. Kirkland at (770) 920-4906. Click here to download flyer of the event.
  • Inmate Work Detail
    • Inmates finished a new obstacle for the Sheriff's Office S.E.R.T. Team to use in training.

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    • On Wednesday (Oct. 12), all of trash on Thornton Road was picked-up. Inmates collected over 2,000 pounds of trash and 9 tires off of Thornton Road.

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    • deputy bozemanOn Tuesday (Oct. 11), Deputy Brian Bozeman was recognized for his alertness and thorough search of an inmate in his work detail crew. Deputy Bozeman found a tobacco can hidden inside his shoe under the insole. Deputy Bozeman kept the contraband from entering the jail.

OCTOBER 13, 2011

  • Sheriff Miller and his staff want to thank our local community of faith for their continued support and guidance. The following churches recently provided all Sheriff's staff and spouses with complimentary tickets to the new movie "Courageous":
    • courageousThe Church at Chapel Hill
    • Dorsett Shoals Baptist Church
    • Central Baptist Church
    • Atlanta Revival Center
    • Ephesus Baptist Church
    • Pray's Mill Baptist Church
    • First Baptist Church of Douglasville
    • First Presbyterian Church
    • Douglasville First Methodist
  • It was a wonderful time for Sheriff's Office Employees to relax and enjoy a film with a powerful message. The comments have been overwhelmingly positive and we are all humbled by the support from the citizens of this great county. Please continue to keep all of our public safety staff in your thoughts and prayers.

OCTOBER 11, 2011

  • Special Investigations Division
    • On October 6, 2011 the Warrant Fugitive Division was at a residence on Berea Road looking for a subject that they had an active warrant on. While at the house, several individuals were encountered that stated they did not live at the house and their stories did not make sense to the Deputy. While conducting an investigation, the warrant deputy located an amount of methamphetamine in the possession of one of the subjects at the house. SID agents were contacted and requested to come to the residence for further investigation into possible narcotics at the residence. When SID agents arrived at the residence, it was determined that one of the individuals at the house did reside there. A search of the residence revealed a trafficking amount of methamphetamine, marijuana and several different types of prescription narcotics. Several firearms were also located within the residence. All of the people at the residence which were implicated in the investigation were taken into custody. Charges ranged from Trafficking Methamphetamine to possession of a firearm during a violation of the Georgia controlled substance act.
      • Suspects taken into custody:
        • John William Burgess, Jr.
        • Kinsey Michelle Malone
      • Other suspects arrested:
        • Ricky Ray Boatman
        • Stephen Anthony Gibson
        • Marvin Eugene Lucas, Jr.

OCTOBER 7, 2011

  • Court Division
    • All Superior and State Courts will be closed Monday (October 10) in observance of State Holiday "Columbus Day". The Courthouse will be open for all other normal functions.
  • Jail Division
    • On Thursday evening, five evaluators entered the jail and staged a fire drill. At 6:30 pm the Control operator was told to announce that the laundry room was on fire. Officers moved to the scene of the fire where one of the responding officers was promptly made a victim by evaluators. The remaining officer was now faced with handling the fire and extracting a victim. Due to the remote location, other officers couldn’t see what was going on at that time and had to rely on radio traffic to keep them informed. During the debriefing which followed, officers discussed what had taken place and what could be learned from the experience. The drills conducted in the jail not only serve as an evaluation tool, but are also a valuable teaching tool. Both new and senior officers can benefit from these simulated situations and give them the opportunity to be better prepared for a real emergency.
  • September Employee of the Month - Deputy Bryland Myers
    • The Command Staff of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office met on October 6, 2011 and unanimously selected Deputy Bryland Myers as “Employee of the Month” for September 2011. Bryland was nominated for this award by his dear friend and co-worker, Michael Long. On 09-23-11, we had a robbery at the Fast and Friendly convenience store on Highway 5. The perpetrators assaulted the female victim and stole her purse. Bryland canvassed the neighborhoods and talked to several homeowners. The information he gathered was used by investigators to identify and capture the perpetrators. Michael Long was quoted as saying, “Due to his diligence and the extra effort he put forth, these tyrants of our society will no longer walk our streets plotting their next attack on an unsuspecting citizen.”

OCTOBER 5, 2011

  • Special Investigations Division
    • Agents responded to Huey Road after Patrol contacted the Narcotics Division advising that some Methamphetamine had been located in the house. Once agents arrived, 7 different pills were located in the house on the floor, a meth pipe, digital scales and a burnt spoon with residue. The conditions inside the house were deplorable. There was a 4 year old child in the residence that Agents contacted the Department of Family and Children Services and the child was removed from the home due to the conditions. There was no food inside the residence and no refrigerator. There was a pit bull at the residence that was removed by Animal Control. The parents, Jennifer Lynn Robinson and Patrick Sean Brewington were arrested.

OCTOBER 4, 2011

  • Criminal Investigations Division
    • On 09-30-11, Deputies responded to a reported kidnapping at an apartment complex in Douglas County. The victim's sister reported that the victim was being held against her will, beaten and forced into her own car and being driven to Alabama by an ex-boyfriend, Rodney Cutts. Investigator Wilson began following up on the case and later learned that the female had left her ex-boyfriend at a gas station and was safe and on her way back to Douglas County. Investigator Wilson later interviewed the victim who claimed she had been involved in a domestic dispute, but had not been kidnapped and was not injured. The suspect, Rodney Cutts' location is unknown at this time. He is still wanted for questioning in the domestic situation.
    • Inv. Alex Kirkland, Forensic Examiner for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office is assigned to examine digital evidence in a variety of cases and situations. These examinations can yield valuable evidence that along with investigative techniques ensure a thorough and complete case for prosecution. Inv. Kirkland also assists other agencies who don't have this technology. Most recently, Inv. Kirkland has located numerous pieces of digital evidence in a case that will be crucial for prosecutors to ensure a more thorough and complete case in preparation for trials.

OCTOBER 3, 2011

  • Special Investigations Division
    • On October 1, 2011, the Special Investigations Division (SID) responded to a complaint from FBI Atlanta and the Recording Industry of America at Bills Flea Market. Several different locations within the market were selling copyrighted material which was being fraudulently reproduced. Agents with SID were able to make purchases of the products and confirm that they were fraudulent copies of the original products. Subjects selling the items were taken into custody and all the products they had in their possession were seized.
      • Suspects:
        • Jorge Cruz Sanchez
        • Erik Salazar
        • Maria Salazar


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