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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.


October 31, 2012

Criminal Investigations Division

On 10/24/2012 the Douglas County Sheriff's office received a report of a burglary at 3760 Longview Dr. in Douglasville. This case was assigned to Inv. Matt Gray in the property crimes division. The next day on 10/25/2012 he had a report of a burglary in progress at the same location. The home owner was at home and able to get a look at two suspects that were in her home. The suspects ran out the back door.

The Sheriff's Office had several patrol unit and several investigators respond to the area in an effort to set up a good perimeter and contain the suspects in the general area. Inv. Gray was responding to the scene and saw two males subjects fitting the description of the suspects running through the Ingle's parking lot. Inv, Gray and Lt. Ferguson were able to make contact with the two male suspects and both were able to obtain a confession on the scene. The investigation continued into the late night and early morning hours and revealed that a total of six people were involved in the two burglaries. Five of the six suspects were arrested on 10/25/2012 and one is still wanted.

The suspects in these two cases include two juveniles who reside in the city of Douglasville. The others are Joseph Brunson of Douglasville, Willie Weldon of Douglasville, Taylor Williams of Douglasville and Jerry Tolbert of Douglasville.

Jerry Tolbert is wanted and has not been arrested as of today and if anyone has any information on his whereabouts please contact Inv. Mat Gray at 770-920-3923.

October 26, 2012

Jail Division

A disagreement between two inmates on Monday morning resulted in felony charges for one of them. Inmate Everett Newman became agitated when his roommate wouldn't stop pacing in the room. Both inmates argued briefly before the victim sat down on his mattress. Inmate Newman struck the victim numerous times before pinning him to the ground. Officers rushed in and separated the inmates without further incident. Newman appeared before the Magistrate Judge and received a $2,000 bond for the new charge.

Special Investigations Division

The Special Investigations Division executed a search warrant at the residence of Dondregus Grier on the evening of October 24, 2012. Over the past couple of weeks agents have been purchasing marijuana from Mr. Grier at his Lithia Springs residence. During the execution of the search warrant, marijuana and cocaine were located in his residence.

Mr. Grier was currently out on bond in Douglas County for possession with intent to distribute marijuana. A Failure to appear warrant was issued for Grier after he failed to show up for court on the marijuana with intent to distribute charges. He was scheduled to appear before the magistrate court on October 25 to answer to the Failure to Appear, Two counts of sales of marijuana and two counts of use of communication device to facilitate a Felony.

Special Investigations Division

The warrant Fugitive Division arrested George Adams and John Adams on warrants issued by the Special Investigations Division. Both individuals sold prescription narcotics to agents working off a tip that was received from the community. George was charged with two counts of sales of narcotics and John with one count. The both appeared before the local magistrate on the morning of October 24, 2012.

October 25, 2012

Criminal Investigations Division

On 10/06/2012 the Douglas County Sheriff's office received a report on a theft of an iPhone that took place at one of our local churches. The case was assigned to Inv. Matt Gray of the property crimes division. The investigation proved that two local juveniles were involved. On 10/23/2012 charges were made, the iPhone was recovered and given back to the victim.

Criminal Investigations Division

Over 500 kids attended the Power In Truth Conference. This year it was in jeopardy of not taking place because they did not have the funding. The Sheriff knows how important this event is and decided to sponsor the event. It is a chance for kids from every middle and high school to come and listen to key note speakers as well as attend break out sessions on the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. This year, Sgt. Jesse Hambrick was the key note speaker and Investigator Trent Wilson, Deputy Christy Clark and Sgt. Traci Sullivan all taught break out sessions. It was a huge success.

Letter from Beverly Kartheiser
Hello All:

We did it!!!!! We would like to express our gratitude to our sponsors, speakers, volunteers, interns, advisors, guest hosts and speakers, performers, coworkers, PIT committee, First Baptist Church, Chik Fil A and our Douglas County Youth . This year was the largest Power In Truth conference we have had to date. Everyone did an amazing job and it was a great success. We are so proud of the team work we all put forth over the last year preparing for PIT. The conference and the energy were amazing!

The PIT Committee is very grateful for the generous donation we received from the Douglas County Sheriff Department. Without Sheriff Miller's generosity, we would not have been able to have such a grand event. We are also very thankful to the Douglas County School System , CORE, State Farm, and UWG for sponsoring us as well. This conference takes a collaborative effort in order to have the success that we achieved yesterday.

It was very nice to have Dr. Kennedy, Cobb & Douglas Public Health District Health Director, Dr. Pritz, Douglas County School Superintendent, and Cathy Wendholt-McDade, Healthy Behaviors Director, kick off the conference with opening remarks. Their encouraging words and commitment to Power In Truth each year is outstanding and very much appreciated.

The advisors did a great job with timely registration and preparation for bringing the youth to the conference and making their participation was enjoyable. Attending youth stated that they were "having a great time" and really enjoyed this years conference. They had stellar behavior, stayed on task, were engaging in the breakouts, and really supported their fellow class mates during the step team performance and the PIT contest ceremony. We have some awesome "Future Leaders" in Douglas County.

First Baptist church could not have been more gracious yesterday. The staff and sound technicians were so kind and generous with their time and talents.

Our volunteers and interns did a fantastic job with preparation and clean up, keeping the youth on task, keeping to the schedule , attending to our guests, all our participants, and much more.

Our Keynote and Breakout Speakers excelled in educating and keeping the youth excited and engaged. Their presentations were relevant, informative and engaging.

Our guest hosts and performers were exceptional in engaging the youth in the opening ceremony, pledge, and competition. Due to their donation of time, we had an exciting opening and ending to the conference.

This was also our first year adding the PIT Contest and we thank Leslie Brooks for her assistance in creating the rubrics, guidelines and forms for the contest.

Chick Fil A did a great job with hosting lunch and keeping the food hot and fresh and the line flowing. Their staff was very professional and kind.

This is community collaboration at its' BEST!!!! See you next year.

I personally want to give a "thumb's up" to Tamekis, this was her first year coordinating PIT and she did an exemplary job! The coalition can be proud of our achievement this year.

Bev Kartheiser
Live Healthy Douglas Chair

October 23, 2012

Special Investigations Division

A Samuel Fann was taken into custody over the weekend on charges taken out by the Special investigations Division. Warrants were issued for Mr. Fann for fraudulently obtaining drugs. Mr. Fann is accused of Doctor Shopping and visiting several different pharmacies in Douglas County to obtain narcotic prescription. He was charged with six counts of Fraudulently Obtaining Drugs. Doctor shopping continues to be a major issue in Douglas County and Metro Atlanta. The Sheriff's Office will continue to aggressively pursue information relating to individuals that are doctor shopping in the county.

October 22, 2012

Criminal Investigations Division

On 10/05/2012 the Sheriff's Office took a received a burglary report that took place at 2238 Chestnut Log Loop. The case was assigned to Inv. Matt Gray in the property crimes division. Several items where taken in this burglary to include two laptop computers, a digital camera and a Wii game system. The investigation proved that three suspects were involved in this case. They are identified as Cartis Woods of Lithia Springs, Tyler Robertson of Douglasville and John Allen Jr. of Douglasville. Cartis Woods and Tyler Robertson have been arrested and warrants are pending for the arrest of John Allen Jr. Some items have been recovered in this case and will be returned to the victim.

On 10/06/2012 the Sheriff's Office received a report of a theft of a Honda generator that took place at 2384 Parke Ave. in Lithia Springs. The case was assigned to Inv. Matt Gray of the property crimes division. An investigation proved that Larry Baskin of Douglasville was responsible for the theft and has been arrested in connection with this case. The Honda generator has been recovered and returned to the owner.

On 10/07/2012 the Sheriff's Office received a burglary report that took place at 2122 Cedar Creek Lane in Lithia Springs. A large amount of copper was taken from the home .The case was assigned to Inv. Matt Gray of the property crimes division. Through the investigation four suspects were identified and arrested on the charge of burglary. The four arrested in this case are Tyler Robertson of Douglasville, Jordan Black of Lithia Springs, Aaron Garrison of Lithia Springs and Morgan McDaniel of Lithia Springs. The copper was scrapped at Newell's recycling and was not able to be recovered in this case.

Special Investigations Division

On October 19, 2012, Princeton Knight appeared before the magistrate court this morning to answer to charges stemming from Operation Freak Nasty. During the investigation, it was discovered that Knight was involved in the distribution of marijuana, methamphetamine and Cocaine over period of time in 2011. Mr. Knight is currently in the State's custody on unrelated charges.

Also on October 19, agents with the Special Investigations Division arrested a Richard Vaughn, Steven Smith and Shawn Davis on methamphetamine charges. Austell Police and Sheriff's Office Deputies went to a residence looking for an individual that Austell Police has warrants on. While at the house, methamphetamine was discovered as were items used for packaging and distributing drugs. All three individuals were taken into custody. Mr. Davis was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute. Vaughn and Smith were charged with possession of methamphetamine.


1. Children 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 19, 2012

Criminal Investigations Division

On 09/28/2012 The Douglas County Sheriff's office received a report of a theft that took place at 2866 Brook Dr. A large amount of jewelry was taken from the home. The case was assigned to Inv. Matt Gray in the property crimes division. Adam Dawkins of Douglasville has been identified as the suspect in this case and warrants are pending for his arrest. The investigation proved that Mr. Dawkins took the stolen jewelry to a local pawn shop and sold a portion of the jewelry to a pawn shop employee. That employee was identified as Olexander Alyeyev of Douglasville. Mr. Olyeyev failed to document the purchase of the jewelry and was arrested for that violation.

Special Investigations Division

The Warrant Fugitive Division arrested Timothy Bennett on outstanding warrants issued by the Special Investigations Division. Mr. Bennett sold prescription narcotics to agents working and investigation in late August early September. Last week Mr. Bennett's father, William Bennett was arrested on sales of prescription narcotics stemming from this investigation. He appeared before the local magistrate the morning of Thursday, October 18, 2012.

October 18, 2012

Members of the Sheriff's Office met with a representative of the Austell Gas System on 10-18-2012. The purpose of the meeting was to minimize the hazards resulting from any gas pipeline emergency. A plan was formulated and all members of this agency will be briefed on the proper steps to follow when they encounter a gas line related incident.

Sheriff Miller recommends that untrained people not attempt to control an emergency situation alone. Not only is this dangerous for the individual, it may cause the situation to expand and cause a more serious problem.

Sheriff Miller suggests calling 911 and the Austell Gas System at 770-948-1841 if you encounter a situation involving natural gas.

October 16, 2012

Criminal Investigations Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is investigating a financial fraud case where the suspect in the photo utilized the victim's financial information and accessed the account and was able to obtain money from the bank accounts. Investigator Joe Williams is asking for assistance from the public to assist in identifying this individual. The subject in the still photo used a bank card from Best Bank belonging to the victim. This subject deposited a fraudulent check in the account and then withdrew the $200 credit the bank allows you until the check clears. The check was deposited in an ATM in Jonesboro, and the $200 credit was withdrew Douglasville branch ATM.

If you recognize this person, contact Inv. Joe Williams at 678-486-1234, or Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 770-949-5656.

October 15, 2012

Jail Division

Inmate Leonard Joe Caldwell took a plea earlier this week for a crime that he committed while in the Douglas County Jail. In July of this year, Caldwell along with an accomplice, approached another inmate and used intimidation to rob him. The two inmates chose to confront their victim thinking that if they scared him, he would be too afraid to report the theft to authorities. However, their plan backfired when the victim went to officers seeking help. Cpl. Hensley of the Douglas County Jail investigated the matter and charges were filed. Caldwell received a sentence of ten years to serve four.

October 12, 2012

Special Investigations Division

Elizabeth Zachery was arrested on charges of Sales of marijuana and conspiracy to commit a violation for the Georgia controlled substances act. Ms. Zachery sold marijuana to an undercover officer at the direction of another individual. Information was obtained that Zachery was selling marijuana in Douglasville. Agents were able to make a purchase from Zachery. Arrest warrants were secured for her arrest. She was scheduled to appear before the local magistrate (Friday) morning.

The Warrant Fugitive Division and agents with SID arrested Kayla Bayne and Thomas Kelly. Agents received a tip that prescription drugs were being used and possibly sold from a residence in Lithia Springs. Agents went to the residence and located illegally obtained prescription drugs and marijuana. Bayne and Kelly were taken into custody.

October 10, 2012

Special Investigation Division

A William Bennett was taken into custody on sales of Oxycodone and distribution of a controlled substance. Agents with the Special Investigations Division purchased controlled substances from Bennett during the last month. He turned himself into the Sheriff's Office on Monday Morning.

A Jordan McDonald was arrested on two counts of Sales of marijuana by the Sheriff's Office over the weekend. Mr. McDonald sold marijuana to undercover agents working in the Special Investigations Division on two occasions in the past couple of months. He appeared before the local magistrate on Monday.

On Friday October 5, 2012 Hedji Watkins appeared before the Local Magistrate. On Monday October 8, 2012 Sabir Jihad, Jonathan Warren and Kevin Womack appeared before the Local Magistrate to answer to charges stemming from Operation Freak Nasty. All three individuals played a significant role in the investigation with each person distributing trafficking amounts of methamphetamine in Metro Atlanta.

October 4, 2012

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is proud to host a Trunk-or-Treat event this Halloween.

October 3, 2012

Criminal Investigations Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with Fulton County Burglary and Metal Theft Task Force, Fairburn Police Department, Union City Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff's Office, and AT&T corporate security culminated a multi-jurisdictional investigation on 092812 with the arrest of the following suspects for RICO and other various charges:

    • DOB: 12-04-87
    • DOB: 12-14-65
    • DOB: 08-22-73
    • DOB: 03-20-76
    • DOB: 06-06-79
    • DOB: 12-05-71

This was an extensive investigation over an extended period of time of the theft of wire that was hanging from telephone poles. There were several occasions where several hundred feet of hanging wire was stolen. The wire was eventually sold to metal recyclers in the Atlanta area and in the Cherokee, North Carolina area. Numerous sleeves that once held the wire has been recovered along with evidence to show the locations where these and other individuals burned the insulation off the wire before it was sold.

The investigation indicated that several of these individuals made numerous trips in different vehicles to recyclers in North Carolina and metro Atlanta.

Search warrants were executed in this case at the Country Hearth Inn and Suites in Union City, 5405 West Teel Road, Fairburn, and 2004 Britt Road in Douglas County. Several narcotics related items were found including suspected methamphetamine. Remnants of AT&T wire was found, large wire cutters similar to those seen in videos in this case was located also. Also located were several deer stands that were used to climb up the poles to start cutting the wire.

Video including interview with Sheriff Miller courtesy of Fox5.

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 House for the new Douglas County Sheriff's Office & Jail
    WHEN: Saturday, November 10, 2012 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
    WHERE: 8470 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

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