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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.


November 16, 2012

Special Investigations Division

Eric Carter was arrested by the Special Investigations Division on Wednesday night. Mr. Carter sold marijuana on three occasions to agents working on a tip about Carter selling illegal drugs. Agents executed a search warrant at his Lithia Springs Home and discovered several ounces of marijuana and items used to package drugs for distribution.

November 14, 2012

Criminal Investigations Division

During the early morning hours of 11/11/12 the above two suspects busted out the front window of the Chevron Food Store located at Lee Road and I-20. They were not successful in getting into the cashier's area where cigarettes are kept. They brought with them a bright orange recycling tub and a blue recycling tub. These subjects and vehicle are on a lookout from a similar incident in Cobb County on October 24th, 2012.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Inv. Dale Kelley, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, 770-920-4903

November 9, 2012

Training Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office 16th Citizen's Law Enforcement Academy graduated Thursday evening November 8th.

We would like to thank our guest speaker, Douglas County Solicitor General Matthew Krull, who delivered an inspiring talk on community involvement.

Congratulations to all of our attendees.

November 6, 2012

Criminal Investigations Division.

This was a classic case of forensics at its best. Inv. Alex Kirkland was the initial investigator in 2002 and in the follow up investigations in 2012, 10 years later which led to the identity, prosecution and conviction of the suspect.

On April 4, 2002, Scott Hudson, the owner of Hudson's Hickory House, came home as usual after his long day. When he exited his vehicle, he was robbed at gun point of the money he had that would be used to open the business the next day (Approx. $1100). When law enforcement arrived, a physical description of a thin, tall white male was the only lead available. After a search of the scene knowing that the suspect must have been waiting for Mr. Hudson to come home, investigators were able to find a partially burnt cigarette, smoked tipped cigar and what was believed to be a small puddle of saliva. After a rigorous investigation, the case went cold until December 2010 when the GBI Crime Lab notified this office of a DNA match on the saliva to Christopher Britt Heirling. Mr. Heirling was already in federal prison for several bank robberies in 2002. Mr. Heirling was brought back to Douglas County in 2012 to stand trial for the armed robbery in 2002. On 102912, Christopher Britt Heirling was sentenced to Life in prison plus an additional 5 years for possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony.

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.

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

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