On 12-28-11 Deputies and Investigators located and took custody of a juvenile male for charges of entering autos. The juvenile male was also responsible for transmitting over Douglas County Sheriff's Office Radio system to deputies and dispatchers using different numbers and codes requesting back up and reporting false information. It was later learned that the juvenile offender had in his possession a portable radio that was stolen from a Deputies vehicle during one of the entering autos he committed. The juvenile later told investigators that he was responsible for several entering auto, thefts of personal property including GPS units in Douglas County.
DECEMBER 22, 2011
Just before 6 pm on December 20th, an inmate in the booking tank woke up to another inmate stomping on his head. The victim had been asleep on the floor of the booking tank when Joshua Stovall, age 22, began stomping on his head. Stovall turned to punch the victim as he curled up to protect himself. Other inmates backed away and continued to look on as officers rushed in to subdue Stovall. Stovall gave up without resisting and was removed from the cell. The victim was treated by medical and is doing fine. Stovall received new charges for battery and riot in a penal institution.
DECEMBER 21, 2011
Health and Safety Tips from the American Red Cross for the Holiday Season
With last-minute gifts to buy, social events to attend and family and friends to visit while the weather outside is frightful, the American Red Cross has 12 days of health and safety tips to make the holiday season safe, happy and bright.
Prepare your vehicle for traveling to grandmother's house. Make an emergency kit and include items such as blankets or sleeping bags, jumper cables, fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type), compass and road maps, shovel, tire repair kit and pump, extra clothing, flares, tow rope.
Drive your sleigh and reindeer safely. Avoid driving in a storm, but if you must, keep your gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing. Let someone know your destination, route and when you expect to arrive.
Help prevent the spread of the flu. Wash hands with soap and water as often as possible, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.Use sanitizing wipes to disinfect hard surfaces such as airplane tray tables, luggage handles, cell phones, door handles and seat armrests.
Prevent hypothermia by following Santa's lead. Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing, which will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat.Wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears. Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of hypothermia, including confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering.
Use a Red Cross-trained babysitter when attending holiday festivities. Red Cross-certified babysitters learn to administer basic first aid; properly hold and feed a child; take emergency action when needed; monitor safe play and actively engage your child; and some may be certified in Infant and Child CPR.
Avoid danger while roasting chestnuts over an open fire. Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking and be alert. Keep anything flammable—such as potholders, towels or curtains—away from your stove top.Have a "kid-free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.
Be a lifesaver during the holidays and always. The Red Cross recommends at least one person in every household should be trained and certified in first aid and CPR/AED. Your local Red Cross chapter has conveniently scheduled courses and can have you trained and certified in a few hours.
Designate a driver or skip the holiday cheer. When you designate a driver who won't be drinking, you help make sure a good party doesn't turn into a tragedy. A good host ensures there are non-alcoholic beverages available for drivers. The designated driver should not drink any alcoholic beverages, not even one.
When the weather outside is frightful, heat your home safely. Never use your stove or oven to heat your home. Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended. Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas and test them once a month.
Cut down on your heating bills without being a Grinch. Get your furnace cleaned by a professional; change the filters regularly. Make sure heat vents aren't blocked by furniture. Close off any rooms you aren't using and close heat vents or turn off radiators in those rooms. Use either insulating tape or caulking strips to surround your windows and door moldings. Put up storm windows or storm doors to keep the cold out.
Don't move a muscle, until they buckle. Each person in your vehicle should have their seatbelts securely fastened before driving off. Ensure children are buckled up and their car seats are installed appropriately based on their age and size. Children 12 and under should always sit in the back seat.
Resolve to Be Red Cross Ready in the New Year. You can take one or more actions to prepare now, should you or your family face an emergency in 2012. Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.
DECEMBER 20, 2011
Douglas County Sheriff's Office would like to thank community churches & charities for their support.
Over the past several years, The Church at Chapel Hill, Douglasville Seventh Day Adventist Church, Antioch Baptist of Douglasville, and The Pantry of Douglasville have been donating to the Chaplain Fund of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The Chaplain Fun provides assistance to the residence of Douglas County with food, clothing, and shelter. We wouldn't be able to support our community without the assistance of our local churches and charities. Thank you so much for your support and donations!
DECEMBER 19, 2011
The Sheriff's Office often receives complaints on "fly by night" workers who have received money for doing shoddy work or who never completed the work after it was paid for. Sometimes the workers intimidate the homeowner with threats of legal action to get the victim to pay an increased price over the agreed on price.
The latest complaint is about rogue locksmiths. Local locksmiths are concerned because some of the people who use the service have been cheated by unprofessional installers.
We recommend that you do a complete check on anyone who you let work at your home. The Better Business Bureau and the license department at the courthouse can be a great help to you when you are looking for a repairman and want to make sure they are licensed in this county.
Please be careful about inviting someone you do not know to your home. If you feel you have been a crime victim, please feel free to call The Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 770-942-2121. We will assess the issue and let you know if it is a criminal or civil matter. The best way to not be a victim is to do your homework and find out about the workman before you have the job done.
DECEMBER 15, 2011
Making a Difference Project seeks Douglas County Support & Donations
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is reaching out to the community to assist needy families this Christmas season. We are asking for donations of unwrapped toys, food, wrapping paper, and cash donations. All of the donations collected will be distributed to needy families in Douglas County to make a difference during Christmas.
We are accepting donations at the following locations:
Sheriff's Office Gammill Building
Atlanta West Jewelry
Papa John's Pizza - locations on Highway 5 and on Lee Road
Donations are being accepted now until December 23rd. Thank you in advance for your generosity and participation in our Making a Difference Project. Any questions, please contact Sgt. Traci Sullivan of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 678-486-1214.
The Douglas County Courthouse will be closed Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th for Christmas Holiday and Monday, January 2nd for New Year's Holiday.
Douglas County Board of Commissioners:
Work Session: Monday, December 19th, 10 a.m., Commissioners' Board Room, 3rd floor, Courthouse
Commission Meeting: Tuesday, December 20th, 10 a.m., Citizen's Hall, Courthouse
Special Called Commission Meeting to Adopt the 2012 Budget: Thursday, December 29th, 9 a.m., Citizen's Hall, Courthouse Copies of the proposed budget may be obtained or reviewed at the Finance Department, 3rd floor, Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive. Questions may be directed to Finance Director Jennifer Hallman, 770.920.7268.
Work Session: Thursday, December 29th, 10 a.m., Commissioners' Board Room, 3rd floor, Courthouse televised live on dctv23 & simulcast live on www.CelebrateDouglasCounty.com
DECEMBER 14, 2011
Honoring a Fallen Brother - TFC Chad LeCroy
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is one of several agencies participating in an ongoing memorial to TFC Chad LeCroy. Trooper LeCroy was shot and killed in the line of duty in December 2010. He was making a traffic stop and engaged in a gun battle with the driver. Chad received wounds, which caused his death during this gunfight. The suspect was arrested and is awaiting trial.
A travelling memorial to Chad is now being transferred between law enforcement agencies. The memorial includes an ammunition can emblazened with Chad's radio call sign, 744; a thin blue line; and the Masonic emblem. The memorial tribute is given to volunteers who place it inside their patrol vehicle and it travels with that officer during his or her shift. Inside the ammo can is a tribute to Chad, shoulder patches from each agency involved, and a record of each officer who proudly carried the tribute during his workday.
The memorial will be given to Chad's family when Chad is ready to return home. The entire law enforcement community hopes this tribute will, in some way, remind all of Chad's family that he is missed greatly and will never be forgotten.
Pictured are Chad's wife, Kiesha, Chad's mother and Father-in-law, Ken and Vickie Yearwood, and Drew Gordon, Keisha's cousin. Sgt. Charlie Mitchell, one of the volunteers, is assisting while Keisha and her parents are viewing the current contents and record of the tribute's travel.
Agencies or officers wishing to participate may contact Sgt. Drew Gordon at the Cobb County Sheriff's Office, Major Tommy Wheeler, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, or Chad's family.
October Employee of the Month - Lt. Duane Whisenhunt
Captain Kevin Hensley nominated Lt. Whisenhunt for this award.
On October 20, 2011 the Sheriff's Office implemented a new software program to replace the previous Jail Management System. Lt. Duane Whisenhunt was tasked with trouble shooting the differences between the systems and finding the most efficient solutions. For several months prior to this transition date, Duane had to learn this new software. He learned not only the general functionality of the program but also the administrative workings in order to tailor fields for our department.
Often times Duane had to set aside his normal duties in order to meet deadlines and accommodate the vendors many needs. Throughout this process he never allowed his daily duties to fall behind. On many occasions Duane either came in early or stayed late, altering his hours selflessly in efforts to ensure a smooth transition for the employees of this agency.
This is merely a few examples of the overall work ethic demonstrated on a consistent basis from Lt. Whisenhunt. He is an asset to this agency, a positive role model for other staff members and I am proud to have him as a member of this Division.
November Employee of the Month - Deputy Brad Northcutt
Sergeant T.C. Scott nominated Deputy Northcutt for this award. On November 17, 2011 Deputy Northcutt responded to a "concern for welfare" call on Oak Court in Douglasville. A home healthcare nurse had called us about an elderly man, living there, who was unable to care for himself and was in need of assistance. When Northcutt arrived he found an elderly gentleman living there, alone. According to Northcutt the heat was not working in the home and the man was very cold. The man had soiled himself and was unable to clean himself. Brad Northcutt found some warm clean clothes, helped the man clean up and change into the clean clothing. Northcutt then took the time to ensure the man was fed and had water to drink. After taking note of the living conditions and his inability to care for himself, Northcutt asked him if he had any relatives who could care for him. The gentleman had no relatives. Northcutt contacted an Insurance Representative who notified Adult Services. He then contacted Ann Rice and the Department of Family and Children Services and made arrangements for someone to take care of the man. Sergeant Scott wrote, "I wish to applaud Northcutt for his compassionate deed and I feel he brings great credit upon himself, Patrol Shift "A", and the Sheriff's Office. Northcutt truly went above and beyond with his humanitarian act."
DECEMBER 9, 2011
Special Investigations Division
A female by the name of Shannon Harper was taken into custody last night on outstanding warrants issued by the Special Investigations Division. During the month of September, Ms. Harper sold cocaine on two separate occasions to undercover officers working on an investigation into her distribution of illegal drugs. Before officers were able to take Harper into custody, she moved out of Douglas County. Warrants were issued for her arrest. She was scheduled to appear before the magistrate this morning.
Sales of cocaine – 2 counts
Use of a communication device to facilitate a felony
DECEMBER 8, 2011
Criminal Investigations Division
On December 6, 2011, deputies responded to a fatality accident that occurred on Dorris Road in Douglas County involving a pedestrian. The victim, Brandy Hart, was a 17 year old Douglas County High School student that had attended an after school program at the school and was being dropped off by the school bus, at her house on Dorris Road just after 7:00 p.m. An approaching car, driven by 51 year old - Shirley McManners, approached the school bus, failed to stop at the bus and struck the victim as she was crossing the street to go to her home. The victim died as a result of her injuries. Investigators from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia State Patrol SCRT Team responded to the scene, investigated the accident and together later charged Shirley McManners with Vehicular Homicide, Reckless Driving and Overtaking/Passing a school bus. McManners is scheduled to appear before the Superior Court Judge for a Bond Hearing on December 8, 2011.
On December 4th, Corporal Hensley received some information suggesting that an inmate in the jail was in possession of drugs. A K-9 unit was brought in and assisted officers in searching the dorm. A small amount of suspected marijuana and baggie of crack cocaine were both recovered. Additional charges were taken on inmates Jarquez Dancy and Jonathan Gamble.
DECEMBER 7, 2011
Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.)
Members of the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team attended training from November 6th-11th in Orlando, Florida. They trained and competed in the SWAT Roundup International. 59 teams from eight different countries were present for the event. It was the first time the Douglas County Sheriff's Office had attended the event. Money donated directly to the team from the annual Gammill Run funded the trip.
Team members attended various training classes that included:
Clandestine Lab Tactical Strategies
Principles of Hostage Rescue
Advanced Tactical Carbine
Advanced Armored Vehicle tactics
The team finished 34th overall out of the 59 competing teams. The training was a valuable experience for the team members. It was also a unique opportunity for members to learn alongside foreign teams such as Hungary, Russia, and Sweden.
The following video is of the Pricher Scramble at the SWAT Roundup International event. This team consisted of the following members: Bucky Attaway, Jonathan "Peanut" Britt, Brett Dever, Keith Hayes, and Lewis Fredenberg. The team finished 14th out of 59 teams in the event. The team hit all 17 shots.
DECEMBER 5, 2011
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office would like to introduce you to the newest member of our team. Thomas Hollis, a Douglas County native, recently started his career with Douglas County. He met with Sheriff Miller Thursday afternoon, was sworn in and presented with his badge. Ofc. Hollis will be working in the jail with Lt. Collett's shift as a control operator. Hollis was very excited and stated "I am honored to have the privilege to work at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office".
DECEMBER 2, 2011
Criminal Investigations Division
On Monday November 28, 2011 The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a burglary at 6195 Jayma Lane, Douglasville, GA 30135. When deputies arrived it was determined that the homeowner had recently installed a camera system in their home due to a previous burglary earlier in November 2011. Stolen from the home was a Microsoft XBOX gaming system, loose change and money, and several XBOX games.
The Home owner viewed the footage and stated the suspect was a Travis Self. Travis had at one time dated the Homeowners daughter. A warrant was issued for Travis James Self. On the evening of November 28, 2011 Investigators with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office arrested Travis James Self at his home at 6261 Valhalla Drive, Douglasville, GA 30135.
During a post arrest interview Travis confessed to the Burglary and had his girlfriend, Alexis Marnell go and get the stolen property from where it was being hidden. Travis James Self was charged with one count of Burglary.
DECEMBER 1, 2011
Criminal Investigations Division
On 11/30/2011 just after 12:00 p.m., Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress at 4198 Hwy 5. The homeowner caught two white male subjects in his automotive workshop and they were in the act of steeling car parts. At the time that the homeowner caught them, they had already loaded up a pick up truck and a large car trailer with several automotive parts to include engines, engine parts and body parts. The homeowner confronted the two male subjects and they both fled on foot. Several deputies were working in the area on another case and were able to set up a good perimeter in an effort to apprehend the two burglary suspects. Within minutes of their arrival, one of the male subjects was caught hiding in a drainage pipe near the crime scene. The second subject continued to flee on foot. Through the efforts and persistence of our deputies, we were able to apprehend the second subject as well. The two males were identified as:
Brenton Dale Chase who lives on Hutcheson Ferry Rd. in Whitesburg, GA
Rodney Swann who lives on Whitworth Dr. in Villa Rica, GA
Both subjects are charged with burglary and will appear before a Douglas County Magistrate judge today.
Friday, December 2nd through Friday, December 16th: 13th Annual Christmas Concerts in the Courthouse
Lunchtime Concerts in the Courthouse Atrium ~ Open to the Public, Free Admission, Broadcast Live on dctv23 with Replays on the Weekends ~ Seating Available in the Atrium
Friday, December 2nd: 12:15 p.m. - Mirror Lake Elementary School Chorus, 12:45 p.m. - Majestic Learning Academy Chorus
Monday, December 5th: 12:15 p.m. - Douglas County High School Fa Side a cappella singers, 12:45 p.m. - Douglas County Montessori School Chorus
Tuesday, December 6th: 12:15 p.m. - Bright Star Elementary School Chorus, 12:45 p.m. - Dorsett Shoals Elementary School Chorus
Wednesday, December 7th: 12:15 p.m. - Mt. Carmel Elementary School Chorus, 12:45 p.m. - South Douglas Elementary School Chorus
Thursday, December 8th: 12:15 p.m. - Fairplay Middle School Chorus, 12:45 p.m. - Arbor Station Elementary School Chorus
Friday, December 9th: 12:15 p.m. - Winston Elementary School Chorus, 12:45 p.m. - Burnett Elementary School Chorus
Monday, December 12th: 12:15 p.m. - Bill Arp Elementary School Chorus, 12:45 p.m. - Chapel Hill Middle School Chorus
Tuesday, December 13th: 12:15 p.m. - Lithia Springs High School Chorus, 12:45 p.m. - Chapel Hill High School Chorus
Wednesday, December 14th: 12:15 p.m. - Beulah Elementary School Chorus, 12:45 p.m. - Mason Creek Middle School Chorus
Thursday, December 15th: 12:15 p.m. - Chapel Hill Elementary School Chorus, 12:45 p.m. - Annette Winn Elementary School Chorus
Friday, December 16th: 12:15 p.m. - Eastside Elementary School Chorus, 12:45 p.m. - Lithia Springs Elementary School Chorus
a program of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners through its Department of Communications and Community Relations/dctv23