November 22, 2013
Traffic Safety Division
Sheriff Phil Miller has announced an all-out effort to reduce the speeds and increase the safety of travelers on our county roads and state highways for the Thanksgiving holidays. We will begin on Monday, November 25th and continue thru out the holiday travel season for 2013. This concentrated effort will be a crackdown on impaired driving, speeders, and other driving offenses such as tailgating, texting and any other traffic laws that threaten the safety of our travelling motorists in Douglas County. The crackdown will consist of concentrated laser and radar on the highways, sobriety check points, and road checks for compliance with all child safety seat laws. Please have a happy, and safe, holiday travel season!
November 15, 2013
Criminal Investigations Division
Please be aware of a trend that is becoming more and more common. Kids and adults alike are abusing prescription and non-prescription cough syrup by mixing it with candy and a beverage. This causes an alcoholic type high and can be abused anywhere like in schools or while driving. Combinations include Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, and gummy bears + codeine or cough syrup + Sprite, fruit punch or Gatorade. These drinks are often referred to as Dirty Sprite, Purple Drank, Sizzurp, or Lean. This has been around a while, but it is something that is just catching on recently here in Douglas County and surrounding areas. There are over 50 songs that mention this and kids are catching on. If you come across a drink with candy in it, you should assume that it might have prescription cough syrup in it. As always, please don't drink anything that you suspect could have been tampered with. All medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, should be kept out of the reach of children.
November 04, 2013
Criminal Investigations Division
The IT community is reporting a new virus called CryptoLocker. It comes disguised as a message from UPS, FedEx, or from a bank. If you attempt to open the attachment, your files are locked and it is very difficult for IT to recover them without paying a ransom to the virus creator. The virus is spreading fast through social media and email. Make sure your computer has an anti-virus program and that it is up-to-date. Also, try to keep a current back-up of your computer so that you do not lose valuable files should your computer become infected. However, the most important thing is that you do not open any attachments or download anything from the Internet unless you are 100% positive the source can be trusted.
November 1, 2013
The 2013 Douglas County Sheriff's Office Trunk-or-Treat is one for the history books. Our guestimates put attendance somewhere between 3,000 to 4,000 trick-or-treaters. We never would've made it through the evening without the generous donation of 200 cases of candy. Sales of hotdogs, chips and water raised $435 for our Victims' Fund. The DCSO Explorers were a terrific help and were certainly appreciated. We would like to say a huge 'thank you' to our organizers, participants and attendees, and we hope to see everyone again next year!
September 05, 2013
What: Food Drive for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Faith in Action Food Bank.
When: September 9, 2013 thru December 16, 2013
Where: Douglas County Sheriff's Office Lobby. There will be bins under the staircase.
- Nonperishable food items
- Toilet paper
- Dish soap
- Clothing will not be accepted at this time.
Judge McClain is very active with Faith in Action and he stated they are currently feeding 140 families and during the holidays they expect that number to go up to at least 200 families. He has said that in all his years as a prosecutor he had never prosecuted anyone for stealing food, and that these people have to really work to get this food. He is familiar with a great many of these people who ask for food and most of them were, at one time, hardworking employed people, and one or both heads of the household had lost their jobs.
Some of these people are elderly people who might go hungry the last week of the month until their Social Security checks come in if it were not for the food bank. There are children in this county that ask other children for the food they do not eat and they check the trash for salvageable food items to take home each night. This food is either for them or siblings. Please think of the people, the good people who could be you or me in the same position.
You can learn more about Faith in Action by visiting their website: http://gafaithinaction.com/.
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