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March 3, 2014

Major Crimes Unit

On February 19, 2014, a Thornton Road convenience store was robbed by two masked gunman shown in these pictures. Both suspects were carrying handguns and were described as tall, thin black males who may have been in their early to mid-twenties. Investigators are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects. Please call Inv. Susan Sweat at 770-920-7138 or email her at ssweat@sheriff.douglas.ga.us with any information about these two men.


February 28, 2014

Traffic Enforcement Division

Sheriff Phil Miller is announcing a partnership with the Douglas County Board of Education and American Traffic Solutions in an attempt to save lives at school bus stop locations throughout the county. Through the partnership, American Traffic Solutions has installed motion sensing video cameras on Douglas County school buses. These cameras give detailed information on vehicles that fail to stop for loading and unloading of our children from school buses.

American Traffic Solutions then processes the videos and sends them to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. A deputy sheriff from the traffic unit reviews the videos and decides when a violation has occurred. American Traffic Solutions then mails a citation to the registered owner of those vehicles with information on how to view their violation on line and details on how to pay the civil fine of $ 300.00 All monies go back to the Douglas County Board of Education to defray costs of the program.

Along with this program the DCSO will continue to enforce school bus stop sign violations while out on patrol. Please drive with care and pay attention while you are around a school bus for stops.

Thank you,
Col. Jeff Nalley


FAQs
When does this program start?
March 1, 2014

What do I do if I receive a notice?
To pay online, go to www.ViolationInfo.com and logon with the information provided on the notice.

How much is the fine and what about my driving record?
Violators will be assessed $300. This is a civil penalty, no points will be assessed.

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February 24, 2014

Command Staff Division

On-going road construction alert from the WSA: Chapel Hill Rd at Anneewakee Creek/Fowler Field.

As part of our stormwater structures maintenance and repair program, the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority (WSA) plans to begin a project next month (March, 2014) to replace the stormwater culvert on Chapel Hill Road at Anneewakee Creek. The project consists of replacing an existing box culvert with a larger concrete arch culvert to carry higher flows and protect the road from flooding in a 100-year storm event. This letter is to give you some advanced notice and information about what you can expect during this project.

The first phase of the project will involve the installation of foundation piles and arch culvert sections approximately 40 feet east of Chapel Hill Road. During this phase, the existing lanes of Chapel Hill Road will remain open to traffic. The second phase of the project will involve the construction of a temporary roadway with both the northbound and southbound lanes carrying traffic over the newly constructed culvert. Traffic will be diverted onto this temporary roadway while work is performed to install foundation piles and arch culvert sections at the existing Chapel Hill Road location. At the completion of the project, the permanent northbound and southbound lanes of Chapel Hill Road will be restored to their current state to carry traffic just as they do today.

The project should take approximately 300 days and is anticipated to be finished by the end of the year. Chapel Hill Road will remain open in both directions during the construction of the culvert but traffic interruptions may occur. We apologize for the inconvenience of this stormwater project, but every effort will be made to minimize impacts to the traveling public.

February 24, 2014

Uniform Patrol/HEAT Unit

Olympian Elana Meyers was escorted home from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport early Monday morning by members of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office HEAT Unit and officers from the Douglasville Police Department. Congratulations to Ms. Meyers and her brakeman, Lauryn Williams, for winning the silver medal in the Women's Tandem Bobsled event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.


February 21, 2014

Jail Division

Recent Jail Promotions

The Douglas County Jail would like to recognize the following recent promotions:

  • Terrence Dukes - Promoted to the rank of Sergeant
  • Jason Olds - Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant
  • Keith Hayes - Promoted to the Rank of Sergeant
  • Kenneth Conner - Promoted to the Rank of Sergeant

Inmate Charged with Sexual Battery
On February 11, 2014, an inmate at the Douglas County Jail received some unwanted attention from their roommate. According to the victim, inmate Kathy Holloway asked if she could touch her. Without waiting for a response, inmate Holloway reached out an made inappropriate contact with her cellmate. Following an investigation of the incident, inmate Holloway was charged with sexual battery on February 20 and will appear before the Magistrate Judge on February 21.


February 20, 2014

Criminal Investigations Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is looking for the rightful owners of the following property. These items are believed to have been stolen between October 31, 2013 and February 16, 2014. If you think this could be your property, please notify Sgt. Mike Howell at mhowell@sheriff.douglas.ga.us with your case number that was given at the time of the report.


February 20, 2014

Jail Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has entered into an agreement with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office to temporarily house up to 100 of their inmates. At this time we are housing an additional 97 inmates. The purpose of this arrangement is to provide Fulton County with the space to move their inmates about as they carry out some renovations to their facility. Douglas County is being compensated for the cost of housing the inmates, as well additional cost for the additional staffing necessary to oversee this increase in inmates. The renovations are expected to be completed within the next one hundred and fifty days.

February 19, 2014

Criminal Investigation Division

This is an update to a previous story.

Two unknown male suspects still wanted in burglary theft cases. The suspects are described as being between 20-30 years old, slim to medium builds, and between 5'8" – 6'2" tall. One male may have either a tattoo or some type of dark colored birthmark or scar across his nose. Various hardware and lawn and garden stores in Douglas, Paulding, Gwinnett, and Hall counties were burglarized between January 20 and January 26, 2014. These two men are believed to be responsible for all four burglaries. The minivan they were driving had been reported as stolen from Cobb County and was recovered at the scene in Oakwood/Hall County. If you have any information regarding the identities of these two suspects, please contact Inv. Dale Kelley at 770-920-4903 or dkelley@sheriff.douglas.ga.us.


February 14, 2014

Criminal Investigations Division

Security Tips

Register Your Home and Cellular Telephones with the National Do Not Call Registry
www.donotcall.gov - The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days.


Review a Copy of Your Credit Report
AnnualCreditReport.com is the official site to get your free annual credit reports. This right is guaranteed by Federal law.
Federal law allows you to:

  • Get a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each credit reporting company.
  • Ensure that the information on all of your credit reports is correct and up to date.

Visit www.annualcreditreport.com/ to get a free copy of your credit report.


Add A Credit Freeze To Your Credit File If You Believe You Are At Risk
A credit freeze (sometimes called a security freeze) is designed to prevent the information in your credit file from being reported to others. Because most creditors will check your credit report before opening a new account a credit freeze is an effective means of protecting yourself against identity thieves who open accounts in your name.

There are some inconveniences associated with having a credit freeze / security freeze on your credit file when you try to establish new credit yourself, but for some people the additional protection provided by a credit freeze may be worth the associated inconvenience. The Federal Trade Commission provides more information on credit freezes here: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0279-extended-fraud-alerts-and-credit-freezes

If you choose to place a credit freeze on your credit file, you will have to contact each of the major credit reporting agencies to complete the process.

Experian 1-888-397-3742 | Equifax 1-800-525-6285 | TransUnion 1-800-680-7289
This is a good way to protect elderly parents from questionable caregivers.



Consider Single Use Credit Card Numbers When Shopping On-line
When you shop on-line or over the telephone it is necessary to provide a credit card number to complete your purchase. But what happens to your credit card data after the transaction is complete? Does the merchant keep your credit card information on file? Will you be charged for a re-occurring transaction when you only authorized an on-time charge? To help protect you against identity theft and loss of your credit card data, many major banks such as Bank America, Citibank, and Discover allow you to generate single use credit card numbers for a specific merchant or transaction. The single use credit card number works just like the number, expiration date, and security code printed on your credit card, and of course these charges appear on your monthly bills as usual. However, single use credit card numbers are limited to a single merchant, a single transaction, or for a limited period of time sent by you. Once the transaction is complete or the expiration date you assigned to the single use credit card number is reached, that number is canceled and can't be used if stolen or later accessed by an unscrupulous merchant.


Change Your Passwords
Change the passwords for all of your on-line accounts. For best security passwords should be complex and changed frequently. Too often we use the same password for extended periods of time and use a single password across multiple accounts. This creates a vulnerability, which is increased if the passwords being used are weak. You can check the strength of your passwords using the Microsoft Password Checker, on-line at:
https://www.microsoft.com/security/pcsecurity/password-checker.aspx


Add A Password, PIN, or Swipe Pattern to Your Cell-Phone
Cellular telephones today do a lot more than make phone calls. Your cell-phone probably contains a list of your contacts, a personal calendar, photos, saved text messages, on-line browsing history, and maybe even financial account information. If your phone is lost or stolen all of that information is now in the hands of the thief that stole it, or in the hands of whomever finds your lost phone. Requiring a password, PIN, or swipe pattern to access your phone adds a little extra security, preventing anyone who gains access to your phone from easily accessing your private information. Activating a password, pin, or swipe pattern can usually be done through the settings menu on your phone.


Inventory Your High-Value Items
Conduct an inventory of your high-value items (i.e. TV, Computer, Stereo, Firearms, Jewelry). Photograph these items, record their serial numbers, and the date and place of purchase if you know it. Save all of this information in a secure location. Consider placing an "Operation ID" decal on or near your front door as a way to deter theft. (http://www.nnwi.org/operation_id.asp) A sign warning that your home is protected by an alarm system may also help to deter burglars, even if you don't actually have an alarm system installed.

You can also use https://reportit.leadsonline.com/ to keep an inventory of your items that you can access through a secure browser login. This will keep your information stored in a location other than your home or computer should anything happen to either/both.


Conduct A Home Security Inspection
An important step in preventing home burglary and other crimes is to make sure that a residence is as secure as possible. A home security inspection checklist, from the National Neighborhood Watch Program is available here: http://www.usaonwatch.org/assets/publications/HomeSecurity.pdf


Vehicle Panic Alarm
If you think that you hear someone prowling outside of your home at night, press the panic alarm button on your vehicle's key remote. This will set of the vehicle's alarm and possibly frighten away the prowler. It's important to note that your vehicle alarm is unlikely to result in your neighbors coming to your aid or summoning the police (most people ignore car alarms), but the sudden alarm may cause a prowler to flee.


Give Your Home The Appearance of Being Occupied While You're Away
The best deterrent to home burglary is a home that is occupied. Since you cannot always be at home, it is important to give your home the appearance of being occupied while you are away. Use timers to turn lights on and off at random times during the evening. Put a small TV on a timer as well to give the appearance that someone is home watching TV. If you don't have a TV that you can turn on and off with a timer, consider a fake TV which gives the appearance of a television by projecting a pattern of lights that simulates a TV show. Use motion sensors to turn on lights. Motion sensors that turn on outside lights are common, but you may also want to consider using an outside motion sensor to turn on a light inside your house. Burglars don't like dogs. If you can't have a real dog to guard your home, there are Electronic Watchdogs (http://goo.gl/9fwggv) that use motion sensors to play a recording of a barking dog. You can enhance the illusion of having a dog by posting a "Beware of Dog" sign, and by placing a food and water bowl outside your front door. Turn the ringer volume down on your phone, or set your answering machine to pick up on the first ring when you are not at home. A constantly ringing phone is a good indicator that your home is unoccupied. Make sure that your answering machine / voice mail message does not indicate that you are out of town. A radio tuned to a talk station can simulate people inside the home engaged in conversation.


Get a Paper Shredder for Your Home
To help protect yourself against identity theft, stalking, and similar crimes it is important that you never place intact documents containing your personal, private, or financial information in the trash. A paper (document) shredder is the best way of destroying sensitive documents before disposing of them in your trash or recycle bin. Paper shredders for home use range in price from around $50 to well over $250. For home use a cross-cut shredder costing less than $100 will more than meet your needs. If you can't afford to purchase a personal shredder for your home; check with your local sheriff, police department, crime stoppers organization, or bank for information about upcoming community shred events. Many times these organizations will hire industrial mobile shredders to allow community members to destroy personally sensitive documents for free.



February 06, 2014

Criminal Investigation Division

On 01/20/14 between the hours of midnight and 5:30am, two unknown black males burglarized four businesses in Douglas and Paulding Counties: Able Tools on Hwy 92, Ace Power Tools on Lee Rd., Lost Mountain Outdoor Power Equipment on Macland Rd, and Easy Street Pawn on Macland Rd. The suspects were seen driving a green 2001-2007 Dodge Caravan with 5-spoke rims/wheels. They used a pair of red, long-handled bolt cutters to gain entry into the various businesses. The suspects mostly targeted landscaping equipment businesses. The suspects are described as being between 20-30 years old, slim to medium builds, and between 5'8" – 6'2" tall. One male may have either a tattoo or some type of dark colored birthmark or scar across his nose. If you have any information regarding any of these burglaries, please contact Inv. Dale Kelley at 770-920-4903 or dkelley@sheriff.douglas.ga.us. Case # DCSO14OFF000323


February 6, 2014

Command Staff Division

This is a follow-up to a previous article we posted last month about the Emergency Responder Kits.

On February 6, 2014, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office along with the Douglasville Police Department presented Emergency Responder Kits to the following private schools within the city and county:

  • Brighten Academy
  • Harvester Christian Academy
  • Heirway Christian Academy
  • Kings Way Christian School
  • Colonial Hills Christian School

These kits were purchased through funds donated by the Douglas County Rogue Runners and with county and city seized drug funds.


January 30, 2014

Patrol Division

Resources for Abandonded Vehicle Owners:
Towing Update 01/30/14 4:45pm
Due to the improving weather and rising temperatures, the roads have rapidly gotten better for travel. we will start immediately trying to remove ALL vehicles parked or left in the actual roadway. Before impounding a vehicle we will attempt to contact the registered owner that the tag comes back to, if this is unsuccessful we will have it removed by a Tow service that is on the Douglas county sheriff's Office Rotation.

The reason for this action is safety related as the speeds of vehicles will increase as the weather gets better and more people get back into normal travel habits.

If your Vehicle is not where you left it, please call the Sheriff's Office Dispatch at 770-949-5656

Also remember some areas in the county may still have secondary roadways with ice coverage, if you cannot see far ahead or around the curve slow down . Areas that do not get sunshine may still have ice also, please drive accordingly and safe.

Thank you.


We will not be ticketing folks who have left their cars on the side of the roadways. There is also no time limit, but we do encourage folks to move them as soon as they feel safe enough to do so.

Sheriff Miller is offering a ride back to your abandoned vehicle if you have no other way. This service is for county residents only if their vehicle is driveable and does not need a wrecker. Your vehicle must also be located in Douglas County and within 8-10 miles of your location. Rides will be handled if there are no priority calls holding and we cannot transport children. Hope this will help clear up the backlog of abandoned vehicles. Citizens may call the switchboard at 770-949-5656. Please be patient. Thank you.

Any cars left on 92 and the connector near Victory Baptist Church: it is possible they are parked at Victory Baptist Church in the parking lot. Deputies were logging several vehicles that were moved there but there were several others that were out there and several wreckers so it may not have been logged.

If you parked a vehicle near the Aquatic Center it is either at the Aquatic Center parking lot or at New Manchester High in the parking lot.

If it was left at Chapel Hill or W Chapel Hill at 166 it may just be moved up the street a ways or at the Church at Chapel Hill parking lot.

Cars on Thornton Rd and Fairburn they were just moved off the road. It may not be right where you left the vehicle but it should be in the area.

If you cannot find your car, call 770-949-5656.

The following is a list of wrecker services the DCSO uses on a regular basis. If you think you have been towed, please check with them first. If they do not have a record of your vehicle, you can call 770-949-5656.

  • C.P. 770 616 5516
  • MASSEY: 770 577 1177
  • FAIRPLAY: 770 489 1453
  • TRIPLE H: 770 489 0300
  • CITY MOTORS: 770 944 6770
  • PRIEST: 770 942 5639

If the Douglas County Sheriff's Office had your vehicle towed to an impound lot WE will pay your wrecker fee. This is ONLY for vehicles towed by the DCSO. Please call 770-949-5656 for more information/instructions.

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To report a non-injury accendent for insurance purposes, you can download and print this form for your insurance company.


January 28, 2014

Criminal Investigations Division

On Sunday 12-22-13 the above B/F comes into the Valero Gas Station located at 802 Thornton Rd Next to John Bleakley Ford between 9:30 am to 10:15am Hr. The clerk is in the back of the store. When he comes up to help the customer he notices no one is at the register. The store clerk noticed several lottery tickets missing. The store clerk reviewed the store video and the video shows this B/F reaching behind the counter and taking several lottery tickets. The B/F then goes to the other end of the Tickets and reaches back and takes more.

If you know this person please contact Inv J Williams Reference Case DCSO13OFF007761.

Office: 770 949 5656 Desk: 678 486 1234


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