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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. Chuck Catlin. Sgt. Catlin can be reached at
    (678) 486-1237 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.


August 27, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

Information is being sought on the identity of this subject wanted for questioning in connection with an armed robbery of the Family Dollar store in Lithia Springs on August 23, 2013. He is described as a black male, approx. 5'10", in his late 20's with a muscular build.

Please contact Investigator Susan Sweat with any information.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office - 770-920-7138

Case Number: DCSO13OFF005414

August 19, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

We are experiencing individuals contacting elderly residents wanting to confirm their social security number, bank account information so that they can confirm that the social security funds are being sent to the right place. Most individuals are reporting that the calls are cell phones originating from 305 and 876 area codes. The sheriff's office suggests that you ask the caller to send them a letter to the address they have on file. Never give them your address nor confirm your address when asked.

August 15, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

There have been a series of burglaries in the area of Huey Rd and N Burnt Hickory Rd at empty residences. On August 09, 2013, a witness saw a Grey small pickup truck possibly an S10 backed up to one of the residences until around 3:00pm. The suspects took several hand tools, Bath and Body Works bath items including candles, 5 foot fiberglass ladders and a T-Cell Mineral Springs Pool Pump. On August 10, 2013 around 0700 a witness saw a Charcoal Gray/Silver older model possible 90's Ford Ranger Extended Cab with an air tank in the bed and a chrome bumper backed up to one of the houses that was burglarized. A witness stated he saw a white male with long black stringy hair in his late 20's or early 30's.

If you have any information please contact Inv. Beabout at 770-920-4910 or Sgt. Howell at 770-920-4915

August 12, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

At 10:30 am, on 8/10/13, a 9 year-old boy was bitten at Deer Lick Dog Park.

The owner of the dog who bit the boy fled through the woods with the dog, not surrendering information about the dog. There is no information as to whether this dog has rabies; therefore, the boy will have to undergo a series of rabies shots, unless the dog is found in the next few days. It's bad enough that he has to suffer from the bite, but it would be unforgivable if he had to needlessly undergo the trauma of the series of shots.

This is the description of the dog:
All black, muscular, short-haired, 1 ½ to 2 years old, about 35lbs., long snout, believed to be female, newly adopted, deep bark, red collar with bits of yellow, about 24 to 30 inches tall. It could jump very well. It looked like a Pit Bull, but with a longer nose, straight tail. She was with another smaller black dog with curly fur.

Here is a description of the owner:
Female, about 250 lbs., 5'2" to 5'5" tall, reddish-brown hair, mid-40's, glasses, gray shirt with bluish black shorts.

Please contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office if you have any information on this incident. Our tipline number is 678-486-1253 or you can leave an anonymous tip.

August 12, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

On Tuesday August 6th 2013 between the hours of 8:00 pm and 8:10 pm just before dark, a Grey 2000(?) 4-door Dodge pickup truck pulled into the parking lot of Fred's Bar B Q located at 541 Thornton Rd.

The truck is occupied at least two times by an unknown driver and a B/M front passenger wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. The passenger gets out of the truck and walks around the front of the victim's vehicle. The ignition on the victim's vehicle is busted up and several items, including a gun, were taken from the vehicle.

The Suspect's Truck is Grey 4 door truck Chrome bumper and factory wheels. It did not appear to have any damage on the body of the truck. The truck appears to have no Tag.

If you can identify these two men, please contact Inv A J Williams 678 468 1234 Reference case #DCSO13OFF005112.

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August 12, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

Possible telephone fraud targeting the Douglasville/Douglas County, GA area. The following information describes the method used by the caller.

The caller states to the person answering that his name is James Watson with the Georgia Police Department. He has the name of the person residing at the address for that phone number and advises that there is an outstanding warrant on that person. He then gives the person answering the phone instructions to call a number and ask to speak to George Blake to determine the amount of the fine to satisfy the warrant and clear it from their records. If for example, the fine would be $1,000.00, George Blake tells the targeted party that he can clear up the warrant if they will sent him $500.00 before a certain date. If the money is sent, the scam has been perpetrated and the victim(s) have lost their money.

Should you receive a similar such call, do not call the number or follow any other instructions given. There is no Georgia Police Department and no legitimate Law Enforcement Agency would make this type call.

Please be very cautious in giving personal information, credit card or banking information to anyone over the telephone, and never sent cash to anyone contacting you by telephone.

If you have been contacted by these people or feel that you have been a victim of fraud, you can call our tipline at 678-486-1253 or leave an anonymous tip.

August 09, 2013

Jail Division

The Medical Association of Georgia's Committee on Correctional Medicine awarded the inaugural Herman E. Spivey, MD, Award for Excellence to the Douglas County Sheriff's Department for its quality of inmate health care. Sheriff Phil Miller accepted the award and called it a "great honor and very proud day for himself, the Sheriff's Department and the citizens of Douglas County".

The Committee on Correctional Medicine is dedicated to improving inmate health care. Some of its members work as responsible physicians in jails and prisons. The physicians, along with a support team from the Medical Association of Georgia, conduct surveys every three years on the health section of all State prisons, several private ones, and numerous County jails. The Committee accredits facilities using standards developed by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. In order for the jail health care unit to be accredited, it must meet 100 percent of 33 essential standards and 85 percent of 29 important standards.

The Medical Association of Georgia felt it important to recognize outstanding compliance and superior health care to inmates. The award was established in 2012 and named in honor and memory of Dr. Herman E. Spivey who practiced Family Medicine in Summerville, Georgia, for 48 years, was the physician for the Chattooga County Jail, and who was a long-time and valuable member of the Committee on Correctional Medicine. The award was named at the suggestion of Dr. Marc Wall, who attended the presentation with his grandson, Caleb Chambers. Mrs. Sue Spivey, widow of Dr. Spivey, and Kathy Bridges, daughter, attended the presentation and noted that the family was "extremely humbled" by the award name designation. Mr. Clyde Maxwell, Jr., the Director of Correctional Medicine for the Medical Association of Georgia, was also present.

The award was presented to Sheriff Miller by Dr. Patton Smith, Chairman of the Committee, who noted that the Spivey Award will be given "only when achieved", to which Sheriff Miller responded that he is proud of the accreditation and achievement. Dr. Smith and Sheriff Miller both thanked the Jail's correctional staff and CorrectHealth, which operates the jail medical facility. They applauded CorrectHealth's "professionalism in difficult circumstances". CorrectHealth was represented by Dr. Carlo Musso, President; Deborah Eason, RN; and Susie Hatfield, RN.

August 07, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is looking for the owners of the items pictured. If you had your vehicle broken into between June 10, 2013 and July 25, 2013, please contact Inv. Dale Kelley at 770-920-4903 to claim your property. These are some of the areas that were targeted:

  • Elk Run
  • Stewart Mill & Yancy/W. Stewart Mill
  • Kings Hwy
  • Castle Gate
  • Ivy Green
  • Arbor Station

We also found a picture of a family on one of the stolen cameras. Please contact Inv. Kelley if you can identify them so that we can return their property.

July 30, 2013

Canned/Non-Perishable Food Drive at the Douglas County Courthouse and at the Libraries of Douglas County

School is almost back in session and many students rely on the free and reduced meals at their schools for their daily nutrition. The weekends, however, are sometimes a problem as these students go home to empty cabinets.

A Gift of Love and St. Julian's Episcopal Church, among other organizations, fill backpacks each week with food for these children so that they have something to eat on the weekends. Families receiving this assistance are qualified through the Douglas County School System. The food backpacks are picked up by the children as they leave school on Friday, and they bring them back empty on Monday so that they will be refilled for the next weekend.

To help fill these backpacks, a canned/non-perishable food drive is being held at the Douglas County Courthouse and at the three libraries of the Douglas County Library System. All donations of food are accepted and appreciated. All donated food will be routed to the organizations that actually prepare the backpacks and get them to the schools.

Donations may be dropped off at the Information Desk of the Douglas County Courthouse and at the Circulation Desks of any of the Libraries of Douglas County. The Courthouse is located at 8700 Hospital Drive. The libraries are: Lithia Springs Library, 7100 Turner Drive; Douglas County Library, 6810 Selman Drive; and Dog River Library, 6100 Georgia Highway 5.

The canned/staple food drive will be a continuous drive due to the strong need for food donations. School supplies and hygiene supplies are also welcomed.

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