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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.


September 23, 2013

Command Division

Sheriff Miller Accepts "LEED" Award For New Facility

On Friday, September 20, 2013 Sheriff Miller accepted the award from the U.S. Green Building Council after meeting the standards required by the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED). The award was presented by Gary Retel from HOK Architects after the new Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Jail Facility was designated as a "Green Building" by LEED and is the first detention facility in Georgia to obtain that certification. The award was the result of a lot of planning and work by the design and construction team on the new facility that opened in December 2012. The entire team worked diligently to ensure that the buildings met the stringent LEED requirements in order to protect the environment and to hold down operational costs for the life of the facility. Sheriff Miller commends the efforts of his staff and our construction partners:

  • Comprehensive Program Services, Program Manager
  • HOK Architects
  • Turner/New South Construction

We also want to thank the Douglas County Board of Commissioners for their support during this process.

September 20, 2013

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will be hosting our Second Annual Trunk-or-Treat event this Halloween. CLEA will be selling food and beverages and will have free games for the little ones. Training is going to have the driving simulator, the race car and some other big vehicles set up in the visitation parking lot. The DCSO will be collecting food for the food drive during Trunk or Treat, and there will be hot dogs and other food items for sale to raise money for the DCSO Victims' Fund. The distribution of candy will be by county employees only.

Michelle Huey

September 17, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

Tabitha Anna Paige, 18, of Villa Rica, was arrested in the early morning hours Saturday and charged with felony hit and run resulting in serious injury. Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack said a tip led them to Paige and the car that they believe she was driving on Saturday, Sept. 14 when it struck 41-year-old Gary T. "Tommy" Latimer as he was walking across Fairburn Road after his release from police custody.

Original Post:

The Douglas County/Douglasville Police Department Major Case Unit is investigating a hit and run accident involving the death of pedestrian that occurred at the intersection of Fairburn Road and Sunset Drive in Douglasville. The incident occurred on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at approximately 10:15 PM. The vehicle was traveling North on Fairburn road towards I-20. The vehicle involved is believed to be a 1997-1998 Maroon or Burgundy Buick Regal or Century limited. The vehicle WILL have a broken passenger side mirror and may possibly have other passenger side or front end damage. The vehicle pictured below is an EXAMPLE of the vehicle sought. If you have any information about this hit and run accident, please contact Investigator Kenneth Conner at 770-920-4904.

There is now a $5000 reward in this case for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

September 16, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

Operation Equinox

2013 Sex Offender Round-up
On September 10, 11 and 12, 2013 the Douglas County Sheriff's Office participated in the 2013 Sex Offender verification operation with several other agencies for the purpose of sex offender status verifications in Douglas County. Katrina Crouse, U.S. Marshall Service and Capt. Robert Holmes, Douglas County Sheriff's Office coordinated the round up of six teams of more than 45 participants.

The agencies included members from the U.S. Marshalls Service, the U.S. Secret Service, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Parole, and Douglasville Probation.

The U.S. Secret Service provided members who were forensic examiners and were available to visually check computers, cell phone and other media devices for illegal possession of pornography or possession in violation of their parole or probation conditions. They also provided Polygraph examiners for immediate testing of offenders.

The round up allowed the agencies to verify information on offenders to ensure they are up to date and complete and to do visual checks on probationers and their property for any violations of their conditions such as alcohol or drug possession or illegal possession of pornographic materials.

During the 3 day verification process, 129 registered sex offenders were visited and their status was verified. These included both probation and non-probation offenders. Verifications included residence verifications, address, phone numbers, job information, vehicles and visual checks of their property. Of the 129 verifications completed, there were 16 arrests with 3 follow up cases for a total of 19 which include charges of violation of probation and Parole, Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act (V.G.C.S.A) and failure to register as a Sex Offender. Sixteen of these arrests were listed sex offenders.

September 13, 2013

Patrol Division

A citizen called recently and wanted to thank us. She saw a deputy, John Poulk, changing a tire on the interstate for an elderly couple near the weigh station and she just wanted to know she appreciated the deputy doing that and wanted to thank him.

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.

Items Needed:

  • Nonperishable food items
  • Diapers
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Dish soap
  • Detergent
  • Etc.
  • Clothing will not be accepted at this time.


More Information:
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:

September 03, 2013

Traffic Safety Division

Please be aware that the light at Lee Rd. and I-20 is not functioning properly. The road sensor was damaged during construction, and Douglas County DOT is aware of this. A replacement sensor will not be installed until completion of the bridge project in mid to late 2014. Alternate routes are advised. To voice any questions or concerns, please call 770 920 4932. Thank you for your patience.

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

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