DCSO Awarded Traffic Enforcement Grant

Douglasville, Georgia, The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office announced today that it has been awarded a major traffic enforcement grant in the amount of $20,000.00 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received the grant in recognition of its lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of GOHS’s Western Region Traffic Enforcement Network. There are sixteen traffic enforcement networks across the state that help enforce Georgia’s year-round safety belt, speed and impaired driving campaigns.

“The loss of one life on our roads is one too many, and the fact almost all fatal traffic crashes can be prevented is one reason why we are awarding this grant,” Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Allen Poole said.  “The target of zero traffic deaths in our nation is achievable, and we will continue to help develop and implement educational messages and enforcement campaigns aimed at bringing our state one step closer to that goal.”

The Western Region Traffic Enforcement Network includes law enforcement agencies in 8 counties, which include Haralson, Paulding, Carroll, Douglas, Heard, Coweta, Troup, and Meriwether County.

“We hope to keep making an impact on the safety of our roadways with the help from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.” – Network Coordinator Matthew Atkins

The coordinator in the Western Region Traffic Enforcement Network Region will coordinate year-round waves of high visibility, concentrated patrols, multi-jurisdictional roadchecks and sobriety checkpoints as a partner in campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and 100 Days of Summer HEAT.

For more information on the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s award contact Matthew Atkins, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (770-702-4350). For more information on the grant program, call 404-656-6996 or visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

Congratulations, Sgt. Fredenburg!

Sheriff Tim Pounds and staff would like to congratulate Dep. Fredenburg on his recent promotion to Sergeant. He has over twenty-four years of experience with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and will be working with our jail staff.

Two Arrested in Laundromat Shooting

September 1, 2020, deputies responded to a coin laundry located on Bankhead Highway at South Burnt Hickory Road in Douglasville regarding a male who was shot while sitting in his vehicle.  The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment and is recovering.  During the follow up investigation, several leads developed and with the information obtained investigators were able to identify two suspects. Probable cause was developed to issue warrants for Quindarius Bell, 17, of Douglasville, and Kahlil Bedford, 19, of Douglasville.  Both men are charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and criminal attempt to commit murder. Both went before Judge Caldwell for an initial bond hearing and were denied bond and are being held in the Douglas County Jail.

Please contact records@sheriff.douglas.ga.us to request copies of mugshots.


Six Arrested in Hotel Drug Bust

During the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, and all the issues surrounding the virus, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has been diligently working to clean the Efficiency Lodge on Fairburn Road of drug dealers. This summer, the Special Investigations Division received information that multiple individuals were involved in a drug trafficking organization operating in the Efficiency Lodge located at 2420 Fairburn Rd, Douglasville Georgia.

During the past several months investigators have made undercover purchases of illicit narcotics from individuals working in concert to facilitate their drug trade. During these operations, some individuals involved were often armed, and utilized communication devices to thwart any type of law enforcement intervention.

On the morning of October 15, 2020, multiple units from the Douglas County Sheriff’s office, Douglasville Police Department, and the Georgia Department of Public Safety executed multiple search warrants simultaneously at the Efficiency Lodge. Search warrants were executed at multiple rooms as well as the office. A related search warrant was also executed at 3625 Sweet Briar Circle, Lithia Springs GA. Agents were able to seize marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, US currency, and a total of 5 firearms.

Investigators arrested the following individuals:
Alviro Smith, 24
Deselvia Greely, 30
Paul Robinson, 39
Trina Robinson, 36
Michael Sasser, 32
Victor Medina, 45

Charges levied against those arrested vary by suspect; however, range from RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act), use of telecommunications device to facilitate a felony, possession of a firearm during a violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, reckless conduct, theft by receiving stolen motor vehicle, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and sales of illicit narcotics.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office strives to serve, protect, and make the community safe. Community involvement is the key to a healthy and happy community. Working together will help to make Douglas County a safe and happy place to live and work. If you have any information of criminal or suspicious activity we would like to hear from you and anonymous tips are always welcome. Stay safe as we head into the holiday season.

Please contact records@sheriff.douglas.ga.us to request copies of mugshots.

Information Wanted in Shooting on Lake Monroe Rd.

On October 11, 2020 at approximately 11;15 pm, The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of shots fired at a residence located on Lake Monroe Rd, Douglas County Georgia. No injuries were reported at the time of the shooting. Evidence has been collected as this case is actively being investigated. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office encourages any person with information related to this shooting to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with Inv. Lee Martin or Inv. Roxann Benefield phone 770-949-5656.

Man Arrested in Shooting Incident

On August 31, 2020, Douglas County Sheriffs Office patrol units were dispatched to a call of a person who was shot at I-20 and Lee Road in Lithia Springs, GA. Deputies responded and met with the victim who suffered gunshot wounds in the incident. The victim stated he was traveling west bound on I-20 between Thornton Road and Lee Road when a silver pickup truck approached his vehicle from behind flashing the bright lights at the victim. The victim exited to Lee Road whereas the suspect vehicle followed, and pulled up beside the victim. Without warning, an occupant of the silver truck shouted obscenities at the victim and then fired rounds into the victim’s vehicle striking him twice. The suspect truck then fled onto I-20 east.

The victim was able to provide a detailed description of the suspect vehicle and occupant information to deputies and investigators on the scene. A thorough investigation ultimately led to suspect Turan Rogers Melton, 25 years-of-age from Mableton, GA.

On October 2, 2020, Investigators executed a search warrant on the residence of Turan Melton where he was arrested and his 2010 Chevrolet Silverado truck was seized as evidence. Turan Melton is currently charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and criminal attempt to commit murder. His initial court appearance was held on Oct. 5, 2020, and Melton is currently being held at the Douglas County Jail without bond. Melton is also a suspect in several other shootings around the Metro-Atlanta area.

Welcome, Deputies!

Sheriff Tim Pounds and staff would like to congratulate Deputies John Pearson and Patrick Poston. Both have worked either with or for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in the past. Deputy Pearson retired from the DCSO, and will work Courthouse Security after he completes FTO. Deputy Poston was previously with the Douglasville Police Department’s half of our FIND Unit before transferring to the MARTA PD. We’re glad to have them back!

Inmate Trash Detail Pickup Stats: September, 2020

Roads cleaned: 266
County offices cleaned: 32
Total mattresses collected: 9
Total tires collected: 38
Total bags of trash collected: 1,168
Total weight of trash and debris: 31,956 Lbs

Man Arrested After Striking Deputy With Stolen Patrol Car

On September 28, 2020, Douglas County 911 received a call about an intruder on Lake Filed Drive breaking into a home and attacking the homeowner.  Kilpatrick Key was identified as that intruder who was known to the residents at that location.  He had been served a Temporary Protective Order from the Douglas County Superior Court to restrain himself from being at that location or contact with any family member that lived there.

Key forcibly entered the residence and began stabbing the victim in front of minor children who were in the home.  Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence.

The initial arriving Deputy entered the residence upon hearing the victim’s cry for help.  Key fled the house and got into the Deputy’s marked patrol car as the Deputy gave chase out of the house, Key drove straight into the Deputy who was in the yard of the residence near the entry to the house.  The Deputy was struck by the car and Key fled leading other arriving Deputies on a high-speed chase through the neighborhood and on Reynolds Road where Key crashed the patrol car and fled on foot.  Key was subsequently captured near the crash scene.

Key is charged with 3 counts of Aggravated assault, 2 counts of Aggravated battery, Home Invasion 1st degree, Aggravated Stalking, Felony Obstruction, Interference with Government Property, Theft by Taking, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude, and three counts of Cruelty to Children in the 3rd degree.  Key had a bond hearing on September 29, 2020 in front of Magistrate Judge Susan Camp who denied his bond.  Key is a US Army Reservist with the 3rd Medical Command out of Forrest Park, GA.

Bookbag Donation from Rotary Club

Today, one of our own, Rotarian Joe Williams, member of the Douglas County Rotary Club and Investigator with the Douglas County Sheriffs Office delivered 495 bookbags to A Gift of Love. A Gift of Love has a Book Bag Food Program that serves over 30 elementary, middle and high schools in Douglas County, which feeds approximately 556 children every week! Through their hard work and dedication to making sure no child is left hungry, their volunteers make sure local children are sent home with a bag of food for every day they are out of school.

Thank you – A Gift of Love for all that you do in our community!

Captured: George Antonio Baltazar

UPDATE 09/16/2020 @ 1:15pm: George Baltazar is currently in custody. Thank you to everyone who shared his information.

George Antonio Baltazar, 17 years of age, last seen on July 23rd, 2020 in Douglasville, Georgia.  Unknown clothing description.  George Baltazar is described as 5’6″, 160lbs, black hair and brown eyes. George is wanted for a series of entering autos and loitering and prowling in Douglas County.

Please contact Inv. James Little with any information at 770-920-3923 or jlittle@sheriff.douglas.ga.us

Missing: Antonio Bernard Howard

Antonio Bernard Howard, (17 years old) last seen on August 25, 2020 at his residence in Douglas County, GA. Please contact Inv. Roxann Benefield with any information at 678-486-1307 or 770-949-5656 (Dispatch)

New Hires, Promotion, and Returning Faces

Sheriff Tim Pounds and staff would like to welcome and congratulate the following personnel:

  • Lt. Dukes on his promotion from Investigator to Lieutenant. He will be working in the jail as a shift supervisor having already served as a shift sergeant prior to being an Investigator.
  • Sgt. Clark left us a few months ago to join the new Douglas County School System Police Department, and was deputized by Sheriff Pounds.
  • Dep. Amdal on his return to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He will be on patrol once again after a short training period.
  • Jailer Dodd is a familiar face, in a good way, and joins us as a Jailer.
  • Jailer McDonald is new to law enforcement. He is pursuing a life-long goal of being a law enforcement officer, and we are happy to have him.
  • Dispatcher Worsham is another fresh face, and will be working in Radio.

Missing: Juvenile Lakota Owens-Howard

Lakota Owens-Howard (17 years old), was last seen 09/05/20 at her mother’s residence in Douglas County, GA. She was wearing a yellow shirt with the earth in blue on the front, yellow shorts, gray knee-high socks and black shoes. Lakota is approximately 5’1, 147 lbs.

Please contact Inv. Roxann Benefield with any information at 678-486-1307 or 770-949-5656.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office (GA)