Sheriff: Woman committed murder, set fire to home to conceal “insidious” crime

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Christy Garner, of Spalding County, has been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of Patricia Gresham, in a crime described by Sheriff Darrell Dix as an “insidious.” The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Spalding County Fire Department and Spalding County Coroner Michael Pryor on Sunday responded to a structure fire […]

Parents of starved ten-year-old boy charged with abusing his four younger siblings; bond hearing continued until June

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Tyler and Krista Schindley, the Griffin parents charged with starving their ten-year-old son, have been charged with four additional counts of cruelty to children involving four more of their children. Griffin Police Department Investigator Jodi Spears identified both Tyler and Krista Schindley as “primary aggressors” who abused their ten-year-old son by […]

Armored car armed robbery leads to rescue of young child, three arrests and recovery of large amount of cash

STAFF REPORT ::: A young child, hundreds of thousands of dollars and multiple firearms were recovered, and three suspects were arrested in connection with the armed robbery of an armored car. Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division officers responded at approximately 7:30 p.m. May 15, to a report of an armed robbery at Ross department […]

Missing person report leads to arrest for trafficking meth

STAFF REPORT ::: What began as a missing person report resulted in an arrest for trafficking methamphetamine. At approximately 2:37 a.m. May 21, Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Nathan Gray conducted a traffic stop on a gold GMC Sierra pickup truck that was previously reported as being involved in a missing person incident from the […]

Couple accused of starving child face criminal attempt to commit murder and other charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin couple has been charged with criminal attempt to commit malice murder, criminal attempt to commit felony murder, false imprisonment, cruelty to children and an assortment of other charges in what one official has described as a horrific case of child abuse. Tyler Matthew Schindley, age 46, and Krista Washburn […]

Smart Web remains under GBI and POST investigation; is not employed as LEO

GPD Chief allowed no contact with city employees or access to city premises

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, who begins his third week of administrative leave on Friday, has been ordered to have no contact with any city of Griffin employees and to refrain from coming on any city property. Griffin City Manager Jessica O’Connor placed Yates on what she said is a […]

Spalding teen convicted in gang-related murder

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County teenager, 17-year-old Cedravious Wilkerson, has been convicted of the Dec. 9, 2020, murder of 20-year-old Parrish Pierce. Pierce’s body was discovered in the woods off the 17th tee box of the Griffin Golf Course in City Park. The Griffin Police Department and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene, […]

GPD Chief Mike Yates administrative leave related to GBI investigation of murder case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin has confirmed that GPD Chief Mike Yates was placed on administrative leave in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The GBI case is related to GPD Sgt. D’Marquivius “D.J.” King, who initially received a written reprimand in November 2021 […]

BREAKING NEWS: Griffin PD Chief Mike Yates on administrative leave

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Mother of deceased four-month-old baby now charged with murder

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Nakia Cloud, the mother of Zychion Damal Montgomery, a four-month-old baby who died in his father’s home early last Saturday morning, has now been charged with murder. Cloud and Zachary Montgomery, Zychion’s father, were initially charged with second degree cruelty to children, a felony. Those charges were upgraded after information was […]

Death of four-month-old baby under investigation; parents charged with child cruelty

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Coroner’s Office and Griffin Police Department are investigating the death of a baby boy. According to Coroner Michael Pryor, Zychion Montgomery, who was four-months and three weeks old, died early Saturday morning. “The baby was at a residence on West Quilly Street. The mama found the baby unresponsive. […]

Sheriff: 76 local gang members indicted after joint RICO investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: More than 75 people are in custody or being sought for arrest following a several months long investigation initiated by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. Beginning in December 2022, the SCSO S.T.I.N.G. and Special Operations units began targeting the “Neighborhood Bloods Rollin’ 20’s Zoo Krew,” which officials describe as the most violent […]

Spalding deputy thwarts armed robbery in progress at gas station

STAFF REPORT ::: An alert Spalding County Sheriff’s Office deputy thwarted what authorities are describing as a violent armed robbery in progress. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, Deputy Logan Smith was patrolling Highway 19/41 near Birdie Road with his K9 partner, Rambo, at approximately 10 p.m. Thursday when he became spotted two men coming from […]

Suspect in murder of 11-year-old little girl arrested

STAFF REPORT ::: Kionta Parks, the suspect wanted for the March 14, murder of 11-year-old Asijah Love Jones, has been arrested by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. Parks was arrested April 12, by Spalding County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigators, Special Operations and STING agents, the Fugitive Apprehension Unit and SWAT Team, working in partnership with […]