Chantell Mixon to serve three years in connection with GPD Officer Kevin Jordan’s murder

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Despicable – that is the description Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker ascribes to the actions of Chantell Mixon, who stood accused in the May 2014 murder of Griffin Police Department Officer Kevin Jordan and today plead guilty in Spalding County Superior Court. Mixon on Monday appeared before Superior Court […]

Man charged with murder in Monday domestic related shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Johnny Johnson Jr., age 53, has been formally charged in connection with the Monday night shooting death of 57-year-old Joanne Redding. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Monday responded to a 508 Terry Drive residence where Redding was located. WellStar Spalding Regional Emergency Medical Services responded, but Redding was pronounced deceased […]

FBI executes search warrant in county

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday morning executed a search warrant at a North 9th Street residence. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, little information is available at this time. “All I can tell you right now is it was us assisting […]

Sheriff: Woman murdered in Monday night shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred Monday night that resulted in one death. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies responded to 508 Terry Drive at approximately 7:40 p.m. in response to a reported shooting. Upon their arrival, they discovered a female victim inside the residence. The scene […]

Sheriff’s Office now utilizing body worn cameras

STAFF REPORT ::: Beginning April 17, 2017 Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office will begin wearing body worn cameras as a part of their issued duty gear. The cameras were ordered in early February arrived in March. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix. “The delay we had in issuing the cameras to the […]

SCSO personnel receive SWAT training; agency’s first ever SRT established

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has established its first Special Response Team (SRT). From April 10 through 14, 13 SCSO personnel attended Basic Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) training at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office that included team movement, dynamic and methodical entry and building clearing techniques, hostage rescue, critical incident […]

Elderly Griffin man killed in Sunday morning fire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An early Sunday morning fire on Morningside Drive took the life of an elderly Griffin resident, 76-year-old Albert C. “Carey” Jones. According to Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones said he received notification of the fire at approximately 7 a.m., and heavy smoke was showing upon the arrival of the first fire […]

GPD officer injured in Saturday night wreck

STAFF REPORTS ::: Officer Duon Dorsett, of the Griffin Police Department, was injured Saturday night in a multi-vehicle wreck. According to a statement released by GPD Chief Mike Yates, the incident occurred in the line of duty at approximately 9 p.m. “While in route (sic) to assist the Georgia State Patrol, operating in emergency mode, […]

Suspect arrested in multiple Peeping Tom cases

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested a Griffin man, 22-year-old Terry Keitt, in connection with multiple Peeping Tom incidents. According to a GPD release, Keitt was apprehended by officers of the Criminal Investigation Division and Crime Scene Unit. Authorities say Keitt allegedly entered the restrooms of local businesses and used a cell […]

Monday storms leave behind moderate to severe damage; no injuries reported

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A number of Griffin-Spalding County residents are cleaning up after storms damaged property early Monday afternoon. As of early evening, no official determination had been made regarding what caused that damage. “Nobody has confirmed that there actually was one (a tornado), but something went through over there around Herndon,” said Griffin […]

Two transported to hospital following wreck at Moreland Road Elementary

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two people sustained what appears to be minor injuries resulting from a Monday afternoon collision in the Moreland Road Elementary School car rider line. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred when school was dismissing for the day. “The child was getting in grandmother’s […]

Five Orrs Elementary students picked up after reporting feeling ill

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Parents of five Orrs Elementary School students picked up their children today after they reported feeling ill and were checked out by personnel of Griffin Fire-Rescue. According to Griffin-Spalding County School System Executive Director of Communications and Partnerships Department Judy Parker, the children complained of feeling unwell in the midst of […]

City and county fire departments respond to reports of weather damage

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: City of Griffin and Spalding County first responders are working calls related to this afternoon’s weather. According to Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones, his personnel has responded to a few calls, but nothing serious. Jones said reports of people being trapped in a residence in Griffin are false. Spalding County Fire […]

SHS substitute teacher accused of shoving student will not face criminal charges

CORRECTION – In the third to last paragraph of the Thursday, March 30, 2017, article about an alleged shoving invident at Spalding High School – in a direct quote of Capt. Dwayne Jones – The GRIP erroneously quoted Jones as saying the District Attorney determined no criminal charges would be brought against the staff member […]

An unexpected furry heroine

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: It has long been said that dog is man’s best friend, but for one Griffin woman, the family pup proved to be more – much more – than her best friend. Domino became her unexpected hero. Dana Ogle’s day seemed a typical one. She finished her night shift at work, returned […]