Teen arrested in connection with armed robberies of Hot Spot gas station

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in the robberies of the Hot Spot gas station. Investigators on Friday executed a search warrant on a room at the Super 8 Motel located on North Expressway. This warrant resulted in the arrest of 17-year-old Anna Caroline Halton. Two males were also […]

Fatal wreck on North Expressway under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A wreck in the vicinity of Minter Road and North Expressway has resulted in at least one fatality. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, the investigation is active and ongoing. The public is asked to avoid this area if possible, and to anticipate delays if not. The GRIP will report additional information […]

Sheriff: Woman charged with felony after false report of drive by

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a woman who allegedly falsely reported being the victim of a drive by shooting. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies responded to the report the morning of Nov. 18. Officials say Hannah Amber Dawson reported she was driving in the […]

Two arrested in connection to burglary

STAFF REPORT ::: Two arrests have been made in connection to a reported theft/burglary at 654 Jim Goodson Road. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies first responded to that location at approximately 5:44 a.m. Nov. 17. Upon their arrival, they spoke with the property owner and located a large U-Haul […]

Violent Griffin home invasion, aggravated assault of child victim results in life sentence

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County jury on Thursday convicted Lajayvayon Malek Johnson on numerous charges related to a violent home invasion. Having been convicted of home invasion, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18, possession of marijuana […]

Arrest made in multiple Spalding County entering auto cases

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a series of entering auto cases. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies responded to multiple reports of vehicles that were entered during late October. Many of these incidents occurred in south Spalding. A homeowner provided investigators with […]

SHS placed on lockdown following equipment accident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding High School was briefly placed on lockdown Thursday morning as a precautionary measure, but authorities report there was no incident. According to Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Captain Dwayne Jones, the lockdown was determined to have resulted from an equipment accident. “The school was on a brief lockdown. All is clear […]

SPALDING COUNTY MIDTERM RETURNS (Unofficial) FINAL

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: These results are unofficial until certified by the Georgia Secretary of State Office. Governor B. Kemp (R) – 14,927 S. Abrams (D) – 9,237 T. Metz (L) – 221 Write-in Votes – 8   Lt. Governor G. Duncan (R) – 14,593 S. R. Amico (D) – 8,637 Write-in Votes – 19 […]

Griffin PD searching for family of toddler found alone, unsupervised at close of fall festival

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is searching for the family of a toddler who was located alone and unsupervised at the end of a Saturday afternoon fall festival. Officials say the child, who authorities say is three-years-old, is in police custody as they search for his family. The GRIP will continue to […]

SCSO: 32 arrested on drug, gang and weapon charges in Operation Say No More

STAFF REPORT ::: A two-month long investigation – Operation Say No More – led by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement Unit (C.A.G.E.), resulted in multiple arrests for various felony drug, gang and related charges. The target of the investigation was the source of deadly narcotics that […]

Sheriff: Narcotics operation nets dozens of arrests; delivers “big blow” to local distribution network

STAFF REPORT ::: A two-month long investigation titled “Operation Say No More”, led by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement Unit (C.A.G.E.), has resulted in multiple arrests for various felony drug, gang and related charges. The target of the investigation was the source of deadly narcotics that […]

GHS student charged with felony for alleged weapon possession

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin High School student, 17-year-old Jeremy Lecompte, is in police custody after allegedly taking a weapon on school property. According to Investigator Ryan Bynum, of the Griffin Police Department, Lecompte was taken into custody Thursday after a student reported the incident. The student initially made a report to a teacher, […]

Griffin PD investigating report of GHS student in possession of pellet gun

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating an incident allegedly involving a Griffin High School student who reportedly was in possession of a pellet gun at school. According to a letter issued by GHS Principal Dr.  Darrell Evans, the pellet gun was secured by administrators. “It was reported that a student was […]

City of Griffin non-compliant with Open Records Act

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Despite complying with demands from the city of Griffin requiring prepayment of estimated charges for Open Records requests, public records are still not being produced within the parameters of the law. The GRIP Publisher Sheila Mathews on Wednesday, Oct. 3, paid $107.33 in estimated charges for four such requests. Responsive records […]

Spalding EMA encourages citizens to prepare for extreme weather

STAFF REPORT ::: Hurricane Michael has intensified and is expected to make landfall this week. Advance warning is the most powerful preparedness tool for this event and all severe weather. Every family should have multiple methods for receiving severe weather alerts, including at least one with an audible alert to wake you in the middle […]