Sheriff on shooting: Attempted burglar is accountable for outcome of situation

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has confirmed that a Wednesday morning shooting that occurred on Willow Drive has been ruled self defense. According to a press release issued by Dix, deputies responded to the residence at approximately 5:42 a.m. in response to a burglary in progress and shooting. The homeowners reported they […]

Sheriff: Burglary thwarted when homeowner shoots perpetrator

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident reported as a residential burglary during which the alleged suspect was shot. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, homeowners were inside their residence when a man attempted to make entry. “There was a burglary call up on Willow Street. The homeowner and his […]

Elementary school locked down when domestic dispute ends in gunfire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Jackson Road Elementary School was briefly placed on lock down when an alleged domestic dispute ended in gunfire in front of the school. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, Spalding County E911 at approximately 1:19 p.m. Tuesday received a report of shots fired in that area. When deputies arrived, they […]

Monday morning Waffle House armed robbery suspect quickly apprehended

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating an alleged armed robbery that was reported March 27 at the Waffle House located at 1408 Highway 16. According to GPD Officer Amanda Frix, she responded in emergency mode to that location at approximately 3:16 a.m. “When I arrived, I spoke with Michele Chambers who stated […]

Avian influenza confirmed at Georgia commercial breeding operation

STAFF REPORT ::: A flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation located in Chattooga County has tested positive for H7, presumptive low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI). This is the first confirmation of avian influenza in domestic poultry in Georgia. Avian influenza does not pose a risk to the food supply, and no affected […]

Two Rehoboth Road Middle School students face felony weapon charge

STAFF REPORT ::: Two Rehoboth Road Middle School students face felony charges in connection to alleged weapons incidents. According to a letter issued to RRMS parents, both incidents took place within one week. “A student reported seeing the knife in the possession of another student. The knife was confiscated without incident. This is the second […]

SCSO: Courthouse security breached by two alleged Sovereign Citizens

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A security breach occurred at the Spalding County Courthouse when two individuals who allegedly falsely identified themselves as law enforcement officers were allowed to enter while armed with handguns. Authorities say the incident, which occurred Jan. 26, was initiated by a man and woman who entered the courthouse and approached the […]

Sheriff Darrell Dix subject of EEOC complaint

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Jessica Kelley, the former deputy of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office who has a pending federal law suit against former sheriff Wendell Beam, David Gibson, the former captain of the SCSO Uniform Patrol Division who has been indicted on 11 charges including multiple felonies, and Spalding County, has now filed a […]

Two families lose homes to fire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Spalding County families lost their homes this week as a result of devastating structure fires. The fires occurred within hours of each other Tuesday morning and required responses from both city and county fire departments. The first call was received by the Spalding County Fire Department (SCFD) at 9:53 a.m. […]

Man charged with felony for alleged threats against schools, Police Department

SHEILA A. MATHEWS : : : Joseph Miller Jr., the 28-year-old man accused of threatening to shoot up local schools and the Griffin Police Department, has been arrested and charged with one felony count of terroristic act. Miller was on Thursday morning reported to the GPD by a family member who turned in a Kel-Tec […]

GPD: Suspect threatened to “shoot up” schools, police department

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Investigators of the Griffin Police Department are currently questioning 28-year-old Joseph Miller, who was taken into custody Thursday following the lockdown of all Griffin-Spalding County schools. According to Lt. Mike Natale, of the GPD Office of the Chief, a credible threat was received at approximately 0830 Thursday. Upon […]

Two killed, two critically injured in Pike County wreck

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Sheriff: Suspect who allegedly threatened schools, law enforcement in custody

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, Joseph Miller, the 27-year-old man being sought for allegedly threatening violence against local schools and law enforcement officers, has been apprehended. The GRIP will report additional information as it becomes available.

BREAKING NEWS: All schools on lockdown per law enforcement request

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: According to Griffin-Spalding County Communications Director Judy Parker, all schools have been placed on lock down following a request from local law enforcement officials. “All schools are under lockdown per request of the Sheriff. They’re pursuing someone in the community and they asked us to put all schools on lockdown,” Parker said. […]

Sheriff: Two deputies fired following IA investigation; sexually explicit language, actions will not be tolerated

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After taking office, Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix addressed an Internal Affairs investigation conducted by the preceding administration that involved Jessica Kelley and Catherine Lewis, who remained employed by his office. The original complaint was filed by Lewis, who made numerous allegations of wrongdoing against Kelley, whose 2015 complaint against David […]