Griffin firefighter arrested on multiple child sexual abuse charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Fire-Rescue Firefighter Kevin Burkholder has been arrested on ten charges including multiple counts related to the sexual abuse of a child. According to the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Burkholder is being held on one count of incest, one count of aggravated child molestation, one count of felony sodomy, one count […]

Griffin Fire-Rescue firefighter arrested by Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin Fire-Rescue (GFR) firefighter has been arrested by the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). According to a press release issued by the city of Griffin after the close of business Thursday, the Griffin Police Department on Tuesday notified GFR that a warrant had been issued for the arrest of Kevin Burkholder. […]

Mother applies for arrest warrant against Griffin Skate Inn security guard

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Monica Evans, the mother of a 14-year-old girl involved in recent dispute at Griffin Skate Inn, has submitted a criminal warrant application in Spalding County Magistrate Court seeking an arrest warrant for simple battery against 63-year-old Tommy Scott. Scott, a former security guard at Griffin Skate Inn, is accused of slapping […]

Federal judge recommends dismissal of Hawbaker lawsuit against Sheriff and jail administration

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, the Spalding County commissioner who has been held without bond in the Spalding County Jail since his Feb. 4, 2020 arrest, has filed a lawsuit against Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, Maj. Robert Sowell and Capt. Kyle Phillips. Sowell is the jail administrator and Phillips is the assistant jail […]

Three people injured in head-on collision

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Three people were injured in a head-on collision Friday evening at the intersection of Highway 16 and High Falls Road. According to Sgt. Robert Thompson, of the Georgia State Patrol-Griffin Post, the wreck resulted from distracted driving. “One driver was distracted and ran the red light at 16 and struck one […]

SCSO: Driver in Thursday night vehicle pursuit was driving under the influence

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has identified the woman who allegedly fled from deputies Thursday night, resulting in a three-county vehicle pursuit as 26-year-old Tori Markia Parker. Authorities allege Parker was driving under the influence when she refused to comply when deputies initially attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the […]

SCSO deputy ends Thursday night vehicle pursuit with execution of PIT maneuver

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A vehicle pursuit Thursday night involving the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office ended in Lamar County at approximately 7:20 p.m. when a deputy performed a PIT maneuver. Maj. Dwayne Jones said the pursuit began when another deputy attempted to execute a traffic stop. “Deputies noticed a vehicle driving extremely erratically and reckless […]

GSP: Driver was distracted by cell phone when box truck struck GPD patrol car

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Police Department Officer Amanda Frix and Officer Erin McAdams continue to recover from injuries sustained when their patrol car was struck by a commercial truck. According to Sgt. 1st Class K.J. Searcy, of the Georgia State Patrol-Griffin Post, the wreck, which occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. Monday, was caused by […]

Teen girl charged in Griffin Skate Inn incident; BLM protest underway at SCSO

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement is underway at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. Organized by community activist Ray Harps-Muhammad, the protest is in response to an incident that occurred Friday night at Griffin Skate Inn. The family of a 14-year-old girl alleges she was slapped in […]

Two GPD officers injured, one seriously, in early Tuesday morning wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Griffin police officers were injured, one seriously, in a wreck early Tuesday morning when the patrol car occupied by Officer Amanda Frix, a Griffin Police Department veteran, and Erin McAdams, a recently-certified rookie officer who was in field training under Frix’s supervision, was struck in the driver’s side. The incident […]

GPD: Three suspects arrested, charged in Friday night murder

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Three suspects are in custody, charged in the Friday night murder of 26-year-old Jeffery Ryan Deluca. Deluca died early Saturday after being transported by helicopter to an Atlanta trauma unit for treatment of a gunshot wound to the head. According to the Griffin Police Department, leads developed by investigators, tips, witness […]

Second Friday night shooting in Spalding wounded one and caused wreck with injuries

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A man was seriously wounded Friday night in Spalding County when he was shot while travelling in a vehicle. A second man also sustained grievous injuries in a subsequent wreck. Authorities say the shooting occurred after midnight, when the wreck, which was unrelated to the shooting incident, was reported. “We responded […]

Authorities identify Friday night shooting victim

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The victim of a Friday night homicide has been identified as 26-year-old Jeffery Ryan Deluca. Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division responded at 11:18 p.m. Friday to a call reporting a person shot in Apartment 1-37 of the Walden Pointe Apartments located at 700 Carver Road. Upon arrival, […]

Victim in Friday night shooting in Griffin’s Walden Pointe Apartments has died

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The victim in an overnight shooting in Walden Pointe Apartments on Carver Road in Griffin has died. Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates confirmed Saturday morning that his agency’s investigation of this murder is active and ongoing. No suspects are in custody at the time of this report. The GRIP will […]

One person critically wounded in Friday night shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One person has been critically wounded in a shooting in Griffin. Personnel of the Griffin Police Department on Friday night responded to the shooting in Walden Pointe Apartments. Authorities say the injured party was subsequently transported by air for treatment in an Atlanta trauma unit. The GRIP will continue to follow […]