Camelot Theatre Company presents Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr: The Musical this weekend

STAFF REPORT ::: If you are looking for fabulous family-friendly holiday fun, look no further than Camelot Theatre Company’s presentation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr: The Musical. The most famous reindeer of all – from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special – comes to the Griffin-Spalding Enrichment Center with three weekend […]

District Attorney will not request GBI investigation of GPD roadside strip search

The initial alleged offense was failure to obey a traffic control device, with Sgt. John Kelton alleging the driver stopped beyond the white stripe. To protect the woman’s identity, The GRIP will not identify any of the occupants involved in the traffic stop. According to Broder, GPD CAGE Unit Officer Alyssa Hanson had no criminal […]

SCSO: One suspect in custody, second being sought in connection with 18 entering auto cases

STAFF REPORT ::: One suspect is in custody and a second is being sought in connection with numerous Spalding County entering auto cases committed in the early morning hours of Nov. 4. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies responded to 18 entering auto cases that occurred in and around the Roberts Street and […]

Dix: 21 suspects in large-scale narcotics investigation “methed around and found out”

STAFF REPORT ::: Seventeen people have been arrested and four additional suspects are being sought in a Griffin-Spalding County narcotics investigation involving the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations and S.T.I.N.G. units, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation West Metro Regional Drug Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Gang Task Force, Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s […]

Griffin woman’s quick thinking thwarts violent carjacking attempt

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin woman’s quick thinking thwarted a violent carjacking attempt. The incident occurred just before 7 a.m. Sept. 7, when the victim, Markita Goodman, arrived for work at Vernay located at 804 Greenbelt Parkway. Griffin Police Department Officer Michael Betsill responded in non-emergency mode and met with Goodman. “Upon my arrival […]

GPD: Griffin man facing 16 counts of aggravated animal cruelty in response to dog fighting call

Crime scene photos provided by the Griffin Police Department and booking photo provided by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office

BREAKING NEWS: Griffin home-based daycare provider facing 35 child abuse related charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Connie Banks Pound, the owner of a Griffin home-based childcare facility, is facing 35 criminal charges – 19 felonies and 16 misdemeanors – related to a child abuse investigation. Griffin Police Department investigators say Pound, whose childcare business is operated at her 835 Hanover Drive residence, physically abused multiple children in […]

SCSO: Cowan Road Middle School coach aggressively approached, pushed student down

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office incident report related to the Aug. 17 incident at Cowan Road Middle School involving a coach and student details what was reported to law enforcement and school officials as well as what was recorded on video. Based on a statement from Sheriff Darrell Dix, The GRIP […]

Sheriff refutes social media report of riot and fire inside Spalding County Jail

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix is refuting a social media post reporting a fire and riot inside the Spalding County Jail. The allegation posted on a local public Facebook forum said in part, “If anyone has family or friends inside of the Spalding County Jail, they should be aware that there […]

BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff confirms Cowan Road Middle School educator is under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Cowan Road Middle School educator is under investigation by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. Officials say the investigation was precipitated by an allegation related to a specific incident involving the Griffin-Spalding County School System employee. Authorities say that when confronted with the allegation, the employee resigned. “I was briefed about […]

Spalding County E911 dispatcher arrested on drug related charges

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County E911 dispatcher has been arrested on drug related charges. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday arrested Susan Kimberly Lynch, age 59, on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects and operating a disorderly house. Lynch was arrested at her Kilgore Road residence. “On August 16, […]

BREAKING NEWS: Spalding County deputy killed in Sunday morning vehicular accident

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle accident. Authorities say Deputy Jamie Reynolds died at approximately 5:30 a.m. when a pine tree fell and struck his patrol unit. “Deputy Reynolds was east bound on Georgia Highway 16 when a large pine tree fell on his […]

U.S. Marshals Task Force officer, Pike County murder suspect shot during execution of arrest warrant

STAFF REPORT ::: The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Fayette County that is related to a recent Pike County murder. The preliminary investigation indicates that at 9:18 a.m., the U.S. Marshals Service and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office executed an arrest warrant for Antonio Murgado Jr. at 429 Sage Brush Trail, Fayetteville. Murgado […]

U.S. Marshal Service arrests third Pike County murder suspect

STAFF REPORT ::: A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the July 16 murder of James Knight. Antonio Murgado Jr., age 19, was arrested in Fayette County by the United States Marshal Service. An officer involved shooting occurred during Murgado’s arrest. At the time of Knight’s murder, Murgado Jr. was on bond in […]

Spalding man sentenced to serve life plus 20 years for molesting young family member

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man, Markel Taiwon Amey, has been convicted of sexually abusing a young family member over a prolonged period of time. Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder said Markel Taiwon Amey was convicted of molesting an eight-year-old family member over a period of approximately one year. Amey secured the […]