Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones to retire after 32 years of service

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones has announced his retirement after 32 years of service. Jones joined the department Aug. 2, 1987, at the rank of firefighter. For the first three years of his career, Jones served in the old Station 1 – the historic Griffin City Hall – and rode on the […]

GPD: Four arrested in armed robbery, including juveniles, ages 12 and 15

STAFF REPORT ::: Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the alleged armed robbery of a Marco’s Pizza delivery driver. Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division officers were on Thursday night dispatched to Marco’s Pizza in response to the report of an armed robbery in the vicinity of Turner Street. A delivery driver reported […]

Armed carjacking suspects from Dekalb arrested in Pike County

STAFF REPORT ::: Two armed carjacking suspects from a Dekalb County incident have been apprehended by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies of the PCSO at 8:08 p.m. Thursday night attempted to execute a traffic stop on a Nissan Rogue, but the driver reportedly refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued on Highway 19 southbound […]

Hawbaker: Bond denied

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Senior Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh has denied bond to Commissioner Don Hawbaker on five felony counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. Bond was granted on five separate misdemeanor charges. The GRIP will publish a detailed article of the bond hearing later in the day.

Sheriff formally requests Governor Kemp remove Don Hawbaker from office

STAFF REPORT ::: In a letter in which he referred to Commissioner Don Hawbaker as “a threat to the community and menace to society” whose actions “are worse than the actions of a gang member,” Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix requested Gov. Brian Kemp take steps to remove from office the elected official who remains […]

Sheriff’s Office utilizes STAR in search for students lost during frat initiation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday night located and rescued seven hikers lost in the woods during what officials are describing as a fraternity initiation. Deputies at 10:44 p.m. learned that seven men had been reported missing in the 800 block of Baptist Camp Road. Upon arrival, deputies were contacted by […]

“Chest bump” results in simple battery arrest under Family Violence Act

STAFF REPORTS ::: A report filed with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office by a man alleging he was frightened of his son has resulted in an arrest under the Georgia Family Violence Act. According to the incident report filed by Deputy Colt Taylor, the dispute involved a demand for assistance paying a bill. “Upon my […]

Main Street Players presents The Wild Women of Winedale

STAFF REPORT ::: Get ready for an evening of joyful laughter and heartwarming moments as Main Street Players serves up the first production of 2020. The Wild Women of Winedale spotlights the lives of the three Wild sisters – Fanny, Willa and their sister-in-law Johnnie Faye – as they face a series of new challenges […]

Six alleged gang members arrested for armed robbery of Bowen’s Pharmacy

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested six men in connection to a Tuesday morning armed robbery at Bowen’s Pharmacy located at 1378 Experiment St. According to a press release issued by the GPD, upon arrival, officers were given a description of suspects and a description and the tag number of the vehicle […]

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Robert “Mack” Crawford pleads guilty to theft by taking

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: ZEBULON – A hearing is underway in Pike County Superior Court in which Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Mack Crawford will plead guilty to one count of misdemeanor theft by taking. Crawford was originally charged with felony theft by taking and two counts of violating his oath of office. The […]

Hawbaker retains all rights as duly elected county commissioner

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, who is currently being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail, remains a member of the Spalding County Board of Commissioners. Under Georgia law, governmental action to remove a commissioner may not be initiated prior to the official being indicted by a grand jury on a felony charge. […]

Hawbaker denied bond; now facing four counts of aggravated assault against LEO

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker was on Wednesday denied bond at his first appearance hearing before Spalding County Chief Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday obtained four misdemeanor arrest warrants against Hawbaker – one for simple assault alleging he pointed a pistol towards his wife, Gayle Hawbaker and three […]

Spalding Commissioner Don Hawbaker facing multiple felony charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, the Spalding County commissioner who allegedly initiated a standoff with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team will soon face additional felony charges related to claims he fired shots at deputies. The incident began when SCSO personnel arrived at Hawbaker’s 1121 Satilla Court residence to serve four warrants for […]

Hawbaker in custody

SHEILA A. MATHEWS The GRIP has confirmed that Spalding County Commissioner Don Hawbaker has been arrested and is being transported to the Spalding County Jail. Multiple shots were fired at the Hawbaker residence, but no injuries resulted. Additional information will be forthcoming.

Additional shots fired at Hawbaker residence

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP is on scene at the residence of Spalding County Commissioner Don Hawbaker and his wife, Gayle Hawbaker, where a standoff has been ongoing. Shots were reportedly fired earlier in this incident, and three additional shots were just heard. It is unclear who fired those shots as the Spalding County […]