Two suspects arrested for May fight at local restaurant that left man critically injured

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has taken into custody two motorcycle club members suspected of severely beating a man in a May 2021 fight at Big Jim’s Wing Shack. Deputies responded to the May 1 call in reference to a fight, and upon arrival, located a man who had been critically injured. […]

Veteran GPD officer succumbs to COVID-19

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has lost a veteran officer to COVID-19. GPD officials say Sgt. Todd Thomas was hospitalized and died Tuesday morning a result of complications of the coronavirus. Thomas began his law enforcement career in 1999 and was planning to retire in spring 2022.

Third arrest made in April murders of two men set ablaze in truck

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has made a third arrest in the brutal April 2021 murders of Joshua Wyatt and Carlos Benford. Kristin Cordero-Rojas, age 29, was on Thursday arrested in an operation including the SCSO Special Operations and CAGE units, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Gang Task Force, United States Marshal […]

Elementary students will resume in-person learning Sept. 13

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School System elementary school students will resume in-person education Monday, Sept. 13. Middle and high school students will continue in virtual learning mode for at least one more week. These students will not resume in-person education before at least Sept. 20. Officials say the phased approach is being utilized to […]

COVID case count increase sparks mask requirement in Griffin-Spalding schools

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Officials of the Griffin-Spalding County School System today announced a revision to its mask policy, now requiring students and staff to wear masks while on campus and in district offices. This change, effective immediately, is in response to an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases this weekend. “I realize […]

Hawbaker pleads guilty to five counts of aggravated assault against a peace officer

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, who has been held without bond in the Spalding County Jail without bond since Feb. 4, 2020, today accepted a guilty plea to five counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer. The guilty plea was accepted by Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Scott Ballard. Hawbaker was on […]

Mother and her boyfriend charged with murder in six-year-old’s violent death

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A mother and her boyfriend have been charged with murder in the violent death of six-year-old Jacob Andrew Williams. The Henry County Police Department (HCPD) on Sunday responded to a residence on Belmont Farms Drive in Ellenwood in reference to an unconscious child. Upon arrival, officers located the little boy who […]

BoC announces finalists for Spalding County manager

STAFF REPORT ::: Two finalists have been announced for the position of Spalding County manager to replace William Wilson, who will retire at the end of June after 35 years of service. The Spalding County Board of Commissioners on Monday conducted interviews with candidates and the two finalists have been identified as Jarvis Sims and […]

Former Griffin Central Services director, Motor Fleet manager face felony charges: GBI

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Phill Francis, former city of Griffin Central Services director, and Stevie Williams, former Griffin Motor Pool director, have been named in multiple felony arrest warrants obtained by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Altogether, Francis faces five felony counts and Williams stands accused of two felonies. According to the arrest warrants obtained […]

Three suspects in custody, fourth at large following Tuesday afternoon shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Three Griffin men have been arrested and a fourth is being sought in connection with a Tuesday afternoon shooting. According to the Griffin Police Department, Investigator D.J. King was patrolling in the vicinity of 403 W. Taylor St. at approximately 2 p.m. observed what appeared to be an altercation including gunfire […]

BREAKING NEWS: GBI charging former city of Griffin employees with multiple thefts

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has obtained multiple arrest warrants against former city of Griffin employees Phill Francis and Stevie Williams. Authorities say the arrest warrants relate to crimes committed as employees of the city of Griffin. Francis served as director of Central Services and Williams was […]

Critical Race Theory has not been, will not be taught in Griffin-Spalding public schools: superintendent

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School Superintendent Keith Simmons has confirmed that Critical Race Theory is not being taught in Spalding County public schools. Simmons addressed the issue at the conclusion of the June 15 Board of Education work session. “I want to be clear. In the Griffin-Spalding County School System, we do not teach […]

GBI investigating fatal Spalding County shooting involving Lovejoy PD officers

STAFF REPORT ::: An officer involved shooting that took place in Griffin early Saturday is under investigation by the GBI. The initial report advised officers of the Clayton County Police Department (CCPD) to be on the lookout for a tan Lincoln Town Car being driven by an allegedly intoxicated driver that had left the area […]

Lithonia woman arrested in connection with Griffin shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: One woman has been arrested in connection with a shooting that allegedly stemmed from a romantic breakup. Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office responded Wednesday afternoon to the area of North 9th and Bleachery streets in response to a report of a person shot. At that same time, approximately 12:03 p.m., […]

Two men credited with rescuing woman from burning vehicle after wreck

STAFF REPORT ::: Good Samaritans are being credited with rescuing a woman from her wrecked vehicle just as it caught on fire. According to the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby Hatchett was involved in a collision early Thursday morning on Reidsboro Road that left her unable to exit her vehicle. Two passersby, George Smith and […]