Details emerge regarding animal cruelty complaint against GPD officer

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Thursday afternoon Facebook post accusing an officer of the Griffin Police Department of animal cruelty led to calls for the officer’s termination. Posted under a Facebook account identified by the name Jordin Elizabeth Mitchell, the complaint read, “I’ve never been so appalled by an officer before.” It went on to […]

SlowExposures announces the Dunnahoo Prize for young photographers division

STAFF REPORT ::: SlowExposures is pleased to announce the inaugural Dunnahoo Prize for the winner of our Young Photographers Division. The prize will honor Dr. Dan Dunnahoo’s lifetime commitment to inspiring students to engage with art. The first place winner of the Young Photographer Show will receive this honor, a ribbon and a $50 award. […]

How to safely prepare for August once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse

DR. WILLIAM E. WARREN ::: As you may already know, there’s going to be a total solar eclipse Aug. 21. It is likely to be the biggest event in astronomy in 2017. Here, in Q & A form, are some things you need to know about eclipses and particularly the Aug. 21 astronomical event. What […]

Dave Phillips, former county commissioner and businessman, has died

SHEILA A. MATHEWS : : : Former Spalding County commissioner Dave Phillips has died. Phillips, also a successful businessman who owned Dave’s Guns & Guy Stuff, passed away Sunday afternoon at his residence. According to Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster, Phillips was not alone when he died. His death is being attributed to a heart […]

SCSO Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrests two; one sought in kidnapping case

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit has arrested two men with outstanding warrants. According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, at approximately 10:45 a.m. July 11, deputies went to the residence located at 253 Liberty Hill Road attempting to locate Robert Pugh, the subject of […]

Sheriff: Known gang member arrested on multiple felony charges

SUBMITTED ::: According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies from the Fugitive Apprehension, Special Operations and C.A.G.E. units recently responded to a report of a large crowd in the 1600 block on North Hill St. Dix said upon their arrival, they identified Donnie Dunbar, a man the SCSO describes as a known gang member, as he […]

Fallen GPD Officer Kevin Jordan to be honored

SUBMITTED ::: Fallen Griffin Police Department Officer Kevin Jordan will be honored by the renaming of a portion of Georgia Highway 19-41. City officials say in memory of, and great appreciation for, the service of Officer Kevin Jordan, the portion of the state highway at its intersection with Lucky Street will be renamed Kevin Jordan […]

Former GPD officer’s prior agency reported multiple disciplinary problems

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Publisher’s note – This is the first in a series of articles examining the record of Tyler Cooper, a former officer of the Griffin Police Department, the hiring process of the agency and how its administration addresses complaints against officers and disciplinary measures. Prior to being hired by the Griffin Police […]

SCSO personnel soon to field Narcan, emergency drug overdose treatment

STAFF REPORT ::: Personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office will soon be fielding Narcan (naloxone) kits to be used in the event of a drug overdose. According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, this potentially-life saving measure is being made possible with the assistance of a local businessman. “With […]

Search warrant leads to arrest of two; recovery of narcotics and weapons

STAFF REPORT ::: A search warrant executed Thursday at the 597 N. McDonough Road residence of Michael Lee Drummond resulted in the arrest of two men on numerous drug and weapons charges. According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the SCSO Special Operations and C.A.G.E. units received assistance from the […]

City manager responds to Open Records stand off

Publisher’s note: In response to an article that appeared in the June 8, 2017, print edition of The GRIP – City of Griffin, GPD Chief Yates refuse release of records; Records denied on officer who resigned in lieu of termination – Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith wrote the following letter to the editor, which was […]

Board of Education appoints three new administrators

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education has appointed three new administrators. The action was taken at the Board’s Tuesday night meeting. According to a press release issued by the school system, one of the appointments is a new position created based on the curriculum audit recommendation. Michele Purvis, who was appointed school […]

Autopsy did not reveal cause of death in case of man’s body located Friday night

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab has conducted an autopsy on the body located in north Griffin Friday night, but that forensic examination did not reveal a cause of death. According to Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster, the autopsy revealed no trauma or evidence of foul play in the man’s […]

Man’s body located in field will be sent to crime lab for autopsy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Authorities are investigating a death reported when a body was located Friday night in a grassy area near the Griffin Crossroads shopping center. According to Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster, the man has not been identified. “He was found over there behind Brian’s, between Brian’s and the theater, we found a gentleman […]

Formal complaint filed against Pike County teacher accused of inappropriate contact with student

The Pike County School System has filed a formal complaint against teacher Brian Crow with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. This complaint follows an allegation that a fellow teacher witnessed Crow engaged in inappropriate contact with a female student. For additional information on this developing story, please visit The GRIP appreciated The Pike County […]