Man in viral video charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: James Crews, the Lamar County man at the center of a viral video in which he allegedly acknowledged his intent to have sex with a 14-year-old boy, has been arrested. Crews, who has since Monday been in the custody of the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, has been charged in connection with […]

Viral video alleging child sex predation leads to detention of Lamar County man

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Lamar County man seen in a viral video filmed in the Griffin Wal-Mart, where he allegedly planned to meet “John,” who was believed to be a 14-year-old boy, is being held in the Lamar County Jail. According to Lamar County Sheriff Brad White, the man identified as James Crews turned […]

Teen daughter charged with shooting mom may be tried as adult

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The 16-year-old Griffin girl charged with shooting her mother, Amanda Moore, in the head may be tried as an adult. The GRIP has confirmed reports that the juvenile allegedly shot her mother while she was sleeping. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the teenager has been charged with aggravated assault, […]

Spalding man sentenced to 20 years for aggravated battery against baby

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County jury on Friday morning convicted Versaches Evans of aggravated battery for fracturing his infant daughter’s ribs. The baby was only 12-weeks-old when her injuries were discovered. Evans was charged with additional counts, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on those charges. For his conviction for aggravated […]

Daughter, 16, arrested for shooting mother, an SCSO detention officer

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has now confirmed the 16-year-old female arrested in connection to the Wednesday afternoon shooting of Amanda Moore is the victim’s daughter. The suspect was originally identified as the Moore’s step-daughter. Officials say Moore, who works as a detention officer in the Spalding County Jail, sustained a […]

SCSO detention officer shot in alleged domestic violence incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed an employee of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was shot Wednesday afternoon in what is being described as a domestic violence incident. SCSO deputies, assisted by the Spalding County Fire Department, WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency Medical Services and the Griffin Police Department, responded at approximately 3:38 […]

Spalding County CI receives 2019 Program Completion Award

SUBMITTED ::: The Spalding County Correctional Institute (SCCI) has been recognized for having the highest number of inmate program completions in the state. This is the third consecutive year the SCCI has been recognized for this achievement at the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDoC) annual Counselor’s Supervisor’s Training, held this year from May 22-23 in […]

D.A.: Murderer of GPD Officer Kevin Jordan will die in prison

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the conviction of Michael Bowman in the 2014 shooting death of Griffin Police Department Officer Kevin Jordan. Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker said his office is pleased with the Supreme Court’s ruling. “Were were very pleased. We felt like it was a […]

Two people shot in Concord

STAFF REPORT ::: The Pike County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident that left two people wounded.Deputies responded to a call at 7:47 p.m. reporting two people had been shot at 349 Bates Road, Concord. One person was transported by air ambulance to Atlanta and a second was transported to Macon for medical treatment. […]

Pike County Sheriff’s Office investigates “statewide” credit card fraud case

STAFF REPORT ::: The Pike County Sheriff’s Office has made multiple arrests in connection to what investigators describe as a statewide credit card fraud ring. Officials say stolen credit card numbers were used to make several purchases for merchandise totaling $10,378 Ace Hardware. They allege what appeared to be legitimate purchases of items including zero […]

Thomaston woman killed Sunday in Pike County wreck

STAFF REPORT ::: A Thomaston woman was killed Sunday in a single vehicle wreck in Pike County. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) responded to the wreck at 1 p.m., but officials believe the wreck occurred many hours earlier. Authorities say the Toyota Four-runner driven by 22-year-old Tara Corley Hollingsworth left the roadway and struck […]

Why support Relay For Life?

ANGIE J. LEWIS ::: SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR TO THE GRIP I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. I left the doctor’s office in a stupor. I couldn’t even remember where I had parked. I sat in my truck and read the report over and over and over. The first person I called was my mother […]

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck indicted on multiple charges

STAFF REPORT ::: Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim C. Beck has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.  The 38-count indictment alleges that Beck stole more than $2 million from his former employer, the Georgia Underwriting Association, during the five years just prior to Beck’s election […]

Baby on life support following “barbaric” abuse

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man, 40-year-old Chadwick Haldeman, has been arrested in a case of child abuse that left a seven-month-old baby critically injured and on life support. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the arrest followed a report from WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital. “We received a call from […]

Sheriff: Meth trafficking a family tradition

STAFF REPORT ::: An investigation conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit resulted in the narcotics related arrest of two Griffin residents. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, Thomas James “Jimbo” Andrews III and his girlfriend, Shannon Middlebrooks, of 131 N. 11th St., were arrested and charged with […]