Altercation leads to shots fired; multiple arrests

STAFF REPORT ::: An altercation that escalated to gunfire resulted in the arrests of several people on a variety of charges. According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the incident occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. Oct. 18. Deputies responded to a report of shots fired at the end of Windsor […]

Golf tournament exceeds goal to benefit SCSO youth outreach

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 4  hosted the second annual Sheriff Darrell Dix Golf Tournament at Sun City Peachtree, with proceeds benefitting the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, Spalding County Jr. Deputy Program, the Griffin Police Department/Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 3507 and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Santa Sheriff […]

Investigative report leads to The GRIP’s removal from Griffin PD’s press lists

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The recent publication of an article reporting Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, in his official capacity, fabricated and released a false document targeting a private citizen resulted in the removal of The GRIP from all GPD press lists. Those lists from which Mathews was removed are used to disseminate information […]

GPD Chief says questions about his actions are “foolishness”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has learned that Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates did have a response to Publisher Sheila Mathews’ Sept. 11 email that included a list of questions regarding whether his actions in fabricating and disseminating a false document had violated GPD policies or state criminal laws. Although he did not […]

Arrest made in Elm Street burglary

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a residential burglary that occurred Oct. 4. According to a press release issued by the Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to a call at an Elm Street residence, where the victim’s security system captured video footage of […]

Spalding County Fair with new midway continues through Saturday

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Despite changes in the midway attractions, Kiwanis Club of Griffin Fair Manager Ralph Jones said the Spalding County Fair goes on. Jones said the Kiwanis Club of Griffin, which sponsors the annual Spalding County Fair, was unaware Belle City Amusements would not be providing the midway entertainment. “Belle City has been […]

Spalding Co. Commissioner Don Hawbaker arrested for DUI

SHEILA A MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Don Hawbaker was on Monday evening arrested in Fayette County on a charge of driving under the influence. Hawbaker was arrested by the Peachtree City Police Department and booked into the Fayette County Jail at approximately 6:30 p.m. His bond was set at $3,520. […]

Document fabricated by GPD Chief Mike Yates raises legal questions

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A document fabricated and released by Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates that falsely identified Will Holloway Sanders as the father of former Griffin police officer Matthew Boynton has raised questions of potential violations of multiple provisions of the GPD Standard Operating Procedure as well as Georgia criminal codes. Records obtained […]

Pike County S.O. apprehends armed carjacking suspects

STAFF REPORT ::: Pike County deputies on Saturday morning engaged in a vehicle pursuit related to a carjacking in another jurisdiction. According to a press release issued by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, the pursuit began at 2:54 a.m. on Highway 18. The vehicle involved had been reported stolen during an armed carjacking at the […]

Murder suspect surrenders to police

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: David Blalock Jr., the suspect in the Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, shooting death of 29-year-old Charles Alsobrooks, is in police custody. Authorities say Blalock Jr. turned himself in to the Griffin Police Department at 5:28 p.m. today. Alsobrooks sustained multiple gunshot wounds when attacked in the 400 block of North 8th […]

One suspect in custody following Friday murder

STAFF REPORT ::: David Blalock Sr., who was being sought by the Griffin Police Department in relation to the Friday afternoon murder of 29-year-old Charles Alsobrooks, is in custody. According to a GPD press release, Blalock Sr., age 41, was wanted on charges of felony hindering apprehension of a criminal and tampering with evidence. Investigators […]

Friday shooting victim dies in hospital; suspects identified

STAFF REPORT ::: The victim of a Friday afternoon shooting in the 400 block of N. 8th Street has been identified as 29-year-old Charles Alsobrooks. Alsobrooks died as a result of injuries sustained from multiple gunshot wounds. Griffin Police Department investigators have identified 23-year-old David Blalock Jr. as a suspect in that shooting. Blalock Jr., […]

Friday afternoon shooting under investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: A Friday afternoon shooting that wounded one person is being investigated by the Griffin Police Department. According to a press release issued by GPD Public Information Officer Lt. Daniel Jett, officers responded at 2:02 p.m. to a report of a person shot in the 400 block of N. 8th Street. In addition […]

Mother and 15-year-old GHS student face charges of disorderly conduct

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 15-year-old Griffin High School student and his mother, 35-year-old Lashonda Thomas, will face charges of disorderly conduct after an alleged verbal altercation on school grounds. According to the incident report filed by Griffin Police Department Cpl. Chris Webb, Thomas was called to the school because her son was allegedly in […]

Four jail inmates graduate from Serve-Safe program

STAFF REPORT ::: Four inmates of the Spalding County Jail have graduated from the Serve-Safe food service program. Designed to teach potential restaurant employees the skills needed to safely and properly prepare food in a commercial setting, the Spalding County Jail program was carried out by Aramark Food Company. “The program was sponsored by the […]