Police: Social media post in favor of President Trump leads to stabbing

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A social media post in support of President Donald Trump led to a violent fight and left one man critically wounded with multiple stab wounds, officials say. The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3 – election day – in Thomaston. Officers of the Thomaston Police Department responded at 8:40 […]

Shooting sends Griffin man to Atlanta trauma unit by air ambulance

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin man, 22-year-old Leonardo Sanchez, was grievously wounded in a shooting late Wednesday night. Officers of the Griffin Police Department responded at approximately 9:22 p.m. to 1220 Lake Ave. in reference to a person shot. Upon arrival, Officer Scott Sierra, of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division, located Sanchez, who sustained […]

BREAKING NEWS: Spalding County polls will remain open until 9 p.m.

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County polls will remain open until 9 p.m., two hours after Georgia they were scheduled to close, due to what has been described as “a glitch” caused by a software update. Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Fletcher Sams ruled Tuesday afternoon that polls were to remain open two extra […]

PCSO investigating armed robbery in Concord

STAFF REPORT ::: The Pike County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery in Concord. Deputies responded at 9:33 p.m. to the Allen Stop and Shop in Concord where the incident allegedly occurred. Officials say two black men entered the store armed with a rifle and demanded money from the cash registers. The suspects were […]

Spalding voting machine “glitch” under investigation by Secretary of State

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County voting machines are now functional after an alleged software glitch caused the machines to fail during the early hours of Election Day voting. Spalding County Board of Elections Chairman Margaret Bentley said a representative of Dominion – the company responsible for Georgia’s new voting machines – was responsible for […]

GBI investigating “possibility” of missing city of Griffin equipment

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has been requested to investigate to determine if certain city of Griffin equipment is missing. Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith requested the investigation approximately two weeks ago. “We have the GBI investigating some – the possibility – of some missing equipment, not necessarily focused on any […]

Griffin murder part of extensive GBI Gang Task Force case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The July 24 murder of 26-year-old Jeffery Ryan Deluca, of Griffin, has been linked to Operation Caged Dove, an extensive criminal street gang operation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Gang Task Force with the assistance of numerous local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Operation Caged Dove was […]

BREAKING NEWS: Don Hawbaker indicted on eight felony charges

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Commissioner Don Hawbaker has been indicted by a grand jury on eight felony charges. The charges relate to a Feb. 4 incident at his Satilla Court residence. The grand jury today true billed one count of aggravated assault under the Georgia Family Violence Act, two counts of possession of a […]

City of Griffin revising downtown planter box design and placement

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin’s downtown Living Centers Initiative design is being revised with the replacement of some its large planter boxes. “Hill and Taylor (streets) are the only ones being redone,” said City Manager Kenny Smith. “If you’ll recall, one of the planter boxes got hit by a vehicle. They’re just […]

Thursday school start time delayed two hours

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) is delaying by two hours the start time for schools Thursday morning, Oct. 29. This decision was made due to the forecast of high winds associated with Hurricane Zeta. Data provided by the National Weather Service indicates Spalding County is under a tropical storm warning. Officials […]

Driver charged with running red light in collision with fire chief

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Tuesday morning vehicular collision that severely injured Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief John Hamilton resulted from a driver running a red light, police say. According to Officer Scott Collum, of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division, 22-year-old Jerry Anya Oruada, of Hampton, was driving a 2006 Honda Civic eastbound on Taylor […]

Griffin fire chief struck by vehicle; severely injured

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief John Hamilton was severely injured early Tuesday morning when he was struck by a vehicle. Hamilton was bicycling in the area of Chick-fil-A on Taylor street when he was hit. Due to inclement weather, transport by air ambulance was not possible, so he was transported by ambulance to […]

Man’s body located in wooded area; death investigation underway

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An investigation is underway to determine the cause of death of Marion Paul Minter Jr. whose body was located Sunday afternoon in a wooded area in Spalding County. Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division responded just after 1 p.m. to the dead end of Pine Street after […]

Sunday murder suspect sought by GPD

Update: The suspect in this case, 23-year-old Shawaltra Horton, turned herself in to the Griffin Police Department at approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday. STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin woman, 23-year-old Shawaltra Horton, is being sought in connection with a Sunday night murder. Horton is wanted for the murder of 32-year-old Cadero Raymond Williams, who police say […]

High speed chase begins in city of Griffin, ends in Lamar County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A high speed pursuit that began in the city of Griffin ended in Lamar County with the assistance of the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office. According to Lamar County Sheriff Brad White, the chase ended without injury to his personnel or the suspects. “It came down the four lane – 341 – […]