Police identify deceased man located in Home Depot parking lot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The person found deceased in a vehicle in the Home Depot parking lot Saturday morning has been identified as 55-year-old James Elliot Smith, of Milner. According to the Griffin Police Department, Smith’s cause of death is unknown. Smith’s body has been transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for […]

BREAKING NEWS: Police investigating body found in Home Depot parking lot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating the discovery of a body in the Home Depot parking lot. The body was found inside a vehicle. According to GPD Public Information Officer Laurie Littlejohn, the cause of death is unknown. “Yes, it is a body but there is no determination of manner and […]

Arrest made in Family Medical Center hacking case involving 43,000 patient records

STAFF REPORT ::: An Idaho man has been arrested and charged with hacking into the computers of Family Medical Center in Griffin, computers in the city of Newnan and others. Robert Purbeck, of Meridian, Idaho, was on March 2 indicted in the Northern District in Georgia on federal charges including computer fraud and abuse, access […]

Spalding County Manager William Wilson announces retirement effective June 30

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Manager William Wilson has announced his retirement, which will be effective June 30. A comprehensive report on this announcement will be forthcoming. Please consider financially supporting The GRIP.The news you find in The GRIP is free for all. You’ll never be hindered by a paywall or limited to only […]

BoC approves The Lakes at Green Valley Industrial Park site for new aquatic facility

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners has voted to construct the 2015 SPLOST referendum-approved aquatic facility at The Lakes of Green Valley Industrial Park. The vote in favor of the industrial park site was split 3-2 with Commission Chairman Clay Davis and Commissioners James Dutton and Ryan Bowlden approving and Commissioners […]

Saturday night murder at Griffin hotel under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder that occurred Saturday night at the Red Roof Inn located at 1719 North Expressway. The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Jeremey Markivius Dugger. According to Maj. Dwayne Jones, deputies responded to a call reporting shots fired at approximately 11:50 p.m. “Upon […]

BREAKING NEWS: Violations of election law or rules alleged against election supervisors, present and past, and BoE

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Board of Elections has forwarded to the Attorney General Chris Carr a report alleging violations of election law or rules by Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley, Terry Colling, who held the supervisor’s position prior to Ridley, and the Spalding County Board of Elections and Registration. The report, issued […]

Third suspect being sought in Butts County shooting that killed one, wounded three others

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A third suspect has been identified and is being sought in connection with the Tuesday, Feb. 16 shooting in Butts County that killed 18-year-old William Trawick and left three others wounded. Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 19-year-old Calvin Teotis Rozier who is described as a black male who […]

Griffin Police Department K9 Buddy found deceased in doghouse

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin Police Department K9 Buddy was found deceased Feb. 14. He was found in his doghouse by his handler, Officer Brian Dorety, at approximately 10 a.m. The GPD said K9 Buddy died from natural causes. K9 Buddy was born Sept. 15, 2016 and joined the GPD in August 2018. He was […]

Griffin High teacher and coach Bart Pinckney dies

SHEILA A. MATHEWS  ::: Griffin High School Coach Bartonia “Bart” Pinckney has passed away following an extended hospitalization. Pinckney was a math teacher and coached football, basketball and track at Griffin High School. During his 13-year career with the Griffin-Spalding County School System, he also taught at Spalding High School and Carver Road Middle School. […]

Two men arrested in Jackson shooting that killed one and wounded three

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of 18-year-old William Trawick in a Butts County shooting that left three others wounded. Carey Williams, age 18, of Locust Grove, and Jordan Watson, age 18, of McDonough, have been charged with murder and aggravated assault. “One was taken into custody […]

Butts County murder victim identified as 18-year-old former Griffin resident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The victim killed in a Butts County shooting has been identified as 18-year-old William Trawick. According to Maj. Jeff Nix, the incident occurred at a Brooks Road residence at approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Three other individuals including one woman and two men were also shot. Trawick, the female victim and one […]

Four people shot, one person killed, in Butts County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Four people have been shot and one person has died in a Butts County shooting. The incident occurred Tuesday night. Three of the victims only recently moved from Griffin to Butts County. According to Sheriff Gary Long, the incident was initially reported as an active shooter situation. “The deputies were dispatched […]

GPD investigating “swatting” call that falsely reported shooting, hostage situation on Maple Drive

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating the false report of a shooting and hostage situation at a Maple Drive residence. A call was placed to Spalding County Sheriff’s Office administrative line Sunday Wednesday night reporting the violent crime was still in progress and included threats to kill responding law enforcement officers. […]

New partnership will bring high-speed internet to 18 middle-Georgia counties

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding, Pike, Lamar and Upson counties are among those that will benefit from a new partnership that will invest more than $210 million to provide high-speed internet to 18 middle-Georgia counties. Announced today, the partnership includes Central Georgia EMC in Jackson and Southern Rivers Energy in Barnesville who will form a new […]