Search for missing Pike County boy ends in tragedy

STAFF REPORT ::: An hours-long search for a missing teenager ended late Wednesday night when his body was recovered in Molena. The youth, 15-year-old Ephraim Moisey Burgreen, who was autistic and legally blind, was reported missing from a North Madden Bridge Road residence Wednesday afternoon. The PCSO was dispatched to Burgreen’s residence at 4:58 p.m. […]

SCSO search warrants result in four arrests, seizure of drugs and weapons

STAFF REPORT ::: Investigations conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit resulted in four arrests and the seizure of firearms and marijuana. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, these investigations resulted in the execution of two search warrants by the SCSO SWAT Team. The first warrant was conducted […]

Nearly six-hour SWAT standoff results in warrants for Griffin man’s arrest

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A domestic-related call with a person threatening suicide Monday afternoon resulted in a SWAT callout for the Griffin Police Department. Lt. Daniel Jett, the public information officer for the GPD, said that while en route to the location, officers were advised by Spalding E911 that 22-year-old Javon Goodman was threatening suicide […]

Five local registered sex offenders arrested in GBI’s Operation Southern Impact III

STAFF REPORT ::: Operation Southern Impact III, an operation of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Internet Crimes against Children task force, resulted in the arrest of multiple local registered sex offenders. This operation targeted those registered sex offenders who are on probation or parole with the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS), and the purpose […]

Sheriff: Criminal street gang used social media page to distribute narcotics

STAFF REPORT ::: Numerous arrests have been made in connection to a narcotics investigation of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the Criminal Apprehension Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit conducted the investigation involving the alleged sell and purchase of marijuana and Schedule II narcotics through social media. […]

His life counted: Vietnam veteran laid to rest with full military honors

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Replete with a 21-gun salute, the emotionally haunting notes of “Taps” and the presentation of the United States flag on behalf of a grateful nation, Vietnam veteran Thomas Earl Cummings was on Thursday laid to rest with full military honors in Griffin’s Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. Hundreds of people attended to pay […]

Family member charged with murder of off-duty Coweta deputy

STAFF REPORT ::: One man has been arrested in connection to the Tuesday, April 30, 2019, shooting death of 25-year-old Edmond Irvin, an off-duty deputy of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. According to a press release issued by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the GBI was requested to investigate by the Palmetto Police Department. Authorities […]

Homeless Vietnam veteran will be laid to rest Thursday morning

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Thomas Earl Cummings, the 70-year-old homeless veteran who died April 10 as a result of injuries he sustained when struck by a vehicle March 24, will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2019. Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster, his staff and Georgia State Patrol Trooper Logan Pryor […]

GBI, state and local agencies raid Griffin businesses in gambling case

STAFF REPORT ::: Several Griffin businesses were on Wednesday, May 1, raided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Commercial Gambling Unit. Along with the Griffin Police Department and in cooperation with the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the Georgia Department of Revenue, four search warrants were executed for alleged violations of state gambling laws. According to […]

Jo Dee Messina headlining fund-raiser for local man in fight for life

JOSIE EVANS – SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR TO THE GRIP ::: Grammy-nominated country music artist Jo Dee Messina is headlining a Sunday, April 28, fund-raiser for Russ Cobb, a local man in the fight for his life. Russ Cobb, co-owner of Zoomies Pet Care, has been diagnosed with an aggressive inoperable cancerous abdominal mass that has limited […]

Father of young boy injured in accidental shooting arrested on weapon charge

STAFF REPORT ::: The father of a seven-year-old boy who sustained an accidental gunshot wound to the abdomen has been arrested. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, Tremell Reives was on April 22, arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The victim, who has not […]

Family of elderly homeless man killed in collision remains unidentified

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Coroner’s Office has not yet been able to locate the next of kin of Thomas Earl Cummings, the 70-year-old homeless man who died April 10 as a result of injuries he sustained when struck by a vehicle March 24. “We have pretty well exhausted all means to identify […]

GPD now says adult was not present when seven-year-old boy was shot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed through the Griffin Police Department that no adults were present in the apartment Monday afternoon when a seven-year-old boy sustained a .45 caliber gunshot wound to the abdomen this in the Griffin Crossings apartment complex. A press release from GPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Wilson, a […]

Young boy recovering from Monday shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: The investigation initiated Monday when a seven-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen continues. Sgt. Chris Wilson, of the Griffin Police Department, on Tuesday reported the young child remains hospitalized but is expected to recover. “According to reports given to the lead investigator, surgery went well and the child is […]

Free Math Night event designed to increase students’ math achievement

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Parents and their children have an opportunity tonight to learn how to work together to strengthen math achievement. The Math for Adults Foundation is holding a free Math Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Southern Crescent Technical College Event Center located at 501 Varsity Road. The event is […]