Two Griffin men arrested after traffic stop on vehicle reported stolen

STAFF REPORT ::: Two Griffin men were arrested Monday after officers of the Griffin Police Department Special Investigations and CAGE units attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle reported stolen out of Newton County. Officials say the driver, Jermad Barkley, jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot, throwing a handgun in the […]

SCSO: 20 arrested, 10 wanted in connection with meth, opioid investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 20 people in connection with an investigation specifically targeting individuals allegedly distributing methamphetamine and opiates in Griffin and Spalding County. In addition to the 20 arrested, ten more suspects are wanted and being sought in connection to this investigation. The investigation was initiated in December, […]

Senior Center cleaned and treated for bed bugs

STAFF REPORT ::: In what officials refer to as “an abundance of caution,” the Spalding County Senior Center has been cleaned and treated for bed bugs. This follows an Oct. 25, report from a Senior Center participant who reported to staff he had bug bites on his skin. Staff then contacted Peachtree Pest Control, the […]

Bring One For the Chipper Christmas tree program runs through Jan. 4

STAFF REPORT ::: Through Jan. 4, 2020, Spalding County residents may recycle their Christmas trees through the Bring One For the Chipper program. Hosted by Spalding County Public Works, the annual recycling event allows trees to be dropped off at the Carver Road Collection Center located at 610 Carver Road. Trees will be chipped into […]

County officials encourage thoughtful giving to homeless

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Parks and Leisure Services is asking residents to utilize organizations that aid the homeless and those in need. According to a press release issued by Spalding County, some leave donated items in areas frequented by the homeless, but that is being discouraged. Officials say anonymous or abandoned packages may be […]

Spalding County awarded grant from ACCG Insurance Programs

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County has been awarded an Employee Safety Grant from the Association County Commissioners of Georgia-Self Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fund (ACCG-GSIWFC). The grant program is available to Fund members that are fostering a culture of workplace safety through additional training, equipment or services. “We are pleased to provide this newly created grant […]

Flu widespread in Georgia: Department of Public Health

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting the flu is widespread throughout the state, with more than 200 hospitalizations and two flu-related deaths confirmed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention further estimates that there have been at least 2.6 million flu-related illnesses and 1,300 deaths from flu nationwide. Both […]

Griffin man arrested after shooting near Quiet Hills Apartments

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department arrested a Griffin man following a shooting incident near an apartment complex. According to a press release issued by the GPD, the incident occurred in the area of Quiet Hills Apartments on West Avenue and Lane Street on Thursday, Dec. 12. Authorities say officers in the Uniform Patrol […]

Ringgold Grocery armed robbery suspect arrested

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in the Nov. 18 armed robbery of Ringgold Grocery located at 4243 Jackson Road. The investigation, which has been ongoing, resulted in additional interviews this week that led to the suspect’s identification as 17-year-old Caleb Maines, of 1713 Park Circle. The SCSO SWAT […]

GPD: Crips and Bloods behind multiple shootings over past few days

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin Police Department investigators now say several shooting incidents this week are believed to be gang retaliations involving the Crips and Bloods criminal street gangs, with at least one related outside incident involving a murder. These incidents have resulted in residences being struck by projectiles from various caliber weapons. The shootings have […]

Third shooting in three days under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: For the third time in three days, a Griffin home has been struck by many rounds of gunfire. Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division on Wednesday responded to 322 N. 5th St., in reference to a report of shots fired. “Upon my arrival myself and several other officers […]

GPD: 14-year-old boy charged with shooting father

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 14-year-old Griffin boy is in custody on a charge of aggravated assault associated with shooting his father. Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division on Monday night responded to 1100 W. College St. Extension Apartment G5 in reference to a person with a gunshot wound. The victim was […]

SCSO personnel recognized at banquet

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday held an awards banquet during which employees were recognized for outstanding service. The banquet, which was held at the Kiwanis Event Center, honored both sworn and civilian employees including: Deputy of the Year (Enforcement) Captain John Corley Deputy of the Year (Detention) Sergeant Phillip Ramsammy […]

Butts County S.O. seizes 52 pounds of meth in traffic stop

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A traffic stop conducted Tuesday by the Butts County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the seizure of just over 52 pounds of methamphetamine and the arrest of two women. According to Sheriff Gary Long, the traffic stop was executed by the Interstate Crime Enforcement (ICE) Unit. “Back in the day in was […]

Dozens of shots fired and three homes struck in two drive by shootings

STAFF REPORT ::: Two separate drive by shootings – one early Sunday morning and the second early Tuesday – left three Griffin homes riddled with gunfire. On Dec. 8, at approximately 4 a.m., Griffin Police Department Officer Phillip Johnson responded to the 300 block of East Quilly Street, where he met with Jemel Whitlock and […]