GPD Chief fabricated, released record identifying Will Sanders as Matthew Boynton’s father

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP, through a series of Open Records requests (ORRs), has obtained public records establishing that Griffin Police Department Chief Michael F. Yates fabricated and released to some media outlets a document falsely identifying Will Holloway Sanders as the father of former Griffin police officer Matthew Lee Boynton. Sanders, who has […]

FBI: Majority of $800K lost in city of Griffin cyber attack recovered

STAFF REPORT ::: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recovered nearly all of the $802,499.21 stolen from the city of Griffin during a June 2019 cyberattack. According to a press release issued by the city of Griffin, $789,065.16 was recovered by the FBI, and of the remaining $13,434.05 deficit, the city will pay a $10,000 […]

County refuse collection centers impacted by city transfer station fire

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding county officials are advising residents that the fire at the city of Griffin transfer station may result in delays at the county’s refuse collection centers. According to a press release issued by Spalding County, the city’s transfer station is utilized for the disposal of household garbage and recyclables from many of […]

Spalding BoC seeking property tax increase

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners is seeking to increase the 2019 General Fund property taxes to be levied by 6.81 percent over the rollback millage rate. According to a press release issued by Spalding County, the Board of Tax Assessors is required to annually review the assessed value for property tax […]

Aggravated assault under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department investigation of a Monday night shooting remains ongoing. Officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division were dispatched at approximately 8:42 p.m. to the Dollar General located at 1665 W. McIntosh Road in reference to a report of a person shot. One man – Jonah Wilson – sustained […]

Ringgold armed robbery suspects under investigation for human trafficking

STAFF REPORT ::: A search warrant executed by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrests of three, two of whom are suspected of committing the Wednesday night armed robbery of Ringgold’s Store located at 4243 Jackson Road. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, shortly after 9 p.m. Aug. 21, […]

Jury duty canceled for week of Aug. 26

From the office of Spalding County Superior Court Clerk Debbie Brooks: Jury service for the week of Aug. 26, 2019, has been canceled. If you received a jury summons for this week, you are released from jury service. This is for the week of Aug. 26, 2019, only. For additional information please call the Spalding […]

Two Griffin men killed in early morning wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An early morning single-vehicle wreck in western Spalding County Tuesday morning claimed the lives of two young men – William Sliger, age 19, and Austin Dakotah Garner, age 20, both of Griffin. Trooper Ashley Williams, of the Georgia State Patrol-Griffin Post, said the wreck involved a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette and occurred […]

Spalding Animal Control to host Clear the Shelter event tomorrow

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Animal Shelter is participating in a Clear the Shelter event tomorrow. This nationwide event is being hosted by NBC and Telemundo, who are partnering with hundreds of animal shelters across the country. The local Clear the Shelter event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17 […]

Two armed bank robbery suspects in custody; two remain at large

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A high speed chase resulted in the apprehension of two men in connection with the Friday afternoon armed robbery of the Griffin branch of Regions Bank located at 327 W. Taylor St. Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery at the bank […]

GBI: Tyus Park shooting was apparent suicide

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the death of 33-year-old Neil Bond was an apparent suicide. The GBI investigation was requested by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix after an officer involved shooting that resulted when deputies responded to a 911 call reporting Bond had made a suicide threat. According to a press […]

Officer involved shooting in Tyus Park

STAFF REPORT ::: A man described as “suicidal” was shot and killed Wednesday night by a Spalding County deputy. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies responded to a call of a suicidal man sitting in a vehicle at Wyomia Tyus Park at approximately 8:52 p.m. Upon arrival, the vehicle was […]

Juvenile arrested in school bomb threat case

STAFF REPORT ::: A juvenile has been arrested and charged in connection with the bomb threat that resulted in the Aug. 9 Level 2 lock down of Rehoboth Road Middle School (RRMS). Officials have identified the suspect as the same juvenile male arrested during the 2018-2019 school system for making multiple threats against numerous schools. […]

Bomb threat results in school lock down

STAFF REPORT ::: A bomb threat Friday morning resulted in Rehoboth Road Middle School being placed on a Level 2 lock down. According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the Griffin-Spalding County School System reported the incident. “We want to make you aware of an incident that occurred this morning. […]

Sheriff: Burglary suspects flagged down deputy after killing getaway car battery

STAFF REPORT ::: Two men have been arrested by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office in connection to a burglary of the Chevron convenience store located at 3200 High Falls Road. According to a press release issued by the Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies of the Uniform Patrol Division responded to that location at approximately 3 a.m. […]