Griffin woman’s quick thinking thwarts violent carjacking attempt

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin woman’s quick thinking thwarted a violent carjacking attempt. The incident occurred just before 7 a.m. Sept. 7, when the victim, Markita Goodman, arrived for work at Vernay located at 804 Greenbelt Parkway. Griffin Police Department Officer Michael Betsill responded in non-emergency mode and met with Goodman. “Upon my arrival […]

Griffin man sentenced to life without parole in 2020 domestic violence-related murder

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin man, 57-year-old Donald Eugene Colquitt, has been convicted in the 2020 murder of Munteshia Brown. His victim, Munteshia Brown, sustained a gunshot wound to the chest in the parking lot of Macedonia Baptist Church on July 11, 2020. Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder said Colquitt and Brown […]

Lithonia man arrested in Pike County after allegedly firing gun during road rage incident

STAFF REPORT ::: A Lithonia man is in custody after an alleged road rage incident Thursday evening in Pike County. Pike County Sheriff’s Office deputies at approximately 5 p.m. responded to a call reporting an motorist in another vehicle was behaving aggressively towards them. While on the phone with 911, the caller alleged 32-year-old Donald […]

Fla. man convicted in Spalding armed robbery; sentenced to life without possibility of parole

STAFF REPORT ::: A Florida man has been convicted of multiple felony charges related to a 2019 armed robbery at Ringgold’s Grocery. Lend Byrd Jefferson, age 28, was convicted Thursday of two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a […]

GPD: Woman critically injured in domestic dispute when boyfriend ran her over with Jeep

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Durand Jeremy Mack, of Griffin, is being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail after an alleged domestic dispute left a woman in critical condition. Authorities say 24-year-old Courtney Perry was found in the roadway to the rear of a Jeep Wrangler Sunday morning after police were dispatched to the […]

Sheriff: Arrest made in Sunday murder that took place with children playing nearby

STAFF REPORT ::: A 19-year-old Griffin man, Brandon Hawkins, has been charged with murder and aggravated assault following a Sunday afternoon shooting. Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, the Spalding County Fire Department, Griffin Fire-Rescue and WellStar Spalding Regional EMS responded at approximately 1:18 p.m. to 615 Northside Drive Apartment 28A […]

Two suspects arrested for May fight at local restaurant that left man critically injured

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has taken into custody two motorcycle club members suspected of severely beating a man in a May 2021 fight at Big Jim’s Wing Shack. Deputies responded to the May 1 call in reference to a fight, and upon arrival, located a man who had been critically injured. […]

Three suspects in custody, fourth at large following Tuesday afternoon shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Three Griffin men have been arrested and a fourth is being sought in connection with a Tuesday afternoon shooting. According to the Griffin Police Department, Investigator D.J. King was patrolling in the vicinity of 403 W. Taylor St. at approximately 2 p.m. observed what appeared to be an altercation including gunfire […]

Lithonia woman arrested in connection with Griffin shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: One woman has been arrested in connection with a shooting that allegedly stemmed from a romantic breakup. Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office responded Wednesday afternoon to the area of North 9th and Bleachery streets in response to a report of a person shot. At that same time, approximately 12:03 p.m., […]

Woman with multiple stab wounds rescued from Pike County attic

STAFF REPORT ::: A woman with multiple stab wounds was rescued Friday morning from the attic of a house under construction in Pike County. Pike County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call reporting an unknown person was inside the house located on Tanyard Road. The complainant had observed the person on a surveillance system. […]

Three law enforcement officers shot in early morning incident; one suspect killed

STAFF REPORT ::: Three law enforcement officers and one suspect were shot in an officer involved shooting early today in Carroll County. The wounded suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident that involved personnel of the Georgia State Patrol. Officials say 28-year-old Pier Alexander Shelton and […]

Domestic violence related aggravated assault results in SWAT standoff: SCSO

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin woman has been arrested in connection with an alleged domestic dispute that investigators say resulted in a man being cut with a knife and a subsequent SWAT Team response. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies responded at 4:33 a.m. Sunday to a call reported a person being cut during a […]

GPD: Alleged gang members drew guns in store during angry confrontation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault in which two groups of suspected gang members allegedly drew weapons on one another in a local convenience store. The incident was reported by an employee of Super Speed Zone located at 678 North Expressway. GPD Officer Chelsea Jones, of the Uniform Patrol […]

Governor suspends Don Hawbaker from office as Spalding County commissioner

STAFF REPORT ::: Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has suspended from office Spalding County Commissioner Don Hawbaker. An executive order announcing Hawbaker’s suspension was issued Wednesday. Hawbaker was indicted on Oct. 29 indicted on one count of aggravated assault under the Georgia Family Violence Act, five counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and two […]

Thomaston man arrested for repeatedly stabbing his mother

STAFF REPORT ::: A Thomaston woman is in critical condition after a stabbing late Monday afternoon. According to Thomaston Police Department Chief Mike Richardson, officers responded to 562 2nd Ave., where a woman approximately 50-years-old was located in an apartment with multiple stab wounds. Officials say the woman told officers her son stabbed her, and […]