Searches of Orchard Hill business and residence result in arrest in Wisconsin elder fraud case

STAFF REPORT ::: Simultaneous search warrants executed Tuesday at a local residence and business resulted in one arrest related to an alleged scam that targeted an elderly victim. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and CAGE Unit arrested 23-year-old Kuldip Patel after searching the residence at 3110 Macon Road Apartment C and the […]

Pike County man charged in Spalding road rage incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Pike County man has been arrested in connection with a road rage incident that occurred Saturday in Spalding County and ended with a driver allegedly being threatened at knifepoint. Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Deputy James Dildy said the incident was reported by William Guthrie, who said it took place on […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sheriff: Phone scam that stole thousands from elderly woman traced to Griffin

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one woman, 42-year-old Ruth Garcia, of Stockbridge, in connection with the alleged scamming of an elderly Baldwin County resident. Sheriff Darrell Dix was contacted by Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee on Feb. 3, with Massee providing information regarding the case. Massee said an elderly […]

Griffin woman charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after shooting her dog

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin woman has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, after shooting and killing her dog. The Griffin Police Department responded to the Vineyard Villas Apartments in response to a report of a dog bite and shots fired. Upon arrival, Officer Alyssa Hanson and other officers ultimately located 56-year-old […]

Spalding County registered sex offender arrested for sexual exploitation of children

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County registered sex offender has been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s on a new charge of sexual exploitation of children for allegedly possessing child sexual abuse material. Timothy Woodard, age 44, was arrested Tuesday by the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The CEACC Unit began […]

GPD: Murder victim and suspect were members of same criminal street gang

STAFF REPORT ::: The murder victim located Wednesday afternoon near the Griffin Municipal Golf Course has been identified as 20-year-old Pierre Parrish, of Locust Grove. Parrish’s body was located in a wooded area near the intersection of Beck and English streets. Griffin Police Department investigators believe Parrish’s body had been at that location for several […]

SWAT standoff leads to investigation of Spalding assistant county manager, arrest of former Code Enforcement officer

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Code Enforcement Officer Steven Arnold was on Saturday arrested after a standoff at his residence involving the Griffin Police Department SWAT Team and Uniform Patrol Division personnel. Police initially responded to Arnold’s Sylvan Lane residence in response to a 911 call reporting a suicide threat. The caller, later identified […]

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 […]

Griffin High students face felony, other criminal charges

STAFF REPORT ::: Two Griffin High School students are facing multiple criminal charges – including one felony each – after a Thursday afternoon incident involving officers the Griffin Police Department. GPD Cpl. Chris Webb responded to GHS upon the request of Assistance Principal Dr. Douglas Wheeler, who reported a student causing a disturbance. “Wheeler was […]

High speed chase begins in city of Griffin, ends in Lamar County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A high speed pursuit that began in the city of Griffin ended in Lamar County with the assistance of the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office. According to Lamar County Sheriff Brad White, the chase ended without injury to his personnel or the suspects. “It came down the four lane – 341 – […]

Griffin man charged with violently assaulting, kidnapping and robbing uncle

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man has been arrested after a relative reported being brutally attacked, bound and robbed. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division on Oct. 7 responded to the area of Kendall Drive and Glory Road to meet with Kenneth Palmore who reported he had been robbed while at the […]

Two arrested on numerous narcotics related charges

STAFF REPORT ::: A search warrant conducted by the Griffin Police Department resulted in the arrest of two people on numerous narcotics related charges. The search warrant was conducted Monday at the residence located at 203 Lexington Ave. Officers of the GPD Special Investigations and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement units report the seizure of […]

GPD traffic stop leads to narcotics arrest

Publisher’s note: The Griffin Police Department initially reported the search of the residence of Dakota Weaver, the suspect in this case, was conducted by narcotics investigators of the Henry County Police Department. However, The GRIP received information Friday evening stating the search was conducted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. HCPD Public Information Officer Capt. […]