SCSO CAGE Unit apprehends 16-year-old shooting suspect

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Rasheed Redding, the 16-year-old suspect in the Sunday night shooting on Hallyburton Street, has been taken into custody by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. According to Maj. Dwayne Jones, a warrant was served, and Redding was arrested by agents of the SCSO Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit. He has […]

One shooting suspect in custody; one remains at large

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Michael Jester, a suspect in the Sunday night shooting that seriously wounded 51-year-old Virginia Sanchez, has been taken into custody. Authorities say Sanchez was shot following a dispute over a stolen bicycle. A second suspect, 16-year-old Rasheed Redding, is described as a black male who stands 5 feet 8 inches tall […]

Man identified as Crips member arrested in shooting death of 12-year-old boy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department, with assistance from the U.S. Marshal Service, on Friday morning executed a search warrant at 105 Forrestwood Drive, resulting in the arrest of 21-year-old Octavious Montrell Lyons in connection with Saturday, May 9 shooting death of a 12-year-old boy. The victim in that shooting was playing on […]

GPD: Man beaten in head with hammer; brother arrested for aggravated assault

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin man has been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly attacking his brother with a hammer at their 804 N.8th St. residence. According to the Griffin Police Department, Shquillee Gould sustained critical injuries – numerous deep lacerations to the head – in the attack. Upon the arrival of GPD Officer Chris […]

GBI: Meriwether County man arrested for child sexual exploitation

STAFF REPORT ::: A Meriwether County man has been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of children. The arrest of Robert Louis “Trey” Nasdeo resulted from a GBI investigation of alleged sexual exploitation of children via online service. According to a press release issued by […]

GPD apprehends burglary suspect as store owner remotely viewed the crime

STAFF REPORT ::: An alert business owner reported a commercial burglary as it was in progress, which led to the speedy apprehension of one suspect by officers of the Griffin Police Department. Renish Panjwani on Monday at approximately 3:45 a.m. called in a report to Spalding E911 that he was watching live video footage of […]

GPD traffic stop leads to narcotics arrest

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin man is in custody facing numerous narcotics related charges after a traffic stop conducted by the Griffin Police Department CAGE Unit. According to a press release issued by the GPD, an agent of the Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement Unit on Monday initiated a traffic stop, resulting in a man […]

GBI investigation results in child pornography arrest

STAFF REPORT ::: James Warren Krivan, age 33, of Thomaston, has been arrested on numerous child pornography charges. In relation to a an investigation pertaining to alleged online sexual exploitation of children, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC), with assistance from the Thomaston Police Department, executed a search warrant […]

Former jailer who survived shooting again arrested for domestic violence

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Amanda Moore, the 34-year-old Spalding County woman and former deputy of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office who survived being shot in the head by her then 16-year-old daughter, has been arrested for domestic violence for the second time since that shooting. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ You can read about the domestic violence shooting incident […]

Sheriff formally requests Governor Kemp remove Don Hawbaker from office

STAFF REPORT ::: In a letter in which he referred to Commissioner Don Hawbaker as “a threat to the community and menace to society” whose actions “are worse than the actions of a gang member,” Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix requested Gov. Brian Kemp take steps to remove from office the elected official who remains […]

“Chest bump” results in simple battery arrest under Family Violence Act

STAFF REPORTS ::: A report filed with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office by a man alleging he was frightened of his son has resulted in an arrest under the Georgia Family Violence Act. According to the incident report filed by Deputy Colt Taylor, the dispute involved a demand for assistance paying a bill. “Upon my […]

Hawbaker retains all rights as duly elected county commissioner

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, who is currently being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail, remains a member of the Spalding County Board of Commissioners. Under Georgia law, governmental action to remove a commissioner may not be initiated prior to the official being indicted by a grand jury on a felony charge. […]

Hawbaker denied bond; now facing four counts of aggravated assault against LEO

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker was on Wednesday denied bond at his first appearance hearing before Spalding County Chief Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday obtained four misdemeanor arrest warrants against Hawbaker – one for simple assault alleging he pointed a pistol towards his wife, Gayle Hawbaker and three […]

Spalding Commissioner Don Hawbaker facing multiple felony charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, the Spalding County commissioner who allegedly initiated a standoff with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team will soon face additional felony charges related to claims he fired shots at deputies. The incident began when SCSO personnel arrived at Hawbaker’s 1121 Satilla Court residence to serve four warrants for […]

BREAKING NEWS: Commissioner Don Hawbaker facing arrest for alleged threat against wife

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that arrest warrants have been issued for Spalding County Commissioner Don Hawbaker. Hawbaker is facing multiple charges, some related to a domestic dispute with his wife, Gayle Hawbaker. Records The GRIP obtained from Spalding County Magistrate Court indicate Hawbaker is facing charges of simple assault and three […]