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 […]

GPD: Griffin man facing 16 counts of aggravated animal cruelty in response to dog fighting call

Crime scene photos provided by the Griffin Police Department and booking photo provided by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office

BREAKING NEWS: Griffin home-based daycare provider facing 35 child abuse related charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Connie Banks Pound, the owner of a Griffin home-based childcare facility, is facing 35 criminal charges – 19 felonies and 16 misdemeanors – related to a child abuse investigation. Griffin Police Department investigators say Pound, whose childcare business is operated at her 835 Hanover Drive residence, physically abused multiple children in […]

Spalding County E911 dispatcher arrested on drug related charges

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County E911 dispatcher has been arrested on drug related charges. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday arrested Susan Kimberly Lynch, age 59, on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects and operating a disorderly house. Lynch was arrested at her Kilgore Road residence. “On August 16, […]

U.S. Marshals Task Force officer, Pike County murder suspect shot during execution of arrest warrant

STAFF REPORT ::: The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Fayette County that is related to a recent Pike County murder. The preliminary investigation indicates that at 9:18 a.m., the U.S. Marshals Service and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office executed an arrest warrant for Antonio Murgado Jr. at 429 Sage Brush Trail, Fayetteville. Murgado […]

U.S. Marshal Service arrests third Pike County murder suspect

STAFF REPORT ::: A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the July 16 murder of James Knight. Antonio Murgado Jr., age 19, was arrested in Fayette County by the United States Marshal Service. An officer involved shooting occurred during Murgado’s arrest. At the time of Knight’s murder, Murgado Jr. was on bond in […]

BREAKING: One woman killed, man seriously wounded in Thursday morning shooting; suspect in custody

STAFF REPORT ::: An arrest has been made in an early Thursday morning shooting that killed one woman and left a man seriously wounded. The Griffin Police Department responded at approximately 2:51 a.m. to Vineyard Village Apartments at 1547 Highway 16 West, Apartment C, in reference to a report of a person shot. Upon arrival, […]

Spalding Buddhist compound damaged by driver allegedly under the influence of drugs

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County Buddhist compound was damaged Tuesday afternoon by a driver allegedly under the influence of drugs. Sheriff Darrell Dix said the incident occurred at the Buddhist compound located off Steele Road. “A driver named Benjamin Stallings (age 61) wrecked his vehicle somewhere out off of Steele Road. He walked […]

Man arrested Monday night after protesting outside Smart Web’s Upson County home

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Keegan Prescott, a vocal critic of Smart Web, the former Spalding County marshal whose deputization was on Monday revoked by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, was arrested Monday night in Upson County after protesting outside Web’s Atwater Road residence. Prescott stood in the right-of-way shouting toward Web’s home, referring to the […]

Griffin man arrested on drug and weapon charges after alleged assault of Atlanta PD officer

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin man, Carlos Elder, has been arrested in connection with the assault of an Atlanta Police officer and a myriad of additional charges. Elder was arrested May 19, when personnel of the U.S. Marshal Service Southeast Fugitive Task Force, Spalding County Special Operations, Spalding County STING Unit and the Atlanta Police […]

Friday night shooting kills one; suspect in custody

STAFF REPORT ::: A 46-year-old man, Rafael Thomas, was shot and killed Friday night on Tinsley Street. The Griffin Police Department responded to 116 W. Tinsley St., at approximately 7 p.m. in response to a report of a person shot. Thomas was transported to the WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital emergency room where he died from […]

Spalding County man charged with possession, distribution of child sexual abuse materials

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man, 29-year-old Brandon Smith, has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Smith’s arrest follows an investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. Smith is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of children for […]

GBI charges Pike County teen with sexual exploitation of children

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, has arrested a Pike County teen on multiple charges related to the sexual exploitation of children. Caden Collis, age 17, has been charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children for the alleged possession of child sexual abuse […]

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 […]

Arrest made in triple murder of family killed at Coweta County shooting range

STAFF REPORT ::: A College Park man has been arrested in connection with the April 8 triple murder of a family at the Lock, Stock, & Barrel Shooting Range in Grantville. Jacob Christian Muse, age 21, was arrested by the GBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Grantville Police Department. Muse […]