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 […]

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 […]

Saturday fight in Griffin leads to large-scale shooting incident

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department arrested one man today after a fight escalated into a shooting incident. GPD officers responded to the 100 block of Wedgewood Walk after a call to 911 reported a fight. That fight escalated to gunfire before officers arrived. Authorities say that as multiple parties fled the scene on […]

GHS student facing child porn charges after explicit video was AirDropped at school

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 17-year-old Griffin High School student, Lucinda Karina Bailey, has been arrested and charged with the production and distribution of child pornography under the Georgia Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act. The Griffin Police Department alleges Bailey on Monday used the iPhone AirDrop feature to disseminate a video recording of […]

Atlanta man arrested in connection with numerous local identity fraud cases

STAFF REPORT ::: An Atlanta man has been arrested in connection with an alleged check cashing scheme involving a Pike County business. According to the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, checks totaling $45,860 in fraudulent checks was written and deposited into various bank accounts, and the money would then be withdrawn before the banks became aware […]

GSP makes arrest in fatal Saturday night hit-and-run that killed bicyclist

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An arrest has been made in a Saturday night hit-and-run that killed 59-year-old Richard Miley, who was riding his bicycle on Vineyard Road when he was struck. Benjamin Tyshawn Akins, age 46, is now in custody and charged in Miley’s death. “The Georgia State Patrol arrested him,” said Maj. Dwayne Jones, […]

SCSO deputy arrested by GBI for distributing obscene materials to minor

STAFF REPORT ::: A deputy employed by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was on Tuesday, Feb. 1, arrested and taken into custody by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Former Deputy Mason Lumpkin has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and electronically distributing obscene materials to […]

Sun City Peachtree gate attendant killed early Monday when vehicle collided with building

STAFF REPORT ::: One man was killed early Monday morning in a single-vehicle collision at the entrance to Sun City Peachtree. Upon arrival, deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office found that a vehicle had struck the gate attendant’s building located inside neighborhood’s main entrance. The attendant, 60-year-old Ebenezer Sowunmi, was at his post inside […]

Domestic related incident leads to arrest of one Griffin police officer and two resignations

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Griffin Police Department (GPD) officers have resigned following an incident that resulted in one officer’s arrest. Lt. Jeff Smith was arrested at his Pike County residence Friday, Nov. 12, in what deputies of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) described as a domestic related incident. Smith was on unpaid administrative […]

Third arrest made in April murders of two men set ablaze in truck

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has made a third arrest in the brutal April 2021 murders of Joshua Wyatt and Carlos Benford. Kristin Cordero-Rojas, age 29, was on Thursday arrested in an operation including the SCSO Special Operations and CAGE units, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Gang Task Force, United States Marshal […]