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. […]

Griffin man charged in second violent case in less than six weeks

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Isaac Burks, the 19-year-old Griffin man arrested Thursday by the Griffin Police Department in connection with a carjacking, was already facing charges stemming from a September shooting incident. Burks was arrested Sept. 1 on charges of reckless conduct, theft by receiving stolen property and criminal damage to property related to an […]

GPD: One man arrested, two suspects at large following carjacking

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested one man and two additional suspects are being sought following an attempted carjacking. Officials say the GPD Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit was conducting intensified patrol in the 800 block of Williams Street – an area in which numerous shots fired incidents have recently […]

Griffin woman charged in Tuesday night homicide

STAFF REPORT ::: An arrest has been made in the Tuesday night shooting death of 40-year-old Johnny Whitlock. Griffin Police Department investigators have charged 25-year-old Renita Thomas, of 615 Northside Drive Apartment O-2 with aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter and pointing a gun at another. Officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division responded at approximately 7:30 […]

GPD: Child recovering from self-inflicted gunshot wound after gun left unattended

STAFF REPORT ::: Two men have been arrested after a child accessed a firearm and shot himself Wednesday. Officers of the Griffin Police Department on Wednesday at approximately 5:55 p.m. responded to a call to WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital in reference to a shooting victim. Upon arrival, officers learned a child had sustained a gunshot […]