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 […]

GPD arrests two on charge of felony theft by taking

STAFF REPORT ::: Information provided by a Griffin resident assisted in the arrest of two suspects in a recent theft case. The Griffin Police Department on Jan. 29, responded to a report of a stolen white enclosed trailer taken from the parking lot between the Valero gas station and Rustic Lantern on East Taylor Street. […]

Pike County Sheriff’s Office vehicle pursuit ends in DUI arrest

STAFF REPORT ::: A Jan. 24 vehicle pursuit in Pike County resulted in one arrest. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office reports that Levi Mincey, of Gresham Road, fled from deputies on Highway 19. Authorities say a deputy was approaching Mincey in reference to an investigation of driving under the influence when he allegedly fled. Mincey […]

Second suspect arrested in Ringgold Grocery armed robbery case

STAFF REPORT ::: A second arrest has been made in connection to the Nov. 18, 2019, robbery of Ringgold Grocery Store located at 4243 Jackson Road. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office reports that 19-year-old Elijah Jeremiah Williams was arrested Jan. 14, and has been charged with two counts of armed robbery. “We knew that at […]

Sheriff: Felony suspect fought arrest while trying to acquire firearm

STAFF REPORT ::: Michael Shane Pierce has again been arrested by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, with the latest case involving numerous charges resulting from a theft investigation. A press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix describes Pierce as “well known to law enforcement in the area,” and describes his Jan. 9 arrest culminating from […]

Spalding woman arrested after six dead animals located at residence

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County woman, 27-year-old Ashley Gresham, has been arrested and charged with six counts of felony animal cruelty after numerous deceased animals were located at her residence. Deputy Corey Waddell, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday responded to 640 Tri County Road, where he met with Michelle Wesolowski […]

Griffin man arrested after shooting near Quiet Hills Apartments

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department arrested a Griffin man following a shooting incident near an apartment complex. According to a press release issued by the GPD, the incident occurred in the area of Quiet Hills Apartments on West Avenue and Lane Street on Thursday, Dec. 12. Authorities say officers in the Uniform Patrol […]

Ringgold Grocery armed robbery suspect arrested

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in the Nov. 18 armed robbery of Ringgold Grocery located at 4243 Jackson Road. The investigation, which has been ongoing, resulted in additional interviews this week that led to the suspect’s identification as 17-year-old Caleb Maines, of 1713 Park Circle. The SCSO SWAT […]

GPD: 14-year-old boy charged with shooting father

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 14-year-old Griffin boy is in custody on a charge of aggravated assault associated with shooting his father. Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division on Monday night responded to 1100 W. College St. Extension Apartment G5 in reference to a person with a gunshot wound. The victim was […]