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totaling $45,860 in fraudulent checks was written and deposited into various bank accounts, and the money would then be withdrawn before the banks became aware […]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 […]

Searches of Orchard Hill business and residence result in arrest in Wisconsin elder fraud case

STAFF REPORT ::: Simultaneous search warrants executed Tuesday at a local residence and business resulted in one arrest related to an alleged scam that targeted an elderly victim. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and CAGE Unit arrested 23-year-old Kuldip Patel after searching the residence at 3110 Macon Road Apartment C and the […]

Pike County man charged in Spalding road rage incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Pike County man has been arrested in connection with a road rage incident that occurred Saturday in Spalding County and ended with a driver allegedly being threatened at knifepoint. Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Deputy James Dildy said the incident was reported by William Guthrie, who said it took place on […]

Domestic violence related aggravated assault results in SWAT standoff: SCSO

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin woman has been arrested in connection with an alleged domestic dispute that investigators say resulted in a man being cut with a knife and a subsequent SWAT Team response. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies responded at 4:33 a.m. Sunday to a call reported a person being cut during a […]

Arrest made in Family Medical Center hacking case involving 43,000 patient records

STAFF REPORT ::: An Idaho man has been arrested and charged with hacking into the computers of Family Medical Center in Griffin, computers in the city of Newnan and others. Robert Purbeck, of Meridian, Idaho, was on March 2 indicted in the Northern District in Georgia on federal charges including computer fraud and abuse, access […]

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 […]