Hawbaker pleads guilty to five counts of aggravated assault against a peace officer

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, who has been held without bond in the Spalding County Jail without bond since Feb. 4, 2020, today accepted a guilty plea to five counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer. The guilty plea was accepted by Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Scott Ballard. Hawbaker was on […]

Mother and her boyfriend charged with murder in six-year-old’s violent death

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A mother and her boyfriend have been charged with murder in the violent death of six-year-old Jacob Andrew Williams. The Henry County Police Department (HCPD) on Sunday responded to a residence on Belmont Farms Drive in Ellenwood in reference to an unconscious child. Upon arrival, officers located the little boy who […]

Former Griffin Central Services director, Motor Fleet manager face felony charges: GBI

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Phill Francis, former city of Griffin Central Services director, and Stevie Williams, former Griffin Motor Pool director, have been named in multiple felony arrest warrants obtained by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Altogether, Francis faces five felony counts and Williams stands accused of two felonies. According to the arrest warrants obtained […]

Three suspects in custody, fourth at large following Tuesday afternoon shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Three Griffin men have been arrested and a fourth is being sought in connection with a Tuesday afternoon shooting. According to the Griffin Police Department, Investigator D.J. King was patrolling in the vicinity of 403 W. Taylor St. at approximately 2 p.m. observed what appeared to be an altercation including gunfire […]

BREAKING NEWS: GBI charging former city of Griffin employees with multiple thefts

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has obtained multiple arrest warrants against former city of Griffin employees Phill Francis and Stevie Williams. Authorities say the arrest warrants relate to crimes committed as employees of the city of Griffin. Francis served as director of Central Services and Williams was […]

Lithonia woman arrested in connection with Griffin shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: One woman has been arrested in connection with a shooting that allegedly stemmed from a romantic breakup. Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office responded Wednesday afternoon to the area of North 9th and Bleachery streets in response to a report of a person shot. At that same time, approximately 12:03 p.m., […]

Vehicle pursuit results in two arrests on numerous narcotics and weapons charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An attempted traffic stop on Wednesday led to a vehicle pursuit and arrest of two people on numerous narcotics charges. Officers of the Griffin Police Department Special Investigation and CAGE units attempted to execute a traffic stop for an alleged seatbelt violation on the vehicle driven by 24-year-old Kentavius Davis in […]

Two people arrested in connection with Griffin overdose deaths: GPD

STAFF REPORT ::: Two people have been arrested in connection with two overdose deaths in Griffin. Rodriguez Deshon Robinson, age 39, and Tasharia Rogers, age 24, are facing numerous charges associated with what the Griffin Police Department describes as “laced” drugs. GPD officers on Monday, May 17 responded to 732 Experiment St., where the bodies […]

Woman with multiple stab wounds rescued from Pike County attic

STAFF REPORT ::: A woman with multiple stab wounds was rescued Friday morning from the attic of a house under construction in Pike County. Pike County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call reporting an unknown person was inside the house located on Tanyard Road. The complainant had observed the person on a surveillance system. […]

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 […]

Two men in critical condition after shooting during basketball tournament

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two men were critically wounded by gunfire during a basketball tournament Sunday afternoon in Jackson. The incident occurred at approximately 4:35 p.m. at a gym owned by the Butts County School System. “It wasn’t at the high school, but it was on school property. It was at a basketball arena – […]

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 […]

Saturday night murder at Griffin hotel under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder that occurred Saturday night at the Red Roof Inn located at 1719 North Expressway. The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Jeremey Markivius Dugger. According to Maj. Dwayne Jones, deputies responded to a call reporting shots fired at approximately 11:50 p.m. “Upon […]

Third suspect being sought in Butts County shooting that killed one, wounded three others

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A third suspect has been identified and is being sought in connection with the Tuesday, Feb. 16 shooting in Butts County that killed 18-year-old William Trawick and left three others wounded. Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 19-year-old Calvin Teotis Rozier who is described as a black male who […]