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 […]

Butts County murder victim identified as 18-year-old former Griffin resident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The victim killed in a Butts County shooting has been identified as 18-year-old William Trawick. According to Maj. Jeff Nix, the incident occurred at a Brooks Road residence at approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Three other individuals including one woman and two men were also shot. Trawick, the female victim and one […]

Four people shot, one person killed, in Butts County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Four people have been shot and one person has died in a Butts County shooting. The incident occurred Tuesday night. Three of the victims only recently moved from Griffin to Butts County. According to Sheriff Gary Long, the incident was initially reported as an active shooter situation. “The deputies were dispatched […]

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 […]

GPD: Alleged gang members drew guns in store during angry confrontation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault in which two groups of suspected gang members allegedly drew weapons on one another in a local convenience store. The incident was reported by an employee of Super Speed Zone located at 678 North Expressway. GPD Officer Chelsea Jones, of the Uniform Patrol […]

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 […]

Murder suspect identified, being sought by authorities

STAFF REPORT ::: The Thomaston Police Department has identified a suspect in a Dec. 1, 2020 murder and investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating this individual. Authorities say 26-year-old Jakari Daniel, also known as “Byrd,” is wanted in connection with the murder of Michael Gates. According to investigators, Gates was shot and killed […]

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 […]

Governor suspends Don Hawbaker from office as Spalding County commissioner

STAFF REPORT ::: Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has suspended from office Spalding County Commissioner Don Hawbaker. An executive order announcing Hawbaker’s suspension was issued Wednesday. Hawbaker was indicted on Oct. 29 indicted on one count of aggravated assault under the Georgia Family Violence Act, five counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and two […]

Griffin juvenile wounded in shooting reported as drive by

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault that was reported as a drive by shooting late Monday night. Officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division responded at approximately 11 p.m. to 411 Chappell St. to a report of a juvenile with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. It was […]

Prisoner indicted for stealing $11 million while in prison

STAFF REPORT ::: Arthur Cofield, who is currently serving a prison sentence in the Georgia prison located in Butts County, and two other men have been indicted for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering. According to U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak, the charges, and other information presented in court report that Cofield, […]

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 […]

TPD investigating murder and residential robbery

STAFF REPORT ::: The Thomaston Police Department is investigating a homicide that allegedly began as a home robbery. According to Chief Mike Richardson, officers responded at approximately 10:23 p.m. Tuesday to 121 Wellington Place in response to a robbery with a person possibly shot. Upon arrival, officers located the resident, Michael Gates, inside his home […]

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 […]

Police: Social media post in favor of President Trump leads to stabbing

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A social media post in support of President Donald Trump led to a violent fight and left one man critically wounded with multiple stab wounds, officials say. The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3 – election day – in Thomaston. Officers of the Thomaston Police Department responded at 8:40 […]