GBI: Wendell Beam denied David Gibson used knowledge of infidelities as blackmail leverage

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: During its 2015 investigation of David Gibson, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, interviewed Wendell Beam, the former Spalding County Sheriff, in part seeking to determine if Gibson was blackmailing Beam using sexual infidelity as leverage. In records maintained by GBI Special Agent Jared Coleman, he wrote, “Agent Coleman asked Sheriff Beam […]

Dix says there will be no investigation of Beam, narcotics tracker operation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has weighed in on a proffer agreement that was part of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation of David Gibson. The GBI refused to release those specific records, but The GRIP obtained the proffer through the email account of former Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard. […]

The GRIP responds with objection to subpoena demanding production of records in federal trial

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has responded to a subpoena in a federal civil rights trial demanding Publisher Sheila Mathews produce work product associated with multiple investigative reports primarily involving the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. The subpoena was issued as part of Civil Action No. 3-15-CV-163-TCB – Jessica Kelley, et al. v. Captain David […]

David Gibson’s friends, family speak out at plea hearing; judge expounds on sentence

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: David Gibson, formerly of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, has plead guilty to two felony counts of violating his oath of office. Gibson on Thursday afternoon appeared before Superior Court Judge Robert M. Crawford and entered a blind plea, which means his guilty plea was entered without prior knowledge of the […]

Exclusive Breaking News – David Gibson pleads guilty, sentenced to prison

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: David Gibson, formerly of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, today plead guilty to two felony counts of violating his oath of office. Gibson on Thursday afternoon appeared before Superior Court Judge Robert M. Crawford and entered a blind plea, which means his guilty plea was entered without prior knowledge of the […]

Sheriff Darrell Dix subject of EEOC complaint

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Jessica Kelley, the former deputy of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office who has a pending federal law suit against former sheriff Wendell Beam, David Gibson, the former captain of the SCSO Uniform Patrol Division who has been indicted on 11 charges including multiple felonies, and Spalding County, has now filed a […]

David Gibson accuser subject of new SCSO IA case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Through an Open Records request, The GRIP has obtained the final report of a Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs investigation that resulted from a formal complaint involving numerous allegations of wrongdoing – including sexual harassment – filed against Deputy Jessica Kelley by Deputy Catherine Lewis. In turn, Kelley filed a […]

David Gibson indicted on 14 counts including 11 felonies

  SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A grand jury on Sept. 15 handed down a 14-count indictment against David Gibson, formerly the captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division. Gibson was on Sept. 10, 2015, arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on criminal ten warrants obtained one day prior by Special Agent […]

David Gibson, Sheriff Beam criminal and civil cases at standstill pending DA action

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The criminal case against David Gibson, former captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, as well as the civil cases against Gibson, Sheriff Wendell Beam and Spalding County, are at a standstill until at least mid-September. U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten on Jan. 13 originally ordered the civil […]

Sixth federal lawsuit has been filed against David Gibson, Sheriff Wendell Beam

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A sixth woman has filed a federal lawsuit against David Gibson, formerly the captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, Spalding County Sheriff Wendell Beam and Spalding County. Gibson and Beam are being sued in their individual and official capacities. This sixth lawsuit marks the first filed by […]

EEOC: Sheriff Beam was aware of sexually hostile work environment, failed to take corrective action

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has completed its investigation into complaints filed by five female employees of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and released its findings regarding allegations against David Gibson, former captain of the Uniform Patrol Division, and Sheriff Wendell Beam, both of whom are being sued in their […]

County BoC to request Attorney General’s Office investigate Sheriff’s Office’s Open Records actions

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved by a 4-0 vote a motion to request an investigation by the Georgia Attorney General’s Office to determine whether the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office violated Georgia’s Open Records Act following its administrative Internal Affairs investigation of David Gibson, the former captain of […]

Fifth SCSO employee announces intent to sue in Gibson case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A fifth employee of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has served anti-litem notice she intends to sue Sheriff Wendell Beam and David Gibson, formerly the captain of the SCSO Uniform Patrol Division. Melanie Bowen joins four additional female SCSO employees – Jessica Kelley, Kimberley Barnett, Karen Law and Misty Piper in […]

GBI: Sheriff Wendell Beam did not request criminal investigation of David Gibson

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has confirmed it is conducting a second investigation involving the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. According to Special Agent in Charge Fred Wimberly, of the GBI Region 2 office in Columbus, Sheriff Wendell Beam requested the investigation Aug. 6. “We have been requested to take a […]

Sheriff’s Office withheld records at will prior to issuance of court order

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: “The General Assembly finds and declares that the strong public policy of this state is in favor of open government; that open government is essential to a free, open and democratic society; and that public access to public records should be encouraged to foster confidence in government and so that the […]