Man charged with aggravated assault in baseball bat attack

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin man, 59-year-old Richard Wayne Chestnut, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault for allegedly attacking family members with a baseball bat. Master Patrol Officer Geoffrey Zimbleman, of the Griffin Police Department, on Friday responded to a domestic dispute call on E. College Street, where he met with the complainant, […]

GPD: Woman ran from home to escape domestic violence incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested Justin Grubbs in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident. Sgt. Tony Brown responded to a 911 call reporting a domestic assault at Grubb’s Brook Circle residence. However, Brown reported that he responded to a secondary Brook Circle residence after he was flagged down by […]

Sheriff: Domestic call with gunfire leads to standoff, SWAT call out

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday evening responded to a domestic call with shots fired and a possible barricaded gunman at 512 Terry Drive. An hours-long standoff ensued. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the report was made by a woman who alleged her boyfriend, 50-year-old Stephen […]

Former jailer and shooting victim arrested in domestic violence incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Amanda Moore, age 34, has been arrested and charged with simple battery under the Georgia Family Violence Act related to an assault on an elderly woman. Moore, who was a deputy with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, sustained a gunshot wound to the head in another domestic violence-related incident June 12. […]

Teen daughter charged with shooting mom may be tried as adult

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The 16-year-old Griffin girl charged with shooting her mother, Amanda Moore, in the head may be tried as an adult. The GRIP has confirmed reports that the juvenile allegedly shot her mother while she was sleeping. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the teenager has been charged with aggravated assault, […]

Daughter, 16, arrested for shooting mother, an SCSO detention officer

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has now confirmed the 16-year-old female arrested in connection to the Wednesday afternoon shooting of Amanda Moore is the victim’s daughter. The suspect was originally identified as the Moore’s step-daughter. Officials say Moore, who works as a detention officer in the Spalding County Jail, sustained a […]

SCSO detention officer shot in alleged domestic violence incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed an employee of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was shot Wednesday afternoon in what is being described as a domestic violence incident. SCSO deputies, assisted by the Spalding County Fire Department, WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency Medical Services and the Griffin Police Department, responded at approximately 3:38 […]

Griffin man pleads guilty to domestic violence related murder

STAFF REPORT ::: Johnny Johnson has plead guilty to the April 17, 2017, murder of Joanne Redding, who was then identified as his fiancé. Johnson inflicted multiple gunshot wounds upon Redding, and remained at the scene where he was taken into custody. According to a press release issued by Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben […]

BREAKING NEWS: Search underway for missing 19-month-old

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching the High Falls Road area for a missing 19-month-old child. As part of their search, Sheriff Darrell Dix and deputies are going door-to-door in an effort to locate Anastasia Mercer. Authorities say the child is believed to have been abducted by her father, […]

Domestic violence trial ends with life sentence

STAFF REPORT ::: Royce Robinson was tried and convicted this week on charges related to a domestic violence incident. According to a press release issued by the office of Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker, Robinson was convicted of kidnapping with bodily injury, false imprisonment and battery. He was acquitted of aggravated assault and […]

Learn to recognize the signs of domestic violence, and grow to care enough to help

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy was published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and that is a wonderful, worthy cause. I also want you to be aware that it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This week, a group of us came together to […]

Don’t underestimate your value

The following is an editorial column by Maria McCoy that appeared in the last print edition of The GRIP. This is going to sound harsh. I don’t intend for it sound that way but I DO hope to get through to someone. I see and hear it every day. Most of the time it’s a […]

Police: Wells Fargo locked down following threat of violence

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Wells Fargo located at 1506 Georgia Highway 16 closed early Wednesday following a threat of violence. According to a law enforcement source, a man described as the former significant other of a female Wells Fargo employee phoned in the threat, stating he intended to shoot up the bank. According to […]