City of Griffin out more than $800,000 in alleged fraud; FBI investigating

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin has lost $802,499.29 in two separate online transactions that officials say were fraudulent. Griffin Police Department Master Patrol Officer Chip Johns on Friday, June 28, responded to city offices located at 100 S. Hill St., where he met Chuck Olmstead, an official of the Finance Department. “He […]

Missing Spalding teen Aubrey Carroll returns home

STAFF REPORT ::: Aubrey Jayce Carroll, the Spalding County teen missing since May 2016, has been located and chose to return to his Georgia home. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, a joint effort of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Texas Rangers led […]

FBI executes search warrant in county

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday morning executed a search warrant at a North 9th Street residence. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, little information is available at this time. “All I can tell you right now is it was us assisting […]

GPD chief speaks out on plans to address gang crime, including FBI Violent Crime Task Force

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Police Department Chief Steve Heaton is taking multiple steps to address the city’s gang issue. While he acknowledges the problem of gang related crime is increasing, he wants the community to know his department is working to stem the tide. “I think that we’ve seen some increased activity this year,” […]

Two SCFD personnel charged in drug case convicted in US federal court

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Spalding County firefighters facing felony charges in connection with a joint Spalding County Sheriff’s Office/Griffin Police Department narcotics investigation were on Tuesday convicted on all counts in US Federal Court. SCFD Battalion Chief Tyrone Coggins and Firefighter Michael Owens had been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of […]

FBI conducts joint GPD-SCSO hostage rescue training

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: FBI personnel were recently in Griffin to conduct hostage rescue and barricaded suspect training for the Griffin Police Department Special Response Team (SRT) and Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit. According to Lt. Darrell Dix, the GPD’s training officer, FBI hostage rescue agents conducted the training at no cost to […]

Two Spalding County Fire Department personnel charged in narcotics operation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two personnel of the Spalding County Fire Department – Battalion Chief Tyrone Coggins and Firefighter Michael Owens – have been arrested under a federal indictment and each face two felony drug-related charges. According to Spalding County Sheriff Wendell Beam, the arrests of Coggins and Owens brings to a conclusion a long-term […]