Pike County man arrested on multiple charges of sexual exploitation of children

STAFF REPORT ::: A Pike County man has been arrested on multiple counts of sexual exploitation of children. The seven felony charges are related to the alleged possession of child pornography. Brent Stein, age 67, of Meansville, was on Wednesday arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit with […]

Sheriff: Lt. Josh Pitts under GBI investigation, on admin leave

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that Lt. Josh Pitts, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division, has not been arrested. After being contacted by numerous individuals seeking information on this issue, The GRIP contacted Sheriff Darrell Dix. “Josh Pitts has not been arrested. There was a complaint filed against him […]

BREAKING NEWS: Large scale SCSO narcotics case nets nearly 50 suspects

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office – in a joint operation involving multiple cooperating law enforcement agencies – has arrested nearly two dozen people in connection to an alleged large-scale narcotics trafficking operation in Griffin. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, nearly three dozen additional suspects are also wanted in this […]

GBI reports preliminary autopsy findings for Judge Bill Johnston

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Crime Lab on Thursday conducted an autopsy on Griffin City Court Judge Bill Johnston. According to Nelly Miles, director of the GBI Office of Public Affairs, preliminary autopsy findings indicate Johnston’s death was noncriminal. Miles said the Griffin Police Department initially requested GBI assistance in […]

GBI investigating death of Griffin City Court Judge Bill Johnston

STAFF REPORT The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an ongoing investigation into the death of Griffin City Court Judge Bill Johnston. According to GBI Director of the Office of Public Affairs Nelly Miles, Johnson, who was 53, was found deceased after having been reported missing. “On May 1, 2018, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation […]

Pike County deputy involved in fatal shooting

A deputy of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office was on Wednesday involved in a shooting that resulted in the death of a man who allegedly first fired on law enforcement personnel. The incident, which occurred on Roberts Quarters Road, resulted in the death of Grady Parks. The GRIP thanks the Pike County Times and its […]

District Attorney, GBI emails detail possible crimes at SCSO

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: During the Georgia Bureau of Investigation case involving David Wayne Gibson, formerly the captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, discussions of allegations of other criminal activities were held involving Gibson, his attorney, Larkin Lee, then Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard and GBI Special Agents Jared […]

GBI: Timothy Coggins sustained dozens of stab, slash wounds and lacerations; was drug behind vehicle

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Sworn testimony given in the Thursday morning preliminary hearing of Frankie Gebhardt and William “Bill” Moore Sr. provided graphic details of the 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins, a crime authorities say was racially motivated. Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Jared Coleman testified that Coggins sustained numerous horrific wounds at the […]

GPD officer forfeited appeal of disciplinary action

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After reporting on the Griffin Police Department’s Internal Affairs administrative investigation of Curtis Keys and Dwayne Hancock, which resulted in both officers being demoted one rank, and Keys being the subject of a GBI criminal investigation, The GRIP was alerted that pertinent information had been omitted. The GRIP then notified the […]

SCSO Special Ops Unit makes “significant” meth arrest

STAFF REPORT ::: A lengthy investigation conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit resulted in the arrest of David Dover, of 513 Johnny Cut Road, on multiple felony counts related to distributing methamphetamine in Spalding County. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the investigation revealed Dover had an […]

GPD: Chief’s IA investigation concludes Keys, Hancock falsified multiple records, violated oath of office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin Police Department Internal Affairs investigation of Curtis Keys and Dwayne Hancock substantiated both officers falsified multiple official records and violated their oath of office pertaining to the agency’s Off Duty/Extra Duty Job Policy. This information was obtained subsequent to an Open Records request submitted to the city of Griffin […]

City of Griffin, GPD Chief Yates refuse to release records on officer allowed to resign in lieu of termination

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin and Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates are refusing to release for review certain records pertaining to Tyler Cooper, formerly of the GPD, that were requested by The GRIP under the Georgia Open Records Act. The original request was made Feb. 3, and repeated efforts to obtain […]

SCSO denies requesting GBI leak investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Following the Dec. 7 publication of an article citing the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office’s request for a GBI investigation regarding a confidential source that provided information to this newspaper, The GRIP learned the SCSO is denying having made that request. After speaking with GBI Region 2 Special Agent in Charge Fred […]

GBI declined Sheriff’s request to investigate, identify The GRIP’s confidential source

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 30 requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) conduct a criminal investigation to identify a confidential source who has provided information to this publication. Following the receipt of information from a confidential source, The GRIP has since Sept. 30 […]

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 […]