Meriwether Co. court official among those arrested on child porn charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two people, including a Magistrate County official, have been arrested in Meriwether County on charges related to child pornography. Meriwether County Magistrate Court Deputy Clerk Carol Washington, age 49, was arrested Aug. 12 on one count of sexual exploitation of children (possession of child pornography) and one count of violating her […]

Spalding County S.O. narcotics agent has resigned following GBI investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Josh Pitts, who served as a lieutenant in the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, has resigned following an investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). Sheriff Darrell Dix confirmed that Pitt’s resignation preempted what would have been strong disciplinary action against the former narcotics agent. The GRIP […]

Griffin man arrested on three counts of sexual exploitation of a child

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man has been arrested on multiple counts of sexual exploitation of children. The three felony charges are related to the alleged possession of child pornography. Patrick Finnegan, age 23, of Griffin, was on Wednesday, July 8, arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) […]

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 […]

Woman killed, man seriously injured in early Sunday morning wreck

STAFF REPORT ::: A woman was killed and a man seriously injured early Sunday morning in a one vehicle wreck in Pike County. Deputies of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) responded at approximately 3:26 a.m. to the scene on Highway 109 in the area of Weems Road. Officials say a Kia Sorento was travelling […]

GBI investigation of SCSO Lt. Josh Pitts is ongoing; second deputy disciplined administratively

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GBI investigation of Lt. Josh Pitts, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, is ongoing. The GRIP first reported June 8 that Pitts is being investigated by the GBI at the request of Sheriff Darrell Dix. As the case is ongoing, Dix has newly confirmed that Pitts’ status […]

BREAKING NEWS: Local activist will not face prosecution for statements in Facebook video

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin resident Ray Harps-Muhammad will not be facing a criminal charge of terroristic threats related to a video posted on his Facebook page last week. The GRIP learned today that Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder determined Harps-Muhammad’s actions did not meet the statutory requirements for prosecution. “Marie and the […]

Facebook video forwarded to GBI for potential investigation of perceived threat

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Facebook live video recorded by Griffin resident Ray Harps Muhammad has been forwarded to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and potentially to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix and Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates both say they perceived a statement Muhammad made as a threat […]

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 […]

GBI: Early analysis indicates Atlanta riots included out-of-state organization

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Information and Analysis Sharing Center has conducted a preliminary analysis of data regarding protest-related arrests in Fulton County from May 29 through June 1 that revealed more than 15 percent – 57 of the 370 arrested – were from out-of-state, five were homeless and the majority – 294 – were […]

GBI: Child sexual exploitation cybertips surged during COVID-19 pandemic

STAFF REPORT ::: Child exploitation cybertips have flooded into the Georgia Bureau of Investigation during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the execution of more than one dozen search warrants by the Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit and GBI regional offices. Since March 16, when Georgia public elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools ceased in person […]

Multi-jurisdictional narcotics operation nets three arrests

STAFF REPORT ::: A cooperative operation involving many law enforcement agencies from numerous jurisdictions resulted in the arrest of three men on drug related charges. According to a press release issued by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), a series of search and arrest warrants were executed at separate Woodbury locations including 100 Country Club […]

GBI: Meriwether County man arrested for child sexual exploitation

STAFF REPORT ::: A Meriwether County man has been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of children. The arrest of Robert Louis “Trey” Nasdeo resulted from a GBI investigation of alleged sexual exploitation of children via online service. According to a press release issued by […]

GBI investigation results in child pornography arrest

STAFF REPORT ::: James Warren Krivan, age 33, of Thomaston, has been arrested on numerous child pornography charges. In relation to a an investigation pertaining to alleged online sexual exploitation of children, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC), with assistance from the Thomaston Police Department, executed a search warrant […]

Search for missing elderly woman continues; GBI issues Mattie’s Call

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The search for 84-year-old Willie Jo Greer, who has been missing since Monday, is ongoing. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has issued a Mattie’s Call for Greer, who is described as five feet five inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. She was last driving a green 2009 Kia Ronda. Maj. Dwayne […]