U.S. Marshals Task Force officer, Pike County murder suspect shot during execution of arrest warrant

STAFF REPORT ::: The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Fayette County that is related to a recent Pike County murder. The preliminary investigation indicates that at 9:18 a.m., the U.S. Marshals Service and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office executed an arrest warrant for Antonio Murgado Jr. at 429 Sage Brush Trail, Fayetteville. Murgado […]

U.S. Marshal Service arrests third Pike County murder suspect

STAFF REPORT ::: A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the July 16 murder of James Knight. Antonio Murgado Jr., age 19, was arrested in Fayette County by the United States Marshal Service. An officer involved shooting occurred during Murgado’s arrest. At the time of Knight’s murder, Murgado Jr. was on bond in […]

Additional criminal and constitutional violations alleged against Smart Web referred to GBI

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix says his request for a GBI investigation of former Spalding County Marshal Smart Web includes further allegations of both criminal and constitutional violations in addition to the June 14 Maloy Circle incident in which Web shot and killed a dog. Dix said Spalding County Sheriff’s Office […]

BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff Darrell Dix requesting GBI investigation of Smart Web incident; apparent body worn camera video release

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix is requesting a GBI investigation involving Smart Web. When asked Thursday morning if that request had been made, Dix said, “Right now. I contacted Marie Broder yesterday afternoon and conferred with her, and she agreed that the involvement of the GBI […]

Remains of Upson County murder victim located in creek in remote, heavily wooded area

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The remains of missing Upson County murder victim Stanley Steverson were recovered Monday. Steverson’s body was found in a small creek off Pleasant Grove Road in southern Upson County. Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore said the creek was deep in the woods with an extremely steep bank. The harsh terrain made […]

Officials release information in murder case that led to suspect’s public suicide at Ingles

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Stanley Steverson, of Thomaston, has been identified as the person police say was murdered last week by Demonte Terrell Davis, the man who committed suicide Sunday afternoon in the Griffin Ingles parking lot. Authorities say Davis had agreed to peacefully surrender to police at Ingles but when he arrived, committed suicide. […]

Sheriff: Man wanted for Upson County murder committed suicide in Ingles parking lot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A man who was scheduled to turn himself in to authorities in connection with an Upson County murder committed suicide in the Ingles parking lot Sunday afternoon, officials say. Despite rumors circulating rampantly on social media, there was no other fatality or injury associated with this incident. According to Spalding County […]

GBI: 13-year-old girl wounded in exchange of gunfire with Fayette sheriff’s deputy

STAFF REPORT ::: A 13-year-old girl was shot Wednesday night when law enforcement officials say she fired upon a man attempting a custody exchange and a sheriff’s deputy. The father, 38-year-old Vincent Emanuel Frasca, of Marietta, was wounded by gunfire. Authorities say the deputy returned fire, striking the 13-year-old girl. The deputy was uninjured. The […]

GRIP Exclusive: Spalding County Marshal Smart Web currently under GBI investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Marshal Smart Web is currently under criminal investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The investigation was initiated prior to Web being hired to head up the newly created Spalding County Marshal’s Office. In response to an Open Records request, the city of Woodbury confirmed Web is a subject […]

Dix: SCSO will protect city of Griffin residents; reports special op targeting drive-by shootings

STAFF REPORT ::: In response to the recent increase in drive-by shootings primarily centered in the city of Griffin, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) conducted a special operation that resulted in dozens of arrests. This operation from May 2 to May 6 followed the Sheriff’s Office’s Operation Zero Tolerance, a nine-day special detail in […]

BREAKING NEWS: Griffin Police Department officer placed on administrative leave

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Jessica O’Connor has confirmed that Griffin Police Department Officer Brian Dorety, who has been the subject of recent investigative articles in The GRIP, has been placed on administrative leave with pay. “As is standard practice when someone or something is under investigation, Officer Dorety has been placed on […]

Arrest made in triple murder of family killed at Coweta County shooting range

STAFF REPORT ::: A College Park man has been arrested in connection with the April 8 triple murder of a family at the Lock, Stock, & Barrel Shooting Range in Grantville. Jacob Christian Muse, age 21, was arrested by the GBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Grantville Police Department. Muse […]

BREAKING NEWS: District Attorney seeking GBI investigation of GPD C.A.G.E. Unit case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder has confirmed to The GRIP that she has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to investigate circumstances surrounding a criminal case of the Griffin Police Department Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (C.A.G.E.) Unit. “I have requested a preliminary review to be done by […]

Coroner: Decomposing body found Tuesday that of adult male; GBI will conduct autopsy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab is working to determine the identity of human remains that were discovered Tuesday afternoon in a wooded area near 1341 North Expressway. Authorities say the decomposing body was located by a survey crew at approximately 1:15 p.m. “I was notified about 1:30 yesterday afternoon […]

2017 Spalding County missing person case resolved with identification of human remains

STAFF REPORT ::: A 2017 Spalding County missing person case has been resolved with the identification of human remains located in a wooded area in 2018. On June 4, 2018, then-Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster Spalding County Sheriff’s Office investigators and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded to the area of 5745 Jackson Road where […]