Five local registered sex offenders arrested in GBI’s Operation Southern Impact III

STAFF REPORT ::: Operation Southern Impact III, an operation of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Internet Crimes against Children task force, resulted in the arrest of multiple local registered sex offenders. This operation targeted those registered sex offenders who are on probation or parole with the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS), and the purpose […]

Family member charged with murder of off-duty Coweta deputy

STAFF REPORT ::: One man has been arrested in connection to the Tuesday, April 30, 2019, shooting death of 25-year-old Edmond Irvin, an off-duty deputy of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. According to a press release issued by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the GBI was requested to investigate by the Palmetto Police Department. Authorities […]

GBI, state and local agencies raid Griffin businesses in gambling case

STAFF REPORT ::: Several Griffin businesses were on Wednesday, May 1, raided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Commercial Gambling Unit. Along with the Griffin Police Department and in cooperation with the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the Georgia Department of Revenue, four search warrants were executed for alleged violations of state gambling laws. According to […]

Deceased jail inmate awaiting trial for child molestation, aggravated sexual battery

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Jail inmate who died Friday has been identified as 44-year-old Denver Charles Perkins, who was in custody awaiting trial on charges of child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. Sheriff Darrell Dix reported jail staff was alerted to an inmate in distress at approximately 2 p.m. Friday, and said they […]

GBI investigating death of Spalding County Jail inmate

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of a Spalding County Jail inmate. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the man’s death occurred Friday afternoon. Authorities say deputies were notified at approximately 2 p.m. today that the inmate was in distress, and jail medical personnel and […]

SCSO: No outstanding suspects being sought in Monday stabbing

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate the Monday morning aggravated assault that left two men wounded, but some information has been made available. Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, whose personnel initially responded to the High Falls Road scene, soon after requested the GBI conduct this investigation. “Because Sheriff Dix […]

BoE member, second man wounded in Monday morning stabbing

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education member Syntel Brown was seriously wounded in a stabbing Monday morning. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the incident occurred at a High Falls Road residence. Deputies responded at approximately 9:07 a.m. to a call of an aggravated assault at that location. Upon […]

GBI: Man killed in SCSO officer involved shooting armed with shotgun

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified the person killed in a Wednesday night officer involved shooting as 35-year-old Ryan Force. According to a press release issued by GBI Public Information Office Director Nelly Miles, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday night requested the agency investigate the shooting. Miles reports preliminary […]

One person killed in SCSO officer involved shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One person was shot and killed late Wednesday night, July 4, in an officer involved shooting. The incident occurred on Bonnie Ridge Drive and involved personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. The GRIP contacted SCSO Capt. Dwayne Jones, who initially reported the Sheriff’s Office had requested the Georgia Bureau of […]

Five arrested in suspected large-scale counterfeiting, identity theft network

STAFF REPORT ::: A several months-long investigation conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in multiple arrests associated with numerous incidents allegedly involving counterfeit checks. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, Investigator Ray Hightower obtained information from a financial institution indicating several counterfeit checks had been cashed in Spalding […]

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 […]

Four additional arrests made in SCSO/GBI joint narcotics investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: As part of a month-long investigation involving the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office, four people were on Friday, March 16, arrested in Stone Mountain. According to a press release issued by the GBI, Jermaine Montrel Johnson, Lindsey Michelle Anderson, Justin Phillip […]

SCSO investigation leads to multi-jurisdictional heroin case

STAFF REPORT ::: A month-long investigation into heroin distribution in Griffin-Spalding County resulted in the arrest of William Patrick Flanagan, who authorities say was involved in a multi-jurisdictional narcotics ring. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, Flannagan, age 48, was arrested March 14. “In the past few months Flanagan’s name, along […]

GBI: Wendell Beam denied David Gibson used knowledge of infidelities as blackmail leverage

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: During its 2015 investigation of David Gibson, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, interviewed Wendell Beam, the former Spalding County Sheriff, in part seeking to determine if Gibson was blackmailing Beam using sexual infidelity as leverage. In records maintained by GBI Special Agent Jared Coleman, he wrote, “Agent Coleman asked Sheriff Beam […]

Dix says there will be no investigation of Beam, narcotics tracker operation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has weighed in on a proffer agreement that was part of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation of David Gibson. The GBI refused to release those specific records, but The GRIP obtained the proffer through the email account of former Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard. […]