Former Griffin Central Services director, Motor Fleet manager face felony charges: GBI

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Phill Francis, former city of Griffin Central Services director, and Stevie Williams, former Griffin Motor Pool director, have been named in multiple felony arrest warrants obtained by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Altogether, Francis faces five felony counts and Williams stands accused of two felonies. According to the arrest warrants obtained […]

BREAKING NEWS: GBI charging former city of Griffin employees with multiple thefts

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has obtained multiple arrest warrants against former city of Griffin employees Phill Francis and Stevie Williams. Authorities say the arrest warrants relate to crimes committed as employees of the city of Griffin. Francis served as director of Central Services and Williams was […]

GBI investigating fatal Spalding County shooting involving Lovejoy PD officers

STAFF REPORT ::: An officer involved shooting that took place in Griffin early Saturday is under investigation by the GBI. The initial report advised officers of the Clayton County Police Department (CCPD) to be on the lookout for a tan Lincoln Town Car being driven by an allegedly intoxicated driver that had left the area […]

PCSO: Young teen killed during alleged burglary was struck by falling vehicle

STAFF REPORT ::: Charges have been upgraded in the case of the 14-year-old boy who was killed while allegedly burglarizing a Pike County business with two other juveniles. According to the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation has determined that the three juveniles entered Middle Georgia Water Systems, a commercial property located at 14777 Highway […]

Two Henry County men identified as murder victims found in burning truck; suspect in custody

STAFF REPORT ::: An arrest has been made in a case in which two bodies were discovered in a pickup truck engulfed in flames. The Spalding County Fire Department (SCFD) and Spalding County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) on Tuesday afternoon responded to the call on Jackson Road near the Butts County line.Upon arrival, first responders located […]

Two men arrested in Jackson shooting that killed one and wounded three

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of 18-year-old William Trawick in a Butts County shooting that left three others wounded. Carey Williams, age 18, of Locust Grove, and Jordan Watson, age 18, of McDonough, have been charged with murder and aggravated assault. “One was taken into custody […]

Four people shot, one person killed, in Butts County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Four people have been shot and one person has died in a Butts County shooting. The incident occurred Tuesday night. Three of the victims only recently moved from Griffin to Butts County. According to Sheriff Gary Long, the incident was initially reported as an active shooter situation. “The deputies were dispatched […]

Spalding County registered sex offender arrested for sexual exploitation of children

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County registered sex offender has been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s on a new charge of sexual exploitation of children for allegedly possessing child sexual abuse material. Timothy Woodard, age 44, was arrested Tuesday by the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The CEACC Unit began […]

Death investigation underway after man’s body located following vehicle fire

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department (GPD) and Griffin Fire-Rescue (GFR) are conducting a joint investigation after a man’s body was discovered in the remains of a burned vehicle. The GPD Uniform Patrol Division and GFR personnel on Jan. 12 responded at approximately 3:30 a.m. to a report of the vehicle fire at 735 […]

GBI arrests Pike Board of Education member on six counts of felony theft by deception

STAFF REPORT ::: Ryan Edge, a former employee of The Southern Credit Union, has been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on six counts of felony theft by deception. The GBI began its investigation of Edge after receiving a request from the Griffin Police Department on March 19, 2020. The Griffin Police Department sought […]

Buck Creek Road well excavations in missing person case active and ongoing

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The missing person investigation involving the excavation of two wells located on Buck Creek Road is ongoing. Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said the excavation process is inherently dangerous and necessitates slow movement. “We got down as low as we could yesterday until it got just unsafe, so they had to […]

Sheriff’s Office, GBI excavating wells in search in missing person case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A search of two Spalding County properties is underway as investigators seek to locate evidence in a missing person case. “The only information I can release right now is we are out here looking for evidence in a missing person case. I can’t give you a time frame or who the […]

Fatal FCSO officer involved shooting under GBI investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: A fatal officer involved shooting in Fayette County is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The investigation was requested by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office after a Sunday afternoon incident at 1720 Highway 92, Fayetteville. Authorities say 32-year-old Alonzo Leroy Landy called 911 at approximately 3:08 p.m. Sunday, reporting that […]

Three bodies located after Spalding County mobile home fire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Three people were located deceased after a Friday afternoon fire in the South Hampton Mobile Home Park located at 5291 Old Atlanta Road. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and Spalding County Fire Department at 2:34 p.m. today responded to a call reporting a possible suicidal person at the address. Upon arrival, […]

GBI investigating “possibility” of missing city of Griffin equipment

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has been requested to investigate to determine if certain city of Griffin equipment is missing. Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith requested the investigation approximately two weeks ago. “We have the GBI investigating some – the possibility – of some missing equipment, not necessarily focused on any […]