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 […]

BREAKING NEWS: GBI investigating allegation of missing funds from Griffin Golf Course

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an allegation of missing deposits from the Griffin Golf Course. An “internal source” reported the missing deposits to the office of City Manager Jessica O’Connor on Feb. 11, 2022. Authorities say O’Connor immediately opened an internal investigation. The GBI was subsequently asked to assume that […]

SCSO deputy arrested by GBI for distributing obscene materials to minor

STAFF REPORT ::: A deputy employed by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was on Tuesday, Feb. 1, arrested and taken into custody by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Former Deputy Mason Lumpkin has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and electronically distributing obscene materials to […]

Sheriff: Dozens arrested in operation targeting series of gang related shooting incidents

STAFF REPORT ::: Dozens of arrests have been made in connection with what the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office describes as a series of gang related incidents in which people, homes and vehicles have been shot in both the city of Griffin and Spalding County. Officials say these shooting incidents have been random but related to […]

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 […]