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 […]

Griffin murder part of extensive GBI Gang Task Force case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The July 24 murder of 26-year-old Jeffery Ryan Deluca, of Griffin, has been linked to Operation Caged Dove, an extensive criminal street gang operation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Gang Task Force with the assistance of numerous local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Operation Caged Dove was […]

GBI investigating Coweta County S.O. officer involved shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been requested to investigate an officer involved shooting involving a deputy of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The incident occurred Sunday evening after an attempted tractor trailer break in was reported. The CCSO received the report at approximately 9:21 p.m. and responded to the BP […]

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) […]