GPD “Operation CARE-ington” nets 11 narcotics arrests

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department Special Investigations (SIU) and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (CAGE) units conducted “Operation CARE-ington,” which resulted in numerous drug- and weapons-related arrests. According to a press release, Operation CARE-ington resulted from numerous complaints of alleged drug activity in the 1700 block of Carrington Townhomes. During the operation, 11 […]

Spalding County Homeland Security to offer Community Emergency Response Training and CERT refresher course

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Office of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Spalding County Fire Department, will offer training to Spalding County citizens through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. This program is designed to promote understand and cooperation between emergency services and the people they serve. The CERT Program educates individuals […]

SCTC graduates first group of student inmates with welding certification

ANNA TAYLOR – SCTC ::: Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC), Spalding County and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board have partnered to offer a Welding & Joining Technology certification program at the Spalding County Correctional Institute facility in Griffin. Last Friday, the first 7 inmates received their Basic Welding Techniques Certification at a graduation ceremony […]

Library features Griffin Nature Photographers Association exhibit

STAFF REPORT ::: The Flint River Regional Library, in collaboration with Georgia Nature Photographers, is currently featuring a nature photography exhibit. An independent judge selected 12 photographs from the Griffin chapter for each month to be displayed in August and September. Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) is composed of a group of photographers passionate about […]

Judicial Qualifications Commission seeks Judge Mack Crawford’s removal from office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) has filed formal charges against Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Robert M. “Mack” Crawford and is seeking to remove him from office. According to the formal charges filed in the Supreme Court of Georgia, the JQC Investigative Panel conducted a full investigation of multiple complaints, […]

Sheriff warns of extreme danger from fentanyl allegedly distributed by Ghost Face Gangsters

STAFF REPORT ::: A press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix reports the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has seen a rise in calls for persons who have overdosed on methamphetamine, heroin and what is believed by the user to be prescription medication. At least two of those calls have resulted in deaths, and a third […]

GPD releases citizens’ personal Facebook records

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has released personal messages from the Facebook account of Will Holloway Sanders and three other individuals. This followed a public statement directed solely to Sanders that was allegedly made by GPD Chief Mike Yates. “Mr. Sanders, The police department and myself have been the subject of numerous […]

City of Griffin refusing to release public records to The GRIP

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin is refusing to release public records to The GRIP. After filing formal complaints with the Georgia Attorney General’s Office alleging the city of Griffin has violated numerous provisions of the Open Records Act, The GRIP received notification from Griffin Chief of Staff Jessica Whatley-O’Connor stating access to […]

GSP trooper arrested on charge of DUI

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A trooper assigned to the Georgia State Patrol-Griffin Post was arrested by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Christopher McEntyre, who was at the time of the incident a GSP corporal, was arrested after allegedly causing a disturbance at a Searcy Avenue […]

Sheriff: At least one seriously injured in warehouse explosion; first responders remain on scene

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: At least one person has been seriously injured in a reported explosion at ARI, an aerosol product manufacturing facility located at 2523 S. McDonough Road. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the incident was reported as an explosion with a fire at 4:24 p.m. “It appears that there was some […]

Commissioner Don Hawbaker responds to ethics complaints and hearing

Publisher’s note: During the Aug. 6, 2018, Spalding County Board of Commissioner’s meeting, Commissioner Don Hawbaker produced a written statement he requested be placed in the public record. This is his complete and unedited response to the Ethics Review Panel hearing regarding three complaints filed against himself, and one filed against Commissioner Gwen Flowers-Taylor. At […]

Sheriff: Two jailers terminated for “inflammatory” statements

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Spalding County jailers have been terminated Monday when Sheriff Darrell Dix became aware of comments the pair allegedly posted online on social media and gaming sites. According to Dix, a law enforcement source reported Howard Costner and Jesse Jones alleged comments. “Based on information we found out this morning, their […]

Anything boys can do, girls can do better: SCSO’s first female SWAT operator also named Top Gun

Publisher’s note: This article appeared in a recent print edition of The GRIP> SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: From tragedy to triumph – that is the story of Jennifer Fuller, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office’s first female SWAT operator. Fuller earned that title with her successful completion of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office SWAT School. However, […]

Woman charged in boyfriend’s murder claimed shooting was unintentional

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The suspect in the Wednesday night domestic-related homicide of 23-year-old Steven Andrew Freeman claimed the shooting was accidental. Freeman was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest. According to the incident report submitted by Griffin Police Department Master Patrol Officer Brian Earls, 24-year-old Mary Katherine Higdon, who has been […]

GPD: Armed robbery, kidnapping at T-Mobile leads to three arrests

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department on Tuesday, July 31, responded to a report of an armed robbery at the T-Mobile on North Expressway. According to a press release, officers in Henry County initiated a pursuit with a vehicle identified as the getaway vehicle. The pursuit, with the assistance of the Clayton County Sheriff’s […]