Griffin woman’s quick thinking thwarts violent carjacking attempt

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin woman’s quick thinking thwarted a violent carjacking attempt. The incident occurred just before 7 a.m. Sept. 7, when the victim, Markita Goodman, arrived for work at Vernay located at 804 Greenbelt Parkway. Griffin Police Department Officer Michael Betsill responded in non-emergency mode and met with Goodman. “Upon my arrival […]

GPD: Griffin man facing 16 counts of aggravated animal cruelty in response to dog fighting call

Crime scene photos provided by the Griffin Police Department and booking photo provided by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office

BREAKING NEWS: Griffin home-based daycare provider facing 35 child abuse related charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Connie Banks Pound, the owner of a Griffin home-based childcare facility, is facing 35 criminal charges – 19 felonies and 16 misdemeanors – related to a child abuse investigation. Griffin Police Department investigators say Pound, whose childcare business is operated at her 835 Hanover Drive residence, physically abused multiple children in […]

SCSO: Cowan Road Middle School coach aggressively approached, pushed student down

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office incident report related to the Aug. 17 incident at Cowan Road Middle School involving a coach and student details what was reported to law enforcement and school officials as well as what was recorded on video. Based on a statement from Sheriff Darrell Dix, The GRIP […]

Sheriff refutes social media report of riot and fire inside Spalding County Jail

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix is refuting a social media post reporting a fire and riot inside the Spalding County Jail. The allegation posted on a local public Facebook forum said in part, “If anyone has family or friends inside of the Spalding County Jail, they should be aware that there […]

BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff confirms Cowan Road Middle School educator is under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Cowan Road Middle School educator is under investigation by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. Officials say the investigation was precipitated by an allegation related to a specific incident involving the Griffin-Spalding County School System employee. Authorities say that when confronted with the allegation, the employee resigned. “I was briefed about […]

Spalding County E911 dispatcher arrested on drug related charges

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County E911 dispatcher has been arrested on drug related charges. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday arrested Susan Kimberly Lynch, age 59, on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects and operating a disorderly house. Lynch was arrested at her Kilgore Road residence. “On August 16, […]

BREAKING NEWS: Spalding County deputy killed in Sunday morning vehicular accident

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle accident. Authorities say Deputy Jamie Reynolds died at approximately 5:30 a.m. when a pine tree fell and struck his patrol unit. “Deputy Reynolds was east bound on Georgia Highway 16 when a large pine tree fell on his […]

U.S. Marshals Task Force officer, Pike County murder suspect shot during execution of arrest warrant

STAFF REPORT ::: The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Fayette County that is related to a recent Pike County murder. The preliminary investigation indicates that at 9:18 a.m., the U.S. Marshals Service and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office executed an arrest warrant for Antonio Murgado Jr. at 429 Sage Brush Trail, Fayetteville. Murgado […]

Spalding man sentenced to serve life plus 20 years for molesting young family member

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man, Markel Taiwon Amey, has been convicted of sexually abusing a young family member over a prolonged period of time. Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder said Markel Taiwon Amey was convicted of molesting an eight-year-old family member over a period of approximately one year. Amey secured the […]

14-year-old charged in Pike County murder; third suspect at large has been identified

STAFF REPORT ::: A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the Saturday night murder of James Knight. Knight was shot and killed outside the residence located at 214 Patton Road in Pike County. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office said a 14-year-old juvenile was arrested Tuesday afternoon for their alleged involvement in Knight’s shooting […]

Pike County murder suspect apprehended

STAFF REPORT ::: Jaiden Chappell, the Griffin woman suspected in the murder of 19-year-old James Knight, of Pike County, is in custody. Chappell, age 18, has been charged with murder and is being held in the Pike County Jail while awaiting her first court appearance. Authorities say Knight was shot and killed outside the residence […]

Griffin woman identified as murder suspect in Saturday night Pike County shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin woman, 18-year-old Jaiden Chappell, is being sought by Pike County authorities in connection with a murder. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office responded to 214 Patton Road at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday in response to a shooting that left one man dead. The victim has been identified as 19-year-old James Knight. […]

Fallen GPD Sgt. Todd Thomas to be honored today by End of Watch Ride to Remember

STAFF REPORT ::: The End of Watch Ride to Remember will be riding into Griffin at 4 p.m. today in honor of Griffin Police Department Sgt. Todd Thomas. Thomas died Sept. 28, 2021, from complications of COVID-19. The End of Watch Ride to Remember is a group of motorcycle riders from Washington state who escort […]

Additional criminal and constitutional violations alleged against Smart Web referred to GBI

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix says his request for a GBI investigation of former Spalding County Marshal Smart Web includes further allegations of both criminal and constitutional violations in addition to the June 14 Maloy Circle incident in which Web shot and killed a dog. Dix said Spalding County Sheriff’s Office […]