Homeless Vietnam veteran will be laid to rest Thursday morning

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Thomas Earl Cummings, the 70-year-old homeless veteran who died April 10 as a result of injuries he sustained when struck by a vehicle March 24, will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2019. Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster, his staff and Georgia State Patrol Trooper Logan Pryor […]

GBI, state and local agencies raid Griffin businesses in gambling case

STAFF REPORT ::: Several Griffin businesses were on Wednesday, May 1, raided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Commercial Gambling Unit. Along with the Griffin Police Department and in cooperation with the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the Georgia Department of Revenue, four search warrants were executed for alleged violations of state gambling laws. According to […]

Jo Dee Messina headlining fund-raiser for local man in fight for life

JOSIE EVANS – SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR TO THE GRIP ::: Grammy-nominated country music artist Jo Dee Messina is headlining a Sunday, April 28, fund-raiser for Russ Cobb, a local man in the fight for his life. Russ Cobb, co-owner of Zoomies Pet Care, has been diagnosed with an aggressive inoperable cancerous abdominal mass that has limited […]

Father of young boy injured in accidental shooting arrested on weapon charge

STAFF REPORT ::: The father of a seven-year-old boy who sustained an accidental gunshot wound to the abdomen has been arrested. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, Tremell Reives was on April 22, arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The victim, who has not […]

Family of elderly homeless man killed in collision remains unidentified

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Coroner’s Office has not yet been able to locate the next of kin of Thomas Earl Cummings, the 70-year-old homeless man who died April 10 as a result of injuries he sustained when struck by a vehicle March 24. “We have pretty well exhausted all means to identify […]

GPD now says adult was not present when seven-year-old boy was shot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed through the Griffin Police Department that no adults were present in the apartment Monday afternoon when a seven-year-old boy sustained a .45 caliber gunshot wound to the abdomen this in the Griffin Crossings apartment complex. A press release from GPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Wilson, a […]

Young boy recovering from Monday shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: The investigation initiated Monday when a seven-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen continues. Sgt. Chris Wilson, of the Griffin Police Department, on Tuesday reported the young child remains hospitalized but is expected to recover. “According to reports given to the lead investigator, surgery went well and the child is […]

Free Math Night event designed to increase students’ math achievement

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Parents and their children have an opportunity tonight to learn how to work together to strengthen math achievement. The Math for Adults Foundation is holding a free Math Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Southern Crescent Technical College Event Center located at 501 Varsity Road. The event is […]

Shooting of seven-year-old boy under investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating the Monday afternoon shooting of a seven-year-old boy. According to a press release, personnel of the Uniform Patrol Division, Griffin Fire-Rescue and WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency Medical Services responded in emergency mode to the call in the Griffin Crossings apartment complex. Upon arrival, the victim […]

Sheriff: “Thorn in the side” charged with meth trafficking, other charges

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man is in jail tonight on numerous felony narcotics charges after a search warrant conducted by personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. Marty Manley was arrested by members of the SCSO CAGE Unit and SWAT Team after the warrant was executed at his residence located at 553-A Poplar […]

Coroner seeks help locating family of man killed in collision

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster is seeking the public’s assistance in locating relatives or friends of a homeless man who died after being struck by a vehicle. The collision occurred in the early morning hours of March 24, when 70-year-old Thomas Earl Cummings reportedly entered the roadway in the area of […]

Deceased jail inmate awaiting trial for child molestation, aggravated sexual battery

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Jail inmate who died Friday has been identified as 44-year-old Denver Charles Perkins, who was in custody awaiting trial on charges of child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. Sheriff Darrell Dix reported jail staff was alerted to an inmate in distress at approximately 2 p.m. Friday, and said they […]

GBI investigating death of Spalding County Jail inmate

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of a Spalding County Jail inmate. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the man’s death occurred Friday afternoon. Authorities say deputies were notified at approximately 2 p.m. today that the inmate was in distress, and jail medical personnel and […]

Standoff ends with two arrests

STAFF REPORT ::: A two-hour standoff Friday afternoon ended with the arrest of 23-year-old Reginald Collier, who was wanted in connection with a March 27 robbery of the Dollar General store located at 21 Bicycle Road. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations […]

Reports of body found in Hillandale are false

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Online reports that a dead body was located in the Hillandale subdivision are false. Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster confirmed statements to that effect are “totally erroneous.” The GRIP has placed a phone call to Griffin Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Wilson requesting a return call. Additional information on […]