Spalding Clerk of Court agrees to retire Dec. 31; will face no further legal action

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Clerk of Court Marcia Norris, who was on Dec. 14 suspended for 60 days by Governor Nathan Deal, will retire from office Dec. 31. Norris’s retirement is part of a settlement agreement reached by the beleaguered constitutional officer and Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker. It was signed […]

BREAKING NEWS: Governor suspends Spalding Clerk of Court Marcia Norris

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has issued an executive order announcing the 60-day suspension of Spalding County Clerk of Court Marcia Norris. According to Deal, Norris willfully failed to fulfill her duties, therefore committing misconduct in office. Deal on Aug. 30 issued an executive order appointing members to a committee with the […]

District Attorney, GBI emails detail possible crimes at SCSO

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: During the Georgia Bureau of Investigation case involving David Wayne Gibson, formerly the captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, discussions of allegations of other criminal activities were held involving Gibson, his attorney, Larkin Lee, then Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard and GBI Special Agents Jared […]

Sheriff: Man killed in officer involved shooting was armed in back of his residence

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County man, Guy Lynn Scott Jr., age 48, was shot and killed at his residence Wednesday night by a deputy of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. Scott was previously employed by Spalding County, having worked between the Correctional Institution and the Detention Center from approximately 1991 to 2000. He […]

GPD officer forfeited appeal of disciplinary action

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After reporting on the Griffin Police Department’s Internal Affairs administrative investigation of Curtis Keys and Dwayne Hancock, which resulted in both officers being demoted one rank, and Keys being the subject of a GBI criminal investigation, The GRIP was alerted that pertinent information had been omitted. The GRIP then notified the […]

GPD: Chief’s IA investigation concludes Keys, Hancock falsified multiple records, violated oath of office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin Police Department Internal Affairs investigation of Curtis Keys and Dwayne Hancock substantiated both officers falsified multiple official records and violated their oath of office pertaining to the agency’s Off Duty/Extra Duty Job Policy. This information was obtained subsequent to an Open Records request submitted to the city of Griffin […]

Police: Home invasion, murder appear to be drug-related

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is reporting an apparent home invasion has resulted in the death of a Griffin man. Authorities are not yet releasing the victim’s identity pending notification of his next of kin. “We’re having some difficulty with that,” Yates said. According to GPD Chief Mike Yates, the incident occurred […]

BREAKING NEWS: GPD investigating homicide, “likely” home invasion

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed the Griffin Police Department is actively investigating a murder. GPD Chief Mike Yates was contacted after The GRIP received information that the murder had occurred during the commission of a home invasion. Yates confirmed the homicide and said “home invasion likely.” The GRIP is actively following this case […]

GPD confirms second officer under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that Sgt. Dwayne Hancock, of the Griffin Police Department, is the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation. This follows a report two days ago that Lt. Curtis Keys is under formal investigation. Upon receiving information pertaining to this investigation, an Open Records request was submitted to the […]

Sheriff: 34-year-old cold case reopened and under active investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), in cooperation with Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker’s Office, have reopened the investigation in to the 34-year-old cold case murder of Timothy Coggins. Timothy Coggins’ body was found on a power line off Minter Road in Sunnyside […]

Man’s body located in field will be sent to crime lab for autopsy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Authorities are investigating a death reported when a body was located Friday night in a grassy area near the Griffin Crossroads shopping center. According to Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster, the man has not been identified. “He was found over there behind Brian’s, between Brian’s and the theater, we found a gentleman […]

Allegation of inappropriate coach, student relationship under investigation

Pike county law enforcement agencies and the Pike County School System are investigating allegations of an inappropriate relationship between an athletic coach and student. The GRIP thanks The Pike County Times for its coverage of this incident, and will continue to link to updates as they become available. http://pikecountytimes.com/secondary/BREAKINGNEWSschool5.23.17.html#.WSTfoxHHfIU  

Sheriff: Two deputies fired following IA investigation; sexually explicit language, actions will not be tolerated

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After taking office, Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix addressed an Internal Affairs investigation conducted by the preceding administration that involved Jessica Kelley and Catherine Lewis, who remained employed by his office. The original complaint was filed by Lewis, who made numerous allegations of wrongdoing against Kelley, whose 2015 complaint against David […]

GBI completes Boynton investigation requested by GPD

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has completed its investigation into the April 15 incident in which Jessica Boynton, the wife of Griffin Police Department (GPD) Officer Matthew Boynton, allegedly attempted to commit suicide using her husband’s duty weapon. GPD Chief Mike Yates immediately requested the GBI investigation, and agents arrived […]

GBI report on Boynton investigation leaves some questions unanswered

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After thoroughly reviewing the GBI investigative case file on the April 15 Boynton incident, The GRIP conducted interviews with officials of the Griffin Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in an effort to clarify apparent inconsistencies. Following the April 15 incident, Griffin Police Department Officer Matthew Boynton, with the […]