Dozens of shots fired and three homes struck in two drive by shootings

STAFF REPORT ::: Two separate drive by shootings – one early Sunday morning and the second early Tuesday – left three Griffin homes riddled with gunfire. On Dec. 8, at approximately 4 a.m., Griffin Police Department Officer Phillip Johnson responded to the 300 block of East Quilly Street, where he met with Jemel Whitlock and […]

Drive by shooting under investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating a reported drive by shooting on Tinsley Street. The incident was reported by James Andrews, who said the incident occurred outside his 729 E. Tinsley St. residence. “Andrews sister April Andrews was sitting on the couch in the living room when she heard the shots and […]

SCSO investigating Sunday night shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged aggravated assault that left one man wounded by gunfire. The incident was reported just prior to 7 p.m. Sunday, with Deputy Greg Speights dispatched to 116 Mace St. in reference to a person with a gun shot wound. The reported victim has been […]

Viral video alleging child sex predation leads to detention of Lamar County man

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Lamar County man seen in a viral video filmed in the Griffin Wal-Mart, where he allegedly planned to meet “John,” who was believed to be a 14-year-old boy, is being held in the Lamar County Jail. According to Lamar County Sheriff Brad White, the man identified as James Crews turned […]

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 […]

Two arrests made in series of ATV thefts

STAFF REPORT ::: A cooperative investigation of the Sheriff’s Offices of Spalding and Fayette counties has resulted in the arrest of two men related to a series of ATV thefts. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the thefts occurred in western Spalding County and Fayette County. Arrested were Michael Edward Roberts, […]

GPD seeking suspect in Thursday morning armed robbery

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is searching for a suspect in a Thursday morning armed robbery of the Dollar General located at 1019 Memorial Drive. According to a press release, officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division were dispatched to that location just after 11:30 a.m. Employees reported the suspect used a handgun […]

GBI reports preliminary autopsy findings for Judge Bill Johnston

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Crime Lab on Thursday conducted an autopsy on Griffin City Court Judge Bill Johnston. According to Nelly Miles, director of the GBI Office of Public Affairs, preliminary autopsy findings indicate Johnston’s death was noncriminal. Miles said the Griffin Police Department initially requested GBI assistance in […]

GBI investigating death of Griffin City Court Judge Bill Johnston

STAFF REPORT The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an ongoing investigation into the death of Griffin City Court Judge Bill Johnston. According to GBI Director of the Office of Public Affairs Nelly Miles, Johnson, who was 53, was found deceased after having been reported missing. “On May 1, 2018, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation […]

GBI: Wendell Beam denied David Gibson used knowledge of infidelities as blackmail leverage

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: During its 2015 investigation of David Gibson, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, interviewed Wendell Beam, the former Spalding County Sheriff, in part seeking to determine if Gibson was blackmailing Beam using sexual infidelity as leverage. In records maintained by GBI Special Agent Jared Coleman, he wrote, “Agent Coleman asked Sheriff Beam […]

Dix says there will be no investigation of Beam, narcotics tracker operation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has weighed in on a proffer agreement that was part of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation of David Gibson. The GBI refused to release those specific records, but The GRIP obtained the proffer through the email account of former Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard. […]

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 […]