SCSO: Large fight at Griffin Skate Inn draws law enforcement response

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has responded to community concerns following a Friday night incident at Griffin Skate Inn. Dix said he can confirm a fight occurred, but stated he is unaware of the involvement of any weapons. “As far as I know – this is what was reported to us […]

GPD Chief says rumor of Antifa protest in Griffin is unsubstantiated

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Rumors speculating that an Antifa protest will occur this Friday in Griffin cannot be substantiated by local officials. “I have no information that I could substantiate that would indicate they are,” said Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates. Asked how he would address citizen concerns regarding the Antifa rumors, Yates said, […]

Sheriff: Lt. Josh Pitts under GBI investigation, on admin leave

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that Lt. Josh Pitts, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division, has not been arrested. After being contacted by numerous individuals seeking information on this issue, The GRIP contacted Sheriff Darrell Dix. “Josh Pitts has not been arrested. There was a complaint filed against him […]

Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on hand to assist if needed during Fayette protest

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is on hand in Fayette County should assistance be needed during today’s planned protest. Sheriff Darrell Dix said he received the request from Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb. “I don’t think I would call it a mutual aid response because that kind of gives […]

Two Griffin war memorials vandalized

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two memorials in Griffin – one in Veteran’s Memorial Park and the second in the old Confederate Cemetery – were vandalized overnight Friday. Both were damaged with red spray paint with phrases including “F*CK THE POLICE,” “PEOPLE OVER PROPERTY” and “BLM.” Griffin Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Daniel Jett said […]

Protest permit granted for Sunday evening in downtown Griffin

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A permit has been granted for a protest to be held in downtown Griffin Sunday evening. According to city of Griffin Mayor Doug Hollberg, the protest will be held in the Solomon Street Park greenspace beginning at 5 p.m. “Organizers met with city staff. They’ve asked for permission. They’ve been granted […]

911 centers to begin receiving list of confirmed COVID-19 patient addresses

STAFF REPORT :: Beginning this week, 911 communication centers will receive a list identifying the locations of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the jurisdiction. Authorities say this measure is being implemented in an effort to protect Georgia’s first responders. This will be a collaboration of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and Georgia Department […]

Pike County Sheriff responds to Kemp shelter-in-place executive order

STAFF REPORT ::: Pike County Sheriff Jimmy Thomas has issued a statement regarding Governor Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place executive order. “The Sheriff’s Office has received numerous phone calls with questions regarding the recent orders passed down by Governor Kemp. I understand that we all face a trying time that can leave us anxious for answers. All […]

Griffin curfew lists 12 exemptions; others face $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith is responding to citizen concerns regarding the curfew enacted Tuesday night by the Board of Commissioners. According to Smith, the purpose of the curfew is to limit transmission of COVID-19. “Hopefully it will keep people from being out spreading the coronavirus. They just need to stay […]

GPD officer receives corrective action for blaring “The Purge” horn while on patrol

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates has identified this officer as Patrolman Josh Holley, of the Uniform Patrol Division. Yates DID NOT attempt to withhold the officer’s name. The GRIP initially failed to ask for that information. I will now climb out of bed and begin to re-caffeinate my blood stream. In all […]

Spalding County deputy involved in Patterson Road wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been involved in a wreck on Patterson Road. “It’s a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash, one vehicle being a Sheriff’s Office vehicle,” said Maj. Dwayne Jones. The Georgia State Patrol has been notified and is en route to investigate the wreck. Jones had no specific […]

Sheriff’s Office announces temporary changes to response procedures

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has announced temporary changes to responses to some non-emergency calls, calls for crimes that are not in progress or have already occurred and civil matters. The temporary changes are being made in what was said to be “an ongoing effort to safeguard the health and wellbeing of […]

Henry County PD K-9 killed in I-75 wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Henry County Police Department K-9 was killed in a Thursday night wreck on I-75. The wreck involved an HCPD K-9 Unit and a tractor trailer. According to Capt. Randy Lee, Officer T. Pilgrim and Officer W. Neville were conducting traffic enforcement near the 208 mile marker when their patrol unit […]

County officials encourage thoughtful giving to homeless

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Parks and Leisure Services is asking residents to utilize organizations that aid the homeless and those in need. According to a press release issued by Spalding County, some leave donated items in areas frequented by the homeless, but that is being discouraged. Officials say anonymous or abandoned packages may be […]

SCSO personnel recognized at banquet

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday held an awards banquet during which employees were recognized for outstanding service. The banquet, which was held at the Kiwanis Event Center, honored both sworn and civilian employees including: Deputy of the Year (Enforcement) Captain John Corley Deputy of the Year (Detention) Sergeant Phillip Ramsammy […]