Teen girl charged in Griffin Skate Inn incident; BLM protest underway at SCSO

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement is underway at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. Organized by community activist Ray Harps-Muhammad, the protest is in response to an incident that occurred Friday night at Griffin Skate Inn. The family of a 14-year-old girl alleges she was slapped in […]

BREAKING NEWS: Local activist will not face prosecution for statements in Facebook video

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin resident Ray Harps-Muhammad will not be facing a criminal charge of terroristic threats related to a video posted on his Facebook page last week. The GRIP learned today that Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder determined Harps-Muhammad’s actions did not meet the statutory requirements for prosecution. “Marie and the […]

Facebook video forwarded to GBI for potential investigation of perceived threat

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Facebook live video recorded by Griffin resident Ray Harps Muhammad has been forwarded to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and potentially to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix and Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates both say they perceived a statement Muhammad made as a threat […]

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 […]

Reports of local student arrests for participating in walk out are false

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Reports circulating on social media alleging Spalding High School students who participated in today’s school walk out are being arrested are false. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, his agency has made no associated arrests. “No, nobody has been arrested. No arrests have been made. There was a protest over […]