Sheriff’s Office withheld records at will prior to issuance of court order

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: “The General Assembly finds and declares that the strong public policy of this state is in favor of open government; that open government is essential to a free, open and democratic society; and that public access to public records should be encouraged to foster confidence in government and so that the […]

Attorney, Sheriff: Legal action not a conspiracy, cover up

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After confirming the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office did not obtain a search warrant prior to seizing, searching and obtaining pornographic photographs and text messages from a cell phone belonging to David Gibson, formerly the captain of the SCSO Uniform Patrol Division, The Grip has learned of additional activities surrounding the obtaining […]

David Gibson investigation: Court documents differ from Houston Co. Internal Affairs final report

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The petition for declaratory judgment filed in Spalding County Superior Court that resulted in a temporary restraining order (TRO) sealing the Internal Affairs investigative record of David Gibson, former captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Uniform Patrol Division, differs from information provided to Lt. Ronald Brainard, of the Houston […]

Temporary restraining order voluntarily dismissed in David Gibson investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The temporary restraining order (TRO) that had kept sealed the Internal Affairs investigative record involving David Gibson, former captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, has been voluntarily dismissed by the petitioner, Ruby King, who serves as Sheriff Wendell Beam’s secretary. The TRO was granted June 15 by […]