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 […]

Teen daughter charged with shooting mom may be tried as adult

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The 16-year-old Griffin girl charged with shooting her mother, Amanda Moore, in the head may be tried as an adult. The GRIP has confirmed reports that the juvenile allegedly shot her mother while she was sleeping. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the teenager has been charged with aggravated assault, […]

Daughter, 16, arrested for shooting mother, an SCSO detention officer

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has now confirmed the 16-year-old female arrested in connection to the Wednesday afternoon shooting of Amanda Moore is the victim’s daughter. The suspect was originally identified as the Moore’s step-daughter. Officials say Moore, who works as a detention officer in the Spalding County Jail, sustained a […]

SCSO detention officer shot in alleged domestic violence incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed an employee of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was shot Wednesday afternoon in what is being described as a domestic violence incident. SCSO deputies, assisted by the Spalding County Fire Department, WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency Medical Services and the Griffin Police Department, responded at approximately 3:38 […]

Baby on life support following “barbaric” abuse

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man, 40-year-old Chadwick Haldeman, has been arrested in a case of child abuse that left a seven-month-old baby critically injured and on life support. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the arrest followed a report from WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital. “We received a call from […]

Sheriff: Meth trafficking a family tradition

STAFF REPORT ::: An investigation conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit resulted in the narcotics related arrest of two Griffin residents. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, Thomas James “Jimbo” Andrews III and his girlfriend, Shannon Middlebrooks, of 131 N. 11th St., were arrested and charged with […]

SCSO search warrants result in four arrests, seizure of drugs and weapons

STAFF REPORT ::: Investigations conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit resulted in four arrests and the seizure of firearms and marijuana. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, these investigations resulted in the execution of two search warrants by the SCSO SWAT Team. The first warrant was conducted […]

Sheriff: Criminal street gang used social media page to distribute narcotics

STAFF REPORT ::: Numerous arrests have been made in connection to a narcotics investigation of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the Criminal Apprehension Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit conducted the investigation involving the alleged sell and purchase of marijuana and Schedule II narcotics through social media. […]

Sheriff: “Thorn in the side” charged with meth trafficking, other charges

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man is in jail tonight on numerous felony narcotics charges after a search warrant conducted by personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. Marty Manley was arrested by members of the SCSO CAGE Unit and SWAT Team after the warrant was executed at his residence located at 553-A Poplar […]

Deceased jail inmate awaiting trial for child molestation, aggravated sexual battery

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Jail inmate who died Friday has been identified as 44-year-old Denver Charles Perkins, who was in custody awaiting trial on charges of child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. Sheriff Darrell Dix reported jail staff was alerted to an inmate in distress at approximately 2 p.m. Friday, and said they […]

Standoff ends with two arrests

STAFF REPORT ::: A two-hour standoff Friday afternoon ended with the arrest of 23-year-old Reginald Collier, who was wanted in connection with a March 27 robbery of the Dollar General store located at 21 Bicycle Road. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations […]

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, […]

Sixth-grade student arrested in connection with school bomb threats

STAFF REPORT ::: A sixth-grade student of Rehoboth Road Middle School has been charged in connection with recent online threats against local schools. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the male student has been charged with 12 counts of terroristic threats and acts and eight counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly […]

SCSO investigation leads to meth trafficking arrest of Thomaston man

STAFF REPORT ::: An investigation conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations and C.A.G.E. units resulted in the arrest of Dustin Darville, 37-years-old, of Thomaston. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the investigation, which included surveillance following Darville’s movements, concluded March 19, when he entered Spalding County and Investigator […]

Two schools evacuated following alleged threat; normal operations resumed following searches

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Tuesday morning evacuation and subsequent searches of Rehoboth Road Middle School and Spalding High School returned “negative results” related to an alleged threat reported earlier that morning. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, the threats were reported by the Griffin-Spalding County School System. “Evidently they […]