Hawbaker pleads guilty to five counts of aggravated assault against a peace officer

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, who has been held without bond in the Spalding County Jail without bond since Feb. 4, 2020, today accepted a guilty plea to five counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer. The guilty plea was accepted by Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Scott Ballard. Hawbaker was on […]

Lithonia woman arrested in connection with Griffin shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: One woman has been arrested in connection with a shooting that allegedly stemmed from a romantic breakup. Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office responded Wednesday afternoon to the area of North 9th and Bleachery streets in response to a report of a person shot. At that same time, approximately 12:03 p.m., […]

Domestic violence related aggravated assault results in SWAT standoff: SCSO

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin woman has been arrested in connection with an alleged domestic dispute that investigators say resulted in a man being cut with a knife and a subsequent SWAT Team response. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies responded at 4:33 a.m. Sunday to a call reported a person being cut during a […]

Saturday night murder at Griffin hotel under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder that occurred Saturday night at the Red Roof Inn located at 1719 North Expressway. The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Jeremey Markivius Dugger. According to Maj. Dwayne Jones, deputies responded to a call reporting shots fired at approximately 11:50 p.m. “Upon […]

Sheriff: Phone scam that stole thousands from elderly woman traced to Griffin

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one woman, 42-year-old Ruth Garcia, of Stockbridge, in connection with the alleged scamming of an elderly Baldwin County resident. Sheriff Darrell Dix was contacted by Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee on Feb. 3, with Massee providing information regarding the case. Massee said an elderly […]

Buck Creek Road well excavations in missing person case active and ongoing

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The missing person investigation involving the excavation of two wells located on Buck Creek Road is ongoing. Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said the excavation process is inherently dangerous and necessitates slow movement. “We got down as low as we could yesterday until it got just unsafe, so they had to […]

Sheriff’s Office, GBI excavating wells in search in missing person case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A search of two Spalding County properties is underway as investigators seek to locate evidence in a missing person case. “The only information I can release right now is we are out here looking for evidence in a missing person case. I can’t give you a time frame or who the […]

Sheriff: Election Office dumpster contained no ballots

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has confirmed what The GRIP report Thursday night – that no ballots were found among the documents and other paperwork located in a dumpster in the Spalding County Elections and Voter Registration parking lot. The Sheriff’s Office on Friday issued a press release in response to […]

Man’s body located in wooded area; death investigation underway

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An investigation is underway to determine the cause of death of Marion Paul Minter Jr. whose body was located Sunday afternoon in a wooded area in Spalding County. Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division responded just after 1 p.m. to the dead end of Pine Street after […]

Griffin man charged with violently assaulting, kidnapping and robbing uncle

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man has been arrested after a relative reported being brutally attacked, bound and robbed. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division on Oct. 7 responded to the area of Kendall Drive and Glory Road to meet with Kenneth Palmore who reported he had been robbed while at the […]

High speed chase ends with two wrecks – one each in Spalding and Lamar counties

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A high speed chase involving two suspect vehicles initiated by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office ended with two separate wrecks – one in Lamar County and the second in Spalding County. According to Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman, the incident began in Monroe County when a deputy patrolling the interstate observed […]

Sheriff: Two people shot in Tyus Park after fighting over woman

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two people were wounded in a shooting overnight Saturday in Wyomia Tyus Park. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office responded at approximately 2:30 a.m. to the WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency Room where deputies met with Griffin Police Department personnel regarding the incident. The shooting was not initially reported to 911 by […]

Three arrests made in Monday morning murder

STAFF REPORT ::: Three people are in custody, charged in connection with the Monday morning murder of 52-year-old Anthony Reid who was shot at the Quality Inn located at 2014 North Expressway. The shooting was reported to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 3:30 a.m. and responding deputies located Reid on the floor of […]

Sheriff: Homicide at Griffin motel under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide that occurred at approximately 4 a.m. Monday at the Quality Inn located on North Expressway. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the SCSO Criminal Investigation Division is currently questioning one man suspected of being involved in the incident. “We had a […]

Spalding County S.O. narcotics agent has resigned following GBI investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Josh Pitts, who served as a lieutenant in the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, has resigned following an investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). Sheriff Darrell Dix confirmed that Pitt’s resignation preempted what would have been strong disciplinary action against the former narcotics agent. The GRIP […]