To believe or not to believe? That is the question

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: EDITORIAL COLUMN To be cliché as I state the obvious, we’re living in uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic has been met with an unprecedented global response that has virtually everyone scrambling to keep up with a constant flow of information. While The GRIP will only report information obtained from vetted sources, […]

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 […]

Sheriff formally requests Governor Kemp remove Don Hawbaker from office

STAFF REPORT ::: In a letter in which he referred to Commissioner Don Hawbaker as “a threat to the community and menace to society” whose actions “are worse than the actions of a gang member,” Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix requested Gov. Brian Kemp take steps to remove from office the elected official who remains […]

Sheriff’s Office utilizes STAR in search for students lost during frat initiation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday night located and rescued seven hikers lost in the woods during what officials are describing as a fraternity initiation. Deputies at 10:44 p.m. learned that seven men had been reported missing in the 800 block of Baptist Camp Road. Upon arrival, deputies were contacted by […]

Spalding Commissioner Don Hawbaker facing multiple felony charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, the Spalding County commissioner who allegedly initiated a standoff with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team will soon face additional felony charges related to claims he fired shots at deputies. The incident began when SCSO personnel arrived at Hawbaker’s 1121 Satilla Court residence to serve four warrants for […]

Death in Spalding County Jail being investigated by GBI

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating a death that occurred Wednesday morning in the Spalding County Jail. Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said it appears to have been a suicide. “All indications in the video point to a suicide. We have the GBI investigating. We will have to wait on […]

Sheriff: High-ranking Bloods gang member arrested on 28 counts

STAFF REPORT ::: A joint operation of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations and C.A.G.E. units and the United States Marshal SERFTF Unit resulted in the arrest of Myrrin Watson at 276 Hosanna Road. Authorities describe Watson as one of the highest-ranking Bloods gang members effecting Griffin-Spalding County. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, Watson […]

SCSO: Gang member previously banished from county arrested on meth charges

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office reports that vehicle and foot pursuit resulted in the arrest of two felons, one of whom is a “known Ghost Face Gangster gang member.” According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, personnel of the SCSO Special Operations Division and C.A.G. E. Unit on Jan. […]

Sheriff: Meth trafficker on parole arrested again for trafficking meth

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An investigation conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division resulted in the arrest of two suspects on charges related to trafficking methamphetamine. That investigation led to the Jan. 16 execution of a search warrant by the SCSO S.W.A.T. Team at 1125 Placid Road, targeting Joshua Sparks and Alexis […]

Second suspect arrested in Ringgold Grocery armed robbery case

STAFF REPORT ::: A second arrest has been made in connection to the Nov. 18, 2019, robbery of Ringgold Grocery Store located at 4243 Jackson Road. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office reports that 19-year-old Elijah Jeremiah Williams was arrested Jan. 14, and has been charged with two counts of armed robbery. “We knew that at […]

Sheriff: Felony suspect fought arrest while trying to acquire firearm

STAFF REPORT ::: Michael Shane Pierce has again been arrested by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, with the latest case involving numerous charges resulting from a theft investigation. A press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix describes Pierce as “well known to law enforcement in the area,” and describes his Jan. 9 arrest culminating from […]

Spalding County inmates graduate Serve Safe program

STAFF REPORT ::: Five inmates of the Spalding County Jail have graduated from the Serve-Safe Program, an initiative of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and Aramark Food Services. The Jan. 9 graduation marks the third successful class since the programs inception. Designed to teach potential restaurant employees the skills necessary to safely and properly prepare […]

SCSO: 20 arrested, 10 wanted in connection with meth, opioid investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 20 people in connection with an investigation specifically targeting individuals allegedly distributing methamphetamine and opiates in Griffin and Spalding County. In addition to the 20 arrested, ten more suspects are wanted and being sought in connection to this investigation. The investigation was initiated in December, […]

Ringgold Grocery armed robbery suspect arrested

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in the Nov. 18 armed robbery of Ringgold Grocery located at 4243 Jackson Road. The investigation, which has been ongoing, resulted in additional interviews this week that led to the suspect’s identification as 17-year-old Caleb Maines, of 1713 Park Circle. The SCSO SWAT […]

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 […]