GBI investigation of SCSO Lt. Josh Pitts is ongoing; second deputy disciplined administratively

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GBI investigation of Lt. Josh Pitts, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, is ongoing. The GRIP first reported June 8 that Pitts is being investigated by the GBI at the request of Sheriff Darrell Dix. As the case is ongoing, Dix has newly confirmed that Pitts’ status […]

SCSO: Large fight at Griffin Skate Inn draws law enforcement response

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has responded to community concerns following a Friday night incident at Griffin Skate Inn. Dix said he can confirm a fight occurred, but stated he is unaware of the involvement of any weapons. “As far as I know – this is what was reported to us […]

Pike Co. armed robbery suspect apprehended after pursuit in Spalding Co.

STAFF REPORT ::: Officials say a drug deal gone bad resulted in an armed robbery in Pike County Friday afternoon. Deputies of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of an armed robbery at a Coggins Street residence just past 3 p.m. The alleged victim reported having been robbed at gunpoint of several […]

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 […]

Sheriff: Violent home invasion suspect arrested after brief standoff

STAFF REPORT ::: A man being sought in connection to a violent home invasion has been apprehended by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, 27-year-old Taveyez Brown was taken into custody after his office received a lookout on him from the Griffin Police Department. Brown, who had several outstanding warrants for […]

Sheriff: Man arrested after firing upon two Spalding deputies responding to domestic call

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin man has been arrested and is facing charges related to firing shots at Spalding County deputies. According to a press release issued by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred at approximately 11:43 p.m. Tuesday when deputies responded to a domestic call at 116 King Richard Drive. Authorities say […]

Sheriff: Lt. Josh Pitts under GBI investigation, on admin leave

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that Lt. Josh Pitts, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division, has not been arrested. After being contacted by numerous individuals seeking information on this issue, The GRIP contacted Sheriff Darrell Dix. “Josh Pitts has not been arrested. There was a complaint filed against him […]

Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on hand to assist if needed during Fayette protest

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is on hand in Fayette County should assistance be needed during today’s planned protest. Sheriff Darrell Dix said he received the request from Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb. “I don’t think I would call it a mutual aid response because that kind of gives […]

BREAKING NEWS: Large scale SCSO narcotics case nets nearly 50 suspects

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office – in a joint operation involving multiple cooperating law enforcement agencies – has arrested nearly two dozen people in connection to an alleged large-scale narcotics trafficking operation in Griffin. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, nearly three dozen additional suspects are also wanted in this […]

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 […]