BREAKING NEWS: Griffin home-based daycare provider facing 35 child abuse related charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Connie Banks Pound, the owner of a Griffin home-based childcare facility, is facing 35 criminal charges – 19 felonies and 16 misdemeanors – related to a child abuse investigation. Griffin Police Department investigators say Pound, whose childcare business is operated at her 835 Hanover Drive residence, physically abused multiple children in […]

SCSO: Cowan Road Middle School coach aggressively approached, pushed student down

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office incident report related to the Aug. 17 incident at Cowan Road Middle School involving a coach and student details what was reported to law enforcement and school officials as well as what was recorded on video. Based on a statement from Sheriff Darrell Dix, The GRIP […]

Sheriff refutes social media report of riot and fire inside Spalding County Jail

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix is refuting a social media post reporting a fire and riot inside the Spalding County Jail. The allegation posted on a local public Facebook forum said in part, “If anyone has family or friends inside of the Spalding County Jail, they should be aware that there […]

BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff confirms Cowan Road Middle School educator is under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Cowan Road Middle School educator is under investigation by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. Officials say the investigation was precipitated by an allegation related to a specific incident involving the Griffin-Spalding County School System employee. Authorities say that when confronted with the allegation, the employee resigned. “I was briefed about […]

Spalding County E911 dispatcher arrested on drug related charges

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County E911 dispatcher has been arrested on drug related charges. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday arrested Susan Kimberly Lynch, age 59, on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects and operating a disorderly house. Lynch was arrested at her Kilgore Road residence. “On August 16, […]

BREAKING NEWS: Spalding County deputy killed in Sunday morning vehicular accident

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle accident. Authorities say Deputy Jamie Reynolds died at approximately 5:30 a.m. when a pine tree fell and struck his patrol unit. “Deputy Reynolds was east bound on Georgia Highway 16 when a large pine tree fell on his […]

Additional criminal and constitutional violations alleged against Smart Web referred to GBI

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix says his request for a GBI investigation of former Spalding County Marshal Smart Web includes further allegations of both criminal and constitutional violations in addition to the June 14 Maloy Circle incident in which Web shot and killed a dog. Dix said Spalding County Sheriff’s Office […]

BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff Darrell Dix requesting GBI investigation of Smart Web incident; apparent body worn camera video release

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix is requesting a GBI investigation involving Smart Web. When asked Thursday morning if that request had been made, Dix said, “Right now. I contacted Marie Broder yesterday afternoon and conferred with her, and she agreed that the involvement of the GBI […]

Spalding Buddhist compound damaged by driver allegedly under the influence of drugs

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County Buddhist compound was damaged Tuesday afternoon by a driver allegedly under the influence of drugs. Sheriff Darrell Dix said the incident occurred at the Buddhist compound located off Steele Road. “A driver named Benjamin Stallings (age 61) wrecked his vehicle somewhere out off of Steele Road. He walked […]

Man arrested Monday night after protesting outside Smart Web’s Upson County home

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Keegan Prescott, a vocal critic of Smart Web, the former Spalding County marshal whose deputization was on Monday revoked by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, was arrested Monday night in Upson County after protesting outside Web’s Atwater Road residence. Prescott stood in the right-of-way shouting toward Web’s home, referring to the […]

BREAKING NEWS: Smart Web deputization revoked; no longer employed by Spalding County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Smart Web is no longer employed by Spalding County. The change in Web’s employment status was announced during the Monday night Board of Commissioners meeting. Web, who headed up the newly-established Marshal’s Office, County Manager Steve Ledbetter and other officials have been subjected to community criticism since a June 14 incident […]

Remains of Upson County murder victim located in creek in remote, heavily wooded area

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The remains of missing Upson County murder victim Stanley Steverson were recovered Monday. Steverson’s body was found in a small creek off Pleasant Grove Road in southern Upson County. Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore said the creek was deep in the woods with an extremely steep bank. The harsh terrain made […]

Officials release information in murder case that led to suspect’s public suicide at Ingles

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Stanley Steverson, of Thomaston, has been identified as the person police say was murdered last week by Demonte Terrell Davis, the man who committed suicide Sunday afternoon in the Griffin Ingles parking lot. Authorities say Davis had agreed to peacefully surrender to police at Ingles but when he arrived, committed suicide. […]

Sheriff: Man wanted for Upson County murder committed suicide in Ingles parking lot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A man who was scheduled to turn himself in to authorities in connection with an Upson County murder committed suicide in the Ingles parking lot Sunday afternoon, officials say. Despite rumors circulating rampantly on social media, there was no other fatality or injury associated with this incident. According to Spalding County […]

Sheriff: Law enforcement activity at Ingles related to death investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a death at the Griffin Ingles. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, there is no risk to the community. No suspects are at-large. Dix confirmed it is a non-criminal death investigation. It was also confirmed that this incident was not an officer involved shooting. […]