Family of elderly homeless man killed in collision remains unidentified

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Coroner’s Office has not yet been able to locate the next of kin of Thomas Earl Cummings, the 70-year-old homeless man who died April 10 as a result of injuries he sustained when struck by a vehicle March 24. “We have pretty well exhausted all means to identify […]

Reports of body found in Hillandale are false

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Online reports that a dead body was located in the Hillandale subdivision are false. Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster confirmed statements to that effect are “totally erroneous.” The GRIP has placed a phone call to Griffin Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Wilson requesting a return call. Additional information on […]

Death of utility contractor under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Thursday afternoon death of a utility contractor working in Spalding County is under investigation. Officials of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Spalding County Coroner’s Office and Spalding County Fire Department are at the scene of what was reported as a potential industrial incident on Newnan Road. Due to the circumstances, […]

Body discovered in motel tentatively identified as Timothy Johnson

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Authorities say the body discovered Sunday, Feb. 11, in a closed Griffin motel is believed to be that of Timothy Allen Johnson, who was reported missing Dec. 11, 2017. According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, an unnamed person who was committing a theft at the […]

BREAKING NEWS: Investigators on scene of child drowning

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster are on the scene of the drowning of a four-year-old child. Responding to a phone call seeking information, SCSO Capt. Dwayne Jones stated, “Investigators are on the scene of a drowning involving a child […]

Six-year-old fire victim will give life to others through organ donation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Zachaury Sevenstar, the six-year-old little boy critically-injured in a Saturday morning fire, has succumbed to his injuries. “He was actually pronounced at 12:10 p.m. by Dr. Clardy. He was declared brain dead at that time,” said Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster. Little Zachaury’s cause of death was smoke inhalation with thermal […]

Woman killed, young boy critically injured in fire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County woman lost her life and her six-year-old son was critically-injured in a Saturday morning fire. Christie Lewis, 44, and her son, six-year-old Zachaury Sevenstars, were the only family members home when the blaze began in their 408 E. McIntosh Road residence. Lewis’s husband left for work in the […]

Autopsy did not reveal cause of death in case of man’s body located Friday night

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab has conducted an autopsy on the body located in north Griffin Friday night, but that forensic examination did not reveal a cause of death. According to Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster, the autopsy revealed no trauma or evidence of foul play in the man’s […]

Man charged with murder in Monday domestic related shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Johnny Johnson Jr., age 53, has been formally charged in connection with the Monday night shooting death of 57-year-old Joanne Redding. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Monday responded to a 508 Terry Drive residence where Redding was located. WellStar Spalding Regional Emergency Medical Services responded, but Redding was pronounced deceased […]

Elderly Griffin man killed in Sunday morning fire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An early Sunday morning fire on Morningside Drive took the life of an elderly Griffin resident, 76-year-old Albert C. “Carey” Jones. According to Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones said he received notification of the fire at approximately 7 a.m., and heavy smoke was showing upon the arrival of the first fire […]

GBI investigating inmate death in Spalding County Jail

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an inmate who died Saturday while being housed in the Spalding County Jail. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, 60-year-old Darrell Jones became ill during a routine medication call, and after unsuccessful attempts to save him, he was […]