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 […]

Two arrests made in murder of Jacqueris Holland

STAFF REPORT ::: Two arrests have been made in the May 27 murder of Jacqueris Holland, who was travelling north on North Hill Street near the old People’s Choice Club at approximately 2:20 a.m. when a vehicle passed him and fired shots into his vehicle. The silver suspect vehicle then continued travelling north and disappeared. […]

GPD: Woman critically injured in domestic dispute when boyfriend ran her over with Jeep

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Durand Jeremy Mack, of Griffin, is being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail after an alleged domestic dispute left a woman in critical condition. Authorities say 24-year-old Courtney Perry was found in the roadway to the rear of a Jeep Wrangler Sunday morning after police were dispatched to the […]

GHS student facing child porn charges after explicit video was AirDropped at school

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 17-year-old Griffin High School student, Lucinda Karina Bailey, has been arrested and charged with the production and distribution of child pornography under the Georgia Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act. The Griffin Police Department alleges Bailey on Monday used the iPhone AirDrop feature to disseminate a video recording of […]

Spalding County Jail inmate diagnosed with COVID-19

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County Jail inmate assigned to the kitchen detail has been diagnosed with COVID-19. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, officials learned of the diagnosis at approximately 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. This marks the first confirmed COVID-19 case at the jail since the outset of the pandemic. “Unfortunately, […]

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 […]

Murder suspect surrenders to police

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: David Blalock Jr., the suspect in the Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, shooting death of 29-year-old Charles Alsobrooks, is in police custody. Authorities say Blalock Jr. turned himself in to the Griffin Police Department at 5:28 p.m. today. Alsobrooks sustained multiple gunshot wounds when attacked in the 400 block of North 8th […]

Four jail inmates graduate from Serve-Safe program

STAFF REPORT ::: Four inmates of the Spalding County Jail have graduated from the Serve-Safe food service program. Designed to teach potential restaurant employees the skills needed to safely and properly prepare food in a commercial setting, the Spalding County Jail program was carried out by Aramark Food Company. “The program was sponsored by the […]

GBI investigating death of Spalding County Jail inmate

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of a Spalding County Jail inmate. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the man’s death occurred Friday afternoon. Authorities say deputies were notified at approximately 2 p.m. today that the inmate was in distress, and jail medical personnel and […]

Sheriff: Two jailers terminated for “inflammatory” statements

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Spalding County jailers have been terminated Monday when Sheriff Darrell Dix became aware of comments the pair allegedly posted online on social media and gaming sites. According to Dix, a law enforcement source reported Howard Costner and Jesse Jones alleged comments. “Based on information we found out this morning, their […]

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 […]

SCSO investigator: Use of force in jail was excessive, Part II

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Publisher’s note – This is the second in a series of four articles about a use of force incident in the Spalding County Jail, its Internal Affairs investigation, the outcome and alleged ongoing racial tension at the facility. To read the first article, please visit http://www.the-grip.net. An Internal Affairs investigation following a use […]

SCSO investigation determines excessive force was used in jail

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County Jail use of force incident that was reviewed by a variety of supervisors and investigators with disparate findings ultimately resulted in disciplinary action being taken against two Spalding County Sheriff’s Office employees. The incident occurred Nov. 21, 2015, and involved a female prisoner – Emily Gasaway – and […]