Spalding man charged with 11 counts of obscene internet contact with a minor

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County man – Timothy Smallwood, age 41 – was among 11 people arrested on child exploitation charges by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) as a result of Operation Happy New Year. The GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit and the GBI’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) partnered […]

Sheriff: One man killed in Wednesday shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One man was killed Wednesday night in a shooting in Northside Hills Apartments. The victim, 22-year-old Jarquavion Hall, sustained a single gunshot wound to the chest. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the incident occurred at 7:06 p.m. in the parking lot in front of an apartment building. “From what […]

District Attorney will not request GBI investigation of GPD roadside strip search

The initial alleged offense was failure to obey a traffic control device, with Sgt. John Kelton alleging the driver stopped beyond the white stripe. To protect the woman’s identity, The GRIP will not identify any of the occupants involved in the traffic stop. According to Broder, GPD CAGE Unit Officer Alyssa Hanson had no criminal […]

SCSO: One suspect in custody, second being sought in connection with 18 entering auto cases

STAFF REPORT ::: One suspect is in custody and a second is being sought in connection with numerous Spalding County entering auto cases committed in the early morning hours of Nov. 4. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies responded to 18 entering auto cases that occurred in and around the Roberts Street and […]

Griffin woman’s quick thinking thwarts violent carjacking attempt

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin woman’s quick thinking thwarted a violent carjacking attempt. The incident occurred just before 7 a.m. Sept. 7, when the victim, Markita Goodman, arrived for work at Vernay located at 804 Greenbelt Parkway. Griffin Police Department Officer Michael Betsill responded in non-emergency mode and met with Goodman. “Upon my arrival […]

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: 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 […]