Search for missing elderly woman continues; GBI issues Mattie’s Call

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The search for 84-year-old Willie Jo Greer, who has been missing since Monday, is ongoing. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has issued a Mattie’s Call for Greer, who is described as five feet five inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. She was last driving a green 2009 Kia Ronda. Maj. Dwayne […]

Former jailer who survived shooting again arrested for domestic violence

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Amanda Moore, the 34-year-old Spalding County woman and former deputy of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office who survived being shot in the head by her then 16-year-old daughter, has been arrested for domestic violence for the second time since that shooting. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ You can read about the domestic violence shooting incident […]

Armed carjacking suspects from Dekalb arrested in Pike County

STAFF REPORT ::: Two armed carjacking suspects from a Dekalb County incident have been apprehended by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies of the PCSO at 8:08 p.m. Thursday night attempted to execute a traffic stop on a Nissan Rogue, but the driver reportedly refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued on Highway 19 southbound […]

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 […]

“Chest bump” results in simple battery arrest under Family Violence Act

STAFF REPORTS ::: A report filed with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office by a man alleging he was frightened of his son has resulted in an arrest under the Georgia Family Violence Act. According to the incident report filed by Deputy Colt Taylor, the dispute involved a demand for assistance paying a bill. “Upon my […]

Six alleged gang members arrested for armed robbery of Bowen’s Pharmacy

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested six men in connection to a Tuesday morning armed robbery at Bowen’s Pharmacy located at 1378 Experiment St. According to a press release issued by the GPD, upon arrival, officers were given a description of suspects and a description and the tag number of the vehicle […]

Hawbaker denied bond; now facing four counts of aggravated assault against LEO

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker was on Wednesday denied bond at his first appearance hearing before Spalding County Chief Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday obtained four misdemeanor arrest warrants against Hawbaker – one for simple assault alleging he pointed a pistol towards his wife, Gayle Hawbaker and three […]

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 […]

Sheriff: High-ranking Bloods gang member arrested on 28 counts

STAFF REPORT ::: A joint operation of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations and C.A.G.E. units and the United States Marshal SERFTF Unit resulted in the arrest of Myrrin Watson at 276 Hosanna Road. Authorities describe Watson as one of the highest-ranking Bloods gang members effecting Griffin-Spalding County. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, Watson […]

SCSO: Gang member previously banished from county arrested on meth charges

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office reports that vehicle and foot pursuit resulted in the arrest of two felons, one of whom is a “known Ghost Face Gangster gang member.” According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, personnel of the SCSO Special Operations Division and C.A.G. E. Unit on Jan. […]

Sheriff: Meth trafficker on parole arrested again for trafficking meth

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An investigation conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division resulted in the arrest of two suspects on charges related to trafficking methamphetamine. That investigation led to the Jan. 16 execution of a search warrant by the SCSO S.W.A.T. Team at 1125 Placid Road, targeting Joshua Sparks and Alexis […]

Second suspect arrested in Ringgold Grocery armed robbery case

STAFF REPORT ::: A second arrest has been made in connection to the Nov. 18, 2019, robbery of Ringgold Grocery Store located at 4243 Jackson Road. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office reports that 19-year-old Elijah Jeremiah Williams was arrested Jan. 14, and has been charged with two counts of armed robbery. “We knew that at […]

Sheriff: Felony suspect fought arrest while trying to acquire firearm

STAFF REPORT ::: Michael Shane Pierce has again been arrested by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, with the latest case involving numerous charges resulting from a theft investigation. A press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix describes Pierce as “well known to law enforcement in the area,” and describes his Jan. 9 arrest culminating from […]