SCSO CAGE Unit apprehends 16-year-old shooting suspect

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Rasheed Redding, the 16-year-old suspect in the Sunday night shooting on Hallyburton Street, has been taken into custody by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. According to Maj. Dwayne Jones, a warrant was served, and Redding was arrested by agents of the SCSO Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit. He has […]

Spalding man accused of felony cruelty to animals in shooting of neighbor’s dog

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County man is in jail facing felony charges for allegedly shooting a neighbor’s dog. Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Phillip Ramsammy on May 9 responded to the home of 73-year-old Don Shepard, who reported his dog had been shot. According to Shepard, an unknown man driving a white GMC […]

BREAKING NEWS: Large scale SCSO narcotics case nets nearly 50 suspects

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office – in a joint operation involving multiple cooperating law enforcement agencies – has arrested nearly two dozen people in connection to an alleged large-scale narcotics trafficking operation in Griffin. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, nearly three dozen additional suspects are also wanted in this […]

Multi-jurisdictional narcotics operation nets three arrests

STAFF REPORT ::: A cooperative operation involving many law enforcement agencies from numerous jurisdictions resulted in the arrest of three men on drug related charges. According to a press release issued by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), a series of search and arrest warrants were executed at separate Woodbury locations including 100 Country Club […]

To believe or not to believe? That is the question

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: EDITORIAL COLUMN To be cliché as I state the obvious, we’re living in uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic has been met with an unprecedented global response that has virtually everyone scrambling to keep up with a constant flow of information. While The GRIP will only report information obtained from vetted sources, […]

Spalding County deputy involved in Patterson Road wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been involved in a wreck on Patterson Road. “It’s a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash, one vehicle being a Sheriff’s Office vehicle,” said Maj. Dwayne Jones. The Georgia State Patrol has been notified and is en route to investigate the wreck. Jones had no specific […]

Sheriff’s Office announces temporary changes to response procedures

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has announced temporary changes to responses to some non-emergency calls, calls for crimes that are not in progress or have already occurred and civil matters. The temporary changes are being made in what was said to be “an ongoing effort to safeguard the health and wellbeing of […]

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 […]