Three bodies located after Spalding County mobile home fire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Three people were located deceased after a Friday afternoon fire in the South Hampton Mobile Home Park located at 5291 Old Atlanta Road. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and Spalding County Fire Department at 2:34 p.m. today responded to a call reporting a possible suicidal person at the address. Upon arrival, […]

Sheriff: Election Office dumpster contained no ballots

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has confirmed what The GRIP report Thursday night – that no ballots were found among the documents and other paperwork located in a dumpster in the Spalding County Elections and Voter Registration parking lot. The Sheriff’s Office on Friday issued a press release in response to […]

Griffin murder part of extensive GBI Gang Task Force case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The July 24 murder of 26-year-old Jeffery Ryan Deluca, of Griffin, has been linked to Operation Caged Dove, an extensive criminal street gang operation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Gang Task Force with the assistance of numerous local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Operation Caged Dove was […]

BREAKING NEWS: Don Hawbaker indicted on eight felony charges

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Commissioner Don Hawbaker has been indicted by a grand jury on eight felony charges. The charges relate to a Feb. 4 incident at his Satilla Court residence. The grand jury today true billed one count of aggravated assault under the Georgia Family Violence Act, two counts of possession of a […]

Man’s body located in wooded area; death investigation underway

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An investigation is underway to determine the cause of death of Marion Paul Minter Jr. whose body was located Sunday afternoon in a wooded area in Spalding County. Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division responded just after 1 p.m. to the dead end of Pine Street after […]

Griffin man charged with violently assaulting, kidnapping and robbing uncle

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man has been arrested after a relative reported being brutally attacked, bound and robbed. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division on Oct. 7 responded to the area of Kendall Drive and Glory Road to meet with Kenneth Palmore who reported he had been robbed while at the […]

One man critically wounded in Wednesday afternoon shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County man was critically wounded in a Wednesday afternoon shooting that authorities are describing as a personal dispute. Personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a call reporting a person shot at approximately 2 p.m. in the 800 block of East McIntosh Road. “The two people […]

High speed chase ends with two wrecks – one each in Spalding and Lamar counties

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A high speed chase involving two suspect vehicles initiated by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office ended with two separate wrecks – one in Lamar County and the second in Spalding County. According to Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman, the incident began in Monroe County when a deputy patrolling the interstate observed […]

Sheriff: Two people shot in Tyus Park after fighting over woman

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two people were wounded in a shooting overnight Saturday in Wyomia Tyus Park. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office responded at approximately 2:30 a.m. to the WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency Room where deputies met with Griffin Police Department personnel regarding the incident. The shooting was not initially reported to 911 by […]

SCSO: Arrest made in violent kidnapping

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin man, Steven Mash, is in custody charged with kidnapping his ex-girlfriend. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the incident by Sandra Duffey, the alleged victim’s mother, who became concerned when she was unable to contact her daughter, Melisa Boes. Deputy C.S. Piper responded to 78 Edwards St., after […]

Griffin man arrested in Saturday shooting incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested 19-year-old Isaac Burks on charges related to a Saturday night shooting. Officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division at 7:12 p.m. reported hearing approximately ten to 12 gunshots in the vicinity of Lynn Street. After speaking to several people, officers located a vehicle that had […]

Three arrests made in Monday morning murder

STAFF REPORT ::: Three people are in custody, charged in connection with the Monday morning murder of 52-year-old Anthony Reid who was shot at the Quality Inn located at 2014 North Expressway. The shooting was reported to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 3:30 a.m. and responding deputies located Reid on the floor of […]

Sheriff: Homicide at Griffin motel under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide that occurred at approximately 4 a.m. Monday at the Quality Inn located on North Expressway. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the SCSO Criminal Investigation Division is currently questioning one man suspected of being involved in the incident. “We had a […]

Spalding County S.O. narcotics agent has resigned following GBI investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Josh Pitts, who served as a lieutenant in the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, has resigned following an investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). Sheriff Darrell Dix confirmed that Pitt’s resignation preempted what would have been strong disciplinary action against the former narcotics agent. The GRIP […]

Mother applies for arrest warrant against Griffin Skate Inn security guard

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Monica Evans, the mother of a 14-year-old girl involved in recent dispute at Griffin Skate Inn, has submitted a criminal warrant application in Spalding County Magistrate Court seeking an arrest warrant for simple battery against 63-year-old Tommy Scott. Scott, a former security guard at Griffin Skate Inn, is accused of slapping […]