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 […]

Sheriff: Law enforcement activity at Ingles related to death investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a death at the Griffin Ingles. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, there is no risk to the community. No suspects are at-large. Dix confirmed it is a non-criminal death investigation. It was also confirmed that this incident was not an officer involved shooting. […]

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. […]

Murder investigation underway after man’s body with gunshot wounds located in roadway

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin man was shot and killed overnight, his body discovered in the roadway in the area of 1618 N. Hill Street. Authorities say 22-year-old Jacqueris Holland sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. A call was received at approximately 2:30 a.m. reporting the discovery of a person laying in the […]

Griffin man arrested on drug and weapon charges after alleged assault of Atlanta PD officer

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin man, Carlos Elder, has been arrested in connection with the assault of an Atlanta Police officer and a myriad of additional charges. Elder was arrested May 19, when personnel of the U.S. Marshal Service Southeast Fugitive Task Force, Spalding County Special Operations, Spalding County STING Unit and the Atlanta Police […]