SCSO: Driver in Thursday night vehicle pursuit was driving under the influence

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has identified the woman who allegedly fled from deputies Thursday night, resulting in a three-county vehicle pursuit as 26-year-old Tori Markia Parker. Authorities allege Parker was driving under the influence when she refused to comply when deputies initially attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the […]

SCSO deputy ends Thursday night vehicle pursuit with execution of PIT maneuver

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A vehicle pursuit Thursday night involving the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office ended in Lamar County at approximately 7:20 p.m. when a deputy performed a PIT maneuver. Maj. Dwayne Jones said the pursuit began when another deputy attempted to execute a traffic stop. “Deputies noticed a vehicle driving extremely erratically and reckless […]

Second Friday night shooting in Spalding wounded one and caused wreck with injuries

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A man was seriously wounded Friday night in Spalding County when he was shot while travelling in a vehicle. A second man also sustained grievous injuries in a subsequent wreck. Authorities say the shooting occurred after midnight, when the wreck, which was unrelated to the shooting incident, was reported. “We responded […]

Spalding County Jail inmate diagnosed with COVID-19

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County Jail inmate assigned to the kitchen detail has been diagnosed with COVID-19. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, officials learned of the diagnosis at approximately 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. This marks the first confirmed COVID-19 case at the jail since the outset of the pandemic. “Unfortunately, […]

Spalding County murder suspect apprehended in Mississippi

STAFF REPORT ::: An arrest has been made in the Saturday night murder of 38-year-old Munteshia Brown, whose body was located in a church parking lot. Donald Colquitt, Brown’s boyfriend, has been arrested and will be charged in her death. According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, Brown was found […]

SCSO deputy seriously injured in wreck

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County K9 Deputy Sheriff Matthew Everett was seriously injured in a wreck Tuesday afternoon while driving home from work. Sheriff Darrell Dix says Everett’s in-car camera recorded the incident and indicates the deputy was not at fault in the collision. According to Dix, the video showed a pickup truck hydroplaning on […]

GBI investigation of SCSO Lt. Josh Pitts is ongoing; second deputy disciplined administratively

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GBI investigation of Lt. Josh Pitts, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, is ongoing. The GRIP first reported June 8 that Pitts is being investigated by the GBI at the request of Sheriff Darrell Dix. As the case is ongoing, Dix has newly confirmed that Pitts’ status […]

SCSO: Large fight at Griffin Skate Inn draws law enforcement response

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has responded to community concerns following a Friday night incident at Griffin Skate Inn. Dix said he can confirm a fight occurred, but stated he is unaware of the involvement of any weapons. “As far as I know – this is what was reported to us […]

Pike Co. armed robbery suspect apprehended after pursuit in Spalding Co.

STAFF REPORT ::: Officials say a drug deal gone bad resulted in an armed robbery in Pike County Friday afternoon. Deputies of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of an armed robbery at a Coggins Street residence just past 3 p.m. The alleged victim reported having been robbed at gunpoint of several […]

BREAKING NEWS: Local activist will not face prosecution for statements in Facebook video

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin resident Ray Harps-Muhammad will not be facing a criminal charge of terroristic threats related to a video posted on his Facebook page last week. The GRIP learned today that Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder determined Harps-Muhammad’s actions did not meet the statutory requirements for prosecution. “Marie and the […]

Facebook video forwarded to GBI for potential investigation of perceived threat

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Facebook live video recorded by Griffin resident Ray Harps Muhammad has been forwarded to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and potentially to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix and Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates both say they perceived a statement Muhammad made as a threat […]

Sheriff: Violent home invasion suspect arrested after brief standoff

STAFF REPORT ::: A man being sought in connection to a violent home invasion has been apprehended by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, 27-year-old Taveyez Brown was taken into custody after his office received a lookout on him from the Griffin Police Department. Brown, who had several outstanding warrants for […]

Authorities apprehend man sought after Thursday vehicle pursuit

STAFF REPORT ::: A man being sought after allegedly fleeing from law enforcement Thursday has been apprehended. Pike County Sheriff Jimmy Thomas on Thursday reported that his agency was involved in a vehicle pursuit that began in Meriwether County and crossed over into Pike. Pike County deputies joined the pursuit of the suspect, now identified […]

Sheriff: Man arrested after firing upon two Spalding deputies responding to domestic call

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin man has been arrested and is facing charges related to firing shots at Spalding County deputies. According to a press release issued by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred at approximately 11:43 p.m. Tuesday when deputies responded to a domestic call at 116 King Richard Drive. Authorities say […]

Sheriff: Lt. Josh Pitts under GBI investigation, on admin leave

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that Lt. Josh Pitts, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division, has not been arrested. After being contacted by numerous individuals seeking information on this issue, The GRIP contacted Sheriff Darrell Dix. “Josh Pitts has not been arrested. There was a complaint filed against him […]