Shooting of seven-year-old boy under investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating the Monday afternoon shooting of a seven-year-old boy. According to a press release, personnel of the Uniform Patrol Division, Griffin Fire-Rescue and WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency Medical Services responded in emergency mode to the call in the Griffin Crossings apartment complex. Upon arrival, the victim […]

Sheriff: “Thorn in the side” charged with meth trafficking, other charges

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man is in jail tonight on numerous felony narcotics charges after a search warrant conducted by personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. Marty Manley was arrested by members of the SCSO CAGE Unit and SWAT Team after the warrant was executed at his residence located at 553-A Poplar […]

Coroner seeks help locating family of man killed in collision

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster is seeking the public’s assistance in locating relatives or friends of a homeless man who died after being struck by a vehicle. The collision occurred in the early morning hours of March 24, when 70-year-old Thomas Earl Cummings reportedly entered the roadway in the area of […]

Deceased jail inmate awaiting trial for child molestation, aggravated sexual battery

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Jail inmate who died Friday has been identified as 44-year-old Denver Charles Perkins, who was in custody awaiting trial on charges of child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. Sheriff Darrell Dix reported jail staff was alerted to an inmate in distress at approximately 2 p.m. Friday, and said they […]

GBI investigating death of Spalding County Jail inmate

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of a Spalding County Jail inmate. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the man’s death occurred Friday afternoon. Authorities say deputies were notified at approximately 2 p.m. today that the inmate was in distress, and jail medical personnel and […]

Standoff ends with two arrests

STAFF REPORT ::: A two-hour standoff Friday afternoon ended with the arrest of 23-year-old Reginald Collier, who was wanted in connection with a March 27 robbery of the Dollar General store located at 21 Bicycle Road. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations […]

Reports of body found in Hillandale are false

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Online reports that a dead body was located in the Hillandale subdivision are false. Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster confirmed statements to that effect are “totally erroneous.” The GRIP has placed a phone call to Griffin Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Wilson requesting a return call. Additional information on […]

Two arrests made in series of ATV thefts

STAFF REPORT ::: A cooperative investigation of the Sheriff’s Offices of Spalding and Fayette counties has resulted in the arrest of two men related to a series of ATV thefts. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the thefts occurred in western Spalding County and Fayette County. Arrested were Michael Edward Roberts, […]

GPD: Man charged in City Park kidnapping, aggravated battery

STAFF REPORT ::: An arrest has been made in an alleged kidnapping and assault in Griffin’s City Park that left one woman badly injured. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, Terene White on March 20 sought treatment at WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital for extensive injuries including a fractured nose, other […]

Kareem Reid named GHS Bears head football coach

STAFF REPORT ::: Kareem Reid has been named Griffin High School Bears football head coach. According to a press release issued by the Griffin-Spalding County School System, the Board of Education on Monday afternoon voted 4-0 to approve the recommendation of Reid as head coach. Board of Education Member R. Syntel Brown was not present […]

Sixth-grade student arrested in connection with school bomb threats

STAFF REPORT ::: A sixth-grade student of Rehoboth Road Middle School has been charged in connection with recent online threats against local schools. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the male student has been charged with 12 counts of terroristic threats and acts and eight counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly […]

SCSO investigation leads to meth trafficking arrest of Thomaston man

STAFF REPORT ::: An investigation conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations and C.A.G.E. units resulted in the arrest of Dustin Darville, 37-years-old, of Thomaston. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the investigation, which included surveillance following Darville’s movements, concluded March 19, when he entered Spalding County and Investigator […]

Police: 13-year-old fled on foot after discarding narcotics

STAFF REPORT ::: A 13-year-old Griffin youth was arrested Tuesday after police say he fled from officers. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, as officers of the C.A.G.E. and Special Investigation units approached the boy at 118 Tinsley St., he allegedly discarded a bag of narcotics and attempted to flee […]

GPD report: No indication of dog fighting in case of alleged cruelty to animals

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin man – Courtney Montez Thomas, age 35 – has been charged with animal cruelty as the Griffin Police Department (GPD) is investigating the circumstances that resulted in one dog being euthanized and the placement of three others in the custody of Spalding County Animal Control. The investigation began Saturday, […]

Six schools under Level 1 lock down following online threat

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Multiple Griffin-Spalding County schools have been placed on a Level 1 lock down following threats made online. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, the schools include Rehoboth Road Middle School, Kennedy Road Middle School, Cowan Road Middle School, Griffin High School, Spalding High School and Griffin […]