U.S. Marshals Task Force officer, Pike County murder suspect shot during execution of arrest warrant

STAFF REPORT ::: The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Fayette County that is related to a recent Pike County murder. The preliminary investigation indicates that at 9:18 a.m., the U.S. Marshals Service and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office executed an arrest warrant for Antonio Murgado Jr. at 429 Sage Brush Trail, Fayetteville. Murgado […]

Griffin woman identified as murder suspect in Saturday night Pike County shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin woman, 18-year-old Jaiden Chappell, is being sought by Pike County authorities in connection with a murder. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office responded to 214 Patton Road at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday in response to a shooting that left one man dead. The victim has been identified as 19-year-old James Knight. […]

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 […]

Three Griffin residents seriously wounded in two separate weekend shootings

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Three city of Griffin residents were injured in two separate shootings over the weekend. The first – a drive-by shooting – occurred at approximately 1:45 a.m. Saturday on Thurman Street. Griffin Police Department Officer Kody Billings responded to a call regarding a person shot. Upon arrival, Billings was greeted by shouts […]

GPD: Friday murder suspect remains at large; considered armed and dangerous

STAFF REPORT ::: A stabbing in Griffin has left one man dead and police searching for the suspect. The Griffin Police Department on Friday responded at 4:08 p.m. to 110 Morris St. Apartment G, in response to a call reporting a person with a stab wound. Upon arrival, officers located the victim, 24-year-old Cortez Collier, […]

Arrest made in Family Medical Center hacking case involving 43,000 patient records

STAFF REPORT ::: An Idaho man has been arrested and charged with hacking into the computers of Family Medical Center in Griffin, computers in the city of Newnan and others. Robert Purbeck, of Meridian, Idaho, was on March 2 indicted in the Northern District in Georgia on federal charges including computer fraud and abuse, access […]

Saturday night murder at Griffin hotel under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder that occurred Saturday night at the Red Roof Inn located at 1719 North Expressway. The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Jeremey Markivius Dugger. According to Maj. Dwayne Jones, deputies responded to a call reporting shots fired at approximately 11:50 p.m. “Upon […]

Murder suspect identified, being sought by authorities

STAFF REPORT ::: The Thomaston Police Department has identified a suspect in a Dec. 1, 2020 murder and investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating this individual. Authorities say 26-year-old Jakari Daniel, also known as “Byrd,” is wanted in connection with the murder of Michael Gates. According to investigators, Gates was shot and killed […]

16-year-old identified as suspect in Monday night murder

STAFF REPORT ::: Investigators have identified a teenager as the suspect in an overnight shooting that left one man dead. The Griffin Police Department has named 16-year-old Malik Yarbrough as the gunman who shot and killed 46-year-old Robert D. Brown, of Clayton County. Authorities say numerous interviews were conducted and several search warrants executed in […]

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 […]

Second suspect arrested in Ringgold Grocery armed robbery case

STAFF REPORT ::: A second arrest has been made in connection to the Nov. 18, 2019, robbery of Ringgold Grocery Store located at 4243 Jackson Road. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office reports that 19-year-old Elijah Jeremiah Williams was arrested Jan. 14, and has been charged with two counts of armed robbery. “We knew that at […]

Nearly six-hour SWAT standoff results in warrants for Griffin man’s arrest

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A domestic-related call with a person threatening suicide Monday afternoon resulted in a SWAT callout for the Griffin Police Department. Lt. Daniel Jett, the public information officer for the GPD, said that while en route to the location, officers were advised by Spalding E911 that 22-year-old Javon Goodman was threatening suicide […]

SHS locked down as search for suspect ensues

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding High School has been placed on lock down as the Griffin Police Department searches for a suspect that reportedly fled from an officer. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, that agency is providing assistance. “They had someone flee from one of their officers,” Jones said, […]

GPD seeking suspect in Thursday morning armed robbery

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is searching for a suspect in a Thursday morning armed robbery of the Dollar General located at 1019 Memorial Drive. According to a press release, officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division were dispatched to that location just after 11:30 a.m. Employees reported the suspect used a handgun […]

Armed robbery at First National Bank under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are conducting a joint investigation of a bank robbery that occurred Wednesday morning. According to information released by GPD Chief Mike Yates, officers responded to the First National Bank branch located at 1475 W. McIntosh Road at approximately 9:15 a.m. in […]