New partnership will bring high-speed internet to 18 middle-Georgia counties

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding, Pike, Lamar and Upson counties are among those that will benefit from a new partnership that will invest more than $210 million to provide high-speed internet to 18 middle-Georgia counties. Announced today, the partnership includes Central Georgia EMC in Jackson and Southern Rivers Energy in Barnesville who will form a new […]

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 […]

Chief Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards announces pending retirement from bench

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin Judicial Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards announced today that he will be retiring from the bench prior to the completion of his current term ending Dec. 31, 2022. Upon the end of his 22-year judgeship – at a date not yet determined – Edwards will resume practicing law as […]

TPD investigating murder and residential robbery

STAFF REPORT ::: The Thomaston Police Department is investigating a homicide that allegedly began as a home robbery. According to Chief Mike Richardson, officers responded at approximately 10:23 p.m. Tuesday to 121 Wellington Place in response to a robbery with a person possibly shot. Upon arrival, officers located the resident, Michael Gates, inside his home […]

Thomaston man arrested for repeatedly stabbing his mother

STAFF REPORT ::: A Thomaston woman is in critical condition after a stabbing late Monday afternoon. According to Thomaston Police Department Chief Mike Richardson, officers responded to 562 2nd Ave., where a woman approximately 50-years-old was located in an apartment with multiple stab wounds. Officials say the woman told officers her son stabbed her, and […]

Police: Social media post in favor of President Trump leads to stabbing

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A social media post in support of President Donald Trump led to a violent fight and left one man critically wounded with multiple stab wounds, officials say. The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3 – election day – in Thomaston. Officers of the Thomaston Police Department responded at 8:40 […]

Two people killed in Sunday skydiving accident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two people were killed Sunday afternoon in a skydiving incident at the Thomaston-Upson County Airport. The pair – 35-year-old Nick Esposito, of Warner Robins, an employee of SkyDive Atlanta, and 18-year-old Jeanna Triplicata – had made a tandem jump together and died when both the primary and backup parachutes malfunctioned. According […]

Marie Broder becomes first woman to serve as circuit’s district attorney

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Marie G. Broder was sworn in today as district attorney of the Griffin Judicial Circuit. Broder’s husband held the bible and her little girl looked on during the Wednesday morning ceremony at the Georgia Capitol as Governor Brian Kemp swore her into office. “I am very honored to appoint you to […]

Ben Miller appointed to fill Superior Court judgeship vacated by Mack Crawford

STAFF REPORT ::: Ben Miller Jr. has been appointed to serve as a Superior Court judge in the Griffin Judicial Circuit. Miller’s appointment by Governor Brian Kemp will fill the judicial vacancy created by the resignation of Mack Crawford. “In a competitive selection process, Ben Miller, Jr. clearly stood out among the candidates, and I […]

GBI investigation results in child pornography arrest

STAFF REPORT ::: James Warren Krivan, age 33, of Thomaston, has been arrested on numerous child pornography charges. In relation to a an investigation pertaining to alleged online sexual exploitation of children, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC), with assistance from the Thomaston Police Department, executed a search warrant […]

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Robert “Mack” Crawford pleads guilty to theft by taking

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: ZEBULON – A hearing is underway in Pike County Superior Court in which Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Mack Crawford will plead guilty to one count of misdemeanor theft by taking. Crawford was originally charged with felony theft by taking and two counts of violating his oath of office. The […]

D.A.: Gang leader pleads guilty to attempting to murder man

STAFF REPORT ::: A guilty plea was entered Monday in a gang-related Upson County case in which prosecutors say the gang leader put a hit on a man’s life. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, Angelina Garcia, the leader of the Blood Diamond Kartel of the Donald […]

Griffin Judicial Circuit seeks to add fifth Superior Court judgeship

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Judicial Circuit may soon be adding a fifth Superior Court judge. According to a press release issued by Judge Christopher Edwards, the circuit’s senior Superior Court judge, the four current judges have a case load adequate to apply for a fifth judgeship. “A caseload study conducted by the state shows […]