Child sex predator sentenced to life plus 75 years

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Convicted child sex predator Antorio Parker has been sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison. According to the Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, Parker was on Tuesday sentenced by Senior Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards to serve life plus 40 years in prison for crimes committed against […]

Altercation leads to shots fired; multiple arrests

STAFF REPORT ::: An altercation that escalated to gunfire resulted in the arrests of several people on a variety of charges. According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the incident occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. Oct. 18. Deputies responded to a report of shots fired at the end of Windsor […]

Pike County S.O. apprehends armed carjacking suspects

STAFF REPORT ::: Pike County deputies on Saturday morning engaged in a vehicle pursuit related to a carjacking in another jurisdiction. According to a press release issued by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, the pursuit began at 2:54 a.m. on Highway 18. The vehicle involved had been reported stolen during an armed carjacking at the […]

Murder suspect surrenders to police

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: David Blalock Jr., the suspect in the Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, shooting death of 29-year-old Charles Alsobrooks, is in police custody. Authorities say Blalock Jr. turned himself in to the Griffin Police Department at 5:28 p.m. today. Alsobrooks sustained multiple gunshot wounds when attacked in the 400 block of North 8th […]

One suspect in custody following Friday murder

STAFF REPORT ::: David Blalock Sr., who was being sought by the Griffin Police Department in relation to the Friday afternoon murder of 29-year-old Charles Alsobrooks, is in custody. According to a GPD press release, Blalock Sr., age 41, was wanted on charges of felony hindering apprehension of a criminal and tampering with evidence. Investigators […]

Friday shooting victim dies in hospital; suspects identified

STAFF REPORT ::: The victim of a Friday afternoon shooting in the 400 block of N. 8th Street has been identified as 29-year-old Charles Alsobrooks. Alsobrooks died as a result of injuries sustained from multiple gunshot wounds. Griffin Police Department investigators have identified 23-year-old David Blalock Jr. as a suspect in that shooting. Blalock Jr., […]

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 […]

Rehoboth Road Middle School scene of second student arrest for alleged threat

STAFF REPORT ::: For the second consecutive days, a Rehoboth Road Middle School student has been arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot up the school. According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the student was taken into custody after a teacher reportedly overheard the threat being made in a classroom. […]

Threat to “shoot up” middle school leads to arrest of one student

STAFF REPORT ::: A Rehoboth Road Middle School student is in custody and being held at the Regional Youth Detention Center for allegedly threatening to “shoot up the school.” According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, investigators responded to the school Tuesday after a letter was located in a classroom. […]

Identities of shooting victim, suicide released

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into what authorities say was an attempted murder/suicide. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies at 9:18 a.m. Tuesday responded to a report of shooting at a residence in the 600 block of Cheatham Road. Authorities say as the […]

GBI: Timothy Coggins sustained dozens of stab, slash wounds and lacerations; was drug behind vehicle

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Sworn testimony given in the Thursday morning preliminary hearing of Frankie Gebhardt and William “Bill” Moore Sr. provided graphic details of the 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins, a crime authorities say was racially motivated. Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Jared Coleman testified that Coggins sustained numerous horrific wounds at the […]

Learn to recognize the signs of domestic violence, and grow to care enough to help

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy was published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and that is a wonderful, worthy cause. I also want you to be aware that it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This week, a group of us came together to […]

Sexual assault: We must all speak up to stop the horrors

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy appeared in the previous print edition of The GRIP. I read a news story this morning regarding Harvey Weinstein. I was shocked at the allegations against him, sure, but what shocked me even more was that this has been an ongoing issue for years in Hollywood and nobody […]

Police: Wells Fargo locked down following threat of violence

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Wells Fargo located at 1506 Georgia Highway 16 closed early Wednesday following a threat of violence. According to a law enforcement source, a man described as the former significant other of a female Wells Fargo employee phoned in the threat, stating he intended to shoot up the bank. According to […]

Officials say no threats of violence have been made against local schools

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Local law enforcement and school officials say they are aware of social media discussions regarding threats of violence tomorrow against school children and teachers, but they have received no information pertaining to any threats in Griffin-Spalding County. According to Judy Parker, executive director of the Griffin-Spalding County School System’s Communications and […]