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 […]

Griffin man arrested after shooting near Quiet Hills Apartments

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department arrested a Griffin man following a shooting incident near an apartment complex. According to a press release issued by the GPD, the incident occurred in the area of Quiet Hills Apartments on West Avenue and Lane Street on Thursday, Dec. 12. Authorities say officers in the Uniform Patrol […]

GPD: Crips and Bloods behind multiple shootings over past few days

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin Police Department investigators now say several shooting incidents this week are believed to be gang retaliations involving the Crips and Bloods criminal street gangs, with at least one related outside incident involving a murder. These incidents have resulted in residences being struck by projectiles from various caliber weapons. The shootings have […]

Third shooting in three days under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: For the third time in three days, a Griffin home has been struck by many rounds of gunfire. Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division on Wednesday responded to 322 N. 5th St., in reference to a report of shots fired. “Upon my arrival myself and several other officers […]

GPD investigating violent crimes of opportunity

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating two separate incidents in which people appear to have been randomly targeted by armed assailants. The first case, an aggravated assault, was reported by 62-year-old Steven Driver, who said he was attacked after his vehicle became disabled. “…I met with Steven Driver, who stated that at […]

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 […]