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 […]

Spalding County Sheriff’s Office presents gang information at BoC workshop

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::  Griffin, Georgia is the motherland. – Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Tony Little   The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Monday appeared before the Spalding County Board of Commissioners to present information on the status of local gangs and crime. Room 108 of the Spalding County Annex is at near standing room […]

GPD chief speaks out on plans to address gang crime, including FBI Violent Crime Task Force

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Police Department Chief Steve Heaton is taking multiple steps to address the city’s gang issue. While he acknowledges the problem of gang related crime is increasing, he wants the community to know his department is working to stem the tide. “I think that we’ve seen some increased activity this year,” […]

Sheriff: Man shot 11 times; incident may be gang related

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a shooting that occurred early Sunday. At 1:44 a.m., officials received a report of shots fired at 418 Ashley Trail in western Spalding County. Upon arriving at that location, deputies located 24-year-old Tamunosiki Elvis Ogbo in the driveway. Ogbo had sustained 11 […]

GPD investigator: Griffin gangs cross stereotypical racial boundaries

Publisher’s note: This is the latest in a series of articles on Griffin’s gang activities The Grip has run since fall 2011. We will continue to cover this issue both as the criminal activities impact the community and local officials work to erradicte the problem. As part of its ongoing efforts to eliminate gangs and […]

GANG VIOLENCE: Six shootings, one stabbing since Friday believed to be gang-related

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a series of seven violent crimes that have occurred in only six days. According to Griffin Police Chief Steve Heaton, the city cases are suspected to be gang-related, and Spalding County Sheriff Wendell Beam has confirmed the two county […]