SCSO: 32 arrested on drug, gang and weapon charges in Operation Say No More

STAFF REPORT ::: A two-month long investigation – Operation Say No More – led by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement Unit (C.A.G.E.), resulted in multiple arrests for various felony drug, gang and related charges. The target of the investigation was the source of deadly narcotics that […]

Four additional arrests made in SCSO/GBI joint narcotics investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: As part of a month-long investigation involving the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office, four people were on Friday, March 16, arrested in Stone Mountain. According to a press release issued by the GBI, Jermaine Montrel Johnson, Lindsey Michelle Anderson, Justin Phillip […]

Spalding High teacher, student arrested on separate drug, weapon charges

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding High School teacher, Jordan Hale, and an unidentified student were on Friday arrested following an operation of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, a request to deploy K9s in the school parking lot was made by the Griffin-Spalding County School System. […]

Search warrant results in numerous drug, weapon and gang charges

STAFF REPORT ::: A search warrant jointly-executed by agents of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit and the Griffin Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit resulted in a variety of felony and misdemeanor narcotics, gang or weapons-related charges against three individuals. According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the […]

Search warrant leads to arrest of two; recovery of narcotics and weapons

STAFF REPORT ::: A search warrant executed Thursday at the 597 N. McDonough Road residence of Michael Lee Drummond resulted in the arrest of two men on numerous drug and weapons charges. According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the SCSO Special Operations and C.A.G.E. units received assistance from the […]

Two Rehoboth Road Middle School students face felony weapon charge

STAFF REPORT ::: Two Rehoboth Road Middle School students face felony charges in connection to alleged weapons incidents. According to a letter issued to RRMS parents, both incidents took place within one week. “A student reported seeing the knife in the possession of another student. The knife was confiscated without incident. This is the second […]

Search warrant results in two arrests, seizure of narcotics and firearms

  STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit and the Griffin Police Department CAGE Unit on Saturday, Jan. 21, executed a search warrant that resulted in two arrests and the seizure of a litany of narcotics and firearms. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the warrant was […]

SCSO, GPD serve arrest warrant netting multiple arrests on narcotics, gang and weapon charges

STAFF REPORT ::: According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the SCSO Special Operations Division and the Griffin Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit conducted an arrest warrant at approximately 5:07 p.m. Jan. 5, at 519 Hallyburton St. Lidarrane Yarbrough, the subject of the arrest warrant, was sought on a misdemeanor […]

Griffin PD, ATF investigation leads to multiple arrests in gun dealing case

STAFF REPORTS ::: Agents of the Griffin Police Department and the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have arrested a number of suspects following an investigation into alleged illegal gun dealing. Rashard Jones, Octavious Hasting, Xzavius Ogletree, Tony Anthony Goodman, David Combs, Demetrice Coggins and Shedrick Howard have been charged in two separate federal indictments with […]

DA: Knife is both a tool and a weapon

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: sheila@the-grip.net Criminal cases against two local students charged with felonies after bringing knives to school will move forward through the Juvenile Court system. Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard said the students, a 12-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy — will appear before Judge Ben Miller, who will determine their fate […]

Superintendent to administrators: Apply upper level of discipline matrix to weapons infractions

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::  Originally printed in the September 26, 2013 edition of The Grip. Following the submission of Open Records requests to the Griffin-Spalding County School System and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, additional information is now available regarding the Sept. 3 Rehoboth Middle School incident in which two students were allegedly in possession […]

Zero tolerance does not equal standard disciplinary measures

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Originally printed in the Sept. 12 edition of The Grip In light of the recent rash of weapons brought to school by students, many in the Griffin-Spalding community are wondering what the phrase “zero tolerance” actually means in terms of policy and procedure within the school system. Student handbooks define zero […]

A tale of two knives, two different punishments

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::  Originally printed in the September 12, 2013 edition of The Grip.  Two children prepared for school on Tuesday, Sept. 3 by purposefully packing knives to take with them.  Both were 12-year-old Griffin-Spalding students and were later caught with the knives, but the similarities of their situations end there. One incident occurred […]