GBI: Wendell Beam denied David Gibson used knowledge of infidelities as blackmail leverage

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: During its 2015 investigation of David Gibson, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, interviewed Wendell Beam, the former Spalding County Sheriff, in part seeking to determine if Gibson was blackmailing Beam using sexual infidelity as leverage. In records maintained by GBI Special Agent Jared Coleman, he wrote, “Agent Coleman asked Sheriff Beam […]

Dix says there will be no investigation of Beam, narcotics tracker operation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has weighed in on a proffer agreement that was part of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation of David Gibson. The GBI refused to release those specific records, but The GRIP obtained the proffer through the email account of former Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard. […]

District Attorney, GBI emails detail possible crimes at SCSO

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: During the Georgia Bureau of Investigation case involving David Wayne Gibson, formerly the captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, discussions of allegations of other criminal activities were held involving Gibson, his attorney, Larkin Lee, then Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard and GBI Special Agents Jared […]

David Gibson sought deal; offered to turn over evidence of alleged SCSO crimes

Publisher’s note: This is the first in a series of articles detailing discussions that took place between the Spalding County District Attorney’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and David Gibson that indicated Gibson was willing to provide information pertaining to alleged criminal activity at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. David Wayne Gibson, the former […]

The GRIP responds with objection to subpoena demanding production of records in federal trial

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has responded to a subpoena in a federal civil rights trial demanding Publisher Sheila Mathews produce work product associated with multiple investigative reports primarily involving the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. The subpoena was issued as part of Civil Action No. 3-15-CV-163-TCB – Jessica Kelley, et al. v. Captain David […]

Sheriff Darrell Dix subject of EEOC complaint

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Jessica Kelley, the former deputy of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office who has a pending federal law suit against former sheriff Wendell Beam, David Gibson, the former captain of the SCSO Uniform Patrol Division who has been indicted on 11 charges including multiple felonies, and Spalding County, has now filed a […]

Joint county, city RICO investigation nets 24 drug-related arrests

STAFF REPORTS ::: A joint four-month investigation of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office(SCSO) Special Operations Unit and the Griffin Police Department’s (GPD) Special Investigation Unit spanned five states – Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama – resulted in the arrest of 24 individuals on a variety of drug-related and other charges and the […]

Former candidate for sheriff endorses Beam

As Maj. Wendell Beam and Capt. Keith Duncan, both currently serving the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, prepare to head off in an Oct. 18 run-off to determine who will fill the unexpired term of the late Sheriff Dee Stewart, former candidate Tony Head has chosen to endorse Beam’s candidacy. “I’ve known both of them for […]