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Griffin Georgia has been named as one of the most dangerous cities in Georgia according to home security shield.org and from a story on CBS46. The report indicated the 20 cities and the crime rates. The report is located at http://www.homesecurityshield.org/. To get the report on the cities in Georgia that are the most dangerous with the highest crime rates, the home security shield.org consulted the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report. The report indicated the rankings are based solely on the data publicly released each year by the FBI.
The report indicated the considerations in their report included both violent and property crimes when compiling their list of Georgia’s most dangerous cities. The list of dangerous cities, however, is ranked according to violent crime rate.*
We realize that this topic is inherently controversial in nature and hits close to home. We are aware that there are many different ways to present this datum, but when compiling this list we chose to consider not just murder rate, but both violent and property crimes. Our list is ranked by violent crime rate, but check each city listing to get a general idea of the city’s ranking in terms of overall criminal offenses. Only cities with populations over 5,000 were included. We also excluded cities with overall crime rates under 70
The Cities on the list of ranking included:
Number 1. College Park Georgia
Number 2. Stone Mountain
Number 3 Swainsboro
Number 4 Brunswick
Number 5. Atlanta
Number 6. Americus
Number 7 East Point
Number 8. Albany
Number 9 Cedartown
Number 10. Douglas Georgia
Number 11. Griffin, GA.
Number 12. Norcross
Number 13 Union City
Number 14 Cordele
Number 15. Eastman
Number 16 Tifton
Number 17 Dublin
Number 18 Jesup
Number 19 Macon
number 20 Hapeville
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Former Spalding County Firefighters Dwayne Tyrone Coggins age 47, former Battalion Chief, and former Firefighter Michael Owens age 37 have been place in Federal custody following court on Monday for charges for tipping off drug traffickers of police activity in the Griffin area. Coggins and Owens were indicted by a federal grand jury on June 11, 2014. And were found guilty in Federal Court on Monday.

According to Federal Documents: “When called upon to assist the police, Coggins and Owens’ first instinct was to call the drug dealers to warn them,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated: “Many of today’s criminal investigations are complex in nature and often involve other jurisdictions and the assistance of other agencies. While the FBI values the partnerships of those agencies that provide us with so much assistance, the criminal conduct alleged in the federal indictment of these two Spalding County Firefighters cannot be tolerated.”

Coggins was employed by the Spalding County Fire Department since 1990 and, most recently, served as a Battalion Chief. Owens is also employed by the Spalding County Fire Department as a firefighter.

Federal Prosecutors told the Court that normally Griffin Police will gather at the Spalding County Fire Department before scheduled police activity such as serving arrest warrants. In April and May 2014, both Coggins and Owens warned drug dealers about law enforcement activity in the area before it occurred. They were aware of the police activity because they had been informed by law enforcement about the investigation or had seen officers gathering near the fire station before serving warrants. Police became aware that Coggins and Owens were tipping off drug traffickers to law enforcement activities during the course of an on-going drug investigation.

Sentencing for Coggins and Owens will be December 19 th in Federal Court.

5 Pictured left to right: Coach Steve Chafin, Rock Springs Pastor Dr. Benny Tate, and Minister of Music Ricky Shepherd at the recent Golfing fundraiser for the school.  


Rock Springs Christian Academy recently hired Steve Chafin as head football coach. Coach Chafin will be charged with promoting, organizing, and facilitating a football program for the school.   He is a well-respected, veteran high school football coach who has been a part of some of the best football programs in the state.  Chafin played college ball at the University of Georgia for Coach Vince Dooley.  From 1983 until 1997, he was an assistant football coach at Mary Persons High School in Forsyth, Georgia, where he worked for Coach Dan Pitts.  In 1998, Coach Chafin was named head coach at Mary Persons High School From 1998 until 2006. Coach Chafin has also served as an athletic director, head golf coach, track coach, and baseball coach.   He has received multiple “Region Coach of the Year” recognitions as well as being named “Teacher of the Year” for Mary Persons High School during the 1991-92 school year.  In addition to his time at Mary Persons High School, he also coached at Spalding High School and Upson-Lee High School.  Steve is married to Beth (Lipscomb) Chafin of Griffin, and they have two children, Brittni and Casey. Rock Springs Christian Academy anticipates that the football program will begin as soon as possible.

Pike County Sheriff Jimmy Thomas has advised WKEU that his School Resource Deputy arrested Jamie Hawsey, age 26, and she was charged with reckless conduct for allowing her child access to guns while unsupervised. She just moved to Pike County last week from Alabama and was enrolling her son.

Sheriff Thomas said that the firearms have been taken into custody by investigators of the Pike Sheriffs Department, and interviews were conducted in order to determine how the child obtained the anqique guns.  School personnel located the antiques in a first grader’s backpack as they were helping the child prepare for class. A school resource deputy was immediately notified and responded.
The newly enrolled student brought  the two unloaded antique guns to school in his backpack. The student was brought to enroll this morning after students were in class. The guns were discovered by his teacher who checked his backpack as he entered the room with his parents.”

The incident remains under investigation and more information is expected to be released later by Sheriff Jimmy Thomas.

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Spalding Jaguars hosted the Pike Pirates Friday Night for Homecoming at   Memorial Stadium.

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Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette reports that a former corrections officer was in Lamar County Superior Court on Tuesday September 16.  He was facing  multiple sex charges Steven Hall entered a guilty plea to one count of sexual exploitation of children in Lamar superior court Sept. 16.


Hall originally faced 10 counts of exploitation, two counts of child molestation and one count each of aggravated sexual battery against a child under age 16 and first degree cruelty to children. He entered a guilty plea to possessing on a thumb drive a video of a boy and girl, both age 14, engaging in a sexual act.

Judge Tommy Wilson sentenced Hall to eight years in prison and 12 years probation. He has a search and specimen clause and is subject to sex offender restrictions upon his release. The judge also banished Hall from the Towaliga circuit district and surrounding counties.
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A ground breaking ceremony for the new Spalding Regional Hospital Medical Office Building for Physicians and Griffin Internal Medicine will utilize about 20,000 square feet of the new 50,000 square foot building. The new facility marks the third expansion for Spalding regional in the past 11 years. The Ground breaking was held Friday September 26 th and is located adjacent to the main hospital entrance.
WKEU news was at the groundbreaking and we talked with Spalding Regional Chief Executive Officer John Quinn about the new building:
We also asked Mr. Quinn about the new expanded parking area.
Mr. Quinn said that the new expansion is not adding rooms for hospital beds but for Doctors offices to have a building attached to the hospital that will also add to recruiting of new doctors to the area.
Internal Medicine will move from their current facility to the new building and utilize 20,000 square feet of space for expanded operations for patients.

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Sheriff Jimmy Thomas has advised WKEU news that his investigators, along with GBI investigators and members of Pike County Public Works were digging for evidence at a location on East Milner Road Wednesday morning in regards to the 2010 Reid Road murder of Christopher Lee Chambley, age 29, of Lamar County.  Chambley was shot and killed outside his vehicle on Reid Road June 5, 2010. He was in an area of Reid Road isolated from any residences and suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head.

There was apparently some reliable information that surfaced in the case and there is a possibility of evidence at the site where the current dig and investigation were taking place that may be related to the murder case.

The Pike County Public Works Department had the heavy equipment on the scene that were being used to move a large amount of top soil and from an area that was dug to about 15 feet deep. The evidence gathering effort started early Wednesday Morning September 24 th. Sheriff Thomas indicated the investigation would continue at the site until they located what they were looking for, or made the evaluation that no substantial evidence could be located at the site.  The GBI crime scene investigators were taking large amounts of soil and sifting various areas from the suspected site and location of the pit that was dug Wednesday Morning.

The investigation is on going and more information will be released later by the Pike Sheriffs Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.



About 7:00 Thursday Morning units of the Spalding Sheriffs Department, Spalding Fire Department, and Spalding EMT personnel responded to the scene of a five car accident on Highway 16 East at Rehoboth Road. There were no serious injuries from the accident, and Traffic was tied up until the vehicles and debris could be removed from the scene. The incident remains under investigation by the Spalding Sheriffs Depart met and more information is expected to be released later.

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Around 7:35 Thursday morning Griffin Police, Spalding Regional EMS, Griffin Fire and Rescue, and Troopers from the Griffin Post of The Georgia State Patrol all responded to Highway 16 near Carver Road in the construction zone, to a two vehicle accident. While conducting the investigation into the cause of the accident a Griffin Police Officer Jeff Gauldin was stuck by a PT Cruiser.   Officer Gauldin has been transported to Spalding Regional Hospital for treatment. He was alert and taling with EMT persnnel but the extent of his injjuries is not known at this time. Troopers from the Griffin Post of The Georgia State Patrol were called to the scene to investigate the accident since an Griffin Police Officer was struck by a vehicle. More information will be released later by The Georgia State Patrol.