Investigative report leads to The GRIP’s removal from Griffin PD’s press lists

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The recent publication of an article reporting Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, in his official capacity, fabricated and released a false document targeting a private citizen resulted in the removal of The GRIP from all GPD press lists. Those lists from which Mathews was removed are used to disseminate information […]

GPD Chief says questions about his actions are “foolishness”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has learned that Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates did have a response to Publisher Sheila Mathews’ Sept. 11 email that included a list of questions regarding whether his actions in fabricating and disseminating a false document had violated GPD policies or state criminal laws. Although he did not […]

Spalding Co. Commissioner Don Hawbaker arrested for DUI

SHEILA A MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Don Hawbaker was on Monday evening arrested in Fayette County on a charge of driving under the influence. Hawbaker was arrested by the Peachtree City Police Department and booked into the Fayette County Jail at approximately 6:30 p.m. His bond was set at $3,520. […]

Four jail inmates graduate from Serve-Safe program

STAFF REPORT ::: Four inmates of the Spalding County Jail have graduated from the Serve-Safe food service program. Designed to teach potential restaurant employees the skills needed to safely and properly prepare food in a commercial setting, the Spalding County Jail program was carried out by Aramark Food Company. “The program was sponsored by the […]

GPD Chief fabricated, released record identifying Will Sanders as Matthew Boynton’s father

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP, through a series of Open Records requests (ORRs), has obtained public records establishing that Griffin Police Department Chief Michael F. Yates fabricated and released to some media outlets a document falsely identifying Will Holloway Sanders as the father of former Griffin police officer Matthew Lee Boynton. Sanders, who has […]

FBI: Majority of $800K lost in city of Griffin cyber attack recovered

STAFF REPORT ::: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recovered nearly all of the $802,499.21 stolen from the city of Griffin during a June 2019 cyberattack. According to a press release issued by the city of Griffin, $789,065.16 was recovered by the FBI, and of the remaining $13,434.05 deficit, the city will pay a $10,000 […]

County refuse collection centers impacted by city transfer station fire

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding county officials are advising residents that the fire at the city of Griffin transfer station may result in delays at the county’s refuse collection centers. According to a press release issued by Spalding County, the city’s transfer station is utilized for the disposal of household garbage and recyclables from many of […]

Spalding BoC seeking property tax increase

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners is seeking to increase the 2019 General Fund property taxes to be levied by 6.81 percent over the rollback millage rate. According to a press release issued by Spalding County, the Board of Tax Assessors is required to annually review the assessed value for property tax […]

Jury duty canceled for week of Aug. 26

From the office of Spalding County Superior Court Clerk Debbie Brooks: Jury service for the week of Aug. 26, 2019, has been canceled. If you received a jury summons for this week, you are released from jury service. This is for the week of Aug. 26, 2019, only. For additional information please call the Spalding […]

City of Griffin out more than $800,000 in alleged fraud; FBI investigating

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin has lost $802,499.29 in two separate online transactions that officials say were fraudulent. Griffin Police Department Master Patrol Officer Chip Johns on Friday, June 28, responded to city offices located at 100 S. Hill St., where he met Chuck Olmstead, an official of the Finance Department. “He […]

Spalding County CI receives 2019 Program Completion Award

SUBMITTED ::: The Spalding County Correctional Institute (SCCI) has been recognized for having the highest number of inmate program completions in the state. This is the third consecutive year the SCCI has been recognized for this achievement at the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDoC) annual Counselor’s Supervisor’s Training, held this year from May 22-23 in […]

City of Griffin non-compliant with Open Records Act

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Despite complying with demands from the city of Griffin requiring prepayment of estimated charges for Open Records requests, public records are still not being produced within the parameters of the law. The GRIP Publisher Sheila Mathews on Wednesday, Oct. 3, paid $107.33 in estimated charges for four such requests. Responsive records […]

GPD “Operation CARE-ington” nets 11 narcotics arrests

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department Special Investigations (SIU) and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (CAGE) units conducted “Operation CARE-ington,” which resulted in numerous drug- and weapons-related arrests. According to a press release, Operation CARE-ington resulted from numerous complaints of alleged drug activity in the 1700 block of Carrington Townhomes. During the operation, 11 […]

Spalding County Homeland Security to offer Community Emergency Response Training and CERT refresher course

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Office of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Spalding County Fire Department, will offer training to Spalding County citizens through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. This program is designed to promote understand and cooperation between emergency services and the people they serve. The CERT Program educates individuals […]

Judicial Qualifications Commission seeks Judge Mack Crawford’s removal from office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) has filed formal charges against Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Robert M. “Mack” Crawford and is seeking to remove him from office. According to the formal charges filed in the Supreme Court of Georgia, the JQC Investigative Panel conducted a full investigation of multiple complaints, […]