Police Chief: Drive-by suspects may have been “significantly involved” in other violent crimes

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has identified five suspects arrested early Thursday morning following what officials have described as a high-speed pursuit that ended in Butts County. Authorities say the pursuit involved a vehicle suspected of being involved in multiple drive-by shootings, including one in the early morning hours of May 17 […]

Dix praises SCSO, GPD for joint effort resulting in arrest of five drive-by shooting suspects

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has identified the five suspects arrested in a felony traffic stop following a high-speed pursuit early Thursday morning that ended in Butts County. The pursuit involved a vehicle suspected of involvement in multiple drive-by shootings, including one in the early morning hours of May 17 that […]

GPD: High speed pursuit involving vehicle suspected in drive-by ends in Butts County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A high speed pursuit involving the Griffin Police Department and a vehicle that matched the description of one used in a May 17 drive-by shooting ended in Butts County. At approximately 2:26 a.m., Uniform Patrol Division Officer Matt Kerlin was on patrol in the vicinity of Blanton Avenue and Haskell Ward […]

GRIP Exclusive: Spalding County Marshal Smart Web currently under GBI investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Marshal Smart Web is currently under criminal investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The investigation was initiated prior to Web being hired to head up the newly created Spalding County Marshal’s Office. In response to an Open Records request, the city of Woodbury confirmed Web is a subject […]

Today’s 2nd Saturday event highlights local industry, businesses, community partners, more

STAFF REPORT ::: If you are looking for family friendly fun, check out today’s 2nd Saturday event – May’d in Griffin – from 2 to 5 p.m. A celebration of Griffin, the Downtown Council and Main Street Program have teamed up with the Chamber of Commerce and Griffin-Spalding County School System to showcase things that […]

Griffin Fire-Rescue responds to Courthouse fire alarm

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Fire-Rescue on Friday afternoon responded to a fire alarm at the Spalding County Courthouse. According to GF-R Chief John Hamilton, an equipment malfunction in an elevator triggered the fire alarm. Hamilton confirmed there was no fire in the Courthouse and no one was on the elevator at the time of […]

Spalding County man charged with possession, distribution of child sexual abuse materials

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man, 29-year-old Brandon Smith, has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Smith’s arrest follows an investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. Smith is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of children for […]

GBI charges Pike County teen with sexual exploitation of children

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, has arrested a Pike County teen on multiple charges related to the sexual exploitation of children. Caden Collis, age 17, has been charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children for the alleged possession of child sexual abuse […]

Griffin PD warns of phone scam

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is warning people to be aware of a scam involving GPD telephone numbers. Officials say the scam involves callers falsely claiming a warrant has been taken against an individual and their offer to dismiss that warrant for a fee. The scammers, using GPD telephone numbers, attempt to obtain […]

SCSO on scene of noncriminal death near Manley Road and Highway 19/41

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is currently at the scene of a noncriminal death investigation in the area of Manley Road and Highway 19/41. There is no risk to the community. Motorists should choose an alternate route in the immediate future.

Dix: SCSO will protect city of Griffin residents; reports special op targeting drive-by shootings

STAFF REPORT ::: In response to the recent increase in drive-by shootings primarily centered in the city of Griffin, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) conducted a special operation that resulted in dozens of arrests. This operation from May 2 to May 6 followed the Sheriff’s Office’s Operation Zero Tolerance, a nine-day special detail in […]

GPD investigating one shooting, multiple reports of shots fired from Friday evening to Sunday morning

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two vehicles – one occupied by a minor – were struck by gunfire Saturday just after 2 p.m. at Rick’s Food Mart located at 888 Meriwether Street. This incident was one of several involving calls reporting shots fired in the city of Griffin between Friday evening and Sunday morning. The owner […]

GPD Chief will consider responding to concerns of alleged weekend shootings when he is on duty

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Many of you have reached out about reports of multiple shooting incidents in the city of Griffin this weekend. After the first report early Friday evening, The GRIP emailed Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates. He never responded. After the second report Saturday afternoon, The GRIP again emailed Griffin Police Department […]

Discovery of woman’s body in Griffin Crossings Shopping Center under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body in the Griffin Crossings Shopping Center. According to Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, the body of 65-year-old Linda Watson was located at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday in the area near Mo’s Southwest Grill, close to the intersection of Highways 92 and 19/41. […]

Main Street Players presents Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

NORMA RICHARDSON, special contributor to The GRIP ::: The Main Street Players 20th anniversary season continues with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a gleefully entertaining comedy inspired by the work of the great Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. The play begins in Buck County, Pa., where we meet two adult siblings named Vanya and […]