GPD: Crips and Bloods behind multiple shootings over past few days

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin Police Department investigators now say several shooting incidents this week are believed to be gang retaliations involving the Crips and Bloods criminal street gangs, with at least one related outside incident involving a murder. These incidents have resulted in residences being struck by projectiles from various caliber weapons. The shootings have […]

Third shooting in three days under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: For the third time in three days, a Griffin home has been struck by many rounds of gunfire. Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division on Wednesday responded to 322 N. 5th St., in reference to a report of shots fired. “Upon my arrival myself and several other officers […]

GPD: 14-year-old boy charged with shooting father

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 14-year-old Griffin boy is in custody on a charge of aggravated assault associated with shooting his father. Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division on Monday night responded to 1100 W. College St. Extension Apartment G5 in reference to a person with a gunshot wound. The victim was […]

SCSO personnel recognized at banquet

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday held an awards banquet during which employees were recognized for outstanding service. The banquet, which was held at the Kiwanis Event Center, honored both sworn and civilian employees including: Deputy of the Year (Enforcement) Captain John Corley Deputy of the Year (Detention) Sergeant Phillip Ramsammy […]

Butts County S.O. seizes 52 pounds of meth in traffic stop

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A traffic stop conducted Tuesday by the Butts County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the seizure of just over 52 pounds of methamphetamine and the arrest of two women. According to Sheriff Gary Long, the traffic stop was executed by the Interstate Crime Enforcement (ICE) Unit. “Back in the day in was […]

Dozens of shots fired and three homes struck in two drive by shootings

STAFF REPORT ::: Two separate drive by shootings – one early Sunday morning and the second early Tuesday – left three Griffin homes riddled with gunfire. On Dec. 8, at approximately 4 a.m., Griffin Police Department Officer Phillip Johnson responded to the 300 block of East Quilly Street, where he met with Jemel Whitlock and […]

Spalding County man charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault by strangulation

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man, 23-year-old Travonte Goggins, is facing charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault in relation to an alleged violent attack reported by his girlfriend. The incident was reported to Spalding E911 on Friday, Dec. 6, by Arishona Lyons, who alleged Goggins attacked her in their residence, Apartment 13 Northside Drive. […]

GPD investigating violent crimes of opportunity

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating two separate incidents in which people appear to have been randomly targeted by armed assailants. The first case, an aggravated assault, was reported by 62-year-old Steven Driver, who said he was attacked after his vehicle became disabled. “…I met with Steven Driver, who stated that at […]

Main Street Players presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)”

NORMA RICHARDSON ::: Special contributor to The GRIP You need go no farther than downtown Griffin to ring in the holiday season with a joyful, side-splitting production of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” presented by Main Street Players. The play centers on three actors who have grown weary of performing Charles Dickens’ […]

Six juveniles, 14 to 17, identified as armed robbery suspects

STAFF REPORT ::: Juveniles ranging in age from 14 to 17 are suspected in the alleged armed robbery of a 47-year-old woman and her 18-year-old boyfriend. The incident was reported to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Dec. 2, by Julie Marriner and Jeremy Lecompte, who said they were robbed on Patterson Road while walking to […]

Report of gang activity and stolen property leads to multiple arrests

STAFF REPORT ::: An investigation conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in numerous arrests on narcotics and stolen property charges. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the investigation targeting the residence located at 520 Mangham Road was initiated in early November after information was received alleging individuals associated […]

Meet up on Instagram and heavy drinking lead to shots fired on Hale Avenue

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Personnel of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division on Sunday night responded to a call on Hale Avenue reporting a dispute that escalated to gunfire. According to Sgt. Lee Ward, Brian Harwood reported a verbal dispute involving himself and an acquaintance had become violent. “Upon my arrival at 820 Hale […]

Griffin Ballet Theatre presents the holiday classic “The Nutcracker”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: While out and about this holiday weekend, kick off the Christmas season with a magical performance of Griffin Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker.” The Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. will include a special visit from Santa, and two additional performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night and 2 p.m. Sunday […]

Spalding County Fire Department appoints deputy fire chief of operations

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Fire Department has appointed Michael Byrd as deputy fire chief of operations. Byrd will be assuming the position currently held by Deputy Fire Chief Jamie Clark, who will be retiring in December after 34 and one-half years of service with the Spalding County Fire Department. Clark has served as […]

Griffin PD receives CALEA re-accreditation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has received its fifth certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA). According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, the accreditation was given to the agency due to the dedication to the program and under the direction and guidance of […]