Matthew Boynton criminal case no billed by grand jury

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The criminal case against Matthew Boynton, a former officer of the Griffin Police Department, was on Wednesday no billed by a Spalding County grand jury. Boynton was arrested July 29, 2017, and charged with two felonies – false statements and writings and violating his oath of office. According to Griffin Judicial […]

GPD Operation Reciprocity targets local “open-air drug market”

STAFF REPORT ::: What officials have described as an “open air drug market” has been the focus of an ongoing investigation by the Griffin Police Department Special Investigations and C.A.G.E. units. A press release issued by the GPD states that Operation Reciprocity concentrated on the area of North 2nd Street and East Central Avenue, particularly […]

GPD investigating aggravated assault that left one person severely injured

STAFF REPORT ::: One person was badly injured at approximately 7:45 p.m. Thursday evening aggravated assault on Alice Street, in the area behind McIntosh BP and Spalding Liquor. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, the victims wounds were described as “severe.” The victim, described as “uncooperative,” with the investigation, was […]

GBI: Man killed in SCSO officer involved shooting armed with shotgun

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified the person killed in a Wednesday night officer involved shooting as 35-year-old Ryan Force. According to a press release issued by GBI Public Information Office Director Nelly Miles, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday night requested the agency investigate the shooting. Miles reports preliminary […]

One person killed in SCSO officer involved shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One person was shot and killed late Wednesday night, July 4, in an officer involved shooting. The incident occurred on Bonnie Ridge Drive and involved personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. The GRIP contacted SCSO Capt. Dwayne Jones, who initially reported the Sheriff’s Office had requested the Georgia Bureau of […]

Land Bank Authority board appoints Virginia Shapard Church interim executive director

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Land Bank Authority Board of Directors has named Virginia Shapard Church as interim executive director. The move to replace John Joiner, who had held that position since the Land Bank Authority’s inception, came during a Monday afternoon special called meeting. Church assumed the mantle of leadership effective immediately, […]

Suspect in shooting incident near Easy Shop now charged with aggravated assault

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Timothy Watkins, one of the individuals allegedly involved in the June 3 shooting incident on Ray Street in the vicinity of the Easy Shop supermarket has been charged with aggravated assault. Investigator Adam Trammell, of the Griffin Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, now also alleges this aggravated assault involved Watkins firing […]

Dual enrollment: Students graduate college before finishing high school

ANNA TAYLOR – SCTC ::: In the moments leading up to Southern Crescent Technical College’s (SCTC) Spring graduation ceremony, over 200 graduates lined up to prepare for one of the greatest accomplishments of their life. Walking through, the graduates look the same for the most part, wearing the traditional black cap and gown with a […]

Jury deliberations in Coggins’ murder trial to begin Monday afternoon

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The state has rested its case in the trial of Frankie Gebhartd, who stands accused of the 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins. The defense has presented its first witness and has one remaining to testify. Gebhardt has informed the court thathe will not take the stand. Superior Court Judge Fletcher Sams […]

Five arrested in suspected large-scale counterfeiting, identity theft network

STAFF REPORT ::: A several months-long investigation conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in multiple arrests associated with numerous incidents allegedly involving counterfeit checks. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, Investigator Ray Hightower obtained information from a financial institution indicating several counterfeit checks had been cashed in Spalding […]

Griffin Judicial Circuit seeks to add fifth Superior Court judgeship

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Judicial Circuit may soon be adding a fifth Superior Court judge. According to a press release issued by Judge Christopher Edwards, the circuit’s senior Superior Court judge, the four current judges have a case load adequate to apply for a fifth judgeship. “A caseload study conducted by the state shows […]

SCSO expands Hawk drone program

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has expanded its Hawk drone program. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the Hawk program began with equipment that came at no cost to Spalding County taxpayers. “We obtained our first drone free of charge from one of our jail vendors as a […]

Media shut out by GPD Chief Yates now subject of IA investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: In response to unequal restrictions and demands invoked against The GRIP by Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, Publisher Sheila Mathews met with Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith in an effort to reach a resolution that would facilitate an impartial professional relationship. The basis of this meeting was the structure of […]

SCSO, GBI investigating discovery of human skeletal remains

STAFF REPORT ::: According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, an investigation is underway following the discovery of human skeletal remains. Investigators of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office responded to a clear-cut area on Wallace Road near the Spalding County Butts County line where they located the remains. “A person riding a 4-wheeler Sunday afternoon […]

“Gun fight” behind Easy Shop results in misdemeanor reckless conduct charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Griffin teens have been charged in connection with the Sunday afternoon shooting incident that occurred in the immediate vicinity of the Easy Shop Supermarket. Originally dispatched as a drive-by shooting, investigators say they are uncertain the incident meets the criteria to be classified as such. The GRIP on Wednesday spoke […]