County BoC will meet in Savannah to discuss possible stormwater utility, budget, taxes, zoning

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners will be holding a workshop this weekend in Savannah during the annual Association County Commissioners of Georgia conference. The workshop will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and will be held in the Savannah Conference Center. The agenda lists three subjects to be discussed – the […]

Lithonia man arrested in Pike County after allegedly firing gun during road rage incident

STAFF REPORT ::: A Lithonia man is in custody after an alleged road rage incident Thursday evening in Pike County. Pike County Sheriff’s Office deputies at approximately 5 p.m. responded to a call reporting an motorist in another vehicle was behaving aggressively towards them. While on the phone with 911, the caller alleged 32-year-old Donald […]

Fla. man convicted in Spalding armed robbery; sentenced to life without possibility of parole

STAFF REPORT ::: A Florida man has been convicted of multiple felony charges related to a 2019 armed robbery at Ringgold’s Grocery. Lend Byrd Jefferson, age 28, was convicted Thursday of two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a […]

BREAKING NEWS: Griffin child wounded in overnight shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Police Chief Mike Yates has confirmed a ten-year-old girl was wounded in an overnight shooting in the 300 block of East Quilly Street. The child sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder in what police are saying may have been a drive-by shooting, however, the circumstances of the shooting have […]

Three Griffin residents seriously wounded in two separate weekend shootings

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Three city of Griffin residents were injured in two separate shootings over the weekend. The first – a drive-by shooting – occurred at approximately 1:45 a.m. Saturday on Thurman Street. Griffin Police Department Officer Kody Billings responded to a call regarding a person shot. Upon arrival, Billings was greeted by shouts […]

BREAKING NEWS: Griffin Police Department officer placed on administrative leave

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Jessica O’Connor has confirmed that Griffin Police Department Officer Brian Dorety, who has been the subject of recent investigative articles in The GRIP, has been placed on administrative leave with pay. “As is standard practice when someone or something is under investigation, Officer Dorety has been placed on […]

GPD C.A.G.E. Unit agent said he took suspect’s money during Econo Lodge drug search warrant

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Profanity laced text messages sent from a city of Griffin cell phone that was issued to an officer in the Griffin Police Department Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (C.A.G.E.) Unit show two agents taunting suspects in a narcotics case. In two of those text messages, an agent claimed to have taken […]

Griffin PD investigating Sunday night shooting that wounded one

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin man was injured in a shooting late Sunday night. Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates said 22-year-old Dequavious Lamar Holland was wounded in the incident but survived. Officer Jimmy Hancock, who is assigned to the GPD Uniform Patrol Division, responded to WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital at approximately 10:30 p.m. […]

Arrest made in triple murder of family killed at Coweta County shooting range

STAFF REPORT ::: A College Park man has been arrested in connection with the April 8 triple murder of a family at the Lock, Stock, & Barrel Shooting Range in Grantville. Jacob Christian Muse, age 21, was arrested by the GBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Grantville Police Department. Muse […]

BREAKING NEWS: District Attorney seeking GBI investigation of GPD C.A.G.E. Unit case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder has confirmed to The GRIP that she has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to investigate circumstances surrounding a criminal case of the Griffin Police Department Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (C.A.G.E.) Unit. “I have requested a preliminary review to be done by […]

Misconduct in GPD C.A.G.E. Unit tied to dismissal of nearly 100 charges; linked to man’s death, family says

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One man is dead and nearly 100 criminal charges levied in a narcotics case investigated by the Griffin Police Department Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (C.A.G.E.) Unit were dismissed after it was discovered the lead agent, Officer Brian Dorety, failed to disclose his use of an informant with whom he was […]

Downtown Griffin 2nd Saturday Art on Tap brings artists, demonstrations, live music and more

STAFF REPORT ::: Downtown Griffin will host more than 25 local artists Saturday for the 2nd Saturday Art on Tap event. The Griffin Main Street Program and Griffin Downtown Council partner with the city of Griffin to host 2nd Saturday events for the community. These events are to encourage citizens to support small businesses downtown […]

Griffin Police Department FCC license renewed; speed detection devices may again be used

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license has been renewed and the agency is once again able to use speed detection devices. The GPD’s previous FCC license expired March 26. Chief Mike Yates learned on March 28 that the license had expired. Officers were instructed to cease using the […]

GPD: Woman critically injured in domestic dispute when boyfriend ran her over with Jeep

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Durand Jeremy Mack, of Griffin, is being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail after an alleged domestic dispute left a woman in critical condition. Authorities say 24-year-old Courtney Perry was found in the roadway to the rear of a Jeep Wrangler Sunday morning after police were dispatched to the […]

SCSO initiates school zone speed safety program using camera system from Verra Mobility

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on April 5 initiated a school zone speed safety program that will utilize an automated camera system to capture photographs of vehicles that exceed the speed limit in school zones. The cameras will be operational one hour before school hours, throughout the school day and will extend […]