BoC vote and contract to conduct Griffin PD operational assessment cloaked in secrecy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Board of Commissioners has voted to authorize an operational assessment of the Griffin Police Department. The vote authorizing City Attorney Drew Whalen to move forward with a contract for this assessment was taken during the BoC’s Nov. 22 meeting. All discussion about the operational assessment and the vote authorizing […]

GBI charges Butts County deputy with stalking and harassing communications in three counties

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Butts County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Marlin Moultrie has been arrested and charged with three counts of stalking and three counts of harassing communications, all misdemeanors. Moultrie, age 55, of Flovilla, was arrested following a GBI investigation that was requested Nov. 4, by Pike County Sheriff Jimmy Thomas. That request was based […]

Griffin is the place to be for 2nd Saturday Jingle & Mingle and Hometown Christmas Parade

STAFF REPORT ::: The city of Griffin and Spalding County are joining together to bring back a traditional Christmas experience with an illuminated Hometown Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. tonight in downtown Griffin. The Hometown Christmas Parade will feature more than 100 participating community groups, local businesses, golf carts, marching bands, walking groups and of […]

Main Street Players presents Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, a fun take on a holiday classic

STAFF REPORT ::: Tickets are still available for Main Street Players presentation of a unique spin of the holiday classic in “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.” Jacob Marley is dead. We’ve always known that, and we’re not at all upset by it. He does his one little scene, sets Scrooge’s redemption into motion and then disappears…but […]

Two homes off N. Hill Street, one occupied, struck by gunfire in shooting incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two  homes sustained damage in a Thursday evening shooting incident in the vicinity of N. Hill and Realty streets. After responding to the area in response to a shots fired call, Officer Willie Deese, of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division, was flagged down by a man who reported having […]

Police: Stolen firearm and narcotics located where two juveniles were shot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department investigation of a Thursday afternoon shooting that left two juveniles wounded is ongoing. Uniform Patrol Division officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Carrington Drive in response to a person shot call. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 15-year-old male had sustained a gunshot wound to the […]

GPD: Two juveniles wounded in apparent drug deal-related shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating a Thursday afternoon shooting that left two wounded. According to GPD Chief Mike Yates, two juveniles – one 15-years-old and the second 17-years-old – were shot. Yates said the shooting appears to have occurred during an apparent drug deal. “Both were uncooperative but have been […]

Camelot Theatre Company presents Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr: The Musical this weekend

STAFF REPORT ::: If you are looking for fabulous family-friendly holiday fun, look no further than Camelot Theatre Company’s presentation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr: The Musical. The most famous reindeer of all – from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special – comes to the Griffin-Spalding Enrichment Center with three weekend […]

District Attorney will not request GBI investigation of GPD roadside strip search

The initial alleged offense was failure to obey a traffic control device, with Sgt. John Kelton alleging the driver stopped beyond the white stripe. To protect the woman’s identity, The GRIP will not identify any of the occupants involved in the traffic stop. According to Broder, GPD CAGE Unit Officer Alyssa Hanson had no criminal […]

SCSO: One suspect in custody, second being sought in connection with 18 entering auto cases

STAFF REPORT ::: One suspect is in custody and a second is being sought in connection with numerous Spalding County entering auto cases committed in the early morning hours of Nov. 4. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies responded to 18 entering auto cases that occurred in and around the Roberts Street and […]

Dix: 21 suspects in large-scale narcotics investigation “methed around and found out”

STAFF REPORT ::: Seventeen people have been arrested and four additional suspects are being sought in a Griffin-Spalding County narcotics investigation involving the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations and S.T.I.N.G. units, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation West Metro Regional Drug Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Gang Task Force, Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s […]

Griffin woman’s quick thinking thwarts violent carjacking attempt

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin woman’s quick thinking thwarted a violent carjacking attempt. The incident occurred just before 7 a.m. Sept. 7, when the victim, Markita Goodman, arrived for work at Vernay located at 804 Greenbelt Parkway. Griffin Police Department Officer Michael Betsill responded in non-emergency mode and met with Goodman. “Upon my arrival […]

GPD: Griffin man facing 16 counts of aggravated animal cruelty in response to dog fighting call

Crime scene photos provided by the Griffin Police Department and booking photo provided by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office

BREAKING NEWS: Griffin home-based daycare provider facing 35 child abuse related charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Connie Banks Pound, the owner of a Griffin home-based childcare facility, is facing 35 criminal charges – 19 felonies and 16 misdemeanors – related to a child abuse investigation. Griffin Police Department investigators say Pound, whose childcare business is operated at her 835 Hanover Drive residence, physically abused multiple children in […]

SCSO: Cowan Road Middle School coach aggressively approached, pushed student down

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office incident report related to the Aug. 17 incident at Cowan Road Middle School involving a coach and student details what was reported to law enforcement and school officials as well as what was recorded on video. Based on a statement from Sheriff Darrell Dix, The GRIP […]