BREAKING NEWS: Local activist will not face prosecution for statements in Facebook video

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin resident Ray Harps-Muhammad will not be facing a criminal charge of terroristic threats related to a video posted on his Facebook page last week. The GRIP learned today that Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder determined Harps-Muhammad’s actions did not meet the statutory requirements for prosecution. “Marie and the […]

GPD Chief says rumor of Antifa protest in Griffin is unsubstantiated

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Rumors speculating that an Antifa protest will occur this Friday in Griffin cannot be substantiated by local officials. “I have no information that I could substantiate that would indicate they are,” said Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates. Asked how he would address citizen concerns regarding the Antifa rumors, Yates said, […]

GPD seeking assistance to identify suspects in war memorial vandalism

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying individuals captured on surveillance footage in Griffin’s Veteran’s Memorial Park the night two war memorials were vandalized. The video was recorded in the area where one of the memorials is located. When asked if these two individuals are considered suspects, […]

Man identified as Crips member arrested in shooting death of 12-year-old boy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department, with assistance from the U.S. Marshal Service, on Friday morning executed a search warrant at 105 Forrestwood Drive, resulting in the arrest of 21-year-old Octavious Montrell Lyons in connection with Saturday, May 9 shooting death of a 12-year-old boy. The victim in that shooting was playing on […]

GPD: 12-year-old accidentally shot and killed by five-year-old brother

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has determined the 12-year-old boy who was killed by gunfire Saturday night was shot by his five-year-old brother. The young boy, who sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, received CPR from the first GPD officers at the scene before the arrival of emergency medical services personnel. […]

GPD officer receives corrective action for blaring “The Purge” horn while on patrol

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates has identified this officer as Patrolman Josh Holley, of the Uniform Patrol Division. Yates DID NOT attempt to withhold the officer’s name. The GRIP initially failed to ask for that information. I will now climb out of bed and begin to re-caffeinate my blood stream. In all […]

GPD traffic stop leads to narcotics arrest

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin man is in custody facing numerous narcotics related charges after a traffic stop conducted by the Griffin Police Department CAGE Unit. According to a press release issued by the GPD, an agent of the Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement Unit on Monday initiated a traffic stop, resulting in a man […]

GPD traffic stop results in three arrests on narcotics and weapons charges

STAFF REPORT ::: A traffic stop conducted by the Griffin Police Department Special Investigation and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit resulted in the arrests of three and the seizure of narcotics and firearms. The initial traffic stop occurred Feb. 25, and led to the location of three grams of crack cocaine, 9.5 grams […]

Six alleged gang members arrested for armed robbery of Bowen’s Pharmacy

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested six men in connection to a Tuesday morning armed robbery at Bowen’s Pharmacy located at 1378 Experiment St. According to a press release issued by the GPD, upon arrival, officers were given a description of suspects and a description and the tag number of the vehicle […]

GPD arrests two on charge of felony theft by taking

STAFF REPORT ::: Information provided by a Griffin resident assisted in the arrest of two suspects in a recent theft case. The Griffin Police Department on Jan. 29, responded to a report of a stolen white enclosed trailer taken from the parking lot between the Valero gas station and Rustic Lantern on East Taylor Street. […]

Two Griffin men arrested after traffic stop on vehicle reported stolen

STAFF REPORT ::: Two Griffin men were arrested Monday after officers of the Griffin Police Department Special Investigations and CAGE units attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle reported stolen out of Newton County. Officials say the driver, Jermad Barkley, jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot, throwing a handgun in the […]

Griffin man arrested after shooting near Quiet Hills Apartments

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department arrested a Griffin man following a shooting incident near an apartment complex. According to a press release issued by the GPD, the incident occurred in the area of Quiet Hills Apartments on West Avenue and Lane Street on Thursday, Dec. 12. Authorities say officers in the Uniform Patrol […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]