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 […]

GPD Cpl. Chris Webb reprimanded for conduct during GHS dress code incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Cpl. Chris Webb, of the Griffin Police Department, has been formally reprimanded for his conduct during a September incident at Griffin High that resulted in the arrest of 34-year-old LaShonda Thomas and her 15-year-old son. Both mother and son face charges of disorderly conduct in the incident that stemmed from an […]

Investigative report leads to The GRIP’s removal from Griffin PD’s press lists

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The recent publication of an article reporting Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, in his official capacity, fabricated and released a false document targeting a private citizen resulted in the removal of The GRIP from all GPD press lists. Those lists from which Mathews was removed are used to disseminate information […]

GPD Chief says questions about his actions are “foolishness”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has learned that Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates did have a response to Publisher Sheila Mathews’ Sept. 11 email that included a list of questions regarding whether his actions in fabricating and disseminating a false document had violated GPD policies or state criminal laws. Although he did not […]

Document fabricated by GPD Chief Mike Yates raises legal questions

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A document fabricated and released by Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates that falsely identified Will Holloway Sanders as the father of former Griffin police officer Matthew Boynton has raised questions of potential violations of multiple provisions of the GPD Standard Operating Procedure as well as Georgia criminal codes. Records obtained […]

GPD Chief fabricated, released record identifying Will Sanders as Matthew Boynton’s father

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP, through a series of Open Records requests (ORRs), has obtained public records establishing that Griffin Police Department Chief Michael F. Yates fabricated and released to some media outlets a document falsely identifying Will Holloway Sanders as the father of former Griffin police officer Matthew Lee Boynton. Sanders, who has […]