GPD Chief will request GSP investigation of officer’s on-duty wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates on Sunday clarified a miscommunication regarding an on-duty wreck involving Griffin Police Department Officer Jessie Piland, stating he intends to request the Georgia State Patrol investigate the incident. Yates originally stated Saturday morning that the Georgia State Patrol is investigating the incident. Sgt. Robert Thompson, […]

Correction to previous article regarding GPD officer’s wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS – PUBLISHER’S NOTE ::: The GRIP has learned that certain information reported Saturday morning regarding an on-duty wreck involving Griffin Police Department Officer Jessie Piland was factually incorrect. In the article “GPD officer sustains minor injuries in early morning wreck,” The GRIP reported the incident was being investigated by the Georgia State […]

GPD officer sustains minor injuries in early morning wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An officer of the Griffin Police Department sustained minor injuries in an early Saturday morning wreck that left his patrol car overturned. GPD Chief Mike Yates said Officer Jessie Piland was responding to a call for service when the wreck occurred on West Taylor Street. Yates said Piland sustained “no injuries […]

Griffin woman faces multiple child sex charges in case linked to local firefighter

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested Griffin resident Juliana Caroline Patel on numerous child sex abuse charges. Authorities say Patel’s arrest is related to the Aug. 4 arrest of Griffin Fire-Rescue Firefighter Kevin Burkholder. According to a report filed by GPD Investigator Adam Trammell, the Griffin Police Department was on Monday, […]

Griffin firefighter arrested on multiple child sexual abuse charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Fire-Rescue Firefighter Kevin Burkholder has been arrested on ten charges including multiple counts related to the sexual abuse of a child. According to the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Burkholder is being held on one count of incest, one count of aggravated child molestation, one count of felony sodomy, one count […]

Two GPD officers injured, one seriously, in early Tuesday morning wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Griffin police officers were injured, one seriously, in a wreck early Tuesday morning when the patrol car occupied by Officer Amanda Frix, a Griffin Police Department veteran, and Erin McAdams, a recently-certified rookie officer who was in field training under Frix’s supervision, was struck in the driver’s side. The incident […]

Victim in Friday night shooting in Griffin’s Walden Pointe Apartments has died

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The victim in an overnight shooting in Walden Pointe Apartments on Carver Road in Griffin has died. Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates confirmed Saturday morning that his agency’s investigation of this murder is active and ongoing. No suspects are in custody at the time of this report. The GRIP will […]

GPD investigating “criminal” death in Grandview Apartment complex

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is actively conducting a death investigation in the Grandview Apartment complex located on Grandview Drive. Chief Mike Yates did confirm the death was criminal in nature. The GRIP will follow this developing story and report additional information as it becomes available. Please consider financially supporting The GRIP. […]

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 […]