Two people wounded in Monday night shooting; residences, vehicles also damaged

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two people were wounded in a shooting Sunday night on North Hill Street. Griffin Police Department officer Willie Deese reported he was patrolling in the area when he heard several gunshots fired. Deese and additional Uniform Patrol Division officers located what Deese described as a “large gathering” in front of 419 […]

Police Chief: Drive-by suspects may have been “significantly involved” in other violent crimes

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has identified five suspects arrested early Thursday morning following what officials have described as a high-speed pursuit that ended in Butts County. Authorities say the pursuit involved a vehicle suspected of being involved in multiple drive-by shootings, including one in the early morning hours of May 17 […]

GPD investigating one shooting, multiple reports of shots fired from Friday evening to Sunday morning

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two vehicles – one occupied by a minor – were struck by gunfire Saturday just after 2 p.m. at Rick’s Food Mart located at 888 Meriwether Street. This incident was one of several involving calls reporting shots fired in the city of Griffin between Friday evening and Sunday morning. The owner […]

GPD Chief will consider responding to concerns of alleged weekend shootings when he is on duty

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Many of you have reached out about reports of multiple shooting incidents in the city of Griffin this weekend. After the first report early Friday evening, The GRIP emailed Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates. He never responded. After the second report Saturday afternoon, The GRIP again emailed Griffin Police Department […]

Discovery of woman’s body in Griffin Crossings Shopping Center under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body in the Griffin Crossings Shopping Center. According to Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, the body of 65-year-old Linda Watson was located at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday in the area near Mo’s Southwest Grill, close to the intersection of Highways 92 and 19/41. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Griffin PD temporarily unable to use speed detection devices due to FCC license expiration

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department (GPD) is temporarily unable to use speed detection devices due to the expiration of its Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license. GPD Chief Mike Yates said the license expired at midnight March 26, 2022. He learned of the license expiration March 28, and all officers were then notified […]

Facebook content related to the Griffin Police Department now the basis of two investigations

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Only four weeks after a press release posted on the City of Griffin Police Department Facebook page was deleted under mysterious circumstances, a second post related to the Griffin Police Department was deleted from a local community forum Facebook page. The latest deleted social media content involves a March 22 post […]