Griffin PD lieutenant fired for recording meeting with Police Chief Mike Yates

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin internal investigation of an audio recording of a meeting involving Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates and Lt. Chris Wilson has concluded and resulted in Wilson’s termination. Wilson, a nearly 15-year veteran of the Griffin Police Department and member of Yates’ command staff when the meeting was […]

GPD lieutenant placed on unpaid admin leave as IA investigation of leaked recording continues

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Lt. Chris Wilson, of the Griffin Police Department, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. This disciplinary action follows the initiation of an Internal Affairs (IA) investigation related to an audio recording purportedly made during a meeting involving Wilson and GPD Chief Mike Yates. When asked to confirm information The GRIP […]

GSCSS, law enforcement increase school presence following social media school shooting threat

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Schools countywide had an increased law enforcement presence today, and that will continue tomorrow, in response to a school shooting threat circulating on social media. Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix on Wednesday said both his agency and the Griffin Police Department were aware of the photograph urging students not to attend […]

GPD Chief Yates says audio recording now part of Internal Affairs investigation has been altered

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Jessica O’Connor on Monday confirmed the city is investigating an audio recording posted last week on social media that purportedly represents a meeting involving Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates and Lt. Chris Wilson, a member of Yates’s command staff. The recording was posted to the personal Facebook […]

Domestic related incident leads to arrest of one Griffin police officer and two resignations

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Griffin Police Department (GPD) officers have resigned following an incident that resulted in one officer’s arrest. Lt. Jeff Smith was arrested at his Pike County residence Friday, Nov. 12, in what deputies of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) described as a domestic related incident. Smith was on unpaid administrative […]

High speed chase begins in city of Griffin, ends in Lamar County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A high speed pursuit that began in the city of Griffin ended in Lamar County with the assistance of the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office. According to Lamar County Sheriff Brad White, the chase ended without injury to his personnel or the suspects. “It came down the four lane – 341 – […]

GPD: Shooting suspect remains at-large; investigation ongoing

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department investigation of a Saturday afternoon shooting in the Griffin Crossings Apartment complex remains ongoing. Authorities responded to the complex entrance at approximately 2:27 p.m.Upon arrival, officers located a male victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. Personnel of Griffin Fire-Rescue and WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency […]

BREAKING NEWS: One person wounded in Saturday shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One person has been wounded in a shooting that occurred Saturday afternoon in Griffin Crossings Apartments located at 1597 W. McIntosh Road. GPD Chief Mike Yates confirmed to The GRIP that one shooting victim has been transported for medical treatment. Yates also confirmed the suspect in the shooting remains at-large. The […]

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 […]