GPD: Attempted child abduction report was false

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has determined a report of an attempted child abduction was false. According to a press release issued by Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division responded to a call at approximately 3:37 p.m. Sept. 20, reporting an attempted child abduction had just […]

GPD releases citizens’ personal Facebook records

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has released personal messages from the Facebook account of Will Holloway Sanders and three other individuals. This followed a public statement directed solely to Sanders that was allegedly made by GPD Chief Mike Yates. “Mr. Sanders, The police department and myself have been the subject of numerous […]

Suspect in shooting incident near Easy Shop now charged with aggravated assault

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Timothy Watkins, one of the individuals allegedly involved in the June 3 shooting incident on Ray Street in the vicinity of the Easy Shop supermarket has been charged with aggravated assault. Investigator Adam Trammell, of the Griffin Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, now also alleges this aggravated assault involved Watkins firing […]

Media shut out by GPD Chief Yates now subject of IA investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: In response to unequal restrictions and demands invoked against The GRIP by Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, Publisher Sheila Mathews met with Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith in an effort to reach a resolution that would facilitate an impartial professional relationship. The basis of this meeting was the structure of […]

Drive by shooting at Easy Shop under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A drive by shooting that occurred Sunday afternoon at the Easy Shop on Experiment Street is under investigation by the Griffin Police Department. The GRIP emailed GPD Chief Mike Yates seeking a phone call for confirmation and initial incident information. Yates instead responded by email, stating only, “This is an active […]

GPD Chief Mike Yates denies The GRIP equal access

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP’s efforts to provide news coverage of matters involving the Griffin Police Department are being hindered by Chief Mike Yate’s refusal to be interviewed or to allow The GRIP to work with anyone else in the agency, including the recognized public information officer. Most recently, Yates refused to meet with […]

Missing evidence jeopardized felony case against Matthew Boynton, former GPD officer

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Violation of his oath of office – one of two felony charges for which the Griffin Police Department in 2017 arrested Matthew Boynton, one of its own officers – was reportedly at risk of being dismissed because his sworn oath of office, the signed document, could not be located. According to […]

Innovative GPD therapy dog program will serve special victims

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Thanks to the initiative taken by two of the city’s finest – Lt. Karen Yancy and Sgt. Kelly McKinney – the Griffin Police Department now has a Therapy Dog Program in place. Gracie, and shar pei/Labrador mix, and Chevy, a pit bull, are the GPD’s newest K9 officers that will be […]

Deceased body located in closed Griffin motel

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of a body in a closed motel on North Expressway. According to Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, the body pertains to an open case at the Sheriff’s Office. “I believe a deceased missing person was found there,” Yates said. “This person […]

GPD officer involved in wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An officer of the Griffin Police Department was on Tuesday night involved in a wreck on West Taylor Street. The incident involved Cpl. Dwayne Hancock, and occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on West Taylor Street. “…Hancock was attempting to make a left turn from the exit way of Sonic on to […]

Armed robbery at First National Bank under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are conducting a joint investigation of a bank robbery that occurred Wednesday morning. According to information released by GPD Chief Mike Yates, officers responded to the First National Bank branch located at 1475 W. McIntosh Road at approximately 9:15 a.m. in […]

GPD investigation nets many arrests on prostitution, bath salts, meth, additional drugs, weapons and other charges

STAFF REPORT ::: An extended investigation of the Griffin Police Department’s Criminal Apprehension Gang Enforcement Unit and Special Investigations Unit has resulted in multiple arrests on a variety of charges including participating in criminal gang activity, the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, prostitution and keeping a place of prostitution. In the last month, 50 Gang Act […]

Former GPD officer’s pre-hire tests raised concerns

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Pre-employment testing records for former GPD Officer Tyler Cooper indicate some portions raised questions regarding whether he should have been hired to police the city of Griffin. As part of the hiring process, the GPD administers an examination called the Personnel Evaluation Profile (PEP), which is commonly referred to as a […]

GPD officer forfeited appeal of disciplinary action

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After reporting on the Griffin Police Department’s Internal Affairs administrative investigation of Curtis Keys and Dwayne Hancock, which resulted in both officers being demoted one rank, and Keys being the subject of a GBI criminal investigation, The GRIP was alerted that pertinent information had been omitted. The GRIP then notified the […]

GPD: Chief’s IA investigation concludes Keys, Hancock falsified multiple records, violated oath of office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin Police Department Internal Affairs investigation of Curtis Keys and Dwayne Hancock substantiated both officers falsified multiple official records and violated their oath of office pertaining to the agency’s Off Duty/Extra Duty Job Policy. This information was obtained subsequent to an Open Records request submitted to the city of Griffin […]