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 […]

Lithonia man arrested in Pike County after allegedly firing gun during road rage incident

STAFF REPORT ::: A Lithonia man is in custody after an alleged road rage incident Thursday evening in Pike County. Pike County Sheriff’s Office deputies at approximately 5 p.m. responded to a call reporting an motorist in another vehicle was behaving aggressively towards them. While on the phone with 911, the caller alleged 32-year-old Donald […]

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 […]

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. […]

GPD: Woman critically injured in domestic dispute when boyfriend ran her over with Jeep

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Durand Jeremy Mack, of Griffin, is being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail after an alleged domestic dispute left a woman in critical condition. Authorities say 24-year-old Courtney Perry was found in the roadway to the rear of a Jeep Wrangler Sunday morning after police were dispatched to the […]

Saturday fight in Griffin leads to large-scale shooting incident

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department arrested one man today after a fight escalated into a shooting incident. GPD officers responded to the 100 block of Wedgewood Walk after a call to 911 reported a fight. That fight escalated to gunfire before officers arrived. Authorities say that as multiple parties fled the scene on […]

Drive-by shooting leaves Griffin home riddled with bullets and residents in fear

STAFF REPORT ::: A drive-by shooting on West Chappell Street early Tuesday morning left a home riddled with bullets and caused residents to fear for their lives. The incident occurred just after midnight in the vicinity of W. Chappell and West Quilly streets. Multiple shots struck the home located at 325 W. Chappell St. “Upon […]

Griffin man reported being struck by “stray bullet” prior to succumbing to his wounds

STAFF REPORT ::: Wildarious Draggs, of D.F. Fuller Drive, was conscious and responsive just before 6 p.m. Tuesday when Griffin Police officers arrived at 1001 Lake Avenue in response to a shooting. Draggs reported that he had been outside when he was struck by a stray bullet from the southbound direction of 16th Street. He […]

GHS student facing child porn charges after explicit video was AirDropped at school

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 17-year-old Griffin High School student, Lucinda Karina Bailey, has been arrested and charged with the production and distribution of child pornography under the Georgia Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act. The Griffin Police Department alleges Bailey on Monday used the iPhone AirDrop feature to disseminate a video recording of […]

Jury deliberates only 25 minutes before convicting Griffin teen in 2020 murder case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County jury on Wednesday deliberated only 25 minutes before returning a guilty verdict in the murder trial of 18-year-old Malik Yarbrough. Yarbrough was convicted of the July 14, 2020, murder of 46-year-old Robert Donnel Brown. Yarbrough was only 16-years-old when he shot Brown in the back three times in […]

Griffin man charged with brutally killing and decapitating his sister’s pit bull

STAFF REPORT ::: Police say a Griffin man is in custody on charges related to the horrifically brutal killing and decapitation of his sister’s pit bull. Griffin Police Department Office Matthew Kerlin on Feb. 6 responded to a call reporting animal cruelty. Kerlin spoke with Courtney Smith, who said she had left her pit bull […]

Sheriff: Arrest made in Sunday murder that took place with children playing nearby

STAFF REPORT ::: A 19-year-old Griffin man, Brandon Hawkins, has been charged with murder and aggravated assault following a Sunday afternoon shooting. Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, the Spalding County Fire Department, Griffin Fire-Rescue and WellStar Spalding Regional EMS responded at approximately 1:18 p.m. to 615 Northside Drive Apartment 28A […]

Griffin teacher arrested and charged with hitting two students

STAFF REPORT ::: Cassandra Clarice Barlow, a teacher in the Griffin-Spalding County School System, has been arrested after allegedly striking two students with a computer charger. Spalding County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Kennedy Road Middle School Wednesday, Feb. 16, following a report that a teacher had struck a student. Criminal investigators responded to the […]

Atlanta man arrested in connection with numerous local identity fraud cases

STAFF REPORT ::: An Atlanta man has been arrested in connection with an alleged check cashing scheme involving a Pike County business. According to the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, checks totaling $45,860 in fraudulent checks was written and deposited into various bank accounts, and the money would then be withdrawn before the banks became aware […]