GPD: Alleged gang members drew guns in store during angry confrontation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault in which two groups of suspected gang members allegedly drew weapons on one another in a local convenience store. The incident was reported by an employee of Super Speed Zone located at 678 North Expressway. GPD Officer Chelsea Jones, of the Uniform Patrol […]

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: Crips and Bloods behind multiple shootings over past few days

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin Police Department investigators now say several shooting incidents this week are believed to be gang retaliations involving the Crips and Bloods criminal street gangs, with at least one related outside incident involving a murder. These incidents have resulted in residences being struck by projectiles from various caliber weapons. The shootings have […]

Sheriff: Search warrant nets drugs and gang related information

STAFF REPORT::: An investigation conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office C.A.G.E. Unit resulted in the execution of a search warrant and the arrest of Kerry Wellmaker. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the investigation and subsequent search warrant conducted on Wellmaker’s residence originated with multiple complaints about alleged drug activity. […]

Spalding County Sheriff’s Office presents gang information at BoC workshop

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::  Griffin, Georgia is the motherland. – Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Tony Little   The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Monday appeared before the Spalding County Board of Commissioners to present information on the status of local gangs and crime. Room 108 of the Spalding County Annex is at near standing room […]

Ten arrested in GPD operation targeting alleged Crips “Penthouse”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::  The Griffin Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit, with the assistance of the PD’s Special Response Team, which conducts high-risk SWAT operations, and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, on Thursday conducted an operation at 739 E. Central Ave., resulting in the arrests of ten individuals alleged to be Crips gang […]

GPD investigator: Griffin gangs cross stereotypical racial boundaries

Publisher’s note: This is the latest in a series of articles on Griffin’s gang activities The Grip has run since fall 2011. We will continue to cover this issue both as the criminal activities impact the community and local officials work to erradicte the problem. As part of its ongoing efforts to eliminate gangs and […]