Sheriff: Woman charged with felony after false report of drive by

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a woman who allegedly falsely reported being the victim of a drive by shooting. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies responded to the report the morning of Nov. 18. Officials say Hannah Amber Dawson reported she was driving in the […]

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 […]

“Gun fight” behind Easy Shop results in misdemeanor reckless conduct charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Griffin teens have been charged in connection with the Sunday afternoon shooting incident that occurred in the immediate vicinity of the Easy Shop Supermarket. Originally dispatched as a drive-by shooting, investigators say they are uncertain the incident meets the criteria to be classified as such. The GRIP on Wednesday spoke […]

One man injured, dozens of shots fired in second weekend shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating a second shooting of the weekend – and incident that occurred in the vicinity of Tinsley and 8th streets and left dozens of shell casings littering the street. The victim, 23-year-old Claudarius Franklin, of Griffin, sustained a single through-and-through gunshot wound to the calf. Lt. […]

GPD chief speaks out on plans to address gang crime, including FBI Violent Crime Task Force

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Police Department Chief Steve Heaton is taking multiple steps to address the city’s gang issue. While he acknowledges the problem of gang related crime is increasing, he wants the community to know his department is working to stem the tide. “I think that we’ve seen some increased activity this year,” […]

Griffin PD investigating Friday afternoon drive-by, fourth incident since Monday night

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred at the Morris Street Apartments Friday afternoon. This is the fourth drive-by shooting that has taken place in the city of Griffin since Monday. According to Sgt. Sommer Bales, this latest incident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. when people were […]

GPD investigating three drive-by shootings in three days; young child shot now home recovering

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating three drive-by shootings that have occurred within three days of one another. The first incident took place at Regency Apartments at approximately 7:10 p.m. Monday evening. Lt. Tony Thomason was called out in response to several shots fired at the H building. According to Thomason, […]

UPDATE: Four-year-old child did sustain gunshot wound in drive-by incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Wednesday night drive-by shooting at 610 Lane St., left two people, including a young child, wounded. Authorities say a four-year-old little girl was shot in the back, and the child’s mother sustained a gunshot wound to the buttocks/hip area. Both victims were transported by ambulance to the emergency room of […]

Amberwood aggravated assault under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One person was wounded in a Tuesday night drive by aggravated assault that occurred in the Amberwood subdivision. Spalding County Sheriff Wendell Beam said the victim reported he was shot as he walked down the street. “A pedestrian was walking on the street in the Amberwood subdivision. He reported a car […]

Two Griffin men shot in separate Sunday night incidents

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department and Spalding County Sheriff’s Office are each investigating separate shootings that took place late Sunday and early Monday. The first shooting, reported at approximately 10:20 p.m., occurred within the city limits, in the vicinity of 1318 Spellman Ave., resulting in the serious injury on one pedestrian, 26-year-old Darcy […]

Monday night drive-by shooting marks third in three weeks

Sheila A. Mathews ::: Investigators with the Griffin Police Department are following up on leads from Monday night’s drive-by shooting that resulted in one man being critically injured. According to Lt. Mike Richardson, the victim, who is not being identified, is described as a black male in his early 30s. He sustained four gunshot wounds […]