GPD Chief says rumor of Antifa protest in Griffin is unsubstantiated

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Rumors speculating that an Antifa protest will occur this Friday in Griffin cannot be substantiated by local officials. “I have no information that I could substantiate that would indicate they are,” said Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates. Asked how he would address citizen concerns regarding the Antifa rumors, Yates said, […]

GPD Chief says questions about his actions are “foolishness”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has learned that Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates did have a response to Publisher Sheila Mathews’ Sept. 11 email that included a list of questions regarding whether his actions in fabricating and disseminating a false document had violated GPD policies or state criminal laws. Although he did not […]

GPD officer suspended with pay following Saturday DUI arrest

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Officer Sheldon Mayfield, of the Griffin Police Department, has been placed on leave following his Saturday night arrest on a drunken driving charge. According to Lt. Mike Richardson, who serves as the GPD’s public information officer, Mayfield will not return to active duty pending the conclusion of an open investigation. “He […]

GPD arrests 11 in connection to entering auto, other cases

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department today announced the arrests of 11 suspects in a recent series of entering auto cases. During the months of June and July, the Griffin Police Department (GPD) Criminal Investigations Division (CID) investigated several reports of entering autos in the Hillandale, Forest Hills and Cold Water Creek neighborhoods. […]

Alleged killer of GPD Officer Kevin Jordan expected to survive

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Michael Bowman, the suspect charged with felony murder in the Saturday morning shooting death of Griffin Police Department Officer Kevin Jordan, is expected to survive. A police source has confirmed that Bowman remains in critical, but stable, condition. After allegedly shooting Officer Jordan in the back five times at close range, […]

Brother of GPD officer killed in line of duty will not be charged

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Raymond Jordan, the brother of Griffin Police Officer Kevin Jordan, who was killed early Saturday, will not be charged in the incident. Raymond Jordan, who was visiting his brother, the slain officer, as he worked a security detail at the Waffle House located on North Expressway, returned fire when his brother […]

Suspected killer of GPD Officer Kevin Jordan and two others charged

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Officials with the Griffin Police Department have announced that charges have been filed in the murder of Officer Kevin Jordan. According to Lt. Mike Richardson, the GBI has determined the alleged shooter, Michael Bowman, of Griffin, will be charged with felony murder. Chantell Mixon, the female suspect Jordan was attempting to […]

Man accused of shooting, killing GPD officer condition updated

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Michael Bowman, the Griffin man accused of shooting and killing Griffin Police Department Kevin Jordan, is reportedly in critical and unstable condition. Authorities say Bowman fired multiple shots that struck Jordan in the back as the officer attempted to arrest a female friend, Chantell Mixon. Bowman, Mixon and a third man, […]

Griffin man arrested after allegedly threatening to kill local law enforcement officers

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin man, Rodrick Reid, was on Thursday arrested on charges of making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct after allegedly threatening to shoot local law enforcement officers. Spalding County Sheriff Wendell Beam said Reid was apprehended after an extensive search of the Griffin area and subsequent search warrant was executed at […]

Attorney on GPD restructuring: the only men left standing were black

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: Attorneys representing two former officers of the Griffin Police Department have issued a letter of demand to city officials, alleging the recent GPD restructuring illegally resulted in their clients’ termination of employment based on racial discrimination. The Grip has obtained a copy of the letter submitted to City Manager Kenny Smith from […]

GPD makes arrest in multiple theft cases

STAFF REPORTS ::: Officers of the Griffin Police Department on Thursday morning apprehended and arrested Michael Wyatt, of 309 Mae Court, Locust Grove, in connection with a number of crimes in multiple jurisdictions. He was taken into custody at 1352 Maple Drive. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, Wyatt was wanted for several felony theft by […]

GPD officer critically injured in motorcycle wreck

SHEILA MARSHALL ::: A Griffin police officer – Cpl. Chad Moxon – sustained critical injuries in a single-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon. He was off duty at the time of the incident. According to Maj. Leslie Holmes, of the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, the incident was reported to authorities at 12:51 p.m. She said the wreck resulted […]

GPD implements Public Oriented Policing tactics

By Sheila A. Marshall Editor The Griffin Police Department has responded to Board of Commission members’ concerns regarding local crime by implementing a new method of law enforcement – Problem Oriented Policing – which will shift officers’ focus from reactionary to preemptive. Chief Frank Strickland explained that Uniform Patrol officers historically patrolled the city and […]