Driver charged with running red light in collision with fire chief

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Tuesday morning vehicular collision that severely injured Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief John Hamilton resulted from a driver running a red light, police say. According to Officer Scott Collum, of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division, 22-year-old Jerry Anya Oruada, of Hampton, was driving a 2006 Honda Civic eastbound on Taylor […]

Griffin fire chief struck by vehicle; severely injured

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief John Hamilton was severely injured early Tuesday morning when he was struck by a vehicle. Hamilton was bicycling in the area of Chick-fil-A on Taylor street when he was hit. Due to inclement weather, transport by air ambulance was not possible, so he was transported by ambulance to […]

Griffin firefighter charged in child sex abuse case fired

Kevin Burkholder and Juliana Patel facing numerous additional charges SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Kevin Burkholder, a Griffin-Fire Rescue firefighter arrested Aug. 4 on multiple child sex abuse charges, has been terminated. Burkholder is also now facing numerous additional criminal charges, as is Juliana Patel, a Griffin woman implicated in this case. Upon learning a warrant […]

Griffin firefighter arrested on multiple child sexual abuse charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Fire-Rescue Firefighter Kevin Burkholder has been arrested on ten charges including multiple counts related to the sexual abuse of a child. According to the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Burkholder is being held on one count of incest, one count of aggravated child molestation, one count of felony sodomy, one count […]

Griffin Fire-Rescue firefighter arrested by Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin Fire-Rescue (GFR) firefighter has been arrested by the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). According to a press release issued by the city of Griffin after the close of business Thursday, the Griffin Police Department on Tuesday notified GFR that a warrant had been issued for the arrest of Kevin Burkholder. […]

City manager stands behind Griffin’s COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith stands firmly behind the officers assigned to the city’s COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force. Despite online complaints by some local business owners and residents, Smith said the Task Force has his support in ongoing efforts to mitigate potential negative affect of the novel coronavirus. “I am one […]

High customer volume leaves shoppers waiting in line to enter some stores

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: High customer volume in Griffin grocery stores Wednesday afternoon resulted in shopping delays for some customers as they were required to wait to enter stores. Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief John Hamilton said that following Governor Brian Kemp’s Wednesday afternoon address, GF-R personnel drove by local businesses to ensure crowds were with safety […]

John Hamilton named chief of Griffin Fire-Rescue

STAFF REPORT ::: John Hamilton, a 23-year veteran of Griffin Fire-Rescue, has been promoted to the position of chief. Hamilton has served in all capacities during his service with Griffin Fire-Rescue, beginning as a firefighter and advancing to rescue tech, EMT, hazardous materials technician, rescue tech lieutenant, captain and since 2001, has served as GF-R’s […]

Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones to retire after 32 years of service

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones has announced his retirement after 32 years of service. Jones joined the department Aug. 2, 1987, at the rank of firefighter. For the first three years of his career, Jones served in the old Station 1 – the historic Griffin City Hall – and rode on the […]

Griffin Fire-Rescue Toy Drive underway

STAFF REPORT ::: It’s that time of year again. The Griffin Firefighter Annual Toy Round-up has gotten off to a great start. Fire fighters are busy collecting toys through Dec. 16, at the three city fire stations: Station 1 at 310 N. Hill St. Station 2 (Headquarters) at 1420 Ellis Road Station 3 at 101 Crescent Way […]

Elderly Griffin man killed in Sunday morning fire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An early Sunday morning fire on Morningside Drive took the life of an elderly Griffin resident, 76-year-old Albert C. “Carey” Jones. According to Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones said he received notification of the fire at approximately 7 a.m., and heavy smoke was showing upon the arrival of the first fire […]

Monday storms leave behind moderate to severe damage; no injuries reported

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A number of Griffin-Spalding County residents are cleaning up after storms damaged property early Monday afternoon. As of early evening, no official determination had been made regarding what caused that damage. “Nobody has confirmed that there actually was one (a tornado), but something went through over there around Herndon,” said Griffin […]

Five Orrs Elementary students picked up after reporting feeling ill

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Parents of five Orrs Elementary School students picked up their children today after they reported feeling ill and were checked out by personnel of Griffin Fire-Rescue. According to Griffin-Spalding County School System Executive Director of Communications and Partnerships Department Judy Parker, the children complained of feeling unwell in the midst of […]

City and county fire departments respond to reports of weather damage

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: City of Griffin and Spalding County first responders are working calls related to this afternoon’s weather. According to Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones, his personnel has responded to a few calls, but nothing serious. Jones said reports of people being trapped in a residence in Griffin are false. Spalding County Fire […]

Two families lose homes to fire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Spalding County families lost their homes this week as a result of devastating structure fires. The fires occurred within hours of each other Tuesday morning and required responses from both city and county fire departments. The first call was received by the Spalding County Fire Department (SCFD) at 9:53 a.m. […]