Two armed bank robbery suspects in custody; two remain at large

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A high speed chase resulted in the apprehension of two men in connection with the Friday afternoon armed robbery of the Griffin branch of Regions Bank located at 327 W. Taylor St. Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery at the bank […]

City of Griffin out more than $800,000 in alleged fraud; FBI investigating

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin has lost $802,499.29 in two separate online transactions that officials say were fraudulent. Griffin Police Department Master Patrol Officer Chip Johns on Friday, June 28, responded to city offices located at 100 S. Hill St., where he met Chuck Olmstead, an official of the Finance Department. “He […]

Jury: Mary Higdon not guilty of murder in shooting death of Steven Freeman

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Mary Katherine Higdon, the woman charged with murder in the Aug. 1, 2018, shooting death of Steven Andrew Freeman, her boyfriend, has been acquitted of all charges. Higdon, who was facing a possible sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault […]

D.A.: Murderer of GPD Officer Kevin Jordan will die in prison

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the conviction of Michael Bowman in the 2014 shooting death of Griffin Police Department Officer Kevin Jordan. Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker said his office is pleased with the Supreme Court’s ruling. “Were were very pleased. We felt like it was a […]

Nearly six-hour SWAT standoff results in warrants for Griffin man’s arrest

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A domestic-related call with a person threatening suicide Monday afternoon resulted in a SWAT callout for the Griffin Police Department. Lt. Daniel Jett, the public information officer for the GPD, said that while en route to the location, officers were advised by Spalding E911 that 22-year-old Javon Goodman was threatening suicide […]

GBI, state and local agencies raid Griffin businesses in gambling case

STAFF REPORT ::: Several Griffin businesses were on Wednesday, May 1, raided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Commercial Gambling Unit. Along with the Griffin Police Department and in cooperation with the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the Georgia Department of Revenue, four search warrants were executed for alleged violations of state gambling laws. According to […]

Father of young boy injured in accidental shooting arrested on weapon charge

STAFF REPORT ::: The father of a seven-year-old boy who sustained an accidental gunshot wound to the abdomen has been arrested. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, Tremell Reives was on April 22, arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The victim, who has not […]

Young boy recovering from Monday shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: The investigation initiated Monday when a seven-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen continues. Sgt. Chris Wilson, of the Griffin Police Department, on Tuesday reported the young child remains hospitalized but is expected to recover. “According to reports given to the lead investigator, surgery went well and the child is […]

Shooting of seven-year-old boy under investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating the Monday afternoon shooting of a seven-year-old boy. According to a press release, personnel of the Uniform Patrol Division, Griffin Fire-Rescue and WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency Medical Services responded in emergency mode to the call in the Griffin Crossings apartment complex. Upon arrival, the victim […]

Reports of body found in Hillandale are false

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Online reports that a dead body was located in the Hillandale subdivision are false. Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster confirmed statements to that effect are “totally erroneous.” The GRIP has placed a phone call to Griffin Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Wilson requesting a return call. Additional information on […]

GPD: Man charged in City Park kidnapping, aggravated battery

STAFF REPORT ::: An arrest has been made in an alleged kidnapping and assault in Griffin’s City Park that left one woman badly injured. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, Terene White on March 20 sought treatment at WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital for extensive injuries including a fractured nose, other […]

Police: 13-year-old fled on foot after discarding narcotics

STAFF REPORT ::: A 13-year-old Griffin youth was arrested Tuesday after police say he fled from officers. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, as officers of the C.A.G.E. and Special Investigation units approached the boy at 118 Tinsley St., he allegedly discarded a bag of narcotics and attempted to flee […]

GPD report: No indication of dog fighting in case of alleged cruelty to animals

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin man – Courtney Montez Thomas, age 35 – has been charged with animal cruelty as the Griffin Police Department (GPD) is investigating the circumstances that resulted in one dog being euthanized and the placement of three others in the custody of Spalding County Animal Control. The investigation began Saturday, […]

GPD responds to call of 13-year-old with gunshot wound

STAFF REPORT ::: Officers of the Griffin Police Department on Tuesday responded to a call at WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital regarding a 13-year-old child who sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, the wound was allegedly self-inflicted. Officers met with the wounded boy and […]

SHS locked down as search for suspect ensues

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding High School has been placed on lock down as the Griffin Police Department searches for a suspect that reportedly fled from an officer. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, that agency is providing assistance. “They had someone flee from one of their officers,” Jones said, […]