Chick-fil-A cashier victim of short-change scam

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating a theft at the Taylor Street Chick-fil-A after an employee was the alleged victim of a short-change scam. According to Officer Ahlesltia Smith, of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division, Chick-fil-A Manager Sean Ivey reported an employee was fraudulently manipulated out of cash. The cashier, who is […]

Two Griffin men arrested after traffic stop on vehicle reported stolen

STAFF REPORT ::: Two Griffin men were arrested Monday after officers of the Griffin Police Department Special Investigations and CAGE units attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle reported stolen out of Newton County. Officials say the driver, Jermad Barkley, jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot, throwing a handgun in the […]

Griffin man arrested after shooting near Quiet Hills Apartments

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department arrested a Griffin man following a shooting incident near an apartment complex. According to a press release issued by the GPD, the incident occurred in the area of Quiet Hills Apartments on West Avenue and Lane Street on Thursday, Dec. 12. Authorities say officers in the Uniform Patrol […]

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 […]

Third shooting in three days under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: For the third time in three days, a Griffin home has been struck by many rounds of gunfire. Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division on Wednesday responded to 322 N. 5th St., in reference to a report of shots fired. “Upon my arrival myself and several other officers […]

GPD: 14-year-old boy charged with shooting father

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 14-year-old Griffin boy is in custody on a charge of aggravated assault associated with shooting his father. Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division on Monday night responded to 1100 W. College St. Extension Apartment G5 in reference to a person with a gunshot wound. The victim was […]

Dozens of shots fired and three homes struck in two drive by shootings

STAFF REPORT ::: Two separate drive by shootings – one early Sunday morning and the second early Tuesday – left three Griffin homes riddled with gunfire. On Dec. 8, at approximately 4 a.m., Griffin Police Department Officer Phillip Johnson responded to the 300 block of East Quilly Street, where he met with Jemel Whitlock and […]

GPD investigating violent crimes of opportunity

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating two separate incidents in which people appear to have been randomly targeted by armed assailants. The first case, an aggravated assault, was reported by 62-year-old Steven Driver, who said he was attacked after his vehicle became disabled. “…I met with Steven Driver, who stated that at […]

Meet up on Instagram and heavy drinking lead to shots fired on Hale Avenue

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Personnel of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division on Sunday night responded to a call on Hale Avenue reporting a dispute that escalated to gunfire. According to Sgt. Lee Ward, Brian Harwood reported a verbal dispute involving himself and an acquaintance had become violent. “Upon my arrival at 820 Hale […]

Griffin PD receives CALEA re-accreditation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has received its fifth certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA). According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, the accreditation was given to the agency due to the dedication to the program and under the direction and guidance of […]

GPD: Four juveniles charged in 11 entering auto cases

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division has arrested four suspects in a series of entering auto cases. According to a GPD press release, a report was received Nov. 16, referencing a burglary in progress at 1150 W. College St. Extension. Upon arrival, officers observed four individuals inside a secured fence at […]

Drive by shooting under investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating a reported drive by shooting on Tinsley Street. The incident was reported by James Andrews, who said the incident occurred outside his 729 E. Tinsley St. residence. “Andrews sister April Andrews was sitting on the couch in the living room when she heard the shots and […]

GPD: Argument leads to aggravated assault by vehicle in El Charro parking lot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault that was reported in the parking lot of El Charro on North Expressway. Officer Matthew Kerlin, on Saturday responded to a call reporting a person being struck by a vehicle that had then fled the scene. Upon arrival, Kerlin spoke with Jeremiah […]

Man charged with aggravated assault in baseball bat attack

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin man, 59-year-old Richard Wayne Chestnut, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault for allegedly attacking family members with a baseball bat. Master Patrol Officer Geoffrey Zimbleman, of the Griffin Police Department, on Friday responded to a domestic dispute call on E. College Street, where he met with the complainant, […]

GPD: Woman ran from home to escape domestic violence incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested Justin Grubbs in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident. Sgt. Tony Brown responded to a 911 call reporting a domestic assault at Grubb’s Brook Circle residence. However, Brown reported that he responded to a secondary Brook Circle residence after he was flagged down by […]