Kroger surveillance video disproves attempted kidnapping allegation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Surveillance footage recorded by Kroger indicates a man accused of attempting to abduct a young child instead rushed to her assistance. The incident was reported at 11:55 p.m. March 8 by Brianna Nicole Clay, who alleged a man had attempted to kidnap her daughter while grocery shopping in Kroger located at […]

Police identify deceased man located in Home Depot parking lot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The person found deceased in a vehicle in the Home Depot parking lot Saturday morning has been identified as 55-year-old James Elliot Smith, of Milner. According to the Griffin Police Department, Smith’s cause of death is unknown. Smith’s body has been transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for […]

BREAKING NEWS: Police investigating body found in Home Depot parking lot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating the discovery of a body in the Home Depot parking lot. The body was found inside a vehicle. According to GPD Public Information Officer Laurie Littlejohn, the cause of death is unknown. “Yes, it is a body but there is no determination of manner and […]

Griffin Police Department K9 Buddy found deceased in doghouse

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin Police Department K9 Buddy was found deceased Feb. 14. He was found in his doghouse by his handler, Officer Brian Dorety, at approximately 10 a.m. The GPD said K9 Buddy died from natural causes. K9 Buddy was born Sept. 15, 2016 and joined the GPD in August 2018. He was […]

GPD investigating “swatting” call that falsely reported shooting, hostage situation on Maple Drive

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating the false report of a shooting and hostage situation at a Maple Drive residence. A call was placed to Spalding County Sheriff’s Office administrative line Sunday Wednesday night reporting the violent crime was still in progress and included threats to kill responding law enforcement officers. […]

Retired GPD Assistant Chief Johnny Jett dies

STAFF REPORT ::: John “Johnny” Jett, former assistant chief of the Griffin Police Department, passed away Feb. 3, 2020. Jett began his career in law enforcement on June 1, 1972, and rose through the ranks, serving in every capacity in the GPD for almost 37 years before retiring June 30, 2009. The GPD described Jett […]

GPD: Alleged gang members drew guns in store during angry confrontation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault in which two groups of suspected gang members allegedly drew weapons on one another in a local convenience store. The incident was reported by an employee of Super Speed Zone located at 678 North Expressway. GPD Officer Chelsea Jones, of the Uniform Patrol […]

Griffin woman charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after shooting her dog

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin woman has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, after shooting and killing her dog. The Griffin Police Department responded to the Vineyard Villas Apartments in response to a report of a dog bite and shots fired. Upon arrival, Officer Alyssa Hanson and other officers ultimately located 56-year-old […]

Death investigation underway after man’s body located following vehicle fire

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department (GPD) and Griffin Fire-Rescue (GFR) are conducting a joint investigation after a man’s body was discovered in the remains of a burned vehicle. The GPD Uniform Patrol Division and GFR personnel on Jan. 12 responded at approximately 3:30 a.m. to a report of the vehicle fire at 735 […]

Griffin juvenile wounded in shooting reported as drive by

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault that was reported as a drive by shooting late Monday night. Officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division responded at approximately 11 p.m. to 411 Chappell St. to a report of a juvenile with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. It was […]

GPD: Murder victim and suspect were members of same criminal street gang

STAFF REPORT ::: The murder victim located Wednesday afternoon near the Griffin Municipal Golf Course has been identified as 20-year-old Pierre Parrish, of Locust Grove. Parrish’s body was located in a wooded area near the intersection of Beck and English streets. Griffin Police Department investigators believe Parrish’s body had been at that location for several […]

Murder investigation underway after body reported in area of Griffin golf course

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A murder investigation is underway following the report of a deceased person in the vicinity of the Griffin Municipal Golf Course. This marks the eighth homicide in the city of Griffin in 2020. According to GPD Chief Mike Yates, the body was located in a wooded area near the golf course, […]

SWAT standoff leads to investigation of Spalding assistant county manager, arrest of former Code Enforcement officer

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Code Enforcement Officer Steven Arnold was on Saturday arrested after a standoff at his residence involving the Griffin Police Department SWAT Team and Uniform Patrol Division personnel. Police initially responded to Arnold’s Sylvan Lane residence in response to a 911 call reporting a suicide threat. The caller, later identified […]

Griffin High students face felony, other criminal charges

STAFF REPORT ::: Two Griffin High School students are facing multiple criminal charges – including one felony each – after a Thursday afternoon incident involving officers the Griffin Police Department. GPD Cpl. Chris Webb responded to GHS upon the request of Assistance Principal Dr. Douglas Wheeler, who reported a student causing a disturbance. “Wheeler was […]

Shooting sends Griffin man to Atlanta trauma unit by air ambulance

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin man, 22-year-old Leonardo Sanchez, was grievously wounded in a shooting late Wednesday night. Officers of the Griffin Police Department responded at approximately 9:22 p.m. to 1220 Lake Ave. in reference to a person shot. Upon arrival, Officer Scott Sierra, of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division, located Sanchez, who sustained […]