Griffin woman’s quick thinking thwarts violent carjacking attempt

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin woman’s quick thinking thwarted a violent carjacking attempt. The incident occurred just before 7 a.m. Sept. 7, when the victim, Markita Goodman, arrived for work at Vernay located at 804 Greenbelt Parkway. Griffin Police Department Officer Michael Betsill responded in non-emergency mode and met with Goodman. “Upon my arrival […]

GPD: Griffin man facing 16 counts of aggravated animal cruelty in response to dog fighting call

Crime scene photos provided by the Griffin Police Department and booking photo provided by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office

BREAKING NEWS: Griffin home-based daycare provider facing 35 child abuse related charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Connie Banks Pound, the owner of a Griffin home-based childcare facility, is facing 35 criminal charges – 19 felonies and 16 misdemeanors – related to a child abuse investigation. Griffin Police Department investigators say Pound, whose childcare business is operated at her 835 Hanover Drive residence, physically abused multiple children in […]

Fallen GPD Sgt. Todd Thomas to be honored today by End of Watch Ride to Remember

STAFF REPORT ::: The End of Watch Ride to Remember will be riding into Griffin at 4 p.m. today in honor of Griffin Police Department Sgt. Todd Thomas. Thomas died Sept. 28, 2021, from complications of COVID-19. The End of Watch Ride to Remember is a group of motorcycle riders from Washington state who escort […]

BREAKING: One woman killed, man seriously wounded in Thursday morning shooting; suspect in custody

STAFF REPORT ::: An arrest has been made in an early Thursday morning shooting that killed one woman and left a man seriously wounded. The Griffin Police Department responded at approximately 2:51 a.m. to Vineyard Village Apartments at 1547 Highway 16 West, Apartment C, in reference to a report of a person shot. Upon arrival, […]

Two arrests made in murder of Jacqueris Holland

STAFF REPORT ::: Two arrests have been made in the May 27 murder of Jacqueris Holland, who was travelling north on North Hill Street near the old People’s Choice Club at approximately 2:20 a.m. when a vehicle passed him and fired shots into his vehicle. The silver suspect vehicle then continued travelling north and disappeared. […]

Malik Yarbrough sentenced to life without parole for 2020 murder of Donnell Brown

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Malik Yarbrough, the Griffin man convicted in the 2020 murder of Robert Donnel Brown, has been sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. Superior Court Judge Scott L. Ballard on Wednesday handed down the sentence following a lengthy sentencing hearing during which both the state and defense […]

Two people wounded in Monday night shooting; residences, vehicles also damaged

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two people were wounded in a shooting Sunday night on North Hill Street. Griffin Police Department officer Willie Deese reported he was patrolling in the area when he heard several gunshots fired. Deese and additional Uniform Patrol Division officers located what Deese described as a “large gathering” in front of 419 […]

Friday night shooting kills one; suspect in custody

STAFF REPORT ::: A 46-year-old man, Rafael Thomas, was shot and killed Friday night on Tinsley Street. The Griffin Police Department responded to 116 W. Tinsley St., at approximately 7 p.m. in response to a report of a person shot. Thomas was transported to the WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital emergency room where he died from […]

Police Chief: Drive-by suspects may have been “significantly involved” in other violent crimes

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has identified five suspects arrested early Thursday morning following what officials have described as a high-speed pursuit that ended in Butts County. Authorities say the pursuit involved a vehicle suspected of being involved in multiple drive-by shootings, including one in the early morning hours of May 17 […]

Dix praises SCSO, GPD for joint effort resulting in arrest of five drive-by shooting suspects

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has identified the five suspects arrested in a felony traffic stop following a high-speed pursuit early Thursday morning that ended in Butts County. The pursuit involved a vehicle suspected of involvement in multiple drive-by shootings, including one in the early morning hours of May 17 that […]

GPD: High speed pursuit involving vehicle suspected in drive-by ends in Butts County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A high speed pursuit involving the Griffin Police Department and a vehicle that matched the description of one used in a May 17 drive-by shooting ended in Butts County. At approximately 2:26 a.m., Uniform Patrol Division Officer Matt Kerlin was on patrol in the vicinity of Blanton Avenue and Haskell Ward […]

GPD investigating one shooting, multiple reports of shots fired from Friday evening to Sunday morning

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two vehicles – one occupied by a minor – were struck by gunfire Saturday just after 2 p.m. at Rick’s Food Mart located at 888 Meriwether Street. This incident was one of several involving calls reporting shots fired in the city of Griffin between Friday evening and Sunday morning. The owner […]

GPD Chief will consider responding to concerns of alleged weekend shootings when he is on duty

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Many of you have reached out about reports of multiple shooting incidents in the city of Griffin this weekend. After the first report early Friday evening, The GRIP emailed Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates. He never responded. After the second report Saturday afternoon, The GRIP again emailed Griffin Police Department […]

Discovery of woman’s body in Griffin Crossings Shopping Center under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body in the Griffin Crossings Shopping Center. According to Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, the body of 65-year-old Linda Watson was located at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday in the area near Mo’s Southwest Grill, close to the intersection of Highways 92 and 19/41. […]