Griffin curfew lists 12 exemptions; others face $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith is responding to citizen concerns regarding the curfew enacted Tuesday night by the Board of Commissioners. According to Smith, the purpose of the curfew is to limit transmission of COVID-19. “Hopefully it will keep people from being out spreading the coronavirus. They just need to stay […]

GPD officer receives corrective action for blaring “The Purge” horn while on patrol

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates has identified this officer as Patrolman Josh Holley, of the Uniform Patrol Division. Yates DID NOT attempt to withhold the officer’s name. The GRIP initially failed to ask for that information. I will now climb out of bed and begin to re-caffeinate my blood stream. In all […]

GPD: Two people stabbed in alleged domestic dispute

STAFF REPORT ::: A Thomaston man is being sought in connection with a Tuesday night stabbing that remains under investigation by the Griffin Police Department. Officers of the Uniform Patrol Division responded to a call of a stabbing at 1813 Old Atlanta Road at approximately 10:15 p.m. Upon arrival, officers located two people wounded and […]

GPD traffic stop leads to narcotics arrest

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin man is in custody facing numerous narcotics related charges after a traffic stop conducted by the Griffin Police Department CAGE Unit. According to a press release issued by the GPD, an agent of the Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement Unit on Monday initiated a traffic stop, resulting in a man […]

GPD traffic stop results in three arrests on narcotics and weapons charges

STAFF REPORT ::: A traffic stop conducted by the Griffin Police Department Special Investigation and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit resulted in the arrests of three and the seizure of narcotics and firearms. The initial traffic stop occurred Feb. 25, and led to the location of three grams of crack cocaine, 9.5 grams […]

GPD: Four arrested in armed robbery, including juveniles, ages 12 and 15

STAFF REPORT ::: Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the alleged armed robbery of a Marco’s Pizza delivery driver. Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division officers were on Thursday night dispatched to Marco’s Pizza in response to the report of an armed robbery in the vicinity of Turner Street. A delivery driver reported […]

Six alleged gang members arrested for armed robbery of Bowen’s Pharmacy

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested six men in connection to a Tuesday morning armed robbery at Bowen’s Pharmacy located at 1378 Experiment St. According to a press release issued by the GPD, upon arrival, officers were given a description of suspects and a description and the tag number of the vehicle […]

GPD arrests two on charge of felony theft by taking

STAFF REPORT ::: Information provided by a Griffin resident assisted in the arrest of two suspects in a recent theft case. The Griffin Police Department on Jan. 29, responded to a report of a stolen white enclosed trailer taken from the parking lot between the Valero gas station and Rustic Lantern on East Taylor Street. […]

GPD withholds records in case alleging judicial misconduct against local judge

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin is again refusing to release public records to The GRIP, this time withholding records associated with an investigation of alleged judicial misconduct involving Spalding County Magistrate Judge Don Taliaferro. The alleged misconduct was first reported to the Griffin Police Department on June 14, 2018, when Toni Presley […]

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 […]