GPD seeking suspect in Thursday morning armed robbery

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is searching for a suspect in a Thursday morning armed robbery of the Dollar General located at 1019 Memorial Drive. According to a press release, officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division were dispatched to that location just after 11:30 a.m. Employees reported the suspect used a handgun […]

Violent Griffin home invasion, aggravated assault of child victim results in life sentence

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County jury on Thursday convicted Lajayvayon Malek Johnson on numerous charges related to a violent home invasion. Having been convicted of home invasion, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18, possession of marijuana […]

Griffin PD searching for family of toddler found alone, unsupervised at close of fall festival

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is searching for the family of a toddler who was located alone and unsupervised at the end of a Saturday afternoon fall festival. Officials say the child, who authorities say is three-years-old, is in police custody as they search for his family. The GRIP will continue to […]

GHS student charged with felony for alleged weapon possession

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin High School student, 17-year-old Jeremy Lecompte, is in police custody after allegedly taking a weapon on school property. According to Investigator Ryan Bynum, of the Griffin Police Department, Lecompte was taken into custody Thursday after a student reported the incident. The student initially made a report to a teacher, […]

Griffin PD investigating report of GHS student in possession of pellet gun

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating an incident allegedly involving a Griffin High School student who reportedly was in possession of a pellet gun at school. According to a letter issued by GHS Principal Dr.  Darrell Evans, the pellet gun was secured by administrators. “It was reported that a student was […]

GPD: Attempted child abduction report was false

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has determined a report of an attempted child abduction was false. According to a press release issued by Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division responded to a call at approximately 3:37 p.m. Sept. 20, reporting an attempted child abduction had just […]

GPD “Operation CARE-ington” nets 11 narcotics arrests

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department Special Investigations (SIU) and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (CAGE) units conducted “Operation CARE-ington,” which resulted in numerous drug- and weapons-related arrests. According to a press release, Operation CARE-ington resulted from numerous complaints of alleged drug activity in the 1700 block of Carrington Townhomes. During the operation, 11 […]

GPD releases citizens’ personal Facebook records

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has released personal messages from the Facebook account of Will Holloway Sanders and three other individuals. This followed a public statement directed solely to Sanders that was allegedly made by GPD Chief Mike Yates. “Mr. Sanders, The police department and myself have been the subject of numerous […]

Woman charged in boyfriend’s murder claimed shooting was unintentional

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The suspect in the Wednesday night domestic-related homicide of 23-year-old Steven Andrew Freeman claimed the shooting was accidental. Freeman was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest. According to the incident report submitted by Griffin Police Department Master Patrol Officer Brian Earls, 24-year-old Mary Katherine Higdon, who has been […]

GPD: Armed robbery, kidnapping at T-Mobile leads to three arrests

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department on Tuesday, July 31, responded to a report of an armed robbery at the T-Mobile on North Expressway. According to a press release, officers in Henry County initiated a pursuit with a vehicle identified as the getaway vehicle. The pursuit, with the assistance of the Clayton County Sheriff’s […]

GPD Operation Reciprocity targets local “open-air drug market”

STAFF REPORT ::: What officials have described as an “open air drug market” has been the focus of an ongoing investigation by the Griffin Police Department Special Investigations and C.A.G.E. units. A press release issued by the GPD states that Operation Reciprocity concentrated on the area of North 2nd Street and East Central Avenue, particularly […]

GPD investigating aggravated assault that left one person severely injured

STAFF REPORT ::: One person was badly injured at approximately 7:45 p.m. Thursday evening aggravated assault on Alice Street, in the area behind McIntosh BP and Spalding Liquor. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, the victims wounds were described as “severe.” The victim, described as “uncooperative,” with the investigation, was […]

Suspect in shooting incident near Easy Shop now charged with aggravated assault

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Timothy Watkins, one of the individuals allegedly involved in the June 3 shooting incident on Ray Street in the vicinity of the Easy Shop supermarket has been charged with aggravated assault. Investigator Adam Trammell, of the Griffin Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, now also alleges this aggravated assault involved Watkins firing […]

Media shut out by GPD Chief Yates now subject of IA investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: In response to unequal restrictions and demands invoked against The GRIP by Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, Publisher Sheila Mathews met with Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith in an effort to reach a resolution that would facilitate an impartial professional relationship. The basis of this meeting was the structure of […]

“Gun fight” behind Easy Shop results in misdemeanor reckless conduct charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Griffin teens have been charged in connection with the Sunday afternoon shooting incident that occurred in the immediate vicinity of the Easy Shop Supermarket. Originally dispatched as a drive-by shooting, investigators say they are uncertain the incident meets the criteria to be classified as such. The GRIP on Wednesday spoke […]