Griffin PD officer seriously injured in altercation with GHS student

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An officer of the Griffin Police Department was seriously injured today in an altercation involving a Griffin High School student. Authorities say GHS School Resource Officer Jessie Davenport sustained serious injuries to both knees when a male student allegedly initiated a physical struggle. “The SRO was breaking up a fight and […]

All Griffin Police Department CAGE Unit officers temporarily reassigned to other divisions

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates has temporarily reassigned all members of the Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit to other divisions. Yates’ internal memorandum – identified as a special order – said the temporary reassignments would be effective Jan. 8, 2023. A sweeping operational assessment of the Griffin Police […]

BoC vote and contract to conduct Griffin PD operational assessment cloaked in secrecy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Board of Commissioners has voted to authorize an operational assessment of the Griffin Police Department. The vote authorizing City Attorney Drew Whalen to move forward with a contract for this assessment was taken during the BoC’s Nov. 22 meeting. All discussion about the operational assessment and the vote authorizing […]

Two homes off N. Hill Street, one occupied, struck by gunfire in shooting incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two  homes sustained damage in a Thursday evening shooting incident in the vicinity of N. Hill and Realty streets. After responding to the area in response to a shots fired call, Officer Willie Deese, of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division, was flagged down by a man who reported having […]

Police: Stolen firearm and narcotics located where two juveniles were shot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department investigation of a Thursday afternoon shooting that left two juveniles wounded is ongoing. Uniform Patrol Division officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Carrington Drive in response to a person shot call. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 15-year-old male had sustained a gunshot wound to the […]

GPD: Two juveniles wounded in apparent drug deal-related shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating a Thursday afternoon shooting that left two wounded. According to GPD Chief Mike Yates, two juveniles – one 15-years-old and the second 17-years-old – were shot. Yates said the shooting appears to have occurred during an apparent drug deal. “Both were uncooperative but have been […]

District Attorney will not request GBI investigation of GPD roadside strip search

The initial alleged offense was failure to obey a traffic control device, with Sgt. John Kelton alleging the driver stopped beyond the white stripe. To protect the woman’s identity, The GRIP will not identify any of the occupants involved in the traffic stop. According to Broder, GPD CAGE Unit Officer Alyssa Hanson had no criminal […]

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 […]