GPD: Dispute at Wal-Mart led to Griffin Crossings murder

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A dispute at Wal-Mart led to the Saturday afternoon shooting death of 24-year-old Reginald Darnell Hamm at Griffin Crossings Apartments, officials say. The Griffin Police Department Criminal Investigation Division conducted numerous interviews and executed several search warrants throughout the day, ultimately determining that Hamm and two other men who were involved […]

Two suspects in custody in Griffin Crossings shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Multiple suspects are in police custody related to the Saturday afternoon shooting death of 24-year-old Reginald Darnell Hamm. “We are no longer actively seeking any other suspects on reference to the shooting that took place earlier this afternoon at Griffin Crossings,” said. Griffin Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Daniel Jett. […]

Griffin Crossings shooting victim has died

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The victim of a Saturday afternoon shooting in Griffin Crossings Apartments complex has died. He has been identified as 24-year-old Reginald Darnell Hamm, of Griffin. Hamm sustained a gunshot wound to the chest in the shooting that occurred at the entrance to Griffin Crossings, located at 1597 W. McIntosh Road. Hamm […]

GPD: Shooting suspect remains at-large; investigation ongoing

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department investigation of a Saturday afternoon shooting in the Griffin Crossings Apartment complex remains ongoing. Authorities responded to the complex entrance at approximately 2:27 p.m.Upon arrival, officers located a male victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. Personnel of Griffin Fire-Rescue and WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency […]

BREAKING NEWS: One person wounded in Saturday shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One person has been wounded in a shooting that occurred Saturday afternoon in Griffin Crossings Apartments located at 1597 W. McIntosh Road. GPD Chief Mike Yates confirmed to The GRIP that one shooting victim has been transported for medical treatment. Yates also confirmed the suspect in the shooting remains at-large. The […]

Griffin woman charged with aggravated child molestation, statutory rape

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Brianna Haldeman, age 20, of 125 Magnolia Drive, has been arrested and charged with aggravated child molestation and statutory rape related to alleged ongoing sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy. Officials say Haldeman also claims she is pregnant as a result of the alleged crimes. Haldeman’s was arrested after a report […]

Griffin man arrested in Saturday shooting incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested 19-year-old Isaac Burks on charges related to a Saturday night shooting. Officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division at 7:12 p.m. reported hearing approximately ten to 12 gunshots in the vicinity of Lynn Street. After speaking to several people, officers located a vehicle that had […]

Griffin firefighter charged in child sex abuse case fired

Kevin Burkholder and Juliana Patel facing numerous additional charges SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Kevin Burkholder, a Griffin-Fire Rescue firefighter arrested Aug. 4 on multiple child sex abuse charges, has been terminated. Burkholder is also now facing numerous additional criminal charges, as is Juliana Patel, a Griffin woman implicated in this case. Upon learning a warrant […]

GPD Chief will request GSP investigation of officer’s on-duty wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates on Sunday clarified a miscommunication regarding an on-duty wreck involving Griffin Police Department Officer Jessie Piland, stating he intends to request the Georgia State Patrol investigate the incident. Yates originally stated Saturday morning that the Georgia State Patrol is investigating the incident. Sgt. Robert Thompson, […]

Correction to previous article regarding GPD officer’s wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS – PUBLISHER’S NOTE ::: The GRIP has learned that certain information reported Saturday morning regarding an on-duty wreck involving Griffin Police Department Officer Jessie Piland was factually incorrect. In the article “GPD officer sustains minor injuries in early morning wreck,” The GRIP reported the incident was being investigated by the Georgia State […]

GPD officer sustains minor injuries in early morning wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An officer of the Griffin Police Department sustained minor injuries in an early Saturday morning wreck that left his patrol car overturned. GPD Chief Mike Yates said Officer Jessie Piland was responding to a call for service when the wreck occurred on West Taylor Street. Yates said Piland sustained “no injuries […]

GHS students seen in online sex act will not face criminal charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Griffin High School students have been administratively disciplined for engaging in a sexual act in online view of other students. Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) Superintendent Jim Smith described the Tuesday incident as “behavior in violation of the student code of conduct” in an online classroom environment. In a letter […]

Griffin woman faces multiple child sex charges in case linked to local firefighter

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested Griffin resident Juliana Caroline Patel on numerous child sex abuse charges. Authorities say Patel’s arrest is related to the Aug. 4 arrest of Griffin Fire-Rescue Firefighter Kevin Burkholder. According to a report filed by GPD Investigator Adam Trammell, the Griffin Police Department was on Monday, […]

Griffin firefighter arrested on multiple child sexual abuse charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Fire-Rescue Firefighter Kevin Burkholder has been arrested on ten charges including multiple counts related to the sexual abuse of a child. According to the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Burkholder is being held on one count of incest, one count of aggravated child molestation, one count of felony sodomy, one count […]

Griffin Fire-Rescue firefighter arrested by Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin Fire-Rescue (GFR) firefighter has been arrested by the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). According to a press release issued by the city of Griffin after the close of business Thursday, the Griffin Police Department on Tuesday notified GFR that a warrant had been issued for the arrest of Kevin Burkholder. […]