BREAKING NEWS: Local activist will not face prosecution for statements in Facebook video

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin resident Ray Harps-Muhammad will not be facing a criminal charge of terroristic threats related to a video posted on his Facebook page last week. The GRIP learned today that Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder determined Harps-Muhammad’s actions did not meet the statutory requirements for prosecution. “Marie and the […]

Facebook video forwarded to GBI for potential investigation of perceived threat

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Facebook live video recorded by Griffin resident Ray Harps Muhammad has been forwarded to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and potentially to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix and Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates both say they perceived a statement Muhammad made as a threat […]

GPD Chief says rumor of Antifa protest in Griffin is unsubstantiated

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Rumors speculating that an Antifa protest will occur this Friday in Griffin cannot be substantiated by local officials. “I have no information that I could substantiate that would indicate they are,” said Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates. Asked how he would address citizen concerns regarding the Antifa rumors, Yates said, […]

GPD seeking assistance to identify suspects in war memorial vandalism

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying individuals captured on surveillance footage in Griffin’s Veteran’s Memorial Park the night two war memorials were vandalized. The video was recorded in the area where one of the memorials is located. When asked if these two individuals are considered suspects, […]

Protest permit granted for Sunday evening in downtown Griffin

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A permit has been granted for a protest to be held in downtown Griffin Sunday evening. According to city of Griffin Mayor Doug Hollberg, the protest will be held in the Solomon Street Park greenspace beginning at 5 p.m. “Organizers met with city staff. They’ve asked for permission. They’ve been granted […]

SCSO CAGE Unit apprehends 16-year-old shooting suspect

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Rasheed Redding, the 16-year-old suspect in the Sunday night shooting on Hallyburton Street, has been taken into custody by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. According to Maj. Dwayne Jones, a warrant was served, and Redding was arrested by agents of the SCSO Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit. He has […]

One shooting suspect in custody; one remains at large

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Michael Jester, a suspect in the Sunday night shooting that seriously wounded 51-year-old Virginia Sanchez, has been taken into custody. Authorities say Sanchez was shot following a dispute over a stolen bicycle. A second suspect, 16-year-old Rasheed Redding, is described as a black male who stands 5 feet 8 inches tall […]

Sunday night shooting leaves woman seriously wounded; two suspects at large

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is seeking two suspects in a Sunday night shooting that left one woman with serious injuries. Officers responded at approximately 8:30 to a call reporting a person shot at 522 Hallyburton St. The victim, identified as 51-year-old Virginia Sanchez, of 601 Hallyburton St., was initially transported to WellStar […]

Man identified as Crips member arrested in shooting death of 12-year-old boy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department, with assistance from the U.S. Marshal Service, on Friday morning executed a search warrant at 105 Forrestwood Drive, resulting in the arrest of 21-year-old Octavious Montrell Lyons in connection with Saturday, May 9 shooting death of a 12-year-old boy. The victim in that shooting was playing on […]

Third shooting in three days leaves two Griffin homes riddled with bullets

STAFF REPORT ::: A third shooting in as many days left two Griffin homes damaged by gunfire. A family including two children was home when one of the residences was struck. Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division responded at approximately 2:39 a.m. to one of the residences located at 117 Crawford St. […]

Teen seriously wounded in Sunday shooting airlifted to Atlanta trauma unit

STAFF REPORT ::: Two people were injured – one seriously – in a shooting Sunday afternoon on Kentucky Avenue. Officers of the Griffin Police Department responded to the call at approximately 1:30 p.m. and rendered aid to the victims, one a 16-years-old male, until the arrival of emergency medical services personnel. Due to the nature […]

GPD: 12-year-old accidentally shot and killed by five-year-old brother

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has determined the 12-year-old boy who was killed by gunfire Saturday night was shot by his five-year-old brother. The young boy, who sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, received CPR from the first GPD officers at the scene before the arrival of emergency medical services personnel. […]

GPD: Accidental shooting not ruled out in death of 12-year-old boy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The shooting death of a 12-year-old boy remains under investigation by the Griffin Police Department. The boy was killed Saturday night in the 600 block of Hammock Drive. GPD Public Information Office Lt. Daniel Jett on Sunday said investigators are not yet releasing the victim’s name. “I cannot confirm that,” he […]

12-year-old Griffin boy killed in shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 12-year-old Griffin boy has died after being stuck by gunfire in a Saturday night shooting. The Griffin Police Department responded to a call involving a juvenile shot at 7:41 p.m. PIO Lt. Daniel Jett later confirmed to The GRIP the child did not survive. Investigators of the GPD Criminal Investigation […]

Griffin PD investigating shooting of juvenile

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A juvenile was shot Saturday evening in an incident on Hammock Street. Officers at 7:41 responded to a call at 608 Hammock St., and the GPD Criminal Investigation Division remains on scene as of this report. GPD Public Information Officer Lt. Daniel Jett said he was unable to confirm the juvenile’s […]