SWAT standoff leads to investigation of Spalding assistant county manager, arrest of former Code Enforcement officer

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Code Enforcement Officer Steven Arnold was on Saturday arrested after a standoff at his residence involving the Griffin Police Department SWAT Team and Uniform Patrol Division personnel. Police initially responded to Arnold’s Sylvan Lane residence in response to a 911 call reporting a suicide threat. The caller, later identified […]

Griffin High students face felony, other criminal charges

STAFF REPORT ::: Two Griffin High School students are facing multiple criminal charges – including one felony each – after a Thursday afternoon incident involving officers the Griffin Police Department. GPD Cpl. Chris Webb responded to GHS upon the request of Assistance Principal Dr. Douglas Wheeler, who reported a student causing a disturbance. “Wheeler was […]

Shooting sends Griffin man to Atlanta trauma unit by air ambulance

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin man, 22-year-old Leonardo Sanchez, was grievously wounded in a shooting late Wednesday night. Officers of the Griffin Police Department responded at approximately 9:22 p.m. to 1220 Lake Ave. in reference to a person shot. Upon arrival, Officer Scott Sierra, of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division, located Sanchez, who sustained […]

Driver charged with running red light in collision with fire chief

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Tuesday morning vehicular collision that severely injured Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief John Hamilton resulted from a driver running a red light, police say. According to Officer Scott Collum, of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division, 22-year-old Jerry Anya Oruada, of Hampton, was driving a 2006 Honda Civic eastbound on Taylor […]

Sunday murder suspect sought by GPD

Update: The suspect in this case, 23-year-old Shawaltra Horton, turned herself in to the Griffin Police Department at approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday. STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin woman, 23-year-old Shawaltra Horton, is being sought in connection with a Sunday night murder. Horton is wanted for the murder of 32-year-old Cadero Raymond Williams, who police say […]

High speed chase begins in city of Griffin, ends in Lamar County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A high speed pursuit that began in the city of Griffin ended in Lamar County with the assistance of the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office. According to Lamar County Sheriff Brad White, the chase ended without injury to his personnel or the suspects. “It came down the four lane – 341 – […]

Two arrested on numerous narcotics related charges

STAFF REPORT ::: A search warrant conducted by the Griffin Police Department resulted in the arrest of two people on numerous narcotics related charges. The search warrant was conducted Monday at the residence located at 203 Lexington Ave. Officers of the GPD Special Investigations and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement units report the seizure of […]

GPD traffic stop leads to narcotics arrest

Publisher’s note: The Griffin Police Department initially reported the search of the residence of Dakota Weaver, the suspect in this case, was conducted by narcotics investigators of the Henry County Police Department. However, The GRIP received information Friday evening stating the search was conducted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. HCPD Public Information Officer Capt. […]

Griffin man charged in second violent case in less than six weeks

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Isaac Burks, the 19-year-old Griffin man arrested Thursday by the Griffin Police Department in connection with a carjacking, was already facing charges stemming from a September shooting incident. Burks was arrested Sept. 1 on charges of reckless conduct, theft by receiving stolen property and criminal damage to property related to an […]

GPD: One man arrested, two suspects at large following carjacking

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested one man and two additional suspects are being sought following an attempted carjacking. Officials say the GPD Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit was conducting intensified patrol in the 800 block of Williams Street – an area in which numerous shots fired incidents have recently […]

Griffin woman charged in Tuesday night homicide

STAFF REPORT ::: An arrest has been made in the Tuesday night shooting death of 40-year-old Johnny Whitlock. Griffin Police Department investigators have charged 25-year-old Renita Thomas, of 615 Northside Drive Apartment O-2 with aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter and pointing a gun at another. Officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division responded at approximately 7:30 […]

Griffin PD investigating Tuesday night shooting homicide

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating the homicide of 40-year-old Johnny Whitlock. Officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division responded at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to a call reporting a person shot at 1224 Ellis Road. Upon arrival, officers located Whitlock with a gunshot wound to the chest. The shooting occurred at […]

Griffin PD investigating numerous entering auto cases

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating numerous entering auto cases that occurred throughout Friday night. The GPD Uniform Patrol Division received several calls between 11:30 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday. The incidents occurred in the areas of West Quilly Street, West Slaton Avenue, Ellis Street, South 19th Street, North 9th Street […]

GPD: SIU, CAGE units made 44 arrests in September

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department Special Investigations (SIU), and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement(CAGE) units in September made 44 arrests, including four gang related arrests, recovered six handguns and seized more than $6,400 and a stolen vehicle. The arrests represented multiple cases including a homicide that occurred at the entrance of Griffin Crossings […]

GPD: Child recovering from self-inflicted gunshot wound after gun left unattended

STAFF REPORT ::: Two men have been arrested after a child accessed a firearm and shot himself Wednesday. Officers of the Griffin Police Department on Wednesday at approximately 5:55 p.m. responded to a call to WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital in reference to a shooting victim. Upon arrival, officers learned a child had sustained a gunshot […]