GPD: 14-year-old boy charged with shooting father

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 14-year-old Griffin boy is in custody on a charge of aggravated assault associated with shooting his father. Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division on Monday night responded to 1100 W. College St. Extension Apartment G5 in reference to a person with a gunshot wound. The victim was […]

Dozens of shots fired and three homes struck in two drive by shootings

STAFF REPORT ::: Two separate drive by shootings – one early Sunday morning and the second early Tuesday – left three Griffin homes riddled with gunfire. On Dec. 8, at approximately 4 a.m., Griffin Police Department Officer Phillip Johnson responded to the 300 block of East Quilly Street, where he met with Jemel Whitlock and […]

GPD investigating violent crimes of opportunity

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating two separate incidents in which people appear to have been randomly targeted by armed assailants. The first case, an aggravated assault, was reported by 62-year-old Steven Driver, who said he was attacked after his vehicle became disabled. “…I met with Steven Driver, who stated that at […]

Meet up on Instagram and heavy drinking lead to shots fired on Hale Avenue

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Personnel of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division on Sunday night responded to a call on Hale Avenue reporting a dispute that escalated to gunfire. According to Sgt. Lee Ward, Brian Harwood reported a verbal dispute involving himself and an acquaintance had become violent. “Upon my arrival at 820 Hale […]

Griffin PD receives CALEA re-accreditation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has received its fifth certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA). According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, the accreditation was given to the agency due to the dedication to the program and under the direction and guidance of […]

GPD: Four juveniles charged in 11 entering auto cases

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division has arrested four suspects in a series of entering auto cases. According to a GPD press release, a report was received Nov. 16, referencing a burglary in progress at 1150 W. College St. Extension. Upon arrival, officers observed four individuals inside a secured fence at […]

Drive by shooting under investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating a reported drive by shooting on Tinsley Street. The incident was reported by James Andrews, who said the incident occurred outside his 729 E. Tinsley St. residence. “Andrews sister April Andrews was sitting on the couch in the living room when she heard the shots and […]

GPD: Argument leads to aggravated assault by vehicle in El Charro parking lot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault that was reported in the parking lot of El Charro on North Expressway. Officer Matthew Kerlin, on Saturday responded to a call reporting a person being struck by a vehicle that had then fled the scene. Upon arrival, Kerlin spoke with Jeremiah […]

Man charged with aggravated assault in baseball bat attack

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin man, 59-year-old Richard Wayne Chestnut, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault for allegedly attacking family members with a baseball bat. Master Patrol Officer Geoffrey Zimbleman, of the Griffin Police Department, on Friday responded to a domestic dispute call on E. College Street, where he met with the complainant, […]

GPD: Woman ran from home to escape domestic violence incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested Justin Grubbs in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident. Sgt. Tony Brown responded to a 911 call reporting a domestic assault at Grubb’s Brook Circle residence. However, Brown reported that he responded to a secondary Brook Circle residence after he was flagged down by […]

GPD Cpl. Chris Webb reprimanded for conduct during GHS dress code incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Cpl. Chris Webb, of the Griffin Police Department, has been formally reprimanded for his conduct during a September incident at Griffin High that resulted in the arrest of 34-year-old LaShonda Thomas and her 15-year-old son. Both mother and son face charges of disorderly conduct in the incident that stemmed from an […]

Investigative report leads to The GRIP’s removal from Griffin PD’s press lists

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The recent publication of an article reporting Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, in his official capacity, fabricated and released a false document targeting a private citizen resulted in the removal of The GRIP from all GPD press lists. Those lists from which Mathews was removed are used to disseminate information […]

GPD Chief says questions about his actions are “foolishness”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has learned that Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates did have a response to Publisher Sheila Mathews’ Sept. 11 email that included a list of questions regarding whether his actions in fabricating and disseminating a false document had violated GPD policies or state criminal laws. Although he did not […]

Document fabricated by GPD Chief Mike Yates raises legal questions

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A document fabricated and released by Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates that falsely identified Will Holloway Sanders as the father of former Griffin police officer Matthew Boynton has raised questions of potential violations of multiple provisions of the GPD Standard Operating Procedure as well as Georgia criminal codes. Records obtained […]

Murder suspect surrenders to police

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: David Blalock Jr., the suspect in the Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, shooting death of 29-year-old Charles Alsobrooks, is in police custody. Authorities say Blalock Jr. turned himself in to the Griffin Police Department at 5:28 p.m. today. Alsobrooks sustained multiple gunshot wounds when attacked in the 400 block of North 8th […]