Young boy recovering from Monday shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: The investigation initiated Monday when a seven-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen continues. Sgt. Chris Wilson, of the Griffin Police Department, on Tuesday reported the young child remains hospitalized but is expected to recover. “According to reports given to the lead investigator, surgery went well and the child is […]

Shooting of seven-year-old boy under investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating the Monday afternoon shooting of a seven-year-old boy. According to a press release, personnel of the Uniform Patrol Division, Griffin Fire-Rescue and WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency Medical Services responded in emergency mode to the call in the Griffin Crossings apartment complex. Upon arrival, the victim […]

Reports of body found in Hillandale are false

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Online reports that a dead body was located in the Hillandale subdivision are false. Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster confirmed statements to that effect are “totally erroneous.” The GRIP has placed a phone call to Griffin Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Wilson requesting a return call. Additional information on […]

GPD: Man charged in City Park kidnapping, aggravated battery

STAFF REPORT ::: An arrest has been made in an alleged kidnapping and assault in Griffin’s City Park that left one woman badly injured. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, Terene White on March 20 sought treatment at WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital for extensive injuries including a fractured nose, other […]

Police: 13-year-old fled on foot after discarding narcotics

STAFF REPORT ::: A 13-year-old Griffin youth was arrested Tuesday after police say he fled from officers. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, as officers of the C.A.G.E. and Special Investigation units approached the boy at 118 Tinsley St., he allegedly discarded a bag of narcotics and attempted to flee […]

GPD report: No indication of dog fighting in case of alleged cruelty to animals

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin man – Courtney Montez Thomas, age 35 – has been charged with animal cruelty as the Griffin Police Department (GPD) is investigating the circumstances that resulted in one dog being euthanized and the placement of three others in the custody of Spalding County Animal Control. The investigation began Saturday, […]

GPD responds to call of 13-year-old with gunshot wound

STAFF REPORT ::: Officers of the Griffin Police Department on Tuesday responded to a call at WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital regarding a 13-year-old child who sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, the wound was allegedly self-inflicted. Officers met with the wounded boy and […]

SHS locked down as search for suspect ensues

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding High School has been placed on lock down as the Griffin Police Department searches for a suspect that reportedly fled from an officer. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, that agency is providing assistance. “They had someone flee from one of their officers,” Jones said, […]

Police: Heavily armed masked gunman thwarted outside local restaurant

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A citizen’s quick thinking and willingness to get involved may well have prevented a tragedy Sunday afternoon when he witnessed a heavily armed masked man approaching a Griffin restaurant. Wesley Land reported to 911 that as he was parked behind Griffin Stereo at approximately 2:30 p.m., he witnessed a man officials […]

Baby abandoned in rain behind hotel

STAFF REPORT ::: Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division recovered an infant that had been abandoned behind a local motel following an alleged attempt to pass a fraudulent check. According to a press release issued by the GPD, the incident occurred Feb. 22, and began with a report from Sky Check Cashing […]

Griffin man arrested for discharging firearm during search for suspects

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin man was arrested Feb. 17, when he allegedly fired a weapon during a law enforcement search for suspects in a string of entering auto incidents. Alvin Lee Guild III, age 28, of 735 Bieze St, faces one count each of discharge of firearms on or near public highway and […]

GPD arrests four suspects in entering auto cases

STAFF REPORT ::: Several arrests have been made by the Griffin Police Department in connection to entering auto cases. According to a press release issued Monday, the first arrest was made Feb. 16, when officers of the Uniform Patrol Division responded to subjects breaking into vehicles in neighborhoods from Tupelo Drive to Forrest St. Officers […]

GPD narcotics investigation nets three arrests, seizure of drugs and weapon

STAFF REPORT ::: An investigation of the Griffin Police Department Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement Unit (CAGE) resulted in the arrest of seizure of illegal narcotics, one firearm and the arrest of three individuals. According to a press release, the investigation focused on two apartments located at 311 E. Tinsley […]

GPD seeking suspect in Thursday morning armed robbery

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is searching for a suspect in a Thursday morning armed robbery of the Dollar General located at 1019 Memorial Drive. According to a press release, officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division were dispatched to that location just after 11:30 a.m. Employees reported the suspect used a handgun […]

Violent Griffin home invasion, aggravated assault of child victim results in life sentence

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County jury on Thursday convicted Lajayvayon Malek Johnson on numerous charges related to a violent home invasion. Having been convicted of home invasion, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18, possession of marijuana […]