BREAKING: One woman killed, man seriously wounded in Thursday morning shooting; suspect in custody

STAFF REPORT ::: An arrest has been made in an early Thursday morning shooting that killed one woman and left a man seriously wounded. The Griffin Police Department responded at approximately 2:51 a.m. to Vineyard Village Apartments at 1547 Highway 16 West, Apartment C, in reference to a report of a person shot. Upon arrival, […]

Two arrests made in murder of Jacqueris Holland

STAFF REPORT ::: Two arrests have been made in the May 27 murder of Jacqueris Holland, who was travelling north on North Hill Street near the old People’s Choice Club at approximately 2:20 a.m. when a vehicle passed him and fired shots into his vehicle. The silver suspect vehicle then continued travelling north and disappeared. […]

Malik Yarbrough sentenced to life without parole for 2020 murder of Donnell Brown

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Malik Yarbrough, the Griffin man convicted in the 2020 murder of Robert Donnel Brown, has been sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. Superior Court Judge Scott L. Ballard on Wednesday handed down the sentence following a lengthy sentencing hearing during which both the state and defense […]

Two people wounded in Monday night shooting; residences, vehicles also damaged

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two people were wounded in a shooting Sunday night on North Hill Street. Griffin Police Department officer Willie Deese reported he was patrolling in the area when he heard several gunshots fired. Deese and additional Uniform Patrol Division officers located what Deese described as a “large gathering” in front of 419 […]

Friday night shooting kills one; suspect in custody

STAFF REPORT ::: A 46-year-old man, Rafael Thomas, was shot and killed Friday night on Tinsley Street. The Griffin Police Department responded to 116 W. Tinsley St., at approximately 7 p.m. in response to a report of a person shot. Thomas was transported to the WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital emergency room where he died from […]

Police Chief: Drive-by suspects may have been “significantly involved” in other violent crimes

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has identified five suspects arrested early Thursday morning following what officials have described as a high-speed pursuit that ended in Butts County. Authorities say the pursuit involved a vehicle suspected of being involved in multiple drive-by shootings, including one in the early morning hours of May 17 […]

Dix praises SCSO, GPD for joint effort resulting in arrest of five drive-by shooting suspects

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has identified the five suspects arrested in a felony traffic stop following a high-speed pursuit early Thursday morning that ended in Butts County. The pursuit involved a vehicle suspected of involvement in multiple drive-by shootings, including one in the early morning hours of May 17 that […]

GPD: High speed pursuit involving vehicle suspected in drive-by ends in Butts County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A high speed pursuit involving the Griffin Police Department and a vehicle that matched the description of one used in a May 17 drive-by shooting ended in Butts County. At approximately 2:26 a.m., Uniform Patrol Division Officer Matt Kerlin was on patrol in the vicinity of Blanton Avenue and Haskell Ward […]

GPD investigating one shooting, multiple reports of shots fired from Friday evening to Sunday morning

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two vehicles – one occupied by a minor – were struck by gunfire Saturday just after 2 p.m. at Rick’s Food Mart located at 888 Meriwether Street. This incident was one of several involving calls reporting shots fired in the city of Griffin between Friday evening and Sunday morning. The owner […]

GPD Chief will consider responding to concerns of alleged weekend shootings when he is on duty

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Many of you have reached out about reports of multiple shooting incidents in the city of Griffin this weekend. After the first report early Friday evening, The GRIP emailed Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates. He never responded. After the second report Saturday afternoon, The GRIP again emailed Griffin Police Department […]

Discovery of woman’s body in Griffin Crossings Shopping Center under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body in the Griffin Crossings Shopping Center. According to Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, the body of 65-year-old Linda Watson was located at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday in the area near Mo’s Southwest Grill, close to the intersection of Highways 92 and 19/41. […]

BREAKING NEWS: Griffin child wounded in overnight shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Police Chief Mike Yates has confirmed a ten-year-old girl was wounded in an overnight shooting in the 300 block of East Quilly Street. The child sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder in what police are saying may have been a drive-by shooting, however, the circumstances of the shooting have […]

Three Griffin residents seriously wounded in two separate weekend shootings

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Three city of Griffin residents were injured in two separate shootings over the weekend. The first – a drive-by shooting – occurred at approximately 1:45 a.m. Saturday on Thurman Street. Griffin Police Department Officer Kody Billings responded to a call regarding a person shot. Upon arrival, Billings was greeted by shouts […]

BREAKING NEWS: Griffin Police Department officer placed on administrative leave

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Jessica O’Connor has confirmed that Griffin Police Department Officer Brian Dorety, who has been the subject of recent investigative articles in The GRIP, has been placed on administrative leave with pay. “As is standard practice when someone or something is under investigation, Officer Dorety has been placed on […]

GPD C.A.G.E. Unit agent said he took suspect’s money during Econo Lodge drug search warrant

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Profanity laced text messages sent from a city of Griffin cell phone that was issued to an officer in the Griffin Police Department Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (C.A.G.E.) Unit show two agents taunting suspects in a narcotics case. In two of those text messages, an agent claimed to have taken […]