Griffin PD: Monday shooting outside WellStar Spalding Regional ER determined to be suicide

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Officers responded today to a call reporting a man who had been shot near the WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency Room. Officials say the investigation has determined the man sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. The man, whom The GRIP will not identify, died as […]

GPD charges 15-year-old with murder in Tuesday domestic-related stabbing

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 15-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with an early Tuesday morning homicide. Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of W. Tinsley Street at approximately 6 a.m. in reference to a domestic dispute. Upon arrival at 115 W. Tinsley St. Apartment A, […]

Spalding man charged with 11 counts of obscene internet contact with a minor

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County man – Timothy Smallwood, age 41 – was among 11 people arrested on child exploitation charges by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) as a result of Operation Happy New Year. The GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit and the GBI’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) partnered […]

Wednesday school start time delayed three hours due to inclement weather forecast

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System has announced a delayed start time for Wednesday, Jan. 25. “High winds and rain are in the forecast for our area tomorrow morning. Due to the recency of severe weather and the instability of debris from the previous storms we are exercising an abundance of caution and […]

Griffin PD officer seriously injured in altercation with GHS student

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An officer of the Griffin Police Department was seriously injured today in an altercation involving a Griffin High School student. Authorities say GHS School Resource Officer Jessie Davenport sustained serious injuries to both knees when a male student allegedly initiated a physical struggle. “The SRO was breaking up a fight and […]

Sheriff: One man killed in Wednesday shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One man was killed Wednesday night in a shooting in Northside Hills Apartments. The victim, 22-year-old Jarquavion Hall, sustained a single gunshot wound to the chest. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the incident occurred at 7:06 p.m. in the parking lot in front of an apartment building. “From what […]

Second Red Cross shelter now open in City Park Gym with free transportation available

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Red Cross has opened a second shelter for those in need of assistance following last week’s tornadoes. The second shelter will be located inside the City Park gym. This will be a non-medical shelter. Please limit the number of personal items you bring to the shelter. Weapons, alcoholic beverages and […]

Griffin-Spalding County School System announces closure through Wednesday

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System has announced it will be closed for students and staff on Tuesday, Jan. 17 as the community continues to recover from the tornadoes that struck Spalding County. The school system was already scheduled to be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. […]

Comcast’s Xfinity WiFi van now stationed in Griffin to get community back online at no charge

STAFF REPORT ::: Comcast has brought its mobile Xfinity WiFi van to Griffin to assist those impacted by this week’s tornadoes and severe weather. The Xfinity WiFi van will help storm victims stay in touch with family and friends, as well as access crucial recovery information.Residents who are within the van’s range will have free […]

Storm recovery volunteer and assistance coordination kicking off

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin-Spalding Donation Center located at 220 E. Solomon St. will be open to receive donations from 2 to 5 p.m. today. Non-perishable food, toiletries, other personal items and gift cards are requested. No clothing will be accepted. Volunteers will also be in tremendous demand. If you are willing to volunteer, […]

State of emergency declared; curfew in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin officials have declared a state of emergency and as part of that declaration, a curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. It will remain in effect “until the conditions requiring this declaration are abated.” Residents, unless otherwise exempt, are required to remain in their homes or on […]

Griffin-Spalding schools closed Friday, Jan. 13

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System has announced that schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 13. Essential employees have been notified to report at 8:30 a.m. Students and all other staff members should remain home. All additional school activities scheduled for Friday have also been cancelled. The GRIP will continue to report […]

Residents urged to stay home while emergency response to extensive storm damage is underway

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Jessica O’Connor is urging residents to stay home to enable emergency personnel to respond to the most immediate storm-related needs and prevent further injuries and damage. “Stay home! They’re getting out and we can’t get anywhere because they’re in the way. So, if they will stay home that […]

All Griffin Police Department CAGE Unit officers temporarily reassigned to other divisions

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates has temporarily reassigned all members of the Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit to other divisions. Yates’ internal memorandum – identified as a special order – said the temporary reassignments would be effective Jan. 8, 2023. A sweeping operational assessment of the Griffin Police […]

BoC vote and contract to conduct Griffin PD operational assessment cloaked in secrecy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Board of Commissioners has voted to authorize an operational assessment of the Griffin Police Department. The vote authorizing City Attorney Drew Whalen to move forward with a contract for this assessment was taken during the BoC’s Nov. 22 meeting. All discussion about the operational assessment and the vote authorizing […]