Griffin Judicial Circuit seeks to add fifth Superior Court judgeship

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Judicial Circuit may soon be adding a fifth Superior Court judge. According to a press release issued by Judge Christopher Edwards, the circuit’s senior Superior Court judge, the four current judges have a case load adequate to apply for a fifth judgeship. “A caseload study conducted by the state shows […]

SCSO expands Hawk drone program

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has expanded its Hawk drone program. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the Hawk program began with equipment that came at no cost to Spalding County taxpayers. “We obtained our first drone free of charge from one of our jail vendors as a […]

Media shut out by GPD Chief Yates now subject of IA investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: In response to unequal restrictions and demands invoked against The GRIP by Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, Publisher Sheila Mathews met with Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith in an effort to reach a resolution that would facilitate an impartial professional relationship. The basis of this meeting was the structure of […]

“Gun fight” behind Easy Shop results in misdemeanor reckless conduct charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Griffin teens have been charged in connection with the Sunday afternoon shooting incident that occurred in the immediate vicinity of the Easy Shop Supermarket. Originally dispatched as a drive-by shooting, investigators say they are uncertain the incident meets the criteria to be classified as such. The GRIP on Wednesday spoke […]

Drive by shooting at Easy Shop under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A drive by shooting that occurred Sunday afternoon at the Easy Shop on Experiment Street is under investigation by the Griffin Police Department. The GRIP emailed GPD Chief Mike Yates seeking a phone call for confirmation and initial incident information. Yates instead responded by email, stating only, “This is an active […]

16th Annual June Jam sure to rock

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The 16th Annual June Jam is right around the corner and has a packed schedule of activities with something for everyone. Coming Saturday, June 2, the family-friendly event is brought to town by the Griffin Downtown Council and Main Street Program with sponsors including the Griffin Exchange Club, Affairs to Remember, […]

$5,000 reward now offered in fatal hit and run case

CORRECTION – It has been brought to my attention that the original cutline associated with this article contained an error. The $5,000 reward being offered IS NOT for information leading to the arrest of Shaun Wright. It is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver who struck and killed […]

Deputy Chief Glenn Polk named Spalding EMA director

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Polk has been named director of the Spalding County Emergency Management Agency. According to a press release, Polk’s appointment as deputy was on May 2, approved by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Office of Homeland Security. In that position, Polk will be responsible for performing technical and […]

Wreck causes damage, gas pump fire at Ringgold Superette

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A single vehicle wreck has damaged and caused a fire at Ringgold Superette located on Jackson Road. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, preliminary reports indicate the wreck does not appear to have damaged the building. “It appears a vehicle jumped the curb at Ringgold’s Superette […]

Spalding’s May 22 primary voter turnout rate only 19.48 percent

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley has released the breakdown of votes for Tuesday night’s primary. Reported below are the vote totals by precinct. Please note that three precincts – numbers 4, 15 and 18 – have been consolidated, thus no data was collected at those previous polling locations. The data […]

Sheriff: Child accidentally fired shot from unsecured weapon in Beaverbrook Elementary parking lot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has confirmed the Monday afternoon shooting in the Beaverbrook Elementary School parking lot resulted from a weapon being left unsecured in the presence of a child. Dix on Monday reported the preliminary investigation indicated the shooting was accidental. Investigators responded to WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital at […]

Beaverbrook Elementary parking lot shooting appears to be accidental, Sheriff says

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One woman was seriously wounded Monday afternoon in a shooting incident in the parking lot of Beaverbrook Elementary School. The preliminary investigation suggests this appears to be an accidental shooting. “We have one person shot – it’s a female,” Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix reported at the scene. “She appears to […]

BREAKING NEWS: SCSO says one wounded in shooting in Beaverbrook Elementary parking lot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One person was injured in a Monday afternoon shooting in the parking lot at Beaverbrook Elementary School. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, no students or faculty were involved in the incident. Jones said the SCSO was not originally called to the school, but rather to […]

GPD Chief Mike Yates denies The GRIP equal access

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP’s efforts to provide news coverage of matters involving the Griffin Police Department are being hindered by Chief Mike Yate’s refusal to be interviewed or to allow The GRIP to work with anyone else in the agency, including the recognized public information officer. Most recently, Yates refused to meet with […]

Missing evidence jeopardized felony case against Matthew Boynton, former GPD officer

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Violation of his oath of office – one of two felony charges for which the Griffin Police Department in 2017 arrested Matthew Boynton, one of its own officers – was reportedly at risk of being dismissed because his sworn oath of office, the signed document, could not be located. According to […]