Three teens shot, one fatally, after altercation during Thomaston graduation party

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Three teens were shot Saturday morning – one fatally – at a Thomaston graduation party. The Thomaston Police Department was dispatched at approximately 12:52 a.m. to Main Event located at 205 Park Lane in reference to three male subjects wounded by gunfire. One victim, 18-year-old Akeem Ellison, of Manchester, was pronounced […]

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 […]

Jury deliberates only 25 minutes before convicting Griffin teen in 2020 murder case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County jury on Wednesday deliberated only 25 minutes before returning a guilty verdict in the murder trial of 18-year-old Malik Yarbrough. Yarbrough was convicted of the July 14, 2020, murder of 46-year-old Robert Donnel Brown. Yarbrough was only 16-years-old when he shot Brown in the back three times in […]

Third arrest made in April murders of two men set ablaze in truck

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has made a third arrest in the brutal April 2021 murders of Joshua Wyatt and Carlos Benford. Kristin Cordero-Rojas, age 29, was on Thursday arrested in an operation including the SCSO Special Operations and CAGE units, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Gang Task Force, United States Marshal […]

Butts County murder victim identified as 18-year-old former Griffin resident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The victim killed in a Butts County shooting has been identified as 18-year-old William Trawick. According to Maj. Jeff Nix, the incident occurred at a Brooks Road residence at approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Three other individuals including one woman and two men were also shot. Trawick, the female victim and one […]

Four people shot, one person killed, in Butts County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Four people have been shot and one person has died in a Butts County shooting. The incident occurred Tuesday night. Three of the victims only recently moved from Griffin to Butts County. According to Sheriff Gary Long, the incident was initially reported as an active shooter situation. “The deputies were dispatched […]

Teenager shot and killed in Pike County

STAFF REPORT ::: A teenager has succumbed to injuries sustained in what authorities are describing as an accidental shooting. Deputies of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office responded at 6:20 p.m. today to a report of a person shot at the residence located at 44 4th St. in Concord. Upon arrival, a 17-year-old boy was located […]

Murder suspect identified, being sought by authorities

STAFF REPORT ::: The Thomaston Police Department has identified a suspect in a Dec. 1, 2020 murder and investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating this individual. Authorities say 26-year-old Jakari Daniel, also known as “Byrd,” is wanted in connection with the murder of Michael Gates. According to investigators, Gates was shot and killed […]

TPD investigating murder and residential robbery

STAFF REPORT ::: The Thomaston Police Department is investigating a homicide that allegedly began as a home robbery. According to Chief Mike Richardson, officers responded at approximately 10:23 p.m. Tuesday to 121 Wellington Place in response to a robbery with a person possibly shot. Upon arrival, officers located the resident, Michael Gates, inside his home […]

Griffin woman charged in Tuesday night homicide

STAFF REPORT ::: An arrest has been made in the Tuesday night shooting death of 40-year-old Johnny Whitlock. Griffin Police Department investigators have charged 25-year-old Renita Thomas, of 615 Northside Drive Apartment O-2 with aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter and pointing a gun at another. Officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division responded at approximately 7:30 […]

Griffin PD investigating Tuesday night shooting homicide

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating the homicide of 40-year-old Johnny Whitlock. Officers of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division responded at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to a call reporting a person shot at 1224 Ellis Road. Upon arrival, officers located Whitlock with a gunshot wound to the chest. The shooting occurred at […]

GPD: SIU, CAGE units made 44 arrests in September

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department Special Investigations (SIU), and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement(CAGE) units in September made 44 arrests, including four gang related arrests, recovered six handguns and seized more than $6,400 and a stolen vehicle. The arrests represented multiple cases including a homicide that occurred at the entrance of Griffin Crossings […]

Two suspects in custody in Griffin Crossings shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Multiple suspects are in police custody related to the Saturday afternoon shooting death of 24-year-old Reginald Darnell Hamm. “We are no longer actively seeking any other suspects on reference to the shooting that took place earlier this afternoon at Griffin Crossings,” said. Griffin Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Daniel Jett. […]

Griffin Crossings shooting victim has died

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The victim of a Saturday afternoon shooting in Griffin Crossings Apartments complex has died. He has been identified as 24-year-old Reginald Darnell Hamm, of Griffin. Hamm sustained a gunshot wound to the chest in the shooting that occurred at the entrance to Griffin Crossings, located at 1597 W. McIntosh Road. Hamm […]

Three arrests made in Monday morning murder

STAFF REPORT ::: Three people are in custody, charged in connection with the Monday morning murder of 52-year-old Anthony Reid who was shot at the Quality Inn located at 2014 North Expressway. The shooting was reported to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 3:30 a.m. and responding deputies located Reid on the floor of […]