Murder investigation underway after man’s body with gunshot wounds located in roadway

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin man was shot and killed overnight, his body discovered in the roadway in the area of 1618 N. Hill Street. Authorities say 22-year-old Jacqueris Holland sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. A call was received at approximately 2:30 a.m. reporting the discovery of a person laying in the […]

GBI: 13-year-old girl wounded in exchange of gunfire with Fayette sheriff’s deputy

STAFF REPORT ::: A 13-year-old girl was shot Wednesday night when law enforcement officials say she fired upon a man attempting a custody exchange and a sheriff’s deputy. The father, 38-year-old Vincent Emanuel Frasca, of Marietta, was wounded by gunfire. Authorities say the deputy returned fire, striking the 13-year-old girl. The deputy was uninjured. The […]

SCSO on scene of noncriminal death near Manley Road and Highway 19/41

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is currently at the scene of a noncriminal death investigation in the area of Manley Road and Highway 19/41. There is no risk to the community. Motorists should choose an alternate route in the immediate future.

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 […]

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 […]

Facebook content related to the Griffin Police Department now the basis of two investigations

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Only four weeks after a press release posted on the City of Griffin Police Department Facebook page was deleted under mysterious circumstances, a second post related to the Griffin Police Department was deleted from a local community forum Facebook page. The latest deleted social media content involves a March 22 post […]

Drive-by shooting leaves Griffin home riddled with bullets and residents in fear

STAFF REPORT ::: A drive-by shooting on West Chappell Street early Tuesday morning left a home riddled with bullets and caused residents to fear for their lives. The incident occurred just after midnight in the vicinity of W. Chappell and West Quilly streets. Multiple shots struck the home located at 325 W. Chappell St. “Upon […]

Griffin man reported being struck by “stray bullet” prior to succumbing to his wounds

STAFF REPORT ::: Wildarious Draggs, of D.F. Fuller Drive, was conscious and responsive just before 6 p.m. Tuesday when Griffin Police officers arrived at 1001 Lake Avenue in response to a shooting. Draggs reported that he had been outside when he was struck by a stray bullet from the southbound direction of 16th Street. He […]

Rehoboth Road Middle School on lockdown while threatening letter is investigated

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Rehoboth Road Middle School has been placed on lockdown while the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and school administrators investigate a threatening not located today on school grounds. Griffin-Spalding County School System Executive Director of Communications and Partnerships Adam Pugh said school officials immediately notified law enforcement of the threat. “Basically, my […]

BREAKING NEWS: GBI investigating allegation of missing funds from Griffin Golf Course

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an allegation of missing deposits from the Griffin Golf Course. An “internal source” reported the missing deposits to the office of City Manager Jessica O’Connor on Feb. 11, 2022. Authorities say O’Connor immediately opened an internal investigation. The GBI was subsequently asked to assume that […]

Griffin PD lieutenant fired for recording meeting with Police Chief Mike Yates

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin internal investigation of an audio recording of a meeting involving Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates and Lt. Chris Wilson has concluded and resulted in Wilson’s termination. Wilson, a nearly 15-year veteran of the Griffin Police Department and member of Yates’ command staff when the meeting was […]

GPD lieutenant placed on unpaid admin leave as IA investigation of leaked recording continues

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Lt. Chris Wilson, of the Griffin Police Department, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. This disciplinary action follows the initiation of an Internal Affairs (IA) investigation related to an audio recording purportedly made during a meeting involving Wilson and GPD Chief Mike Yates. When asked to confirm information The GRIP […]

GPD Chief Yates says audio recording now part of Internal Affairs investigation has been altered

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Jessica O’Connor on Monday confirmed the city is investigating an audio recording posted last week on social media that purportedly represents a meeting involving Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates and Lt. Chris Wilson, a member of Yates’s command staff. The recording was posted to the personal Facebook […]

Two bodies discovered Tuesday in burning vehicle on Jackson Road

STAFF REPORT ::: Law enforcement and fire personnel are on an active Jackson Road scene where two bodies were discovered inside a burning vehicle on Jackson Road. The Spalding County Fire Department extinguished the fire and investigators of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and the SCFD are working the scene. The identities of the deceased […]