Investigative report leads to The GRIP’s removal from Griffin PD’s press lists

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The recent publication of an article reporting Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, in his official capacity, fabricated and released a false document targeting a private citizen resulted in the removal of The GRIP from all GPD press lists. Those lists from which Mathews was removed are used to disseminate information […]

GPD Chief says questions about his actions are “foolishness”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has learned that Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates did have a response to Publisher Sheila Mathews’ Sept. 11 email that included a list of questions regarding whether his actions in fabricating and disseminating a false document had violated GPD policies or state criminal laws. Although he did not […]

Spalding County Fair with new midway continues through Saturday

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Despite changes in the midway attractions, Kiwanis Club of Griffin Fair Manager Ralph Jones said the Spalding County Fair goes on. Jones said the Kiwanis Club of Griffin, which sponsors the annual Spalding County Fair, was unaware Belle City Amusements would not be providing the midway entertainment. “Belle City has been […]

Spalding Co. Commissioner Don Hawbaker arrested for DUI

SHEILA A MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Don Hawbaker was on Monday evening arrested in Fayette County on a charge of driving under the influence. Hawbaker was arrested by the Peachtree City Police Department and booked into the Fayette County Jail at approximately 6:30 p.m. His bond was set at $3,520. […]

Document fabricated by GPD Chief Mike Yates raises legal questions

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A document fabricated and released by Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates that falsely identified Will Holloway Sanders as the father of former Griffin police officer Matthew Boynton has raised questions of potential violations of multiple provisions of the GPD Standard Operating Procedure as well as Georgia criminal codes. Records obtained […]

Murder suspect surrenders to police

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: David Blalock Jr., the suspect in the Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, shooting death of 29-year-old Charles Alsobrooks, is in police custody. Authorities say Blalock Jr. turned himself in to the Griffin Police Department at 5:28 p.m. today. Alsobrooks sustained multiple gunshot wounds when attacked in the 400 block of North 8th […]

One suspect in custody following Friday murder

STAFF REPORT ::: David Blalock Sr., who was being sought by the Griffin Police Department in relation to the Friday afternoon murder of 29-year-old Charles Alsobrooks, is in custody. According to a GPD press release, Blalock Sr., age 41, was wanted on charges of felony hindering apprehension of a criminal and tampering with evidence. Investigators […]

Friday shooting victim dies in hospital; suspects identified

STAFF REPORT ::: The victim of a Friday afternoon shooting in the 400 block of N. 8th Street has been identified as 29-year-old Charles Alsobrooks. Alsobrooks died as a result of injuries sustained from multiple gunshot wounds. Griffin Police Department investigators have identified 23-year-old David Blalock Jr. as a suspect in that shooting. Blalock Jr., […]

Friday afternoon shooting under investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: A Friday afternoon shooting that wounded one person is being investigated by the Griffin Police Department. According to a press release issued by GPD Public Information Officer Lt. Daniel Jett, officers responded at 2:02 p.m. to a report of a person shot in the 400 block of N. 8th Street. In addition […]

Mother and 15-year-old GHS student face charges of disorderly conduct

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 15-year-old Griffin High School student and his mother, 35-year-old Lashonda Thomas, will face charges of disorderly conduct after an alleged verbal altercation on school grounds. According to the incident report filed by Griffin Police Department Cpl. Chris Webb, Thomas was called to the school because her son was allegedly in […]

Four jail inmates graduate from Serve-Safe program

STAFF REPORT ::: Four inmates of the Spalding County Jail have graduated from the Serve-Safe food service program. Designed to teach potential restaurant employees the skills needed to safely and properly prepare food in a commercial setting, the Spalding County Jail program was carried out by Aramark Food Company. “The program was sponsored by the […]

GPD Chief fabricated, released record identifying Will Sanders as Matthew Boynton’s father

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP, through a series of Open Records requests (ORRs), has obtained public records establishing that Griffin Police Department Chief Michael F. Yates fabricated and released to some media outlets a document falsely identifying Will Holloway Sanders as the father of former Griffin police officer Matthew Lee Boynton. Sanders, who has […]

FBI: Majority of $800K lost in city of Griffin cyber attack recovered

STAFF REPORT ::: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recovered nearly all of the $802,499.21 stolen from the city of Griffin during a June 2019 cyberattack. According to a press release issued by the city of Griffin, $789,065.16 was recovered by the FBI, and of the remaining $13,434.05 deficit, the city will pay a $10,000 […]

County refuse collection centers impacted by city transfer station fire

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding county officials are advising residents that the fire at the city of Griffin transfer station may result in delays at the county’s refuse collection centers. According to a press release issued by Spalding County, the city’s transfer station is utilized for the disposal of household garbage and recyclables from many of […]

Spalding BoC seeking property tax increase

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners is seeking to increase the 2019 General Fund property taxes to be levied by 6.81 percent over the rollback millage rate. According to a press release issued by Spalding County, the Board of Tax Assessors is required to annually review the assessed value for property tax […]