City of Griffin reverses decision denying Open Records to The GRIP

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin (CoG) has reversed its previous position of refusing to produce public records pursuant to Open Records requests submitted by The GRIP. The GRIP Publisher Sheila Mathews had been notified that responses to Open Records requests would not be forthcoming until $523.40 in alleged arrears for prior Open […]

The GRIP responds with objection to subpoena demanding production of records in federal trial

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has responded to a subpoena in a federal civil rights trial demanding Publisher Sheila Mathews produce work product associated with multiple investigative reports primarily involving the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. The subpoena was issued as part of Civil Action No. 3-15-CV-163-TCB – Jessica Kelley, et al. v. Captain David […]

The GRIP subpoenaed to produce investigative records, including confidential sources, in federal case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has received a subpoena demanding numerous confidential materials – including those involving confidential sources – be produced in a federal civil rights law suit. The subpoena was issued as part of Civil Action No. 3-15-CV-163-TCB – Jessica Kelley, et al. v. Captain David Gibson, in his individual and official […]

City manager responds to Open Records stand off

Publisher’s note: In response to an article that appeared in the June 8, 2017, print edition of The GRIP – City of Griffin, GPD Chief Yates refuse release of records; Records denied on officer who resigned in lieu of termination – Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith wrote the following letter to the editor, which was […]

Responses to questions in Boynton investigation become heated

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The September release of the GBI case file on its Jessica Boynton investigation raised questions as multiple inconsistencies were revealed. Efforts to obtain answers to those questions have been stymied by the refusal to respond to questions about those inconsistencies. The GRIP first interviewed Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates in […]

The GRIP is back!

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: I’ve been known to frequently say, “I love my life!” I’ve also often been accused of putting on a false front and pretending my life is perfect. Whenever I’ve heard that throughout the years, I’ve always respond by saying no, my life isn’t perfect. Far from it. After all, I play […]

GBI declined Sheriff’s request to investigate, identify The GRIP’s confidential source

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 30 requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) conduct a criminal investigation to identify a confidential source who has provided information to this publication. Following the receipt of information from a confidential source, The GRIP has since Sept. 30 […]

Sheriff’s Office narcotics operation raises questions: Part II

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Upon receipt of information from a confidential source pertaining to a November 2012 operation conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, The GRIP began compiling information utilizing public records available through Georgia’s Open Records Act. In response to The GRIP’s initial Open Records request seeking information on this […]

Sheriff Wendell Beam issues press release in response to The GRIP article

STAFF REPORTS ::: Recently Sheila A. Mathews published an article in the GRIP which indicated members of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office engaged in an illegal narcotics investigation in 2012. This incident is not involved in a current litigation process; therefore I am at liberty to respond to Sheila A. Mathew’s article. In November 2012, […]