Lithonia woman arrested in connection with Griffin shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: One woman has been arrested in connection with a shooting that allegedly stemmed from a romantic breakup. Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office responded Wednesday afternoon to the area of North 9th and Bleachery streets in response to a report of a person shot. At that same time, approximately 12:03 p.m., […]

Third suspect being sought in Butts County shooting that killed one, wounded three others

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A third suspect has been identified and is being sought in connection with the Tuesday, Feb. 16 shooting in Butts County that killed 18-year-old William Trawick and left three others wounded. Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 19-year-old Calvin Teotis Rozier who is described as a black male who […]

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 […]

GPD: Alleged gang members drew guns in store during angry confrontation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault in which two groups of suspected gang members allegedly drew weapons on one another in a local convenience store. The incident was reported by an employee of Super Speed Zone located at 678 North Expressway. GPD Officer Chelsea Jones, of the Uniform Patrol […]

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 […]

Police: Social media post in favor of President Trump leads to stabbing

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A social media post in support of President Donald Trump led to a violent fight and left one man critically wounded with multiple stab wounds, officials say. The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3 – election day – in Thomaston. Officers of the Thomaston Police Department responded at 8:40 […]

Shooting sends Griffin man to Atlanta trauma unit by air ambulance

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin man, 22-year-old Leonardo Sanchez, was grievously wounded in a shooting late Wednesday night. Officers of the Griffin Police Department responded at approximately 9:22 p.m. to 1220 Lake Ave. in reference to a person shot. Upon arrival, Officer Scott Sierra, of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division, located Sanchez, who sustained […]

Second Friday night shooting in Spalding wounded one and caused wreck with injuries

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A man was seriously wounded Friday night in Spalding County when he was shot while travelling in a vehicle. A second man also sustained grievous injuries in a subsequent wreck. Authorities say the shooting occurred after midnight, when the wreck, which was unrelated to the shooting incident, was reported. “We responded […]

One person critically wounded in Friday night shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One person has been critically wounded in a shooting in Griffin. Personnel of the Griffin Police Department on Friday night responded to the shooting in Walden Pointe Apartments. Authorities say the injured party was subsequently transported by air for treatment in an Atlanta trauma unit. The GRIP will continue to follow […]

GPD: Two dead in Saturday murder/suicide

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating what officials are describing as a murder suicide. Officers at approximately 2:05 p.m. Saturday responded to a call requesting a welfare check at 704 Grandview Drive Apartment F4. Upon arrival, officers of the Uniform Patrol Division were unable to contact anyone at that residence. After […]

Kemp declares state of emergency, activates National Guard to curtail violence in Atlanta

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency in response to an increase in violent and property crimes in the city of Atlanta. According to a press release issued by Kemp’s office, he made this declaration “following weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction” including more than 30 Georgians […]

Spalding man accused of felony cruelty to animals in shooting of neighbor’s dog

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County man is in jail facing felony charges for allegedly shooting a neighbor’s dog. Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Phillip Ramsammy on May 9 responded to the home of 73-year-old Don Shepard, who reported his dog had been shot. According to Shepard, an unknown man driving a white GMC […]

One shooting suspect in custody; one remains at large

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Michael Jester, a suspect in the Sunday night shooting that seriously wounded 51-year-old Virginia Sanchez, has been taken into custody. Authorities say Sanchez was shot following a dispute over a stolen bicycle. A second suspect, 16-year-old Rasheed Redding, is described as a black male who stands 5 feet 8 inches tall […]

Sunday night shooting leaves woman seriously wounded; two suspects at large

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is seeking two suspects in a Sunday night shooting that left one woman with serious injuries. Officers responded at approximately 8:30 to a call reporting a person shot at 522 Hallyburton St. The victim, identified as 51-year-old Virginia Sanchez, of 601 Hallyburton St., was initially transported to WellStar […]