On 07/28/2017, City of Griffin Police Officer Mathew Boynton was arrested without incident and taken to the Spalding County Jail.  He was charged with one felony count of False Statements and Writings, and one felony count of Violation of Oath of Office.  This arrest was the result of a Griffin Police Department criminal investigation stemming from an incident report filed by his ex-wife Jessica Lester (Boynton), alleging that Mathew Boynton illegally deprived her of some of her personal items.  During the conduct of this exhaustive investigation facts and circumstances ultimately led to the arrest of Mathew Boynton as it was determined that he knowingly provided a false statement relating to the property in question and his possession of same. While his actions were unfortunate and disappointing, tarnishing our badge, the Griffin Police Department remains dedicated to providing the best possible police service to our citizens. Now, and in the future the department will strive to maintain the highest professional and ethical behavior.  In spite of the actions of this individual Chief Yates remains steadfast in his dedication to insuring that the Griffin Police Department will not stand for unethical, illegal or immoral behavior from its’ officers.









On 07/26/2017, Trooper T. Flournoy with the Georgia State Patrol stopped a white Mercedes for speeding in the area of N. 9th St. and West Ave. The trooper smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, and asked the Griffin Police Department for assistance. Members of the Uniformed Patrol Division and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement Unit (C.A.G.E.) arrived on scene. The driver of the vehicle had cocaine, pills, and marijuana in his possession. Upon further investigation, a stolen firearm was found inside the vehicle.

Andre Noble DOB 5-8-84 AKA “5 Stakks”arrested by GSPCharged with multiple offenses.

The driver was identified as Andre Noble. Noble (DOB 5-8-84), also known as “5 Stakks”, who is the leader of the notorious Rollin 20’s Neighborhood Blood Gang. The case was turned over to the Griffin Police Department’s C.A.G.E. Unit. Noble faces charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Theft by Receiving Stolen Firearm, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Schedule 4 Narcotic, Possession of Marijuana Less than 1 OZ, Pills Not in Original Container, and several counts Criminal Street Gang Activity.

Suspected meth cooker Tony Abernathy is led to a decontamination shower by Deputy Kathryn Farr Friday morning. The trailer where the meth lab was found is owned by Georgia Ann Hunt of Concord, according to tax records. (Photo: Walter Geiger)


At approximately 9:00 AM on Friday , Lamar County Deputies attempted to serve a Houston County warrant on Tony Abernathy of Barnesville at 272 Aldora Street.  Mr. Abernathy barricaded himself inside the residence along with his wife Amy Abernathy for approximately 45 minutes before exiting through the front door of the residence.  After clearing the interior of the residence, Deputies determined it was being used for the manufacture of Methamphetamine.  Lamar County Deputies and Lamar County Fire and Rescue completed a decontamination process of the residence and one Deputy was treated and released by Upson Regional Medical Center for breathing issues.  Both suspects have been taken into custody and are pending additional warrants at this time.

WKEU offers our sincere thanks to Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their coverage of this breaking story and assistance to WKEU News. You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line at barnesville.com.