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The Griffin Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve re-accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state of the art standards in four basic areas: policy, and procedures, administration, operation, and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session October 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM. The session will be conducted in the City Courtroom located at 100 South Hill Street, Griffin, Georgia.

Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling 770-229-6450 extension 590 on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 between the hours of 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team. Phone line in the assessor’s work area will be unscreened and unrecorded.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at:

Griffin Police Department 868 West Poplar Street

Local contact is Eddie Bogan at 770-229-6450 ext 344.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Griffin Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to:  Mr. Vincent Dauro – Regional Program Manager Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA) 13575 Heathcore Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA. 20155 Or call 703-352-4225 extension 42.

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As directed by the Chief of Police the Griffin Police Department hosted a Central Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network meeting in support of the Governor’s Office on Highway Safety.  In attendance at the meeting were;


Members of the Griffin Police Department

Uniform Patrol Division

Traffic Management Team

Power Squad

Warrant Division

Department of Public Safety

Georgia State Patrol Post 1

Commercial Carrier Compliance Unit

Zebulon Police Department

Molena Police Department

Jonesboro Police Department

Barnesville Police Department

Thomaston Police Department

Pike County Sheriff’s Office

Butts County Sheriff’s Office

Lamar County Sheriff’s Office

Roberta Police Department


After the meeting traffic safety check points were conducted for a total of (5) five hours at (5) five different locations.  Below is listed the activity:


4 Child restraints

3 Driving while suspended

2 No driver’s license


22 Other citations

9 Warrants served



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Griffin Police responded to 701 Carver Road apartments July 17th about 9:30  in reference to a firearm being discharged.  While in route to the incident officers were advised that the fire arm was discharged by Spalding Deputy Teris Bunn and no one was injured.

Upon arrival Officers talked with Jenny Cook who indicated that Deputy Bunn did not accidentally discharge the weapon and had mentioned suicide.  Officers were told that deputy Bun had his firearm in the apartment and was under the couch.   She said that no one was injured form the incident

Griffin Officer Chip Johns said that he located Deputy Bunn who was off duty and was asked about the incident he told officer that he was showing Jenny Cook how to clean a gun and it accidentally discharged into the woods behind the apartment. Officer Johns said that Bunn appeared to be heavily intoxicated and he smelled alcohol as he spoke.  Deputy Bun advised Officer Johns that he had been drinking beer and bourbon.  He also indicated he took a sleeping pill and was on anxiety medication.

Officers detained Bunn and took him to the Police Department.  The apartment belonged to Jennie Cook and officers collected evidence from the interior of the apartment. Following an interview with Cook, Officers said that Bunn was being charged with Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, and interfering with a 911 call, and other possible charges as well.  The firearm was found under the couch in the apartment, and a shell casing was found outside the door of the apartment. Also taken into custody as evidence was a wallet, Spalding County deputy Badge, and tobacco, laying on a dining room table.

Sheriff Wendell Beam talked with WKEU news and said that he placed Teris Bunn on administrative leave, pending further investigation, and charges.  Sheriff Beam also told WKEU news that Bunn is being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail.

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More information has been received in a update from Walter Geiger in relation to a Butts County man following the fatal shooting of an acquaintance that took place while both men were reportedly using hallucinogenic drugs.


Joshua James Cox, 24, is currently in Jail in Butts County, and will be charged with murder in connection with the death of Donald Terrell Clark, 40. Clark was found dead in the front yard of his home at 939 Chappell Mill Road just before 1:30 p.m July 14.


A neighbor reported hearing two gunshots in quick succession between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. that morning. At about 9:35 a.m. Cox called 911 and got the Spalding County dispatch center. He gave his name and told the operator he had shot a man in the head and chest and was “leaving his Glock in the road”. He hung up before giving an address and 911 could not trace the cell phone he used.

Lt. Chris Webster of the Lamar County Sheriffs Department was first on the scene and found Clark dead. He had been shot in the chest and shoulder. No gun was found at the scene.

After the shooting, Cox went to the home he shared with his parents in the Patillo district of Butts County and got into a physical fight with his mother. His father, a law enforcement officer, was able to subdue and handcuff him.

Butts County deputies arrived and arrested him on family violence charges.

Lamar investigators quickly linked Cox to the shooting. A Glock semiautomatic pistol was recovered and is thought to be the weapon used in the shooting.

Sheriff Brad White said Cox told investigators that he and Clark were using hallucinogens when an altercation ensued and Clark was shot.

A GBI crime scene technician was summoned to process the shooting scene. Clark’s body was taken to the State Crime Lab in Atlanta for a determination as to the exact cause of death. The toxicology repot will confirm if Clark had ingested hallucinogens but results will take months, accord to Sheriff White of Lamar County.
WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for first breaking this news story and their assistance to WKEU news. All photos Courtesy of the Barnesville Herald Gazette and Walte Geiger.
Dr. Jasmine J.Williams, MD

Dr. Jasmine J.Williams, MD

Griffin resident Jasmine J. Williams has recently received her Doctorate of Medicine in neonatology.  She is the Daughter of Vera Williams and Ronnie Lowe WKEU Sales Manager. 
WKEU is very proud of Jasmine for her dedication to her profession. She worked extremely hard at the University of Georgia Graduating Mana Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with her Biology degree.   She then went on to receive her doctorate of Medicine degree at the Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency in New Orleans at Tulane and Our Lady of Lake.  She is currently doing her specialty training in neonatology and neonatal critical care at the University of Maryland Medical Center and School in Baltimore.
It was a pleasure on many occasions when she worked with WKEU and her Dad to help hide the Black Cats, and Easter Bunnies for the WKEU Hunts each year. She is a tireless worker and a dedicated individual that all Griffin and Spalding County can be very proud of.  We are so happy for her and wish for Dr. Jasmine J. Williams the very best in her career.To say that your Dad and the WKEU staff are super happy for you is a understatement.  We all hope you come to Griffin Soon.




Griffin resident Colter Chasteen has qualified to compete at the 2015 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show July 31 – August 8 in Oklahoma City.

Chasteen showed the American Quarter Horse owned by Cary Chasteen of Griffin, GA.

The Ford Youth World is the major event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors ages 18 and under around the world.  Competitors, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes.

More than 2,100 entries from the United States,

Australia, Canada, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom are competing for 35 world championships at this year’s event, July 31 – August 8 in Oklahoma City.







Susan Collier, owner of the “Griffin Mud Dogs” was sentenced in Spalding County Magistrate Court yesterday to sixty days in the Spalding County Jail for 34 counts of dogs kept in unsanitary conditions.

Ms. Susan Collier, entered a plea of guilty to charges of 34 counts of dogs kept in unsanitary conditions, 15 counts of failure to provide fresh water, 34 counts of more the four animals on her premises. Ms. Collier was sentenced to sixty days in the Spalding County Jail and was fined in excess of $4,000 dollars. All but $353.00 of the fines will be suspended if the remaining animals are placed in the care of a certified rescue group by August 14, 2015 and the animals remaining at the residence are spayed or neutered by August 31, 2015.

“Spalding County takes Animal Care and Control very serious”, said Eric Mosley, Assistant County Manager. “The County has worked very hard to resolve this before it was escalated to this judgement in court”. Further help is still needed and if anyone is interested in providing a home for one of the many animals please contact the Spalding County Animal Control office at (770) 467-4772.

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About 1:15 kWednesday afternoon units of the Griffin Police Department, Spalding Regional EMS, and Griffin Fire Rescue responded to South Ridge Circle to the South Ridge Apartment Complex on South Hill Street across form the Griffin Airport. The initial 911 call indicated that an 11 year old had drowned in a pool. The incident occurred about 1:15 Wednesday afternoon.  

Police indicated that the 11 year old, a 10 year old and a 4 year old, managed to climb over a locked gate at the Pool at the Apartment Complex.  The 11 Year old went into the pool at the deep end and went to the bottom.  The 10 year old ran for help. According to Police Investigators, a mail man in the area responded and began administering CPR to the 11 year old and was assisted by Corporal Fletcher of the Griffin Police Department, until Spalding Regional EMS Personnel arrived on the scene. A small, pulse was found and EMS personnel rushed the 11 year old to the Hospital where she was later air-lifted by Emory Air Flight based at the Griffin Spalding Air port to Egleston Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition.   The incident is still under investigation by the Griffin Police Department.

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Kiwanis of Griffin Center – Tuesday, July 28, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Public is Invited

Business Expo 2015 is being sponsored by the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce at the Kiwanis of Griffin Center, 1025 South Hill Street, Griffin, on Tuesday, July 28th, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and/or services to the general public and for the citizens of the community to visit and see what is here in Griffin-Spalding County and the immediate area.
Take advantage of this time to come out and meet face to face business owners and learn more about what they offer and the variety of services/products available right here in your own community.
For more information or to register as a vendor, please contact the Chamber office at 770-228-8200 or follow us on Facebook at Griffin/Spalding Chamber of Commerce to for updates about the event.
Remember: Shop Local, support your area merchants and let’s work to make our economy strong.



Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU news that about 10:30 units of the Spalding Sheriffs Department, and Spalding Regional EMS responded to the Dollar General on Zebulon Road to a 911 armed robbery call. A Black male wearing all black and wearing a black ski mask entered the store with a gun and demanded money.  The clerk at the store was hit in the had with the gun. A lookout was placed for the male suspect, and for a Black Dodge Avenger.  The injured victim was treated at the scene by Spalding Regional EMS and transported to the hospital for further observation. The incident remains under investigation by the Spalding Sheriffs Department.