Thursday, March 23, 2017

Family and police to meet, call for community assistance four years after unsolved murder

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 4:46 PM


Tomorrow, Friday, March 24, 2017 marks the four-year anniversary of the murder of Amistica “Misty” Grell. Police say that members of Grell’s family will gather at a tree near where she was killed on Friday, Mar. 24 at 5:30 p.m. to remember her.

"Grell, 35, was murdered on Sunday, March 24, 2013. Violent Crimes detectives found her body on the front porch of her house in the 600 block of West 40th Street in the Cuyler-Brownville area at about 10:30 p.m." police report.

The case remains unsolved and is being actively investigated by the SCMPD’s Cold Case Unit.

Anyone with any information on this case can call 911 or contact the SCMPD tip line at (912) 525-3124. Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

WHAT: Anniversary of Misty Grell’s murder

WHERE: 641 W. 40th Street

WHEN: Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

WHO: Cold Case Unit Detective Tarra Smith and Jamila Daniels (Misty’s Cousin)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Georgia Historical Society to commemorate World War II rescue boat station in Thunderbolt with historical marker

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 11:32 AM

The Georgia Historical Society will dedicate a new historical marker this Friday, March 24, to the World War II Rescue Boat Station on the bluff of the Wilmington River in Thunderbolt.

Speakers will include Beth Goette, Mayor of Thunderbolt; Bill Palmer, son of the late Staff Sergeant William J. Palmer who served at the Rescue Boat Station; and Elyse Butler, Outreach Coordinator at the Georgia Historical Society.

"Special music will be provided by the Third Infantry Division Band Ensemble, and Ms. Terrie Matthews will sing the National Anthem," says a spokesperson for the Georgia Historical Society.

The Third I.D. Color Guard will post the colors and Major Jon Wilson, Garrison Chaplain for Hunter Army Airfield will make the Invocation.

The dedication will take place at 11 a.m. at Thunderbolt Marine Inc., 3124 River Drive in Thunderbolt. The public is invited to attend.

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Mayor DeLoach to kick off local "March for Meals'' with a Meals on Wheels delivery

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 9:28 AM

Mayor Eddie DeLoach will kick off the national March for Meals locally at Senior Citizens, Inc. with a brief press conference on Friday, March 24 at 11 a.m.

"The Mayor will share his thoughts regarding the importance of this program in this community and the nationwide program celebrating its 45th year this month," a spokesperson says.

"The Mayor will also touch on his own personal experience with this critical program that not only provides nutritional support but also the only social interaction many of these seniors have each day."

After his comments, the Mayor will deliver meals to a few of the more than 1,000 seniors who bene fit from SCI’s Meals On Wheels each day.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

5 felony, 15 misdemeanor arrests in Festival area on final day of St. Patrick's celebration

Posted By on Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 10:47 AM

The final day of the official St. Patrick's Day celebration saw by far the most law enforcement activity, as officers made five felony and fifteen misdemeanor arrests in the official “Festival Zone” Saturday Mar. 19.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and Counter Narcotics Team are among the agencies that made arrests.

"Three of the felony arrests were for sale of a controlled substance, one was for possession of a controlled substance, and one was for giving false statements," police report.

"The misdemeanor arrests included carrying a concealed weapon (1), criminal trespass (1), disorderly conduct (4), DUI (1), fleeing to elude (1), possession of marijuana (2), reckless conduct (1), simple battery (1), swimming in the river (2), and urinating in public (1)," police say.

Three misdemeanor arrests were made on Friday, the parade day itself.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Only three misdemeanor arrests in Festival Zone on St. Patrick's Day

Posted By on Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 2:07 PM

Law enforcement officers made three misdemeanor arrests in the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day “Festival Zone” Thursday night, according to an SCMPD spokesperson.

"Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department officers arrested two people in the City Market area. One person was arrested for criminal trespass when they refused to leave a bar. A second person was arrested for simple battery; that individual was intoxicated and kicked an officer," police report.

An agent with the Alcohol & Tobacco Division of the Georgia Department of Revenue arrested a third individual for underage drinking, police say.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Clydesdales open for visit Thursday, Sunday

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 8:26 PM

You can see the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales in Friday's St. Patrick's Day Parade. But you also have a couple of opportunities to visit them in their temporary stables in Garden City: Thursday, March 16 and Sunday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Southern Eagle Distributing, 1320 U.S. 80.

If you're in Bluffton Saturday for their St. Patrick's celebration, you can see them noon to 3 p.m. in Old Town Bluffton, S.C., on Calhoun Street for a King of Beers Parade.

Eleven felony arrests made in violent crime/repeat offender sweep

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 8:02 PM

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes Task Force "wrapped up a successful four-day operation that concluded with 11 felony arrests and eight misdemeanor arrests," the department reports.

“The mission of the Task Force was to address the recent increase in violent crime by targeting prolific offenders of violent crime, to include those involved in recent incidents,” said Lt. Tonya Reid, “We targeted high crime areas where these offenders are known to frequent, as well as areas where drugs and gangs are prevalent.”

The Task Force was a collaboration between SCMPD’s End Gun Violence: Step Forward initiative, Strategic Investigation Unit, Savannah Area Regional Intelligence Center, Violent Crimes, Robbery, Crime Suppression, K-9, Aviation, Traffic Unit, and the Department of Community Supervision.

"Undercover and uniformed officers used intelligence-led policing methods to focus in on challenging neighborhoods, targeting specific individuals who are linked to the violence in Savannah," police report.

“This is our community. We’re not going to tolerate the violence, and this task force helps to reinforce that message,” Special Investigations Section Commander Capt. Lenny Gunther said. “We will continue to be vigilant. Groups or individuals that ignore our message will be placed under our laser focus, just like they were here.”

Those with felony charges include:
Desmond Tolbert, 33, possession of controlled substance
Dominick Jackson, 33, possession of firearm by convicted felon, possession with intent, possession of controlled substance
Phillip Moore, 22, possession of marijuana
Stephen Walker, 24, possession of firearm by convicted felon
Devonte Ruffin, 24, possession with intent
Jeffrey Scott, 33, possession with intent
Bobby Shields, 23, possession of controlled substance
Christopher Gamble, 26, felony probation violation warrant
Joseph Blake, 33, felony warrant
Jahkeem Bryant, 24, possession of firearm during commission of crime
Torrey Milton, 27, federal warrant

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

15-year-old shot on Massachusetts Avenue

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 7:05 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police detectives are investigating the shooting of a male, 15, on Monday, Mar. 13.

"At around 6:30 p.m., Metro officers responded to a home on the 2000 block of Massachusetts Avenue after reports of a shooting. Reportedly, a group of teens were in the home when the shooting occurred," police report.

"The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation. Detectives do not believe this to be a random shooting," police say.

The 15-year-old is in the hospital in critical condition.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Gregg Allman tour dates canceled

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 11:46 AM

The scheduled performance by Gregg Allman for this June at the Lucas Theatre has been canceled, along with the rest of the singer's dates for this year, a spokesperson says.

“It has been determined that Gregg Allman will not be touring in 2017. Allman looks forward to returning to the road in the future. Refunds are available at point of purchase," the spokesperson says.

At least 28 Allman dates in 2016 were canceled due to health reasons.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Armstrong State University set to cease intercollegiate athletics after this spring

Posted By on Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 8:19 PM

Today, the Armstrong State University/Georgia Southern University Athletics Operational Working Group announced that "it will recommend to the Consolidation Implementation Committee (CIC) that intercollegiate competition end at Armstrong State University following the current 2016-17 athletic year," a Working Group spokesperson reports.

Several factors have led to the recommendation, the spokesperson says, "most important, the health and safety of student-athletes. Due to changes in athletics rosters that have already occurred, most sports will no longer have enough student-athletes to adequately support a full season, placing remaining student-athletes in potentially harmful playing situations."

“This was a very difficult decision, but it is in the best interest of our student-athletes,” said Lisa Sweany, Armstrong’s athletic director. “This decision is being made now so that student-athletes and staff can focus on their future and what is in their best interest. I'm very proud of what our student-athletes, coaches and administrators have accomplished during my time at Armstrong.”
Women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s basketball have completed their championship segments and will not participate in further intercollegiate competition. Baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s golf are currently in season and will each finish their 2017 spring semester of competition.

By discontinuing Armstrong’s athletics programs at the conclusion of the 2016-17 athletic year, "any student-athlete who elects to transfer at the end of the Spring 2017 semester can apply the dropped sport exception, which allows them to compete immediately, without sitting a year in residency," the Group reports.
As decided by the Consolidation Implementation Committee on March 3, "all athletics-related scholarships for affected student athletes will be honored, provided students are making satisfactory academic progress. This plan will allow student-athletes who are affected by the consolidation to continue their education without bearing an additional financial burden," they say.

The Athletics Operational Working Group is working on the recommended structure of the new Georgia Southern University Athletic Department. Armstrong coaches and administrators will continue to have roles through December 2017.

“All of our student athletes, coaches and athletics staff are valued members of our Armstrong family,” said Armstrong President Linda M. Bleicken. “We are working with them to create outcomes that are as positive as possible.”

Pending approval of the recommendation by the CIC to end Armstrong athletics, the current 2016-17 season will end 50 years of Pirate athletics.

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