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2015 Homicides thru Jan. 18: 3 

2015 Savannah/Chatham County Homicide Total through Sun. Jan. 18:

3 (1 solved)

Murder at Eastside apartment; man shot nearby in separate incident

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are investigating two shootings over the weekend, one of them fatal.

David Rashamel Goldwire, 23, was found “deceased in the yard of a duplex on the 2100 block of Clars Avenue Sat. Jan. 17 when officers responded to a shots-fired call at 6:47 p.m.,” police say.

On Fri. Jan. 16, Jacob Grant, 26, reported “he was shot through the back window of his vehicle when someone attempted to rob him in the Oak Forrest Apartments on Oak Forrest Drive about 10 p.m.”

He drove to a residence on Gary Avenue in Tatemville where he called police.

He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment of a non-life threatening wound.

click to enlarge David Nolan Evans
  • David Nolan Evans

Man arrested for bomb materials

A multi-agency investigation “led to the arrest of a Garden City man and the seizure of materials to construct a bomb he had threatened to deploy,” police say.

David Nolan Evans, 40, was arrested Jan. 16 after a search of his Garden City residence “led bomb technicians to discover and seize explosive materials and additional components to build an actual bomb.”

The action followed the discovery of a potential bomb in the Savannah Probation Office last Monday.

The device discovered in the Probation Office contained “all components of a bomb except explosive material. It was accompanied by a note warning that a future device would include that material,” police say.

Additional calls to Emergency 911 threatened to deploy a larger device that would be armed in early February.

The SWAT-led warrant service on the residence on Priscilla D. Thomas Way about noon Friday “led to discovery of enough materials to fulfill that threat.”

Evans, a registered sex offender charged with probation violation at least four times, “has an extensive record,” police say.

20-year-old charged for drugs, guns on 36th St.

One person is in custody “following the recovery of drugs, weapons and various items linked to multiple property crimes,” police say.

Early Fri. Jan. 16, members of the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT), Metro Police, Georgia Probation, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) conducted a search of a residence in the 1100 Block of East 36th St. 

“Law enforcement found marijuana, marijuana plants, items commonly used to manufacture and distribute marijuana and four firearms,” a CNT spokesman says. “Some of the firearms were found with altered serial numbers. Also recovered were items connected to various burglaries and entering autos.”

CNT arrested 20-year-old Marques Deshaun Johnson. Johnson was charged with multiple felonies. Additional charges and arrests are expected. 

2 charged in Dec Georgetown murder

A three-week investigation into the death of a North Carolina man whose body was found near Ga. Highway 204 on Dec. 23 has led to murder charges against two local suspects.

Kevin Da Palmer, 23, and Genevieve Elizabeth Meeks, 20, both of Savannah were charged Sat. Jan. 17 with murder, malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The investigation has been ongoing “since the body of William Fredric Whitsett was found just west of King George Boulevard in December,” police say. “An autopsy revealed he had been shot. The investigation is continuing.”

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