Friday, March 29, 2013

Dancing with wolves, for real

Posted on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 4:18 PM

A Savannah man has been charged with trespassing after climbing into cages at Oatland Island Wildlife Center and then leading police on a foot chase through the woods.

John Floyd, 26, of an East Park Avenue address was arrested by Islands Precinct officers who chased him down in a utility vehicle borrowed from Oatland Island Wildlife Center on Sandtown Road after finding him in the enclosure reserved for wolves.

John Floyd
  • John Floyd

Police were called to the center before noon when witnesses saw him in the pen. Once police arrived, he climbed the fence into other enclosures before running down a trail.

In his backpack, police found a container of sugar cubes, unidentified brown crystallized powder, unidentified liquid, an almost empty fifth of Kahlua, and a almost empty half gallon of soy milk.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Snakes in a house: Reptiles removed from residence

Posted on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Savannah-Chatham Animal Control Officers on Tuesday removed more than a dozen exotic animals "improperly housed" in a Southside residence.

At 10:26 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 12000 Block of Deerfield Road to "assist with an eviction involving various reptile species." The tenant, Brian Nettles, owns Cold Blooded Adventures, according to police.

Upon entering the home "the officers noticed unconfined and confined reptiles living in unsanitary conditions. Snake shedding, feces and dirt were seen throughout the house."

Several living and deceased reptiles were found in the backyard, including an American Alligator. The alligator was housed in an area accessible to the public. All of the animals lacked appropriate food, water and heat sources.

Georgia Reptile Society and Department of Natural Resources representatives were on scene due to federal laws violated by the presence of endangered and threatened species.

Found were an American alligator, three pythons, two geckos, a monitor lizard, a Red Tail Boa Constrictor, two tortoises, seven turtles, three deceased turtles and a deceased rat.

The seized reptiles were taken into custody by Animal Control. A Georgia Reptile Society representative agreed to foster and seek appropriate medical care for the majority of the animals.

Nettles "admitted to lacking proper permits for housing and harboring some of the animals." He was charged with animal neglect, animal cruelty, not keeping of animals’ sanitation and failure to report dead animals.

Nettles also received a federal citation from DNR for possessing the American Alligator. Two dogs owned by Nettles also were found on the property and released to his care, after he was cited for their lack of current rabies vaccinations and county tags.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

SCAD Style happens in April

Posted on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Savannah College of Art and Design will host SCAD Style 2013, their annual signature style-and-design event, April 15-19, at the SCAD Museum of Art and other locations downtown.

Programming for SCAD Style 2013 includes lectures, panels, film screenings, workshops, exhibitions and book signings featuring world-renowned artists, designers and industry professionals, and highlights several SCAD programs of study including fashion, interior design, industrial design and architecture. All events are free and open to the public.

Highlights include appearances by iconic fashion designer Betsey Johnson; Charlotte Moss, interior designer, author and product designer; industrial designer Luigi Colani; and architect and designer Asif Khan.

Go to for more info.

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Man sought for E. 54th St. murder

Posted on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Police seek the public’s help in locating a "person of interest" in the shooting death of a 27-year-old Savannah man March 20.

Ashley Maurice Hudson, 31, is being sought for questioning in the death of Achmen Kiwaan Williams. Hudson is about 5-9, 140 pounds with a receding hairline and has been known to wear a trimmed goatee or beard.

Ashley Hudson
  • Ashley Hudson

Williams was sitting on the front porch of a house in the 1900 block of East 54th Street when "he was approached by at least one gunman and was shot multiple times," according to police. He was pronounced dead at Memorial University Medical Center.

Williams had a long record with SCMPD extending to 2004 including violent crimes. In 2008 he was considered "Savannah's Most Wanted" criminal for a murder case in which he was indicted for killing his little brother.

Anyone with information on the case or Hudson’s location is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.


3 hurt in West Bay crash

Posted on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Three drivers were treated for injuries after a three-car collision on West Bay Street Tuesday night.

Christopher Robinson, 25, and Antionette Cooper, 39, both of Savannah, and Shelton Hills, 46, of Pembroke, were taken to Memorial University Medical Center after the 6:48 p.m. crash. All injuries were serious but non-life threatening.

Robinson was driving a gray Chevrolet Impala east on Bay Street near Kirkland Street when he slammed on brakes and swerved to the right lane, striking Cooper’s black Nissan Altima that had backed out of a parking lot. The crash spun the Nissan into the west bound lane and into the path of a silver Cadillac STS driven by Hills.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Nathan's Hot Dog contest hits River St.

Posted on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

An official qualifier for the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest happens on River Street April 6 at 1 p.m. This is the first time the Nathan’s qualifying tour has visited Savannah.

The top-performing male and female hot dog eaters at the Savannah event will each earn a chance to compete on July 4 at the Nathan’s flagship in Coney Island, NY. This year’s ESPN show will air on July 4 at 1 p.m. Registration is at, and all competitors must be 18 years or older.

It's a part of First Friday & Saturday on River Street, with First Friday Fireworks at 9 p.m. Weekend festivities will kick-off on Friday, April 5 from 4-10 p.m. and continue on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m.-10p.m.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

UPDATE: 3 in custody for Wells Fargo robbery

Posted on Sat, Mar 23, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Three men have been charged in the robbery of of the Wells Fargo Bank branch on the 3500 block of West Bay Street Friday morning.

Charged with armed robbery were Brandon Williams, 24, John D. Simmons, 20, and Jarrod M. Johnson, 27, after an investigation by Savannah-Chatham Police and FBI agents led to a house on 5th Street in Garden City where they were hiding after the robbery.

At 9:40 a.m., two of the men armed with hand guns went into the bank and robbed it of cash. They fled in different directions.

A contingent of patrol, crime suppression units, detectives and precinct commanders from West Chatham, Islands and Downtown precincts, along with canine, aviation and violent crimes detectives as well as FBI agents and Garden City officers saturated the area in search of the suspects.

On the premises of the house identified by the investigation, police found items from the robbery, including guns, masks and the cash taken.

SCMPD robbery unit detectives and FBI agents continue to investigate. No word yet as to whether Friday's robbery was related to the robbery of another Westside Wells Fargo two days earlier.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

A Confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Another Wells Fargo hit?!

Posted on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Two days after a Wells Fargo on Ogeechee Road was robbed, a branch on West Bay Street a few miles north, also on the city's westside, was targeted.

Metro Police are collaborating with FBI agents and Garden City Police to investigate the robbery of the Wells Fargo branch on the 3500 block of West Bay Street this morning.

Savannah-Chatham officers, joined by detectives, canine officers, police helicopter Eagle One and Garden City officers, saturated the areas both east and west of the bank in search of gunmen who took money from the branch about 9:40 a.m.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. A Confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

2012 a record year for film/TV in Savannah

Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Savannah set records for the number of media projects shot within the City last year, according to the recently released Savannah Film Commission 2012 Annual Report.

According to the report, the City of Savannah Film Office worked with 242 separate projects in 2012, which spanned 715 shoot days. Total economic impact to Savannah was $26 million, which includes $12.2 million in direct spending.

All were new records, according to the report.

The report says "This included everything from major feature films such as CBGB and Killing Winston Jones to television shows such as Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America and Royal Pains to national advertising campaigns from the Express and Louis Vuitton.


“2012 was the best year Savannah has ever had for media production in all measurement categories,” said Savannah Film Office Director Jay Self. “There is no better indicator of client satisfaction than a repeat customer. The return of Royal Pains for another two weeks of filming this year is an excellent example of this.”

The report recognizes "a trend in the industry toward lower-budgeted productions that employ local crew both in greater numbers and at elevated positions."

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Wells Fargo on Ogeechee robbed

Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM

The FBI and Savannah-Chatham Police are investigating the robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank branch in the 3500 block of Ogeechee Road yesterday.

A gunman entered the branch just before 4 p.m., "pointed a silver automatic handgun at bank employees and demanded money," say police. "He left with cash in a white plastic bag with a red drawstring that he had brought with him and drove away in a gold Toyota Camry."

The Camry was found abandoned behind a house in the Liberty City area of west Savannah where the gunman entered a white sedan with another black male and drove away.


The gunman is described as a very slender black male, 6-2 to 6-3 in his mid to late-20s. He had long twisties in his hair and had a medium complexion. He was wearing a fitted, gray Atlanta Braves baseball cap with dark pants and shoes with a white bandana or T-shirt hiding his face.

Anyone with information on the robbery or the suspect is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

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