Wednesday, July 31, 2013

2 dead, 3 injured in overnight shootings

Posted on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Detectives are investigating three shootings in different areas of Savannah that left two dead and three injured Tuesday night.

Police investigators "have not determined if any of the shootings are related and are seeking witnesses to help identify suspects," a spokesman says.

Dominique Bright, 18, and Syheem Spaulding, 15, died en route to hospitals after a 9:43 p.m. shooting at East 39th and Cedar streets that left Sha’nai Harris, 15, with non-life threatening injuries.

All three were in the street when they were shot.

Earlier, at 9:23 p.m., officers responded to a shooting at East Oglethorpe Avenue and Wilder Street where they found Javaris Smith, 25, of the 6000 block of Oglethorpe Avenue, with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. "He indicated to police that he was familiar with the person who shot him," says the spokesman.

At 10:01 p.m., patrol officers responded to West 34th and MLK Jr. Boulevard where they found Jamon Cody, 23, of the 2200 block of East Gwinnett Street, in the street with gunshot wounds. He was in serious but stable condition at Memorial University Medical Center.

Anyone with information on any of the cases 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.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Public safety roundtable is Wednesday

Posted on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Leaders from across the community will gather on Wednesday, July 31, to discuss public safety in Chatham County, identify gaps in the criminal justice system, and "begin the process for creating solutions," a City spokesman says.

The Public Safety Roundtable will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Civic Center Ballroom, and is open to the public.

The Roundtable will include the elected and appointed leadership of the City, County, and School System, as well as local law enforcement, court system, and parole and probation leaders. "The public was invited over the past three months to make written comments on public safety and offer suggestions using an online citizen input form," according to the City. "While time restrictions will not allow for general comments from the public on Wednesday, those 60 written comments will be presented to Roundtable participants."

The meeting will be taped and broadcast on Savannah Government Television.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Truck leaks acid through town

Posted on Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Garden City Fire and Savannah Fire are on the scene at several locations involving a sulfuric acid spill, according to a Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) spokesman. Known locations are Grange Road, President Street and three locations on Highway 21. The truck has been located.

CEMA advises that "if acid gets on your vehicle, cover contaminated area with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and then rinse off with water to neutralize."

Friday, July 26, 2013

Arrest in barbershop case

Posted on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM

A man considered armed and dangerous and being sought by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police since a raid on a barbershop July 18 was arrested today in a house serving as a day care center.

Shawn Anthony March, 39, was arrested without incident in a house in the State Street area of east Savannah. Police found as many as 10 children in the house, along with a room in which local gang information was displayed.

He had been sought since Metro Police raided a Live Oak neighborhood barber shop at Ash and 36th streets and nearby house .

Marlon Mozat Brown, 39, was arrested in the Celebrities Barber Shop in the 2000 block of Ash Street in an operation conducted by the Tactical Investigation Unit of the Central Precinct Investigation Office. Brown initially had been charged with three illegal substances sales. Police also found marijuana in the barber shop and various illegal substances, drug manufacturing equipment, a stolen weapon and a stolen computer in his residence on West 35th Street. Both men have extensive histories of drug offenses and probation violations with SCMPD and multiple felony convictions.

The July 18 raid was a continuation of investigations that began Jan. 9, 2012, after Larry Jiles was gunned down in front of the barber shop. He was standing beside a car he had driven to the shop when he was shot multiple times. The car contained several electronic components. Violent Crimes detectives continue to investigate that case.

Activities in the shop and house have been a source of concern for neighborhood residents. Central officers conducted surveillance and undercover operations on the shop, observing the purchase of drugs from it and a nearby house on East 35th Street.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Loretta Lynn, Eddie Griffin among new Civic Center shows

Posted on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Country music queen Loretta Lynn has been booked into the Johnny Mercer Theatre for a show on Oct. 6; on Oct. 4, comedian Eddie Griffin performs. Other new Savannah Civic Center bookings include rapper T.I. and Friends (Aug. 15 in the Martin Luther King Arena), comedian Mike Epps (Nov. 9) and the return of singer/songwriter Corey Smith (Sept. 5).

Tickets for Lynn go on sale July 26 at; Griffin tickets will be available July 29. All other tickets are on sale now.

Tibetan monks set to return

Posted on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM

The ever-popular monks of Drepung Loseling monastery return to the Jepson Center for the first time in over four years to create another incredible sand mandala.

Their weeklong residency is sponsored by the City of Savannah. The program will begin September 23 at 5pm with an opening ceremony of chants, followed by the drawing of the mandala. Visitors may watch the monks at work in the museum atrium during normal daytime museum hours September 24-28.

Along the way the museum will offer a lecture by the monks on Thursday evening, September 26 and two community sand painting activities for children. At the closing ceremony, the mandala will be destroyed and a portion of the sand will be distributed to the audience. The audience is invited to follow the monks to the Savannah River where the remaining sand from the mandala will be released.

See more here.

Attendance for all events is free of charge and open to the public.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Streets to close for Trayvon Martin procession

Posted on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Streets will be closed off downtown Saturday morning for a walk by several churches to City Hall and a prayer service in Wright Square.

Streets will be closed around Wright Square for the “Rally For Justice Trayvon Martin” expected to begin about 11 a.m.

Participants are expected to convene before 10 a.m. at the parking lot at Gwinnett Street and MLK Boulevard. They will walk East on West Gwinnett to Montgomery Street, north on Montgomery to Charlton Street and then north on Bull Street to Bay Street. A prayer service will be held on the south side of Bay Street before the assembly walks back to Wright Square from about 11 a.m. until noon.

Bay Street will not be closed but streets around City Market could be affected during the short prayer service in front of City Hall.

Police will begin moving cars from the area around Wright Square about 8 a.m. to prepare for the crowd.

Traffic will be blocked at Whitaker and York streets, Bull and Oglethorpe Avenue, Drayton and President streets, Drayton and State streets, and Bull and Broughton streets for the duration of the rally. Drivers may experience intermittent delays as the procession makes its way to Wright Square.

The walk and rally are being sponsored by Connor’s Temple Baptist Church and First Tabernacle Baptist Church.

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River Street flood preparations

Posted on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 4:31 PM

The City of Savannah will close River Street public parking lots beginning at 5 p.m. today and through the weekend as a precaution in anticipation of high river levels caused by increased releases into the Savannah River from dams upstream combined with a full moon high tide.

City and police crews will monitor conditions on the waterfront, and restrict access to Rousakis Plaza if necessary.

While emergency crews "do not expect businesses to be impacted," a City spokesman says, "River Street could experience flooding in the low-lying parking lots, as well as flood water coming onto some low-lying portions of the plaza, with the potential increasing during high tides on Sunday and Monday."

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Meth made him see things

Posted on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

One man is in custody after calling 911 on himself by accident, apparently hallucinating under the influence of meth.

Early yesterday afternoon, officers with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department responded to a residence following a report of a burglary in progress.

35-year-old Robert Boyles called 911 saying "he was home alone when he heard what he believed to be voices inside." Police responded to the residence in the 200 block of Beaufort Road.

While inside, officers located items they believed to be related with methamphetamine. Agents assigned to the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) responded to the scene and confirmed the officers' suspicions.

Robert Boyles
  • Robert Boyles

CNT charged Boyles with a number of felony and misdemeanor charges to include Possession of Certain Substances with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Trafficking Methamphetamine and Unlawful Use of 911.

Boyles is currently being held at the Chatham County Detention Center. More arrests are expected to be made in the case.

Flood warnings this week

Posted on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Over this week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has coordinated scheduled releases of three reservoirs feeding the Savannah River.

Due to these scheduled releases, water levels along the Savannah River will rise above normal to about 24” upstream to 10” closer to the coast.

Tides are expected to be higher than normal due to atmospheric conditions and the schedule of the new moon. The highest tide anticipated will be Monday evening at about 8.7 feet. This tide measurement coupled with the releases from the Thurmond Dam, will most likely produce some minor flooding along the Savannah River.

Expectations include possible water on the west end of River Street in the lower level parking areas and river side walkways. Additionally, water over Highway 80 leading to Tybee is likely.

Beginning Saturday, the Savannah River will be monitored and conditions documented at high tide. The Georgia DOT has scheduled to place electronic message boards on Highway 80 alerting drivers of the potential hazard.

The Ogeechee River has crested and is expected to begin dropping after tomorrow.

CEMA will continue monitoring both rivers throughout the weekend and alert you to observations adverse to those listed above.

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