Friday, November 29, 2013

Three die in Thanksgiving accidents

Posted on Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 2:54 PM

On Thanksgiving morning, three men died after two separate traffic accidents on different ends of the county.

Mark Gunter, 57, of the 1200 block of Bridlewood Drive, died on scene about 2:30 a.m. when the Chevrolet Suburban he was driving southbound in the northbound lane of Veterans Parkway collided with a BMW near Chatham Parkway.
Anthony Davis, 25, of Quail Hollow Court West, driver of the BMW, was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he died about 7:30 a.m.

In an earlier accident, Jonathan Edwards, 35, of a Bryan Wood Circle address, was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on Johnny Mercer Boulevard on Wilmington Island, just east of the Spencer Grayson Bridge over Turner’s Creek. Edwards was walking on the roadway when he was struck just after midnight. The vehicle did not stop.

Jessica Krebs, 25, of a Shamrock Circle address, was identified as the driver of the vehicle shortly after Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police were called to the scene. She called police from her residence to report her windshield had been broken. She has been charged with driving under the influence, hit and run with fatal injuries and first degree vehicular homicide.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

McQueens Island Rails to Trails closed

Posted on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Effective immediately, the Chatham County Parks & Recreation Department has closed the historic McQueen’s Island “Rails to Trails” due to "concerns for public safety," a spokesperson for nearby Fort Pulaski National Monument says.

The McQueen’s Island Trail, west of Fort Pulaski, was created in 1996 on the abandoned Central of Georgia Railway tracks that once connected Savannah to Tybee Island. Over the years, high tides have eroded sections of the trail.

A restoration project was completed in 2009 to "stabilize the shoreline and encourage the growth of marsh grass. However, the 6-mile multipurpose trail has again succumbed to erosion, leaving huge portions impassible," the spokesperson says.

Currently, Chatham County is developing a plan to restore the trail. Due to the trail’s salt marsh location, the plan must be approved by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Until a plan has been finalized and approved, the western portion of the trail has been closed. The stabilization work is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2014, according to the county.

The eastern portion of the trail - measuring 2.4 miles - remains open and may be accessed near the Entrance Station for Fort Pulaski National Monument.

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Free & discount parking during holidays

Posted on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM

The City of Savannah is offering a number of "special parking incentives for downtown holiday shoppers" beginning Thanksgiving. Here they are:

· Metered parking will not be enforced this Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29, due to the holiday.

· Three hours of free parking will be available in City Parking Garages every Thursday and Friday now through Dec. 27. This incentive is not offered during times when garages are charging special event rates.

· City of Savannah Parking Smart Cards can be purchased for 50 percent off face value through the end of the year. Parking Smart Cards are like gift cards that can be used at any “pay and display” and "pay by space" parking meter in Savannah, and can be purchased in denominations of $25, $50, $75 or $100. They can be purchased at Mobility and Parking Services Office at 100 East Bryan St. (ground level of the Bryan Street Parking Garage) or by calling (912) 651-6470.

For more information, go to savannahga.gov/parking.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Union Mission urges 'Buy One Give One'

Posted on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Union Mission, a local non-profit organization that fights homelessness, encourages the community to take advantage of BOGOs on Black Friday.

'Buy One, Give One' would include donations of the other half of a Buy One Get One deal on Nov. 29. Donations of men’s white dress shirts and steel-toe boots help clients who are seeking employment. Donations of towels, soap, deodorant and lotion assist our clients in emergency shelter, while donations of toys and games bring holiday cheer to the children.

All donated items can be dropped off at Union Mission, 120 Fahm Street in downtown Savannah, during normal business hours.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Recycle your grease!

Posted on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

City residents will have an opportunity to recycle Thanksgiving holiday cooking oil and grease again this year. A recycling event will be held on Monday, Dec. 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City of Savannah President Street Wastewater Plant, at 1400 East President Street.

Residents are asked to collect their used cooking oil and grease in sealed containers and turn it in at the event. If unable to attend, residents are urged to let used oil and grease cool and then discard in the garbage using a sealed container for liquid forms.

Discarding fats, oils, and grease down the kitchen sink creates blockages of City sewer lines and homeowner pipes, which lead to sewage spills and raw sewage backing up into homes. An estimated 70 percent of all sewer blockages in the City of Savannah are caused by improperly discarded grease, city officials say.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hit & run driver in custody

Posted on Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 8:37 PM

One Savannah man is hospitalized and another is in custody after witnesses followed a hit and run driver from East Bay and Abercorn streets early this morning.

Edwin Willie Rivera, 28, was stopped after he ran a red light at East Broad and President streets about 2:25 a.m. That’s when a witness identified him as the driver during a previous incident as well.

Meanwhile, Andrew Seskey, 21, was being transported to Memorial University Medical Center with serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Officers said Rivera was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer in the right hand lane of Bay Street headed east when he struck Seskey. Seskey was walking across Bay against the traffic light at the time. Alcohol was identified as a contributing factor for both parties.

Rivera was charged with hit and run, failure to report an accident, DUI less safe, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to obey traffic signals.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rabies clinic Saturday

Posted on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 2:56 PM

The Animal Control Division of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department will be providing rabies inoculations and nail trims for cats and dogs Saturday.

The Fall Rabies Clinic will be held from 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. at the Animal Control Center at 7211 Sallie Mood Drive behind the Humane Society.

Rabies vaccinations and trims are available for $10 each.

ll dogs brought to the clinic must be leashed or kenneled and those prone to biting must be muzzled. Cats must be brought in carriers.

Cemetery headstones vandalized

Posted on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Police are soliciting information on the subjects who damaged 17 headstones at the Laurel Grove North Cemetery, causing thousands of dollars of damage.

Cemetery workers discovered the damage when they found the headstones, many of them well over 100 years old, pushed off their foundations, many of them broken, at the cemetery at 802 West Anderson Street.

Detectives are investigating. City of Savannah staffers are participating "because most owners of record are deceased and their heirs are not identified," a spokesman says.

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.

Police announce 'Jingle Bell Patrol'

Posted on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Metro police say they have taken steps to thwart the annual rise in crime that accompanies the approach of the holidays by "reinstating the yearly intensification of patrols in areas where shoppers would be most vulnerable."

Known as the “Jingle Bell Patrol,” the assignment puts additional officer on busy streets, in commercial parking lots and around retail outlets in search of thieves who would break into cars, rob shoppers and increase shoplifting.

“We know that crime increases around the holidays and we will be doing our part to add security wherever and whenever we can, “ said Interim Police Chief Julie Tolbert. “But the ultimate security would be collaboration between our officers, the stores and the shoppers we are all trying to protect.”

Patrol officers from all five precincts have been assigned overtime hours to police areas where thieves are most prone to act, along with plain clothes detectives, crime suppression units, canine officers, and mounted patrol.

Most precincts already have engaged the expanded hours that have helped reduce crime in the past few years. The patrols will intensify as the holidays near.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Man dies after gun accident

Posted on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

After a time in the hospital over the weekend, a 20-year-old Savannah man has died after accidentally shooting himself while handling a revolver Friday night.

Zachary Hindri of the 200 block of Croatan Street was transported to Memorial University Medical Center after the 10:36 p.m. shooting. He died from his injury over the weekend.

"He had the gun at a friend’s house on the 8700 block of Whitfield Avenue, spinning the chamber and pulling the trigger, when it fired and struck him," a police spokesman says.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police criminal investigations detectives continue to investigate.

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