Monday, December 30, 2013

'Up the Cup' debuts New Year's Eve

Posted on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 6:20 PM

So what does that ginormous to-go cup you've heard about look like? The big reveal will happen at 8:30pm on Tuesday, December 31 in front of Wet Willies. The six-foot cup will be unveiled and raised to the starting platform for the midnight countdown.

Those Cats will kick off the celebration right after the reveal followed by A Nickel Bag of Funk.

The “Up the Cup” Countdown will start right before midnight followed by a firework display to officially ring in 2014. Festivities will kick off at 8pm and continue until 1am on the Rousakis Plaza Arbor Stage. This event is free & open to the Public.

Man struck by SUV

Posted on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating an accident in which a 74-year-old man was seriously injured when struck by an SUV this morning.

Luis Venegas was transported to Memorial University Medical Center after the 8:54 a.m. accident on Landings Way South at Water Witch Crossing in the Landings subdivision.

"He was walking his dog when he attempted to cross Landings Way South and was struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 50-year-old woman," police say.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Edgemere shooting leaves one dead

Posted on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Detectives are sorting out the details of a shooting that left one man dead in the Edgemore neighborhood of east Savannah Thursday night.

Antonio Terrell Heyward, 21, was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he died after the 6:05 p.m. shooting in the 1300 block of East 55th Street.

Patrol officers found him in the street when they responded to a “shots fired” call.

A 22-year-old Savannah man has been detained for questioning.

The investigation is continuing. 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.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sheriff's deputy held in sex offender case

Posted on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM

CCSO Deputy Held Without Bond

Rick Hall, a Chatham County Sheriff's Department deputy charged with aggravated child molestation, was denied bond and his case bound over to a Superior Court Judge.

Hall has been a deputy with the Chatham Sheriff's Dept. since 1987. In June of 2013 he was assigned to Court Services, a position he also held in 2007 when he was promoted to Lieutenant.

Hall also worked in an “off duty” status in the Drug Court.

There was a previous complaint filed against Hall in 2008, but the investigation failed to produce sufficient evidence to prosecute.

Early December, the department received a complaint about Hall. An investigation was initiated by Internal Affairs. Enough evidence was available to obtain a search warrant and arrest warrant for him. Both warrants were executed at his home on Wilmington Island this past Friday night.

Investigators are still collecting evidence and urge anyone with information to call 652-7693 and speak to an internal affairs investigator, or Crimestoppers at 912-234-2020.


Parker's robbers sought

Posted on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Savannah-Chatham Police and Bluffton Police are requesting the community’s assistance in the capture of two subjects in two armed robberies of Parker's Company convenience stores on Saturday, Dec. 20.

The Savannah incident occurred at 9:25 p.m. at Victory Drive near Truman Parkway. There were two subjects involved. Security cameras showed one subject jump over the counter with a gun, while the second armed subject took control of the rest of the store. The suspects fled with an undisclosed sum of cash.


About two hours prior, at a Bluffton Parker’s location, surveillance cameras captured the same two suspects committing an armed robbery.

The first subject is described as a black male with an average build, standing approximately 5-8 to 5-9. He has short dreadlocks and a beard. There is a gap between his front teeth. The second subject is a dark complexioned black male with a beard. He is about 5-8, with an average build.


Anyone present immediately before, during or after these incidents, or with information about the identities and location of these suspects is asked to call Crimestoppers of Savannah-Chatham County 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.

Bluffton Crimestoppers tips can be directed to 888-CRIMESC. Tips can be given to Bluffton Police Department at (843) 706-4550 or texted to TIPSC (274637).


Christmas eve shooting leaves one dead

Posted on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Police are investigating a double shooting Christmas Eve that left a man dead and a woman injured.

Michael John Polite, 38, and Angela Johnson, 44, "were involved in a conversation with a man in an SUV near their residence on the 800 block of Elliott Street in west Savannah about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday," police say.

The man produced a weapon and fired, striking the two victims. Both were transported to Memorial University Medical Center where Polite died and Johnson was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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.


Friday, December 20, 2013

'Bring One for the Chipper' is Jan. 4

Posted on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Savannahians decking the halls are reminded to save those Christmas trees after the holidays are over for the Bring One for the Chipper recycling event.

Bring One for the Chipper will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at various locations. Christmas tree mulch will be used by the City for parks and neighborhood beautification projects throughout Savannah.

The free service is available at the following locations:

· Home Depot, 11180 Abercorn

· Home Depot, 190 Pooler Parkway

· Home Depot, 1901 Victory Drive

· Dean Forest Landfill, 1325 Dean Forest Rd.

· Bacon Park Transfer Station, Shorty Cooper Rd.

Bring One for the Chipper has been a holiday tradition in Georgia for 20 years and is the largest tree recycling program in the nation. The event is sponsored by the City of Savannah, Keep Savannah Beautiful, Georgia Power and Home Depot.

Gas station robber sought; here's a pic of his Buick

Posted on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Detectives for Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are searching for the man caught on camera stealing cash from an east Savannah gas station.

Saturday, Dec. 7, at 12:27 p.m., Metro responded to reports of a theft at Parker’s on the 5300 block of Skidaway Road. Surveillance cameras recorded the suspect walking into the business, then entering the back office.

"There, he located and stole an undisclosed sum of cash," a spokesman says. "While attempting to exit the restricted area, surveillance videos showed the suspect encountering an employee at the doorway, then asking for directions to the restroom."

After briefly entering the restroom, the suspect exited the building. When approached by employees, he sped off in an unknown direction in an older model silver Buick.


Investigators do not believe the suspect is tied to recent Parker’s robberies at other Chatham County locations.

The suspect is described as a dark complexioned black male, standing 5-11 to 6-1 and weighing 180 to 200 pounds. He has a muscular build. His head is shaved bald.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Major sewage spill in West Chatham

Posted on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM

City of Savannah crews responded to a "major sewage spill at lift station 158 at 105 Crossroads Parkway" on Tuesday.

The spill was the result of "a Lift Station control failure at sanitary sewer station 158 caused system surcharge resulting in four overflowing manholes along the Crossroads Parkway," a spokesman says.

The total volume discharged was 13,656 gallons. The amount of this spill is classified as a major spill under State Environmental Protection Division guidelines.

City Water and Sewer crews were notified of the spill at 9:39 a.m. and the spill was corrected at 10:03 a.m. control failure was corrected and the areas around manholes that had overflowed were cleaned.

Notifications were posted at St Augustine Creek at Highway 21, lift station 158 at 105 Crossroads Parkway and at Houlihan Bridge Boat Ramp. Sampling is being performed as per EPD Major Spill Guidelines to determine the impact.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

This GA Power rate hike will cost you about $100 a year

Posted on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Today the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to approve Georgia Power’s proposed $870 million rate increase on its 2.1 million customers statewide.

Based on today’s action, residential customers could pay up to $100 more per year by 2016, when the full rate hike takes effect.

“We are thankful that members of the PSC attended public meetings and carefully considered comments from citizens and organizations concerned about this rate increase,” said Seth Gunning, organizer with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. “But at the end of the day, customers will see another increase on their monthly bills to pay for expensive, obsolete coal plants while cheaper, cleaner options are on the table.”

Under the proposal the Commission approved today, Georgia Power is able to charge customers up to one year in advance for equipment upgrades at its coal plants, and base the charges on projections rather than real costs.

The Sierra Club asked the Commission to take steps to limit Georgia Power’s ability to charge customers in advance and strengthen cost review procedures to protect Georgians against unfair charges; the request was disregarded by the PSC.

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