Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Man wanted for Sunday shooting

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect charged in the shooting of a Savannah man on Sunday morning.

Shaquan Dukes, 18, has been charged with aggravated assault in the shooting of Roger Bush Jr., 36, "during a confrontation at a rooming house where both lived on the 1600 block of East 37th Street," police say.

Bush was transported by family members to Memorial University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Shaquan Dukes
  • Shaquan Dukes

Dukes is described as a black male, about 6 feet, 150 pounds with dreadlocks. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. 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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Sheriff's K-9 'Rekky' passes away

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Chatham County Sheriff’s K-9 Rekky, a German Shepherd certified as a narcotics detector dog, passed away April 15, the Chatham County Sheriff's Dept. says.

Cpl. Rekky came to the department in August 2001 and was partnered with Cpl. Stephen Darnstaedt.

"Rekky conducted over 5,200 searches and recovered 3 tons of marijuana worth approximately five million dollars," according to a department spokesperson. "Rekky was a big hit during school demonstrations because of his soft temperament and laid back demeanor."

Cpl. Rekky with Cpl. Stephen Darnstaedt
  • Cpl. Rekky with Cpl. Stephen Darnstaedt

Rekky retired in 2008 and went home to live with his partner and his family.

Monday, April 28, 2014

16-year-old killed, man hospitalized after Saturday night shooting

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Savannah-Chatham Police are investigating a double shooting Saturday night that left a 16-year-old teen dead and a 23-year-old man hospitalized.

Quahfee Murphy died after the 9 p.m. shooting on the 3800 block of Bull Street and Allen Moore, who lived in the house where the shooting took place, was hospitalized at Memorial University Medical Center.

Anyone with info is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. 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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Georgia Ave. shooting investigated

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Detectives from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department continue to investigate the shooting of a Savannah man on Savannah’s eastside Saturday afternoon.

Stefphon Young, 23, was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with non-life threatening wounds after the shooting on the 1500 block of Georgia Avenue.

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Hit & run driver sought

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Traffic investigators from Savannah-Chatham Police are searching for the vehicle that struck a pre-teen bicyclist and fled the scene Saturday night.

Malik Pridgen, 11, was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle near East 35th and LeGrande streets just before 8:30 p.m.

"He was riding a bicycle southbound on LeGrande when he was struck by the newer model, silver four-door sedan — possibly a Chrysler Sebring — traveling east on 35th," police says. "The vehicle was occupied by a black male with dark complexion and a short Afro."

Anyone with info on the vehicle or its driver is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. T

Thursday, April 24, 2014

SAV Philharmonic announces 2014-2015 season

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:56 AM

The Savannah Philharmonic, under the direction of Peter Shannon, has unveiled its ambitious 2014-2015 season, its sixth in operation.

“Our last season was a landmark one for the Philharmonic. Sold out halls, increased giving, and an orchestra and chorus that continue to go from strength to strength are a few of the wonderful things to look back on," says conductor and artistic director Shannon.

“This new season builds on that: the repertoire is a good mix of everything, and I truly believe there is not one concert that can be missed.

There are multiple ticket and subscription options; go here for more info.

Opening night, Sat. Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre: Brahms, Academic Festival Overture Op. 80; Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43; Dvořák, Symphony No. 7 Op. 70. Piano soloist: Fanya Lin

Chamber Concert No. 1, Sat. Sept. 27, 5 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Ascension: Schubert, Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat Major Op. 100; Brahms, Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major Op. 8

Fri., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., Lucas: Berlioz, Marche Hongroise, from “The
Damnation of Faust”; Bizet, Excerpts from *Carmen Suites Nos. 1 & 2; Sibelius, Symphony No. 1 Op. 39.

Chamber Concert No. 2, Sun., Oct. 19, 5 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Ascension: Tchaikovsky, String Sextet in D minor “Souvenir de
Florence” Op. 70

Irish tenor Anthony Kearns, Thu., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Lucas

Chamber Concert No. 3, Sun. Nov. 23, 5 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Ascension: Mozart Horn Quintet in E flat Major K. 407; Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major K. 370; Mozart Quintet in E flat Major for piano and winds K. 452.

Holiday Pops, Fri. Dec. 12, Sat. Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of
St. John the Baptist; “Family Pops” Sat. Dec. 13, 3 p.m.
Chamber Concert No. 4, Sat. Jan. 17, 5 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Ascension: Fauré, Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor*

Haydn’s The Creation, Sat. Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Chamber Concert No. 5, Sat. March 14, 5 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Ascension: Brahms, Sonata for cello and piano in E minor Op. 38; Shostakovich, Sonata for cello and piano in D minor Op. 40

Lights, Camera…Music! Sat. April 18, 7:30 p.m., Lucas

Chamber Concert No. 6, Sun. April 26, 5 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Ascension: Shostakovich, Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 57; Britten, Phantasy quartet for oboe and strings Op. 2; Jolivet, Chant de Linos for flute and piano

Kings & Queens, Thu. April 30, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church: Handel, V. Williams, Elvis Presley, Basler, Wesley, Hogan

Finale: Sat. May 9, 7:30 p.m., Johnny Mercer Theatre: Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1; Wagner, Overture to Rienzi; Strauss, Rosenkavalier Suite

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Judges for Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap and Dance Off announced

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Dollhouse Productions announces the Judges Panel for Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap and Dance Off, happening Saturday May 10.

The dance contest will begin at midnight and will last about 30 minutes followed by more soul music and dancing from Toubin.

Space for the contest is limited to the first 50 attendees who get their numbers when Toubin announces its time for the Dance Off just before midnight.

Soul Clap Savannah’s judges include Wes Daniel (HangFire Bar), Beth Vantosh, (Vantosh Commercial Group) Clara Fishel, Jane Fishel, Kayne Lanahan (Savannah Stopover Music Festival), and Roberto Leoci (Leoci’s Trattoria/Pacci Italian Kitchen and Bar).

Wes Daniel and Ikeda Feingold: Wes Daniel is owner of downtown’s HangFire Bar, a favorite amongst SCAD students and local and touring indie acts.

Clara and Jane Fishel: Before its recent closing, The Sparetime, created by the Fishel sisters, was THE hangout spot for the best-dressed and elite party animals.

Beth Vantosh: Taking on projects such as One West Victory, and Black Orchid Tattoo, Beth relocated from New York and started a family here with her English husband and son Max.

Kayne Lanahan: Creator of the Savannah Stopover Music Festival and Revival Fest, and CEO of MusicFile Productions, Kayne has been bringing the best up-and-coming acts and music legends to the scene for the past several years.

Roberto Leoci: Named “Best Chef” by the readers of Connect Savannah, and one of America’s top chefs by Best Chefs America Guide, Leoci is a household name in Savannah. His first restaurant Leoci’s Trattoria opened in 2009. He is opening a second restaurant on Bay Street in May, Pacci Italian Kitchen and Bar.

WSAV wins Murrow Awards

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

WSAV-TV, the local NBC affiliate, has been honored with five Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in television journalism.

The announcement came Tuesday by the Radio Television Digital News Association which has been honoring outstanding achievement in electronic journalism with the Murrow Awards since 1971.

Among the honors is the Murrow Award for Overall Excellence, the sixth time in the last seven years WSAV’s entire staff has been so honored.

Anchor/Reporter Dave Kartunen earns the Murrow for Investigative Reporting with his investigation into Congressional Gift Travel — revealing local members of congress accepting “free” travel from third party interest groups and what the trips actually benefit.

Anchor/reporter Tina Tyus-Shaw and Investigator Andrew Davis share the Murrow Award for Breaking News Coverage for their treatment of the surprise retirement of former Savannah Chief of Police Willie Lovett.

Chief Investigator JoAnn Merrigan and Anchor Reporter Dave Kartunen accept the Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage — for follow up over a three month period of the problems, successes and battles that surrounded the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act.

Photographer Art Ottimo wins the Murrow Award for Use of Video (Photojournalism) for his photo essay on the Savannah Police Memorial for officers killed in action. It’s WSAV’s fifth win in this category in the past eight years.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Man shot after exchanging fire with security guards at Eastside club

Posted By on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 2:43 PM

A Savannah man has been charged with aggravated assault "after being shot in a gunfire exchange with private security guards at a Skidaway Road nightclub Thursday night," police say.

Nathaniel Hardy, 21, is under guard at Memorial University Medical Center where he was transported for treatment of a non-life threatening injury in the 11:38 p.m. shooting.

Hardy was in the parking lot of Overtime in the 4600 block of Skidaway "when shots were fired between him and men working security at the club," police say.

Violent Crimes detectives from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department continue to investigate the shooting.

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Man charged in April 8 shooting on W. 58th

Posted By on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 2:41 PM

U.S. Marshals, acting on information obtained by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police, on Thursday afternoon arrested a Savannah man in Jacksonville, for an April 8 shooting death.

Jerome Coast Jr., 31, was arrested in a Jacksonville hotel. Metro homicide detectives had charged him with murder in the shooting death of Michael Willard James.

James, 31, was found dead in his SUV in the yard of a house on the 600 block of West 58th Street just after midnight. "The SUV had crashed into car parked in the yard, igniting a small fire that was quickly extinguished by Savannah Fire," police say.

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