Friday, May 30, 2014

Guinness Records official arrives to check 'Crawl of the South'

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Guinness World Records Official Michael Empric arrived today to oversee “The Crawl of the South,” Savannah’s attempt to break the record for the largest pub crawl.

The current record is held by Kansas City, Missouri with 4,885 participants. The Savannah Waterfront, Savannah Bar Crawl, and Stafford Promotions have teamed up to host “The Crawl of the South” on Saturday, May 31 from 1-9 p.m.

Participants can pre-register online for $15 until midnight on Friday, May 30 at Tickets can be purchased the day of for $20 at Ellis Square from 1-5 p.m. the day of the event.

There will be 30 bars are participating in the crawl. The record requires that "crawlers" visit at least 10 bars during the event and non-alcoholic beverages will not only made available, but count toward the win.

The first 4,886 participants to visit ten bars to turn in their crawl punch card at the after party will receive a free T-shirt. The after party will take place on Rousakis Riverfront Plaza on River Street where the announcement will be made shortly after 9pm when the Guinness official has verified the results.

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Cops kick off 'Operation Thunder'

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 12:28 PM

"Aggressive drivers and those drinking and driving will be targeted when some 30 officers from law enforcement agencies across Georgia join Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police in a 90-day traffic enforcement operation," a police spokesman says.

"Operation Thunder" begins today when visiting officers will join Metro in "road checks and saturation of high traffic areas in all five precincts."

The operation is being held in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The operation was invited to the area by Metro Police Chief Julie Tolbert after a series of fatal hit and run incidents involving pedestrians and some 11 fatal and 24 serious injury accidents so far this year.

“Serious and fatal accidents are among the most heart breaking events we respond to and it is so disturbing to realize most could have been prevented with just a little more caution on the part of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists,” Tolbert said. “Some of these victims are children and many of them were doing absolutely nothing wrong when someone else’s carelessness brought them tragedy. We hope this operation will help us curtail that.”

The operation is overseen by Metro Traffic Unit Lt. Greg Mitchell who is steering it towards traffic hot spots through road checks, speed enforcement and school zone enforcement. Visiting officers will join his traffic officers and precinct patrol officers through August 29.

“Speeders, aggressive drivers and drunk drivers will be sought out in an attempt to make our streets and highways safer,” he said, pointing out that extra efforts will be made to address roadway safety during the July 4 weekend.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Armed robber sought

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are requesting the public’s help in identifying the gunman who shot a homeless man during a reported robbery attempt May 5.

Carl Whipple, 51, has been hospitalized in serious condition since the shooting on West 40th Street near MLK Jr. Boulevard in the Cuyler-Brownville neighborhood. Central Precinct officers patrolling a block away heard the shots and found him on the ground about 9:30 p.m.

Robbery unit detectives are trying to identify the man who reportedly demanded money from him then shot him after he refused to comply and walked away.

The gunman was described as a clean-shaven black male, possibly in his mid-20s, about 5-6, 140 pounds with a short haircut. At the time of the shooting he was wearing long white pants, possibly jeans, and a blue and white polo-style short-sleeve shirt.

Anyone with information 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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Death of homeless man investigated

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Detectives from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the death of a homeless man found near railroad tracks in West Savannah earlier this week.

The body of the 65-year-old man who was known the frequent the area, was found at the end of Old W. Lathrop Street by a passer-by about 10:52 a.m. His identity has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ghent, Carn join city's 'Blues Weekend'

Posted on Wed, May 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Sacred steel bandleader AJ Ghent and jazz keyboard legend Doug Carn have been added to the city's 'Blues, Jazz & BBQ' lineup, June 6 and 7 at Rousakis Plaza on River Street.

They join Grammy-nominated vocalist Ruthie Foster, who headlines 'Blues on Broughton' June 6.

All the weekend's events are free and open to the public.

Blues on Broughton/Ruthie Foster

Where: Broughton Street (between Drayton and Bull)

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 6

Blues, Jazz & BBQ events

City Market performance schedule (Saturday, June 7 only)

11 a.m.: Ray Thomasino & Roy Swindelle

2 p.m.: G.E. Perry & Ray Lundy

6:30 p.m.: The Groovetones

Rousakis Plaza performance schedule:

Friday, June 6:

4 p.m.: Doug Carn Groove Machine

6 p.m.: Eric Culberson Band

8 p.m.: AJ Ghent Band

Saturday, June 7:

Noon: The Hitman

2 p.m.: Rod Hamdallah

4 p.m.: The HC3 with Julie Dexter

6 p.m.: Bottles & Cans

8 p.m.: Jacey Falk Band

Friday, May 23, 2014

Cops help hurt animals

Posted By on Fri, May 23, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police rescued two different animals across their jurisdiction Tuesday. Animal Control officers recovered an injured hawk in Lake Mayer while Islands Precinct officers were untangling a cat found hanging by its broken leg on a fence top in east Savannah.

The juvenile red tailed hawk was captured via a blanket. It had an injured leg and other issues.

“He didn’t even try to fly away,” said Lt. Carey Hill, who leads the Animal Control Unit.

Lt. Carey Hill with the injured hawk
  • Lt. Carey Hill with the injured hawk

The bird has been taken to a rehabilitator to be nursed back to health. Patrol officers found the cat, believed to be a pet, hanging from a fence on Louisiana Avenue about the same time.

Ofc .Clayton Smith with the kitty
  • Ofc .Clayton Smith with the kitty

"The cat put up no fight and cuddled in officer Clayton Smith’s arms while being transported the Animal Control shelter for medical treatment," police say. "Animal Control officers are attempting to identify the owner of the cat. If not, it will be offered for adoption once the medical treatment has been completed."

West 46th St. shooting probed

Posted By on Fri, May 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Detectives are investigating a report by a Savannah man that "he was shot as he walked to a relative’s house this morning," police say.

King Reeves, 23, told officers from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Central Precinct that he was walking on the 600 block of West 46th Street about 3 a.m. "when one member of a small group of males walking behind him shot at him, inflicting a non-life threatening wound."

Reeves was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment.

Metro detectives are asking anyone with info 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.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Black Cadillacs, Wynn's Believers to return in July

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Two bands that absolutely smoked at this year’s Savannah Stopover – the Black Cadillacs and Thomas Wynn & the Believers – will co-headline July 23 at the Jinx. Tickets for the Stopover/MusicFile Productions show, $10, are on sale now.

Like MusicFile’s recent Charles Bradley and Blitzen Trapper weeknight performances, this one will start early – at 9 p.m. Both of those shows sold out.

The organization is also bringing the Coathangers (Stopover class of ’13) to the Jinx June 28, and is in pre-production on a second “Revival Fest,” to take place Sept. 20.

Tickets for both Jinx shows are available at

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Jamie Casino involved in new TV show

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Casting has begun for Casino's Law, which will be filmed in-part locally. A major cable network and production company are looking for people that have fallen victim to online bullying and/or cyber crimes in the greater Savannah area.

If this is you, local attorney Jamie Casino "wants to drop the sledgehammer and get you the justice you deserve," a nod to Casino's now-legendary viral Super Bowl ad.

Do you have an online stalker? Have inappropriate photos been posted of you online? Are you being bullied or humiliated publicly on Facebook/Twitter? Is your business receiving malicious reviews from fake customers?

"The internet is not as anonymous as people may think," says Casino.

Email or call Jamie Casino at 912.355.1500.

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City's 'illegal yard parking blitz' Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2014 at 11:52 AM

The City of Savannah Property Maintenance Department will be conducting an illegal yard parking blitz in several Southside and Westside neighborhoods tomorrow, Wednesday, May 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

City ordinance requires vehicles, boats and trailers to be parked on an established driveway or within 5 feet of that driveway and parallel to it. Cars parked at an angle on the yard, or too far from a driveway, are in violation.

City inspectors recently conducted similar illegal yard parking blitzes in late March, generating a total of 135 citations and courtesy notices.

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