Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SCAD adds buzzworthy Glen Campbell doc to Savannah Film Festival

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Savannah College of Art and Design has added the acclaimed new documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” to the 2014 Savannah Film Festival’s Docs to Watch series.

The documentary follows country music star Glen Campbell during his final music tour after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

The film is set to screen on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. at the SCAD Museum of Art. The museum is at 601 Turner Blvd.

James Keach, director, Kim Campbell, Glen’s wife and film subject, and Jane Seymour, executive producer, are expected to attend.

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Reynolds Street homicide investigated

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Detectives for Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the Monday morning shooting death of a Savannah man.

Oct. 27, just after midnight, Tyrone Ellis, 24, was shot inside of a residence on the 2000 block of Reynolds Street in Midtown. He was transported by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center where he died Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information on the case 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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Coffee Bluff playground opens

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

District 6 Alderman Tony Thomas joined City staff and neighborhood residents and children on Monday afternoon to open a new playground at the Crusader Park Neighborhood Center on Savannah’s Southside.
“It’s these types of improvements that are crucial to our neighborhood vitality, and give our youth other forms of positive activities,” Thomas said.

The Crusader Park Playground is one of half a dozen playground improvements constructed by the City across Savannah this year. In all, the City of Savannah maintains 57 different playgrounds, in addition to nearly 500 acres of parks and more than a dozen community centers.
Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas and neighborhood children test ride some of the equipment at the new Crusader Park Neighborhood Center Playground
  • Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas and neighborhood children test ride some of the equipment at the new Crusader Park Neighborhood Center Playground

Suspect cuts own throat after arrest

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM

At 3:30 p.m., Oct. 28, Chatham County Sheriff's deputies responded to the 12000 block of Sunny Brook Road, looking for 49-year-old, Ralph Terrill. Bryan County had issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to appear in court on a previous DUI charge.

Terrill was located, placed under arrest and searched. "Deputies cuffed him in front of his body because he had a medical condition requiring it. Once inside the back of the patrol car Terrill located a razor he had hidden on his person and cut his throat," a department spokesperson says.

Terrill was transported to Memorial University Medical Center, "alert and talking after the incident." The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Man charged in home invasion

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

 A Savannah man has been charged with armed robbery after a home invasion on Savannah’s Southside Oct. 13.

A Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department sergeant assigned to the Savannah Impact Program (SIP) arrested Samuel Sir Ziegler, 23, of the 700 block of Fruit Street after recognizing him as a parolee.

He is charged in the robbery of four males in a house on Tanglewood Road in which two armed men forced their way in and took electronics and cash just after midnight.

Robbery detectives continue to search for at least one additional suspect in the robbery.

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More music announced for R 'n' R Marathon

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

The full lineup for the 4th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon has been announced, with American Idol winner Phillip Phillips slated to headline the finish line concert on Saturday, November 8, with Cranford Hollow opening.

Twenty three local bands including the PT Generation; The Wave Slaves; Girlfriends; and southern rock band Leeward Fate are among the performers who will take the stage at this year’s festival, which will be held Thursday through Sunday, November 6-9.

The 5k event Sunday will finish inside Grayson Stadium, and Nickel Bag Of Funk will headline the post race entertainment.  

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Meth lab shut down on East 39th

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

An "elaborate methamphetamine lab" was removed from an East Savannah residence following a search warrant conducted by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT), a spokesman says.

Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday night, CNT agents, with the assistance of the Savannah Fire Department, executed a search warrant in the 1800 block of East 39th Street. Upon making entry into the residence, "CNT agents encountered several small children and one adult female and safely removed them."

Inside the residence, agents found a methamphetamine lab that "appeared to have been active recently and evidence that previous manufacturing had occurred at the residence."  

The laboratory included an air filtration system that expelled the toxic gases from the lab into the open air outside the residence.

Several neighboring houses were evacuated for three hours as an added precaution.

Wednesday night’s search warrant is the result of an ongoing investigation by CNT into a group of persons believed to be involved in the possession, distribution, sale and manufacturing of methamphetamine throughout Chatham County. 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Man charged with rape

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police have charged a 62-year-old convicted sex offender with rape and probation violation after he attacked a senior woman in Savannah last Wednesday.

James Thomas Bateman of the 5500 block of Montgomery Street was arrested after Metro Police stopped him driving near the Thomas Square/Midtown location where the assault occurred.

"He was visiting a woman he knew when he attacked her," police say.

Bateman had served a 15-year sentence from a rape and incest charge in 1995 and later served seven months of a 10-year sentence for six counts of failure to register as a sex offender.

Violent Crimes detectives continue to investigate.


Police: No foul play involved with dead body

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police have identified the body of a woman found in a Southside creek Monday.

An autopsy performed at the Georgia State Crime Lab in Augusta indicated no signs of foul play.

Release of the woman’s name is being withheld as detectives continue to investigate.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

CNT makes large crack seizure, arrest

Posted By on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 8:28 PM

One person is in custody following a large seizure of crack cocaine.

Earlier this year, members of the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) received information 33-yer-old Kendall Owens of Savannah was selling powder and crack cocaine. CNT opened an investigation into Owens and successfully purchased cocaine from him during the investigation, a spokesperson says.

Following the cocaine purchase from Owens, CNT obtained arrest warrants for Owens to include Sale of a Controlled Substance. Owens was taken into custody by CNT without incident. Also on yesterday, CNT conducted a search of Owens’ residence located in the 300 block of Lawton Avenue.

"There, agents seized a trafficking amount of crack cocaine, items commonly utilized in the distribution of controlled substances and more than $900 in U.S. currency. A total of two vehicles were also seized," CNT says.

Owens was arrested on multiple felony drug related charges to include Sale of a Controlled Substance and Trafficking Cocaine. Owens is being held at the Chatham County Detention Center.

The arrest marks Owens’ fourth drug booking in Chatham County and his second arrest by CNT. At the time of Owens arrest, Owens’ was on Felony Probation for a previous drug conviction in Chatham County.

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