Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Jury duty scam alert!

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 1:57 PM

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office "has once again received reports of phone scams being conducted in Chatham County," a spokesman says.

"The fraudulent caller identifies himself as Lt. James Hall and states a fine must be paid because of a missed jury summons and subsequent contempt of court fines. The caller will demand payments made on a Green dot or credit card."

The Chatham County Courthouse could possibly call about a jury summons "BUT WILL NEVER demand payment or ask for personal financial information. This incident underscores the need for individuals to remain vigilant about safeguarding against financial crimes."

If you experience this fraud attempt, hang up and contact the CCSO Criminal Investigation Division at 912-661-1692.

Two arrested, one still at large in assaults

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Jarvis Giles is still at large
  • Jarvis Giles is still at large
Metro Police have arrested and charged two suspects "while they look for a third after multiple shots were fired at a house on Damon Street in two incidents," a spokesman says.

Canty Cadeem Savage, 23, was arrested Tuesday by Savannah Impact Program and Central Precinct Crime Suppression Unit officers on charges of aggravated assault and violation of parole.

Herbert Nathaniel Johnson Jr., 25, was arrested Christmas Eve by Downtown Precinct officers on charges of aggravated assault, criminal use of an article with an altered ID and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Detectives continue to ask the public to help locate Jarvis Jerell Giles, 26. Warrants have been filed charging him with aggravated assault. He is a black male, about 6-foot and 205 pounds. He has been known to have a beard, slight moustache and long hair worn in dread locks. He is considered armed and dangerous.

The three were identified as suspects after multiple gunshots were fired at a house on the 1100 block of Damon Street on Dec. 21 and again on Dec. 26. Giles was identified as one of the occupants of the car from which the shots were fired both times. In the first incident, the house was occupied by five adults and three children.

"All three of the men are well known to Metro and Chatham County authorities," police say.

"Giles has been arrested eight times in the county since 2006. Johnson has been arrested 11 times since 2006 and served five months of a fire-year term for interference with government property. Savage has been arrested nine times since 2008 and served six months of a five-year term and later 12 months of a second five-year term, both for sale and distribution of cocaine."

Three arrested after Jeep theft

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Three juveniles have been arrested after officers followed a stolen Jeep through a neighborhood Tuesday.

Five occupants of the vehicle were detained after foot chases by multiple officers and charges were filed against three of them, including probation violation and three counts of obstruction against a 14-year-old, possession of a firearm and obstruction charges against a 15-year-old, and theft by receiving (auto) filed against a 16-year-old.

The officers were conducting a rolling surveillance of the white, 2015 Jeep Cherokee when the occupants noticed officers and all five ran on foot near Live Oak and East Park Avenue. Another 16-year-old and a 26-year-old male were detained but not charged.

The Jeep had been reported stolen earlier Tuesday when the owner discovered it missing near his residence on the first block of East 38th Street. He had left a spare set of keys in the vehicle and possibly had left a door unlocked.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Three sought in recent shootings

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police continue to seek help from the public in locating three suspects in two recent shootings.

Warrants for murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery have been filed against Trinika Latrell Beamon and William Darnell Davis. Beamon, 21, is a black female, about 5-foot-6, 135 pounds with long hair that sometimes is worn in a twist with shaved sides. Davis, 23, is a black male, about 6-foot-9, 205 pounds with short hair and a slight mustache.

Taylor Lavon LaCount, 21, was arrested this weekend on the same charges after the shooting death of T’arsha Williams on the morning of Nov. 15 on Hudson Street.

Violent Crimes detectives also have charged Jarvis Giles, 26, with aggravated assault after shots were fired into a house and car on the 1100 block of Damon Street about 2 p.m. Friday.

All three suspects are considered armed and dangerous and police advise anyone with knowledge of their locations to not approach them, but to call Emergency 911 immediately.

Anyone with information on the case also can 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 Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124 and most area clergy have agreed to serve as liaisons for anyone who  would like to share information with police anonymously.
William Darnell Davis.
  • William Darnell Davis.
Taylor Lavon LaCount
  • Taylor Lavon LaCount
Trinika Latrell Beamon
  • Trinika Latrell Beamon

Monday, December 29, 2014

Chief Lumpkin: ShotSpotter to be used for New Year's Eve gunfire

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 2:34 PM

As New Year’s Eve approaches, Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Joseph H. “Jack” Lumpkin Sr.’s thoughts include Marquel Peters.

"Marquel was 4 in 2010 and attending a church service with his family near Decatur when a bullet fired by a New Year’s Eve celebrant fell to Earth, pierced the ceiling of the church and killed the child," a police spokesman says.

“It shows the senselessness of such a dangerous activity,” Chief Lumpkin says. “Marquel’s death is one of the worst examples of the perils of celebratory gunfire that one can imagine – a heartfelt tragedy. But there are hundreds of other examples where shots fired in the air have returned to hurt or kill innocent people. We are asking people in the Savannah and Chatham County area not to participate in celebratory gunfire."

Shots fired during holiday celebrations have been increasingly problematic for Metro Police, but this year a new system called ShotSpotter has been installed in some areas and "will alert police within seconds after a shot is fired."

“Instead of reacting within minutes, our officers can arrive within seconds after the shot is fired, and we will be pressing charges if we find the suspect,” Lumpkin says.

“Serious injury or death can result any time a bullet is fired in this manner. We are asking our citizens not to rely on technology but to call police immediately if they see someone firing a gun into the air or even preparing to do so. If we are alerted quickly enough, we can avoid another tragedy like Marquel’s.”

Sunday, December 28, 2014

One charged, 2 sought in home invasion

Posted By on Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM

One man has been charged and two accomplices are being sought after a Dec. 8 home invasion robbery in which a pregnant woman and her two children were threatened.

Eunricky Ramone Green, 25, has been charged with armed robbery, false imprisonment and parole violation after two males and a female forced their way into the apartment of a woman on the 1400 block of Barnes Drive about 2:30 a.m.

"The trio demanded Christmas presents, cash and electronics after one of the men dragged the woman through the apartment by her hair," police say. "The female pushed a 5-year-old girl into her 3-year-old brother’s bedroom as they continued to ransack the house."

Green was arrested Dec. 15 at Savannah Impact Program. He was on parole after serving 3.5 years of a five-year sentence for attempted murder in 2010.

Violent Crimes detectives continue to investigate in an attempt to identify the other suspects.

Man sought in aggravated assault

Posted By on Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police have filed charges against a Savannah man and are asking the public's help in locating him.

Detectives have charged Jarvis Giles, 26, with aggravated assault after shots were fired into a house and car on the 1100 block of Damon Street today about 2 p.m.

Giles is considered armed and dangerous and police advise anyone with knowledge of his location to not approach him, but to call 911 immediately.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

City celebrates 225 years of municipal government

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 12:25 PM

The City of Savannah will mark its 225th anniversary of municipal incorporation with a special proclamation and celebration at today’s City Council meeting, 2 p.m. at City Hall.

On February 10, 1787, by act of the Georgia General Assembly, the Town of Savannah was placed under the authority of a Board of Wardens, elected by the lot holders of each ward.

The City of Savannah was incorporated by an amendment to the 1787 act passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed by Governor Edward Telfair. The act of December 23, 1789 renamed the local government the City of Savannah and placed it under the administration of a Mayor and Aldermen.

On March 1, 1790, in accordance with the City’s charter, the owners and occupiers of lots and houses in Savannah voted for their first aldermen, one representing each ward for terms of one year, in the first City election held at the public market in Ellis Square.

The citizens elected as the first aldermen Joseph Clay, Jr., Joseph Habersham, John Houstoun, Edward Lloyd, Matthew McAllister, Justus H. Scheuber, and Samuel Stirk. On March 8, 1790, the new aldermen gathered in the Court House to elect Savannah’s first mayor from their own body, and having selected John Houstoun, proceeded to the first Council meeting.

Houstoun was an influential lawyer, one of the original “Sons of Liberty,” one of Georgia’s first delegates to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1775, and second Governor of the State of Georgia. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Second Kevin Hart show added for Jan. 1

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Due to huge popular demand, just a few hours after his first popup show at the Johnny Mercer Theatre was announced this morning, a second Kevin Hart show has been added for later the same evening on New Year's Day.

The second show is 10 p.m. Jan. 1. Get tix and info at

Kevin Hart at Civic Center Jan. 1; tix on sale now

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Comedian and entertainer Kevin Hart brings his 'What Now' Tour to the Savannah Civic Center this Jan. 1 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at

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