Saturday, February 28, 2015

Disappeared Colombian political figure found dead in Broughton hotel

Posted By on Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Violent Crimes detectives from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are conducting a death investigation after finding a Bogota, Colombia, man in a downtown Savannah hotel room.

Andres Felipe Blackburn Cardona, 43, was found by cleaning staff of a Broughton Street hotel just before 2 p.m. Thursday. Foul play is not suspected at this time, police say.

"The victim is a member of a political family from Colombia whose disappearance has been the subject of national news in that country," police say. He had checked into the hotel the day before.

The investigation is continuing following an autopsy. The Colombian government and the victim’s family have been informed.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Two charged for staging robbery of parking garage, taking money

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 4:16 PM

Cedric Jurete Golden and Deambre Brantley. Brantley told police Golden robbed the parking garage where she worked, but police say it was an inside job.
  • Cedric Jurete Golden and Deambre Brantley. Brantley told police Golden robbed the parking garage where she worked, but police say it was an inside job.
Robbery Unit detectives "have filed warrants against a man and woman after determining that they staged a robbery of a downtown Savannah parking garage in December," police say.

Cedric Jurete Golden, 25, is being sought for false statements and theft by taking. Deambre Brantley, 23, is being sought for the same two crimes and false report of a crime. They listed the same address on the 4000 block of Ogeechee Road at the time of the incident and now are being sought by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police.

Investigators "determined Brantley lied about the reported Dec. 6 robbery of a private parking garage on the 100 block of East Congress Street," police say.

"Brantley told responding Downtown Precinct Patrol officers that she was working at the lot when a male walked up behind her and demanded money from the business. The investigation revealed Cedric Golden was involved in the incident and was known to Brantley."

Detectives filed the charges Thursday after determining the couple had worked together to steal the money and that Brantley had falsely reported the Robbery.

Metro Police Chief Joseph H. “Jack” Lumpkin Sr. has announced that his officers will file charges against those who obviously file erroneous reports and lie to officers, pointing out the abundance of hours and other resources that are invested in cases only to fine they were falsely reported.

Golden has been arrested at least five times by Savannah-Chatham police on charges ranging from burglary to robbery to probation violation.

Teen injured in E. 36th shooting; another shooting in Yamacraw

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 4:12 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating two incidents "in which shots were fired at houses Wednesday morning, including one in which a teenager received a non-life threatening wound," police say.

Rahim Smiley, 14, was transported for treatment of a gunshot wound to his leg from the 1400 block of E. 36th Street "after shots were fired at the house in which he and other children and teens were sleeping," police say.

"Central Precinct Patrol officers had responded to a call of shots fired by the new ShotSpotter system to find the shooting."

At 1:16 a.m., Downtown Precinct Patrol officers had responded to the 500 block of Yamacraw Village. There they found an apartment where several shots had been fired at windows. Children and women were asleep in the residence at the time but no injuries were reported.

Woman's fiance charged with murder in Feb. 18 Apache Avenue death

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 4:10 PM

The fiancé of a woman found dead in her apartment Feb. 18 has been charged with her murder by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police.
Willie Moore Jr., 38, was arrested today by Violent Crimes detectives investigating the death of Mandi DeAnne Kaiser, 37, of the 12000 block of Apache Avenue.

Southside Precinct Patrol officers discovered her body when they responded to family members’ concerns about noon Feb. 18 and a death investigation began. It became a homicide investigation after police received the results of an autopsy the following week.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

City moves closer to approving all-ages venues, public input sought

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 5:40 PM

The City announced today that City Manager Stephanie Cutter "will recommend to Council the addition of a new permit allowing patrons between the ages of 18 and 21 into venues that are offering live entertainment. Currently, those under the age of 21 are not allowed in bars," a spokesperson says.

The definition of live entertainment is defined as "a vocal or instrumental performance by a natural person(s) who is physically present in the establishment and specifically excludes disc jockeys and karaoke performances. This option would be an add-on permit, and could be revoked or suspended separately from the primary alcohol license," the City says.

For more than a year, the City has been working to draft revisions to Savannah’s Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance. Based on that feedback, the City says they are seeking additional input on the boundaries of the go-cup zone, which currently extends from Hutchinson Island to Jones Street. The proposed ordinance includes an extension of the zone south to Park Avenue, between Whitaker and Drayton streets.

"The expansion of the go-cup boundary to include Forsyth Park was proposed to help clear up confusion about the zone’s southern boundary, and to make legal a practice that is common today in Forsyth Park with frequent special events," the City says. "Some residents, however, have expressed concern that broadening the zone will encourage increased outdoor consumption of alcohol in residential areas."

Additional feedback on the go-cup zone is being sought, and can be offered at

Other recent proposed revisions made to the draft ordinance since its release in September include:

• The removal of the provision that would require anyone under 21 to leave an alcohol-serving restaurant at 10 pm. Those under 21 may now stay in these establishments until closing.

• The removal of mandated security staffing requirements for alcohol-serving establishments.• The allowance of minors within a business that serves complimentary alcohol, such as nail salons and spas.

• The expansion of residency for managers to within 50 miles of the establishment.

• Because of continuing discussion/feedback with bar restaurant owners, bar cards will be required for all bar/restaurant personnel that serve alcohol. The City is actively looking to contract out the service of processing and providing bar cards in an effort to streamline the process

• The inclusion of required alcohol liability insurance for all businesses with a permit

The tentative schedule is for proposed revisions to come before City Council during a workshop in April, which would be followed by two readings of the draft during subsequent Council Meetings.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Officer cleared in Charles Smith shooting; Mayor, Chief urge calm

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 2:37 PM

Earlier today a Grand Jury ruled it did not have sufficient evidence that Officer David Jannot used excessive force in the shooting of Charles Smith during an arrest on Augusta Avenue last summer. Therefore criminal charges against the officer will not be pursued.

Mayor Edna Jackson said, "The Grand Jury today issued a recommendation to the District Attorney in the case of one of our Police Officers and his involvement in the death of one of our citizens. I am not here to comment whether that was the right decision or the wrong decision. I am here to say that this is a decision that we as citizens must respect."

The Mayor continued:

"Our District Attorney placed this matter in the hands of 23 citizens whose backgrounds represent the diversity of Savannah. The members of this Grand Jury are our neighbors, and our co-workers. They are the people we see every day. These citizens have dedicated their time to serve on the Grand Jury, to carefully consider all information, and to make a recommendation on how to move forward. I thank them for this important public service," she said. 

"I am proud of how our community has responded since that terrible day on September 18th in West Savannah. Our community advocates have made their concerns heard, while remaining civil and responsible. Our clergy have stepped forward, and led by example. Our Police have acted as professionals, respecting the rights of demonstrators while keeping our community safe," said the Mayor.

"For the past five months, we have shown the world how a community can react when faced with a crisis. Throughout our history, Savannah has shown the world how it can be done. Let us continue to do so today."

Savannah/Chatham Metro Police Chief Lumpkin said:

"From the moment of this incident, the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department under the leadership of Chief Julie Tolbert pledged that it would be a transparent investigation, that we’d turn it over to external experts, and that we would cooperate fully," Lumpkin said.

"Now that the Grand Jury — citizens of our county and city — have spoken and made their decision based on facts, physical evidence and forensics, we in the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Department call upon all our citizens, our entire community to continue to be objective and process this decision in an objective manner. There was an extensive investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. There was a transcripted Grand Jury process. The District Attorney spent a significant period of time preparing and presenting all known facts," he said.

"We ask for peace and tranquility from all citizens as the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department maintains the peace, protects our citizens, and maintains order."

Old Crow Medicine Show coming to town May 1

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Old Crow Medicine Show is coming to town, with guest Sturgill Simpson, Friday May 1, 7:30 p.m., at the Johnny Mercer Theatre.

Tix go on sale Friday March 6, 10 a.m., Get 'em at, 800/514-3849 or at the Civic Center box office. 

Sheriff's Deputy fired and arrested after assault investigation

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 9:04 AM

In early February the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office "received a complaint from a former inmate claiming a deputy had improper contact with her during her incarceration. Internal Affairs launched an investigation into the matter," a Sheriff's Dept. spokesperson says.

The internal investigation "uncovered more victims and enough evidence to launch a separate criminal investigation by the Criminal Investigative Division."

Deputy Deon Gibson, was placed on administrative leave with pay. This week Gibson was terminated and charged with sexual assault with a person in custody and false statements and writings. He remains in the Chatham County Detention Center without bond until his arraignment.

Gibson had been employed with the CCSO for 13 years. 

New Little Free Library set for unveiling at Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 9:01 AM

Planting Ceremony for the third Little Free Library on the Flannery O'Connor Book Trail will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton St,. downtown Savannah.

It is "the third in many 'Little Free Libraries' that will soon dot the course of The Flannery O'Connor Book Trail, planting libraries from Savannah to Milledgeville in the hopes of increasing access to books for people in all communities," a spokesperson says. "This library was made by local craftsman Jeremiah Jossim and painted by artist Katherine Sandoz. It will be blessed by the Reverend Kevin Veitinger, with live music by Velvet Caravan."

Budweiser Clydesdales to ride in Tybee Irish Heritage Parade

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 8:58 AM

The 13th Annual Tybee Island Irish Heritage Celebration Parade will begin 3 p.m. Saturday March 14 at City Hall and proceed down Butler Avenue to Tybrisa Street. For the first time it will feature the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. There will also be a special Budweiser Clydesdales Meet & Greet at 1 p.m. before the parade starts at the Tybee Island YMCA located at 204 5th Street.

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