Friday, March 27, 2015

4 charged in shots fired cases, including Bull St. Library shooting

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Joshua Myers
  • Joshua Myers
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police on Thursday charged four suspects in three “shots fired” cases, including one for incidents in two city parks in January.

Included were a shooting Jan. 29 in Wells Park followed by shots fired the next day in Thomas Park "in which a library building was struck; shots fired in the Cuyler Brownsville area Thursday afternoon in which juveniles were detained; and a shots fired Thursday night in which three suspects were charged," police say.

Metro Violent Crimes detectives have charged Joshua Tamil Myers with aggravated assault in the shooting of a 28-year-old man on the basketball court of Wells Park on Jan 29 and the attempted shooting in Thomas Park beside the Bull Street Library the following day.

He also has been charged with fleeing to elude police in another incident. Potential charges in additional incidents are being investigated.

Detectives identified Myers as the driver of a stolen blue Ford Fusion from which shots were fired at the same person on the two successive days. The shooter has not yet been identified.

"The victim of the Wells Park shooting, Kelvin Frazier, was not the intended target," police say. "He received non-life-threatening injuries. No one was injured in the second shooting in which rounds struck the Bull Street Library."

The Fusion was located later without wheels.

Myers was arrested Wednesday by Richmond Hill police for theft by shoplifting and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is expected to be served with Metro’s warrants today in the Bryan County jail.

Violent Crimes Detectives also charged a 16-year-old male with theft by receiving a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm by one younger than 18 and reckless conduct Thursday afternoon.

Central Precinct officers on patrol heard shots fired near West 41st and Stevens streets at 1:47 p.m. and found "a bicycle in the street, a male fleeing on foot and a car speeding away. As they began to investigate, more shots were heard from a block away and responding officers stopped a stolen Honda Civic with three juveniles in it," police say.

The driver of the vehicle wore a holster on his belt. "A handgun was found in the lane in which the car had been stopped. Officers later discovered the police car that first responded to the incident had a flat tire but determined the damage was not from a bullet," police say.

Details of the initial incident to which the officers had responded are still being investigated.

An off-duty officer, Islands Precinct Patrol officers and officers on a special assignment converged to stop a vehicle at East Gwinnett Street and Pennsylvania Avenue at 7:47 p.m. Thursday and arrest two of the three occupants.

The off-duty officer heard shots in his neighborhood near Betty and Emory drives in the Magnolia Park area and reported a silver Suzuki speeding away. An officer located the Suzuki driving north on Skidaway Drive and stopped it when other officers had saturated the area.

Marquis Demario Wallace, 22, of the 2800 block of Capitol Street, was located by other officers several blocks away after he exited the Suzuki and ran. A handgun with an extended magazine was found in a lane he was seen exiting. He has been charged with obstruction, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and tampering with evidence.

Another occupant of the car, Calvin Christopher Brown, 28, of the 1800 block of Hale Street, was held on outstanding warrants for false statements and obtaining controlled substances. A Metro canine alerted on the car and a bag with two other weapons, including a machine pistol with extended magazine, were found in the vehicle.

Violent Crimes detectives also are trying to identify a white Nissan sedan with a sunroof from which shots were fired on East 37th Street Tuesday night. The incident was recorded on video showing a male firing at another vehicle from the passenger window, but no reports of rounds striking anything or anyone were received.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CNT arrests alleged heroin dealer

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 6:21 PM

One man is in custody following an operation conducted by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT).

"Late yesterday evening, CNT agents, with the assistance of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, arrested 27-year-old Thomas “White Boy” Holland of Savannah," according to a CNT spokesperson.

"Holland was arrested at an apartment complex located in the 7200 block of Skidaway Road. He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin) with Intent to Distribute. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office also served Holland with an outstanding warrant for Probation Violation: Original Offense(s) Sex Offender Registry Violation, False Statements. Also seized during the operation was more than $1,200 in cash and one vehicle."

The investigation into Holland began earlier this month "after CNT received information he was selling large amounts of heroin. Over the course of the operation, undercover agents purchased heroin from Holland. The investigation revealed he was supplying numerous people with heroin throughout Chatham County," CNT says.

Holland remains at the Chatham County Detention Center following an arraignment hearing in the Recorder’s Court of Chatham County, Georgia where he was denied bond.

The case into Holland and his associates is ongoing and "additional arrests are expected. Additional charges against Holland to include Sale of a Controlled Substance (Heroin) are forthcoming," CNT says.

The seized heroin has an estimated street value of more than $1,000.       

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Road closures announced for Saturday's Publix Savannah Women's Half Marathon & 5K

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

The Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K will take place this Saturday, March 28, resulting in road closures. "More than 2,300 people will participate in this inaugural race event," according to a spokesperson.

Here's a link to a map of the route:

Roads will be closed starting at 7:30 a.m., with the majority of the 5K route reopening by 8:30 a.m.

The half marathon route will temporarily close Victory Drive between 8-10:30 a.m. Detours will be at Abercorn and Bee Roads. The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department will assist with the event, allowing cars to safely cross the course at major intersections.

The race weekend will begin with a New Balance Fashion Fitness Expo at the Savannah Hilton DeSoto from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday, March 27. The half marathon and 5K races start at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, with the post-race party to be held in Forsyth Park.

Full list of road closures and open times:

4 a.m. – Drayton Street between Park & Gaston Streets closed
7:30 a.m. – Race Start
8 – 10:30 am – Victory Drive closed with detours available.
8:30 a.m. – 5K route to open
10:30 a.m. – Daffin Park area to open
11:30 a.m. – All streets open

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Earth, Wind & Fire to perform in June; tix on sale Friday

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 3:43 PM

Earth, Wind & Fire, America's seventh top-selling musical group of all-time, will perform at the Johnny Mercer Theatre on June 7. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.

Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Earth, Wind & Fire has earned eight Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards an sold more than 90 million albums worldwide and is one of the world's top touring bands.

In 2013, Legacy Recordings announced the release of Now, Then & Forever, the first new studio album from Earth, Wind & Fire since 2005's Grammy-nominated Illuminations.

Second suspect arrested for November murder on Westside; third suspect still sought

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 3:36 PM

A second suspect has been arrested in the Nov. 15, 2014, shooting death of a Savannah Man in the Hudson Hill area of west Savannah and a third is still being sought.

William Darnell Davis, 21, "was arrested by Peach County authorities over the weekend on a warrant taken by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department violent crimes detectives. He is being interviewed by Metro detectives today and the process to return him to Savannah has begun," a police spokesperson says.

One woman, Taylor Lavon LaCount, 21, was arrested in December and a second woman, Trinika Latrell Beamon, is still being sought in the shooting death of T’arsha Williams on Hudson Street in the early morning hours of Nov. 15. Warrants have been taken against all three charging them with felony murder and two counts each of aggravated assault and armed robbery.

"They are accused of luring T’arsha Williams to Hudson Street near West Lathrop Avenue where he was shot during a robbery attempt about 3:30 a.m. Williams was found deceased in a gray Pontiac that had rolled into a building," police say.

Beamon and is a black female, about 5-foot-6, 135 pounds with long hair that sometimes is worn in a twist with shaved sides. She is considered armed and dangerous. Metro detectives suggest anyone who is aware of her location not approach her but call Emergency 911 or CrimeStoppers, immediately.

Windsor Forest student found after running away from school

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 3:34 PM

At approximately 4:45 P.M. Monday, Savannah Chatham County Public School System Campus Police Dispatch was notified "that a 17-year-old Windsor Forest High School student had run away from the school," police say.

Lonshone Jones was found safe later on that day. 

According to police, "a teacher was escorting him into the building when he broke away and ran."

CAT to hold West Chatham mobility workshops

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 3:30 PM

In the wake of controversies over extending bus service to portions of West Chatham not currently served, Chatham Area Transit is in partnership with Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) will convene two public workshops this week "to present service concepts for Chatham County westside communities," a spokesperson says.

The public is invited to attend a workshop to obtain information and offer input on the West Chatham County Mobility Study.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6 p.m.
Pooler City Hall
100 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, GA 31322

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6 p.m.
Garden City - City Hall
100 Central Avenue, Garden City, GA 31405

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Woman shot on Westside

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 12:31 PM

An investigation is underway by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police in the shooting of a 20-year-old woman this morning.

"A Central Precinct patrol officer investigating a ShotSpotter alert found Samira Kenney of a Lavinia Street address on Burroughs Street between 42nd and 41st streets about 3 a.m.," police say. "Kenney was transported for treatment of a gunshot wound and was in stable condition."

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 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 prefer to share information with police anonymously.

Total arrests for St. Patrick's celebration: 48

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 12:28 PM

Eleven disorderly conduct charges, "some ranging from fighting police officers to insistently trying to hug them, led the 21 arrests Tuesday to close out the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Festival," a police spokesperson says.

A total of 48 arrests were recorded in the two Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department command centers on River Street and City Market. "The 16 disorderly conduct arrests were the leading category in those for the four-day festival," police say.

Besides the disorderly conduct arrests Tuesday, police charged "four with obstruction, two with public intoxication, and one each with possession of marijuana, simple battery, criminal trespass and obstruction, and unauthorized use of a blue light in a vehicle."

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Heated gunshot exchange at 32nd & Cabell Streets near Gordonston

Posted By on Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 10:04 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating "an incident in which multiple shots were fired at a car and four people who were attempting to put gasoline in it in east Savannah Sunday," a police spokesman says.

Islands Precinct Patrol officers responded to a call at East 32nd Street and Skidaway Road to find a white Chevrolet Impala with multiple bullet marks at 4:13 p.m.

They located "a 21-year-old female who told them a male and two female friends were helping her refuel her car when two men began shooting at the Impala from the intersection of 32nd and Cabell streets," police say.

Multiple shell casings were found and two bags of marijuana and scales were found in the Impala. "Another vehicle and an unoccupied house on Atkinson Street also were struck by bullets," according to police.

Violent Crimes detectives continue to investigate.

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 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.

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