Thursday, April 30, 2015

Emergent Savannah hosts Palmetto Pipeline event at The Bean

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 11:58 AM

Emergent Savannah announces The Palmetto Pipeline World Cafe to be held on Monday, May 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sentient Bean Coffee Shop, 13 East Park Avenue.

"The World Cafe is a conversation model that encourages a diverse group of people to discuss different sides of issues," says an Emergent Savannah spokesperson.

"Emergent Savannah invites the public to join the dialog regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan Palmetto Pipeline."

Proposed by Texas-based  Kinder Morgan, the Palmetto Pipeline is a 360 mile pipeline that would transport refined petroleum products from Baton Rouge, LA through North Augusta, SC, across the Savannah River and parts of Coastal GA, including  wetland areas, to end at Jacksonville, FL.

"Not only are citizens concerned with the environmental and economic associated risks, but Kinder Morgan is facing criticism on their silence towards the efforts to enforce eminent domain on local landowners," says Emergent Savannah.

The final Georgia Department of Transportation public hearing to determine if Kinder Morgan will be granted the power of eminent domain is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, at the Waynesboro Campus of Augusta Technical College, located at 216 Highway 24 South, Waynesboro, GA.

The Palmetto Pipeline World Cafe starts at 6:30 p.m. with a fifteen-minute overview of the project and it’s impact, moving into the World Café discussions and a moderated Q/A session, to conclude at 8:30 p.m. Participants are invited to walk around to The American Legion Post 135 bar to continue the conversation and take action after.

Immediate seating is limited to forty spaces. It is recommended to arrive early.

For more information on the World Cafe and Emergent Savannah, visit For more information on the issues surrounding the Palmetto Pipeline, visit

Sexual assault on teen reported on Westside

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 11:36 AM

Special Victims Unit detectives are investigating a report of a sexual assault of a teen-aged girl in the Cuyler-Brownsville area early Sunday morning.

"The 14-year-old reported she let her dog out in the yard near Hopkins Street and West 44th Street Lane about 4 a.m. and then followed it into the lane when it slipped from its leash," a police spokesman says.

"There a male she had seen in the lane grabbed her from behind. She awakened on a porch with indications she had possibly been sexually assaulted."

The assailant was described as a black male with a dark complexion, approximately 5- foot-7 to 5-8 in height and a thin build.

Both Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and Chatham County-Savannah Public School System campus police "have been conducting extra patrols of the area and schools have been warning girls walking alone to avoid lanes and hidden areas and to call Emergency 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious after several teen-aged girls have reported being accosted by a tall, slender black male who covered his face with a shirt," police say.

Soldier dies of self-inflicted wound during Southside standoff

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Efforts by SCMPD SWAT and hostage negotiators "to save an active Army soldier who had threatened suicide failed Wednesday afternoon when officers entered his apartment and found him deceased in an apartment on Fenwick Village Drive about 3:50 p.m.," a police spokesperson says.

The name of the 30-year-old victim is being withheld until the Army can contact other family members.

West Chatham Precinct patrol officers had been called to the apartment complex at 11:52 a.m. by family members.

Violent Crimes detectives, forensics officers and Army CID investigators are working on the investigation along with the coroner’s office. Chaplains from SCMPD and the Army were on scene.

Shooting on Cabell Street on Eastside investigated

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Detectives from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the shooting of a Savannah man Wednesday afternoon.

Cedrico Wallace, 20, was transported for treatment after the shooting on Cabell Street at East 32nd Street about 3:53 p.m.

"Wallace was walking with two other males south on Cabell Street when someone began shooting at them from behind bushes beside a house," police say. "All three fled but Wallace received non-life threatening wounds."

A black male was seen running from the scene with a handgun and entering a black Honda Accord nearby that sped away.

Homicide at MLK and Henry

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old Savannah man who was found beside a street Sunday night.

Rashad Biggins was transported to Memorial University Medical Center after he was found lying on the sidewalk on MLK Boulevard at Henry Street about 9:41 p.m. He died there shortly afterward.
By unofficial count that brings the number of murders in the jurisdiction of Savannah/Chatham County Metro Police to 11 so far through the first four months of 2015. 

Victim dies after Friday shooting; two suspects in custody

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Police are investigating a fatal shooting Friday night and the crash of a minivan nearby. Derek Johnson, 19, died after being taken to a hospital after the 8:27 p.m. shooting on the 2100 block of Glynwood Drive, reported in a previous News Brief item.

“He had been in a parked car with other individuals when a minivan drove by and someone in it began firing at the car,” police say. “The minivan sped away and the driver of the car drove Johnson for treatment.”

Shortly after, a minivan similar to the one described in the shooting was located wrecked on the northbound entrance ramp to the Truman from Derenne Avenue.

Thelron Gregory Winbush Jr., 20, was arrested and charged with murder. A second suspect, Za’Kee Jaquan Robinson, 19, of Thunderbolt, turned himself in to police.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Shooting and crash investigated

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating a shooting Friday night that left a victim in hospitalized and the crash of a minivan nearby.

Derek Johnson, 19, was transported to a hospital after the 8:27 p.m. shooting on the 2100 block of Glynwood Drive.

"He had been in a parked car with other individuals when a minivan drove by and someone in it began firing at the car," police say. "The minivan sped away and the driver of the car drove Johnson for treatment."

Shortly after, a minivan similar to the one described in the shooting was located wrecked on the northbound entrance ramp to the Truman Parkway from Derenne Avenue. The occupants of the minivan were seen running from the scene.

Violent Crimes Unit detectives are working to determine "if the crashed minivan was the one involved and are asking anyone who may have been in the area at the time to help by providing information."

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 like to share information with police anonymously.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Suspect charged after downtown purse snatching

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 5:13 PM

An 18-year-old suspect is under arrest "and nursing K9 bite marks after fighting with police and a witness who followed him several blocks after he snatched a purse from a woman in downtown Savannah Wednesday night," police say.

The suspect, "who is not identified in this release to give Robbery Unit detectives from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department time to interview victims of similar attacks," refused treatment of the bite wounds at the scene of the arrest. He was transported for treatment before being taken to the Chatham County Detention Center.

He has been charged with robbery, obstruction by fleeing and obstruction by resisting arrest. Detectives are investigating similar attacks to determine if he could have been involved.

Downtown Precinct officers responded to Lincoln and East Huntington streets at 9:04 p.m. Wednesday after a purse was snatched from a 21-year-old woman who was pulled to the ground. She received minor injuries.

"Meanwhile, a 36-year-old resident of the area followed the suspect five blocks and helped an officer apprehend him at East Broad Street and Gaston Street Lane," police say.

"The suspect was fighting the officer and witness until a Metro K9 officer arrived and ordered him to stop. When he continued, K9 Toro completed the arrest."

Man charged for stabbing his brother

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 5:12 PM

Darnell Paige
  • Darnell Paige
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes and Islands Precinct Crime Suppression units arrested Darnell Paige, 47, for stabbing his brother during a domestic altercation on April 12.

At 12:40 Wednesday afternoon, Paige was arrested at his residence on the 7200 block of Skidaway Road.

"Paige’s arrest stems from a fight with his 44-year-old brother, outside of his Skidaway Road residence several weeks prior," a police spokesman says.

"Investigators believe Paige pistol whipped and stabbed his brother multiple times with a kitchen knife after his brother shattered several windows of Paige’s 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo."

The victim was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for care.

Paige is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of crime.

5 Entering Auto suspects arrested

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 5:10 PM

"In less than 24 hours, Southside Precinct patrols officers of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department arrested five entering auto suspects in two separate incidents on Sunday,"  a police spokesperson says.

The first happened at 3:53 a.m. at an apartment complex on the 12000 block of Largo Drive. Southside Precinct officers responded to reports of two suspects breaking into two cars. Officers were given descriptions of the suspects, who had left the scene to attend a party in the apartment complex. The suspects were arrested at the party.

The suspects were identified as James Kelly, 22, and Josh Simmons, 19. A firearm reported stolen in 2011 and checks reported stolen from 2010 to 2015 were in Kelly’s possession during his arrest. Kelly is charged with entering auto, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, theft by receiving a stolen firearm, and theft by receiving for the checks. Simmons was arrested and charged with entering auto.

Sunday, at 4:25 a.m., James Smith, 17, and two juvenile males were arrested by Southside Precinct officers responding to a reported entering auto in progress, at a car dealership on the 8900 block of Abercorn Street. Surveillance camera footage showed the three suspects attempting to enter several vehicles in the car lot. Also, security cameras captured the suspects entering a Volvo then proceeding to drive it. Two additional suspects fled on foot.

The suspects attempted to flee toward Abercorn Street in the Volvo. They were hindered by a barricade in the lot.

Keys to three vehicles were recovered by police during the arrests and were later returned to the owner. The three suspects are charged with loitering and prowling, entering auto and auto theft. The two juveniles also are charged with curfew violation.  

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