Monday, June 29, 2015

Sheriff's Office warns of ongoing jury duty scam calls

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:03 AM

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) wants to alert the public "about an ongoing scam involving the CCSO and court system," a spokesperson says.

The CCSO has received over 20 calls in the past 72 hours from potential victims, according to the spokesperson. "Their stories all mirror that of previous victims. The caller orders them to pay a fine because of a missed jury summons and subsequent contempt of court fine. The suspect has identified himself at Sgt. Jackson and orders unsuspecting victims to go to Kroger to buy a Kroger card to pay their fine."

It is possible to receive a call about a jury summons, says the CCSO, "But we will never demand payment or ask for personal financial information. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office does not contact anyone by phone directing them to put money on an account to pay a bond or fine. A deputy will hand deliver a subpoena or any process. Any jury notices will come by mail."

If anyone feels they have been a victim of this scam or have any information they should contact CCSO Investigative Unit at 912-652-7681.

Robbery at Houston & Congress

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 9:31 AM

Around 1:20 am early this past Sunday morning, "a victim was walking back to his vehicle when he noticed the suspects following him. They caught up with and asked to use his cell phone," reports say.

The suspects walked with him to his car "and then one of them attempted to strike him but the victim was able to evade the attack. The suspects demanded the victim's wallet and keys. The victim complied."

The victim's car was taken but was later discovered at the location he stated that he had been robbed.

One dead on Eastside; possible connection to earlier shootout

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 4:52 AM

Homicide detectives from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the fatal shooting of a 34-year-old male last Thursday night and a possible connection to a shootout on Laroche Avenue the same evening.

Jamon Epps was found in a black 2015 GMC Yukon "with multiple bullet strikes about 9:41 p.m. while officers were investigating shots fired calls a half-mile away moments earlier," police say. Epps was found deceased in the Yukon on the driveway to Ponderosa Apartments.

Islands Precinct patrol officers were investigating an incident "in which two parties began shooting at each other near a strip center at Laroche and Skidaway Road just before 9 p.m.," police say. "Bullets from the shootout had shattered the glass door at the Top China restaurant on the 4400 block of Skidaway."

A few minutes later, a 50-year-old woman reported a male "had approached her as she tried to enter her car at a laundromat nearby, demanded her car, pulled her out of it and drove away in her white 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. Detectives found the Malibu parked on Maryland Street in the Avondale neighborhood about 1 a.m. Friday."

Double shooting on Eastside leaves one dead

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 4:48 AM

Edwin L. Chapman
  • Edwin L. Chapman
A man has been arrested after Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police responded to a double shooting in the East Savannah neighborhood this morning.

Edwin Lawrence Chapman, 55, of the 2200 block of Mosley Street, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime. Additional charges could be pending.

Rosalyn Maria Chapman, 62, was declared deceased of a gunshot wound in the house and Odetta Hampton, 54, was transported for treatment of a gunshot wound.

Islands Precinct patrol officers were called to the residence for a shooting report at 2:44 a.m. Chapman met them at the door and was detained immediately after police found the two women with wounds. He was subsequently charged after the investigation progressed.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Three indicted for Matthew Ajibade death

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 10:22 AM

Three former employees of the Chatham County Sheriff's Dept. have been indicted in the death of 21-year-old Matthew Ajibade in the Chatham County Detention Center under unusual circumstances Jan. 1.

The two former sheriff’s deputies and a contract health-care worker at the Chatham County jail were indicted Wednesday on felony involuntary manslaughter and related charges. No murder charges are pending. 

A total of nine employees were terminated in the wake of the incident.

Ajibade was ruled to have died from excessive force from use of a Taser while he was restrained after a scuffle with deputies at the jail.

The health care worker was indicted for not monitoring him while in restraints. The deputies were also charged with falsifying reports to cover up the circumstances of Ajibade death. 

Chatham County Sheriff Al St. Lawrence, who has come under fire for his handling of the Detention Center, said in a statement:

"We are saddened by the loss of life in the Matthew Ajibade case and continue to work diligently with the District Attorney to ensure justice is served. As is our procedure in all in-custody deaths, CCSO requested GBI assistance in this investigation and cooperated fully in all aspects. We appreciate all of the work the Grand Jury and District Attorney on this case and are confident in the legal process."

Monday, June 22, 2015

Rape in Pooler investigated

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 3:44 PM

Special Victims Unit detectives from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the rape of a Savannah woman in her apartment near the Pooler area this morning.

The woman in her 30s reported she left her apartment unlocked in the Waverly Station at the Highlands complex on the 2100 block of Benton Boulevard while she walked her dog and returned to find a male in her residence about 12:30 this morning. He attacked her and left.

He has been described only as a Caucasian or Hispanic male with a dark complexion or a black male with a light complexion. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

City property shot

Posted By on Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 7:20 PM

Police are investigating two incidents in which a shot was fired at city property on Thursday.

"A city employee returned to his SUV with a city insignia on it at Abercorn and St. Julian streets Thursday afternoon to find damage from a bullet on the passenger’s side," police say.

"Thursday night, a bullet was fired into a city water department office on Stiles Avenue. No one was injured or even near the areas at the time," police say.

Man charged in three separate Wednesday shootings

Posted By on Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 7:19 PM

Stanley Eugene Robinson
  • Stanley Eugene Robinson
Police have charged a suspect in one case and they are looking for more information on two other incidents after three separate shootings Wednesday afternoon and night, June 17. 

At 7:30 p.m., Central Precinct Patrol officers responded to the 600 block of West 40th Street where they found Brandon Ellison, 30, of a Manchester Court address, on the floor of a house with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

"Officers immediately detained Stanley Eugene Robinson, 25. Violent Crimes detectives later charged him with aggravated assault," police say.

Brian Keith Alexander, 24, of a Quail Forrest address was found with gunshot wounds in a yard on the 2400 block of East DeRenne Avenue about 3:30 p.m. and transported for treatment of injuries expected to be non-life threatening.

"He reported he had been standing in the yard of a house when a male walked up and began shooting at him, hitting him twice before walking towards him and firing at him again as he lay on the ground," police say. "The gunman then fled west onto LaRoche Avenue."

At 10:29 p.m., Central Precinct Patrol officers responded to a shooting call on the 1700 block of East 39th Street where they found George Hamilton, 81, with a non-life threatening wound in his house.

"Hamilton said he had sold sodas to two younger males who returned and fired at him," police say.

Shooting on 1100 block of East 38th St.

Posted By on Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 7:15 PM

Detectives are investigating the shooting of a Savannah man last Tuesday morning, "possibly by occupants of a car reported stolen less than two hours earlier," police say.

Jimmy Burns, 27, of an East 40th Street address, was treated for non-life threatening wounds after the 12:53 a.m. shooting on the 1100 block of East 38th Street.

"He had been standing in front of a house when a white Honda sedan drove by, then returned," police say. "Occupants of the Honda then began firing at him."

A car matching that description was reported stolen from the 200 block of Hampstead Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Kitten spray paint abuser sought

Posted By on Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 7:12 PM

Animal Control officers from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are asking the public to help identify the prankster who spray painted a small kitten.

Officers responded to the area of Churchill and Mildred for a six-week old kitten that was painted orange. The kitten was in distress by the paint on its face and body.

"Concerned citizens stood by until Animal Control arrived and took the kitten to receive veterinary care," police say. The cat, named “Sherbet,” is under veterinary care at SCMPD Animal Control and is expected to be placed for adoption after a five-day stray hold.

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