Friday, July 31, 2015

Police officer involved in five-car accident while responding to bank robbery

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 4:05 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a five-vehicle accident that sent a Metro officer and a civilian driver to hospitals this afternoon.

"Just before 12:50 p.m. an SCMPD patrol officer was in route to a bank robbery in progress at a Wells Fargo Bank branch on the 5700 block of Waters Avenue," a department spokesman says.

"The patrol car’s emergency equipment was activated when it was struck by a silver Chevrolet sedan on Waters Avenue and East 69th Street. The impact caused the patrol car to ricochet into a parked SUV. This caused the SUV to overturn and hit a silver Volkswagen parked next to it. At the same time the silver Chevrolet collided with a brown Nissan sedan," police say.

The Metro officer was transported by patrol car to Candler Hospital. The driver of the Chevrolet was transported by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center. Both drivers sustained non-life threatening injuries.

FBI, Sav/Chatham Police seek Waters Avenue Wells Fargo robber

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 3:47 PM

"Members of the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force and robbery detectives from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are trying to identify a gunman who robbed a Wells Fargo Bank branch this afternoon," police say.

"The black male walked into the bank on the 5700 block of Waters Avenue, produced a handgun and demanded money. He then left on foot at 12:45 p.m. No injuries were reported."

The suspect was wearing a cap and a surgical mask covering his face and neck. His image was captured on the bank’s video system.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the FBI at (912) 790-3100 or 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 SCMPD 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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Participant in May shootout apprehended, charged

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 9:44 PM

One of two males injured in a shootout the Edgemere/Sackville neighborhood May 30 has been charged with multiple offenses after his arrest by U.S. Marshals today.

Dominique Leonard Dillard, 28, was taken into custody by agents of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on warrants taken by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police detectives. He has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He also faces a federal probation violation charge.

The investigation revealed the shooting took place during an attempted robbery of Craig.

"Patrol officers from the Islands Precinct of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department responding to the shooting on the 1100 block of East 59th Street found Dillard in the yard and Ricky Tyrone Craig, 21, in the house, both with gunshot wounds," police say. "Craig, who lives at the residence, had been pulled into the house by his girlfriend."

The incident prompted comments from Metro Police Chief Joseph H. “Jack” Lumpkin Sr. because of the danger the shooting posed to others in the neighborhood. Children were playing in the street and a woman driving through the intersection of 59th and Guatemala streets escaped injury when an errant shot struck her car.

“Clearly, behavior in the house and by participants led to endangerment of the entire neighborhood,” Lumpkin said at the time. “School is out, so children were playing on nearby lawns; residents were in their yards and on their porches; and innocent victims were driving by.

“Indiscriminate shooting such as this is taking place nationwide and it is going to take community-wide efforts to stop them. That’s what it will take to show perpetrators of these senseless shootings that this neighborhood is not going to stand for it.”

April deaths on Southside ruled 'murder-suicide'

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 9:39 PM

"Bodies found in a Windsor Forest neighborhood house on April 18 have been identified as a mother and son and the case has been closed by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police as a murder-suicide," a department spokesman. 

Violent Crimes detectives have "positively identified the bodies as Patricia Witherspoon, 80, and Ralph Terrill, 50."

The investigation confirmed that "Terrill had killed his mother and then committed suicide in the house they shared on the 12000 block of Sunnybrook," police say.

Police discovered "a history of abuse of the woman in the house which had been barricaded from inside. The two had been dead for a considerable amount of time before a lawn care worker alerted police to an odor coming from the house."

Kylesa announce album release, tour dates; SAV show in October

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Savannah-based metal band Kylesa will release their seventh album, Exhausting Fire, on Oct. 2 and have announced a full slate of U.S. gigs this fall to promote it.

The first single is "Lost and Confused." Here it on Soundcloud here

Recorded at Columbia, S.C.'s Jam Room, Exhausting Fire is “an album we really put our hearts on our sleeves for. We’ve always done that, but emotionally, it’s probably the most honest and raw album we’ve ever done," according to guitarist/vocalist Phillip Cope. 

“No band sounds like us and we don’t sound like any other band,” says guitarist Laura Pleasants. “After all these years of experimenting with different styles and sounds, we’ve really developed our own thing and I can faithfully say that we sound like us. With this album, we’ve successfully made a record that incorporates all the elements we’ve always played with into a record that works on its own.”

Key Southern gigs on the tour include:

Augusta GA: Sept. 7 at Sky City

Savannah: Oct. 9 at The Jinx

Asheville NC: Oct. 10 at New Mountain

Atlanta: Oct. 25 at The Drunken Unicorn

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Burglary suspect shot during the act

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police have charged a 24-year-old man with burglary "after he was shot attempting to enter a house in the Paradise Park neighborhood Monday afternoon," a department spokesperson says.

Nathaniel Eugene Holsey was transported from the first block of Sheridan Circle for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound about 1:23 p.m.
  • Holsey

Southside Precinct patrol officers "found him alert and aware on the floor of a sun room on the rear of the house," police say.

Violent Crimes detectives determined that Jordan Philips, 27, who lives in the house, "shot Holsey after he was awakened by two males entering a locked gate and the sunroom and attempting to force open a partially glass door to enter the house."

The other suspect ran after the shooting and police are trying to locate a brown or maroon mid-1980s model Pontiac Bonneville or Grand Prix that was seen parked in the area and later speeding away.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Downtown robbery attempt results in homicide

Posted By on Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 2:16 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating the shooting of a 21-year-old Hinesville man during a reported robbery in the parking lot of a post office Saturday night.

Hakeem Lamar Clark died at Memorial University Medical Center where he was transported after the 11:18 p.m. shooting.

Violent Crimes detectives are seeking information "on two slender black males with hats or caps over their faces who were attempting to rob Clark and three friends in the parking lot at West Bay and Fahm streets when the shooting took place. Both were wearing dark pants. One wore a striped shirt and the other a white shirt," police say.

The four male victims were standing in front of their vehicles in the parking lot, "discussing plans for the night when the two suspects walked up and demanded their valuables. During the robbery, Clark was shot."

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pickup driver sought in possible road rage incident

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 9:44 AM

An example of the type of truck sought
  • An example of the type of truck sought
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police "are seeking help from the public in locating a pickup truck and identifying its driver after shots were fired at a couple in the Daffin Heights area" Thursday afternoon, a spokesman says.

A male and female in their early 20s reported at 12:39 p.m. that they were followed by a male in a pickup truck who fired shots at their vehicle near Ward and East 57th streets. "The pickup driver may have taken offense at a traffic situation," police say.

The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-30s with short hair and he was driving a newer model, dark gray Toyota Tundra two-door pickup.

Undercover Narcotics team busts man for cocaine, MDMA

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 9:41 AM

A Savannah man faces multiple charges and possible federal prosecution "after Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s street drug team converged on his car Wednesday afternoon," police say.

Tyrone Anwan Broadnax, 34, was charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of MDMA with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and traffic violations after undercover officers converged on his blue, 2005 Chevrolet Impala.

He also was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony when officers with Metro’s newly-formed Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team (UNIT) found a stolen firearm in his possession.

"Because of those charges, UNIT is collaborating with federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to prosecute him under the national Ceasefire program," police say.

UNIT agents were working in the Southside Precinct "when they observed a car previously seen in a high drug activity area and followed it to West 37th and Montgomery streets. After observing a hand-to-hand transaction in a parking lot and the traffic offenses, UNIT agents and West Chatham Precinct patrol officers stopped the vehicle. An accompanying Metro K-9 alerted on the vehicle in which drugs and a weapon 
were located," police say.

Seized were 52.5 grams of cocaine in crack and powder forms, 18 grams of MDMA and a pistol reported stolen in March. The drugs were packaged in 95 plastic bags, suitable for sale. Police also seized cash from the vehicle.

Broadnax also was charged with violation of probation for the 11th time since an arrest for armed robbery in 1995. He has been arrested by area authorities 24 additional times since then and has served four prison terms.

Wednesday’s arrest was the 111th for the UNIT, which was formed by Police Chief Joseph H. “Jack” Lumpkin Sr. to focus on removing guns and drugs from the streets and neighborhoods. Eighty-nine of those arrests were on felony charges and 22 for misdemeanors.

The squad also has seized 2,361 grams (5.2 pounds) of marijuana, 321.58 grams (11.3 ounces) of cocaine, 62.93 grams (2.19 ounces) of MDMA, 8.85 grams of heroin and 130 prescription pills. Its officers also recovered or recovered15 stolen vehicles.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cann Park shooting investigated

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 4:35 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating the shooting of a 25-year-old Savannah man in the Cann Park neighborhood Tuesday night.

"Brian Keith of a Garrard Avenue address was transported from West 44th and Stevens streets for treatment after the 6:15 p.m. shooting. Initial reports described the wounds as non-life threatening," police say.

"Central Precinct patrol officers had responded to the area to find him with the wound on 44th Street near a car that was being repaired. Shots had been fired from a vehicle that stopped at the intersection."

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.

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