Monday, August 31, 2015

Hang Fire gets last-minute lease extension

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 1:53 PM

Heather Flagle with Wes Daniel - GEOFF L. JOHNSON
  • Geoff L. Johnson
  • Heather Flagle with Wes Daniel
Everyone had a great time at this past Saturday's "Hang Fire's Last Hurrah" party. But it turns out not to be the swan song after all for the legendary downtown bar/music venue.

Connect has received official word from Hang Fire's Heather Flagle about the last-minute change of fortune over the weekend, "really, really close to the wire," she says.

"By some divine miracle," she says, "we have been able to work out an extension on our lease at our current location, 37 Whitaker St., until the end of 2015. That means 4 more months of parties and music and fellowship inside these four walls."

"Although I was pretty certain that everything was going to work out a few days before (Saturday's concerts), I didn't want to jump the gun and announce it before everything was signed by all parties," says Flagle.

Flagle says, "We will be working hard during this four months, to get our new location ready for business. With hope for little to no lapse in between the two. We have something in the works, but it's too soon to speak on any details other than we are planning on staying in our current neighborhood."

Hang Fire will be closed for a few days and reopen on Friday the 4th. "I'm not sure what we will have this weekend, but I'm trying to work it out now. As well as putting together a nice calendar for the fall," Flagle says.

"This whole thing really came to reality in some crazy mysterious, very last minute way. If you would have asked me 1 month ago if I thought this was anywhere in the realm of possibility I would have without any doubt said,'No way!' I think it did have something to do with the public voice. All of the heart felt expression that has taken place around here must have stirred something up. For me, feeling the genuine love and support coming from our friends and regulars was a huge motivation. I'm proud to say, on behalf of the whole Hangfire family, we are keepin this dream alive," she says.

"As far as what comes next. . Stay tuned. And thanks to all who came out on Saturday, it was by far the most epic night we have ever seen."

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Man injured in home invasion; intruder stabbed in incident sought

Posted By on Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 3:58 PM

Police are investigating a home invasion in the 200 block of W. Park Ave. at approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday.

"The intruder entered the residence and confronted two people inside the home. The male victim fought with the intruder and stabbed him," police say.

"The intruder fired his gun, but no one was hit. The male victim received serious, but non-life-threatening injuries during the fight with the intruder. The female victim was not hurt. The victims ran to a neighbor’s home and the intruder got away."

The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20's, weighing 190-205 lbs., with a short haircut and no facial hair. He was wearing a dark shirt and dark pants, possibly a security uniform.

"The intruder likely has wounds to his shoulder and/or back. He is believed to have left the scene in a light-colored mini-van or Nissan Vera," police say.

Anyone with information on this case should 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 confidential tip line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CEMA demobilizes Erika watch

Posted By on Sat, Aug 29, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Citing the dissipation of Erika, the Chatham Emergency Management Agency has demobilized its Emergency Operations Center and "has moved back to Normal Operations and Operating Condition (OPCON) 5," a spokesperson says.

OPCON 5 is the routine operating level of the CEMA EOC during hurricane season (June 1 – November 30) when there is no direct threat from a tropical cyclone, CEMA says.

"Remnants of Erika are expected to impact Chatham County Wednesday and could last through the weekend. Parts of the County will experience some flooding and 2-3 inches of rain," the spokesperson says.

"It is important to remember to avoid flooded roadways, as it only takes one foot of water to float most vehicles." 

For more info visit

Friday, August 28, 2015

GA Governor's Tourism Conference held here next week

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 3:47 PM

The Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference will bring more than 500 tourism professionals to Savannah Aug. 30-Sept. 2. This is the first time the annual conference has been hosted in Savannah.

“We specifically bid on hosting the 2015 conference because we wanted folks from around the state, many who probably have not visited Savannah for years, to see how much we are changing,” said Joseph Marinelli, Visit Savannah president. “From the new hotels and many new restaurants to the retail facelift happening on Broughton Street, our guests will surely be impressed.”

The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency and will feature presentations about marketing trends, technological initiatives and other topics.

Guest speakers include Gov. Nathan Deal, Peter Yesawich, vice chairman of MMGY Global, representatives from the City of Savannah and the Georgia Department of Economic Development and more. An opening reception will be held on the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion on Monday, Aug. 31, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. For a full list of sessions, visit

“This conference is the Georgia tourism industry’s once-a-year opportunity to get together and learn about the latest techniques in tourism marketing and technology while learning best practices from peers,” said Julie Musselman, GACVB executive director. “The conference planning committee is thrilled to hold this important event in Savannah for the very first time this year.”

Walk-up registrations will be accepted starting Monday, Aug. 31 at 8:30 a.m. Members of the tourism industry can attend for registration prices listed on the conference website,

For more information, contact Taylor Castillejo at 912.644.6429 or

Savannah State student killed in campus shooting

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Christopher Starks, a junior at Savannah State University originally from metro Atlanta, succumbed to his injuries after being shot Thursday night.

Savannah State police say the shooting happened late Thursday night near the student union on the campus in East Savannah/Thunderbolt.

No description of the shooter has been made available at this time.

Shortly after the shooting the campus went on full lockdown. The school lifted the lockdown several hours later.

Because the university is a state institution, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is handling the ongoing investigation with assistance from the SSU Police Department.

Shooting on Eastside injures two; arrest made

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Detectives arrested Stephen Corbett, 25, for a shooting that left the suspect and another person with minor injuries on Thursday morning.

Corbett is charged with "shooting his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend at her South Robin Hood Drive residence just before 11 a.m.," police say.

"Corbett fled on foot before Metro’s arrival. He was suffering from a self-inflicted bullet wound during his arrest near the shooting scene. Corbett and the victim were transported by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment."

Corbett is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.   

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Police investigate early morning gun incidents

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 4:25 PM

Detectives are seeking information on "both a gun discharge and a shooting happening less than two hours apart early this morning," a department spokesperson says.

"Just after 1 a.m. Metro responded to 1000 block of West 36th Street, where gunshots were fired at a house," police say. "Present during the incident were residents Stanley Jackson, 57, Lateria Hamilton, 36, Charles Fields, 27, and a 14-year-old girl."

No one was injured. The suspect is unknown. Events leading up to the incident remain under investigation.

"At 2:45 a.m. Central Precinct patrol officers were dispatched to a shooting on the 700 block of East 39th Street, that originated as a ShotSpotter alert," police say.

"Police were rerouted to the 600 block of east 39th Street where shooting victim Timothy Mark Jones, 26, sought help. Jones was transported by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center in serious but stable condition."

The male shooting suspect "may have fled the scene on foot, heading north. Investigators do not believe this to be a random act," police say.

Detectives later learned of an outstanding arrest warrant for Jones a for failure to comply with terms set by Drug Court.

"Preliminary investigation shows no links between these events," police say.

New Film Festival announced for Savannah

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 3:14 PM

The Big River Film Festival announced today that it is accepting film submissions and sponsors for it inaugural event, to be held July 8-9, 2016. 

With the slogan "Championing Independent Filmmaking," the Festival says it "will add a new section in partnership with Savannah Filmmakers Association to showcase work by filmmakers from Georgia," according to a spokesperson.

In its first year, "the Big River Film Festival will offer access to creative voices through film programming, master classes, live performances and conversations with the most compelling independent artists working today," say the organizers.

"The primary mission of Big River Film Festival is to introduce productions, professionals, and film students to the state of Georgia and all that we offer. The Festival’s signature programs include Filmmaker In-The-Know, Coffee Talks, Master Classes, Screenings, Awards and more. The Festival will premiere nearly 100 features and short films created by rising independent filmmakers across the globe. The Festival will host a number of juried cash awards, as well as audience awards."

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to The Savannah Filmmakers Association's educational programs, organizers say.

For more info about the Festival and submission guidelines, visit

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Police seek shooter from East Broad/37th Street incident

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 3:52 PM

Detectives are investigating a vehicular accident and shooting in Midtown on Monday night.

Rashamel Famble, 17, arrived at Memorial University Medical Center in a privately owned vehicle seeking care for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

"Investigators confirmed that Famble was shot just before 7:14 p.m. while riding in a white Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Da’Monte Greene," a police spokesperson says.

"Metro officers responding to the shooting scene observed the unoccupied Pontiac parked on the corner of East Broad and 37th streets. Detectives believe the shooting occurred after the Pontiac collided with a silver Sonata," police say.

"After the collision at least one occupant of the Sonata exited with a gun and opened fire at the Pontiac, striking Famble."

Investigators are now looking for a silver Sonata with rear end damage.

"The shooting suspect is described as a tall black male wearing a Duck Dynasty hat," police say. "He was last seen driving away from the scene in an unknown direction with a heavy set, light complexioned black female in the front passenger seat."

Anyone with information on this case should 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 confidential tip line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

Friday, August 21, 2015

'Accidental' shooting grazes two-year-old on Westside

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating a shooting which took place in Clearview Homes in the 400 block of Carolan Street Thursday evening.

Just after 7 p.m. a shot was fired inside the home. "The bullet grazed a 2-year-old boy who lives in the home. His injuries are not life-threatening. At this time the shooting appears to be accidental," police say.

Several family members were inside the home when the shooting occurred. "Those individuals are being interviewed by detectives," police say. "The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation."

The event happened concurrently with an anti-violence rally held nearby.

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