Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Truman Parkway man's death investigated as homicide

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 7:39 PM

A homicide investigation has been initiated by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes detectives "after the body of a 26-year-old Savannah man was found on Harry Truman Parkway early this morning," police say.

At about 5 a.m. Metro officers responded to northbound Truman Parkway, just south of Victory Drive, where Romell Stephens was found lying on the ground deceased.

Investigators seek to identify any witnesses or persons with knowledge of this case. Information regarding suspects and events leading up to this incident remain under investigation.

Another triple shooting on Westside

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 7:35 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating the shootings of three men in the Cuyler-Brownsville area early this morning.

At about 4:40 a.m. Metro officers responded to 38th and Harden streets, where Corinthian Colonel, 17, and Travon Lenard, 19, were suffering from gunshot wounds. Eddie Robertson, 22, who also sustained a gunshot wound, was found nearby on the 2300 block of Florence Street. The three men were transported to Memorial University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators are working to determine the events leading up to these shootings and to identify all individuals involved.

"Robertson, who is a convicted felon, admitted to having a gun during this incident. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon," police say.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Three injured in two separate overnight shootings

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 3:57 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department detectives seek information on two separate and unrelated shootings that injured three people late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

"At about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Metro responded to the 600 block of East 38th Street where Carlos Roundtree, 20, and Jakeria Maynor, 21, were found suffering from gunshot wounds. Roundtree and Maynor sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment," police say.

Roundtree and Maynor were walking on East 38th Street "with a small child when shots were fired from a green 4-door Buick vehicle. The child was not harmed. Investigators believe Roundtree was the intended target," police say.

Also, just before 3 a.m. Sunday, "Metro responded to a shots fired call on the 600 block of Indian Street. Investigators believe Jared Pollard, 18, was shot at that location while leaving a nightclub. Pollard sustained non-life-threatening injuries. He arrived at Memorial University Medical Center in a privately owned vehicle where he was met by Metro detectives," police say.

Drive-by daytime shooting at Bull & Oglethorpe

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 12:01 PM

Violent Crimes detectives of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are seeking information on a shooting in Downtown Savannah Friday afternoon.

Just before 5 p.m. Metro responded to West Oglethorpe Avenue and Bull Street, near The Collins Quarter restaurant and the Girl Scouts of America birthplace and the Wright Square area.

"Shotspotter indicated activity in that area minutes prior. Responding officers located Kwame Williams, 23, on Bull and York Lane, suffering from a gunshot wound. Williams was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries," police say.

"Investigators believe shots were fired from a gray four-door sedan before the vehicle fled the scene. Investigators are now searching for that vehicle and anyone who may have been inside of it."

Metro’s Criminal Investigations Division, Downtown Precinct Patrol officers, command staff and Forensics Units responded to the scene. Savannah Fire and EMS also were present.

Seven arrested in prostitution sting

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 11:25 AM

  • McCarthy
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team (UNIT), along with the West Chatham and Southside precincts "joined forces in a special operation targeting prostitution and leading to seven arrests on Friday night," police say.

The operation focused "on hotels in both precincts identified in backpage.com ads. The goal was to reduce occurrences of criminal activity that often accompanies prostitution. Six females and one male were arrested. There were four misdemeanor arrests and 3 felony arrests," police say.

Kyle McCarthy, 22, is charged with pimping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Cierra Davis, 19, is charged with prostitution and probation violation. Deshara Franklin, 18, is charged with prostitution, possession of controlled substance, possession of tools for commission of a crime and possession/ delivery of controlled substance with intent to distribute. Brittany Shuman, 27, is charged with prostitution. Lessie Wommack, 19, is charged with prostitution and possession of a controlled substance. Sade Wise, 28, is charged with prostitution, possession of marijuana less than one ounce, possession of drug related object for use and possession of a controlled substance. Tonya Stanley, 24, is charged with prostitution and escorting without a license.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Three arrested in Pooler drugs & prostitution ring

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 3:44 PM

  • Overton-Lane
Three people are in custody following a Thursday operation by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT).

"Undercover CNT agents conducted a search of two hotel rooms at the Econo Lodge hotel located at 500 East Highway 80 in Pooler," a CNT spokesperson says.

"The search resulted in the seizure of controlled substances, items commonly associated with drug use and distribution, items commonly associated with prostitution and various weapons. The management of the Econo Lodge was cooperative with
  • Balentine
 law enforcement. The Pooler Police Department also assisted in the operation."

CNT arrested 31-year-old Norman “Panama Jack” Overton-Lane of Savannah, 20-year-old Amber “Lola Bunnii” Balentine of Richmond Hill and 24-year-old Heather “Shyan” Smith of Ellabell. Both Balentine and Smith were charged with Prostitution, a misdemeanor in Georgia. Smith was also wanted by the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.

Overton-Lane was charged with Human Trafficking, Pimping and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Crime. Overton-Lane was denied bond
  • Smith
 during his arraignment in the Municipal Court of Pooler. Overton-Lane was currently out on bond at the time of yesterday’s arrest.

In June, he was arrested by the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) for various felony charges to include Sale of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Crime and Pimping.

"Recently SCMPD officers, assigned to CNT, attended SCMPD mandated training on human trafficking. The training educated law enforcement on identifying, investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases and provided information about statewide resources available to assist law enforcement in their investigations. The training was presented by the State of Georgia, Office of the Attorney General and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The training the officers received was instrumental in last night's operation," CNT says.

The investigation is ongoing and CNT expects to make additional arrests. "As such, the types of drugs and weapons seized during the operation are not being released at this time," CNT says.

If you suspect human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, or your local law enforcement agency.   

Two shot on Southside

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 3:35 PM

 Violent Crimes detectives of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are investigating a shooting at a Lewis Drive apartment late Thursday night.

"At about 11:49 p.m. Metro arrived at the scene where Rudlin Lopez Tello, 20, and Ruben Rios, 30, were suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were transported to Memorial University Medical Center. Rios was in critical condition. Tello sustained non-life-threatening injuries," a police spokesperson says.

Tello and Rios were "with friends outside of an apartment building when shots rang out. The circumstances leading to the shooting remain under investigation," police say.

The suspect is described as a tall slender black male. Investigators are working to determine whether other suspects were involved.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

John Mulaney set for Nov. 8 SAV gig

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 2:39 PM

Comedian John Mulaney will perform at the Savannah Civic Center on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. Go here or to www.savannahcivic.com for tickets.

Mulaney can currently be seen starring in FOX’s new comedy Mulaney, about a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level. He also serves as cre
ator, writer and executive producer on the series.

Mulaney’s first comedy special, The Top Part, was released in 2009 and reviewed as "a finely-crafted piece of work" by THE HUFFINGTON POST. He released his second Comedy Central Special and Album New In Town in 2012, and upon review EW.com hailed Mulaney as “one of the best stand-up comics alive.”

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New archaeological find on River Street

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 2:14 PM

An "archaeological mystery" was recently unearthed behind Savannah’s City Hall, a City spokesperson says.

"Contractors working for Georgia Power on the new ferry shelter landing on Rousakis Plaza found an intact jug buried six feet down in their construction site. The jug was ha nded over to the City’s Research Library & Municipal Archives department, which will be working with local experts to determine when the jug was made and what purpose it might have served," the City say.

Based on the location, "City staff thinks the jug might date back to when the port of Savannah was located along River Street, and it could’ve been an item that was imported or exported through the port," the spokesperson says.

"Inside the jug is a dark, oily substance that smells fishy, so perhaps it stored fish oil. The jug appears to feature a salt glaze and exhibits throw marks around the neck and base. There are no visible potter’s marks."

Operation Ceasefire now called 'End Gun Violence: Step Forward'

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 2:10 PM

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has changed the name of its group violence reduction initiative from “Operation Ceasefire” to “End Gun Violence: Step Forward," a spokesperson says.

The name change was made to eliminate confusion between this initiative and the federal “Project Ceasefire” program. Project Ceasefire was created in 1999 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Georgia. The purpose of Project Ceasefire is to federally prosecute felons in possession of a firearm; imposing hard time for a long time.

"The Savannah-Chatham initiative to Step Forward: End Gun Violence is an approach that will target the most violent groups and gang members who are responsible for a majority of the shootings and homicides in our community," the spokesperson says.

"This approach tells gang and group members to lay down their weapons. It also gives them the option to seek help from community organizations to receive counseling, job training, and other services to help turn their lives around."

Step Forward: End Gun Violence is not only a partnership with the community organizations, but also neighborhood associations, the City of Savannah, the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and others.

Chief of Police Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr. said, “We selected a name for this initiative that is simple and to the point. The only way we can reduce gun violence caused by groups and gangs in Savannah and Chatham County is by getting more members of this community to step forward: step forward and collaborate with the police, step forward and refuse to allow your family members to bring gun violence into your home, step forward and be a part of the solution. Our goal could not be clearer: end gun violence.”

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