Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Animal Control promotes dog walks in January

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 12:01 PM

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Animal Control Division is kicking off “Walk Your Pet Month” and “National Train Your Dog Month” by hosting dog walks at local parks in the month of January.

"Animal Control will be walking dogs from the animal shelter at dog friendly parks around Savannah. Animal Control will also be on site to answer any questions the public may have about the adoption process," says Darnisha Green of the SCMPD's Public Affairs Office.

The first walk will take place on Saturday, Jan. 2 at Daffin Park beginning at 8 a.m. The public is invited to meet and greet with the dogs.

Animal Control also encourages currently vaccinated dogs and their owners to join.

Citizens who choose to adopt any of the dogs presented at the walks will receive 50 percent off adoption fees. Citizens will be able to complete applications at the walks.

Anyone interested in walking a dog at any of the locations may contact Christina Sutherin at csutherin@savannahga.gov or 912-525-3100 ext 1034.

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Armed robbery on Montgomery

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Around 8:00 PM Monday, police responded to the 600 Block of MLK Blvd. on a report of an armed robbery.

The victim reported that he was in the 600 Block of Montgomery visiting a relative.

"While on the porch, he was approached by the suspects who demanded his belongings at gun point. When they determined that he had no money, they took the keys to his vehicle and fled the scene," reports the police department. 

SUSPECT #1: B/M, short, slim, young, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, black 9mm
SUSPECT #2: B/M, no further description given
STOLEN VEHICLE: 2012 Dodge pickup, White, GA Tag DDV160, chrome running boards

If you have any information that may aid in the investigation of this case, please contact the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department at 912-652-6500.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Carjacking at Habersham and Bay

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 11:50 AM

"At approximately 8:36 p.m. Sunday night, Savannah- Chatham Metropolitan Police officers responded to a report of a carjacking in the area of Bay Street and Habersham Street," police say.

"Two victims were getting into their Honda Accord. Two armed black males approached the victims. After robbing the victims, the suspects took the car and fled the area on Bay Street towards Price Street."

A lookout for the vehicle was placed and officers located the vehicle in the area of Sunrise Villas Apartments, at the dead end of Fulmer Street. SCMPD Patrol Officers and K-9 Units formed a perimeter.

"After a foot pursuit, a person of interest has been detained and evidence was recovered. SCMPD continue to search the area for a second subject, a young black male, wearing dark clothing, last seen near 38th Street and Hibiscus Street. The subject should be considered armed and dangerous," police say.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Man murdered Christmas Day at 40th & Reynolds

Posted By on Sat, Dec 26, 2015 at 10:22 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes detectives are investigating a Friday night shooting near Reynolds and East 40th street that claimed the life of Randy Hooks, 53.

"Just before 8 p.m. Metro responded to a ShotSpotter alert. Once on-scene, Metro officers found Hooks deceased in a pick-up truck," police say.

"Preliminary investigation also showed that the pick-up truck collided with two vehicles and a tree before stopping on East 40th and East Broad streets. An adult female occupant of one of the wrecked vehicles reported minor injuries at the scene, but refused medical treatment."

Events leading up to this shooting remain under investigation. Detectives also are working to identify suspects.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Investigation ordered into death of man at Skidaway State Park

Posted By on Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 9:33 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes detectives "have initiated a death investigation after a body was found inside of a tent at a Skidaway Island State Park camp site on Tuesday," police say.

"At about 4:10 p.m. Metro officers discovered the body of Craig Flaherty, 39 of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death," police say.

Metro’s Violent Crimes detectives, patrol officers and Forensics Unit responded to the scene.

Three charged in October triple murder on Lynah Street

Posted By on Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 9:31 AM

Diamond Butler, still at large
  • Diamond Butler, still at large
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Violent Crimes detectives have charged two suspects, "as one remains at large in an October homicide that claimed the lives of Kiana Marshall, 21, Alexis Kitchens, 19, and Isaiah Martin, 18, in a residence on the 800 block of Lynah Street," police say.

On Monday and Tuesday, James Angelo Hampton, 22, and Dwayne Leonard Abney, 18, were served warrants at the Chatham County Detention Center, where they were serving time on unrelated charges.

"Warrants also have been obtained for Diamond Butler, 18, who remains at large. Each suspect faces numerous charges to include felony murder," police say.

Butler is described as a black female, who stands 5-6 and weighs roughly 110 pounds.

"On Oct. 22, at about 8:17 a.m. Metro responded to reports of an open door at the Lynah Street residence. While checking the property officers found Marshall, Kitchens and Martin deceased, with gunshot wounds inside of the house. Investigators believe the shootings stemmed from an ongoing tenant’s dispute between Marshall and Butler," police say.

This investigation is a collaboration between SCMPD and the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force.

Three charged in 2013 Rebecca Foley murder

Posted By on Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes detectives served warrants to Kevin Lenard Smith, 23, Roderick Demione Parrish, 22, and Jordan Lamar Campbell, 23, "each charged in a 2013 shooting that claimed the life of Rebecca Foley, 21, at an apartment complex on the 11000 block of White Bluff Road," police say.

A Chatham County Grand Jury indicted Smith, Parrish and Campbell on a single count of malice murder, three counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Smith and Parrish also are charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer.

"Smith, Parrish and Campbell were incarcerated on unrelated charges when warrants were served by SCMPD detectives," police say.

On Jan. 21, at about 7 p.m. Foley was fatally shot in her car near her apartment at Colonial Village at Marsh Cove.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Three shot in two incidents Sunday night

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 3:22 PM

Violent Crimes detectives are investigating two shootings, occurring on Sunday night and early Monday morning, that left three victims with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

"At about 10:44 p.m. on Sunday, Metro responded to Memorial University Medical Center, where Jerome Robinson, 34, and Joe Strobert, 24, arrived in privately owned vehicles seeking care of gunshot wounds," police say.

"Minutes earlier, Metro responded to reports of a discharging firearm at Augusta Avenue and Portland Street. Robinson and Strobert were reportedly shot while attempting to leave the area."

Investigators are now searching for the occupants of a dark colored late-model Nissan Altima, last see traveling east on Comer Street.

"Also, at about 1:36 a.m. Metro responded to reports of a fight at an IHOP restaurant on the 1800 block of East Victory Drive. Responding officers observed evidence that shots were fired at the scene," police say.

Deshaun King, 19, arrived at MUMC in a privately owned vehicle seeking care of a gunshot wound. King was reportedly shot at the restaurant before police arrived.  

City donates 51,152 cans to America's Second Harvest

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 12:43 PM

The City of Savannah on Friday donated a record-setting 51,152 cans of food to America’s Second Harvest during the culmination of the Great Savannah Canned Food Drive and the Food for Fines program.

"The total haul weighed in at 51,061 pounds, which equates to roughly 39,891 meals," said America’s Second Harvest Executive Director Mary Jane Crouch.

“That’s just awesome. We have a greater need this time of year because families struggle to make ends meet, heating bills increase, and people are struggling to do something for their family during the holidays," Crouch continued. "Our need goes up and our shelves go bare. The City’s donation helps us so we can get through the winter.”

The Great Savannah Canned Food Drive is an annual event that includes a friendly competition among Bureaus within the City organization. This year, City employees donated 32,857 cans – a 30 percent increase over last year’s food drive.

Mayor Jackson presented the coveted Most Generous Bureau trophy to the Leisure Services Bureau. Each Leisure Services employee donated an average of 17.95 cans during the 10-day collection period.

The Most Generous Employee was Lou Smith, also of Leisure Services. He personally donated 340 cans.

Leisure Services, led by Bureau Chief Joe Shearouse, includes the departments of Park and Tree, Parks and Recreation, Cemeteries, Cultural Affairs, the Civic Center, Buildings and Electrical Maintenance, and the Film Office.

“I’m constantly amazed by the generosity shown by our hard-working City employees,” Mayor Edna Jackson said during a Friday news conference, flanked by dozens of trucks loaded with canned goods. “Our employees care about this community because they are part of this community.”

New this year, the City’s Mobility and Parking Services Department launched the Food for Fines program to coincide with the Food Drive. Over the 10-day Food Drive, the City waived one parking ticket in exchange for at least 10 donated canned goods.

A total of 1,422 people took advantage of the incentive, donating 18,295 canned goods.

“I am truly amazed, and feel blessed to be part of this organization,” said City Manager Stephanie Cutter, who launched the Canned Food Drive in 2012. “This is what the Christmas spirit is all about.”

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Suspect in Dec. 6 shooting arrested in Atlanta

Posted By on Sun, Dec 20, 2015 at 11:23 AM

"With aid by the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshals Service, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes detectives located and charged a man for his suspected role in a shooting that claimed the life of Aaron Anderson, 20," police say.

Friday, Ernest Grady, 19, was located in Atlanta, GA where he was arrested at approximately 3 p.m.

"On Dec. 6, Metro responded to the 300 block of East Anderson Street, where Anderson was found outside of a residence with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries," police say.

Grady is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He will be transported back to Savannah.

This case remains under investigation.

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