Monday, February 29, 2016

Eight arrested on drug charges at Widespread Panic show

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 2:17 PM

CNT says these balloons were used to huff nitrous oxide.
  • CNT says these balloons were used to huff nitrous oxide.
"Nearly a dozen people are facing felony drug charges following an undercover drug operation at a Savannah concert," says a spokesperson for the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT).

CNT agents, "along with agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, attended the Widespread Panic concert held at the Savannah Civic Center Friday night," the CNT spokesperson says.

"Undercover agents made purchases of various forms of controlled substances including heroin and LSD. Agents also seized a cylinder containing nitrous oxide after observing persons purchasing balloons filled with nitrous."

Eight people were arrested on felony drug charges and transported to the Chatham County Detention Center. U.S. currency and a vehicle were also seized during the operation.
Seized cash at concert.
  • Seized cash at concert.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Video obtained of River Street robbery Feb. 22

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Robbery Unit "has obtained surveillance footage from the Feb. 22 robbery in the 100 block of River Street and seeks to identify the suspect," police say.

Surveillance footage shows the victims "outside a maître d station on River Street when the suspect walks past them and turns back around," police say.

"When the suspect approaches the victims, he quickly snatches the male victim’s wallet, causing the two to fall. A quick tussle ensues but the suspect is able to flee east on Factor’s Walk."

The suspect is described as a black male with his hair styled in short twists, according to reports. He is approximately 5 feet 8 inches and wore a black T-shirt and black and white checkered pants during the incident.

Deep Center names Savannah's best young author

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 10:59 AM

Deep Center has named 11-year-old Jade Davis, a 6th grader from Isle of Hope, Deep Laureate for winter 2016. The honor recognizes Jade as one of Savannah’s “deepest” young authors, whose creative writing is among the most skilled, original and fearless in the county.

“I feel happy and proud to be named Deep Laureate. Nothing like this has ever happened to me before,” says Jade of the honor. “I’ve always been a writer, and I’ve always written stories about my life. But that kind of writing I had to do in my room. Now I write these stories in Deep, and all of Savannah is my audience.”

Jade was one of more than 127 students who completed Deep Center’s fall semester 2015 Young Author Project, and she was voted to receive the honor by a combination of her program peers, the general public through a social media campaign, and Deep’s staff.

Works by all participating students have been published in four anthologies, which were sponsored by International Paper and are on sale for $12 at deepkids.com and in circulation within the Live Oak Public Library system. Artist Adriana Manrique has illustrated the covers. All book sale proceeds support Deep’s nonprofit creative writing workshops.

“Jade’s writing is brave, compelling, and honest,” explains Dare Dukes, executive director of Deep Center. “She perfectly embodies the kind of creativity, expressiveness, and leadership we nurture at Deep Center. We are so proud of her, and Savannah should be, too.”

The Deep Center runs the Young Author Project in 13 of Savannah’s 18 public K-8 and middle schools, and up to 70 percent of the students come from low-income communities. All Deep kids, selected by their teachers, participate in a rigorous series of after-school writing workshops throughout the semester. Workshops are taught by volunteers, who are themselves published and aspiring writers.

Metro investigates downtown robberies

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 10:14 AM

Savannah- Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Robbery Unit is investigating three downtown robberies that occurred between Feb 19. and Feb. 24.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, a couple was walking in Washington Square when a suspect approached them and produced a firearm and subsequently robbed them. The suspect is described as a black male of a dark complexion wearing a black skull cap and all black clothing during the incident.

On Feb. 22 at approximately 8 p.m., a couple was outside a restaurant in the 100 block of River Street when a suspect approached them and snatched the male victim’s wallet. The suspect then ran east on Factor’s Walk. The suspect is described as a black male with his hair styled in short twists. He is approximately 5 feet 8 inches and wore a black t-shirt and black and white checkered pants during the incident.

Just after 2 a.m. on Feb. 24, Metro responded to an armed robbery report in the 200 block of East Bay Street. The suspect reportedly approached two victims and engaged them in conversation. The suspect then produced a firearm and robbed the two victims of cell phones, wallets and keys. The suspect is described as a black male of a light complexion with a mustache and approximately no older than thirty years old, wearing a black hoodie and dark pants during the incident.

"Detectives are working to determine if these robberies are linked and to identify any suspects involved," says Darnisha Green of the SCMPD's Public Affairs Office. 

Anyone with information on these cases 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. 

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Coffee shops targeted in overnight burglaries

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 10:12 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating three overnight burglaries at Starbucks locations throughout Savannah.

Just before 5 a.m. Starbucks employees reported burglaries at locations on the 7800 block of Abercorn Street, Skidaway Road and Victory Drive and Bull and Broughton streets. The exact times of the burglaries are unknown.

"Investigators found no immediate signs of forced entry at Bull Street or Victory Drive locations. Money was reported stolen from all three locations," says Eunicia Baker of the SCMPD Public Affairs Office. "Each location sustained interior and exterior damage. Also, each location’s alarm systems had been tampered with." 

Investigators ask the public’s help in identifying suspects in this investigation.

Anyone with information 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.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Two teens shot on Westside

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 9:56 AM

Detectives are investigating a shooting that injured two teens Wednesday afternoon Feb. 17.

"At approximately 3:30 p.m., officers responded to the 4300 block of Worth Street, where a 15-year-old male was located suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Reportedly, the victim was shot at 48th and Bulloch streets, then transported by an unknown vehicle to the Worth Street location," police say.

"Moments later, officers responded to the 700 block of Atlanta Street, where a 16-year-old male was found with serious injuries from gunshot wounds as well. ShotSpotter alerts were also received in the area at the time of the event. Both victims were transported to Memorial University Medical Center."

Woman grazed by stray bullet

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Detectives are investigating a shooting injury that occurred at  8:30 p.m., Feb. 19, in the 4300 block of Rockdale Street.

"Sharon Fields, 57, was in her kitchen when she was grazed by a stray bullet following a shooting near her home. The victim was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries," police say.

Man stabbed multiple times on Bay Street

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Detectives are investigating an aggravated assault that resulted in serious injuries at approximately 2 a.m., Feb. 19, in the zero block of West Bay Street.

"When Downtown Precinct officers responded to the scene, they found Case Johnson, 58, suffering from multiple knife wounds. Johnson’s wounds are considered serious, but he is in stable condition," police say.

"The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 30 years old, wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans and a baseball hat. He was reportedly armed with a large knife and fled the scene on foot."

Man shot, killed on Church Street; suspect ID'ed and sought

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 9:49 AM

Gray
  • Gray
Detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred at  10:40 p.m., Feb. 17, in the 1300 block of Church Street.

"Officers responded to the report of a shooting in the area and discovered James Lamara Johnson, 37, deceased at the scene," police say.

"The suspect is described as a thin, dark-skinned, black male approximately 5'9" with a short haircut, believed to be late teens or earlier twenties. The suspect was last seen wearing a gray jacket over a black long sleeve shirt, running east on Church Street."

Police are asking the public's help in finding a possible suspect, Romaine Rontrez Gray. 

Carjacking on West 36th

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Detectives are investigating an armed robbery and carjacking that occurred at 8:30 p.m., Feb. 17, in the 100 block of West 36th Street.

"Central Precinct officers responded to the area for an armed robbery that had just occurred. Two suspects reportedly approached the victim and one of the suspects struck him in the face. The two suspects fled the scene in the victim’s car," police say.

"Police located the car in the area of 37th Street and Hopkins and pursued the suspects until the vehicle wrecked at 52nd Street and Exchange. Following the accident, which resulted in minor damage to a police vehicle, the 15-year-old male driver was apprehended. He was treated at Memorial University Medical Center, questioned by police, and transported to the Regional Youth Detention Center," police say.

"The juvenile was charged with armed robbery and several traffic violations. The passenger in the stolen automobile, described as a short, black male in his late teens to early thirties wearing a black hoodie and dark pants, remains at large."

The victim was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

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