Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Men pose as police in attempted home invasion in Georgetown

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 11:53 AM

Metro Police are investigating a home invasion that occurred at approximately 5:45 a.m., March 30, in the 1700 block of Grove Point Road.

"Two armed men, who were posing as police, knocked on the door before kicking it open. The homeowner met the men with his own firearm, after which the suspects fired their weapons while fleeing the scene," according to police.

"The suspects are described as black males, with one wearing a yellow jacket, driving a dark colored Chevrolet Silverado," police say.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Creative Coast Executive Director Bea Wray resigns

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 5:27 PM

The Creative Coast, Inc. Board of Directors today announced Executive Director Bea Wray has resigned effective immediately to pursue other projects.

“Bea Wray has made the personal decision to resign as executive director of the Creative Coast,” said Sean Brandon, chairman of The Creative Coast Board of Directors. “The staff and Board of Directors of The Creative Coast appreciate her service. In her time here, she has made great contributions to our organization and the Savannah community as a whole.”

An interim director will be announced soon, the organization says.

Wray succeeded Jake Hodesh at the helm of The Creative Coast in May 2013.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Death of woman found in woods deemed suspicious

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 8:58 AM

Detectives of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department have launched an investigation into the suspicious death of Linda Jenkins, 57, found just beyond the wood line on Entellmann Street and Fenwick Avenue on Friday, March 25.

Metro arrived at the scene at about 6:38 p.m. after a citizen’s report of finding the decedent. Metro’s Patrol Division, Violent Crimes detectives and Forensics Unit responded. An autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab will be scheduled at a later date to determine cause of death.

Circumstances leading up to this death remain under investigation.  

Woman's body found in yard on West 38th

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 8:55 AM

Detectives of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department have launched an investigation into the suspicious death of Lakesha Nicole Mays, 35, who was found in the yard of an abandoned house on the 300 block of West 38th Street on March 26.

Metro arrived at the scene at about 1:47 p.m. after Mays was found by citizens. Metro’s Patrol Division, Violent Crimes detectives and Forensics Unit responded. An autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab will be scheduled at a later date to determine cause of death.

Circumstances leading up to this suspicious death remain under investigation.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

SWAT team arrests man following kidnapping

Posted By on Sat, Mar 26, 2016 at 2:38 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police SWAT and Hostage Negotiation teams (HNT) arrested Lamont Smith, 42, at his Catherine Circle residence following a domestic kidnapping in west Chatham County early Saturday morning.

"SWAT and HNT arrived at Smith’s residence at about 6:30 a.m. Before 5:30 a.m., Smith reportedly fired multiple shots before forcing the adult female victim into his vehicle near Stiles Avenue, then driving away," police say.

"The victim quickly exited when the vehicle stopped at a red light on Savannah’s south side. She sustained minor injuries and is safe. "

The suspect, who was believed to be armed with a gun, drove to his residence.

"SWAT, HNT, Patrol officers, K-9 and Violent Crimes investigators arrived soon after. Metro obtained warrants to search Smith’s residence and for his arrest. SWAT made entry, taking Smith into custody without incident just before 10 a.m.," police say.

Smith is charged with kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark.  

Friday, March 25, 2016

16-year-old girl victim of attempted kidnapping near Johnson High School

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 3:52 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating an attempted kidnapping of a Savannah teen Thursday evening.

"At approximately 6 p.m., the 16-year-old female was walking near Johnson High School when an unknown male in a vehicle began following her," police say.

:Reportedly, when the teen approached the intersection of Skidaway Road and Laroche Avenue, the male was spotted sitting at a business in the Skidaway Square plaza. The male began to follow the teen again as she walked down Laroche Avenue near Savannah State University," police say.

"At some point the male parked his vehicle and ran toward the victim, grabbing her and attempting to force her into the vehicle. The victim was able to get away and the suspect fled westbound on Laroche Avenue."

A similar incident occurred Aug. 14 at approximately 7:30 a.m., on Skidaway Road and Sunset Boulevard, police say. The suspect grabbed a 14-year-old girl’s wrist but the teen was able to break free of the man’s grasp and run away unharmed.

"The suspect is described as a black male with a bald head and possibly in his 30s. During the incident he wore a lime green construction vest with orange stripes. The suspect’s vehicle is described as an early 90s model gold Honda Accord with silver after-market rims. In the August incident, the suspect had similar features and also donned a construction vest and wore a white construction hat.," police say.

Sgt. Tiffany Manuel of SCMPD’s Special Victim Unit says, “It’s important to walk in groups if at all possible. Take the bus or get a trusted ride, especially after dark.” Metro also urges citizens to be aware of surroundings and to call the police immediately if you notice any strange activity or someone following you.

Two arrested for downtown entering-auto charges

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 3:49 PM

Savannah- Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Downtown Precinct arrested two men, Monday, after several recent entering auto reports at the Embassy Suites hotel parking garage on the 600 block of West Oglethorpe Avenue.
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"Saturday around 2:30 a.m., Downtown Precinct officers were called to an entering auto in progress and were able to successfully apprehend Trayvon Marshall, 23, and Curtis Robinson, 29. Investigators believe Marshall and Robinson are linked to approximately six entering auto cases occurring between Feb. 24 and March 1 at the hotel," police say.

"Surveillance footage shows the two suspects, as they peer into a window of a vehicle in the garage. During the incident from March 9, Marshall is shown wearing black and white striped pants, a black shirt, and a black bucket hat. Robinson wore dark pants, a dark blue hoodie and a black skull cap," police say.

They were both transported to the Chatham County Detention Center without incident. Marshall is charged with one count of criminal trespass, one count of possession of marijuana (less than an ounce) and one count of burglary in the second degree. Marshall is charged with one count of obstruction by fleeing, one count of criminal trespass and one count of burglary in the second degree. Additional ch
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arges are pending for both suspects.

Footage shows woman who fired shots into an ATM

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 3:46 PM

Southside Precinct investigators of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department ask the public’s help in identifying a suspect captured on surveillance footage firing multiple gunshots at a SunTrust Bank ATM on March 9.
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The next morning, Metro responded to the bank, located on the 10000 block of Abercorn Street, once employees reported the damage. No other structural damage or signs of forced entry were observed.

"Surveillance footage also showed the suspect inserting a vacuum cleaner into the damaged ATM," police say.

Missing teen's body found... inside her home

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Detectives of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department have launched an investigation into the suspicious death of Altonise Jones, 16, whose body was found in a bedroom of her residence on the 200 block of West 39th Street on Monday, March 21.

"At about 7:10 p.m. Monday, Jones was reported missing by co-workers who had not seen her since March 19. Metro officers responded to the residence Jones shared with her elderly grandmother to inquire about the teen’s whereabouts. About an hour later a relative searched the house, finding the teen deceased inside. Police were immediately notified," police say.

Circumstances leading up to the teens death remain under investigation

After false reports, man's gunshot wound accidentally self-inflicted, police say

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 3:44 PM

Detectives are investigating a shooting that injured a man, Monday evening.

Just after 5 p.m., Metro responded to the 100 block of Scarborough Street to find Jackie Heath, 22, suffering from a gunshot wound on the porch of a residence. Heath was subsequently transported to Memorial University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Originally, Heath reported that a red Crown Victoria with three unknown passengers were involved in the shooting. Upon further investigation of the incident, detectives determined the gunshot wound was self-inflicted. Investigators believe it was accidental.

Additionally, investigators recovered the weapon used in the shooting and found it to be stolen from another county. Charges for Heath are pending.

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