Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Man shot, killed at E. 39th & Ott; ID pending

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 11:46 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police  responded to a shooting at approximately 10:45 p.m., May 30, in the 2200 block of Ott Street that claimed the life of a Savannah man.

"SCMPD Central Precinct officers responded to the area, near the intersection of Ott and East 39th Street, and found the black male victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he later died," police say.

The identification of the deceased is currently being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Savannah City Council: SEDA/Film Office takeover proposal tabled for a month

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 4:34 PM

Not much fireworks at today's meeting of Savannah City Council, with perhaps the key development being the continuance until the June 23 meeting of the very controversial idea of transferring all City of Savannah Film Office functions except for permitting to the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA).

If passed, SEDA would have sole control over the entire City film management and promotions budget. 

The proposal was initially up for a vote today, but it was stated during the meeting that the Savannah Film Commission, a City-appointed oversight board, had only just heard the proposal and had a meeting to discuss it just last night.

There was also talk of a workshop/presentation to the Savannah Film Commission to explain the move.

The City maintains the move would "streamline" the process of working with state and regional entities. Opponents say SEDA doesn't have the institutional expertise or experience to deal with filmmakers. 

In other business, a special parking district was approved for the extreme West River Street area, the site of increased development in the wake of the Kessler/Plant Riverside hotel/ entertainment complex project. City officials say the district will relax rules requiring developers to provide parking spaces on a per project basis.

While the City is considering a large bond issue for a new parking garage at the Kessler hotel and another for Broughton/Bay streetscaping, this was only the first reading of those proposals and there was no discussion or debate. 

Deep Center wins NEA 'Our Town' grant

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 11:03 AM

 Deep Center was named as one of only 64 recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town awards today, announced NEA chairman Jane Chu.

"A total of $4.3 million will be granted through this program, and Deep will receive $50,000 to support Story Map, a project of its Block by Block program," a Deep spokesperson tells us.

"This is Deep’s second year as a recipient of this highly competitive grant. Deep is the only nonprofit in Savannah’s history to receive NEA funding for arts education programming."

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful and resilient places with the arts at their core. Since the program’s inception in 2011 and including these projects, the NEA will have awarded 389 Our Town grants totaling almost $31 million in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

“For six years, Our Town has made a difference for people and the places where they live, work, and play,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Projects such as Deep Center’s Story Map help residents engage the arts to spark vitality in their communities. Deep Center demonstrates the best in creative community development, and its work will have a valuable impact on Savannah.”

“The City of Savannah is proud to partner with Deep Center on this innovative arts and community development project,” says Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach. “With the NEA’s support, Deep continues to lead the way both locally and nationally in leveraging arts and culture to build vital assets in our neighborhoods that need them most.”

Story Map is a new project of Block by Block, Deep Center’s advanced creative-writing and youth leadership program that helps Savannah’s young writers connect their personal stories to the narratives of their neighborhoods and society at-large.

"With crucial NEA Our Town funding—only the second grant of its kind in Savannah (Deep received both)—Block by Block’s team of adult creative writers and artists will work with 24 young writers (ages 13-18) from the city’s East Side to research, document and tell the past and present stories of their families, streets and community through creative writing and public art," Deep says.

The project will include public readings and culminate with a community celebration in summer 2017 that will include a book launch of original youth writing, public art celebrating the youths’ stories and an art march.

“At Deep Center, we know that everyone has a story worth telling and that when young people write the forgotten or unheard stories of their lives and neighborhoods entire communities can be transformed,” said Dare Dukes, executive director of Deep Center.

“We are grateful for the NEA’s support in helping our young authors elevate and celebrate the vivid past and present of one of Savannah’s most storied neighborhoods, the East Side.”

Photos of Deep’s Block by Block program can be found here

CNT arrests six for drug operation on Southside

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 10:38 AM

Six people were arrested following a search warrant conducted by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT). 

Late on Wednesday May 18, "CNT with assistance from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Departments Precinct IV Crime Suppression and K9 Units executed a search warrant at 11 Burbank Boulevard in Savannah. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of ecstasy, prescription pills, and more than two pounds of marijuana. Also seized were three firearms, approximately $1,400 in U.S. currency, and two vehicles," CNT says.

"A total of six people were arrest at the time of the search warrant; 19-year-old Jamareiy Bartley, 23-year-old Robert Coleman Jr, 37-year-old Andre Foreman, 27-year-old Corey Hines, 26-year-old Pierre Sutton, 17-year-old Dequan Thorpe, all of Savannah. With the exception of Corey Hines, all other persons were charged with felony drug charges. Corey Hines was charged with Possession of marijuana Less than One Ounce and posted bond. All others remain in the Chatham County Detention Center and are expected to be arraigned today in the Recorder’s Court of Chatham County, Georgia," says the spokesperson.

"CNT’s investigation into 11 Burbank Boulevard began earlier this month following a drug complaint by a concerned citizen," CNT says. "CNT agents acting in an undercover capacity made contact with persons associated with the residence, identified various persons roles, and seized controlled substances observed obtaining drugs from the residence."

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges and arrests are expected. The seized drugs have an estimated street value of up to $4,000.00 

Plant thief sought

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 10:31 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Central Precinct investigators ask the public’s help identifying a man suspected in several recent plant thefts occurring between May 15 and May 18.

"At least four thefts of plants and flower pots were reported, including some plants valued at several hundred dollars each," police say.

"These incidents occurred in the 600 block of East 38th Street, 100 block of East 36th Street, 800 block of East 38th Street and in the area of East 41st and Abercorn streets."

Investigators have obtained surveillance images of the suspect with some of the stolen plants in his possession. The suspect is described as a black male, between ages 50 and 60, standing 5-7 to 5-9 and weighing roughly 130-150 pounds. He has grey hair, a receding hair line and light facial hair.

"The suspect is known to frequent East Victory Drive and Abercorn Street. He is sometimes seen pushing a shopping cart filled with flowers," police say.

March death ruled a homicide

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 10:30 AM

The death of Linda Jenkins, 57, has been ruled a homicide. Jenkins was found just beyond the wood line on Entellmann Street and Fenwick Avenue on Friday, March 25.

Investigation into events surrounding Jenkins’ death continues.

17-year-old shot

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 10:29 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Violent Crimes detectives are investigating an early morning shooting that occurred at approximately 4 a.m., May 26, in the 200 block of Avery Street.

The 17-year-old male victim was reportedly shot; however, detectives are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Teens arrested after posing with guns in Daffin Park

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2016 at 1:18 PM

The seized guns and drugs
  • The seized guns and drugs
 The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team arrested five teens on multiple gun and drug charges in Daffin Park.

"At approximately 4:30 p.m. on May, 20 officers from the UNIT observed the teens holding firearms while posing for photos on a park bench, then concealing them in their waistbands," police say.
Jason Hazel, 18, was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed firearm, possession of marijuana and possession of a drug related object. James White, 17, and two 16-year-old males were arrested and charged with possession of a handgun under 18 and carrying a concealed firearm. Another 16-year-old was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Officers seized four handguns, a rifle, marijuana, and several rounds of miscellaneous ammunition during the incident. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Meth lab in Burnside Island residence equipped with generators, video surveillance

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 10:28 AM

"Late last night, CNT agents executed a search warrant at 41 Moon River Drive on Burnside Island. There, agents located an inactive methamphetamine lab and
Brian Mastison
  • Brian Mastison
 all ingredients needed to manufacture meth," according to a CNT spokesperson.

"A further search of the residence and the three of acres of property resulted in the discovery of evidence that previous cooks had occurred. Several burn piles were also located on the property," the spokesperson says.

Burn piles are commonly associated with manufacturing because people regularly burn trash in an attempt to avoid detection by law enforcement, CNT says.

A shotgun and various forms of controlled substances were also seized during the search warrant. "Despite no power at the residence, it was equipped with video surveillance cameras running off generators," CNT says.

CNT arrested 30-year-old Brian Mastison of Savannah. Mastison was arrested on multiple felony charges to include Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Mastison was also wanted by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Appear. Mastison remains in the Chatham County Detention Center after he was denied bond in the Recorder’s Court of Chatham County, Georgia.

"CNT’s investigation into the residence began in March 2016 after agents identified the residence as a location utilized by known meth manufacturers, dealers and users," the spokesperson says.

:CNT identified additional people during its investigation and determined meth was being manufactured there. CNT also received information from concerned neighbors who reported suspicious activity, heavy vehicle traffic and strange smells coming from the residence."

Said CNT Director Everette Ragan, “This is an excellent example of partnership between CNT and the community. With the community’s help, CNT was able to further its investigation. This is also a reminder that drugs can be found anywhere and we are committed to combating drugs throughout Chatham County.”

CNT says it is filing to seize the residence property.  

CNT makes arrest in motel cocaine sales operation

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM

Joel Baker
  • Joel Baker
One person is in custody following an undercover operation conducted by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT).

"Late yesterday evening, CNT agents arrested 27-year-old Joel “G” Baker of Savannah. Baker was arrested after selling cocaine to an undercover CNT agent," a CNT spokesperson says.

"Following the drug deal, agents attempted to arrest Baker who tried to flee and fight with agents. Baker was taken into custody and treated for minor injuries. He had various forms of controlled substances on him at the time of his arrest."

CNT’s investigation into Baker began in March 2016 "following information a male by the name of “G” was selling controlled substances at Studio 6 Hotel located at 60 West Montgomery Crossroads. CNT undercover agents made contact with Baker and he sold agents drugs over a period of two months," the spokesperson says.

"During CNT’s investigation, it was determined Baker was living at the hotel and regularly switching hotel rooms in an attempt to avoid law enforcement. He has a long criminal history and was on probation at the time of his arrest."

Baker remains in the Chatham County Detention Center after his arraignment hearing earlier today in the Recorder’s Court of Chatham County, Georgia, where he was denied bond.

The drugs seized in last night’s operation has an estimated street value of up to $1,500, according to CNT.

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