Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bicyclist seriously injured in downtown hit-and-run

Posted By on Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team "responded to a hit-and-run of a bicyclist at approximately 11 p.m., July 30, in the 700 block of East President Street," police say.

Harold Blocker, 51, suffered life-threatening injuries when he was struck by a motor vehicle. He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment.

"The vehicle left the scene prior to officers’ arrival," police say.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Alderman Tony Thomas reportedly the subject of grand jury

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 4:17 PM

Reports are surfacing that a Chatham County grand jury will be impaneled to hear charges against Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas.

While allegations and rumors of Thomas's inappropriate relationships with minors have swirled around the alderman for years, no charges have ever been filed and no firm evidence has been uncovered. 

Two ethics complaints against Thomas by constituents who alleged he was threatening them on Facebook were dropped with the past year. 

Other recent developments, however, led Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap to refer the cases involving potential violations involving minors and drug use to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. 

The grand jury will reportedly hear the case August 22. This is a developing story and it's important to note the grand jury might decide there isn't enough evidence to press charges against Thomas. 

Several of the witnesses on camera in "The Troll Chronicles" are alleged to be part of the current investigation. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Toni Braxton to perform in Savannah

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Toni Braxton announces her North American tour.

Kicking off on Saturday, October 8 in Oakland, Braxton will tour more than 20 cities, ending with a show in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, November 12. 

She will perform in Savannah on Saturday, October 22. Tickets will be available for purchase at a later date.

Today, with over 67 million in sales worldwide and seven GRAMMY Awards, Braxton is recognized as one of the most outstanding voices of this generation.

Police investigate homicide at Mason Drive construction site

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes detectives are investigating a homicide at the Juliette Lowe Elementary School construction site.

Overnight site worker, Raymond Williams, 46, was found deceased at the location just before 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26.

"Events resulting in Williams’ death remain under investigation. Detectives are actively following leads to identify any suspects," said Eunicia Baker of the SCMPD Public Affairs Office.

Anyone with information about this case or the identities possible suspects should contact the SCMPD tip line by dialing (912) 525-3124.

Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Triple shooting at Southside apartment complex leaves one dead

Posted By on Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 11:01 AM

Detectives are investigating a triple shooting at the Live Oak Apartments on Waters Avenue that claimed the life of one adult male and injured two others on Sunday, July 24.

"At about 2:30 a.m. Metro responded to an apartment complex on the 8500 block of Waters Avenue, where Josh Lewis, 22, and George Thorpe, were found with gunshot wounds," police say.

Lewis and Thorpe were transported to Memorial University Medical Center for care. Thorpe was treating for non-life threatening injuries. Lewis succumbed to his injuries.

Terrell Bonds, the third gunshot victim linked to this case, arrived at MUMC in a privately owned vehicle. Bonds also was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

"The three men were outside the apartment when they were shot. Detectives are following leads in this case. This incident is not believed to be a random act," police say.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Two arrested in City Market shooting

Posted By on Sat, Jul 23, 2016 at 2:59 PM

  • Malik Lloyd
Police identified and charged Kortni Dunham, 21, and Malik Lloyd, 23, in a recent shooting in City Market that injured Keenan Gray, 25.

"Lloyd and Dunham were arrested during a warrant service on July 22. Dunham is charged with aggravated assault and simple battery. Lloyd is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. Both suspects were arrested without incident and transported to the Chatham County Detention Center," police say.

"At approximately 12:47 a.m. on Sunday, July 17, Metro responded to City Market, where Gray, a US Army Soldier stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, was found suffering from a gunshot wound," police say. "Gra
Kortni Dunham
  • Kortni Dunham
y was reportedly shot after an altercation with the suspects." 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Man apprehended after pointing, shooting gun at residents near Coffee Bluff Road

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Julius Tate
  • Julius Tate
Police responded to a shots-fired call and arrested a man near Coffee Bluff Road and Daveitta Drive, Wednesday morning.

Just before 11 a.m. "Metro received reports of a man walking down the street pointing a gun at residents nearby," police say.

"The man reportedly fired the gun on at least one person. Officers were able to respond to the area within two minutes and detain Julius Tate, 30, shortly thereafter. Investigators are working to determine if Tate may have been under any type of influence. There were no reported injuries from this incident," police say.

“Thankfully officers were able to quickly respond to the incident, successfully deescalate the situation without using any force and make the environment safe for the citizens, the responding officers and the suspect. This is the type of response we strive for in any situation,” said Major Kerry Thomas, Patrol Division Commander.

Tate is charged with eight counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal trespassing.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Savannah Waterfront Association hires new executive director

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 2:50 PM

The nonprofit Savannah Waterfront Association has hired Victoria Freeman Smith as executive director.
  • Smith

“We are so excited to have Victoria join us as our new executive director and look forward to growth and new ventures under her leadership,” said Emily Dickinson, who serves as the board president of Savannah Waterfront Association.

“She will be a real asset to Savannah’s tourism community and serve as a valuable resource for local business owners.”

Smith previously served the last 13 years as managing director for American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) in Washington, D.C. Smith has served as a volunteer with the national capital area’s March of Dimes as a board member, volunteer and significant fundraiser for 13 years.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with an emphasis in finance from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Smith, originally from Olney, Md., currently lives on Tybee Island.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Soldier shot in altercation in City Market

Posted By on Sun, Jul 17, 2016 at 10:34 AM

The scene at City Market about 1 a.m. - PHOTO BY TAYLOR MCMASTERS
  • Photo by Taylor McMasters
  • The scene at City Market about 1 a.m.
At approximately 12:47 a.m. this Sunday morning, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police officers responded to a report of a shooting in City Market. SCMPD Violent Crimes detectives and forensics officers responded to the scene.

"The victim, 25 year old Keenan Gray, is a U.S. Army soldier stationed at Hunter Army Airfield. Gray was downtown with friends. Gray was shot after an altercation with an unknown suspect(s)," police say.

Gray was transported by Southside Fire/EMS to a local hospital and is in critical but stable condition.
The scene about 1 a.m. in City Market - PHOTO BY TAYLOR MCMASTERS
  • Photo by Taylor McMasters
  • The scene about 1 a.m. in City Market

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Southside house fire claims life of one resident

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 3:43 PM

Savannah Fire & Emergency Services investigators continue their examination of the scene of a fatal early morning house fire in Oakdale Subdivision.

Savannah firefighters were dispatched to 405 Lee Blvd. just before 5:40 a.m. Thursday on a report of a possible structure fire. "When they arrived on scene, the firefighters discovered smoke coming from the second floor windows of the three-story brick house," a department spokesperson says.

"Firefighters forced entry into the house and initiated an attack on the flames while other firefighters assisted a resident down from a second floor balcony. It was then that they were notified of another resident still inside the home."

Firefighters began a systematic search of the second floor of the home and located the victim inside a bedroom at the front of the house. They removed the victim from the home and administered CPR until turning care of the victim over to emergency medical personnel. EMS transported the victim to Memorial University Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

The 58-year-old victim was identified by residents of the home as Jerome Abernathy.

"Firefighters continued the battle the flames inside the house and were able to contain the bulk of the fire to the second floor of the home. However there was minor extension of the flames to the third floor and attic areas. The remainder of the house sustained smoke and heat damage," the department says.

A total of ten people, four adults and six children, lived in the home. "All of the residents, with the exception of the victim, were able to flee the home without injury. They are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross." 

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