Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Savannah Jazz Festival announces headliners

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 1:33 PM

The Coastal Jazz Association today announced the headliners for this year's jazz festival: Dave Stryker, Peter Fish Group, King Solomon Hicks, Yotam Silberstein, and Don Braden.

Hicks was the lead guitarist at the Cotton Club with a 13-piece band since he was 13 years old and has played with legendary acts such as Tony Bennett and the B.B. King Blues Band. He performs Thursday evening 

Friday night's lineup includes Fish, Silberstein and Braden. Six-time Emmy award-winning composer and keyboard player Peter Fish has put together an ensemble that delivers funky jazz sounds akin to Herbie Hancock in the '70s. 

In Silberstein's eleven years in America, he has collaborated with such jazz luminaries as James Moody, Paquito D’Rivera, Roy Hargrove, and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Stars.

Braden has served as sideman for jazz greats including Betty Carter and Wynton Marsalis among many others, and he is the Director of the renowned Litchfield Jazz Camp.

Stryker's recording, "Messing With Mister T," was picked by 'Downbeat Magazine' as one of the top CDs of 2014. He performs Saturday night.

Headliners will all perform at Forsyth Park. For more information and the full festival lineup, visit savannahjazzfestival.org. 


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Savannah Craft Brew Fest moving indoors

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Due to Tropical Depression #9 and the forecast for extensive rain on Thursday & Friday, the Savannah Craft Brew Festival will be moved all indoors at the Trade Center this Saturday.

"Although there is only 20% chance of rain on Saturday, the 3-5” of rainfall on Thursday & Friday will prevent the outdoor set up from being completed in time for Saturday’s event," says a Festival spokesperson.

A large percentage of  showcased beers were already set to be available for sampling indoors, so this isn't a radical change from previous editions of the festival. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Grand Jury: No charges against Tony Thomas

Posted By on Sat, Aug 27, 2016 at 9:42 AM

A long chapter in Savannah political history has seemingly come to an end with a Chatham County Grand Jury's decision Friday not to recommend charges against City Alderman Tony Thomas in the wake of a GBI investigation that began in February.

14 of 18 jurors agreed that Thomas's activities involving underage people rose to the level of misdemeanor, but not felony status. 

In addition, those 14 found that the allegations against Thomas were outside the statute of limitations and thus weren't eligible for consideration. 

District Attorney Meg Heap reported in a statement: 

“Multiple victims’ testimonies corroborated that Mr. Thomas displays a pattern of grooming young males to become sexual partners," Heap says jurors found.

Heap said that while Mr. Thomas’ actions "clearly" violated state law, "unfortunately they are only misdemeanors and not felony cases."

"Testimony included a pattern of behavior by Mr. Tony Thomas that could be described as a person trying to obtain sexual contract with another person in a predatory manner," Heap said.

The main factor cited by jurors in their decision was the statute of limitations.


Public receptions with new City Manager pick set for next week

Posted By on Sat, Aug 27, 2016 at 9:35 AM

 The public is invited to meet and greet Roberto “Rob” Hernandez, the finalist for the position of Savannah City Manager, at two receptions next week.

The receptions will be at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 31, in the Savannah Civic Center Ballroom

Hernandez will give an introductory presentation, followed by a meet and greet reception hosted by Savannah City Council, at both events. The public is invited.

The Savannah City Council is expected to take a formal vote on the appointment of Mr. Hernandez during their regularly scheduled meeting September 1.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Massive building fire on East President; no serious injuries

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 2:58 PM

Advanced Firefighter Andrew Jones looks out over the smoldering remains of a building on E. President St.
  • Advanced Firefighter Andrew Jones looks out over the smoldering remains of a building on E. President St.


Savannah Fire & Emergency Services firefighters "remain on the scene of an overnight structure fire on East President St. Firefighters continue to soak the charred remains of what had been a large, vacant, 2-story wood building that went up in flames just after midnight," a SFES spokesperson says.

Firefighters who responded to the scene reported heavy flames and thick smoke at the site just west of the Harry S. Truman Parkway. The building, which was constructed atop wooden pilings, was fully engulfed in flames upon their arrival. The fire had also extended to wooded areas surrounding the structure.

"Firefighters utilized ground hoses and aerial apparatus to douse the fire while Chatham County’s aviation unit provided airborne assistance with water from the nearby Savannah River. Georgia Forestry personnel also assisted by creating a fire break around the affected property. The blaze caused total destruction of a large portion of the building while the remainder of the structure sustained extensive fire damage," the department says.

Although the building has been vacant for several years, "it and the surrounding area were often utilized by some individuals for shelter. Several people were inside the structure at the time of the fire however they fled when the flames erupted," says the spokesperson.

One firefighter suffered minor burns to his hand while fighting the blaze and was treated by emergency medical personnel on scene. He received further treatment at Candler Hospital and was released early this morning. No other injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

Savannah Fire’s operation forced the closure of E. President St. to vehicular traffic between Randolph St. and the city’s wastewater treatment plant just east of the Truman Parkway.

"A portion of the westbound lanes were reopened just before 5:30 a.m. but the morning commute was marked by delays as motorists sought alternate routes to downtown Savannah. The eastbound traffic lanes remained closed until about 11:30 a.m. as firefighters continued their work in the area," the department says.

"Savannah Fire investigators were on the scene overnight and again this morning as they searched for clues to the cause and point of origin for the fire. At this time, both are still undetermined and the investigation continues. By mid-afternoon Thursday, the city’s property maintenance personnel were overseeing the demolition of the remaining portion of the building."

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Homicide in Windsor Forest

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 7:19 PM

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Violent Crimes detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred at approximately 10 p.m., Aug. 22, in the 600 block of Northbrook Road.

"Audrea Marks, 33, was found shot in the backyard. It appears this was not a random incident and evidence suggests risky behavior was taking place at the residence," police say.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Blowin' Smoke to reopen Aug. 25

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 10:29 AM

 Blowin' Smoke Southern Cantina is scheduled to reopen this Thursday, August 25, after closing for renovations in late July.

To celebrate the completion of the space updates and renovations, Blowin’ Smoke will feature new cocktail and beer offerings upon reopening. Martin & Zittrouer Construction managed the renovation project which included the addition of one restroom; replacement of the existing slab to smooth and extend the foundation to allow for more seating space both inside and outside; and relocation of the main bar to the middle of the dining room to allow for more seating.

“We’re excited to show off the changes we recently implemented at Blowin’ Smoke,” said Brian Huskey, owner of Blowin’ Smoke and its sister restaurants under the Gaslight Group’s brand. “We think our patrons and friends will appreciate the enhanced space design to enjoy their favorite Southwestern-inspired dishes, especially with the addition of the new, larger bar area.”

Police seek suspect in West 37th Street homicide

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Violent Crimes detectives are investigating a shooting of a male that occurred around 11:55 p.m., Aug. 21, in the 300 block of West 37th Street.

Officers responded to the 300 block of west 37th street and found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

"Events surrounding the incident remain under investigation," said Sonny Cohrs of the SCMPD Public Affairs Office.

Persons with knowledge of the suspect identify and whereabouts may contact the SCMPD tip line by calling (912) 525-3124

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

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Two shot in vehicle on Jefferson Street

Posted By on Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Detectives are investigating the shooting of two women that occurred about 8 p.m., Aug. 20, near the intersection of Jefferson Street and West 32nd Street.

"Officers responded to the intersection of Victory Drive and Barnard Street where they found two female victims inside a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment. One was treated and released, while the other remains in critical condition," police say.

"Further investigation revealed the victims were shot as they traveled in a vehicle along Jefferson Street near West 32nd Street," police say. "Detectives believe this was not a random shooting."

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Homicide at Montgomery and West 37th

Posted By on Sat, Aug 20, 2016 at 8:46 AM

Detectives are seeking information on a suspect who is wanted in connection to a shooting that claimed the life of Daniel Landy, 29.

Landy was found shot at the One Stop Shop located at 2100 Montgomery Street Aug. 19, just before 11:30 p.m. Events surrounding the incident remain under investigation.

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