Monday, October 31, 2016

Police investigate River Street shooting

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes investigators seek to identify the suspect in a shooting on the 600 block of West River Street that injured one man on Sunday, October 30.

At about 3 a.m. Metro responded to the scene, finding Adam Woodworth, 24, with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. He was transported by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center for care.

Reportedly, Woodworth intervened when he observed a co-worker being assaulted by a group of suspects behind the business. One suspect discharged a firearm, striking Woodworth.

"The suspects fled in a car, last seen traveling east on River Street," says Eunicia Baker of the Public Affairs Office.

Anyone with information on this case 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.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Armstrong's economic monitor reports 2nd quarter growth, predicts slowdown

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Armstrong State University’s latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, which analyzes data and identifies trends affecting the regional economy, reports that the Savannah metro economy continued its growth phase during the second quarter of 2016, but some turbulence lies ahead.

Increased gains in total employment — paired with boosts in consumer confidence, airport traffic and electricity sales — carried positive numbers in the summer months, however, seasonally and inflation-adjusted port activity declined. Economic growth is expected to weaken through the second half of 2016 and in early 2017.

“If we look at the gains achieved in the first half of the year, we can, by comparison, expect growth to slow in the coming months,” said Michael Toma, Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Economics and the Director of Armstrong’s Center for Regional Analysis. “The effects of Hurricane Matthew will further test the resiliency of the economy during the fourth quarter.”

In the housing market, building permit issuance for single-family homes fell sharply by 10 percent from the first quarter, marking a significant drop from the year prior. The seasonally adjusted number of new residential homes permitted for construction was 439, compared to 487 in the first quarter. 

The forecasting Coastal Empire leading economic index gained ground, increasing 1.4 percent, from 153.3 in the previous quarter to 155.5, but there is some weakness below the top line number, particularly in the labor market and in the residential housing market. 

Data suggests increases in total regional employment and airport traffic, blended with a rebound in consumer confidence, gave the index the bump it needed to offset flat hotel and retail sales, as well as weaker port activity.

Figures for manufacturing employment show 18,100 workers, but this will likely be revised after an impending Georgia Department of Labor annual data benchmarking process. The number is expected to drop by as many as 1,000 jobs due to reporting delays and data collection procedural issues.

In the labor market, seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) jumped 6.7 percent to 812 per month from 762 claims. The regional unemployment rate bumped up to 5.2 percent (seasonally adjusted) in the first quarter, but dropped to 4.8 percent for the second quarter.

The Coastal Empire Economic Monitor presents quarterly economic trends and short-term economic forecasts for Savannah’s Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The quarterly report measures the heartbeat of the local economy, based on the analysis of economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the City of Savannah, Georgia Power and the three counties in the MSA—Chatham, Bryan and Effingham.

The report presents a short-term forecast of the region’s economic activity in the next six to nine months and is available for free by email. To subscribe, email

City and county launch municipal broadband survey

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 10:42 AM

The City of Savannah, in collaboration with Chatham County, has begun the development of a Broadband Fiber-Optic Feasibility Study.

"The purpose of this study is to examine how we are currently served with broadband infrastructure, particularly focused on the services available to our community residents, anchor institutions, businesses, and key services like public safety, health and education," says a City spokesperson.

Residents and businesses can assist in the study by completing a survey of their broadband environment. The surveys will be available online at, as well as distributed in hardcopy format throughout neighborhood associations and community centers.

"An essential objective of the study is to confirm that residents, anchor institutions and businesses have access to the services they need and that those services are competitively priced," the City says.

"In addition, the project will examine the types of broadband and wireless services our community will require in the future and develop a broadband plan that provides guiding principles to meet those needs."

Police investigate shooting of 14-year-old

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating a shooting on the 600 block of Cape Street, that left a 14-year-old male in critical condition on Sunday, Oct. 23.

At about 10:30 a.m., Metro responded to the scene, locating the injured teen outside of an apartment building. The teen was transported by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment.

"Circumstances of this shooting remain under investigation. Detectives do not believe this to be a random shooting," reports the Public Affairs Office.

Anyone with information on this case 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, October 23, 2016

Man shot in bar, uncooperative with police

Posted By on Sun, Oct 23, 2016 at 1:17 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes detectives are investigating a shooting that injured a man just before midnight, Oct. 20.

Metro responded to the area of Laroche Avenue and Skidaway Road finding Shakeem Douse, 22, suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

"Reportedly, Douse was inside a sports bar in the area where two groups of unknown people were fighting inside. Douse and the two groups exited the bar at the same time and gunfire erupted outside shortly after. Initially, Douse gave police a different name," police say.

"When detectives discovered Douse’s true identity, it was found that he had outstanding warrants from another agency and is currently on probation. Douse was transported to Memorial University Medical Center and treated for his wounds then transported to the Chatham County Detention Center," police say.

Man shot on Eastside

Posted By on Sun, Oct 23, 2016 at 1:15 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes detectives are investigating an attempted armed robbery and shooting that occurred near the intersection of North Fernwood and Skidaway Roads, Oct. 20.

Metro responded to Memorial University Medical Center at approximately 6:15 p.m. after Keith Wright, 33, arrived by a personally owned vehicle seeking care of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. "Reportedly, Wright was traveling on his scooter when an unknown armed suspect approached him attempting to take his scooter. Wright was able to get away, however, not before the suspect was able to fire shots that wounded Wright," police say. 

The suspect is described as a slim black male of a light complexion in his late teens to early twenties. He is approximately 5 feet 8 inches to and 5 feet 10 inches tall. The suspect wore a t-short and black jeans during the incident.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Teen burglary suspect shot by homeowner

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 6:49 PM

Police are investigating an attempted burglary and shooting on the 2100 block of Mosley Street, that left a 13-year-old male in serious, but stable condition on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

"At about 4:20 p.m., Metro responded to the 2100 block of Hanson Street, where the injured teen was located after reportedly being shot at a residence one block away, on Mosley Street," police say.

Detectives believe the 13-year-old and another unidentified male suspect unlawfully entered a house on Mosley Street, that was occupied by its owner. "The homeowner reportedly opened fire, injuring one suspect. Both suspects fled on foot toward Hanson Street. The second suspect remains at large," police say.

One person of interest is being questioned by investigators and is being fully cooperative. Currently, no arrests have been made.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Molly Shannon, "Luke Cage" star Mahershala Ali among honorees for Savannah Film Festival

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 12:30 PM

SCAD has announced its honorees and guests for the 2016 Film Festival. 

Mahershala Ali will receive the Discovery Award on Fri., Oct. 28 and will participate in a Q&A session after the screening of "Moonlight." Ali can currently be seen starring in Netflix and Marvel Entertainment’s “Luke Cage.”

Sam Claflin will receive the Spotlight Award on Wed., Oct. 26 and will participate in a Q&A session after the screening of "Me Before You." Claflin’s credits include “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” “Friday,” and more. 

Molly Shannon will receive the Spotlight Award on Mon., Oct. 24 and will participate in a Q&A session following the screening of "Other People." Shannon spent six seasons as a member of the repertory company on “Saturday Night Live,” and her other credits include “Miles,” “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl,” “Life After Beth,” “Scary Movie 5,” “Hotel Transylvania,” and more.

Miles Teller will receive the Vanguard Award on Tues., Oct. 25 and will participate in a Q&A session following the screening of "Bleed for This." Teller recently starred in “War Dogs,” alongside Jonah Hill with Todd Phillips directing, and his other credits include “Rabbit Hole,” “That Awkward Moment,” “Divergent,” “Whiplash,” and more.

Savannah Philharmonic, Second Harvest partner for hurricane relief food drive

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 11:27 AM

The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra is partnering with Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia to collect canned food for those in need after Hurricane Matthew. Collection containers will be at The Lucas Theatre before and after the performance of Mozart’s Requiem by the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and at the dress rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.

A special appeal has been made for protein donations such as canned tuna, chicken and peanut butter.

“We wanted to help those in our community impacted by the hurricane," says Mitchell Krieger, Executive Director of the Savannah Philharmonic. "We are delighted to partner with Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, who have been giving away thousands of boxes of food to alleviate hunger during these challenging times for our community.”

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hurricane forces cancellations, rescheduling of events

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Due to Hurricane Matthew, many events have been canceled or rescheduled. 

Midnight Garden Ride, Oct. 21
Greek Festival, Oct. 21-22
Food Truck Festival #2, Oct. 23 
United Way Mid-Campaign Rally, Oct. 26 
Paint Out Savannah, Oct. 27-29
Graveface's 5th Anniversary Party, Nov. 4
Keith Sweat, Nov. 13  
BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass, Nov. 20 
Junior League Thrift Sale, Dec. 9-10
Disney Live, Dec. 19 
Savannah Quill Convention, March 11, 2017
Geekend, TBA 
Junior League Masque Auction, TBA 
Pirate Fest, TBA 
Jonathan Rabb reading, TBA 
Fall Dinner Dance, TBA 
Coastal Amateur Radio Society Hamfest/Swap Meet, TBA 
Emily Rosko poetry reading, TBA 
Ogeechee Audubon field trip, TBA 
Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home Lecture w/ T.D. Johnston, TBA 
Skidaway Marine Science Day, TBA 
An Evening with Laura Osnes, TBA 

More information on date changes for events will be posted as it is announced. 

For more specific information on events, contact the venue directly. 

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