Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Police make quick arrest after Washington Ave. armed robbery

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 10:14 AM

A prompt arrest of a juvenile suspect was made by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes detectives and Patrol Division officers after an armed robbery that occurred on Nov. 23.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., Metro responded to the 100 block of Washington Avenue for a reported armed robbery.

"Reportedly, an adult female victim was moving a vehicle in her driveway when at least three suspects approached her and robbed her at gunpoint. The victim was able to seek aid at a nearby residence to call 911," says Darnisha Green of the SCMPD Public Affairs Office.

Shortly after, patrol officers located three males fitting the description of the armed suspects nearby on Reynolds Street. A short foot chase ensued when the suspects attempted to flee from police. Officers were able to detain Jermonte Green, 15, and a 14-year-old male. A stolen handgun was also seized during this investigation.

Green will be charged as an adult. His charges include theft by receiving a firearm, obstruction by fleeing, possession of a firearm by a minor and possession of a firearm without a license and armed robbery.

Metro is still searching for another suspect in this case. He is described as a black male possibly in his teens. He is of an average height and build. During the incident, he wore bright clothing.

Anyone with information on this case should contact investigators through 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.

Remembering George K. Gannam 75 years after Pearl Harbor

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 10:12 AM

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At the Nov. 22 City Council meeting, Mayor Eddie DeLoach proclaimed December 7, 2016 as George K. Gannam Day in Savannah in honor of the sacrifices of Staff Sergeant George Gannam, "all those lost in World War II, as well as Savannah’s World War II Veterans," a City spokesperson says.

December 7 is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the loss of Sergeant Gannam in that attack, at age 22. Gannam is recognized as Savannah’s first World War II casualty.

The Benedictine Military School grad enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1939. Stationed with the 18th Air Base Group at Wheeler Field in Hawaii, Gannam was killed as he tried to prevent the destruction of aircraft at Hickam Field.

The City of Savannah also announces the availability of the George Karam Gannam papers, an archival collection of artifacts and records documenting George Gannam’s life and military career donated to the City’s Municipal Archives by the Gannam family so they could be accessible to the public.

Highlights of the collection include correspondence from Bishop O’Hara, personal items Sergeant Gamble had with him in Hawaii at the time of his death, and a flag given to the family by Mayor Thomas Gamble on the first anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Two exhibits featuring the collection are now available for the public to view: a physical exhibit in City Hall’s Council Chamber accessible during City Hall tours, and an online exhibit available at www.savannahga.gov/Gannam.

For more information contact Luciana Spracher, City of Savannah Research Library & Municipal Archives, at Lspracher@savannahga.gov or (912) 651-6411.

Construction begins on new bridge to Fort Pulaski

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Work has begun on the replacement of Fort Pulaski’s Entrance Bridge over the South Channel of the Savannah River.

The southbound lane on the existing bridge will be closed for the duration of the bridge construction. Temporary traffic signals will control traffic flow in the northbound lane. Expect some delays while entering the park.

Please use extreme caution while traveling Highway 80 East from Savannah, as vehicles waiting to enter Fort Pulaski National Monument may be temporarily stopped in the passing lane.

Construction should take one year; expected completion is fall/winter of 2017. During the construction process, no fishing will be allowed on or near the bridge at any time. Other areas of Cockspur Island will remain open for fishing as usual.

For bridge construction updates, please refer to the United States Federal Highway Commission at the following website: https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/ga/pra-fopu/.

Police seek 2 in sexual assault investigation

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police ask the public’s help in identifying two suspects in a reported sexual assault on Tuesday, Nov. 29, possibly near Walz Drive and Walz Circle.

Between 3 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, the teenage female victim was reportedly walking between buildings when two males approached and began conversing with her.

"Reportedly, the victim attempted to walk away when the suspects sexually assaulted her, before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction," says Eunicia Baker of the SCMPD Public Affairs Office.

One suspect is described as a black wearing a black hoodie. The second suspect is described as a white male wearing a white shirt, black pants and white and red shoes.

This investigation continues. 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.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Man shot behind gas station

Posted By on Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating reports of a shooting behind a gas station on the 14000 block of Abercorn Street on Saturday, Nov. 26.

"At about 5:15 a.m. Metro officers responded to St. Joseph’s Hospital where Lorenzo Trey Austin, 23, sought treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound," police report.

"Austin was reportedly shot by an unknown suspect at the gas station. Preliminary investigation reveals no evidence of a shooting occurring at the reported location."

Death investigation underway

Posted By on Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 4:34 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes detectives launched an investigation into the death of a woman found at her residence on the 600 block of West 42nd Street on Thursday, November 24.

At about 7 p.m., Metro responded to the scene finding Denise Michelle Williams, 53, deceased inside.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab will determine the exact cause and manor of death. Circumstance surrounding this death remain under investigation. The victim’s next of kin has not been notified.

Abercorn bank robbers sought

Posted By on Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Robbery Unit is seeking information about a Nov. 26 bank robbery on the 14000 block of Abercorn Street.

"Metro responded to the scene just before 9:30 a.m. Reportedly, two masked suspects entered the bank demanding cash from employees, while holding them at gun point," police report.

"The victims complied. The suspects fled in a waiting vehicle. No injuries were reported."

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Man charged with felony DUI in death of Don Logana

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 10:24 AM

The driver involved in the head-on collision that took the life of Don Logana this past weekend has been charged with felony DUI, according to reports.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police arrested Cleaveland Antwan Coleman, 31, of Savannah, Tuesday night after his release from Memorial University Medical Center for injuries suffered in the crash.

Logana reportedly was  in the back seat of a 2009 Mitsubishi Galant driven by Erich Richter of Register, GA. Carlina Richter, also of Register, was in the front passenger seat and Joshua Bridges, of Savannah, was also in the back seat.

South Carolina Highway Patrol officials say Coleman is facing one count of felony driving under the influence involving death, and two counts of felony driving under the influence with great bodily injury. This doesn't mean other charges cannot later be added, however.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Broughton Street holiday tree to be installed Wednesday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 10:55 AM

The 50-foot holiday tree will be installed on the corner of Broughton and Bull streets Wednesday.

The unloading and uncrating of the tree will begin at 6 a.m., followed by installation throughout the day. The lights will be tested at 6 p.m..

The holiday tree is part of Holidays on Broughton. For more information, visit holidaysonbroughton.com.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

WTOC's Don Logana passes away in car accident

Posted By on Sun, Nov 20, 2016 at 8:58 AM

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WTOC TV reported at about 8:30 a.m. that their popular anchor/reporter Don Logana died in a car accident in Jasper County, S. C., earlier this morning.

His loss is an enormous blow to local journalism as well as to family, friends, and colleagues.

Logana was voted "Best Local News Anchor" by our readers in this year's Best of Savannah Reader's Poll. In 2015, our readers voted him "Best Local Investigative Reporter."

We will keep you informed when funeral arrangements are disclosed.

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