Friday, March 31, 2017

Suspect arrested for burn injuries to teen

Posted By on Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 1:40 PM

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit arrested Byron Kenneth Gilland, 17, on Mar. 30 for reckless conduct.

"On Nov. 18, 2016, a 16-year-old male was at a friend’s house in the 900 block of Debbie Road. While there, Gilland’s actions led to the 16-year-old receiving second degree burns," police say.

Gilland turned himself in at SCMPD Headquarters on Mar. 30, and was charged with reckless conduct.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Key votes today: Orange Crush targeted in Tybee alcohol ban; huge DeLoach Pkwy development denied

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 4:42 PM

In a busy news day for local government, one development stands out as most controversial.

Tybee City Council voted 4-1 to ban most outdoor consumption of alcohol, including on the beach, for the weekends of April 14-16 and April 21-23. These dates coincide with the planned dates for Orange Crush, a predominantly African American and college-oriented event.

Councilman Barry Brown was the lone no vote.

The hours of the ban are 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 14 to 2:56 a.m. on Sunday, April 16, with the same times in effect the following weekend.

In Savannah City Council news, the Council voted to postpone discussion of a much-anticipated possible moratorium on new hotel construction in the Historic District.

That issue is set to be taken up again at the next regular Council meeting in two weeks.

Council voted unanimously do deny a massive development proposal involving 120-acres off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway in the rapidly growing Highlands neighborhood of Godley Station, an area of West Chatham that is within Savannah city limits.

The area would have been set for light industrial warehouse development had the rezoning request passed.

Despite high-powered backing by the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) and the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) — the latter of which would profit from the increased truck traffic in port-oriented goods — concerns from residents outweighed the rezoning proposal.

"If I lived in Highlands, I'd think I was in the Alamo," said Alderman Brian Foster.

One resident speaking out against the proposal said, "We live in a ghetto of warehouses."

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Parker's robbery suspect arrested

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 4:14 PM

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The suspect in a March 22 robbery of a West Chatham Parker's is in custody.

Jamarea Mack, 22, was transported on Tuesday to the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department headquarters. He was charged with armed robbery and taken into custody without incident.

Tips from citizens who viewed Mack’s photo on SCMPD social media pages and on local media outlets aided investigators in this case, police say.

Metro officers responded to the 2100 block of Benton Boulevard at around 11:30 p.m. March 22.

"Reportedly, the male suspect walked into the store and demanded cash. The employee complied with the suspect’s demands. The suspect fled the store in an unknown direction," says Keturah Greene of the SCMPD Public Affairs Office.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Police seek suspect in Parker's robbery

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:37 AM

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Robbery Unit detectives ask for the public’s help identifying a male suspected of robbing a Parker’s on Wednesday, Mar. 22.

Metro officers responded to the 2100 block of Benton Boulevard at around 11:30 p.m.

"Reportedly, the male suspect walked into the store and demanded cash. The employee complied with the suspect’s demands. The suspect fled the store in an unknown direction," says Keturah Greene of the SCMPD Public Affairs Office. 
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The suspect is described as a black male in his mid-20s with a slim build. During the incident, he wore a trench coat, a wind breaker around his neck, plaid pajama pants and socks with no shoes.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity should call 911, or the SCMPD tip line at (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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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Family and police to meet, call for community assistance four years after unsolved murder

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 4:46 PM

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Tomorrow, Friday, March 24, 2017 marks the four-year anniversary of the murder of Amistica “Misty” Grell. Police say that members of Grell’s family will gather at a tree near where she was killed on Friday, Mar. 24 at 5:30 p.m. to remember her.

"Grell, 35, was murdered on Sunday, March 24, 2013. Violent Crimes detectives found her body on the front porch of her house in the 600 block of West 40th Street in the Cuyler-Brownville area at about 10:30 p.m." police report.

The case remains unsolved and is being actively investigated by the SCMPD’s Cold Case Unit.

Anyone with any information on this case can call 911 or contact the SCMPD tip line at (912) 525-3124. Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

WHAT: Anniversary of Misty Grell’s murder

WHERE: 641 W. 40th Street

WHEN: Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

WHO: Cold Case Unit Detective Tarra Smith and Jamila Daniels (Misty’s Cousin)


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Georgia Historical Society to commemorate World War II rescue boat station in Thunderbolt with historical marker

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 11:32 AM

The Georgia Historical Society will dedicate a new historical marker this Friday, March 24, to the World War II Rescue Boat Station on the bluff of the Wilmington River in Thunderbolt.

Speakers will include Beth Goette, Mayor of Thunderbolt; Bill Palmer, son of the late Staff Sergeant William J. Palmer who served at the Rescue Boat Station; and Elyse Butler, Outreach Coordinator at the Georgia Historical Society.

"Special music will be provided by the Third Infantry Division Band Ensemble, and Ms. Terrie Matthews will sing the National Anthem," says a spokesperson for the Georgia Historical Society.

The Third I.D. Color Guard will post the colors and Major Jon Wilson, Garrison Chaplain for Hunter Army Airfield will make the Invocation.

The dedication will take place at 11 a.m. at Thunderbolt Marine Inc., 3124 River Drive in Thunderbolt. The public is invited to attend.
Location Details Thunderbolt Marine
3124 River Dr.
Thunderbolt, GA
912-352-4931
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Mayor DeLoach to kick off local "March for Meals'' with a Meals on Wheels delivery

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 9:28 AM

Mayor Eddie DeLoach will kick off the national March for Meals locally at Senior Citizens, Inc. with a brief press conference on Friday, March 24 at 11 a.m.

"The Mayor will share his thoughts regarding the importance of this program in this community and the nationwide program celebrating its 45th year this month," a spokesperson says.

"The Mayor will also touch on his own personal experience with this critical program that not only provides nutritional support but also the only social interaction many of these seniors have each day."

After his comments, the Mayor will deliver meals to a few of the more than 1,000 seniors who bene
Location Details Senior Citizens Inc.
3025 Bull St.
Savannah-Midtown
Savannah, GA
Non-Profit Organization
fit from SCI’s Meals On Wheels each day.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

5 felony, 15 misdemeanor arrests in Festival area on final day of St. Patrick's celebration

Posted By on Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 10:47 AM

The final day of the official St. Patrick's Day celebration saw by far the most law enforcement activity, as officers made five felony and fifteen misdemeanor arrests in the official “Festival Zone” Saturday Mar. 19.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and Counter Narcotics Team are among the agencies that made arrests.

"Three of the felony arrests were for sale of a controlled substance, one was for possession of a controlled substance, and one was for giving false statements," police report.

"The misdemeanor arrests included carrying a concealed weapon (1), criminal trespass (1), disorderly conduct (4), DUI (1), fleeing to elude (1), possession of marijuana (2), reckless conduct (1), simple battery (1), swimming in the river (2), and urinating in public (1)," police say.

Three misdemeanor arrests were made on Friday, the parade day itself.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Only three misdemeanor arrests in Festival Zone on St. Patrick's Day

Posted By on Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 2:07 PM

Law enforcement officers made three misdemeanor arrests in the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day “Festival Zone” Thursday night, according to an SCMPD spokesperson.

"Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department officers arrested two people in the City Market area. One person was arrested for criminal trespass when they refused to leave a bar. A second person was arrested for simple battery; that individual was intoxicated and kicked an officer," police report.

An agent with the Alcohol & Tobacco Division of the Georgia Department of Revenue arrested a third individual for underage drinking, police say.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Clydesdales open for visit Thursday, Sunday

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 8:26 PM

You can see the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales in Friday's St. Patrick's Day Parade. But you also have a couple of opportunities to visit them in their temporary stables in Garden City: Thursday, March 16 and Sunday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Southern Eagle Distributing, 1320 U.S. 80.

If you're in Bluffton Saturday for their St. Patrick's celebration, you can see them noon to 3 p.m. in Old Town Bluffton, S.C., on Calhoun Street for a King of Beers Parade.

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