Friday, April 28, 2017

City launches tourism management online survey

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 11:18 AM

The City of Savannah is in the process of developing a Tourism Management Plan "with the goal of balancing resident needs with industry interests while preserving the authenticity of Savannah’s historic district," said a spokesperson for the City.

To engage the community and receive input from all stakeholders, the City is launching an online survey. The survey is available at and closes on May 14, 2017.

The Tourism Management Plan represents a unique partnership with the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Visit Savannah and Historic Savannah Foundation who each contributed $5,000 while the Tourism Leadership Council provided $1,500.

The City provided $16,900 to the project and secured a $10,000 competitive grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Man shot in West Savannah

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating the shooting of Raynard Williams, 19, on Tuesday April 25 in the area of 38th and Bulloch Streets.

"At about midnight, Williams was found on a porch in the 2200 block of Ogeechee Road. Investigators spoke to Williams and he provided little information about the shooting," police say.

Williams injuries are non-life threatening.

"There were several ShotSpotter calls in the area and a possible crime scene was located near 38th and Bulloch streets," police report. "This does not appear to be a random shooting."

Monday, April 24, 2017

Person of interest held in triple murder

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 8:37 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating a triple homicide in the 1100 block of East 31st Street.

"At about 1:15am, officers responded to a shooting in the 1100 Block of East 31st Street. Upon arrival they located Shayla Curtis, 18, William Mullins, 24, and Courtney German, 31, who had succumbed to their injuries," police report.

The murders break a long lull in homicides in the SCMPD jurisdiction.

"Evidence suggests that this shooting involved gang members and is gang-related," police now report.
A person of interest is in custody and is ID'ed as Keith Lamont Marrow Jr., who had been arrested in Hardeeville SC on unrelated charges.

Anyone with information on this case should contact the SCMPD tip line by dialing (912) 525-3124.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Known sex offender arrested

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 11:33 AM

Andrew Brown, a convicted rapist and wanted by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office S.O.R.T. Unit, was arrested today by Savannah/Chatham Metro Police.

"Brown had been on the run since he left the shelter he was living in," said Peter Nichols of the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.

Because of this probation violation and his failure to register as a level 2 sex offender a warrant was sworn out on him on April 6th. Brown was recently featured on WSAV’s Fugitive Files which lead to a tip to his whereabouts and his arrest today.

Andrew Brown is a level 2 Sex Offender which means that he is likely to reoffend.

Hyatt Regency opens Moss + Oak Savannah Eatery

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 11:29 AM

Hyatt Regency Savannah, a full-service, contemporary waterfront hotel, is pleased to announce the opening of Moss + Oak Savannah Eatery.

The new restaurant, which focuses on fresh ingredients and regional heritage, features a traditional dining space, bar, and quick-stop market. Led by executive chef James Morin, the menu will feature primarily Savannah-style cast iron preparation and use seasonal ingredients supplied by top-tier local farms.
Location Details Moss + Oak Savannah Eatery
2 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA
Bistro, Southern and Bar
Executive chef James Morin’s modern spin on traditional low-country cuisine and passion for sourcing produce from local farmers, makes for an outstanding cultural experience while retaining the casual charm Savannah has made famous.

The dining space within Moss + Oak Savannah Eatery is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will serve authentic southern dishes such as Shrimp and Grits, Buttermilk Fried Chicken and She Crab Soup for lunch and dinner.

Moss + Oak Bar will feature local and regional beer and liquor in addition to signature cocktails. The bar is open Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to midnight.

Moss + Oak Market is the hotel’s grab and go shop for fresh-made items such as flavorful salads, sandwiches, pastries and Starbucks Coffee. This quick-fix shop is best suited for guests of the hotel who are looking to pick up a smaller meal or snack to-go.

Outdoor patio seating is available and includes two fire pits, heat lamps, and a retractable awning.

Reservations are not required, but can be made by calling (912) 238-1234, visiting or via Open Table.

Animal Services identifies serious threat to dogs in Chatham County

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 11:26 AM

Chatham County Animal Services has identified a serious health threat for dogs in our community. In the past several days, dogs brought to the Animal Shelter have tested positive for Parvo virus.

"In an effort to protect the animals in our care, we are not accepting owner surrendered animals. Stray dogs will be tested in the field for the virus," said Catherine Glansby of Chatham County Animal Services.

Symptoms of Parvo may include lack of appetite, lethargy, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. If you see any of these symptoms see your veterinarian as soon as possible. The number one way to protect your dog from the virus is to be up to date on their vaccinations.

If your dog or puppy is not up to date on their vaccinations avoid dog parks and places where other dogs may frequent.

If you are an owner who needs to surrender a dog or puppy, please call the Humane Society for Greater Savannah at 912-354-9515 for an appointment.

Those looking for their lost pet will need to make an appointment by calling 912-652-6575.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Police investigate shooting on Hudson St.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 11:04 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating the shooting of Christopher Cooper, 23, on Tuesday, Apr. 19 in the 2100 block of Hudson Street.

At about 11:50 p.m., Cooper arrived at the hospital in a private vehicle. Officers spoke with him there and were able to locate a crime scene in the 2100 block of Hudson Street. Cooper suffered life-threatening injuries and is listed in critical condition at this time.

"The actual circumstances leading up to the shooting are still under investigation," says Corporal Hillary Nielsen.

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, April 17, 2017

Savannah State athletics move to NCAA Division II

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 6:05 PM

Savannah State University (SSU) President Cheryl D. Dozier today announced the intent to classify all athletics programs from NCAA Division I to NCAA Division II, "pending approval by the NCAA. The announcement also signals the end of SSU’s membership in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) after the transition," the University reports today.

"This decision was made after months of discussion and deliberation in an effort to put SSU’s athletics programs in the best position fiscally, academically and athletically. This move allows SSU athletics to remain in competition and carry on their traditions," an SSU spokesperson says.

The administration "has maintained that fiscal responsibility for the betterment of students and the institution is priority. Senior administrators are in ongoing communication with the NCAA and the MEAC to create and coordinate a plan to have the most efficient transition," the University reports.

“While I am extremely proud of the progress our athletes and coaches have made at the Division I Level, it is not financially feasible for us to continue,” said Dozier. Additional details about the transition plan will be released in the coming months.

Savannah State University made the decision to move from Division II to Division I in 1998, while opting to leave the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and become independent of conference affiliation. SSU played its first season as a Division I institution in 2002 when the NCAA granted full membership. The Tigers became members of the MEAC in the fall of 2010.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Shooting on the Eastside

Posted By on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 12:12 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating the shooting of Benjamin Owens, 25, on Thursday, Apr. 13 near the intersection of Illinois Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

"At about 1:10 p.m., EMS responded to a report of an injured person in the 2200 block of Alaska Street. EMS determined the injury to be from a gunshot wound, and contacted police to respond. Owens was transported to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries," police say.

Detectives have determined that the shooting took place near the intersection of Illinois Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

"After the incident, Owens went to a residence in the 2200 block of Alaska Street, where he called a family member and told them he was injured. The family member came to the residence and then called EMS," police say.

The actual circumstances leading up to the shooting are still under investigation. "Detectives believe this was not a random incident and that the victim and shooter know each other," police say.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lucas Theatre staff terminated in stunning shakeup

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 2:47 PM

This Thursday morning, the entire staff of the Lucas Theatre for the Arts was terminated with no advance notice, in a stunning and possibly wide-ranging decision from the board of the nonprofit that runs the beloved downtown performance venue.

While the Lucas Theatre technically owns itself as a 501c3 organization, The Savannah College of Art and Design has a working majority presence on the board of directors.

A source among those fired tells us, "The college has terminated all our positions and is taking over the building."

Technically the decision would have to be made by a majority vote of the board of directors, however.

A SCAD spokesperson says in a statement:

"The Lucas Theater is a beloved historic landmark that has received tremendous support from donors and community members for nearly a century. SCAD will continue to provide quality programming, as well as financial and operational assistance for this important pillar of the Savannah community."

That is the entirety of the formal statement from SCAD at this point.

As for specific events already on the calendar, the school tells us "programming and events will continue as scheduled."

An August booking by the band Spoon at the Lucas was suddenly vacated several weeks ago, with the band saying on its Facebook page that they would not be rescheduling that date in Savannah.

Built in 1921 as a movie theatre and vacant by the 1970s, the Lucas was restored in a unique partnership between the City, fundraisers, County taxpayers, and SCAD beginning in 1986.

The unique nature of the arrangement also allowed the Local 320 union chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees to be limited to the Lucas Theatre, rather than extending union shop status to SCAD's other venues, which would have been the case had the school acquired it directly.

In 1997, the wrap of the Clint Eastwood-directed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil enabled the fundraising to reach critical mass, as star Kevin Spacey notably made a sizable contribution to its preservation.

In Dec. 2001 the venue was open to the public. Most recently it hosted many shows of this year's edition of the Savannah Music Festival.

In 2002 the agreement was amended to identify the theatre as an "affiliate" of SCAD, formalizing the college's control of the board. However, none of the nonprofit's outstanding debt was assumed by the college, which took responsibility for day-to-day operations and expenses.

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