Friday, June 30, 2017

West 49th Street shooting death deemed self-defense

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police's Violent Crimes detectives are investigating the shooting of Marquice Allen, 34, in the 1100 block of West 49th Street on June 30.

"At about 8:15 a.m., officers responded to the area and found Allen suffering from life-threatening injuries. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene," police report.

Investigators have determined that this shooting was domestic in nature. At this time, it appears the shooting was an act of self-defense," police say.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Mary J. Blige playing Savannah on September 22

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 4:09 PM

R&B star Mary J. Blige will perform at Savannah Civic Center's MLK Jr. Arena on Friday, September 22 in support of her Strength of a Woman Live tour.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 30 via or by phone at (912) 651-6550.

Considered "the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," Blige was born in the Bronx but spent the first few years of her life in Savannah. She released her latest album, Strength Of A Woman, this year.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

GBI investigating shooting death during SWAT/CNT raid

Posted By on Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 10:31 AM

On Friday, June 23, at about 6:25 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) responded to the scene of a shooting at the request of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD).

The shooting occurred as the SCMPD SWAT and Chatham Narcotics Team were serving a search warrant at 512A W 38th St., Savannah, GA.

"Officers said they did not fire any shots; however, in order to ensure transparency, Chief Joseph Lumpkin called the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the incident," says a SCMPD spokesperson.

Two people were transported to a hospital for gunshot-related injuries. One of them died at a hospital. The other has non life-threatening injures.

"During the incident, Shep Morrell, 72, and James Miller, 46, suffered gunshot wounds. EMS responded for medical treatment and transported Morrell and Miller to Memorial University Medical Center. Morrell died from his wounds and Miller’s injury was non-life threatening," a GBI spokesperson says.

Preliminary information from witnesses and officers "revealed that law enforcement deployed distraction devices and non-lethal Pepperball projectiles during the execution of the search warrant. No guns were fired by officers during the incident. All gunfire originated from inside the residence prior to officers making entry, which is consistent with the crime scene examination," the GBI reports.

The GBI is conducting an independent investigation to determine what occurred during the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the GBI Statesboro office at (912) 871-1121.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fort Pulaski set to reopen in time for Fourth of July after extensive tornado damage

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Fort Pulaski National Monument will reopen to the public on Thursday, June 29, after being closed since an EF2 tornado impacted the park on May 23, a spokesperson says..

"After a month of recovery operations conducted by Fort Pulaski staff, with the assistance of the National Park Service’s Eastern Incident Management Team and other National Park Service resources, Cockspur Island and Fort Pulaski will be accessible to visitors in time for the Fourth of July holiday," the spokesperson says.

“While we have been challenged by Hurricane Matthew and the tornado, our staff has shown great resilience and dedication,” said Superintendent Melissa Memory. “We are elated to welcome visitors back to the park in time to celebrate the Independence Day holiday with us.”

Fort Pulaski National Monument’s operating hours will return to normal from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. While the park visitor center will remain closed to the public, a visitor contact station and bookstore will be open inside Fort Pulaski. Water and restroom facilities will be available near the visitor center and at the picnic area.

Due to the continued construction of the new Cockspur Island Bridge, the park entrance will close to incoming vehicles at 4:45 p.m. Pedestrians and bicyclists are prohibited from crossing the bridge during construction.

"Be advised, when entering the park there may be up to a five-minute wait for the construction traffic lights to cycle," the spokesperson says. "The public’s patience is greatly appreciated."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

City of Savannah launches new ParkSavannah app

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 10:50 AM

The City of Savannah today introduced ParkSavannah, the latest way to pay for on-street metered parking.

"The new ParkSavannah app makes parking easy by allowing users to purchase parking with a debit or credit card from their smartphone," said Saja Aures of the City of Savannah Public Information Office.

The new ParkSavannah app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play and  at

The app is  available to use to pay for parking sessions at the City’s multi-space meters and drivers will soon be able to pay at parking meters city-wide as the City replaces outdated single head meters.

Implementation of the app is one of the recommendations of the Parking Matters study recently adopted by City Council, which also called for doubling meter rates and extending paid parking times to 8 p.m. six days a week.

Once registered with ParkSavannah, users will enter their parking space number and then enter their payment details. Each meter will have a ParkSavannah sticker with directions to use the app.

With the app, users can:

● Pay for parking
● Monitor their parking session
● Extend time remotely (up to the maximum allotted time)
● View payment history
● Receive email receipts

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Patty Griffin/Lee Ann Womack show set for Lucas

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Tickets are on sale now for an acoustic evening with greats Patty Griffin and Lee Ann Womack at the Lucas Theatre. The show happens Sat. July 29 at 8 p.m.

Get tix at Savannah Box Office 216 E. Broughton St.,, or 912/525-505
Location Details Lucas Theatre for the Arts
32 Abercorn St.
Savannah, GA
Music Venue, Live Theatre, Movie Theater, Historic Site and Non-Profit Organization

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The Charlie Daniels Band coming to Savannah Nov. 10

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 11:28 AM

The Charlie Daniels Band will perform at the Johnny Mercer Theatre on November 10, the Civic Center announced today.

Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday, June 23 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Savannah Civic Center website, here.

The Charlie Daniels Band is best known for their hit song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," and Daniels himself has been a musician for over 50 years.

For more information on Charlie Daniels, visit his website.

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Revival Fest set for September return to Georgia State Railroad Museum grounds

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 10:15 AM

After a year hiatus in 2016, MusicFile Productions, LLC (the parent company of Savannah Stopover Music Festival) announced today that Revival Fest will return to the grounds of the Georgia State Railroad Museum on Saturday, September 30th, 2017.

The festival, which focuses on Southern music including blues, soul, southern rock, folk, Americana, and bluegrass and more, will serve as the annual fundraiser for the Savannah Children’s Museum adjacent to the festival grounds.

Kayne Lanahan, CEO of MusicFile Productions, added “The enthusiasm for Revival Fest has been so heartwarming and we’re thrilled to be bringing it back in the same iconic location that made the first 3 years so special.We’re putting the finishing touches on a great musical lineup that we can’t wait to share with everyone in the coming weeks.”

The family-friendly, all day festival will feature 12 bands across two stages plus local and regional food trucks, craft beers and bourbons as well as local vendors and kid- friendly activities. The festival takes place from 2pm to 10pm in the old Paint Shops and adjoining grove on the Railroad Museum grounds.

“We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with Revival Fest again. It quickly grew to become one of Savannah’s favorite events and combining forces to help raise funds for The Children’s Museum allows us to take the event to the next level”, said Sandra Baxter, CEO of the Coastal Heritage Society which oversees the Georgia State Railroad Museum, Savannah Children’s Museum, Old Fort Jackson, Pinpoint Heritage Museum and Savannah History Museum”.

A limited number of Early bird tickets go on sale June 20 for the special price of $29.50 for General Admission and $74.50 for VIP tickets. Tickets are available online at VIP ticket holders have access to a VIP Lounge, Private Restrooms, bar and free beer. Ticket prices will increase when the the full festival lineup is announced in July. Children under 10 are free.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Lucas Theatre programming for 2017-2018 season announced

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 3:40 PM

In a much-anticipated development, the Savannah College of Art and Design has announced a full slate of events at the Lucas Theatre for the 2017-2018 season.

The events highlight partnerships with BroadwayHD, National Theatre Live, and the Bolshoi Ballet.

"Throughout the year, live and streaming performances and concerts will join family-friendly programming—Disney Classic matinees and a new Celebrating the Trilogy film series—alongside community favorites such as the Savannah Children’s Choir, Savannah Philharmonic, Savannah Music Festival, Savannah Ballet Theatre, and Savannah Film Festival screenings," a SCAD spokesperson tells us.

Through a partnership with online theater streaming service, BroadwayHD, theater content from their video on-demand library will be shown at the Lucas. Bolshoi Ballet livestreams will be presented by BY Experience and Pathé Live.

Scheduled live performances are as follows:

In July, the Savannah Children’s Choir will present its end-of-camp concert and a preview of the season to come.

The “Great Russian Nutcracker” performed by the Moscow Ballet and “The Nutcracker” performed by the Savannah Ballet Theatre happen in December 2017.

The Savannah Ballet Theatre will again take the stage in April 2018 to perform “The Little Mermaid.”

The 2017 Savannah Film Festival and 2018 The Savannah Music Festival will accompany a live concert lineup which includes an acoustic evening with Patty Griffin and Lee Ann Womack.

The Savannah Philharmonic 2017-2018 season will feature productions of “Thousand and One Nights,” “From the New World,” “Royal Baroque” and “Tchaikovsky and Brahms.”

Livestreamed performances will include:

BroadwayHD performances will feature “Cyrano de Bergerac,” the ensemble Strangeman & Co.’s “The Woodsman,” Arthur Miller’s “Incident at Vichy,” and Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Buried Child” starring Ed Harris, and the Tony Award-winning musical “She Loves Me.”

National Theatre Live productions will include “Salomé” from acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber; Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” starring Lucian Msamat; and Simon Stone’s “Yerma."

The Bolshoi Ballet’s new season will feature reconstructions of historical ballets such as “Le Corsaire,” “Flames of Paris,” as well as productions based on literary works “The Lady of the Camellias,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” and a new version of “Romeo and Juliet.”

Cinema screenings will include:

Disney Classic animated films will screen Sunday afternoons June 18 – Aug. 13 beginning at 3 p.m., including “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book,” “101 Dalmatians,” “Robin Hood,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Great Mouse Detective,” and “Toy Story.”

A new film series, “Celebrate the Trilogy” will debut in August 2017 to honor some of the most famous cinematic trilogies: “Lord of the Rings,” “Indiana Jones,” and “Alien.”
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force will present the documentary “He Has Seen War,” co-produced by Tom Hanks. The film surveys surviving veterans of Easy Company and 1st Marine Division, whose stories are told in “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.”

The programming announcement is timely. The College, which has majority control of the nonprofit board that owns the Lucas, came under fire for recent personnel moves at the Theatre which prompted some concerns in the community about the breadth and quality of future programming at the venue.

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Victim of East 38th Street shooting in critical condition

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 2:04 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police's Violent Crimes detectives are investigating the shooting of Daniel Brantley, 42, near the intersection of West 38th Street and Wessels Avenue on June 8.

"At about 9:15 a.m., officers responded to the area and found Mr. Brantley suffering from serious injuries. Mr. Brantley was taken to the hospital for treatment, and is in critical, but stable, condition at this time," police say.

The circumstances leading up to the shooting are still under investigation.

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