Tuesday, October 31, 2017

City soliciting public input on future of Confederate Memorial in Forsyth Park

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 11:18 AM

The City of Savannah has created a "Confederate Memorial Task Force" to draft recommendations for City leadership concerning the future of Savannah’s Confederate Memorial, located in Forsyth Park.

"As part of that process, the Task Force is seeking public input from Savannah's citizens. The City of Savannah will be accepting input from now through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 13, 2017," a city spokesperson says.

The public is encouraged to share their input through an online survey, by mail, or by email. The online survey is accessible at http://www.savannahga.gov/confederatememorial and email can be sent to confederatememorial@savannahga.gov

Mailed comments should be sent to City of Savannah, Confederate Memorial Task Force, PO Box 1027, Savannah, GA 31402.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Timberland Apartments shooting appears to be self-defense

Posted By on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's Violent Crimes detectives are investigating a shooting at Timberland Apartments in the 10600 block of Abercorn Street, on October 25.

"Around 7:30 p.m., officers responded to a call of an attempted robbery in the area. Through their swift and thorough response, patrol officers found Jaques Stuckey, 18, nearby. He was suffering non-life-threatening injuries from a shooting," police report.

"During their investigation, detectives determined Stuckey and another male subject attempted to rob an individual returning home to Timberland Apartments. The victim fired his own gun at the pair in what appears at this time to be self-defense," police say.

Stuckey refused to provide investigators with the name of the second suspect, police report. Stuckey was taken to the hospital for treatment. He will be charged with criminal attempt (armed robbery).

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Murder suspect to be tried as adult in death of 15—year-old

Posted By on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 8:37 PM

SCMPD has released the name of the suspect charged with murder in the shooting death of 15-year-old George Akins Jr. at a Southside McDonald's over the weekend.

The arrestee's name is Jeffery Burton, who is 16 years old.

Police say he will be tried as an adult.

Akins was shot along with a fellow Windsor Forest football player, also 15, at the McDonald's near Savannah Mall.

AURA Fest announces 2018 lineup

Posted By on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 1:03 PM

AURA Fest has announced the lineup for its 2018 festival.

The celebration of All Underground Rock All Day, held at Ships of the Sea Museum Gardens on Saturday, February 17, will feature performances from Darkest Hour, Bury Your Dead, Evergreen Terrace, Through The Eyes of the Dead, I Set My Friends On Fire, The Funeral Portrait, Separations, No Zodiac, Vatican, Second Death, Icaria, Great American Ghost, Strengthen What Remains, and My Last Years.

Food will be available from Dark Shark Taco Attack, Windy City Savannah, Savannah Square Pops, Big Boy Cookies, and The Sentient Bean.

Attendees can enjoy craft beer, as well as arcade games and activities.

Tickets are $28 in advance. VIP Tickets ($45) include a gift bag from Southbound Brewing and access to a private VIP lounge at the event. Tickets and additional information can be found at aurafestsavannah.com.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Suspect arrested in Abercorn Street homicide

Posted By on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 9:38 PM

Less than 48 hours after the shooting, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes investigators have arrested a suspect they believe is responsible for the shooting death of 15-year-old George Akins Jr.

At about 10:50 p.m. on October 21, officers responded to McDonald’s in the 13100 block of Abercorn Street and found Akins suffering from life-threatening injuries. A second 15-year-old male was also injured in the shooting, and was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Akins succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

"Through their diligent efforts over the past two days, investigators determined a verbal altercation took place between two groups of individuals on October 21. Those groups were then involved in a confrontation outside McDonald's that led to the shooting," police say.

Detectives identified a 16-year-old male as a suspect in Akins’s death. He was arrested on October 23 and charged with murder. Additional charges are forthcoming.

Savannah Book Festival to feature Diana Gabaldon, Lisa Ko, and Jodi Picoult as headlining authors

Posted By on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 2:42 PM

The Savannah Book Festival have announced the headlining authors for the 2018 Festival, running Feb. 15 - 18, 2018 at locations throughout downtown Savannah.

The 2018 headlining authors include the Opening Address with Diana Gabaldon, the award-winning New York Times bestselling novelist of the Outlander series, which was recently made into a series on Starz. Lisa Ko, whose debut novel, The Leavers, is a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award, will give the Festival’s Keynote Address. Closing the Festival is Jodi Picoult, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels, including Nineteen Minutes, My Sister’s Keeper, and Plain Truth.

Tickets for these events are $20 and go on sale to the public at 10 am on January 10, 2018.

In addition to the headliners, there will be 40 free and open-to-the-public author presentations during the Main Festival Day on Feb. 17, 2018. To learn more about the Festival, visit the website or follow on Facebook.

OPENING ADDRESS
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Diana Gabaldon
6 p.m. Trustees Theater

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Friday, February 16, 2018
Lisa Ko
6 p.m. Trustees Theater

CLOSING ADDRESS
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Jodi Picoult
2 p.m. Trustees Theater

Sunday, October 22, 2017

15-year-old shot, killed at Southside McDonald's

Posted By on Sun, Oct 22, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred at McDonald’s in the 13100 block of Abercorn Street on October 21.

"At about 10:50 p.m., officers responded to the area and found George Akins Jr., 15, suffering from life-threatening injuries. A second 15-year-old male was also injured in the shooting, and was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Akins succumbed to his injuries at the scene," police report.

The circumstances leading up to this incident are still under investigation. At this time, the shooting does not appear random, police report.

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.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Police seek monument vandalism suspects

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 2:58 PM

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Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police investigators are asking for the public’s help identifying two male subjects suspected of a vandalism that occurred on October 18.

"Around 11:10 p.m., two white males vandalized a monument in Forsyth Park. Anyone with information on the suspects’ identity or this case is asked to contact police. A confidential tip line directly to investigators is open at (912) 651-6994," police say.

Anyone who wishes to provide information anonymously can call CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. CrimeStoppers tipsters may qualify for a cash reward.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ZZ Top postpones November show in Savannah

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 6:29 PM

The Nov. 7 performance by ZZ Top at the Johnny Mercer Theatre has been postponed.

Upcoming scheduled dates on ZZ Top’s current tour are temporarily suspended and will be rescheduled, according to the promoter.

"ZZ’s cornerstone bass-guitarist, Mr. Dusty Hill, is addressing a tummy ailment and is following directive to lay low for the next few weeks," the promoter says.

All fans that have purchased tickets are encouraged to hold onto them as new dates will be announced soon and those tickets will be honored at the new dates. Tickets can be refunded at point of purchase.


Alderman Johnson pushes to lessen pot penalties in Savannah

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 10:25 AM

On Monday, City of Savannah Alderman Van Johnson said he would draft an ordinance for the rest of the Council to consider that "reduce the penalty for individuals carrying less than 1 ounce of marijuana from the current maximum rate of $1,000 to $150."

Johnson said, "I would also propose eliminating jail time for those individuals and reducing punishment to a citation within Savannah City limits," citing the recent similar move this month by the City of Atlanta.

Johnson refrains from using the word decriminalization, saying, "This proposal does not minimize the fact that marijuana is still illegal in Georgia and does not decriminalize it, which is not be allowed under the State law; however, I believe that it does spare many young people (and some older people) of the arrest and arrest records that make it difficult to obtain employment, housing or to attend school."

Johnson will propose that 20% of the fines collected be earmarked "to offset the cost of drug treatment for those who want to seek it."

Mayor Eddie DeLoach has said he will reserve judgment until he hears the opinion of local law enforcement on the matter.

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