Thursday, November 30, 2017

Woman arrested for false report of rape on Wilmington Island

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 7:21 PM

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Special Victims Unit arrested a woman today for falsely reporting a rape over the weekend.

"Jennifer Woodard, 18, initially told officers she was sexually assaulted in the first block of Deerwood Road on November 26 by a black male subject, driving a black Mustang. She claimed he threatened her with a gun and then sexually assaulted her," police report.

"Investigators determined that Woodward falsified the report. No sexual assault occurred and the subject description she gave was also falsified," police say.

Woodward was arrested and charged with false report of a crime.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Argument leads to gun discharge, man arrested

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 10:54 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metro officers arrested a woman on November 28 after she fired a shot at another woman and a 10-year-old boy.

"Around 2:30 p.m., officers responded to the 1500 block of Cloverdale Drive in reference to a person with a gun. Officers arrived on scene and found Alexis Gordon, 21, firing a gun at another woman and the woman’s 10-year-old son. Gordon was quickly taken into custody," police report.

"Through further investigation, detectives determined that Gordon had an argument with the victim, and ultimately fired a gun at her," police say.

Gordon was charged with aggravated assault.

Suspect arrested in East 56th Street shooting

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 10:53 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police detectives arrested a man for the November 5 shooting of a 20-year-old pregnant woman.

"At about 11:20 p.m. on November 5, officers responded to the 1100 block of East 56th Street and found Terriona Scott, 20, suffering from non-life-threatening injuries," police report.

"Detectives determined Scott, who is pregnant, had been in a physical altercation with another woman outside the East 56th Street residence. While they were fighting, a male subject at the scene pulled out a gun and fired a round into the floor of the porch. The bullet ricocheted, striking Scott," police say.

Investigators identified Kevin Maxwell, 20, as a suspect involved in this incident. Maxwell was arrested on November 29 and charged with reckless conduct and a parole violation.

District 5 Town Hall set for Dec. 5

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 10:52 AM

City of Savannah District 5 Alderwoman Dr. Estella Shabazz is hosting a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, December 5th, 6:30-7:30 pm at the Tatemville Community Center, 333 Coleman St.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the proposed fire fee.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Monday, November 20, 2017

CEMA offers basic emergency training class

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 2:28 PM

Chatham Emergency Management Agency will be offering a free class, "You Are the Help Until Help Arrives," to prepare members of the community for life-threatening emergency situations.

"Citizens attending can expect to learn important skills such as, how to stop bleeding, how to correctly position an injured person, and how to provide comfort and keep safe during an emergency," says a CEMA spokesperson.

You Are the Help Until Arrives, will be held at two different locations and times on November 28. Each class covers the same content. Registration is encouraged, but not required. To register, visit the Chatham Emergency Management Agency website.

Morning Class
10 AM – 12 PM
Unity of Savannah – Center for Spiritual Awakening
2320 Sunset Blvd.
Savannah, GA 31404

Evening Class
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
American Red Cross
41 Park of Commerce Way #200
Savannah, GA 31405

City offers three hours of free parking in garages on Thursdays/Fridays during holiday season

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 2:26 PM

From Thanksgiving until December 22, the first three hours of parking are free in all City parking garages every Thursday and Friday.

Regular rates apply after the first 3 hours; free parking not offered during designated special event parking.

"With more than 3,000 spaces in the City’s five conveniently-located garages, there is almost always parking available just a few steps from of one of the most unique shopping districts in the Southeast," says a City spokesperson.

The five City parking garages are:
- Bryan St. Garage, 100 E. Bryan St., (912) 651-6477
- Liberty St. Garage, 301 W. Liberty St., (912) 644-5934
- Robinson Garage, 132 Montgomery St., (912) 651-6478
- State St. Garage, 100 E. State St., (912) 651-6473
- Whitaker St Garage, 7 Whitaker St., (912) 525-2820

Visit to view a map of garage locations, check rates, and see hours of operation.

District 4 Town Hall meeting to include discussion of proposed Fire Fee

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 11:20 AM

District 4 Alderman Julian Miller will hold a Town Hall meeting on Monday, November 27th beginning at 6 p.m. at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111  Abercorn Street.

"The focus of the meeting will be to provide updates on neighborhood concerns, public safety and the proposed fire fee," says a City spokesperson,

Sex Offender arrested

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 11:19 AM

Chatham County Sheriff’s Office S.O.R.T. Unit arrested wanted sex offender Montae Chisholm on Nov. 17 at 602 E. 32nd Street in Savannah.

"Chisholm had been a fugitive from justice for almost a year and was wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on outstanding warrants for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (Felony), Felony Probation Violation and Child Support Warrant. Chisholm was also wanted by Savannah-Chatham Metro Police for Aggravated Assault by Strangulation (Felony)," the office reports.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Leopold's Ice Cream set to open Airport location

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:15 AM

This morning, Stratton Leopold will host a ceremonial lighting of the neon and grand opening of Leopold's Ice Cream's new full-service shop at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

The new location is at the top of the escalator. 400 Airways Ave. There is already a Leopold's kiosk in the TSA security area, which opened this past June.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fire Service Fee takes step closer to implementation amid dire City budget warnings

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 5:29 PM

Amid urgent warnings from City Manager Rob Hernandez about the "unsustainable" state of City finances, Savannah City Council today approved considering the possibility of new Fire Service Fee to be assessed across the board.

However, today's vote does not actually implement the fee at this time, it simply guarantees that it will remain on the table as an option.

Alderman Van Johnson and Alderwoman Estella Shabazz were the opposing votes.

Mayor Eddie DeLoach warned that either a Fire Service Fee or a tax increase would be necessary to balance the 2018 City budget, which is due to be finalized by the end of the year.

Today's proposal includes a small two-mill rollback of the City property tax millage rate, though that is unlikely to cover the per capita cost of the new Fire Service Fee.

Hernandez said the Fire Service Fee would involve "treating the service provided by Savannah Fire and Emergency Service as more of a utility."

Dozens of City employees are due to be laid off by December 31 as the budget explodes due to unforeseen costs of the decoupling of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department merger and other challenges.

Alderman Johnson cited the City layoffs as one reason to hold off on the proposed new Fire Service Fee.

"It's regressive for a City with 23-26 percent poverty," Johnson said, asking that the City Manager put more options on the table before "we make a monumental decision based on numbers I'm not convinced are real."

In other City Council business, a four-year-plus preservation and redevelopment project at Trustees Garden was thrown for a loop by last-minute opposition from a small church on East Broughton Street.

Owner Charles H. Morris, who also owns Connect Savannah, agreed to change the new event facility's alcohol license request to only beer and wine instead of also including liquor, to keep the application in line with City and state law about distance from churches.

However, the pastor of the New Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church still opposes the license.

Morris, speaking to Council, reminded them that the project isn't reliant on taxpayer money and that alcohol revenue is key to making the project sustainable.

"We've been at this project for four years and four months now... my vision for this project was always, as opposed to the City [being responsible] for it, for me to find a way to make this financially sustainable," Morris said.

Council voted to continue the license hearing two weeks to give time for Morris and church elders to meet to discuss the issue.

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