Saturday, July 28, 2018

GBI investigating death of bystander in officer-involved shooting

Posted By on Sat, Jul 28, 2018 at 1:03 PM

On Friday, July 27, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was requested by the Savannah Police Department to investigate an officer-involved shooting of a woman in West Savannah who was a bystander during a gunfight.

"Preliminary information indicates that while investigating a shooting incident that occurred on New Castle Street, Savannah PD Officers encountered a person in the 1600 block of Stratford Street, Savannah, GA who matched the description of the person who may have been involved in the earlier incident. This person was later determined to be Chantz Cooper, 20, of Savannah, Georgia," the GBI reports.

"During the encounter, it appears shots were exchanged between Cooper and a Savannah PD Officer at which time a bystander inside a residence was struck by gunfire. Officers and EMS personnel rendered aid to the bystander who subsequently died on scene as a result of her injuries," GBI says.

An autopsy will be performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah.

"At this point in the investigation, the origin of the bystander’s lethal injuries is unknown. Cooper was also injured as a result of the incident and was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No officers were injured during the incident," GBI reports.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation to determine what occurred during the incident. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Car hits house on DeRenne

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 2:26 PM

Savannah Police’s Traffic Investigation Unit is investigating a "vehicle vs. building crash" Friday morning that resulted in serious injuries for a 25-year-old Savannah woman.

"An initial investigation determined that Takiera Owens was driving a Toyota Corolla in the eastbound lanes in the 1800 block of E. DeRenne Avenue around 5 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a Mercedes E 350 that was parked outside a residence," police report.

"The impact resulted in the Corolla crashing into a residence and landing on its side between the house and the Mercedes. Owens sustained serious injuries in the crash and was transported to Memorial Medical Center," police report.

An occupant in the home was not injured.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Fatal shooting on E. Bolton, fatal stabbing on Southside

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 9:46 AM

In an eerie echo of this past Monday — a day which also saw two homicides in Savannah — Savannah Police are investigating two separate homicides Wednesday night.

Savannah Police’s Violent Crimes Unit is investigating a shooting that resulted in one man dying and two others being injured.

"About 9:15 p.m. officers responded E. Bolton Street and Waters Avenue for a shooting. Robert Lee, 26, was discovered deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Kavon Freeman, 25, was transported to Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A third man, 26-year-old Bernard Carter, was transported to Memorial Hospital by a private vehicle," police report.

Officers also located a crime scene at E. 38th and Layola streets that detectives believe to be connected to the incident on E. Bolton Street.

On the Southside, Savannah Police have charged a Savannah man with murder after responding to a fatal cutting.

"About 10:35 p.m. officers were called to an apartment on Talina Lane for a suicidal person. When officers arrived, they discovered 37-year-old Raphael Milligan, who told officers he had just killed his roommate," police report.

"Inside the apartment, officers discovered Gregory Davis, 54, deceased from an apparent cutting. Milligan was arrested on a charge of murder."

Wednesday night's killings bring the number of homicides in Savannah-Chatham County for 2018 to 15, 14 of them in the jurisdiction of the Savannah Police Department.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to call the Violent Crimes Unit tip line at (912) 525-3124. Information can also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Two homicides on Monday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 10:22 AM

Savannah Police’s Violent Crimes detectives are investigating a July 23 shooting on West 41st Street near Cuyler-Brownsville that resulted in the death of a 59-year-old Savannah woman.

"Officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of W. 41st Street in reference to a ShotSpotter alert and discovered Patricia Ann Sabb with a life-threatening gunshot wound. She was transported to Memorial Hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries. The incident is being investigated as a homicide. The circumstances leading up to the shooting remain under investigation," police report.

In a separate incident, Savannah Police detectives are also investigating a July 23 shooting on Walz Drive on the eastside that resulted in the death of 63-year-old Savannah man.

"Officers responded to a residence in the 2200 block of Walz Drive about 6:15 p.m. and discovered Eric Cooley dead from apparent gunshot wounds. The case is being investigated as a homicide. The circumstances leading up to the shooting remain under investigation," police say.

The shootings bring the number of homicides in Savannah-Chatham County for 2018 to 13, 12 of them in the jurisdiction of the Savannah Police Department.

Anyone with information about either case is asked to call the Violent Crimes Unit tip line at (912) 525-3124. Information can also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Human remains found near Old Fort Jackson

Posted By on Sat, Jul 21, 2018 at 11:01 AM

Chatham County Police Officers responded to a call at Old Fort Jackson on July 20, at approximately 6:45 pm upon report that "human remains were discovered nearby," a police spokesperson says.

"Detectives and the Forensics unit were called in to document the scene and remains were recovered by the Coroner’s Office along with Chatham Headout and Recovery," police say.

Police say the initial investigation revealed that "the remains have been there for quite some time and are spread out over several feet."

The investigation is ongoing and police say they won't comment further until the investigation is complete.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Velvet Caravan to headline September bill at The Lucas

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 11:53 AM

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  • Velvet Caravan

Local Gypsy Jazz and Latin Swing band Velvet Caravan will headline the Lucas Theatre for the Arts on Friday, September 14 at 7:30 pm in a special show brought to you by Savannah Stopover.

Tix go on sale today, July 18, at noon to members of Velvet Caravan’s mailing list or Savannah Stopover Music Festival’s mailing list. General public tix go on sale July 20.

Tix are via Savannah Box Office with tiered pricing at $25, $35 or $45.

Recent Velvet Caravan performances include South By Southwest Music Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, The Iridium Club in New York, Word Cafe in Philadelphia, NPR’s Latino USA as well as appearance with the Savannah, Hilton Head and Jackson, TN Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras.

Locally they have appeared at the Savannah Jazz Festival, Revival Fest, Savannah Stopover Music Festival well as the grand finale event for the 2018 Savannah Music Festival.

Jazz vocalist Annie Sellick will join the band and Atlanta’s Balkan band Mercury Orkestar will open the night. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Georgia Southern Economic Monitor anticipates upswing as year progresses

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 12:16 PM

Georgia Southern University’s latest Economic Monitor, which analyzes data and identifies trends affecting the regional economy, reports that "the Savannah metro economy ticked up modestly despite Winter Storm Grayson, which blanketed the area in heavy snow and ice fall in early January," a university spokesperson says.

"Indicators of economic conditions were slightly mixed due to the weather-related incidents, however, the surging forecasting index is based on renewed strength in the housing and labor markets, which points toward increased growth during the rest of the year."

“Overall, expansion in the regional economy remained modest, but marginally improved from the closing quarter of 2017,” said Michael Toma, Ph.D., Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Economics and director of the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research. “Expect increasing economic strength in Savannah-area business conditions during the remainder of 2018.”

During the first quarter of 2018, the Savannah metro total employment figure remained flat at 179,000, up only .5 percent over the previous year’s data. Early data from the second quarter suggests improved conditions will push year-over-year gains to about 1 percent.

Additional highlights from the latest Economic Monitor include:

Tourism activity in the first quarter was soft, with hotel room sales and vacation rentals dipping four percent on a seasonally adjusted basis as compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. The number of visitors on tours in Savannah declined 10 percent.

Activity at Savannah’s port facilities fell by 3 percent compared to 2017’s closing quarter and is up 6 percent from this time last year.

Employment growth has slowed, remaining flat for the first quarter of 2018, however, some sector-level changes are notable. Construction added 300 workers, manufacturing added 200, while retail and state government lost 200 workers. Year-over-year, the healthiest growth was in manufacturing, wholesale trade, business and professional services and leisure and hospitality.

Unemployment insurance claims dropped from 631 to 541 in the first quarter of 2018, representing a 14 percent quarterly decline. The regional unemployment rate fell to four percent in the first quarter, dropping from 4.1 percent in the previous quarter. The unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Barricaded subject arrested

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 11:11 AM

"Collaboration between Savannah Police’s Strategic Investigations Unit (SIU), SWAT and Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) resulted in the apprehension of a barricaded gunman" on July 12, a Savannah Police spokesperson says.

"Around 1:45 p.m., SIU detectives attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle on 44th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard due to surveillance in the area. One of the passengers, identified as Travis Mobley, 33, jumped out and fled on foot to a nearby business on 45th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard with a handgun," police report.

One individual was inside of the business, but was able to leave.

"SWAT and HNT were called to the scene and used multiple tactics to attempt to get Mobley to exit the building. SWAT eventually made entry into the building at which time Mobley was placed under arrest without incident." police say.

There were no reported injuries.

Mobley was charged with obstruction, criminal trespass, probation violation and multiple drug charges to include, intent to distribute crack.

The driver of the vehicle, Alicia Johnson, 32, was arrested for obstruction and possession of marijuana.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Savannah three-peats award as No. 3 city in the U.S.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 7:06 PM

Savannah retained its ranking as No. 3 city in the United States according to the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2018 readers’ survey announced today.

Longtime regional rival Charleston also retained its No. 1 ranking, its sixth straight nod for the top spot.

Savannah held on to its No. 3 spot from 2017 and 2016, when it jumped from No. 7 on the 2015 list.

“Savannah again being recognized by the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine as being one of the top three visitor destinations in the country is a testament to all that our community has to offer our guests,” says Visit Savannah President Joseph Marinelli.

“From terrific air service, lodging, dining, attractions and tours to dynamic overall retail offerings, we have the type of experience that our customers are looking for. But it’s Savannah’s people and true spirit of Southern hospitality that is the difference-maker in why folks choose to visit Savannah.”

The magazine wrote that Savannah “wins readers over with meticulously preserved architecture, winsome gardens, and inviting inns.”

The complete top ten:

1. Charleston, SC
2. New Orleans, LA
3. Savannah, GA
4. Santa Fe, NM
5. New York City
6. Chicago, IL
7. San Antonio, TX
8. Asheville, NC
9. Nashville, TN
10. Honolulu, HI

Monday, July 9, 2018

State targets homeless camps in West Savannah for removal

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 10:50 AM

The Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless is holding what's being called an "emergency meeting" this afternoon to address the announcement by the Georgia Department of Transportation that several homeless camps in West Savannah will be displaced from state-owned land.

"I have asked staff at DOT to re-consider their plan (with the help of Metro Police) to move residents in four homeless camps... due to the problematic weather," Homeless Authority Director Cindy Kelley wrote in an email to City and County leaders.

"We cannot require folks in our homeless camps to move without providing an alternative location to camp, as the high heat is a significant health hazard," she said.

The camps targeted for removal are mostly near or under the West Bay Street Viaduct.

Savannah City Manager Rob Hernandez replied to Kelley that "Neither the Savannah Police Department nor the City will be participating in any effort to relocate these individuals and their possessions unless an alternative is made available for them."

Hernandez continued:

"We must acknowledge that without this alternative we are simply moving this issue into other neighborhoods. We have yet to see any plan for dealing with this issue from either Chatham County, CEMA, GDOT, the State, the Homeless Authority, or anyone else for that matter."

Hernandez concluded:

"This is not a Savannah problem. It is a regional problem and its time we all get moving on a viable solution instead of placing this solely on the City’s shoulders."

Savannah has at least 22 known homeless camps, many of them on land owned by city, state, or county government, as well as railroad property.

The Homeless Authority has recently amped up its criticism of Chatham County government for failing to earmark funds to aid the homeless.

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