Tuesday, July 30, 2019

12 businesses fail alcohol sales compliance checks

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 10:04 AM

Another operation into underage alcohol sales by Savannah Police’s Alcohol Beverage Compliance (ABC) Unit resulted in 12 out of 23 businesses failing.

"During the operation, which ran from July 24-26, underage subjects visited 23 businesses, ranging from restaurants to convenience stores, to determine if they comply with Georgia law in regard to alcohol sales," police report.

Out of the 23, 12 failed the operation.

"The managers or licensees of the establishments were notified of the alcohol sold, that the buyer was underage, if the buyer was checked for identification, how the alcohol was served or sold, and what actions would be taken by law enforcement. The Georgia Department of Revenue Alcohol and Tobacco Division will follow up with the businesses on fines they will face as a result of the failure," police say.

According to the City of Savannah’s Alcohol Beverage Ordinance, a first offense results in a minimum fine of $500; second offense, if within 12 months of the first, results in a $750 fine; third offense, if within 18 months of the first, results in a $1,000 fine; and any further offense, if within 24 months of the first, results in issuance of a notice to appear to show cause for why the establishment’s alcohol license should not be revoked.

The 11 businesses that passed will receive letters of congratulations from the Savannah Police Department.

The following businesses were cited:

Screamin’ Mimi’s, 513 E. Oglethorpe Ave.

Southbound Taphouse, 460 Airways Ave.

Kiosk Bar, 460 Airways Ave.

PGA Tour, 460 Airways Ave.

Hilton Garden Inn, 80 Clyde Martin Drive

Fairfield Inn and Suites Historic District, 135 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Asian River, 318 Mall Blvd., Suite 500 B

Hahot Mongolian Grill, 7312 Hodgson Memorial Drive

The Bier Haus, 513 E. Oglethorpe Ave.

Blowin’ Smoke, 1611 Habersham St.

Habersham Red and White, 4607 Habersham St.

El Cheapo #19, 401 E. Montgomery Crossroads

The following businesses passed:

Flying Monk, 5 W. Broughton St.

Chu’s Bay Inc., 1336 W. Bay St.

Shell, 294 Crossroads Parkway

Chevron, 147 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Squirrel’s Pizza, 2218 Bull St.

Savannah Seafood Shack, 116 E. Broughton St.

Bay Street Blues, 17 E. Bay St.

The Chromatic Dragon, 514 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Five Spot, 4430 Habersham St.

Rite Aid #11846, 4600 Habersham St.

Korea Garden, 20 W. DeRenne Ave.

Police seek Cowan Avenue shots-fired incident

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 9:52 AM

The Chatham County Police Department is looking for a man responsible for a shots fired incident early Tuesday morning.

"Police were called to the 1900 block of Cowan Avenue just after midnight in response to a report of shots fired. Two men told detectives they were standing in the driveway when a man approached them on foot and fired several shots. No one was hit by the gunfire. Witnesses told police they did not know the suspect, and that he fled on foot. Detectives and officers canvased the area, but were not able to locate the suspect," police report.

When police were on the scene, they made contact with a man who they arrested in connection with a separate shooting incident that occurred on July 7, 2019.

"In that incident, witnesses said shots were fired at them in the 2000 block of Westlake Avenue. No one was injured. Police arrested 17-year-old Jerome Polite and charged him with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime in relation to the July 7th incident," police say.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has any information, or knows the suspect’s identity or his whereabouts, is asked to call Chatham County Police at 912-652-6920 or Crime Stoppers at 912-234-2020. Tipsters are anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday at Richmond Hill Public Library

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2019 at 11:21 AM

Join the City of Richmond Hill as they partner with the Richmond Hill Public Library to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with "some educational fun."

Mayor Russ Carpenter is making a special appearance to read an excerpt from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

Attendees are "highly encouraged" to dress up as their favorite Harry Potter character and help the city wish Harry Potter a happy birthday.

The event happens this Wed. July 31, 4 pm. at the Richmond Hill Public Library, 9607 Ford Ave.

The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

SPD names new Assistant Chief

Posted By on Sat, Jul 27, 2019 at 9:46 AM

Major Gunther
  • Major Gunther

Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter announced Friday that current Maj. Lenny Gunther has been selected as the second assistant chief for the police department.

"Effective Aug. 4, Gunther will begin his role as assistant chief of the department’s Field Operations Bureau, heading the department’s efforts and initiatives to continuously reduce crime," the department said in a statement.

Also recently named Assistant Chief was Stephenie Price, a 20-year veteran of the Kansas City (Mo.) Police Department who joined SPD in April. She leads the department’s Administrative and Management Operations Bureau.

“Maj. Gunther is 19-year veteran of the Savannah Police Department who knows our community and has the respect of the rank-and-file,” Chief Roy Minter said. “I am excited to be able to fill this position with someone with the experience, integrity and leadership skills that Maj. Gunther brings to the position.”

Gunther joined SPD in 2001 after serving eight years in the Army. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in business organizational security management. He is a graduate of Leadership Savannah, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Leadership in Police Organizations Course, and the FBI National Academy.

During his time at SPD, Gunther has served in the Crime Suppression Unit, the Homicide Unit, Training Unit, Internal Affairs, Savannah Area Regional Intelligence Center, Gang and Gun Investigations Unit, Violent Crimes Task Force, End Gun Violence Initiative, and as the captain over the Southside Precinct. He is currently the major in charge of the Criminal Investigations Division.

Gunther will officially be sworn in at a ceremony at 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Leadership Southeast Georgia calls for nominations

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 10:14 AM

Leadership Southeast Georgia is calling for nominations for the class of 2020.

The program — a leadership development program for professionals in a 10-county coastal region —  "fosters relationships among leaders in the region and offers professional development related to critical leadership skills and issues such as conflict resolution, self-awareness, communication and strategic thinking," a spokesperson says..

“This program attracts and connects seasoned civic and business leaders from the communities throughout southeast Georgia in an effort to strengthen leadership overall in our region," said Brynn Grant, recently elected Chair of the Leadership Southeast Georgia board of directors.

Applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by Leadership Southeast Georgia alumni, their employers or community leaders. Residents of Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties are eligible.
Nominations should be submitted on the Leadership Southeast Georgia website, www.lsega.com/nomination-form.html.

"The selection process is competitive and ensures a diverse mix of members from each county, culture, race and gender," the grpup says.

Numerous factors will be taken into consideration for each candidate and requirements for each candidate include:

• Must live or work in the county from which he or she applies;

• Must be willing to serve their community and region;

• Must be open to growing as a professional;

• Must still and always be eager to learn;

• Must participate and work well in group activities;

• Must be professional, motivated and prompt.

The program is held over five weekends during a five-month period beginning in February and ending in June. Each session takes place in a different county. Since 1999, the program has produced sixteen graduating classes with over 350 alumni.

For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/home.html.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

'Coffee With A Cop' events scheduled

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 2:52 PM

People who live and work in Chatham County have two opportunities coming up to have Coffee with a Cop, hosted by the Chatham County Police Department.

"People are encouraged to drop by the events to have a conversation and ask questions of the officers and command staff members who will be there," a County spokesperson says.

"Coffee with a Cop is an informal gathering with no agenda or format, but it is a great opportunity for citizens to meet the police officers who work in their area and share any concerns they may have."

Coffee with a Cop Schedule:

Saturday, July 27, 8-10 a.m. at Glo’s Coffee Corner, 1040 King George Boulevard

Monday, July 29, 8-10 a.m., Cutter’s Point Coffee, 7360 Skidaway Road

Suspected cellphone thief sought

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 11:40 AM

The alleged suspect
  • The alleged suspect
On July 13, 2019, Chatham County Police responded to a report of a stolen cellphone at Keller’s Flea Market on Ogeechee Road.

"The victim told police that one of his customers stole a iPhone 7 Plus cellphone off the counter. The suspect is described as a black male and was wearing a blue hat, black shirt, and blue shorts at the time of the theft," police report.

Anyone who knows the suspect’s identity or whereabouts is asked to call Chatham County Police at 912-652-6920 or Crime Stoppers at 912-234-2020. CrimeStoppers tipsters are anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Homicide on 49th Street

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 10:20 AM

avannah Police Violent Crimes detectives made an arrest in the homicide of a 70-year-old woman on Thursday, July 18.

"At around 9 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 700 block of E. 49th Street to conduct a welfare check. Upon arrival, they located Nancy Hunt deceased with apparent injuries that were not self-inflicted," police report.

Sean Hunt, 29, who is the victim’s son, was on scene when officers arrived.

"He was brought in for questioning and upon further investigation, it was determined that he was responsible for the homicide. He was charged with murder and transported to the Chatham County Detention Center without incident," police say.

It's the 14th homicide of the year in the jurisdiction of the Savannah Police Department.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

City Council approves NewZO in major overhaul of City zoning

Posted By on Thu, Jul 18, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Savannah City Council officially voted to approve the comprehensive NewZO (New Zoning) Ordinance, the first major overhaul of City zoning since 1960.

"I think we all agree the City needs a master plan," said Alderman Van Johnson.

Alderman Bill Durrence thanked a long list of contributors to the overall effort, including the now-departed Charlotte Moore and Ellen Harris of the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC), who played major roles in helping to craft the new overhaul.

Durrence cited the two people most deserving of praise for their "infinite patience" in the effort as City Urban Planning Director Bridget Lidy and MPC's Marcus Lotson, Development Services Director.

This vote was the penultimate step to full approval; the final step is officially rescinding the prior ordinance.

The new zoning ordinance will only apply to property within the City of Savannah, not Chatham County at large.

In other business, Council approved the controversial re-appointment of Joseph Bell to another term on the Downtown Savannah Authority. Bell is the husband of Alderwoman Carol Bell.

Alderman Tony Thomas pointed out that Bell's son has a lucrative contract with the new Savannah Arena.

A full liquor license was approved for a new business in the Starland area, Moodright's duckpin bowling, after a lengthy debate about the active or inactive status of a church across the street. 

Larry Branson named director of CrimeStoppers

Posted By on Thu, Jul 18, 2019 at 12:04 PM

Savannah-Chatham County CrimeStoppers announced this morning that 30-year law enforcement veteran Larry Branson will serve as the program’s new director.

The Savannah native spent his career with Savannah Police Department and retired in 2015 as the senior major responsible for the patrol division.

“We are fortunate to have Larry as our new director. Our mission to solve crime is one that is better served by a leader who understands the importance of tapping into neighborhoods and reaching those who may be too afraid to talk and have something to share with police,” said Andrew Davis, board chairman, Savannah-Chatham County CrimeStoppers.

"The purpose of Savannah-Chatham County CrimeStoppers is to prevent and reduce crime, by forming a partnership among the community, law enforcement and the media to offer anonymity and cash rewards to anyone providing information leading to an arrest," a spokesperson for the group says.

“Because offering a tip to CrimeStoppers is completely anonymous, everyday people can be amazing superheroes – and just like Batman or Superman, their identity remains completely anonymous. I believe that tipsters are nameless super heroes and tipsters are not snitches instead they reap the riches,” says Branson, director, Savannah-Chatham County CrimeStoppers.

In June 2019, the CrimeStoppers Board of Directors appointed Branson to manage day-to-day operations of the organization, to determine all reward payments, and be the face of CrimeStoppers.

“CrimeStoppers continues to serve as a clearinghouse for information sharing among regional law enforcement agencies. As crime and criminals know no jurisdictional boundaries, and as our technology advances, we will continue to avail every opportunity to share tips with our local, state and regional partners in a timely manner,” adds Branson. “I look forward to working with our area governments, civic groups, and law enforcement leaders in strengthening our partnerships and working together to create a safe and secure community.”

Branson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and a minor in political science from then-Armstrong State College. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia Southern University. Branson also has 22 years of teaching experience at both institutions.

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