Friday, July 21, 2017

City Council votes unanimously to end police merger

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 10:32 AM

In a long-anticipated move, Savannah City Council today voted unanimously in a special called meeting to end the more than a decade old merger of the city and county police.

The merger will officially dissolve Feb. 1, 2018. It means that unincorporated Chatham County will have to provide and pay for its own police services, whether through a new agency or some enhanced function of the Chatham County Sheriff's Dept.

Alderman Miller said, "The big promise all of us on this Council made was to do something about crime.... the major part of that is having a well-functioning police department."

Alderman Bill Durrence said, "At this point it just doesn't seem like we have any choice' but to vote to end the police merger, citing what he called the "non-responsiveness of County Commission" in numerous meetings on the topic over the last few years.

Durrence added that the challenge of having a "two-tiered police system" in line with what the Chatham County Commission seemed to be calling for proved too much to overcome.

The prime dispute in the merger discussion has been funding: Some County Commissioners say that since the vast bulk of crime is in City limits, County residents are essentially subsidizing crime fighting in less-safe areas.






Thursday, July 20, 2017

David Allan Coe, Mother's Finest, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy announced for Stage On Bay

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 12:10 PM

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The Stage on Bay announces three new additions to their late summer/fall concert lineup.

Country legend David Allan Coe performs Wed. Aug. 30.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs Sat. Oct. 21.

Georgia funk/rock legends Mother's Finest perform Fri. Nov. 17.

Buy tix and get more info here.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CNT arrests three on West 42nd Street for drugs, prostitution

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 3:50 PM

The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, along with the assistance of the SCMPD SWAT team, executed a “no knock” search warrant as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation at a house on West 42nd Street that was also the scene of a Sept. 2016 homicide.

“CNT initiated an investigation upon receiving several complaints and tips in reference to both narcotics sales and prostitution,” says a CNT spokesperson. “SCMPD SWAT served the warrant without incident, and secured nine subjects that were inside of the residence” at 220 West 42nd Street.

Of the nine subjects detained, CNT reports, four were identified as subjects who were on-scene at a different location last month during the execution of a CNT search warrant.

Two subjects were arrested in connections to the narcotics investigation and one subject had an outstanding warrant. Other parties detained from the home, including four known prostitutes, were interviewed and released.

CNT Agents seized crack cocaine, evidence of Narcotics sales, and U.S. currency from the residence.

Arrestees were:

Eric Latroy Harris was charged with Possession with Intent (Crack Cocaine) and Possession of Drug Related Objects.

Frank Broadwater was charged with Party to a Crime (Distribution of Crack Cocaine), Keeping a Place of Prostitution, and Possession of Drug Related Objects.

Ronald Dunkin was served with an arrest warrant for Theft by Receiving Stolen Property through SCMPD.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fitz and the Tantrums to headline Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 12:56 PM

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Indie band Fitz and the Tantrums will headline the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The band will perform at the finish line festival in Forsyth Park for the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series.

The concert is free and open to the public.

“Fitz and the Tantrums will be an epic race day finale and are guaranteed to make ‘your hands clap’,” said Miyoko Beetem, Event Manager. “With a beautiful finish line festival at Forsyth Park and live entertainment from start to finish, Savannah is a race you don’t want to miss. There is still plenty of time to register and start a training program so lace up those running shoes and join us this fall in Savannah.”

Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah will feature two-days of running with the marathon, half marathon and two-person half marathon relay on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 am and the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K and One Mile run on Sunday, November 5 at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm, respectively. Participants can take the “Remix Challenge” by running any distance Saturday and any distance on Sunday to earn the coveted Remix Challenge medal in addition to each race’s finisher medals.

The marathon, half marathon and two-person half marathon relay will once again start on Bay Street at Bull Street and finish at Forsyth Park. Runners will experience charming town squares, historic buildings and canopies of Spanish moss-covered trees. The 5K and One Mile run will take place at Daffin Park.

For more information about Rock 'n' Roll Savannah or to register for the event, visit RunRocknRoll.com/Savannah.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Shots fired on State Street

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 9:13 PM

Savannah-Chatham Police detectives are investigating a shot fired near the intersection of State Street and Bull Street on July 13.

"At about 4 p.m., officers responded to the area and found one vehicle damaged by the gunfire. Investigators determined the vehicle was occupied at the time the shot was fired, but no injuries have been reported," police say.

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

Shia LaBeouf apologizes for racial rant during arrest in Savannah

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 9:27 AM

Actor Shia LaBeouf has apologized for what he calls a "disrespectful" rant against Savannah law enforcement officers during his arrest here last week on public drunkenness and disorderly behavior charges. The rant included odd racial references, including references to interracial porn.

Speaking to an African American Sheriff's Deputy while being booked at the Chatham County Detention Center, LaBeouf says "that's savage as f***, man."

When the deputy asks why, LaBeouf replies, "'Cause you're a black man."

When LaBeouf says the police are racist, a deputy calmly replies, "How are we being racist?"

LaBeouf says, "'Cause you got me in here on a f***in' hole from a black man who arrested me for being white in a city that don't have nothing to do with none of it. I was sitting there having a cigarette, asking three black people to have a cigarette, motherf***er wants to call me a f***in' racist."

While being arrested downtown earlier, LaBeouf was also abusive toward officers.

"I'm a f***in' American, I pay my taxes, so get this sh** off my f***in' arms," he says while handcuffed in the police car.

"You got a president who don't give a f*** about you. You got a police department who don't give a f*** about you. So you want to arrest white people who give a f***? For a cigarette? I came up to you trying to be nice, you stupid bitch... I got more millionaire lawyers than you know what to do with, you stupid bitch."

In a statement after the incident, LaBeouf wrote, "I am deeply ashamed of my behavior and make no excuses for it... My outright disrespect for authority is problematic to say the least, and completely destructive to say the worst.... It is a new low. A low I hope is a bottom... I have been struggling with addiction publicly for too long, and I am actively taking steps toward securing my sobriety and hope I can be forgiven for my mistakes."

Sources say LaBeouf is back on the set of the movie he is filming here.


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ZZ Top coming to Savannah Nov. 7

Posted By on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 5:10 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 14 at 10 a.m. for legendary rockers ZZ Top, who will perform live in concert at Savannah’s Johnny Mercer Theatre on November 7.

“That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” most recently released a live album, Live! Greatest Hits From Around The World, in 2016.

Tickets are available on Friday, July 14, at 10 a.m. and can be purchased here.

Ron White coming to Savannah Dec. 2

Posted By on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 5:09 PM


Tickets on sale Friday, July 14 at 10 a.m. for Grammy-nominated comedian Ron White, who returns to Savannah's Johnny Mercer Theatre with a new stand-up show on Saturday, December 2.

White, who rose to prominence through "Blue Collar Comedy," has received a Gold Record, two top-rated one-hour specials on Comedy Central, and a spot on the New York Times Best Seller List. His CDs and DVDs have sold over 10 million units.

Fans most recently saw White in Cameron Crowe's Showtime series Roadies.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 14 at 10 a.m. via etix.com or by phone at (800) 514-3849. VIP packages are available at tatersalad.com.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Juvenile suspect in gang-related City Market shooting/crash has criminal history

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 3:16 PM

Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin announced today that the suspect in custody for last night's tragic shooting/collision in the City Market is 17-year-old Jerry Chambers, who is no stranger to local law enforcement.

Chief Lumpkin says the incident last night was gang-related.

In June 2016, Chambers, who was then 16, turned himself in to police after being suspected of a robbery and shooting in Savannah Mall’s parking lot that left Marie Cochran, 63, with serious injuries.

At the time Chambers faced charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault. He was however released.

In the incident last night, Chambers allegedly shot into a crowd of people in City Market from a white SUV, injuring three. The vehicle was pursued by police, hitting four pedestrians and killing one before coming to a stop.

The pedestrian killed was Scott Waldrup, a manager at the downtown restaurant The Grey.

Two others in the SUV with Chambers died in the one-vehicle collision, police say.

A second shooting a few minutes later sent one man to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Chief Lumpkin says the victim of that shooting isn't cooperating with police, and police currently don't know if the two shootings are related.






UPDATED: One in custody after three dead, multiple injured in downtown shooting, auto crash

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 11:36 AM

At a little after midnight following a day of Fourth of July festivities, shots fired from a vehicle in the still-crowded City Market area injured at least three people.

A subsequent shooting injured another person.

Two people in the vehicle later died in a crash of the vehicle on Bay Street at Barnard, after police immediately began pursuing it.

One pedestrian was killed in the crash, and five other pedestrians sustained non-life threatening injuries, police reported this morning.

"Officers heard gunshots at 12:13 a.m. at intersection of Jefferson St. and W. St. Julian St. Two subjects sustained non-life threatening injuries, and one suspect is in critical but stable condition," a police spokesperson said at an 11 a.m. news conference.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police say a suspect is in custody and is facing three counts of felony murder for the two deaths in the vehicle and the pedestrian death. The suspect's identity hasn't been released.

Eyewitness reports have the shooter's vehicle as a white SUV which pulled up at Julian and Jefferson Streets in the heart of the tourist/entertainment zone, at the height of the after-fireworks late night party downtown.

Police say there was a second shooting soon after,

"Officers overheard a second shooting at 12:27 a.m. near the intersection of Jefferson and Broughton Streets," said the police spokesperson, with one victim sustaining non-life threatening gunshot injuries and arriving at the hospital in a private vehicle.

Much of the crash scene on Bay Street was still blocked off several hours later, as police continued to examine the scene.

More info is expected at a news conference later this afternoon from Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin, who continues to review evidence from the incidents.





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