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.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

70-year-old man arrested for murder at Southside laundromat

Posted By on Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 8:05 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metro officers made an arrest in a shooting at a Largo Drive business today that resulted in one death and another injury.

"Officers were called to Suds Laundromat, 11709 Largo Drive, about 3:15 p.m. today for reports of a shooting and discovered Stanley Owen Anderson, 62, and Katie Herbert, 65, with gunshot wounds. Anderson was transported to a hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries. Herbert was treated for non life threatening injuries," police say.

Samuel Hutchinson, 70, was also located on scene and was identified as a suspect in the shooting. Hutchinson is being charged with murder and aggravated assault.

SCMPD specifies Marathon road closures and traffic situations

Posted By on Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 11:29 AM

About 18,000 runners are expected to take part in the Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon and Half Marathon, which begins on Bay Street in front of City Hall at 7:30 a.m. Saturday Nov. 4.

SCMPD says that "Preparations for the event will begin just after midnight as police will verify that the 13-mile half-marathon and 26-mile marathon courses are free of parked vehicles."

Referring to recent mass casualty events in the news, police say "SCMPD is aware of recent events and has security plans in place to address potential incidents."

There is a section of the SCMPD site dedicated to Marathon traffic info here.

Real time road closure info will be visible on the free WAZE app, available on all mobile devices.

Police point out several areas are of particular note:

* Drayton Street will be closed to traffic from Park Avenue to East Hall Street from Friday throughout the race to allow for setup of the finish line.

* On Saturday, the area around Forsyth Park, where the races will end, will be highly congested until roughly 4 p.m. "There may be additional road closures in this area as a matter of public safety," police say.

* Bay Street from Bull to Lincoln streets will experience closures beginning around 3 a.m. Saturday for the marathon starting area.

* Victory Drive will remain open through the event but becomes highly congested during the marathon due to increased traffic. Allow for extra time in your commute.

* Skidaway Road will be closed to southbound traffic at Laroche Avenue from 8:30 a.m. until about 2:45 p.m. Residents will be able to access Truman Parkway north and south from Delesseps Avenue

* Traffic on SUNDAY will be diverted in the Daffin Park and Washington Avenue areas during the annual 5k and 1-mile races.

A free concert by Fitz and the Tantrums will follow the run at Forsyth Park’s band shell. No parking will be available at or around the park. Paid parking will be available at the Liberty Street Parking Garage on a first come, first served basis.

Parking will not be permitted along the routes after 12:01 a.m. on Saturday (late Friday evening).

Beginning at 3:30 a.m., Truman Parkway southbound from President Street to Delesseps Avenue will be closed to all traffic.

In the event of a heat situation, course cut-offs will be put in place, and runners will be directed to continue from their current location to the finish line. Please take direction from the officers should this occur.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fatal shooting on W. 45th Street

Posted By on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 10:31 AM

Metro’s Violent Crimes detectives continue to investigate the early morning fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man on W. 45th Street.

"About 12:50 a.m. today, officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 300 block of W. 45th Street and found John Lee Hunter deceased. Detectives are questioning a person of interest in the case. They do not believe the shooting is 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.

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 and email can be sent to

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

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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.

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