Chatham County

Georgia’s ports are setting records

Georgia’s ports are setting records

The beginning of a new fiscal year meant more records at Georgia’s two coastal ports. The Port of Savannah handled 450,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containerized cargo last month, an increase of 25% over July of last year, the Georgia Ports Authority reported Monday. Cars and other machinery units at the Port of Brunswick were up 39% in July compared to July 2020. Savannah’s Garden City Terminal has set container trade records in nine of the last 10 months, despite the supply chain disruptions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. In Brunswick, four of the top 10 months for…
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Georgia company owner pleads guilty to evading trade sanctions

Georgia company owner pleads guilty to evading trade sanctions

A Georgia company and its owner have admitted guilt in a scheme to evade United States national security laws. Dali Bagrou pled guilty in U.S. District Court to Conspiracy, while his company, World Mining and Oil Supply of Dacula, pled guilty to Violation of the Export Control Reform Act, said David H. Estes, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The plea subjects Bagrou to a statutory sentence of up to five years in prison and substantial financial penalties, followed by up to three years of supervised release, while the company is subject to a sentence of up to five…
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Tybee Island has ‘no plans to issue a mask mandate’

Tybee Island has ‘no plans to issue a mask mandate’

TYBEE ISLAND -- On the heels of this week's announcement from the neighboring city of Savannah, Tybee Island officials say their city doesn't plan to issue a mask mandate. However, the city is encouraging residents to get vaccinated and says city officials are monitoring coronavirus data. "At this time The City of Tybee Island has no plans to issue a mask mandate. We will continue to monitor data and encourage our residents, businesses and visitors to get vaccinated and mask up when asked to do so," City officials said in a social media post Wednesday morning. Last year, Tybee Island…
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Savannah brings back mask mandate amid coronavirus surge

Savannah brings back mask mandate amid coronavirus surge

SAVANNAH -- As the delta variant of the coronavirus spreads primarily among the unvaccinated, the city of Savannah is responding by requiring masks. Today, Mayor Van R. Johnson II signed an emergency order requiring face coverings or masks to be worn in the City of Savannah due to increasing COVID-19 cases and transmission. "Given our current situation and based on the advice of these esteemed medical professionals, I have ordered the reinstatement of Savannah's mask mandate effective immediately," Johnson said. "This requires everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask indoors when you're with people who are not in your immediate…
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Savannah man shot and killed in confrontation with police

Savannah man shot and killed in confrontation with police

A 36-year-old Savannah man was shot and killed by police Saturday night during a traffic stop. The man was a passenger in a car police had stopped for failure to stop at a stop sign. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, preliminary evidence indicates that at about 9:30 p.m., Savannah Police Department officers conducted a traffic stop on E. Bolton Street for failure to stop at a stop sign. During the traffic stop, officers were talking to the driver outside of the vehicle. A passenger, identified as Maurice Sentel Mincey was moving around inside the vehicle when officers asked…
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Cars crash into Savannah College of Art and Design building

Cars crash into Savannah College of Art and Design building

SAVANNAH -- An overnight crash in Savannah resulted in multiple injuries after two Buicks crashed into a building on Victory Drive. The chain of events started at about 11 p.m. when officers attempted to stop a black Buick sedan on 38th Street. Police say the driver fled from officers at a high rate of speed. He was traveling on Barnard Street and ran a red light at Victory Drive, crashing into the passenger side of a red Buick Encore traveling westbound on Victory Drive. As a result of the impact, the Buick Encore spun and went across all lanes, coming to…
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Dog urinating on bar floor escalates to assault charges

Dog urinating on bar floor escalates to assault charges

TYBEE ISLAND -- A service dog urinating on the floor of a Tybee Island tavern has landed the dog's owner in hot water. Tybee Island police officers responded to Benny's Tybee Tavern in reference to a fight Sunday. During the course of the investigation, officers learned that a service dog had urinated on the floor of the establishment. Witnesses told police that when the owner of the dog was asked to clean the urine up, she simply placed napkins on top of the puddle. When confronted about her failure to properly clean up after the animal, witnesses say the dog…
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GBI investigates police shooting of 71-year-old man in Savannah

GBI investigates police shooting of 71-year-old man in Savannah

SAVANNAH -- A 71-year-old armed man was shot by Savannah Police officers Thursday night. He is currently listed in stable condition at Memorial Health University Medical Center. According tot he GBI, preliminary information indicates that officers from CCPD were dispatched to a residence on Tara Court in Savannah regarding a person with a weapon Thursday evening. A neighbor called 911 and indicated that a man, identified as 71-year-old Vincent Gadson had pointed a gun at him. Upon arrival, officers spoke to the 911 caller. Another neighbor arrived on scene and told officers Gadson was still outside of his residence with…
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Stolen car involved in serious crash in Savannah

Stolen car involved in serious crash in Savannah

SAVANNAH -- The Savannah Police Department is investigating a two-vehicle crash Feb. 20 involving a stolen vehicle. According to a preliminary investigation, a Ford Fusion was traveling northbound on Montgomery Street at a high rate of speed around 10:30 p.m. when the driver swerved into another lane to avoid hitting a vehicle that had slowed to make a left turn on to Staley Avenue. This resulted in the Fusion striking a Chevrolet Silverado that was in the right-hand northbound lane. After striking the truck, the Fusion struck the raised median, overturned, struck a tree, and then came to rest in…
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Georgia man charged with impersonating a police officer

Georgia man charged with impersonating a police officer

The Savannah Police Department and the Chatham County Police Department have filed charges against a man accused of impersonating a police officer. The Savannah Police Department arrested 34-year-old Donald Williams, Jr. on January 5 and charged him with Impersonating a Police Officer or Employee and Blue Light Restrictions on Vehicles. Both crimes are felonies. On January 6, the Chatham County Police Department took out warrants on Williams for an additional felony count each of Impersonating a Police Officer or Employee and Blue Light Restrictions on Vehicles. In recent weeks, both the Savannah and Chatham County Police Departments became aware of…
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Georgia 7-year-old dies from coronavirus

Georgia 7-year-old dies from coronavirus

A 7-year-old from Savannah has died from coronavirus. He did not have any underlying conditions and becomes the youngest Georgian to die from COVID-19. The Georgia Department of Public Health reported the death Thursday, the same day Georgia crossed the 4,000 coronavirus death mark. Prior to Thursday, the youngest person to die in Georgia was a 17-year-old boy from Fulton County with underlying conditions. Those are the only two deaths in Georgia that were under age 18. A total of 13,551 children under age 18 have contracted the virus in Georgia and 267 of those have been hospitalized. "Every COVID-19…
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Unsafe levels of bacteria found in water at Polk Street Beach on Tybee Island

Unsafe levels of bacteria found in water at Polk Street Beach on Tybee Island

TYBEE ISLAND -- The Chatham County Health Department has issued a beach water advisory for Polk Street Beach on Tybee Island. Polk Street Beach is located on the north side of Tybee Island, from the end of the beach to the jetty. This advisory is only for the area specified above and does not impact the other beach areas on the island. There is no way of knowing if going into water that is under advisory will result in illness. However, these beach water advisories are to alert the public of a possible risk of illness associated with water contact.…
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Savannah Mayor: ‘Governor Kemp does not give a damn about us’

Savannah Mayor: ‘Governor Kemp does not give a damn about us’

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson fired back at Gov. Brian Kemp Thursday in response to the governor's new COVID-19 executive order that suspends city and county mask mandates. Savannah was the first city in Georgia to adopt a mask mandate, despite a part of Kemp's original order that prevented cities from enacting measures above and beyond statewide restrictions. The new order not only prohibits local governments from enacting such measures, it specifically names mask use and suspends any mask requirements currently in place. Johnson didn't mince words in his rebuttal of Kemp's action. "It is officially official. Governor Kemp does not…
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NEWS BLOG: The Varsity shuts down after employee tests positive for COVID-19

NEWS BLOG: The Varsity shuts down after employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Varsity in midtown shutdown temporarily Thursday after learning an employee had tested positive for COVID-19. According to the AJC, the restaurant's dining area will be sanitized and will reopen Friday, but the carhop service will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Glynn County School system to hold Kindergarten registration blitz The Glynn County School System will hold a Kindergarten Registration Blitz for current pre-K students Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. In an effort to maintain social distancing guidelines, parents and guardians are only asked to bring proof of residency and a…
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