CRIME & SAFETY
DA closes 4 officer-involved shooting cases without comment
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Chatham County District Attorney is back in the hot seat after WSAV’s Investigative Unit has learned that her office’s investigations into four different officer-involved shootings are now over. The news is controversial because District Attorney Shalena Jones never publicly announced her findings or decisions in any of those cases. News […]
Georgia State Troopers release identity of motorcyclist killed in I-16 crash
Georgia State Patrol has released new details following a deadly crash Monday in Bryan County. According to GSP, troopers responded at 7:05 p.m. to the crash site on I-16, near Highway 280. Troopers say the driver of a motorcycle "was traveling at a high rate of speed" and moving in...
SPD, GOHS implementing Thunder Task Force Traffic Enforcement operation this week
ATLANTA (WSAV) — The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), GOHS Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (HEAT) units, GOHS Traffic Enforcement Networks, and the Georgia State Patrol is teaming up with the Savannah Police Department (SPD) for a Thunder Task Force Traffic Enforcement operation this week. The operation will begin on Wednesday and end early […]
Keeping Savannah's Southside safe: why residents are requesting more police presence at a local park
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Open to the public, but hidden from police. Now that Joseph Tribble Park is back open in Southside Savannah, residents are worried about their safety. JoAnn Sepela has lived near Tribble Park for close to 30 years. “We live right across from tribble park,” Sepela said....
16 indicted in biker group with clubhouse that was attacked here
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Authorities in Bryan County indicted 16 members of a Georgia motorcycle group that has a local clubhouse where two people were killed and several others were injured in a mass shooting last month. The members of the Outcast club were indicted on charges stemming from a shooting...
Savannah Police recover guns, drugs, stolen car during weekend traffic stops
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Savannah police recovered drugs, guns and a stolen vehicle during three separate traffic stops over the weekend. On Friday, June 2, officers pulled over a vehicle that had previously fled from a traffic stop Officers found a stolen pistol, Oxycodone, MDMA and marijuana during the stop. The driver, 30-year-old Kahill Ellis, […]
A dog was abandoned on a rural Ga. road; the culprits didn’t realize a camera was watching
The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office is working to identify the owner of a dog found abandoned at the Bryan County/Effingham County line.
Savannah homicides down by around 95%: ‘I attribute it to the grace of God’
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Homicides in Savannah are down significantly but shootings have risen slightly in the first six months of this year compared to last year. Mayor Van Johnson said there are a lot of people to thank for the turnaround. “I attribute it to the grace of God,” Mayor Van Johnson said. Homicides […]
Savannah man allegedly destroyed Douglas woman's belongings with bleach because she "ruined his heart"
A Savannah man was arrested in Coffee County after allegedly destroying almost all of a woman’s belongings by pouring chemicals on her clothes and all over the kitchen and slashing her furniture and paintings. The incident reportedly stemmed from the suspect, 39-year-old Stephen Galletta, believing the victim was unfaithful to him after reading her diary.
Family of man hit, killed during high-speed chase says guilty verdict is helping them heal
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Kenneth Wright is set to learn his sentence this week after being convicted of murder last week. The family of the man Wright hit and killed during a police chase is speaking exclusively to WTOC. Wright was found guilty on nine counts including felony murder after...
Savannah woman facing DUI, other charges following crash that killed motorcyclist
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Above video: Initial coverage of the crash, arrest. Police in Savannah have identified the man killed in a crash that put another driver behind bars. On Monday, the Savannah Police Department identified Steven Fagan, 24, as the motorcyclist killed Thursday night. Police say Fagan, of Guyton,...
Savannah Police Department shares new custom badge for Pride Month
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The Savannah Police Department (SPD) shared a new custom badge officers can wear throughout June in honor of Pride Month. Smith & Warren Badges, a New York-based badge and uniform insignia company, designed the new badges. The design includes a rainbow color scheme set behind the Savannah City Hall building. Police […]
New Glynn police chief’s past lawsuits linger
Ebner, 54, now Glynn County Police Department chief, has not been found liable in these past NJ cases. The allegations and his background played a role in two of five other municipalities where he has sought law enforcement jobs in the last year to drop him from contention.
Officer attempts, succeeds at moving turtle out of roadway after being snapped at, Ga. police say
A Chatham County police officer helped move a snapping turtle out of the roadway before it could be hit by a car.
GSP: PIT maneuver ends high-speed chase through Savannah, 1 arrested
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — A driver is behind bars after leading Georgia State Patrol(GSP) on a pursuit through Savannah on Saturday night. According to GSP, around 9:26 p.m., troopers clocked a Dodge Challenger going 88 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone near State Route 204 and Veterans Memorial Parkway. Troopers attempted […]
‘A heinous act’ Georgia family’s 4-year-old foster dog found shot to death at end of driveway
A 4-year-old dog named Harvey, whose nickname was Skippy, was found shot to death at the end of a driveway off Whitfield Avenue in Savannah. The shooting happened in the middle of the day, leaving his foster family devastated.
Search crews discover body following Savannah house fire, resident's disappearance
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Update 4:00pm:Crews have left the scene for the day. Update 1:35 p.m.: Officials confirm no explosive devices were found in the home. Update 1:30 p.m.: Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are now on the scene. Update 1 p.m.: WJCL's Lydia Blackstone...
Traffic on I-16 westbound redirected to Hwy 280 due to motorcycle death
BRYAN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) -The driver of a motorcycle has died on I-16 Westbound past Highway 280 by exit 143, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office says it is unclear how long the area will be shut down due to as the investigation is being conduction.
1 person dead after Chatham County house fire
CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) — Chatham EMS has confirmed that one person is dead after a fire broke out at a home on Rustic Lane early Monday morning. According to CES, the call came in at 1:55 a.m. and the first crews responded to a fully involved fire at a two-story home at 1:57 a.m. […]
16 members of biker group indicted in Bryan County
Gov. Henry McMaster is again urging South Carolina lawmakers to toughen up penalties for illegal gun possession and reform the state’s bond process. Louis Graziano is a local 100-year-old World War II veteran who took part in the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge and witnessed the German surrender.
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