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Recent articles by Joseph:

Chatham County hopes to mutually split with county manager

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The Chatham County government announced Friday it’s hoping to complete a mutual severance agreement with the county manager. Earlier this month, the Chatham County Commission named an Interim County Manager, as County Manager Lee Smith was suspended from the position. County leaders still won’t say why Smith was suspended. On Aug. […] → Read More

Local Democrats take aim at Rep. Carter, ‘extreme GOP’

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — A group of local democratic lawmakers gathered on River Street to take aim at Rep. Buddy Carter, and other Georgia Republicans they claim are part of the “extreme GOP.” Mayor Van Johnson and House District 1 candidate Wade Herring both spoke at the Wednesday press conference to tour their record and […] → Read More

Deadly crash ends after driver hits bridge, ends up in water in Bulloch County

BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) — A deadly crash ended in Bulloch County after the driver struck a bridge and then ended up in the water. The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) said Ashton Mingle, 27, took police on a high-speed chase around 4:47 a.m. on Aug. 7. Mingle was driving on a suspended license and was […] → Read More

Parker’s offers $5k for info leading to arrest in deadly Savannah shooting

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Parker’s is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in a deadly shooting outside one of its gas stations. Myles Bright was shot and killed on July 25 at the Parker’s gas station on Victory Drive. The Savannah Police Department (SPD) said the 28-year-old was shot and killed […] → Read More

Gallery: Savannah Downtown Business Association host SCORE mentor Jess Belfry

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The Savannah Downtown Business Association hosted SCORE Mentor Jess Belfry Wednesday. Check out a photo gallery below. → Read More

Stretch of South Beach on Tybee Island under water advisory

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) — A stretch of South Beach on Tybee Island is under a water advisory after the Department of Natural Resources discovered bacteria above Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. The Coastal Health District issued the advisory for South Beach at Chatham Street — which extends from 18th Street to Inlet Avenue. Routine […] → Read More

Police searching for 4 they say have information on Savannah homicide

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Police are searching for four people it believes has information on a homicide at a Savannah gas station in late July. The Savannah Police Department (SPD) said the homicide happened at the Parker’s gas station on E. Victory Drive on July 25. SPD describes the four as: Young male wearing khaki […] → Read More

Police ask community to help ID man accused of robbing southside church

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Police are asking the community to help identify a man they say robbed a Southside church. The Savannah Police Department (SPD) said the suspect robbed Southside Assembly of God on July 26. SPD said the man threw an object through a window of the church to get in and then stole […] → Read More

Police ask community to help ID suspects accused of stealing from hotel room

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Police are asking the community to help identify a couple accused of stealing from a guest at a Savannah hotel. The Savannah Police Department (SPD) said the couple stole from the guest’s room on July 24. Police say the man has a thin black beard and was last seen wearing a […] → Read More

11 indicted on illegal gun charges

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Eleven people were indicted on illegal gun charges by a grand jury in the Southern District of Georgia. The indictments stem from a collaborative investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies under the title Project Safe Neighborhoods which aims to reduce crime by targeting convicted felons who illegally carry […] → Read More

Gallery: Alzheimer’s Walk Kickoff Party at Savannah Square

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The Alzheimer’s Walk kickoff party was held at Savannah Square Thursday. Check out a photo gallery below. → Read More

Deputies arrest man accused of shooting woman at Bluffton apartments

BLUFFTON, S.C. (WSAV) — Police arrested a suspect in a shooting that injured a woman at a Bluffton apartment complex on July 29. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) arrested 34-year-old James Williams and charged him with the following: Attempted murder Possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime Unlawful possession of […] → Read More

Fort Stewart police officer dies in Liberty County crash

LIBERTY COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) — A Fort Stewart Department of Defense police officer was killed in a car crash last week in Liberty County. According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper, Christopher Ashdown the July 28 crash claimed the life of Thomas Biele, 54. Ashdown said Biele was attempting to make a left turn onto Elam […] → Read More

Man indicted for deadly Brewer Street shooting

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — A 26-year-old man was indicted this week on several charges for a deadly shooting in early May. Jamal Hicks was charged with the following: Malice murder Felony murder (2 counts) Aggravated assault Possession of a firearm by convicted felon Possession of firearm during commission of a felony (2 counts) The Savannah […] → Read More

Man indicted for May deadly stabbing at Savannah apartment

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — A man was indicted this week on several charges for a deadly stabbing that happened in mid-May. Kenneth Mayes Jr., 40 was charged with the following: Malice murder Felony murder (2 counts) Aggravated assault Aggravated battery Possession of knife during commission of a felony (3 counts) According to the Savannah Police […] → Read More

Some power lines down in Bloomingdale, Georgia Power says

BLOOMINGDALE, Ga. (WSAV) — Some power lines went down in Bloomingdale Wednesday afternoon, according to Georgia Power. The company said power lines near the intersection of Hwy 80 and Seabrook Parkway went down. The company’s outage map says 182 customers are being impacted. Crews are on scene and Georgia Power said it expects to fully […] → Read More

Police: 9-year-old boy found dead inside Statesboro home

Editor’s note: Some readers might find the details in this story graphic and disturbing. STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) — Police say a 9-year-old child was found dead inside his home in Statesboro Monday night. The Statesboro Police Department (SPD) said the child was found in his room by his mother in their Kent Street home. Police say he was […] → Read More

Savannah Police under new leadership as chief steps down

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The Savannah Police Department (SPD) is now under new leadership. Friday was Chief Roy Minter’s final day serving as the head of SPD, a position he’s held since 2018. Minter’s last year was overshadowed by controversy. He was blamed in part for low morale in the department and an increase in […] → Read More

Where to get a monkeypox vaccine

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The Coastal Health District has received its first shipment of monkeypox vaccines and will begin administering them Monday. It will distribute them to individuals 18 years old or older, who identify as a gay or bisexual male and who have had a sexual partner in the past 14 days who received […] → Read More

Deputies charge suspect for murder in Bulloch County

BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) — Deputies arrested a murder suspect Friday afternoon in Bulloch County. The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) arrested John Morris, 19, around 2 p.m. for the murder of Dolan Blanchard. Morris was arrested at his home in Statesboro and then booked into the Bulloch County Jail. Deputies found Blanchard lying in […] → Read More