HARDEN ST. SHOOTING PROBED

SAVANNAH, GA. (April 13, 2014): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating the shooting of a 40-year-old man as he was walking near the 2400 block of Harden Street on Saturday.

Nathaniel Mullino, who lives on the block, was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment of a serious injury after the 3:22 p.m. shooting.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

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1 CHARGED IN YAMACRAW SHOOTING

SAVANNAH, GA. (April 11, 2014): A Savannah man has been arrested after a foot chase with Downtown Precinct Patrol officers and detectives following the shooting of a woman in her Yamacraw Village apartment Wednesday.

Brian Aaron Keith, 24, of 5016 Gerald Avenue, has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction and reckless conduct after the 2:14 p.m. shooting.

He was arrested after running from the apartment on the 400 block of Yamacraw to the Greyhound/Chatham Area Transit bus station on West Oglethorpe Avenue. He then ran north on Ann Street until he encountered arriving Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police officers responding to the shooting.

Keith has a history of arrests by Metro Police dating to 2007 and was released by the Georgia Department of Corrections in March of 2011 after serving five months of a two-year, six-month sentence for terroristic threats and acts.

Investigators learned a pistol in his possession fired on Wednesday, striking a 22-year-old woman. She was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with non-life threatening wounds.

Metro violent crimes detectives continue to investigate the shooting.

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EFFORTS OF METRO OFFICERS LAUDED

SAVANNAH, GA. (April 10, 2014): A top officer of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department is commending some of his own and a good Samaritan after learning how four of his officers and a member of the military formed a human chain to pull a suicidal man from the Savannah River this weekend.

Assistant Chief Terry Enoch singled out the efforts of Officers Santana Willis and Jon Gibbs who found themselves in a perilous situation after the man jumped into the water about 12:50 a.m. Saturday.

“This was quite a heroic action that could have had terrible results for some of the officers but one in which they never hesitated,” Enoch told those at this week’s department-wide CompStat meeting. “Too often efforts such as these are overlooked and taken for granted.”

Willis, an advanced police officer assigned to the Downtown Precinct, was working off-duty at a private business along with APO Jon Gibbs of the Savannah Impact Program when they were advised that a subject was behaving strangely on the riverfront. When they responded, onlookers pointed to the water and they saw the man was struggling in the strong currents.

While Willis and Gibbs were working to pull the man onto the dock, teetering into strong currents themselves, they found themselves grabbed from behind by the other officers and the good Samaritan to support them. They formed a human chain to prevent the two officers falling into the strong current. But the subject had wrapped his legs around objects in the water to prevent being pulled to safety. He finally was forced onto the dock where he received medical treatment.

Police later learned the man had broken out a window at a downtown hotel before the incident. The only casualty of the event was Gibbs’ flashlight that did not make it back from the water.

The other officers involved were Ofc. Joshua Holz and APO Robbie Walp, both also assigned to the Downtown Precinct. The good Samaritan left before being identified.

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METRO ROLL CALLS AT SAVANNAH HIGH

Savannah High School Roll Call. April 2014

Savannah High School Roll Call. April 2014

SAVANNAH, GA. (April 10, 2014): Sergeants Robert Mowers and Jeffery Oliver address Islands Precinct officers and specialized units of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department as Savannah High School students look on in a Roll Call in the Street on Thursday. The Roll Call was held in conjunction with Savannah High School and the Savannah Chatham County Public School System to display the partnership between the department and the school.

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CRASH HALTS US 80 TRAFFIC

SAVANNAH, GA. (April 10, 2014): Eastbound traffic on U.S. Highway 80 is being redirected at Bryan Wood Road as Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police work to clean up a two-vehicle accident in which three people received minor injuries. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes if possible and use patience.

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METRO, SAVANNAH HIGH HOST ‘ROLL CALL’

SAVANNAH, GA. (April 9, 2014): Savannah High School and Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police will team together Thursday to present the first Metro Roll Call in the Street at a high school.

The roll call and a career fair will be held from 2-5 p.m. in the Capital Street parking lot of the school at 400 Pennsylvania Avenue. Police will display various special operations units ranging from Canine to Mounted Patrol to Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) as well as the actual Island Precinct Roll Call at 2:30 p.m.

Metro Police began holding the roll call meetings they use to start each shift in public areas two years ago to display to the public the resources being deployed in their area to keep them safe in an 8-hour period.

Thursday’s event is designed to alert students of the positions available in a police department – specifically SCMPD – for the career-minded students.
Savannah High is the home of the Law and Criminal Justice Program and is a part of the of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. The Law and Criminal Justice Program is designed to provide students with career-focused educational opportunities.

Each course has elements which cover tactics, methods, and skills utilized by professionals in the criminal law and public safety fields. The program is one of the district’s Specialty Program offerings and is open by application to any interested student in the district.

The event is free of charge and open to the public.

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W. 58th ST. HOMICIDE INVESTIGATED

SAVANNAH, GA. (April 8, 2014): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating the shooting death of a Savannah man in his car early this morning.

Michael Willard James, 31, was found dead in his SUV in the yard of a house on the 600 block of West 58th Street just after midnight. The SUV had crashed into car parked in the yard, igniting a small fire that was quickly extinguished by Savannah Fire.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to Metro Criminal Investigation Department detectives at (912) 525-3124.

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ROUTES SUGGESTED DURING CONSTRUCTION

Waltour Road Construction

Waltour Road Construction

SAVANNAH, GA. (April 7, 2014): Drivers are urged to take alternate travel routes during the closure of the Betz Creek Bridge on Walthour Road during new bridge construction, beginning today.

During reconstruction, Johnny Mercer Boulevard will be accessible from Concord Road by utilizing the Charles C. Brooks Softball Complex entry road. Penn Waller Road can be accessed from Walthour near Betz Creek Bridge by taking Betz Creek Road to Clayton Road at Cobb Road, then following Cobb until it connects with Penn Waller. Penn Waller also can be accessed by traveling on Walthour until the roads intersect.

When possible, drivers should avoid the intersection of Concord and Penn Waller roads, between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., during the morning drop off hours for St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School on Concord, and St. Andrew’s School on Penn Waller. Approaching the three-way stop on Penn Waller from Concord increases congestion at the intersection.

Metro will monitor traffic safety and compliance with posted speed limits in neighborhoods drivers may seek to cut through. Drivers are urged to allow increased travel time during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

Completion of the replacement bridge is scheduled for November 2014.

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UPDATE: STOLEN CAR AND YOUTH SOUGHT

Christopher Grayson

Christopher Grayson

UPDATE: A Central Precinct officer searching more than six miles from the incident found the abandoned car and the child unharmed near the Exchange Club fairgrounds about 8 a.m. Officers from all Metro precincts, canine, aviation and Criminal Investigations units as well as the GBI had participated in the search. Metro thanks all others who participated.
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SAVANNAH, GA. (April 6, 2014): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are asking the public’s help in locating a green SUV that was stolen this morning with a sleeping child in the back seat.

The green Dodge Durango loaded with newspapers and bearing Georgia Tag AZA 7084 and displaying a skydiver’s emblem in the rear window was stolen about 4:45 a.m. Sunday when the driver, a newspaper delivery person for the Savannah Morning News, stopped at the Parker’s convenience store at Derrenne Avenue and Skidaway Road.

A white male appearing to be in his mid- to late-20s jumped in the vehicle and drove away. He is described as 5-8 to 5-9, weighing 125-135 with a crew cut hair style. He was wearing a blue short sleeve shirt and blue pants.

Christopher Grayson, 12, was asleep in the back seat. He is a white male with sandy brown hair and brown eyes standing about 4 feet tall and weighing 60-65 pounds. He has a red mark on the left side of his face and was wearing red pajamas.

An Amber Alert has been posted through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Anyone with information on the location of the vehicle, suspect or Christopher is asked to call Emergency 911 immediately.

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YOUTH DIES IN SHOOTING, ANOTHER CHARGED

SAVANNAH, GA. (April 5, 2014): A 12-year-old has been charged in the Friday night shooting death of an 11-year-old playmate in west Savannah.

The boys were handling a gun at a house on the 1400 block of Church Street when it fired about 9 p.m. Montrez Burroughs of the 800 block of Joe Street was struck and died at Memorial University Medical Center.

The 12-year-old has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a person under 18 and was being held at the Regional Youth Detention Center.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Violent Crimes detectives continue to investigate.

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