The Central Precinct of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department had to start “working from other offices and their vehicles for the next two weeks as the air conditioning system of the Bull Street office is repaired,” a police spokesman says.
Capt. DeVonn Adams, commander of the precinct, says he “sent clerical staff home and detectives to different precincts this past Friday after temperatures reached the mid-90s in the building at 1512 Bull Street.” The air conditioning unit failed Thursday.
“Basically, most of our work is done from vehicles, so service to the precinct will not be affected,” Adams said. “It will be an inconvenience to officers and office staff but we are working to minimize the effect on the public. But we could not jeopardize the health of the employees by remaining in the building.”
• Two additional associates of suspected burglar Terah Kamel Jones were arrested and charged in a widespread burglary investigation.
Jones, 23, was arrested by officers of the U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Central Precinct detectives on Newell Street this past Wednesday night. Jones had been sought on two burglary charges and parole violation charges and was wanted for questioning on at least nine other burglaries. He also has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and is being questioned on offenses in other municipalities.
Arrested with him was Robert Jamal Benton, 29, on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and a parole violation.
Later Wednesday evening, Central Precinct officers arrested Teco Tujuara Jones, 40, mother of Terah Jones. She was taken into custody on the 100 block of Montgomery Street. Another suspect, Mark Anthony Smalls Jr., 21., turned himself in to police a few days later on a probation violation charge. He was arrested May 13 for the April 30 burglary of a house on Beckman Avenue.
• Two men and a woman were charged in two Saturday shootings in west Chatham.
Zhaejuan A. Johnson, 17, and Kassandra Diane Perryman, 29, were arrested after a robbery and shooting on Fenwick Village Drive Saturday afternoon. Victor Myron Baker, 51, was charged in a shooting on Larchmont Court Saturday evening.
Johnson was charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm in commission of a crime after he was shot in a struggle with Michael Perryman, 28, at Perryman’s apartment. Kassandra Perryman was charged with armed robbery.
Detectives said Michael Perryman was in his apartment when Johnson arrived about 1 p.m., and attempted to rob him. The two struggled over the gun which discharged, striking Johnson on the side of his head. Kassandra Johnson was charged with setting her husband up for the robbery.
Baker was charged with reckless conduct after Donnie Reed Cantrell, 45, was shot in the foot just before 10 p.m. The two next-door neighbors had argued several times during the day before Cantrell went to Baker’s residence for a third time to continue the discussion. Baker produced a weapon and fired it twice into the ground and struck Cantrell’s foot. cs • Officers from the Islands and Central precincts arrested two suspects on felonies and five on misdemeanors in an abbreviated version of a “Total Focus” sweep this past Thursday. Arrested on felonies were Gregory Patrick Pinckney Jr., 24, who was being sought on a probation violation, and Robert James Caulfield II, 45, for possession of a controlled substance. Caulfield was arrested after plain clothes officers witnessed a drug transaction at Emory Street and Derenne Avenue. As the parties separated the take down team arrested the seller after a foot chase in the Oak Forest area. Caulfield, the buyer, received injuries to his face when he resisted arrest, pulled away from officers and ran into a traffic sign. Twenty-nine Patrol and Crime Suppression Unit Officers, including SCMPD Canine and Aviation units, saturated eight neighborhoods where residents had complained of criminal activity. Besides the arrests, the issued 10 citations and conducted 28 field interviews. The operation was part of the two precincts’ response to Chief Willie Lovett’s charge to reduce crime during the summer months when reports traditionally climb. Tagged “Operation Mini Focus” after larger-scale “Total Focus” operations being conducted jurisdiction-wide this year, this effort was focused on drug sales, burglaries, entering autos and other criminal activity recently reported in the two precincts. Aggressive tactics were used. The effort focused on the Pine Gardens, Avondale, Edgemere/Sackville and Oak Forest areas of the Islands Precinct. In Central they focused on Cuyler-Brownsville, Burroughs Avenue from 34th to 38th streets, the Waters Avenue corridor north of Victory Drive, Jefferson and Anderson streets near Victory Drive, and the intersection of West 34th and Jefferson streets.