Man shot and killed on Westside
An investigation into the Thursday night shooting death of a 30-year-old Savannah man is underway by homicide detectives of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.
Officers responded to a shooting at 8 p.m. outside Heritage Place apartments on the 700 block of Lavinia Street to find Alonzo Lee Richardson with a gunshot wound.
He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Body found in river identified
The body found floating in the Savannah river on Wednesday morning has been identified and an autopsy has indicated no foul play in the death, police say.
The victim has been identified as Randall Lee Weller, 53. His family has been notified.
Officers responded about 8:30 a.m. to the 200 block of east River Street where passersby discovered the body of a white male in the river near the dock. Marine Patrol removed the body from the water.
Man shot at Cedar & 55th was victim of April attack, refuses to cooperate
Police are investigating the second shooting event targeting the same person in less than a month “but they are getting little information from the victim himself,” a department spokesperson says.
Germaine Redmond Grant, 24, was transported Monday night for treatment of a gunshot wound that grazed his head on the 1200 block of East 55th Street at Cedar Street. He was treated and released.
Officers responded to the scene at 5:21 p.m. to find him with the injury and multiple shell casings in the street.
On April 21, police responded to the 1300 block of East 55th to find a vacant, bullet riddled Dodge automobile upside down and similar shell casings.
“Investigating violent crimes detectives later identified Grant as the driver of the car at the time it had been attacked,” police say. “In each case, Grant refused to provide information on the crimes.”
He has a record of charges since 2008 including drugs, contempt of court, murder, aggravated assault and probation violation.
He was acquitted last month on murder charges in the March 2013 death of Achmed Kiwann Williams, shot to death on his porch of his residence on the 1100 block of East 55th Street.
Police Chief Joseph H. “Jack” Lumpkin Sr. pointed to the two recent shooting cases as examples of the way offenders remain unidentified and on the streets “because of reluctance of witnesses and even victims to identify them; or victims prefer to gain retribution themselves,” police say.
Animal Control, Police expand efforts to collar feral Eastside dogpack
A contingent of feral dogs “with human accomplices has kept Animal Control and Islands Precinct patrol officers busy for more than six months and Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are expanding their efforts,” a spokesperson says.
Six of the errant dogs “who have enjoyed munching on food in garbage containers and sunning in neighborhood yards have been captured, but their numbers seem to be growing,” police say. “Some of the dogs obviously are pregnant, adding to the woes.”
“The biggest problem,” said Capt. Charles Hall, commander of Special Operations, which includes Animal Control, “is that the dogs are getting support from people. We have indications that some of our traps have worked, but the dogs have been released before we can get there.They also seem to be feasting on household trash left in lanes.”
Anyone who sees the dogs are asked to call Animal Control at (912) 525-2408 or Metro non-emergency at (912) 652-6500.