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St. Patrick's shooting suspect arrested

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Detectives for the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are awaiting extradition of a man arrested in Bluffton for two Savannah shootings on St. Patrick's Day that left one man dead and another injured.

At about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, members of the U.S. Marshals with assistance of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and Bluffton Police Department arrested 28-year-old James Harris, Jr. of Savannah on the 2000 block of Simmonsville Road in Bluffton.

He is charged with murder and aggravated assault. Harris is awaiting extradition at the Beaufort County Jail.

Harris is charged for a double shooting on the 2000 block of Mississippi Avenue that killed 24-year-old Barry Trevon Williams, of the 1900 block of Skidaway Road, and wounded Dominique Ellison, 25, of a Mississippi Avenue address.

Harris’s extradition date has not yet been scheduled.

• Action by Southside Precinct Patrol and 911 communications officers led to the arrests of six fleeing juveniles after another youth was beaten and robbed Monday afternoon, March 24.

Police “saturated an area from Apache and Mohawk Streets, across Abercorn Street to Fulton Road and across Rio Road to a heavily wooded area to capture the suspects, all boys age 13 and 14,” a police spokesman says. Communications officers helped direct the patrol officers  pursuing the suspects on foot.

The six are charged with “beating and robbing a 14-year-old boy who was walking to the library, breaking his glasses and taking $20. The victim had called his mother who approached the six suspects in a McDonald’s restaurant where they called her derogatory names and threatened to shoot her,” police say.

They have been detained at the Youth Detention Center on charges including obstruction, party to a crime, battery, terroristic threats and acts and robbery by force.

• A woman and her three small children “escaped serious injury when their stalled car was struck by an SUV on the Truman Expressway,” a police spokesman says.

Tamela Royal, 26, and her children were transported to Memorial University Medical Center after the 7:48 a.m. crash just north of Eisenhower Drive. They were treated for minor injuries.

“She was driving a Honda sedan that has run out of gas on the expressway in the northbound entrance lane from Eisenhower Drive,” police say. “The Honda was rear-ended by a Lincoln Navigator that was merging onto the highway, driven by a 42-year-old Savannah woman.”

• Twenty-five dogs and 11 cats and kittens were transferred last week from the Savannah-Chatham Animal Control Shelter to the Atlanta Humane Society to facilitate adoptions.

The Atlanta organization also picked up four cats and nine dogs from the Hilton Head Humane Society.

The Atlanta organization “had learned that the census at the Savannah facility was nearing capacity and launched the humanitarian effort to help avoid euthanizing the animals and find homes for them in the Atlanta area,” a spokesperson says.

The transfers eliminated about half of the dogs in the shelter, making room for more animals.

The Atlanta Society “will absorb the cost of transferring the animals where new owners are expected to be found. Metro will be reimbursed for the cost of testing and vaccination.”

The Atlanta Society has partnered with Metro in the past and officials there heard that the Savannah shelter had a large number of animals.

“This truly was a humane effort by the Atlanta Society and we certainly appreciate their thoughts and efforts,” said Lt. Cary Hill who oversees the Animal Control Unit. “Our partners have helped us save untold numbers of animals.”

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