Savannah-Chatham Police detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of two Atlanta area residents tied to a River Street fight during Mother’s Day weekend.
Misdemeanor warrants have been filed for Robert William Gray, 40, of Cumming, GA and Richard Wayne Barnes, of Lawrenceville, GA.
Both men are charged with affray due to their roles in a fight near Savannah’s Rousakis Plaza on the night of Saturday, May 10. The incident became internet fodder after extensive social media attention.
Gray is one of a party of men who claims they were attacked. Barnes is supposedly the man caught on surveillance video running back to punch Gray.
This comes after “video surveillance cameras captured a physical altercation between two men as they passed one another on a crowed sidewalk along with their families. Surveillance footage showed members of both groups carrying beverages,” police say.
Police “arrived at the scene within 10 minutes of the first call, where members of one of the families remained. Responding officers reported a heavy odor of alcohol among members of the group.”
• Detectives are investigating the fatal Sunday night shooting of 48-year-old Savannah man on the Waters Avenue Corridor.
Terrance Felder was found injured on the 1100 block of East 42nd Street by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Central Precinct Patrol officers about 8:10 p.m.
He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he died.
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• Over the past four months, the Armstrong Police Department at Armstrong Atlantic State University collected nearly 500 pounds of unused prescription drugs.
“With the help of the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT), the drugs were transported to Florida to be incinerated,” a university spokesperson says. “The program, started by CNT, was spurred on by the need to keep prescription drugs out of the water supply.”
“Most people just flush the drugs down their toilets,” said Autumn Rahn, the coordinator of Armstrong’s prescription drug drop-off program. “This method leads to the drugs infiltrating the water supply, which is highly unhealthy. Instead, the drugs need to be destroyed completely.”
The Armstrong Police Department has “the only 24-hour prescription drug drop-off box in Chatham County, so the amount collected can be substantial. People can anonymously drop medication off at any time, but the pickup by CNT only occurs when a large volume is accumulated,” the university says.
Rahn explains that people with severe illnesses often require multiple medications, and when those individuals die, their relatives can be left with massive amounts of prescription drugs. Armstrong’s take-back system helps them rid their homes of dangerous drugs and, possibly, ease their grief.
“It touches everyone whether they realize it or not,” she said.
Armstrong’s prescription drug drop-off box is open to the public and is always confidential.
Police have charged a Wilmington Island man as they investigate the death of his wife last Saturday morning.
Norman Smart, 37, was charged with aggravated assault - domestic violence Saturday after he reported his wife, Lauren Smart, 34, was not breathing in their house on Walthour Road about 9 a.m.
Violent Crimes detectives are continuing to investigate.