In what was billed as the largest police operation since St. Patricks Day and the G-8, Savannah police joined with state and federal law enforcement to swarm local streets last Thursday and Friday nights.
The stated goal, according to Savannah police spokesman Bucky Burnsed was an effort to promote visibility, but also to interdict drug corner activity and provide aggressive tactical police support for the assault on crime.
Thursday nights operation was primarily a scouting operation to set up the larger operation Friday night -- which in keeping with the overall paramilitary theme was described by one officer as Operation Total Focus on Steroids.
Areas targeted included Ware Street, 54th Street near Waters Avenue, Montgomery and 32nd St, the 700 block of West Oglethorpe, and Madison Apartments.
In all, the Counter Narcotics Team made 14 felony and misdemeanor arrests on charges ranging from Possession of Controlled Substances and Attempts to Obtain Controlled Substances to the Use of a Communication Device in the Commission of a Crime.
Another 17 arrests by other agencies included five felony drug arrests, three misdemeanor drug arrests, a concealed weapons charge and other charges including a prostitution arrest.
GNAT TRIO NAMED ALL-STARS
Three Savannah Sand Gnats have been chosen to represent the South Atlantic League Southern Division in the SAL All-Star Game June 28 at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta, Ga.
The All Stars were elected by team media relations personnel, media members and managers and coaches.
Right fielder Edgardo Baez (.266 AVG., 6 HR, 31 RBI, 7 SB) will serve as a utility outfielder for the SAL Southern Division squad. Baez has played in 55 games for the Gnats in 2005. He hit .178, 5 HR, 29 RBI for Savannah in 2004.
Relief pitcher Brett Campbell (2-0, 12 SV, 0.91 ERA) has been chosen as one of the teams ten pitchers. Campbell leads the Gnats staff in appearances (22), saves and ERA.
Catcher Devin Ivany (.267, 6 HR, 26 RBI) will serve as a backup catcher for the Southern squad. Ivany has appeared in 37 games at catcher for the Gnats and served as designated hitter eight times. In 2004, the former sixth round draft pick of Montreal hit .170 in 32 games with Savannah.
SSU PROF STARTS TV SHOW
Savannah State University political science professor Willie Johnson will host a series on Chatham Countys Channel 16 called Government 101.
Johnsons show is a series of 30-minute programs addressing various aspects of local government. According to Johnson, the program is intended to keep Chatham County residents informed about government.
To help promote its new No-Fad Diet book featuring nearly 200 cardio-friendly recipes, the American Heart Association will hold a Heart Healthy Information Day this Saturday at Macys in the Oglethorpe Mall from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The day will include: viewing of the cookbook, table settings to include heart healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, cookbook sells, blood pressure screening, demonstration of exercises, and additional heart healthy materials available.
Sponsors include the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, Macys-Oglethorpe Mall, Ladies Choice Fitness Center, Savannah Technical College- Culinary Arts Department, and Bakers Pride.
CAT SHUTTLE EXPANDED
Effective June 13, the green and gold trolleys of the Chatham Area Transit downtown shuttle will serve the new Liberty Street parking garage and the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum on MLK Jr. Blvd. at Gaston Street.
Frequency of shuttle service will be increased to every 20 minutes on Monday -Saturday throughout the year with the first trip at 7:10 a.m. and the last one at 6:50 p.m. The Sunday schedule will
remain unchanged with service every 40 minutes starting at 9:40 a.m. and
ending at 5:00 p.m. The Visitors Center stop will move from inside the parking lot to directly in front of the center on MLK Jr. Blvd.
Bio: A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for ten years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series...A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for ten years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series.more