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Sadly, only one arrest for swimming in the river 

Through Saturday's parade, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police had only arrested 15 people in the St. Patrick's Day festival area. However, a spike on Saturday night ended up bringing the holiday total up to 79 arrests.

Most arrests took place between 4 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday. Police filed 46 charges between 4 a.m. and midnight Saturday and an additional 18 Sunday morning.

Forty-four arrests were processed in the command center overseeing the festivities on River Street and the other 35 were processed in the center at St. Julian and MLK Jr. Boulevard, police say.

Charges included:

Disorderly conduct: 33

Public urination: 17

Poss. of controlled substance: 7

Obstruction: 6

Public intoxication: 2 (!!!!)

Simple assault: 2

Dog with no shots: 1

Open container: 1 (!!!!!)

Swimming in river: 1

DUI: 1 (!!!!)

Providing false name: 1

Underage drinking: 1

Criminal damage second degree: 1

Public indecency: 1

Battery (domestic violence act): 1

Carrying a concealed weapon: 1

Criminal trespass: 1

Theft of services: 1

Seventy charges were misdemeanors, two were felonies and seven were city ordinance violations.

Sixty-eight suspects were transported to the Chatham County Detention Center, six taken to court and three released on subpoena. Those charged included one juvenile and two were military.

• This crazy story happened days before St. Patrick's Day: A 26-year-old Brunswick man was arrested after he climbed aboard the Savannah River Queen and damaged equipment. He told officers "the boat had angered him because of the way it was looking at him."

William Cole was apprehended after a witness alerted them about 5 a.m. that a shirtless man had climbed atop the Savannah River Queen and was breaking items off the boat. He has been charged with criminal damage to property.

Cole was holding an antenna to the boat's radio equipment in his hands atop the wheel house when police arrived. Damage to the boat before he was arrested was estimated at about $20,000.

• Also not St. Patrick's related: Police arrested and charged a 23-year-old Savannah man in the shooting death of his father.

Murder warrants were served on Torres Antwan Burroughs after his father Frank Torres Burroughs, 46, was shot about 6 p.m. The younger man was arrested by SCMPD about 9 p.m.

The elder Burroughs was transported to Memorial University Medical Center after the shooting at a residence on on Mossy Court off of Quacco Road during a domestic dispute. He was declared dead at the hospital.

• Another shooting victim has been identified. 33-year-old William Bass of Savannah was found after Downtown Precinct patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1300 block about 1:03 a.m. and found the victim had expired.

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