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A school bus driver was charged with several offenses after twice striking a parked car and leaving the scene without reporting the collision Sept. 5.

Valeri Williams, 50, was charged by Traffic Unit officers from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department who investigated the collisions.

She was driving a 2001 school bus belonging to First Student and transporting students about 8:30 a.m. that day when she entered the Fenwick Village apartment complex in West Chatham County and struck a parked car. She struck the car a second time as she attempted to back up and finally drove across a grassy area to leave the scene.

She has been charged with hit and run and leaving the scene of an accident, failure to maintain her lane and reckless driving.

• A prolonged investigation sparked by shootings and two homicides in the Live Oak area of east Savannah culminated with a police sweep and the arrest of six people.

The investigation was initiated after residents in the area reported that shootings — some leading to deaths — were related to drug activity in the area.

Detectives from Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's Central Precinct led the warrant sweep on three houses on the 1100 and 1200 blocks of East 38th Street.

They were joined by crime suppression unit officers from Central, Islands and West Chatham precincts, Probation and Parole and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams.

Besides the arrests, they also seized from the three locations various amounts of powdered cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and MDMA, aka "Molly."

The investigation stemmed from several shootings in the area, including one at East 39th and Cedar streets on July 30 in which Syheem Spaulding, 15,  and Dominique Bright, 18, were killed and Sha'nai Harris, 15, was injured.  David Randy Daniels Jr., 21, is being sought for those shooting after murder warrants were taken by SCMPD Violent Crimes detectives.

Charged were:

Marlon Harris, 22, sale of controlled substance (crack cocaine), two counts sale of controlled substance (marijuana), conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and obstruction by fleeing.

Ricky Maurice Johnson, 26, two counts sale of controlled substance (marijuana), two counts sale of controlled substance (cocaine), and possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Dominique Antwan Giles, 26, conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Latoya Renee Young-Evans, 24, three counts possession of controlled substance (cocaine and Molly,) possession of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute (crack cocaine.)

Malcolm Everett Orr, 22, possession of marijuana.

James Montrell Wong Jr., 23, probation violation.

• Detectives are investigating the shooting of a 23-year-old Savannah man in his west Chatham home late last week.

Marcus Andre Moore was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment of injuries considered non-life threatening after the 3:14 p.m. shooting.

Moore told West Chatham Precinct officers who responded that two males entered his house and shot him. He also reported that his 2012 silver Ford Mustang with tinted windows and a Florida tag had been taken after the shooting. Police searched the area, including use of Metro helicopter Eagle One, for the Mustang.

 

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