Another day, another murder

Police charged a 19–year–old Savannah man with murder for a fatal shooting.

Basheen Fayon Hills, of an East 37th Street address was arrested by SCMPD Violent Crimes Detectives Friday afternoon.

He is charged in the shooting death of Gregory Bivens, 24, who was found deceased in his car in the 2300 block of Loraine Drive in East Savannah about 2 p.m.

Police are also asking the public’s help in locating Taurus Malike Green, 24, of an East 60th Street address, for questioning in the case. Green is a black male, about 6–1, 175 pounds with a slender build and may or may not have a goatee. He is known to frequent the area around Delesseps Street.

• Police arrested eight women in a prostitution sting at three area hotels.

JoAnn May, 33 and Okemi Brown 24, were arrested at the Guest House Inn on Abercorn Street.

Sylvana Somoano, 21, was arrested at the Red Roof Inn, as well as 21 year–old Sharise Harris.

Marquita Mobly, 28, was arrested working out of the Savannah Suites on Abercorn Street.

Amanda Ormond, 29, Angel Goodrich, 30, and Ivy Blankenship, 27, were all arrested at the Days Inn at Abercorn Street and Mercy Blvd.

All of the women were charged with escorting without a license, a city ordinance violation. They had all advertised on a website as “escorts”. Police seized cash, property and drugs during the arrests.

City Ordinance violations can carry a max fine of up to 500.00 dollars and 30 days in jail or three months probation.

• A robbery suspect is in custody and another subject is being sought after an early morning bank robbery.
Malik Kelly, 34, is charged with the bank robbery at Wells Fargo at 3507 W. Bay Street.

Just after 9 a.m., police and the FBI were dispatched to the bank on a report of a bank robbery. Employees told police that the suspect demanded money and brandished a weapon, then he fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Investigative leads led officers, detectives, mounted patrol, K–9 and Eagle One to the Victory Drive area to search for the suspect. The perimeter was initially from Lincoln and Habersham streets and 38th to 42nd streets. The search lasted a little less than an hour.

Kelly was taken into custody without incident, and is being charged by the FBI in the robbery. They believe he acted alone.


• Lanard Akeem Mikell, 20, turned himself into police custody and has been charged with the shooting death of Tiyates Franklin on River Street September 2.

Franklin died at Memorial University Medical Center after the 1 a.m. shooting.

Police say Franklin had been involved in a confrontation with Mikell just before the assault.

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