Huge parking challenges will be the order of the weekend as Savannah prepares for its inaugural hosting of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, with over 23,000 runners.
All on–street parking will be closed to the public all along the marathon route.
All City parking garages will be open, however a flat $10 per day parking fee will be assessed Wednesday–Sunday. Also, some garages may be so hemmed in by street barricades that they will be inaccessible.
Monthly card holders: On Thursday and Friday, entrance into garages will be limited to monthly card holders until 8 a.m. After 8 a.m., garages will be open to the parking public, and remain open to all until garage is full. After 8 a.m., space in garages for monthly card holders cannot be guaranteed.
Areas around Forsyth Park will be massively affected, especially Park Avenue and Bull, Duffy, Gaston and Drayton streets, as will areas around Daffin Park, including Washington Avenue from Bee Road to Waters Avenue.
Police will begin marking affected areas beginning Wednesday evening. Cars in marked, restricted spaces will be towed beginning Friday night.
Normal parking will return on a rolling basis by 10 a.m. Saturday but police caution things won’t be completely back to normal until early evening.
For shuttle info, go to runrocknroll.competitor.com/2011/10/savannah/parking–shuttles–2_20015
• Detectives are still investigating the shooting of a 25–year–old Savannah man who was hospitalized with serious injuries over the weekend.
Joe Louis Fincher was listed in stable condition at Memorial University Medical Center after the 5 p.m. shooting at the King George Apartments at the end of King George Boulevard.
Police found Fincher with wounds on his face which occurred after he returned home and someone stepped from a waiting car and fired at him.
• A man diagnosed with dementia and paranoid schizophrenia was found safe and unharmed at Montgomery Cross Road and Waters Avenue soon after being reported missing from his assisted living facility.
Warren Blauvelt had last been seen on a CAT bus around 3:15 p.m. He was carrying a ukulele, and police said “he will not respond if spoken to and does not like to be touched.”
• Eight people are in custody following an early morning operation in both Chatham and Bryan Counties.
Just after 6 a.m. members of the Chatham–Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) along with the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office, Bloomingdale Police Department and the Pooler Department arrested the eight on felony drug related charges. The warrant sweep resulted in a series of meth investigations.
During the arrest of Jessie Hurt, agents discovered finished meth and an inactive meth lab at Hurt’s residence on Molden Branch Road. Evidence found indicated that additional meth cooks were conducted.
The lab was made safe by agents specially trained in the cleanup of meth labs. Agents located firearms and numerous surveillance cameras throughout the property.