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  • Friday, September 10, 2021 11:15 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    September 2021 Membership Meeting

    The Membership Meeting, scheduled for 

    Tuesday, Sepember 21st at 6 PM is now VIRTUAL

    The DNA Board of Directors very much regrets that our status for the September membership meeting is now virtual.  We were all looking forward to finally reuniting and socializing with our neighbors and now, this is no longer an option.

    The Mayor has encouraged all neighborhood associations to refrain from having in person meetings during September, for the safety of all in our community.

    Our speaker for this meeting will be our Mayor, the Honorable Van Johnson. 

    If you have questions for the Mayor, please send an email to

  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 7:52 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    As many of us begin to resume gatherings and social events, the DNA Board of Directors would be thrilled to interact with neighbors over the Summer months. If your Ward/Square has a routine social gathering, please let us know! 

    Email to let us know!

  • Thursday, March 18, 2021 2:52 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    City of Savannah/Emergency Preparedness/How to be Savannah Prepared/ 

    How to be Savannah Prepared/Ensuring a safe & resilient Savannah

    Savannah Prepared 2021     Savannah Emergency Management, David Donnelly

    . . .  from March Membership meeting

  • Thursday, March 18, 2021 1:40 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    City of Savannah/Emergency Preparedness/How to be Savannah Prepared/ 

    . . . from March Membership Meeting

    DPH's Functional, Access and Medical Needs (FAMN) registration information for those with the need for assistance Click for detailed information

  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:00 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Virtual March Meeting - A zoom link will be emailed to all members

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021  6:00 pm


  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 6:00 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Facebook Meeting Link:

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:35 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    In case you missed it, watch the Downtown Neighborhood Association's November meeting with guest speakers Joe Marinelli, President of Visit Savannah and Michael Owens, President and CEO of the Tourism Leadership Council.

    View the discussion here >>

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  • Friday, November 13, 2020 11:37 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    It’s almost that time of year again to make our beautiful city even more beautiful by decorating our squares for the holidays!

    Once again, I thank you and the board of DNA thanks you for being a Ward Captain.

    The supplies  have been ordered and as for a delivery date all I know at the moment is sometime around Thanksgiving (I’ll send another email when date is confirmed).

    Pick up of materials will be at
    Georgia State Floral
    101 Central Junction Boulevard
    Savannah, Georgia 31405
    Their hours are
    Monday-Friday 7:30-4:30

    2020 Holiday Decorating Standards. Please note the following:
    ·         Please set-up materials by Sunday, December 6th (or before) and take down by Sunday January 3rd.
    ·         Miniature lights in the squares are not permitted except for on gazebos in Crawford and Whitefield squares. Only white lights are permitted. Lights should not be attached with nails or screws. Shutter/gutter clips are recommended for installation of lights on the gazebos (e.g. Home Accents Holiday Universal Shingle/Gutter Clip).

    Thank you all for the time and energy you put into helping decorate our parks and squares.
    If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 912-655-3479

    Thank you
    Connie Hiott Ward Chair

  • Thursday, June 18, 2020 5:15 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    This week John Picker, the DNA Board member who Chairs the Public Safety committee, met with the Savannah Police Department  to review the crime data displayed on the DNA website.  The stats revealed minimal violent crime that was not a result of either a family dispute or situations where individuals knew each other.  Crimes against property are mostly crimes of opportunity and a result of items   being left in the open.  Please don’t leave items unprotected, or cars unlocked, with valuables visible.

     Also discussed was SPD procedures, and policies, in light of current protests and activism.  The previous Chief, Joseph Lumpkin, adopted much, if not all, of the Obama task force on Policing for 21st Century.  

    The SPD shared the below information with us so that we are aware of their policies.

    "8 Can’t Wait"

    With the nationwide call to action to address use of force policies in law enforcement, the Savannah Police Department became aware of the “8 Can’t Wait” campaign. After reviewing the policy adoptions proposed by the campaign, Savannah Police was found to be in compliance. Despite the recently announced suspension of the Bilateral Neck Restraint Technique, these policies have been in place at SPD for years.

    The Savannah Police Department is committed to the mission of not only protecting but serving the community. This commitment requires the implementation of policies that uphold SPD’s ethics and reduces use of force incidents with community members. SPD will continue training proper verbal and physical-de-escalation strategies to officers and continue evaluating policies to align them with best practices in this area.

    The information below illustrates SPD’s policies on each proposal addressed by the campaign. Complete copies of relevant policies are available upon request.

    1.  Ban chokeholds and strangle holds       

         Neither technique is allowed by SPD policy.

    2.  Require de-escalation training                      

          All officers are trained in verbal and physical de-escalation training.     

    3.  Require a warning before shooting

       Our policy states, “A verbal warning will be issued prior to the discharge      of a firearm, if practical.”

    4.  Exhaust all other means before shooting        

         Officers receive training in verbal de-escalation and conflict resolution       and are required to use the amount of force that reasonably appears           necessary.

    5.  Duty to intervene

    Any officer present and observing another officer using force that is clearly beyond that which is objectively reasonable under the circumstances shall, when in a position to do so, intercede. SPD policy also requires that an officer who observes another employee using force that is beyond reasonable under the circumstances promptly report those observations to a supervisor.
    The SPD Oath of Office, Ethics and Conduct Policy states “any employee that observes serious misconduct will take appropriate action to cause the misconduct to immediately cease regardless of rank.”

    6.  Ban shooting at moving vehicles     

    An Officer WILL NOT discharge a firearm at the occupants of a vehicle (moving or stationary) or from a moving vehicle, except in self-defense or the defense of another.
    Officers WILL NOT discharge a firearm at a moving vehicle in an attempt to disable the vehicle.

    7.  Require use of force continuum         

    SPD does not follow a specific continuum for use of physical force as Officers are to operate under state and Federal law which is defined as, “a reasonable amount force and/or   amount of force to affect the arrest.”

    8.  Require comprehensive reporting

    After any use of force by a member of the department, a supervisor shall be notified, and it shall be documented promptly. All use of force incidents are reviewed by a Precinct Commander or above.

    Link to SPD’s “8 Can’t Wait” Information


    If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact John Picker



  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:15 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Part One Crimes Report


    Downtown Neighborhood Association

    David McDonald, President

    May 21st, 2020

    37 “reported” Part (1) incidents; Break Down / 30 Day Period 2019

    30 Days (Reports are preliminary based) Numbers are based off of what is included the “Northwest, Northeast, Central, Southwest, and Southeast Historic Neighborhoods” Crystal report. The Numbers in this report may not be a final and definite total. This is not raw data.

    (4-21-2020 through 5-21-2020) “45” in 2019

    SE Historic District 

    LARCENY, BICYCLE; 200422058 700 blk Abercorn St. (Beat 24). 04/13/2020 15:00 – 04/22/2020 15:45 hrs.: The complainant reported that she discovered her rental property open with several items missing.  Warrants Issued for Arrest.

    LARCENY, BICYCLE; 200422012 600 blk Price St. (Beat 24). 04/21/2020 22:00 – 04/22/2020 07:00 hrs.: The complainant reported his neighbor told him someone stole two of his bicycles. He advised he’s been having an issue with someone coming on his porch damaging the seat of the bicycle and attempting to take it.

    LARCENY, ENTERING AUTO; 200430054 500 blk Habersham St. (Beat 24). 04/30/2020 13:00 hrs.: The complainant advised he was making a delivery when he left the truck open and someone took a case of wine from the back of the truck.

    LARCENY, BICYCLE; 200430072 500 blk E Gwinnett St. (Beat 24). 04/21/2020 22:00 – 04/22/2020 10:00 hrs.: The complainant advised she found a top portion of the fence had been broken off and her bicycle missing.

    LARCENY, ENTERING AUTO; 200503069 400 blk E Huntingdon St. (Beat 24). 05/03/2020 21:30 – 21:35 hrs.: Report is not complete.

    LARCENY, ENTERING AUTO; 200509019 600 blk Abercorn St. (Beat 24). 05/09/2020 08:25 hrs.: The complainant advised someone stole two tool boxes from the bed of his truck.

    AUTO THEFT; 200510045 700 Blk Drayton St. (Beat 24). 05/09/2020 23:00 – 23:45 hrs.: The complainant advised he went to Forsyth Park to walk around. He parked his vehicle in the parking lot on the eastside of the park and left his key in the ignition of the vehicle. When he returned about 45 minutes later, his vehicle was gone.

     Central Historic District               

    LARCENY, ENTERING AUTO; 200427042 00 blk E Liberty St. (Beat 25). 04/27/2020 09:00 – 12:20 hrs.: The complainant reported he parked his vehicle, and when he returned someone had entered it. He reported his company cell phone and tablet were stolen from the vehicle. He advised the vehicle was unlocked.

    LARCENY, BICYCLE; 200501061 200 blk Bull St. (Beat 25). 04/30/2020 16:00 – 05/01/2020 15:00 hrs.: The complainant advised she had taken her bicycle to have her rear tire repaired, but they weren’t open when she arrived, so she chained the bicycle to a tree in front of the business. When she came back the next day when the shop was open, she noticed her bicycle was gone. She spoke with the employees and they stated they did not remove the bicycle and when they arrived to the shop, they didn’t see the bicycle.

    LARCENY, BICYCLE; 200506064 200 blk E Taylor St. (Beat 25). 05/05/2020 20:30 – 05/06/2020 13:00 hrs.: The complainant advised she had her bicycle locked to a sign in front of their building with a wire lock. The next morning she noticed her bicycle was missing and the lock has been cut. There were no cameras observed in the area.

    AGGRAVATED ASSAULT; 200508083 300 blk Bull St. (Beat 25). 05/08/2020 17:30 hrs.: The victim advised her and her live in boyfriend got into an argument. She advised he slapped her twice in the face before trying to kiss her neck. He then began to strangle her with one hand, and she had trouble breathing. While strangling her, he then tried to kiss her neck again, when a witness came around from the bush. He slapped her again and then walked off. Suspect Arrested.

    LARCENY, BICYCLE; 200513040 200 blk E Perry St. (Beat 25). 05/12/2020 21:00 – 05/13/2020 10:50 hrs.: An employee reported seeing a black male in a camo hat and purple shirt riding one of the Perry Lane Hotel bicycles. Prior to this call, officers had stopped the suspect and field interviewed him in reference to a mail theft and released him. The officers were not aware the bicycle was stolen when they stopped him.

    LARCENY, FROM BUILDING; 200513051 300 blk E Taylor St. (Beat 25). 05/10/2020 14:00 – 05/11/2020 17:00 hrs.: The complainant reported her friend was at her residence. She advised the suspect had paid her $200 for driving her around to run errands. According to the reporting party she had placed the money along with her other money in her purse and hung it up in her living room.

    LARCENY, SHOPLIFTING; 200514015 200 blk Drayton St. (Parker’s – Beat 25). 05/14/2020 05:00 hrs.: The business reported a white male wearing a white long sleeve shirt and shorts and a white female wearing a long sleeve shirt came into the store and stole beer. They advised they left the store without paying and got into a white van with a ladder rack.

    LARCENY, FROM MAILS; 200519058 Drayton St. and Jones St. (Beat 25). 05/19/2020 12:40 hrs.: The reporting party advised that he had video of a suspect taking a package off his porch.

    SW Historic District

    BURGLARY, COMMERCIAL; 200421082 700 blk Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Beat 25). 04/21/2020 20:45 hrs.: The complainant advised that he arrived the building and witnessed a black female and light skinned black male exit the rear of the building carrying two boxes.   According to the reporting party the suspects gave him a key when he spoke to them and then left the scene.  The reporting party stated he did not know either of the individuals, nor how they got a key. 

    LARCENY, FROM YARD; 200421024 100 blk W Huntingdon St. (Beat 25). 04/21/2020 02:00 hrs.: The complainant reported she heard talking on her porch and a car running on the side of her house. When she came out the next morning, her floral porch swing cushion and two matching chair cushions were missing from her front porch. She advised she had a similar theft of cushions about a year ago and did not report it.

    LARCENY, ENTERING AUTO; 200428018 00 blk Tattnall St. (Beat 25). 04/27/2020 22:00 – 04/28/2020 07:00 hrs.: The complainant reported her vehicle had been broken into overnight. She advised the back plastic piece in the soft top of her vehicle and the vehicle was also left unlocked with the keys in the vehicle. She reported her glovebox was entered and the contents were all over the vehicle. Her shoes and Adderall medication were missing from the vehicle.

    LARCENY, SHOPLIFTING; 200428058 600 blk Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. (Family Dollar – Beat 25). 04/28/2020 13:40 hrs.: The business reported the suspect stole two bags of candy. The suspect also filled out an employment application for the store and filled it out with the name Lavedia Varner. The theft was caught on the stores cameras system.

    LARCENY, ENTERING AUTO; 200503017 300 blk Tattnall St. (Beat 25). 05/02/2020 21:00 – 05/03/2020 09:20 hrs.: The complainant advised someone broke her rear window on his truck and stole his backpack blower from his vehicle. He advised nothing else was missing from his vehicle. He does not have cameras and did not wish to have his vehicle processed.

    LARCENY, ENTERING AUTO; 200505085 600 blk Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. (Beat 25). 05/05/2020 16:20 – 16:28 hrs.: The complainant advised his license plate was stolen from her vehicle while she was in Family Dollar. She advised the tag was registered to her ex-boyfriend, who she bought the vehicle from.

    LARCENY, ENTERING AUTO; 200513037 100 blk W Gordon St. (Beat 25). 05/12/2020  17:00 – 05/13/2020 11:35 hrs.: The complainant reported someone had entered his vehicle and took three money orders and two ball caps from it. There is no mention if the vehicle was locked or not, or any damage to the vehicle in the report.

    NW Historic District 

    BURGLARY, COMMERCIAL; 200426041 200 blk W Broughton St. (Maple Street Biscuit Company – Beat 26). 04/26/2020 05:45 – 07:00 hrs.: The business reported they received an alarm notification around 0545 hrs. and he arrived at 0700 hrs. There was no damages to the property. They advised the back door in the lane was left unlocked and open by the construction company. The business reported a case of sausage and a case of bacon were missing from the business.

    LARCENY, SHOPLIFTING; 200427048 300 W Broughton St. (Walgreens – Beat 26). 04/27/2020 14:26 hrs.: The business reported a black male stealing a case of beer.

    AGGRAVATED BATTERY; 200507004 100 blk W Broughton St. (Beat 26). 05/07/2020 00:53 hrs.: Officers were dispatched to a disorderly call, where a female was heard yelling for help. As they approached they were flagged down by the victim, who had blood dripping down her face from the top of her head. When they were able to get her to explain what happened, she stated she confronted her boyfriend about messaging other female and he began hitting her with a closed fist on top of her head. Officers asked the suspect what happened and he advised he was laying down on his stomach when she came up and started attacking him, and he had scratches on his stomach. When officers asked how he got scratches on his stomach when he was laying on it, he refused to speak any longer.  Suspect Arrested.

    LARCENY, SHOPLIFTING; 200509021 100 blk Bull St. (CVS – Beat 26). 05/09/2020 09:05 hrs.: The business reported a black male wearing a gray sweatshirt, and khaki pants took an 18 pack of Budweiser beer from the store. Officers were able to identify the suspect as he was walking down the street matching the description.  Suspect Arrested.

    LARCENY, SHOPLIFTING; 200511017 100 blk Bull St. (CVS – Beat 26). 05/11/2020 08:29 hrs.: The business reported a black male with glasses and face tattoos stole a case of beer and left the store. 

    NE Historic District

    LARCENY, SHOPLIFTING; 200427045 00 blk E Broughton St. (The Copper Closet – Beat 26). 04/27/2020 13:14 – 13:40 hrs.: The business reported two black males and one black female came into the store and stole about 30 items of clothing from the business.

    LARCENY, BICYCLE; 200428047  Bull St/E Factors Walk. (Beat 26). 04/26/2020 21:00 – 04/27/2020 08:00 hrs.: The complainant advised his bicycle was stolen while he was sleeping in East Factors Walk and Bull St. ramp. He advised he had been looking for it since, he woke up and was his reason for the delay in reporting.

    BURGLARY, COMMERCIAL; 200430069 00 blk Habersham St. (Savannah Bike Tours – Beat 26). 04/29/2020 21:00 -04/30/2020 12:30 hrs.: The business reported the front door was broken. When they arrived at the business and opened the door, they observed the inside lock and frame to have been broke inside. They reported having a bicycle stolen from the business. A request for forensics to process the scene through Records.

    AGGRAVATED BATTERY; 200510087 100 blk E River St. (Beat 26). 05/10/2020 23:20 hrs.: Officers were dispatched to a fight in progress across from Huey’s on the pavilion. Officers spoke with a group of homeless individuals gathered under the pavilion and asked them what was going on, but they all responded with nothing happened and they were “chilling”. They noticed blood and trail, which ended in front of Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. The complainant advised a white male was kicked in the ribs multiple times and was struck in the head by a metal pipe. She advised the suspect was a white male in his 50-60’s and had a silver metal pipe, and the victim walked off towards the Candy Kitchen.

    LARCENY, FROM MAIL; 200513031 E Broughton Ln/Houston St. (Beat 26). 05/13/2020 11:00 hrs.: The complainant advised while he was painting his porch, he saw a black male on a blue and orange bike take an Amazon package off of his neighbor’s porch. He attempted to stop the male, but he continued to ride off. Officers located a suspect matching the description, but did not have enough evidence to charge him, and he was released. A neighbor had some video of the suspect.

    RAPE, STRONGARM; 200517020 Drayton St. (Beat 26). 05/14/2020 03:47 hrs.: The victim reported that she was out with an “on-again off-again acquaintance” and reported that after they were making out the suspect began having intercourse with her without her consent.

    LARCENY, FROM YARDS; 200520027 E Congress St./Drayton St. (Beat 26). 05/19/2020 15:00 hrs.: The reporting party advised that two traffic control signs on tripods were stolen from the location.

    NW Historic District

    LARCENY, BICYCLE; 200511050 300 blk W St. Julian St. (Beat 27). 05/08/2020 11:15 hrs.: The complainant manages the Charleston Shoe Company and advised their tricycle was missing. The lock and tricycle were both missing from under the awning where it was parked.

    LARCENY, SHOPLIFTING; 200513068 300 blk W Congress St. (Savannah Cigars – Beat 27). 05/10/2020 20:50 hrs.: The business reported a group of 4 young persons (2 males and 2 females) came in the store and stole an item while he was helping another customer.

    AGGRAVATED BATTERY; 200518131 Montgomery St./W St. Julian St. (Beat 27). 05/18/2020 22:39 hrs.: Witnesses advised that the two parties got into a fight which resulted in a severe laceration to the cheek and ear of one of the parties.  The injured individual became disorderly with police and threatened both the suspect and the police.  Both Parties were Arrested.

    Captain Cary Hill

    Northwest Precinct Commander  912-651-6990 (Office)

    Corporal William Barnett

    Neighborhood Resource Officer  912-525-3100 x. 2713 (Office) 912-651-6990(Pct.)

    City of Savannah CALL #311

    SPD Non-Emergency line 912-652-6500


    In the event of an Emergency Call 911

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