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St. Pat’s parade accident investigation is ‘inconclusive’

Savannah Police traffic investigators have closed the investigation of the traffic incident that occurred at Wright Square during the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The findings of the investigation have been determined to be “inconclusive.” No charges have been filed against John Edward Sheppard, age 62. Traffic investigators determined that there is insufficient evidence to warrant any charges against Sheppard.

“During the investigation, three separate mechanical inspections by four mechanical experts were performed on the vehicle; one independent inspection was performed by a City of Savannah mechanic, one independent inspection was performed by an insurance inspector, and a final inspection was performed by two engineers from Daimler Chrysler,” says a spokesman for the Savannah/Chatham Police. “All four of the experts arrived at the same conclusion: no evidence of mechanical defect.

Police have returned the vehicle to Sheppard, who was driving in the parade March 17 when the car lost control and hit the gathered crowd, sending several people to the hospital.

IP gives ten grand to schools

The International Paper Company Foundation last week awarded $10,000 to The Excellence Fund. The grant will be used to “promote innovation and success in area public schools.”

“The strength of the public school system is absolutely essential to the success of our youth,” says George O'Brien, IP's senior vice president of Forest Resources and Wood Products. “This grant will directly impact hundreds of children in our community.”

The nonprofit Excellence Fund was established to address the critical need of the Savannah Chatham County Public School System for additional support through private and company sponsorship.

Bolta Jr. named Star Student

Daniel Bruno Bolta, Jr., a high school senior at Savannah Country Day School, has been named 2004 STAR Student for Region 8, one of twelve in the state of Georgia.

Bolta selected Mr. Joachim Michels, German teacher at Savannah Country Day School, as his STAR teacher.

Students are selected on the basis of their SAT scores and class standing/scholastic averages. The student and their named STAR teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from more than 200 statewide civic organizations and businesses that sponsor local programs.

Bolta goes on to compete at the state level competition April 29 in Atlanta.

Free gunlocks offered

In co-operation with Project Childsafe, Savannah/Chatham Police are making gun-locks available for free for a limited time.

Anyone wishing to receive a gun lock should visit Police Headquarters at Oglethorpe and Habersham or the County Police Annex located off Chatham Parkway. The locks are available at the front desk, “no questions asked,” a spokesman says.

Police request that gun owners request only one or, at the most, two gun-locks.

The Project ChildSafe gun-lock is different from a trigger-lock in that it fits almost any type of gun whereas trigger locks are specifically manufactured to fit a particular weapon, police say. Each gun-lock comes with specific instructions on how to properly engage the lock, thus disabling the weapon.

Police highly recommend the use of these gun-locks, especially in houses where small children may be found. The gun-locks can eliminate the possibility of accidental discharge.

Book offers Christian investment advice

Local author and financial advisor Stephen Hammond has released Mission Possible: An Investment Guide for Christians, now available at local bookstores.

Published by Pathways Press, Mission Possible uses a Biblical approach to managing finances, providing techniques for long term investing as well as money management on a day-to-day basis, with charts and worksheets in the appendix to help.