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Courthouse scare

The Savannah Fire and Emergency Services Hazmat team was called to the Chatham County Courthouse last week in response to a suspicious powdery substance.

An employee with the State Court Clerk's office opened envelope that contained an unidentified off-white substance around noon last Wednesday. The employee reacted quickly, isolating the substance and then evacuating the area. Officials then shut off the air conditioning unit for the office to prevent the substance from becoming airborne.

Two firefighters in full Hazmat gear went to the third floor office to retrieve the envelope and clean the area. Air quality samples did not indicate anything hazardous, and additional field testing indicated that it was probably soap.

Once the scene was found to be safe, the Hazmat team turned it over to Sheriff's deputies who continued to investigate.

The kids are alright, or at least getting better

The number of juvenile crimes in Savannah has been steadily decreasing over the last few months.

Since a high point in April of 103 juvenile arrests, the number has fallen to 91 in June. By the middle of July, the total number was 43, on track to continue the decrease, according to data provided by the Police Department.

Although kids are out of school for the summer, having considerably more free time and significantly less supervision is apparently not having a negative affect on the crime rate among school age youth.

Narrowing the field

More than 28,000 voters made their voices heard during last week's primary election, about 21 percent of the total registered voters in Chatham County. In case you missed it, here are the results.

In the Governor's race, Roy Barnes coasted to victory over the Democratic field, while the top two Republican vote getters, Karen Handel and Nathan Deal, will showdown in next month's run off election.

In the battle for U.S. Congress seat GA-12, John Barrow defended his seat against Regina Thomas, while local Republicans Ray McKinney and Carl Smith will settle the score in a run off.

Republican candidate Dr. Ben Watson came out victorious in the Republican race for State House Representative in District 163, and will now face off against Democratic candidate Jeremy Scheinbart in November's general election.

In the race for State Superintendent Republican John Barge will square off against Democrat Joe Martin in November.

Winner of the Democratic race for Attorney General, Ken Hodges, will square off against the winner of a Republican run off between Sam Olens and Preston Smith.

Incumbent Secretary of State candidate Brian Kemp successfully defended his spot against Republican challenger Doug Macginnitie. In the general election, he will face the winner of a run off between Democrats Gail Buckner and Georganna Sinkfield.

The run off election will be held statewide on August 10.