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Unpaid drug debt allegedly led to kidnapping

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Chief Michael Berkow said Monday a kidnapping last week that ended with a rescue and arrest in Hinesville was sparked by an apparent unpaid drug debt.

November 06, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Popular server has smile for patrons

Name: Lisa Parker

November 06, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | About People


Slain baby's father arrested

Police in Alabama arrested Travis Williams, 28, for his reported involvement in the death of his 7-month-old dauther, Syikiria Williams, in Hinesville.

November 06, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Abusers may be grouped

On March 1, 2004, Dominique Jovone Dowling was charged with one count of aggravated child molestation, one count of child molestation, one count of aggravated sodomy and three counts of child molestation for allegedly performing acts on a female under the age of 16 who lives in Hinesville. He spent time in Liberty County jail waiting for his bond hearing and underwent a mental evaluation, after which he was described as mildly mentally retarded, but competent enough to understand the difference between right and wrong and to stand trial.

November 06, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Mat Rats start season with early meet in Fla.

The Liberty County Recreation Department's wrestling team, the Mat Rats, opened up the 2008-09 season by competing at the fourth annual Early Bird Pool Style Open Wrestling Tournament down in Orange Park, Fla.

November 04, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


People falsely accused of sex crimes spend years rebuilding

According to the Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute, an estimated two out of every 10 girls and one out of every 10 boys are sexually abused by the end of their 13th year.

October 30, 2008 | By Patt Leon Staff writer | News


Child dies, arrest possible soon

A seven-month-old prematurely born girl died two weeks ago as a result of injuries, the Hinesville Police Department reported. According to HPD Det. Doug Snider, autopsy reports concluded the infant's death was caused by head trauma probably from abuse.

October 30, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Racing runs in the family

Monica Lopez is a running enthusiast, according to her husband Alonso.

October 28, 2008 | Staff report | Sports


Woman pleads to trying to burn family

The woman accused of trying to burn a home down with her family inside pled guilty Thursday.

October 26, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


MACE helps bust prostitutes in Glynn Co.

The Glynn/Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team joined with the Brunswick Police Department Special Services Division, the Glynn County Police Department and the Multi-Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force from Hinesville to help rid the streets of prostitutes and their prospective customers during a 12-hour sting last Friday that netted 20 people on various misdemeanor and felony charges.

October 25, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Sentence is life plus 20 years

Robbery suspect Christopher Fletcher was found guilty Tuesday evening on four felony counts in Liberty County Superior Court.

October 23, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


Show for military families features, cars, tunes, community

Classic Corvettes lined one row, Chevys lined another, the Mustang Club had their own row, and even a row of Volkswagens were on display at the Southeast Region Car Council Super Cruise In, hosted by Hinesville's Heavy Chevy Riderz Car Club.

October 23, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Things to Do


Victim testifies in Ok-Cha robbery, assault

Testimony from a victim, who said she struggled to stay alive and feared being raped and killed, kept the courtroom riveted Tuesday as a trial began in Liberty County Superior Court.

October 23, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


Art class volunteers to paint walls at counseling center

It was nearly a year ago when Heather Brancato and a friend volunteered their time and skills to paint murals on the walls of Helen's Haven, a counseling service for children that serves the Atlantic Judicial Circuit.

October 23, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Education


Do the crime, do the time?

Staff writer's note: The victim's family asked to remain anonymous as they continue to deal with the implications of the case. This is the first of three stories about child molestation cases in Liberty County.

October 23, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


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Trial could last through Friday

Exactly four years to the day after she was admitted to Liberty Regional Medical Center, a civil trial stemming from a wrongful-death lawsuit on behalf ...

August 01, 2015 | Patty Leon | Local news


Arraignment scheduled in Hinesville aggravated sodomy case

A 21-year-old man is scheduled for arraignment Aug. 10 before Liberty County Superior Court Judge D. Jay Stewart on charges he sodomized a 4-year-old girl.

August 01, 2015 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


Middle Georgia State coach runs soccer camp in Hinesville

Middle Georgia State University head soccer coach Vinny Gill hosted a camp last week at Hinesville's Brown Park.

July 29, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports


Wrongful death suit goes to trial

Four years after she was admitted to Liberty Regional Medical Center, a wrongful death suit for former LRMC chief operating room nurse Barbara Porter started ...

July 29, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Local news


Three plead not guilty to murder charges

Three men accused of gunning down Macon-area rapper Markese Mahone recently were in Liberty County Superior Court, each pleaded not guilty during their formal arraignments.

July 27, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


Tiger marching band adopting Latin theme

Bradwell Institute's Tiger Marching Band will add salsa this year as its football halftime shows will feature a new Latin theme.

July 27, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports


Panther band will moon-walk halftimes

Liberty County High School's Panther Marching Band will moon-walk to pop icon Michael Jackson songs this year during football halftime shows.

July 27, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports


Trainer gives tips on sculpting back, shoulders

Several muscles form the upper back, shoulder and neck area of the human body.

July 26, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Living well


Seoul Restaurant brings Korean spicy flair to Hinesville

Last week, I got the hankering for some Chinese food, but instead opted to try something slightly different. So I stopped in at Seoul Restaurant ...

July 22, 2015 | Patty Leon | Food


Murder suspects plead to voluntary manslaughter

A murder suspect entered a plea of guilty of manslaughter that resulted in the stabbing death of Davis Williams Jr., in January 2013.

July 22, 2015 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


Getting back to full strength

Local personal trainer Vince Gumataotao placed fourth overall in the light heavyweight division at the National Physique Committee Georgia Bodybuilding competition July 11 in Atlanta.

July 20, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports


Fall prep football schedules set

Summer vacation will soon end, meaning the kids will head back to school and prep sports will quickly get underway. Football becomes the focal point ...

July 15, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports


Tiger named to All-Region First Team

Bradwell Institute incoming senior soccer player Justus Hoffmann was named to the 2015 Region 3-AAAAA All-Region First Team.

July 13, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports


Former Highlander headed to UK

Former First Presbyterian Christian Academy and Jacksonville State University basketball player D.J. Felder is headed to the United Kingdom to play for the Surrey ...

July 13, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports


Strong to the finish

Maybe Popeye had it right the whole time.

July 12, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Living well


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