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Long County Schools closed due to fire

Long County schools are closed Friday because of the massive wildfire that began Thursday afternoon near Elim Church Road and has now burned more than 1,000 acres. The blaze quickly spread to the wooded areas surrounding Highway 84 and officials closed the road in both directions. Long County High Schools is being used to house evacuees.

March 25, 2011 | Staff Report | Public Safety

Hinesville Police Department blotter

March 22

March 25, 2011 | Staff report | Public Safety

Long County authorities seek child-molestation, theft suspects

The Long County Sheriff's Office is looking for help finding a child-molestation suspect and the person or people who stole two motors using a large commercial truck.

March 24, 2011 | Mike Riddle | Public Safety

Hinesville Police Department blotter

March 11

March 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Public Safety

Court may tighten death penalty rules

ATLANTA - Georgia's death penalty statute was in the crosshairs again Monday as the state's top court considered whether capital defendants have to meet an unfair standard to prove they are mentally disabled to avoid an execution.

March 22, 2011 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | Public Safety

GBI agent speaks at Long County chamber breakfast

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Tom Davis was a guest speaker Thursday at the Long County Chamber of Commerce's March breakfast meeting at the Ludowici Church of God.

March 22, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety

Young burn victim home

Caleb Hamacher, 6, seriously was burned Feb. 11 when a small backyard fire at a home in the 900 block of Primrose Lane in Hinesville flared up after gasoline was used to get it going. Now, a month and a half after the child was taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta and listed in critical condition, Caleb is back home with his family.

March 21, 2011 | Patty Leon | Public Safety

Hinesville Police blotter for March 18

March 7: An ATM customer in Hinesville recovered and returned $500 to a previous customer who had driven off without the money. The customer who discovered the money called police, who later witnessed the money's owner return to retrieve her funds.

March 18, 2011 | Staff report | Public Safety

Tsunami: Should coastal Georgia residents be worried?

After seeing and hearing newscasts about the terrible devastation in northern Japan since the Pacific island nation was rocked by an earthquake and submerged by a tsunami last Friday, many people here on the coast have asked, "Can it happen to us?"

March 17, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Public Safety

Reporter heads out on patrol for a night with HPD

Friday nights with the Hinesville Police Department are like a scaled-down version of the television show, "Cops." There are lots of traffic stops, people found to be under the influence of mind-altering substances and drug busts. Basically, for a reporter, it means a night full of stories.

March 16, 2011 | Seraine Page | Public Safety

Locals battling McIntosh blaze

DARIEN - Firefighters have been battling a 500-acre brush fire off Highway 17, just north of Darien in McIntosh County.

March 15, 2011 | Associated Press | Public Safety

Liberty County 911 has interpreters on call

Imagine you are experiencing a life-or-death emergency and dial 911 for help. A calm voice answers, ready to help. Now imagine your ability to speak English is limited. Fortunately, the Liberty County 911 dispatcher can connect you to a trained interpreter. You relax a little, knowing Liberty County's first responders will receive valuable information to save lives and property.

March 15, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Public Safety

Jail expansion in works, county funds architecture

In January, a Liberty County Grand Jury committee found the Liberty County jail to be "well maintained and spotlessly clean," according to a legal notice run in the Feb. 9 issue of the Coastal Courier. However, the committee also expressed concern over the facility's ability to accommodate an increasing inmate population. The grand jurors recommended county officials and the Liberty County Sheriff's Office stay committed to expanding the jail in the near future.

March 14, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Public Safety

Hinesville Police blotter for March 11

March 2: Stalking, Atkinson Drive: An Atkinson Drive woman told police her ex-boyfriend had been stalking her since they broke up in 2007.

March 11, 2011 | Staff report | Public Safety

Fire leaves area family homeless

A Wednesday fire in Gum Branch left a family of three homeless. The fire broke out shortly after 3:30 p.m. at 103 Dolly Jane Drive, according to Gum Branch Volunteer Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Charles Helton. John Barnard and his two teenage sons live at the residence but were not home at the time of the fire.

March 11, 2011 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety

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Arrest made in series of thefts from area vehicles

RICHMOND HILL - Police arrested a Savannah man Thursday and are looking for more suspects in a series of vehicle entries in Liberty, Bryan and Effingham ...

October 06, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher For the Coastal Courier | Public Safety

Neighbor reportedly steals electric power

Recent crime reports filed with the Hinesville Police Department include:

October 05, 2015 | Staff report | Public Safety

Grand jury hands out indictments

The following were filed Sept. 15:

October 05, 2015 | Staff report | Public Safety

Update: Jones not guilty in murder case

Terrence G. Jones was found not guilty on all 23 counts in a murder case stemming from a 2010 armed robbery that ended in a ...

October 03, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety

Update: Police foil bank robbery, name suspect

Police arrested a suspected bank robber Friday after a witness reported that one of the Ameris Bank branches in Hinesville was possibly being robbed.

October 02, 2015 | By Patty Leon and Caitlin Kenney Staff Writers | Public Safety

Afraid, not scorned

The woman described by Liberty County Public Defender Joshua Brockington as a scorned ex-girlfriend, took the stand offering a compelling account of what transpired the ...

September 30, 2015 | Patty Leon | Public Safety

Lake George vehicle break-ins investigated

The Liberty County Sheriff's Office is investigating 40 vehicle break-ins that occurred in the Lake George community, Sheriff Steve Sikes said.

September 30, 2015 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety

Trial in 2010 Hinesville slaying begins

The trial of Terrence G. Jones started Tuesday morning inside courtroom C of the Liberty County Justice Center. Liberty County Superior Court Judge D. Jay ...

September 29, 2015 | Patty Leon | Public Safety

Murder trial stemming from cold case starts Tuesday morning

Two men and 12 women were selected to the jury and alternate panel for a murder trial set to start Tuesday morning in Liberty County ...

September 28, 2015 | Patty Leon | Public Safety

Midway councilman claims speeding ticket is retaliation

Midway City Councilman Dr. Stanley Brown Sr. said during a hearing Thursday that his recent speeding citation is retaliation for speaking up about what he ...

September 26, 2015 | Tiffany King | Public Safety

Ludowici residents to get free emergency air-transport service

The Ludowici City Council recently voted to provide free emergency air-transport service to its residents.

September 26, 2015 | Mike Riddle | Public Safety

UPDATED: Highway 144 down to one lane because of broken down vehicle

UPDATE: As of 5:36 pm, traffic is back to normal, according to the Fort Stewart public affairs office.

September 24, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety

HPD blotters

Sept. 12

September 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Public Safety

Sued hotel has new owner, management

A Flemington hotel that was recently sued in connection with the October death of a rapper is under new ownership and management.

September 22, 2015 | Patty Leon | Public Safety

Hinesville man dies in SC wreck

A Hinesville man died in a single-vehicle wreck shortly before noon Monday in South Carolina, authorities said.

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Public Safety

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