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Walthourville man faces drug, endangerment charges

LUDOWICI - A Walthourville man was charged with four counts of child endangerment this past week, when he was arrested for possession of cocaine at a motel here.

March 02, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Assisted suicide probe reaches into Georgia

ATLANTA - A wide-ranging investigation into an alleged suicide assistance ring led to charges against four people and raids in nine states as authorities looked into how many deaths might have been involved.

Four members of the Final Exit Network were charged Wednesday with helping a 58-year-old Georgia man end his life by inhaling helium. The group assigns those seeking to end their lives a guide who instructs them to purchase two new helium tanks and a hood, known as an "exit bag," the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

February 26, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | Public Safety


Ludowici stores alleged to be selling to minors

LUDOWICI - The Ludowici Police Department charged four businesses with selling alcohol to minors during an undercover sting last week.

February 25, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


These fires set intentionally

Members of Fort Stewart's Forestry Division conducted controlled burns on more than 1,000 acres of land Friday during annual prescribed burns of the fort's ranges. Fire planner David Pope said the burnings are mandated and make it safer for soldiers to train.

February 23, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Public Safety


Sheriff's office blotters

Jan. 26

• Making a false report/giving false information, Independence Place Drive

February 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Public Safety


DHR warns seniors of 2 scams

ATLANTA - As the economy continues to decline and more people struggle financially, scams are on the rise again - including the resurfacing of the "Grandma Scam."

February 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Meth problem hasn't hit Liberty yet

For the first time ever, the state attorney general released a nationwide and statewide study on the economic costs of methamphetamine abuse, and justice system experts said the results were staggering.

February 16, 2009 | By Laren Hunsberger Staff writer | Public Safety


MACE probe turns up drugs, guns

MACE agents conducted a four-month undercover investigation on a house on Dunlevie Road obtaining sufficient evidence to get a search warrant on Jan. 9 . As agents approached the house several people outside ran from the area, but a man taking a nap in his car parked behind the house was caught. The house belongs to Tom and James Blagmon who, according to MACE Commander Al Cato, are well known drug dealers in the area. They were not home when the warrant was served, but agents reportedly found tools of the crime, 30 grams of suspected marijuana, five grams of suspected ...

February 16, 2009 | Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Daytime burglaries on rose

Eleven days after being burglarized, Crystal Vasquez said every day she still notices more and more things that were taken from her home where she lives with her 4-year-old daughter.

February 13, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Public Safety


Long County massage clinic closed for alleged misconduct

LUDOWICI - The Bally Massage Clinic was shutdown Saturday by the Ludowici Police Department after one of its employees allegedly offered to perform sex acts for a fee.

February 11, 2009 | Mike Riddle | Public Safety


Sugar tragedy anniversary brings responders together

Tomorrow will mark the first anniversary of a sugar dust explosion that shook the hearts and minds of people across South Georgia.

February 06, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Public Safety


Three injured in early morning fire (updated)

LUDOWICI -- Three people were injured in a fire that likely was started by a space heater in a Long County home early Thursday morning.

February 05, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Assistant superintendent booked for DUI

Liberty County Board of Education Assistant Superintendent for administrative services Jason M. Rogers was arrested and booked for DUI and other charges on Jan. 23.

February 04, 2009 | Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Long health care centers burglarized

LUDOWICI - Two healthcare businesses in Long County were broken into last weekend, and the Ludowici Police Department is asking for help in finding out who committed the crime.

February 02, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Alee Shriners promote burn prevention

SAVANNAH – Feb. 1-7 is Burn Awareness Week, and Shriners across North America are helping Shriner Hospitals for Children kick off of a yearlong campaign focused on preventing gasoline burn injuries. A special Web site has been developed for the campaign, WWW.burnawarenessweek.org.

February 02, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


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4 plead guilty in Long Co. kidnapping case

Four people accused of kidnapping and pistol-whipping a Long County man pleaded guilty Friday in the Long County Courthouse in Ludowici.

August 01, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


Tornado warning issued for area now cancelled

The tornado warning that was issued for Liberty, Bryan and McIntosh counties is now cancelled.

August 01, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


Hinesville PD blotter for July 30

Recent reports filed with the Hinesville Police department included:

July 30, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


Hinesville Police Blotter: July 6-11

These were the recent police reports in Hinesville:

July 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for July 27

Here are some recent reports filed by deputies at the Liberty County Sheriff's Office:

July 28, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


Two firefighters injured

Two Hinesville firefighters were injured in an explosion Thursday morning, according to HFD Capt. Kris Johanson.

July 24, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Midway officer nabs suspects minutes after crime

Midway Police Officer Russell Knox said it was solid police work and some luck that led to his apprehension of three armed-robbery suspects early Wednesday morning.

July 24, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for July 23

Recent reports filed by deputies at the Liberty County Sheriff's Office include:

July 23, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


Shooting reported at Hillery Park

A shooting has been reported at Hillery Park in Walthourville. It happened just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to Walthourville Police Chief Tracey McFadden. The victim was taken to Liberty Regional Medical Center, but his condition is unknown. Authorities are on the lookout for the suspects, described as two black males in a white Ford Escort. Anyone with information should call 911. Currently, few details are known about the incident, but the Courier will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

July 22, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


HPD gets new DUI-test equipment

The Hinesville Police Department recently received a grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program to provide funding for a CMI Intoxilyzer 9000 breath alcohol testing instrument.

July 21, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Long County resolves EMS issue

For the past year, the provider of Long County's future emergency medical services has been shrouded in uncertainty. But Emergency Management Agency Director Bob Heffley said last week that there soon will be no cause for concern.

July 21, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Liberty County Sheriff’s Office blotters July 18

July 2: Verbal dispute ­- A Hinesville man called a deputy to his residence due to a fight he had with a woman.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Hinesville Police Department Blotters July 18

July 5: Criminal attempt to commit burglary - A Hinesville resident believed someone tried to enter his house through the front door.

July 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Nearby wreck damaged dealer's cars

Several vehicles were damaged following a vehicle accident Friday on West Oglethorpe and Veterans Parkway in Hinesville. The Liberty Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-RAM dealership had several vehicles damaged on its lot when a pickup truck traveling on West Oglethorpe Highway was involved in an accident with another vehicle. The pick up struck used and new trucks, damaging the vehicles.

July 18, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


Kroger drive-through suspect denied bond

Jenorris McKenzie was denied bond on his first appearance before a magistrate Friday, according to Hinesville Chief of Detectives Maj. Thomas Cribbs. McKenzie is accused of driving his Honda through Kroger on Highway 84 on Wednesday night. No one was hurt in the incident, but the store was heavily damaged.

July 18, 2014 | By Lewis Levine | Public Safety


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