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Man says he was beaten with club on Christmas

A Hinesville man who ventured into Long County early Christmas morning after the bars had closed in Hinesville allegedly was beaten at the Wingman's Club in Ludowici.

January 06, 2010 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Holiday wreck numbers down

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, fewer wrecks occurred over this New Year's holiday period than happened last year, during New Year's 2008-09. There were 10 fatalities, 475 injuries and a total of 2,116 wrecks from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 through midnight Jan. 3, 2010.

January 06, 2010 | Staff report | Public Safety


Take precautions when hearing homes

With nighttime low temperatures expected to dip into the 20s and 30s during January, many folks will likely turn to alternative sources of fuel such as space heaters and fireplaces to warm their homes. Alternative sources of fuel can be beneficial, but firefighters warn they can also pose fire hazards if safety guidelines are ignored.

January 04, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Public Safety


MACE arrests 13 as belonging to gang

Working with Walthourville Police and the K-9 section of the Chatham County Sheriff's Department, agents from the Multi Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force were able to round up 13 alleged members of the Dog Pound Gang in Liberty and Wayne counties on Dec. 9.

December 31, 2009 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for Jan. 1

Dec. 11, Criminal trespass, 371 Davis Street

December 31, 2009 | Staff report | Public Safety


Hinesville Police blotter for Jan. 1

Dec. 3, 2009, Mental subject, South Main Street

December 31, 2009 | Staff report | Public Safety


Contractor dies at Long County mine

A contractor working for the CEMIX Mining Company in Long County died Saturday after suffering an apparent heart attack while on company property on Morgan Lake.

December 31, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Staff writer | Public Safety


Home fire called arson

A pre-Christmas fire that damaged a home in Hinesville is thought to have been intentionally set, according to local investigators and Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine's office.

December 31, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Public Safety


Corporal monitors area sex offenders

Cpl. Shonda Fletcher is a "party of one," keeping track of nearly 100 registered sex offenders in Liberty County, but available resources, regular communication with each person and the flexibility to make in-person visits allow her to keep a close eye on sex offenders under her supervision.

December 30, 2009 | By Jen Alexander McCall Staff writer | Public Safety


I-95 wreck kills toddler

The 18-wheel tractor trailer that plowed into a Pittsburgh family's van killing a 3-year-old boy on Sunday is believed to have been going too fast for traffic conditions, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

December 30, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Public Safety


Long sheriff defends department spending

At a recent meeting, for the upcoming Long County Commissioners budget, the Long County Sheriff's Department took criticism from both citizens of the county and commissioners over the amount of overtime deputies got last year and the amount budgeted for this year.

December 28, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Sheriff's blotter for Dec. 20

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December 21, 2009 | Staff report | Public Safety


HPD blotter for Dec. 20

Nov. 20, Criminal trespass, 215 Pointe South Drive

December 21, 2009 | Staff report | Public Safety


Seasonal DUI crackdown is on

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Public Safety announced a monthlong enforcement effort targeted at impaired drivers on Georgia roads. Col. Bill Hitchens, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said Georgia State troopers and officers with the Motor Carrier Compliance Division are concentrating on intercepting impaired drivers on the roads before they can cause a traffic crash.

December 21, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Resolve to be prepared in 2010

Georgia was no stranger to disasters in 2009, with everything from floods to a pandemic affecting our state. That's why GEMA's Ready Georgia campaign is asking all Georgians to Resolve to be Ready in 2010. Preparing, planning and staying informed now will make it easier for residents to respond during an unexpected event.

December 14, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


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Soldier granted bond on murder charge

Liberty County Superior Court Judge Jay Stewart set bond at $50,000 for Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jermaine Ray Mealy during a preliminary hearing Thursday morning in connection with the death of Nathaniel Brown in early June.

July 02, 2015 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


Ludowici PD recognizes officers

Ludowici Police Chief Robert Poppell recently recognized several members of his department during Police Officer Appreciation Week.

July 02, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Now legal fireworks worry health officials

Today, sales of fireworks become legal in Georgia.

July 01, 2015 | By Andy Miller Georgia Health News | Public Safety


Wife of slain soldier gets life sentence

The wife of a slain Fort Stewart soldier, who pleaded guilty to the crime in early June, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

June 30, 2015 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


Car, logging truck collide in Riceboro

An early Monday morning collision between a car and a logging truck in Riceboro sent a Brunswick man to the hospital.

June 29, 2015 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Tips on not being hit by lightning

ATLANTA - Since 2000, lightning has been one of the most-common weather-related killers in Georgia, second only to tornadoes.

June 28, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


GBI investigating Long County death; foul play is not suspected

The Long County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating the Wednesday-afternoon death of a Long County man.

June 25, 2015 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Second Ludowici fire raises suspicions

A second fire in Ludowici overnight Thursday has raised suspicions, but so far no link has been determined, according to the Long County Sheriff's Office arson investigator.

June 25, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Ludowici fire displaces 5 people

A mobile-home fire Wednesday night in Ludowici displaced five people, but no one was injured, authorities said.

June 24, 2015 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Little dog shot, maybe by a neighbor

Recent reports filed with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office include:

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Long County Fire Department Still on the Job, Despite Reports

Despite rumors, the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department is still providing service to the citizens, Assistant Fire Chief Randy Combs said Monday.

June 23, 2015 | By Mike Riddle | Public Safety


Mother enters plea in her daughter’s death

Candice Nicole Boles entered a plea of guilty of cruelty to children in the first degree, a felony, and guilty of cruelty to children in the second degree, admitting she played a role in the death of her daughter Andraia Boles, who was 3 at the time of her murder in February 2013.

June 22, 2015 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


Good Samaritan, or pool poisoner?

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

June 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Wayne County baseball standout dies in wreck

A standout Wayne County High School baseball player died in a wreck Saturday afternoon as he was traveling to Georgia Southern University, Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles said.

June 21, 2015 | By Mike Riddle and Lewis Levine Correspondents | Public Safety


Vehicle strikes Walthourville home

A vehicle struck a home in the 700 block of Talmadge Road in Walthourville on Wednesday night, authorities said.

June 18, 2015 | Staff report editor@coastalcourier.com | Public Safety


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