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High court weighs 'emotional' testimony in death penalty cases

ATLANTA - Just before a jury began debating how to punish the man convicted of killing her sister, Kellie Wiggins took the witness stand and urged them not to forget one thing about the victim: "No one gave compassion to her. No one fought for her life."

February 08, 2011 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | Public Safety


Long Co. likely to see dry spring, more fires

Long County is likely to see a dry spring and more drought-related fires. At the county commission's Tuesday meeting, Georgia Forestry Commission acting Chief Ranger Paul Robertson said the area has already experienced a substantial increase in the number of forest fires this fiscal year in comparison to last year's total.

February 08, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


Training officers experience Taser firsthand

The Ludowici Police Department hosted Taser training at its station last week to certify new officers and recertify the veterans.

February 05, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


Local sheriffs help to fuel GSP

Liberty and Long's county sheriffs donated money to Georgia State Patrol Post 11 Thursday to help troopers keep drunk drivers off county roads by making sure the local GSP can afford to fill its patrol cars' gas tanks.

February 04, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Public Safety


Cabbie reportedly pistol-whipped

A Hinesville Yellow Cab driver was allegedly robbed, pistol-whipped and kidnapped Sunday, according to an incident report filed by Hinesville Police Officer Lyle Thurmond.

February 04, 2011 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


Catch up with the new sheriff

Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes made time to speak with the Coastal Courier this week about his first 60 days in office. Sikes, the son and grandson of former Liberty County sheriffs, was sworn into office Dec. 7. He told the Courier he has been getting to know his staff, the county's elected officials and administrators and meeting with other local law enforcement agencies.

February 02, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Public Safety


Hinesville Police Department reports

Jan. 6, 2011

February 01, 2011 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Driver who allegedly caused fatal wreck charged with separate DUI

A driver charged with vehicular homicide last month for allegedly causing a fatal accident in October has been arrested for driving under the influence, according to a Hinesville Police report.

January 31, 2011 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


More cops patrolling Fort Stewart

The multiple arms of the law wasted no time snatching up speeders on Fort Stewart's roads this week.

January 29, 2011 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Public Safety


Teacher alleged to have solicited student

A Lewis Frasier Middle School sixth grade math teacher was arrested on Dec. 10, on charges of criminal intent to entice a child for indecent purposes and child molestation, Hinesville Police Det. Melvin Kesner has confirmed.

January 28, 2011 | By Denise Etheridge and Seraine Page Staff writers | Public Safety


Troy Davis appeals to U.S. Supreme Court

SAVANNAH - Attorneys for Troy Anthony Davis are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a federal judge who decided last year the Georgia death row inmate failed to clear his name after getting a rare chance to prove his innocence.

January 25, 2011 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | Public Safety


County to crack down on repeat DUI offenders

Liberty County is cracking the whip even harder on repeat DUI offenders starting next Thursday.

January 25, 2011 | Seraine Page | Public Safety


Man allegedly impersonated MP

A Fort Stewart soldier recently was arrested for impersonating a police officer after he allegedly told authorities he was an MP following an accident involving his automobile.

January 24, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


Alleged drug deal ends in shooting

A South Carolina man was injured earlier this week in Midway when a suspected drug deal went wrong.

January 21, 2011 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Brush fire spreads to Midway home

A brush fire broke out Sunday afternoon in the 100 block of Robert Hill Road in Midway, destroying a nearby mobile home.

January 19, 2011 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


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5 arrested in Liberty County equipment theft ring

Five men were arrested Tuesday in connection with a Georgia Bureau Investigation probe into a possible equipment-theft ring, the GBI announced.

June 28, 2016 | Staff report editor@coastalcourier.com | Public Safety


UPDATE: Man dies, woman in critical condition after pickup flips in Gum Branch

A man died Monday, and his female passenger was in critical condition, after a single-vehicle accident in Gum Branch Saturday morning.

June 27, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Single-vehicle accident in Hinesville sends 1 to hospital

A Sunday morning accident on South Main Street at Eunice Road temporarily closed the street after a 2004 Lexus RX flipped over and ended up ...

June 26, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Robber apprehended after high speed chase

An alleged armed robber was apprehended after a high-speed chase wound through Hinesville Saturday just before noon.

June 25, 2016 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


Waycross woman arrested after Amtrak train hits roadblock in Wayne County

An Amtrak train was damaged by what appeared to be an intentional roadblock on the tracks in Wayne County earlier this week, authorities said.

June 24, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Liberty County fire displaces man

A man was displaced after his home on the 200 block of Rye Patch Road in western Liberty County filled quickly with smoke Wednesday night.

June 22, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Police: Driver avoids checkpoint, crashes into pole in Long County after high-speed chase

Troopers manning a checkpoint in Walthourville were led on a high-speed chase into Long County when the driver tried to avoid the stop, according to ...

June 22, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Driver hurt in Lake George wreck

A single-vehicle wreck left the driver injured and knocked out power in the Lake George area.

June 22, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Jacksonville man dies in I-95 wreck in Liberty County

A Jacksonville, Florida, man was killed when the pickup he was driving ran off Interstate 95 and rolled over.

June 20, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Arrest warrant issued in Liberty County theft investigation

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has issued an arrest warrant in connection with an investigation into a possible heavy-equipment theft ring in Liberty County, and ...

June 20, 2016 | Staff report editor@coastalcourier.com | Public Safety


Attempt to fleece a scammer backfires

Recent reports filed with the Hinesville Police Department include:

June 20, 2016 | Staff report | Public Safety


Fire destroys Hinesville produce store

R&J Produce market in Hinesville was destroyed by a fire early Monday.

June 20, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


GBI: Appling County sheriff shoots motorist in Wayne County

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting Friday by the Appling County sheriff just over the line in Wayne County, according to ...

June 18, 2016 | Staff report editor@coastalcourier.com | Public Safety


Ludowici Police blotters

Reports filed with the Ludowici Police Department the week of May 26 through June 2 included:

June 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Authorities ask for help finding bank robber

The Jesup Police Department and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who robbed the ...

June 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Public Safety


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