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Deer present extra risk to drivers in fall

MERIDEN, Conn. - Fall is the worst time of year for automobile collisions involving deer. From October through December each year, these accidents account for more than 150 human and nearly 1.5 million deer fatalities. Experts attribute the problem to the combination of deer mating and migration habits and shortened daylight hours.

October 25, 2008 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Keep trick-or-treaters safe on Halloween

Halloween is one of the most enjoyable holidays for adults and children alike. It's also a time for making sure children are safe - in their costumes, on the street, and while enjoying all the treats collected. The following tips will help ensure your trick-or-treaters play it safe while haunting neighborhoods and gathering goodies.

October 23, 2008 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Grant to city helps police, fire departments

Hinesville recently received a $5,000 safety and liability management grant from the Georgia Municipal Association.

October 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Arrests made for school break-ins

The Ludowici Police Department arrested three suspects Monday in three different school break-ins in Ludowici.

October 23, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Murder trial ends in hung jury

After more than seven hours of deliberation, the jury assigned to Eddie Goodwin's trial was unable to come to an agreement on four charges of malice murder, felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and aggravated assault.

October 18, 2008 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Public Safety


Car bumps police cruiser, pot, liquor found

Hinesville Patrolman Michael Troutman was driving a prisoner Saturday evening to the Liberty County Regional Jail, and had stopped for the traffic light at the intersection of Frank Cochran and West Oglethorpe Highway when he was struck from behind by Akeem Walthour, 20, of Riceboro - driving an older model Buick. Walthour had a passenger, Chuckie Youmans, 17, in the vehicle with him.

October 16, 2008 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Truck wreck kills man

James Smiley, 59 was killed in a single vehicle accident Saturday morning according to GSP Trooper Robert Barry.

October 14, 2008 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Sheriff's blotter for Sept. 28

Aug. 21, Burglary/forced entry, West Oglethorpe Hwy.

October 14, 2008 | Staff report | Public Safety


Traffic stop leads to kidnapping arrest

LUDOWICI - A traffic stop in Ludowici led to the arrest of a man charged in a kidnapping case in Texas.

October 14, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Trash fire puts on show

Shoppers at Wal-Mart got more than they bargained for Saturday afternoon as smoke filled the sky behind the store and flames shot nearly 100 feet in the air.

October 14, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Legion trying to help hurricane victims

INDIANAPOLIS - The American Legion sped up its process to assist Legionnaires and Sons of the American Legion members who have been victimized by Hurricanes Ike or Gustav. Financial grants are available through the organization's National Emergency Fund.

October 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Bond denied in hatchet attack case

Wallace James, the man allegedly responsible for a double homicide in Riceboro on Aug. 28, was denied bond Monday morning in Liberty County Superior Court.

October 11, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Woman says relations with ex-lover not consensual

Despite having earlier relations with John E. Schneider, a Sunbury area woman testified Wednesday that they did not engage in consensual sexual relations on the night that resulted in charges being filed against Schneider.

October 11, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


County opens courtroom in jail

During the September mid-month county commissioners meeting last Tuesday, officials said they liked the idea of moving some inmate hearings from the downtown courthouse to the courtroom housed in the Liberty County jail.

October 11, 2008 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Public Safety


Sunbury rape trial begins

The jury was selected and testimony began Tuesday in Liberty County Superior Court in the trial of a man accused of raping a Sunbury woman. The case, which has been likened to a crime novel, was once described as the trial of the century by attorneys. This trial and others that may follow promise several twists and turns.

October 09, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


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Storm watch issued for area

On top of the heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service in our area today, it now has a severe thunderstorm watch in effect.

July 28, 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


Authorities hope they have GeoVista robber

William Bass, who was believed to be living in Liberty County, is being looked at as the primary suspect in last week's GeoVista robbery in Hinesville.

July 18, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Electrical problem may have started fire

The Carter Road home of Walthourville Mayor Pro Tem Patricia Green was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.

July 18, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


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