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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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Bus driver arrested for DUI on her way to get kids

A Long County school bus driver was arrested for DUI shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday while on her way to pick up students, according ...

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


Obstinate suspect shows police work

The following incidents are taken from recent Hinesville Police Department reports:

September 22, 2016 | Staff report | Public Safety


Family burned out of home identified

A Hinesville family of five was displaced Monday night when a fire heavily damaged their Whisper Lane home.

September 21, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Man pleads, sentenced for armed standoff

A Flemington man involved in an armed stand-off with police in October 2013 entered into a plea agreement in Liberty County Superior Court Monday.

September 21, 2016 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


Monday night fire damage home

A Hinesville family was displaced Monday night when a fire heavily damaged their Whisper Lane home.

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


Alleged hit-and-run driver granted bond

The driver charged in the hit-and-run death of Midway native Ethan Pringle has been granted bond in Jasper County, South Carolina, Superior Court.

September 19, 2016 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


Rain only expected from tropical storm

Coastal Georgia could get as much as seven inches of rain by Friday from the quickly-risen Tropical Storm Julia.

September 14, 2016 | Staff report | Public Safety


Bus slides off road; no injuries

The back tires of a school bus from Joseph Martin Elementary School, carrying students slid into a ditch Tuesday afternoon.

September 13, 2016 | Staff report | Public Safety


Rincon man charged for fatal hit-and-run

The man allegedly responsible for the hit-and-run death of Midway resident Ethan Pringle, 26, has been arrested, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl ...

September 13, 2016 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


More than $30,000 missing from account

From Hinesville Police Department reports:

September 12, 2016 | Staff report | Public Safety


Midway man dies after hit-and-run

A Midway man, Ethan Pringle, 26, was killed by a hit-and-run driver early Saturday, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matt Southern.

September 12, 2016 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


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