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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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Area law-enforcement agencies make burglary bust

A Fort Stewart custodian faces charges of burglarizing numerous homes in Liberty and Long counties. The suspect, Khalil Abdullah, is at the Liberty County jail in Hinesville.

September 19, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


Jury quickly reaches Boles guilty verdict

The jury didn't deliberate long in the state's case against Torres Boles. The six men and six woman took less than an hour Wednesday to find the Hinesville man guilty of felony murder, three charges of cruelty to children and one charge of deprivation of a child - his own daughter, Andraia Boles, who was 3 years old at the time of her death.

September 19, 2014 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


Fight may or may not have involved gun

Recent reports filed with the Hinesville Police Department include:

September 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


'If you leave me, I'll total my car...'

Here are a couple reports filed recently with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office:

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Home invaders cut woman's face

Recent reports to the Hinesville Police Department include:

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Testimony underway

Six men and six women were chosen and the trial for alleged child murderer Torres Boles promptly started Monday afternoon at theLibertyCountyJusticeCenter.

September 15, 2014 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


Divorcing woman alleges child neglect

Here are some recent reports filed with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office:

September 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Arrest for suspected animal cruelty

Recent reports filed with the Liberty County Sheriff's office included:

September 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Trial for toddler's death starts Monday

The trial against accused murderer Torres Boles is set to begin Monday in Liberty County Superior Court.

September 11, 2014 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


Vehicles, friends make trouble for residents

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

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Exotic dancer assaulted by others

Here are some recent reports filed with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office:

September 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Rash of bike thefts reported in Ludowici

A bicycle thief or thieves hit Ludowici last week, allegedly stealing four bicycles within six days.

September 08, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Allenhurst woman, daughter killed in Effingham wreck

An Allenhurst woman and her daughter were killed Sunday afternoon in a vehicle accident in Effingham County.

September 08, 2014 | By Lewis Levine | Public Safety


West Nile found in Hinesville

A mosquito recently found in a trap set by mosquito-control program employees with Hinesville's public-works contractor, CH2MHILL/OMI, tested positive for West Nile Virus.

September 06, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Public Safety


Driving in Liberty doesn't pay off for criminals

Here are some recent reports filed with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office:

September 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


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