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Fire destroys Ludowici home

LUDOWICI - A Long County man and his wife lost their home to a fire Friday morning, according to Ludowici/Long County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Darrell Ballance.

July 27, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Staff writer | Public Safety


FBI sees no connection in bank robberies

According to Stephen Emmett with the Atlanta FBI, there have been no advances or arrests made in connection with The Heritage Bank robbery in Midway a few weeks ago.

July 24, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Public Safety


Local thwarts scam attempt

As the FBI reports a new scam spreading through the country, a Riceboro woman reports she was approached, but didn't fall for an well-worn scheme.

July 24, 2009 | Staff report | Public Safety


Local agencies hellp U.S. marshals in sweep

Members of the Liberty County Multi Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force and the Liberty County Sheriff's Office assisted the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in a succesful raid under operation Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally. The operation led to the arrests of 326 people in the region, 1,927 statewide and 190 nationally during the second week of July.

July 24, 2009 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Molester pleads guilty, gets 10 years probation

A 48-year-old Hinesville woman accused of molesting an 8-year-old relative entered a guilty plea before Liberty County Superior Court Judge D. Jay Stewart and received a 10-year probated sentence Thursday.

July 24, 2009 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Police: Soldier slain for car, ID

SAVANNAH - A Georgia-based soldier charged with killing an Army buddy was days away from being kicked out of the military and may have committed the crime to steal the victim's car and identity, a police detective testified in court Wednesday.

Savannah-Chatham County police say Pvt. Sylvester Denmark Horton shot Spc. Necco McCraw four times and left his body on a dirt road near the Savannah River on July 2. The slain soldier's 1-year-old son, who had been with McCraw, was found stranded but unharmed near a busy highway, and McCraw's debit card was used to buy two ...

July 23, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | Public Safety


Families spend time together in jail

Last week, two Long County families put a new twist on the old adage "a family that plays together stays together." There wasn't much playing involved but, due to some bad judgments, the families did end up staying together - in the Ludowici jail.

July 22, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Child molestation suspect pleads not guilty

Facing two counts of cruelty to children, three counts of child molestation and one count of criminal attempt to cause a child pain, suspect Nicholas Lewis stood before Liberty County Superior Court Judge Paul Rose and entered a plea of not guilty during his arraignment hearing July 14.

July 22, 2009 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Darien bank robbery suspects caught

DARIEN - Authorities have arrested two of three Florida men accused of robbing a bank on U.S. 17 in Darien.

July 22, 2009 | Associated Press | Public Safety


Bond denied to shooting suspect

A man is currently being held in the Liberty County Jail for a shooting in Walthourville during 4th of July weekend.

July 21, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Public Safety


Family grapples Long County woman's disappearance

Debora Gail DeLoach Moody was last seen Dec. 4, 2007. The Long County woman's disappearance shocked the local community and has been especially hard on Moody's family.

July 17, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Still no suspect in bank robbery

As of Tuesday night, there were still no suspect arrests in connection with last Wednesday's robbery of The Heritage Bank in Midway, said Atlanta FBI Agent Stephen Emmett.

July 15, 2009 | Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Public Safety


Murder, assault suspects arraigned

A man suspected of killing his mother and stepfather, a father accused of killing his 7-month-old daughter and a man suspected of sexual assault and false imprisonment all entered pleas of not guilty Monday morning during their respective arraignment hearing at the Liberty County Jail before Liberty Superior Court Judge Jay Stewart.

July 15, 2009 | Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


LRMC working on EMS building

Liberty Regional Medical Center isn't waiting around for county money to build its new, much-needed EMS headquarters building.

July 13, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Public Safety


Fire at Interstate mill damages machinery

A fire at Interstate Paper in Riceboro damaged machinery at the plant Saturday afternoon. Several fire and rescue departments from Liberty County responded.

July 13, 2009 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


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'Spider-Man' robs Wing Stop

An armed robber, wearing a Spider-Man mask, hit a Hinesville restaurant Saturday afternoon.

July 04, 2015 | By Lewis Levine | Public Safety


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


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