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Stabbing suspect pleads guilty

Former Liberty County High School student and football player Travon Walthour last week accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to 25 years in prison, followed by two years of probation, for the January 2012 stabbing death of Terry Floyd Jr.

April 09, 2014 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


Severe storm warning issued for area

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Liberty and Long counties, on top of our existing tornado watch.

April 07, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


Sheriff, BoE train for school safety

Ensuring the safety of public-school students requires a collaborative effort by school personnel and law enforcement, according to Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes, whose office recently completed active-shooter training. The training, with the assistance of Global Tactical Training Group and the Midway Police Department, included all certified deputies and consisted of building entries, room entries and rappelling techniques.

April 07, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Hinesville PD blotter for April 7

March 9: • Theft by taking: A Gause Street woman told police someone took two truck tires from her yard. The woman said she noticed the tires were missing when she returned home from a funeral. She told police a neighbor said he had spotted the tires in the back of a man's pickup when riding his bike through the neighborhood.

April 07, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


Drug bust nets $135,000 in cash

The Long County Sheriff's Office, in a joint effort with other law enforcement agencies, recently made two drug busts, obtaining cash and drugs with a street value of more than $150,000.

April 07, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Liberty Prom Promise has serious message

Convicted felon Adam Cochrane told Liberty County High School students Thursday during a prom-promise that the choices one makes are like ripples on a pond - they leave behind consequences that affect others. Cochrane, a Bradwell Institute graduate, said his choosing to drink and drive one night in 2004 cost three people their lives.

April 05, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Public Safety


Disgruntled soldiers get life sentences for murders

Two members of the Forever Enduring Always Ready (FEAR) militia pleaded guilty Thursday at the Long County Courthouse to the December 2011 murders of Tiffany York, 17, and Michael Roark, 19.

April 04, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Truck driver charged after wreck

Michael Bullard, the Blackshear truck driver involved in a vehicle accident that sent four people to the hospital last week, has been arrested and charged with four traffic violations.

April 03, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Peden, Salmon admit guilt in murders

Christopher Salmon and Anthony Peden, accused members of the F.E.A.R. militia, appeared in Long County court this morning and pleaded guilty in negotiated deals worked out with the state, according to prosecutor Isabel Pauley. They had been facing charges in the December 2011 deaths of Tiffany York, 17, and Michael Roark, 19.

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Two fires on post today

Fort Stewart Forestry Branch will be burning in the following training areas Thursday, according to a news release from the post.

April 03, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Prom Promise warns students of risks

Teens think they're invincible, that they'll live forever. The possibility they could be killed or maimed in a car crash on prom night is not on their minds.

April 03, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Public Safety


Alleged Sand Hill thief found in Florida

Susan M. Lash, 31, was arrested March 21 by the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Florida, according to Long County Sheriff's Office Lt. Tom Sollosi.

April 02, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


FEAR militia suspects due in court Thusrday

Murder suspects Anthony Peden and Christopher Salmon will be in court Thursday in Long County. The two are scheduled to go before Judge Robert Russell III at 9 a.m. regarding their involvement in the December 2011 deaths of Tiffany York, 17, and Michael Roark, 19.

April 02, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Hinesville PD blotter for March 31

March 4: Criminal trespass - Someone used a brick to break open the back window of an office at the historic Dorchester Academy in Midway. The museum director said nothing appeared to be missing except for her office calculator, which was found outside the window.

March 31, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


Long County deputy injured in crash

A Long County sheriff's deputy en route to assist another officer Friday night was injured when his vehicle collided with another vehicle.

March 29, 2014 | By Lewis Levine | Public Safety


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Man shot in Richmond Hill parking lot

A man was shot around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the Suites at Station Exchange parking lot in Richmond Hill.

August 20, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


Police officers apparently prevent suicide

Recent reports with the Hinesville Police Department included one of two officers, veterans themselves, talking a soldier out of committing suicide:

August 20, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


Robbery charges added in Lake George assault

The two people who allegedly stabbed a Lake George man Sunday night now face burglary and other charges, according to police.

August 20, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Downed power line starts fire in Ludowici

Smiley Elementary School was briefly evacuated around 2 p.m. Tuesday when stormy conditions caused a tree to fall on a power line outside the school. The downed line started a small fire in the woods and caused a surge inside the school, which knocked out power and caused the fire alarm to go off, according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Man stabbed in Lake George Sunday

The two people who alleged stabbed a Lake George man Sunday night have been charged with aggravated assault, according to police.

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


Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for Aug. 18

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

August 18, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


Long Co. wreck injures four

A wreck Thursday night at the intersection of Rye Patch and Wilkerson roads in Long County sent four people to the hospital, according to Ludowici/Long County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Richard Truman.

August 15, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


Hinesville PD blotter for Aug. 15

Recent reports filed with the Hinesville Police Department include:

August 15, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


LCSO blotters for Aug 13

July 21: Disorderly conduct, criminal trespass - On Live Oak Road in Hinesville, people gathered in the complainant's yard, threatening to beat up her daughter. She said that they have done this twice. A woman the complainant knew came to the door both times and knocked aggressively. She even came to the door with a hoe in hand, wanting to fight the complainant's daughter over a man. When asked to leave the property, the woman refused. However, the suspect said the daughter came to her house earlier to talk to the man, and the woman only came to the ...

August 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Firefighters work for access to hydrants

During a semi-annual fire hydrant testing period and several fire-related incidents, members of the Hinesville Fire Department recently reported increased obstruction of fire hydrants.

August 13, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Reward offered for information about fire

The Georgia State Fire Marshal's Office is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or people involved in a suspicious fire that broke out in Walthourville the morning of Aug. 6 and destroyed an unoccupied home.

August 13, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Fun, learning at Hinesville Night Out

National Night Out recently was held in Hinesville, featuring music, dancing and fun while addressing the serious question of how to fight crime.

August 12, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Long County Night Out growing

Long County held its annual National Night Out on Thursday at the Long County Recreation Complex.

August 11, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Hinesville PD blotter for Aug. 11

Recent reports filed with the Hinesville Police Department include:

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


Flood watch cancelled

The National Weather Service has cancelled a flood watch for our area that was orginally set to go through tonight.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


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