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Midway girl killed in wreck

A head-on collision in Douglas last Sunday claimed the life of 13-year-old Savannah Highsmith of Midway, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

January 26, 2009 | By Ross Blair Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Body of another soldier found on post

The body of another 3rd Infantry Division soldier was found on post Saturday.

January 23, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Public Safety


Man who stole from mom now in jail

LUDOWICI - The Grinch may have tried to steal Christmas, but one Ludowici man probably succeeded when he allegedly stole from his mother over Christmas.

January 21, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Missing soldier found

SAVANNAH - Although the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department no longer lists Charlana McKinsie as a missing person, as of Saturday, her whereabouts and status with the Army still are unknown.

January 19, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger and Frenchi Jones | Public Safety


Area crime stats in line with nation

The FBI released its preliminary, semiannual Uniform Crime Report on Monday and found that on a national level both violent crimes and property crimes have decreased in the past year; a 3.5 percent drop for violent crime and a 2.5 percent drop for property crime.

January 16, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger | Public Safety


Police: Soldier left on her own

SAVANNAH -- Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are no longer listing Charlana McKinsie as a missing person.

Metro Police announced in a news release at 3:40 Thursday that it is closing its investigation into the whereabouts of the Fort Stewart soldier who was reported missing after she did not pick her daughter up after school Monday afternoon.

January 16, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Long prison escapee caught

LUDOWICI - A Long State Prison inmate, who escaped Tuesday, is back behind bars.

January 16, 2009 | By Mike Riddle | Public Safety


Officials seek suspect

According to the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, a man robbed the Clyde's Market at Butler Avenue and Highway 84 in Midway at about 1:10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9.

January 16, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


3rd ID soldier still missing

SAVANNAH - The search continued through Thursday for a Fort Stewart soldier who was reported missing after she failed to pick up her teenage daughter from school Monday.

January 16, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | Public Safety


Missing soldier works on Fort Stewart

SAVANNAH (AP) - Savannah-Chatham County police were searching Wednesday for an Army soldier who was reported missing after she failed to pick up her teenage daughter from school.

Sgt. Charlana McKenzie, 32, was last seen by her 14-year-old daughter Sunday night, police spokeswoman Judy Pal said. The daughter told police she normally goes to school after McKenzie heads to work at nearby Fort Stewart, but her mother picks her up every afternoon, which she failed to do Monday.

January 14, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | Public Safety


Long County inmate escapes

A Long State Prison inmate escaped Tuesday, while on a work detail in Jesup.

January 14, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Meth labs found in Effingham Co.

SRINGFIELD - A half dozen methamphetamine labs have been dismantled in north Effingham County.

The Effingham County Sheriff's office said the labs were discovered Tuesday afternoon and led to the arrest of a man and woman who face multiple drug charges.

January 14, 2009 | Associated Press | Public Safety


Student hit by car in Ludowici

LUDOWICI -- According to Ludowici Police Chief Richard Robertson, at about 8 this morning a student was hit by a vehicle as the child was crossing McDonald Street in front of the board of education office.

"From what one witness told us, the child apparently ran out in front of the car, and was hit; at this point it doesn't appear that the driver was at fault, but everything is still under investigation", said Robertson.

January 13, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Sunday wreck injures five

A wreck involving a Long County man, and a woman, who was traveling with three passengers, appears to be alcohol related, according to Georgia State Patrol, Trooper William Bowman.

January 12, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Teen accidentally shot in stomach

Hinesville police have confirmed a teenager was shot at a home in the Eagles Landing subdivision Friday night.

The shooting occurred at a house on the 1400 block of Abrahms Ally shortly before 7 p.m. The teen was rushed to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah with a gunshot wound to the right side of his abdomen.

January 10, 2009 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


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Area's storm watch lifted

The National Weather Service has lifted a severe thunderstorm warch for Southeast Georgia, including Liberty and Long counties.

February 21, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


Tag-reader credited with more arrests

The Liberty County Sheriff's Office has one patrol vehicle equipped with a new device that is paying off. The Tag Reader System was key in a drug bust earlier this week on I-95.

February 21, 2014 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


One killed, seven injured by train in Jesup

One member of a Savannah-based Meddin Studios film crew shooting the Greg Allman biopic, "Midnight Rider," was killed in a train accident around 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon in Jesup, according to Wayne County Sheriff's Office Investigator Joe Gardner. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel. Seven others were injured, one of whom was taken by helicopter to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, where her condition is unknown.

February 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


RH ranked among safest Georgia cities

Richmond Hill is ranked No. 26 among Georgia's 50 safest cities, according to the website safewise.com.

February 20, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Public Safety


Controlled burns on Fort Stewart today

Fort Stewart will be burning nearly 1,200 acres of underbrush in forests on the post today, according to a release from its public affairs office.

February 20, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


Escaped inmate caught in Texas

A former Fort Stewart soldier who escaped with a second inmate from the Tattnall County Jail on Jan. 17 was arrested Saturday in Texas.

February 18, 2014 | By Mike Riddle | Public Safety


Ex-priest gets 7 years for child sex abuse

A former Catholic priest in Ohio who worked in Claxton, Pembroke and Glennville as recently as 2012 was sentenced Wednesday to 7½ years in prison for taking a 10-year-old boy across state lines for sexual purposes.

February 17, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Hinesville Police Department blotters

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February 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Missing Midway teen found safe

Midway Police Chief Kelli Morningstar's missing 16-year-old daughter, Alexis Maureen Morningstar, was found safe Friday morning in a Jacksonville department store and has been returned to her mother.

February 17, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


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