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Three from Liberty County arrested in area drug sting

Receiving a request for assistance, the Liberty County Multi Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force aided the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team and the Richmond Hill Police Department in Friday's sting that netted 24 arrests.

January 28, 2009 | Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Home invaders brandish shotguns: Corrected

LUDOWICI - Two men and a woman were recently robbed at gun point during a home invasion in the Rye Patch Area of Long County.

January 26, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


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


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Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for April 9

March 7: • Aggravated cruelty to animals - A distraught grandfather reported that someone had shot his granddaughter's 15-month old Labrador retriever. The incident took place on John Wells Road.

April 09, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


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


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


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