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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


Murder cases developing

The murder trial for suspected killer Richard Earl Geiger, who is accused of stabbing his girlfriend with a knife, was continued because officials are awaiting a mental evaluation.

July 10, 2009 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Robbery suspect described

The FBI is asking area residents to help authorities find and arrest the man responsible for robbing the Midway branch of the Heritage Bank Wednesday morning.

July 10, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Public Safety


Vandals hit LCRD office again

Just a week after being burglarized and vandalized, the Liberty County Recreation Department's administrative office was hit again Tuesday night or Wednesday morning by vandals who broke the front door glass and shattered an interior glass wall. The vandals also targeted the National Guard Armory building and the law firm of Osteen and Osteen.

July 10, 2009 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Armed robber hits Midway bank

Local authorities were not commenting or releasing details about the Wednesday morning armed robbery at the Midway branch of The Heritage Bank, saying the investigation was turned over to the FBI.

July 08, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Public Safety


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Soldiers risk lives to extinguish fire

Maryella Haynes had just finished preparing dinner for her family Tuesday and went outside to check on her kids when her granddaughter came out, yelling about a fire.

July 18, 2014 | By Sgt. Alexandra Shea 1st ABCT, 3rd ID | Public Safety


Man who drove through Kroger warned staff

A man drove through the Hinesville Kroger late Wednesday night, causing considerable damage to the store at 555 W. Oglethorpe Highway.

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


Walthourville official's home destroyed

The home of Walthourville Mayor Pro Tem Patricia Green on Carter Road was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday.

July 16, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Shooting victim identified, shooter still loose

A Walthourville man was shot several times Monday night in a mobile-home park on Wilder Road.

July 16, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


More arrests in alcohol, tobacco fraud ring

The Walthourville Police Department has made two more arrests in connection with an illegal alcohol and tobacco ring raided last month.

July 16, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Hensler completes impaired-driving enforcement course

Corporal Scott Hensler of the Hinesville Police Department recently completed an advanced roadside impaired-driving enforcement course taught by the Georgia Police Academy Division of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

July 15, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Shooting victim critical

A Walthourville man was shot several times Monday night in a mobile home park on Wilder Road.

July 15, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Sheriff's academy for Liberty residents

The Liberty County Sheriff's Office will host another 10-week Citizen's Academy beginning Aug.6.

July 15, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Police probing Walthourville shooting

Authorities are investigating how a man was shot in Walthourville Monday night, according to Walthourville Police Chief Tracey McFadden.

July 14, 2014 | By Lewis Levine | Public Safety


Ludowici earns safety grant

The Georgia Municipal Association recently announced that the city of Ludowici received a safety grant check for $6,000. The funds will be used to purchase helmets, gloves, handbooks, manuals and radio systems.

July 14, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for July 14

June 26: Simple battery - An officer was called to a disturbance on Deer Trail Lane in Midway. The complainant said her friend came over drunk at 6:30 a.m. They hung out all day until the friend wanted the complainant to get off the phone and go for a walk with her. The complainant said no, which made the friend mad, and she began swinging at her.

July 14, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


Hinesville Police Department blotters for July 11

June 28: Criminal trespass - An officer responded at Ballard Drive in reference to two unidentified men knocking on the complainant's door.

July 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Three structure fires on 16 hours

Between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday, three structure fires were reported in Liberty and Long counties. No one was injured, but 10 area residents now are without homes. The blazes appear to be unrelated.

July 11, 2014 | By Lewis Levine and Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


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