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Tsunami: Should coastal Georgia residents be worried?

After seeing and hearing newscasts about the terrible devastation in northern Japan since the Pacific island nation was rocked by an earthquake and submerged by a tsunami last Friday, many people here on the coast have asked, "Can it happen to us?"

March 17, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Public Safety


Reporter heads out on patrol for a night with HPD

Friday nights with the Hinesville Police Department are like a scaled-down version of the television show, "Cops." There are lots of traffic stops, people found to be under the influence of mind-altering substances and drug busts. Basically, for a reporter, it means a night full of stories.

March 16, 2011 | Seraine Page | Public Safety


Locals battling McIntosh blaze

DARIEN - Firefighters have been battling a 500-acre brush fire off Highway 17, just north of Darien in McIntosh County.

March 15, 2011 | Associated Press | Public Safety


Liberty County 911 has interpreters on call

Imagine you are experiencing a life-or-death emergency and dial 911 for help. A calm voice answers, ready to help. Now imagine your ability to speak English is limited. Fortunately, the Liberty County 911 dispatcher can connect you to a trained interpreter. You relax a little, knowing Liberty County's first responders will receive valuable information to save lives and property.

March 15, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Public Safety


Jail expansion in works, county funds architecture

In January, a Liberty County Grand Jury committee found the Liberty County jail to be "well maintained and spotlessly clean," according to a legal notice run in the Feb. 9 issue of the Coastal Courier. However, the committee also expressed concern over the facility's ability to accommodate an increasing inmate population. The grand jurors recommended county officials and the Liberty County Sheriff's Office stay committed to expanding the jail in the near future.

March 14, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Public Safety


Hinesville Police blotter for March 11

March 2: Stalking, Atkinson Drive: An Atkinson Drive woman told police her ex-boyfriend had been stalking her since they broke up in 2007.

March 11, 2011 | Staff report | Public Safety


Fire leaves area family homeless

A Wednesday fire in Gum Branch left a family of three homeless. The fire broke out shortly after 3:30 p.m. at 103 Dolly Jane Drive, according to Gum Branch Volunteer Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Charles Helton. John Barnard and his two teenage sons live at the residence but were not home at the time of the fire.

March 11, 2011 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


Toddler dies, care-giver charged with murder

Hinesville Police arrested a soldier last week in connection with the death of toddler.

March 10, 2011 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


One dead another injured in shooting

One man is dead and another injured following a double-shooting in Fleming Wednesday night.

March 10, 2011 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Fire claims Walthourville family's home

A fire Thursday in the 300 block of King Road in Walthourville left a family homeless.

March 07, 2011 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Deputies train for quick action

Liberty County Sheriff's Office deputies are instructed in how to save lives through quick response by participating in a department-wide active-shooter training exercise each year. The LCSO held its training for 45-50 deputies this week at the shoot house on Fort Stewart's installation range.

March 07, 2011 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Public Safety


Burglary suspect considered dangerous

The Long County Sheriff's Office is looking for a burglary suspect who is considered armed and dangerous.

March 07, 2011 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Farm fire believed to be arson

A fire that broke out Feb. 20 at Walden Farms in Long County is believed to be a case of arson, Long County Sheriff's Office Investigator Tom Sollosi said.

March 07, 2011 | By Mike Stobbe Correspondent | Public Safety


Hazard planners discuss disaster scenarios

The Long County/Ludowici Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee met recently at the Ludowici City Hall to identify and prioritize possible disasters that could hit the area. Local emergency responders, along with other area agencies, offered input to hazard mitigation planner Kathy Flournoy.

March 05, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


Best things: Safely burn yard debris

Georgia Forestry Commission, Ogeechee District ranger David Duke said the No. 1 cause of wildfires in Liberty County is residents unintentionally allowing their yard-debris burns to get out of hand. Duke said weather conditions have been dry lately, even with a few recent light rains, and therefore homeowners should take extra care when burning residential yard debris.

March 05, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Public Safety


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Hinesville shoplifting leads to chase that ends in Richmond Hill

A shoplifting incident that began Thursday afternoon at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on West Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville led authorities on a high-speed chase that went ...

May 05, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Vandals cause thousands of dollars of damage

Three juveniles were arrested Thursday afternoon after a criminal investigation into several homes being vandalized at new housing developments.

May 02, 2016 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


Former Long County teacher had been warned about behavior

During his short tenure at Long County High School, former assistant band director and choral activities director Michael Loredo had a number of problems that ...

April 29, 2016 | Jason Wermers | Public Safety


Job offer was suspected scam

Recent crime reports filed with the Hinesville Police Department include:

April 26, 2016 | Staff report | Public Safety


Wreck blocks Highway 84 near Liberty County High School

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following clarification, which will appear in Sunday's print edition. Tasha Waye was driving ...

April 25, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Car flips over in front of Hinesville Lowe's

A car flipped on West Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville after the driver lost control Sunday evening, police said.

April 24, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Restaurant sanitation scores April 27

The following are among the food service establishments inspected in March by the Liberty County Health Department. The department scores on a 100-percentile scale. Kitchens ...

April 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Former Long County High School assistant band director arrested

A former assistant band director at Long County High School has been arrested and charged with engaging in sexual misconduct with students, according to the ...

April 21, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Hinesville man shot in leg

Authorities are investigating the shooting of a Hinesville man.

April 20, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


EMA: Be alert, Liberty

Hurricane season is coming, and the Liberty County Emergency Management Agency wants all residents to be ready with Alert Liberty.

April 17, 2016 | By Tiffany King | Public Safety


Nineteen complete Savannah Tech's Peace Officer Academy

SAVANNAH - Nineteen students from the Savannah Technical College Peace Officer Academy celebrated graduating from the program with a completion ceremony last month.

April 17, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


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