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State cuts clog criminal justice system

ATLANTA - Prosecutors are forced to ignore misdemeanor violations to pursue more serious crimes. Judges are delaying trials to cope with layoffs and strained staffing levels. And in some cases, those charged with violent crimes, even murder, are set free because caseloads are too heavy to ensure they receive a speedy trial.

October 29, 2011 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | Public Safety


EMA offering classes to train weather spotters

The Liberty County Emergency Management Agency needs weather spotters to assist them and the National Weather Service. In response to this need, EMA Deputy Director Larry Logan said his agency is offering special classes to train members of the community to spot and report weather conditions as they happen in their area.

October 29, 2011 | Randy C. Murray rmurray@coastalcourier.com | Public Safety


Hinesville Police Department blotter

Oct. 22: A resident of Ralph Quarterman Drive reported a burglary in which several rooms were disturbed and $30 worth of chicken was stolen from her freezer.

October 29, 2011 | Staff report | Public Safety


Sheriff looks to make night safer

Calling it a proactive move to provide children with a safe evening of trick-or-treating, Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes announced Thursday that many registered sex offenders living in the county are required to attend a mandatory meeting from 5-8 p.m. Monday.

October 28, 2011 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


Man gets 25 years for wreck that killed teen

A Long County man who was charged with vehicular homicide in a 2009 wreck that killed a teenage boy was sentenced to 25 years Tuesday.

October 28, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


Several Long Co. meth labs busted

The Long County Sheriff's Office recently made two methamphetamine drug busts and discovered what previously had been an active meth lab.

October 26, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


HPD blotter

Oct. 9: A Hinesville resident told police she was held against her will by a man who claimed she damaged his vehicle. When she went to the man's residence on Deerwood Court to deny the claim, the suspect reportedly tied her up and gagged her, then threatened to shave her head if she didn't tell the truth. The man then reportedly released her, saying he believed she didn't damage his vehicle. The woman told police she didn't want to press charges.

October 25, 2011 | Staff report | Public Safety


Sikes promotes deputies to corporals

Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes on Monday promoted Deputies Jason Colvin and Matthew Marchand to the rank of corporal.

October 25, 2011 | Staff report | Public Safety


Tattnall County wreck kills five, leaves boy in critical condition

A two-car collision Thursday in Tattnall County killed five people and left a child in critical condition, according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Denney Garner.

October 24, 2011 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


Five dead in tragic Glennville accident

A two-car collision Thursday on Highway 144 in Tattnall County killed five people and left a child in critical condition, according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Denney Garner.

October 21, 2011 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


Murder case moving toward trial

The case against murder suspect Jason Howard appears to be moving toward a trial.

October 21, 2011 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


Hunters told not to dump carcasses

Archery and black powder hunting already are in full swing, and with firearms hunting season kicking off Saturday, area forests likely will be filled with hunters of all ages. As with every hunting season, officials already are concerned about hunters leaving deer carcasses in public places, according to Long County Commissioner Wallace Shaw.

October 21, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


LCSO seeks church burglary suspect

A thief did the unthinkable, stealing a small safe box from a local church. The theft occurred just before midnight Sept. 19 at the Baconton Baptist Church in Allenhurst, according to law enforcement officials. The safe reportedly contained an undisclosed amount of cash and checks.

October 21, 2011 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


HPD blotter

Oct. 8: Police arrested several subjects for marijuana and cocaine possession after conducting a traffic stop at East Oglethorpe Highway and Sandy Run Drive. One passenger in the vehicle fled the scene, while the others were detained after the vehicle was stopped for a center-lane violation. Police also found a loaded handgun in the vehicle.

October 20, 2011 | Staff report | Public Safety


Man arrested for alleged meth lab involvement

A tip to the Multi Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force led to the arrest of a man suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine in Liberty County and the discovery of another active meth lab in Long County.

October 19, 2011 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety


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Pawn shop burglarized

From Hinesville Police Department reports.

November 22, 2017 | Staff report | Public Safety


Updated: Man recovered from river

Searchers have recovered the body of a Wayne County man who was feared to have drowned Sunday in the Altahama River.

November 20, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


‘Grandparents’ targeted in scam

A recurring scam has apparently reared its ugly head in the area.

November 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Coworkers' dispute prompts call to police

From Hinesville Police Department reports:

November 06, 2017 | Staff report | Public Safety


Shots fired during fight at Pineland

Hinesville police are investigating after a fight resulted in several shots being fired around 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Pineland Square Apartments.

November 06, 2017 | Staff report | Public Safety


Grand jury indictments

This report was gathered from information recorded during the recent Liberty County grand jury indictments by the September 2017 term. All suspects are considered innocent ...

November 05, 2017 | Staff report | Public Safety


Update: Pedestrian hit by SUV identified

A woman trying to cross West Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville was struck by a vehicle and died, according too Hinesville Police Traffic Accident Investigator Richard ...

November 04, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Hatchet bonded out on own recognizance

The man known as Hatchet Man for his 1996 attack on a woman using a hatchet and arrested in February on allegations of sexual abuse ...

November 02, 2017 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


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