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Bond denied in hatchet attack case

Wallace James, the man allegedly responsible for a double homicide in Riceboro on Aug. 28, was denied bond Monday morning in Liberty County Superior Court.

October 11, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Woman says relations with ex-lover not consensual

Despite having earlier relations with John E. Schneider, a Sunbury area woman testified Wednesday that they did not engage in consensual sexual relations on the night that resulted in charges being filed against Schneider.

October 11, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


County opens courtroom in jail

During the September mid-month county commissioners meeting last Tuesday, officials said they liked the idea of moving some inmate hearings from the downtown courthouse to the courtroom housed in the Liberty County jail.

October 11, 2008 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Public Safety


Sunbury rape trial begins

The jury was selected and testimony began Tuesday in Liberty County Superior Court in the trial of a man accused of raping a Sunbury woman. The case, which has been likened to a crime novel, was once described as the trial of the century by attorneys. This trial and others that may follow promise several twists and turns.

October 09, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Sheriff commended for support of youth home

Liberty County Sheriff Don Martin recently received an award of appreciation from the Georgia Sheriff's Association and Youth Homes representative Sid Roberts, thanking the sheriff for the support he lends to the Georgia Youth Homes.

October 09, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Long Co., MACE make 15 drug arrests

LUDOWICI -- On Sept. 16, the Long County Sheriff's Department and the Long/Liberty MACE Drug Task Force arrested 15 alleged drug dealers.

October 09, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Fire burns home, spreads to woods

LUDOWICI - A fire that started in a mobile home destroyed the residence, and then moved into the surrounding woods this past Friday in Long County.

October 07, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Teen drowns in apartment pool

A Savannah teen drowned Saturday afternoon while swimming in a Hinesville pool with his brother.

September 18, 2008 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Robber assault clerk to hit antique store

LUDOWICI - A man employed at an antique store here was assaulted and then the store was robbed Friday.

September 16, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Student allegedly caught with pot at middle school

A middle school student was reportedly arrested after being found in possession of suspected marijuana at school.

September 11, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Father, son killed in Effingham shootings

While authorities search for the gunman in an apparent triple shooting that has left two people dead and another critically wounded, friends and longtime associates are trying to figure out why a prominent Effingham County businessman and his son were killed.

September 10, 2008 | By Patrick Donahue Effingham Herald | Public Safety


Immigrant raid apparent leads to $300,000 forfeiture

The forfeiture of $300,000 to the federal government appears to be part of an agreement resulting from a January raid on the China Super Buffet.

September 09, 2008 | By Joe Parker Jr. Staff writer | Public Safety


Georgia participats in 'Hands Across Border'

ATLANTA - The Georgia State Patrol and members of the Department of Public Safety's Motor Carrier Compliance Division will join their law enforcement counterparts in neighboring states next week to encourage safe travel during the upcoming Labor Day holiday travel period.

September 09, 2008 | Staff report | Public Safety


Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for Aug. 24

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September 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Public Safety


FBI identify body of man found on post

The FBI still is investigating the case of James Allen Phillips, whose body was found in late January near a pond on Fort Stewart.

September 06, 2008 | By Joe Parker Jr. Staff writer | Public Safety


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Ludowici hires new police chief

The Ludowici City Council on Tuesday formally hired James Steiner as the new police chief. He had been serving as the interim chief since January.

April 14, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


EMA/911 host open house

Several families took the time to learn more about their county emergency services by touring the Liberty County EMA office and 911 call center during an open house Wednesday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Public Safety


Shot fired into home, man injured fleeing

One man was injured when he was trying not to get hit by multiple gunshots fired at a home in the 1100 block of Cobra Circle in Hinesville this morning.

April 14, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Girl hit by car outside birthday party

A 3-year-old Fort Stewart girl was struck by a vehicle outside a Hinesville hotel at a birthday party Saturday night.

April 12, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for April 11

March 9: Arrest with a warrant - A male passenger was placed under arrest when a check of his license showed he had an outstanding warrant. The man had failed to appear in court in Chatham County.

April 11, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


AARP holding safe-drivers class Wednesday

AARP will hold a safe-drivers class from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at Grace Christian Church on Highway 84.

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


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


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