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Drowning victim found in borrow pit

The body of a drowning victim was recovered from a Liberty County borrow pit Thursday evening on Wells Cemetery Road near Gum Branch.

May 09, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety

Possible drowning off Wells Cemetery Rd.

A 29-year-old man may have drowned Thursday afternoon in a pond off Wells Cemetery Road near Gum Branch. At press time, Liberty County first responders were searching the pond for the man's body, and a diving team was en route from Jesup. According to Liberty County Sheriff's Office Detective Brian Barnes, the man reportedly had been swimming with a friend around 4 p.m. when he went under the water and did not resurface. The friend then went to get help. Liberty EMA, the sheriff's office and area fire departments were assisting at the scene.

May 08, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety

Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for May 7

March 16: Simple battery - A Freedman Grove Road woman told deputies her neighbor grabbed and hit her after their children fought. The woman said her minor daughter was playing outside with the neighbor's minor son. The children argued, and the boy got hurt. The woman told deputies the neighbor came to her house, yelling and cursing for her to come outside.

May 07, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

BCHS teacher resigns pending investigation

A Bryan County High School teacher allegedly involved in inappropriate behavior with a female student has resigned "effective immediately," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Brooksher in a press release issued Friday morning.

May 06, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Public Safety

Semi fire snarls traffic on 196

A tractor-trailer driver and his wife, who are from Augusta, escaped unharmed when their truck caught fire Tuesday morning on Highway 196 in Long County's Sand Hill community, near the Time Saver convenience store. The couple, hauling a load of compressed cardboard, had been traveling east around 11:30 a.m. when a tire blew and caught fire. The driver pulled off the highway into a dirt parking lot, where the blaze spread to the whole trailer. The cab sustained minor damage, and no one was injured. The Long County Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene minutes later ...

May 06, 2014 | By Dan Scott Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety

Midway 1st responders rescue cat

The Midway owner of a pregnant cat that was stuck in a tree for nearly 30 hours is relieved and grateful to local first responders who learned of her pet's situation and came to its rescue.

May 06, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety

Motorcycle crash victim identified

The motorcyclist accident Monday afternoon near Midway killed the spouse of a soldier assigned to Fort Stewart, according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Harry Middleton.

May 05, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

Robbery probe leads to still

Two connected robberies last week in Liberty County led to the eventual discovery of an active moonshine still by law-enforcement authorities.

May 05, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety

Hinesville PD blotter for May 2

April 5

May 02, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

Peden gets life with parole possibility

Former Forever Enduring Always Ready (FEAR) militia member Anthony Peden was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with the possibility of parole in the December 2011 murders of Tiffany York, 17, and Michael Roark, 19. Peden, 28, and his co-defendant, Christopher Salmon, 27, pleaded guilty to the murders last month in Long County court. They were arrested more than two years ago following a investigation into the militia's operation and the teens' deaths at Morgan Lake.

May 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety

Safety Awareness Day in Ludowici

The Long County Protective Services Auxiliary recently had its annual Safety Awareness Day at the Long County Recreation Complex. Supporters of the auxiliary include the Long County Sheriff's Office, the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department, Long/Liberty County EMS Service, the Georgia Forestry Commission, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the AirEvaq Lifeteam.

May 01, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety

Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for April 30

March 10: Suspicious activity - A man who resides at a boarding house on Ola B Lane said he thinks his landlord is stealing from him. The man said he receives a monthly Social Security check for $721. His landlord keeps the check and gives him $50 a month to spend. The man said he didn't receive his $50 or his medication for the past month. The landlord said the man made arrangements to have his check deposited directly into her account. She added that she used the $50 to pay for his probation fees last month.

April 30, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

Seven years prison, 8 probation for deputy's death

In the end, Chatham County Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley said he couldn't understand what led former Richmond Hill High School honor student and HOPE scholar Patricia Ann Collins to get behind the wheel on June 15, 2012, after drinking heavily at bars in Savannah.

April 30, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Public Safety

Storms possible tonight, Wednesday

While no storm watches have been issued by the Charleston office of the National Weather Service for Coastal Georgia, its forecasts are warning that two days of storms, some possibly severe, are possible.

April 29, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

Area drug court gets certification

Superior Court Judge D. Jay Stewart of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit Felony Drug Court recently announced that the drug court now is fully certified and eligible to receive state grant funding in fiscal years 2015 and 2016. The Atlantic Judicial Circuit Felony Drug Court has been in operation since January 2009 and has been providing taxpayers savings and quality services to its participants in Liberty, Long, Tattnall, Bryan, McIntosh and Evans counties. Funding would provide for treatment costs, community supervision, drug and alcohol testing kits and administrative costs.

April 29, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety

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July 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety

Suspects sought in Long Co. assault

Two people are wanted in connection with a case involving a kidnapping, a vehicle hijacking, an armed robbery and aggravated assault. It was reported in Long County on July 2. The incident reportedly happened between 1:30-3:50 a.m. at a residence in the Sandhill community, according to Long County Sheriff's Office Investigator Al Cato.

July 07, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety

Walthourville man hurt in ATV wreck

A Walthourville man was injured Sunday night in an ATV accident.

July 07, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety

Illegal booze, cigarette ring uncovered

A Fort Stewart soldier and a woman face numerous charges after they were arrested Thursday for allegedly illegally selling alcohol and tobacco products from a Walthourville home.

July 05, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office blotters

June 13

July 04, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

Hinesville Police Department blotters

June 20

July 04, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

County approves a false-alarm ordinance

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners approved a false-alarm ordinance at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening.

July 04, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Public Safety

Parker arson case delayed again

The case of the state of Georgia vs. Robert Parker, a former Long County Sheriff's deputy, was delayed again Wednesday morning when First District Atlantic Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Robert L. Russell III agreed to set Aug. 1 for a "Rule 20" hearing to allow Parker to enter a plea.

July 04, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Public Safety

Liberty Co. Sheriff’s blotters for July 2

June 10: Suicide attempt - A vehicle drove into a ditch on EB Cooper Highway. The driver was the complainant's wife, who was not on scene when the deputy arrived.

July 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety

Fireworks must be ‘safe, sane’

Fireworks purchased in South Carolina, Alabama and Florida might not be legal in Georgia, according to

July 02, 2014 | Randy Morton | Public Safety

Locals sentenced in drug ring

DUBLIN, Ga. - Twenty-one defendants have been sentenced for their involvement in a Dodge County area drug-trafficking organization, including two men from Hinesville and one from Ludowici.

July 02, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety

Long deputy stops high-speed chase

A high-speed chase that began in Wayne County shortly before noon ended in Long County when a Long County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped the suspect using the pit maneuver, causing the fleeing driver to wreck.

July 01, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety

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