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Man found not guilty in rape trial

It took 20 minutes Wed-nesday for a jury in Liberty County Superior Court to clear a man of a rape charge pertaining to an incident that allegedly occurred in June 2007.

May 08, 2009 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Lightning sparks small fire at eatery

On Wednesday, a fire caused by lightning broke out in the kitchen at the Clubhouse at Rye Patch and moved outside to a pressurized propane tank.

May 08, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


MACE looking for three suspects

The Multi Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force is looking for two men wanted for drug related charges in Liberty County.

May 07, 2009 | Staff report | Public Safety


Man killed in motorcycle wreck in Fleming

Ronald M. Harker, 72, of Hinesville was identified as the man who was killed in a motorcycle accident shortley after 4 p.m. Friday on Leroy Coffer Highway in Flemington.

May 04, 2009 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Cabbie injured during alleged robbery attempt

LUDOWICI - A cabdriver was injured while escaping from what is believed to be a robbery attempt Friday night.

May 04, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Talk show host gives LPD $25,000 for patrol car

LUDOWICI - Chief Richard Robertson and the Ludowici Police Department learned Wednesday they had been selected by Jenny's Heroes to get $25,000 to buy a 2009 Dodge Charger for a patrol car.

April 27, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Long Co. school probes apparent gang initiation

A group of Long County High School students may have held an apparent gang initiation April 10 in the school's bathroom, according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters.

April 27, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Hospital expanding ambulance coverage

West Liberty County residents may soon get quicker emergency medical service when Liberty Regional EMS gets its first west-end station.

April 24, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Public Safety


MACE asks Long Commission for funding, personnel

LUDOWICI - The Commander of the Multi Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force recently asked the Long County commissioners for additional funding for 2009-10.

April 22, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


MACE blotter for April 22

According to the Multi Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force Unit Commander Al Cato, his agents were called in to help deputies on March 6 after they stopped a vehicle headed north on I-95, reportedly weaving and speeding. Cato said there were several occupants in the vehicle. During a brief investigation, agents and deputies arrested the driver, Jeremy Gunter, for DUI. Authorities searched the car and found each occupant had several large quantities of prescriptions for a schedule three controlled drug. Cato said the prescriptions had all been filled in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Avoid work-at-home scams

Everyone's seen them-seductive work-at-home opportunities hyped in flyers tacked to telephone poles, in newspaper classifieds, in your e-mail, and all over the web, promising you hundreds or thousands of dollars a week for typing, stuffing envelopes, processing medical billing, etc. And it's just a phone call or mouse click away...

Might be tempting during these uncertain economic times, but beware of any offers that promise easy money for minimum effort-many are scams that fill the coffers of criminals.

April 20, 2009 | FBI story | Public Safety


MACE aids ATF in Statesboro sting

STATESBORO - Liberty County's Multi Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force aided the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and 15 other agencies in a 10-month investigation dubbed "Statesboro Blues," which led to the indictment of more than 100 offenders.

April 20, 2009 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Move over when officers, EMTs are near road

ATLANTA - According to FBI reports, traffic enforcement units face some of the greatest risks on the road. In 2008, for the 12th year in a row, crashes and traffic-related incidents either equaled or exceeded officers under fire as the leading cause of police deaths in this country.

April 15, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


MACE report for March

Total cases opened in March: 65

April 15, 2009 | Staff report | Public Safety


East end fire trucks questioned

East Liberty County will soon have new firefighting equipment its neighbors on the west side lack, and the seeming division of wealth had Liberty County commissioners questioning why.

April 15, 2009 | By Alena Parker 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


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