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Home invasion results in shooting

A Hinesville man was shot Wednesday night during a scuffle with an intruder at his Pineland Square Apartments home. An unknown gunman reportedly forced his way in the apartment the victim shares with his girlfriend.

January 10, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety

Suspect indicted in 3rd ID soldier's death

A federal grand jury in Savannah indicted Carl Evan Swain, 43, of Alabama, on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the Nov. 30 death of a Fort Stewart soldier, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia, Savannah Office.

January 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety

Man shot at Hinesville apartment

A man was shot Wednesday night at Pineland Square apartments on Pineland Avenue in Hinesville. According to Hinesville Police Department Maj. Thomas Cribbs, the victim was at home when a female friend came to the door. As she entered the apartment, a man reportedly accosted her and tried to force his way in. Two other men reportedly lingered behind the first man. A skirmish allegedly ensued between the first suspect and the apartment resident, which is when the victim was shot in the left shoulder. Although the man's wound appeared to be non-life-threatening, Cribbs said he was taken to ...

January 08, 2014 | By Lewis Levine | Public Safety

Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for Jan. 8

Dec. 13: Theft by conversion - A woman and her boyfriend living with her mother claimed the mother tossed them out without a proper eviction. The couple said they left and returned the next day to retrieve their property but the mother had locked up 250 of her DVD movies and refused to give them back.

January 08, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

Cold weather tips from insurance commish

Atlanta – With bitter cold weather on us, state Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens reminds Georgians of important insurance and fire safety tips.

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

Wind chill advisories up this morning

Wind chill advisories are up across Southeast Georgia this morning as the breeze is making the 15-20 degree temperatures seem much colder.

January 07, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

Hinesville PD blotter for Jan. 6

Dec. 17: Theft by taking, bicycle - Someone was seen riding a blue bicycle down East Court Street that reportedly was taken from the New and Not Store on South Main Street. An employee of the store told the manage she saw a man riding the stolen bicycle but police were not able to locate the man or bike. The store manage said they were closing up for the night and started to put away the inventory they kept on the sidewalk in front of the store. She said while she was putting a few things inside, a man swiped the ...

January 06, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

Freeze warning issued for area

A freeze warning is in effect for Southeast Georgia, including Liberty and Long Counties. But no storms are predicted.

January 06, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

H-ville man shot to death in Jesup

Area law-enforcement agencies are tight-lipped following the discovery of a Hinesville man's body Dec. 23 on Whaley Street in Jesup and a Christmas Eve shooting at the intersection of South West Broad and Cherry streets that injured three people.

December 31, 2013 | By Derby Waters Jesup Press-Sentinel | Public Safety

Hinesville PD blotter for Dec. 30

Dec. 14: Suspicious person - Scared by the sudden appearance of a man wearing a dark ski mask and trench coat outside her Barony Court home, a woman called her father, who quickly dispatched a 911 call. The woman said the man parked his car outside her home, walked at a fast pace to the front door and rang the doorbell. The man waited for 15 minutes before driving away. Police spoke with a neighbor who said he saw a man in a late-model Mazda park in front of the woman's house. The neighbor said it was a white male ...

December 30, 2013 | Staff report | Public Safety

Arrest warrant alleges robbery

The Long County Sheriff's Office has gotten an arrest warrant for Collen Marie Covington, who has been indicted on charges of criminal trespass, stalking and burglary, according to LCSO Lt. Tom Sollosi. Anyone who has seen Covington or knows of her whereabouts should call a local law-enforcement agency or the Long County Sheriff's Office at 545-2118.

December 30, 2013 | Staff report | Public Safety

Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for Dec. 27

Dec. 8: Driving with suspended license/tag light required/unsafe vehicle - A woman was stopped at Lewis Frasier Road in Midway when a deputy noticed a broken tag light on her Grand Prix. The deputy ran her information through the system and discovered she had a suspended license and was wanted in Bibb County. She was cited for faulty tag lights and unsafe vehicle and was taken to jail on a hold for the outstanding warrant.

December 27, 2013 | Staff report | Public Safety

Hinesville PD blotters for Dec. 25

Dec. 13: Unlawful dumping - The owners of the Family Dollar Store on E.G. Miles Parkway called police to complain about someone using their company Dumpster to dispose of personal trash.

December 25, 2013 | Staff report | Public Safety

State cracking down on DUI

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety has again rolled out its annual holiday campaign, "Operation Zero Tolerance," and that means one thing - law-enforcement officers around the state are out in full force to crack down on drunk drivers through the New Year's holiday.

December 24, 2013 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety

Purse-snatching reported Friday

A woman's purse was snatched shortly after 7 p.m. Friday while she was shopping in the Walmart plaza in the 700 block of W. Oglethorpe Highway. She said she was loading items into her vehicle when it happened.

December 24, 2013 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety

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Tag-reader credited with more arrests

The Liberty County Sheriff's Office has one patrol vehicle equipped with a new device that is paying off. The Tag Reader System was key in a drug bust earlier this week on I-95.

February 21, 2014 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety

One killed, seven injured by train in Jesup

One member of a Savannah-based Meddin Studios film crew shooting the Greg Allman biopic, "Midnight Rider," was killed in a train accident around 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon in Jesup, according to Wayne County Sheriff's Office Investigator Joe Gardner. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel. Seven others were injured, one of whom was taken by helicopter to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, where her condition is unknown.

February 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety

RH ranked among safest Georgia cities

Richmond Hill is ranked No. 26 among Georgia's 50 safest cities, according to the website

February 20, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Public Safety

Controlled burns on Fort Stewart today

Fort Stewart will be burning nearly 1,200 acres of underbrush in forests on the post today, according to a release from its public affairs office.

February 20, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

Escaped inmate caught in Texas

A former Fort Stewart soldier who escaped with a second inmate from the Tattnall County Jail on Jan. 17 was arrested Saturday in Texas.

February 18, 2014 | By Mike Riddle | Public Safety

Ex-priest gets 7 years for child sex abuse

A former Catholic priest in Ohio who worked in Claxton, Pembroke and Glennville as recently as 2012 was sentenced Wednesday to 7½ years in prison for taking a 10-year-old boy across state lines for sexual purposes.

February 17, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety

Hinesville Police Department blotters

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February 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety

Missing Midway teen found safe

Midway Police Chief Kelli Morningstar's missing 16-year-old daughter, Alexis Maureen Morningstar, was found safe Friday morning in a Jacksonville department store and has been returned to her mother.

February 17, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety

Chief's daughter found safe

Midway Police Chief Kelli Morningstar's 16-year-old daughter, Alexis Maureen Morningstar, was found safe Friday morning in Jacksonville and is being returned to her mother in Midway.

February 14, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety

Hinesville PD blotter for Feb. 14

Jan. 22: Cruelty to animals - A 28-year old Hinesville man was charged with cruelty to animals after HPD officers and an animal-control officer responded to an anonymous call that a dog had been abandoned inside a house. After getting access to the house through the real-estate manager, the emaciated dog was taken for medical care and contact was made with the owner, who admitted he had left the dog inside the house three weeks earlier.

February 14, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

Weather causes few problems

The final bands of winter precipitation exited Georgia early Thursday afternoon, leaving a blanket of snow along the Interstate 20 corridor from roughly Madison to Augusta, according to Georgia Department of Transportation Communications Director Karlene Barron.

February 14, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

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