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Suspect faces statutory rape charge

Authorities in Ludowici have arrested one suspect in connection with the reported rape of a 12-year-old girl, and they're still looking for the person who is believed to have broken into a local grocery store earlier this month.

March 26, 2012 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Hinesville Police Department blotter

March 17: HPD officers reportedly had to pepper spray a man who attempted to elude police on his bicycle. Police attempted to make a traffic stop after they noticed the man riding his bike on the wrong side of the road, riding without proper lighting and violating traffic procedures. The man reportedly kept pedaling and signaling the officer away. Once the officers stopped the bicycle, the man reportedly began flailing his hands at the officers and attempted to punch an officer in the face. The man was pepper sprayed and detained. Officers found drug paraphernalia, a large folding knife, a ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff report editor@coastalcourier.com | Public Safety


St. Simons manhunt ends

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Authorities say an inmate who walked away from a work crew has been recaptured on St. Simons Island.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | Public Safety


Hinesville Police Department blotter

March 16: At 10:40 p.m., Hinesville Police Department officers were dispatched to Liberty Regional Medical Center to speak with Fort Stewart Department of Defense Police authorities, who reported a soldier accidentally shot himself in the finger. The incident reportedly happened while he was attempting to clear a weapon. The bullet struck his left ring finger. According to the incident report, it was a Glock .38 caliber weapon. The soldier was treated at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah.

March 22, 2012 | Staff report | Public Safety


Missing woman found in R.H.

The Florida woman who sparked a wide police search Monday when she dropped off a pickup at a stranger's home and then walked way was found around noon today in a motorhome in the same subdivision, police said.

March 21, 2012 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Murder suspect agrees to plea

In a surprising turn of events, what was expected to be a weeklong trial ended abruptly when murder suspect Jason Howard suddenly accepted a deal in exchange for pleading guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter in connection with the 2004 deaths of his mother and stepfather, Mildred and Jewel Cleveland, in their Gum Branch home.

March 21, 2012 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


Hinesville Police Department blotter

March 12: A resident of South Main Street reported the theft of his laptop, valued at $550, from his residence. The man told police he believes a relative may have taken the laptop.

March 20, 2012 | Staff report | Public Safety


Hinesville Police Department blotter

March 8: A man was cited for possession of marijuana after a traffic stop at West Hendry Street. The driver had an expired license plate and was found with a baggie of marijuana on his person.

March 17, 2012 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Shots fired in Long County domestic dispute

Three shots reportedly were fired last week during a domestic dispute in the northeastern section of Long County.

March 16, 2012 | By Mike Riddle | Public Safety


Hinesville Police Department blotter

March 1: A man reported the theft of his car stereo and amps while the car was stored at an auto repair shop on West Memorial Drive. The items were valued at $1,550.

March 15, 2012 | Staff report | Public Safety


Hinesville Police Department blotter

Jan. 25: A Hinesville resident told police someone stole more than $18,000 worth of home furnishings, military gear and personal items from his locked storage unit. The man told police he believed a woman he met at a local restaurant who helped him retrieve some items from the unit earlier may have taken one of the storage unit keys and the electronic access code from him. The woman was captured on the storage facility's security cameras entering the facility just after the man's access code was entered.

March 11, 2012 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


Hinesville Police Department blotter

March 2: Police responded to an affray at a park on East Oglethorpe Highway after one patrol officer heard several shots fired in the vicinity. Two subjects were detained on the scene but one was released after witnesses verified his lack of involvement. A third subject, later identified as the shooter, fled the scene but later was apprehended. The weapon was recovered and previously was reported stolen. The shooter faces charges of theft by receiving stolen property, discharging a firearm near a public street and carrying a weapon without a license.

March 10, 2012 | Staff report | Public Safety


First responders practice communications

First responders must be able to communicate with each other, other government agencies and the public in order to assist victims of natural and man-made disasters.

March 09, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Public Safety


EMA: Stay put during tornado

Georgia residents got a reminder last weekend about tornado preparedness.

March 09, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Public Safety


Men plead not guilty to kidnapping

Three Pembroke men have pleaded not guilty to federal charges in association with the kidnappings of two Bryan County residents.

March 08, 2012 | Special to the Courier | Public Safety


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Jury clears Midway man of murder charge

A man suspected of killing his roommate nearly three years ago was acquitted on the murder charges during a jury trial held this week.

October 21, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


iPad stolen from school, Pizza Hut employee hit by customer

From Hinesville Police Department reports:

October 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Car bursts into flames by courthouse

Hinesville fire fighters extinguished a fire Tuesday morning in the parking lot adjacent to the Liberty County Courthouse Annex.

October 11, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


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