A tentative trial has been scheduled for former Midway volunteer firefighter Calvin Chipp for May 29. He is charged with murder in the April 2005 death of Roger Harrell. They got into a fight at the Sky Box in Midway. A grand jury felt enough evidence was presented to proceed with a trial dated in the case that also alleges Chipp was in possession of a vehicle with altered identification during the reported offense.
Fleeing and attempting to elude/speeding April 16, 2007 Shuman Road, Hinesville A gray Nissan traveling at a high rate of speed tried to elude deputies when they tried to conduct a traffic stop. The driver of the Nissan proceeded at a high rate of speed through Groover and Ray roads until the deputies saw him returning to Highway 196 and turning turn onto Mobley Road. The driver was arrested for speeding and attempting to elude. ...
A Long County jury took less than one hour to find Michael Clements guilty this past week of kidnapping and two counts of aggravated sodomy.
Criminal trespass April 21, 2007 Cherokee Circle A couple having dinner in their home was startled by a loud crashing noise at the back of their residence. Immediately afterwards, their neighbor's dogs began to bark. When the couple checked their premises, they saw four to five individuals running away from the back their home. They discovered a window had been broken and a blue bandanna on the ground. Theft of automobile April 21, 2007 Saunders ...
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning remains the second leading cause of injury-related death in children ages 1 to 14. Help keep your child safe this summer by following these precautions from the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.
Three young people have lost their lives during the past three years in Long County as a result of wrecks on all-terrain vehicles.
Two 3rd Infantry Division soldiers killed Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 80 have been identified.
A Fort Stewart soldier made an unscheduled stop Monday when he drove his new Toyota Scion into the breakfast room of the Liberty Inn and Suites, 213 W. Gen. Screven Way in Hinesville.
Fleeing/DUI April 10, Kacey Drive, Hinesville Police became involved in a chase with a vehicle when the driver refused to pull over after deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver continued to weave through traffic, sometimes at a high rate of speed, cutting off a tractor-trailer, driving on the wrong side of the road and running a stop sign. In his attempt to elude police, the driver even drove through someone's yard. The ...
A Georgia Emergency Management Agency Search and Rescue Recertification Course was conducted March 31 at Liberty-Hinesville Emergency Management Agency.
Found property April 12, 2007 Liberty Manor Court A worker reported finding a gun in an apartment she was inspecting after the tenants moved out. A trace of the gun's serial number did not indicate it had been stolen. The weapon was described as a silver Jennings .22 caliber semi-automatic, serial number 639558. HPD placed the gun into the evidence locker for safekeeping. Interference with custody April 12, 2007 Sequoia Circle A complainant reported her ...
Suspicious death April 17, 2007 Miller Park, Flemington Liberty County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of 20-year-old Briana Varnedoe of Midway. According to initial reports, Varnedoe was with a friend at Miller's Park Tuesday night when she became ill and collapsed. Her friend called 911, which responded to the scene and took the victim to Liberty Regional Medical Center. Varnedoe was pronounced dead in the emergency room. Initial autopsy reports indicate there were no ...
The Riceboro mayor, council, and community will pay tribute to the Riceboro Volunteer Fire Department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Briar Bay Park on Barrington Ferry Road.
Hinesville firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire that tied up traffic on Highway 84 in front of Liberty County High School on Wednesday.
Two men are facing drug-related charges after being arrested Saturday by Ludowici police. According to police investigator Richard Robertson, Corp. Frankie Goff and Officer Walt Pelton were watching a home at 28-C Macon Street for possible drug activity. At about 7:30 p.m, the officers saw a Chevy Caprice back out of the driveway and then reverse direction and nearly slam into the residence. The driver, later identified as Sam Edwards, then attempted to back out ...
A Walthourville police officer has been arrested and charged with sexual assault. According to GBI Agent Eve Rogers, Kevin Rayley was arrested and charged with one count of sexual assault. Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden said the charge stems from a traffic stop Rayley initiated Aug. 23. Durden, who is awaiting the report, was unable to provide details on the type of assault that allegedly occurred. Walthourville Police Chief Tracy McFadden said Rayley ...
Highway 144 east on Fort Stewart was closed for several hours Wednesday afternoon due to a three-vehicle accident just after 1 p.m. near mile-marker 12. A pickup, a car and a dump truck were involved. Four people were injured, two of whom were taken by life flight to area hospitals. The highway was closed at the entrance to Holbrook Pond and at the intersection of 144 and Old Sunbury Road. Electric lines were down. Motorists were advised to avoid the area.
Sept. 1: Suspicious acts - A woman told deputies she went to bed at about 11 p.m. and when she left her house the next morning at 9:30 a.m. she found plastic forks all around her yard, stuck upright in the ground. She said she did not know who would want to play a prank on her, that she was more concerned about someone being in her yard late at night.
Aug. 28: Verbal dispute - A woman told deputies she took money from her husband's wallet to buy lottery tickets for her father. When she returned, her husband yelled at her for spending money.
Air Evac Life Team No. 96 from Jesup recently conducted a landing-zone safety class for members of volunteer fire departments from Lake George, Midway and Riceboro and a member of Liberty County's CERT Program. The Riceboro Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department hosted the training. Riceboro Chief Dennis Fitzgerald said the training is important for the safety of the first responders and for those who are involved in such incidents.
Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles on Monday administered the oath of office to two new law-enforcement officers.
Aug. 30: Lost or mislaid property - A man told police he had been discussing gun rights with his wife and her friend.
Aug. 24: Open Container/weaving across roadway/driving while license is suspended - Police stopped a man who was weaving on Highway 84 from Veteran Parkway to Dunlevie Road.
An arrest has been made in connection with several bomb threats that have targeted Hinesville businesses the past few days.
Aug. 25: DUI under 21/possession of alcohol by a minor - Police saw a group of young men hanging out in the parking lot of Gold and Silver Pawn and Guns and went to investigate.
A Hinesville woman was struck and killed by a vehicle Monday night on West Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville.
For the second time in less than a week, Hinesville police responded to an alleged bomb threat at Walmart. It was business as usual the second time around; store management apparently did not order an evacuation as they had on Sept. 6.
Shortly before 9 this evening, a woman who was believed to be trying to cross Highway 84 at Gen. Screven Way was hit and kiled by a vehicle traveling west.
Aug. 21: Theft by taking - A lawn mower and air compressor went missing from the front yard of a home on Wells Cemetery Road. The owner of the items said she left them in the front carport, which she kept well-lit at night. She said the mower was a push mower and her air compressor was manufactured by Kobalt. Police noticed tracks made by the lawn mower leaving the residence and continuing down the road to a neighbor's house.
Lt. Jeff Hein, commander of the Liberty County Sheriff's Office narcotics unit, describes law enforcement's continuous war on drugs as "a strategic game of chess, not checkers."