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Defense says FEAR suspect has PTSD

Two men accused of murders that happened two years ago this month made their first appearance in Long County Superior Court on Friday morning.

December 09, 2013 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for Dec. 6

Nov. 25: Theft by taking, misdemeanor - A deputy was dispatched to the scene of a reported theft at Oak Creek and Little Oak roads. A man claimed someone had stolen his deer stand, which had been attached to a tree on the hunting land he owns. The man said he had been having problems with neighbors trespassing on his property. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources was made aware of the situation.

December 06, 2013 | Staff report | Public Safety


Attorney: FEAR militia member has PTSD

Two men accused of murders that happened two years ago this month made their first appearance in Long County Superior Court Friday morning.

December 06, 2013 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


Walthourville man arrested in theft charges

Long County Sheriff's Office Deputy Bruce Green recently was contacted by a man who had a chainsaw he believed was stolen, according to LCSO Lt. Tom Sollosi. The man said he received the saw from an Allenhurst resident, so Green followed up.

December 06, 2013 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Excavator burns, no injuries reported

An excavator used to build a burn pit and clear land caught fire Wednesday afternoon at a Hinesville subdivision.

December 06, 2013 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


Transformers fail, power out in areas

Heavy usage caused two transformers in the vicinity of downtown Hinesville to blow out Thursday afternoon just after 3 p.m., according to Liberty Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Mike Hodges. Many residents in the area are without power, but Georgia Power crews are currently rerouting power to different transformers. They expect to have the situation remedied in 30-60 minutes.

December 05, 2013 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Happening now: Equipment fire

A fire broke out on an excavator in Hinesville Wednesday afternoon a few minutes ago. It is near Olmstead and Barrington Drive. Patty Leon is in the area and we'll have more about it as it develops.

December 04, 2013 | Staff report | Public Safety


Hinesville PD blotter for Dec. 4

Nov. 5: Auto theft - A South Main Street woman told police she last saw her vehicle this past March in the care of her estranged husband. When she contacted him to retrieve the vehicle, he told her he left it in an apartment-complex parking lot before he moved to Maryland. When she went to get the vehicle, she could not find it. Detectives discovered the vehicle had been sold and then crushed.

December 04, 2013 | Staff report | Public Safety


Militia murder hearings this week

Two accused members of the anti-government militia group Forever Enduring Always Ready will be in Long County Superior Court this week. The men are believed to have fired the shots that killed Michael Roark, 19, and Tiffany York, 17, in December 2011 at Lake Morgan in Long County.

December 04, 2013 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Authorities give few details on soldier's death

Military authorities are investigating the death of a 22-year-old soldier at Holbrook Pond on Fort Stewart. The man's body was found Saturday night at the campsite, which is used by military personnel and retirees. The site is roughly

December 04, 2013 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for Dec. 3

Nov. 7: Disorderly conduct - A Highway 196 convenience store clerk told deputies a Ludowici woman came into the store where she works and began to yell at her. The woman threatened to "beat her a__" and took a swing at her, the clerk said. The clerk told deputies the woman accused her of sleeping with her ex-husband. The store owner and another man who was inside the story grabbed the woman to keep her from hitting the clerk.

December 03, 2013 | Staff report | Public Safety


HPD works to make city streets safer

Between Jan. 1-Nov. 21, Hinesville had 1,049 traffic accidents that resulted in 310 injuries and three fatalities, Hinesville Police Cpl. Les Patton said.

December 02, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Public Safety


Apparent murder-suicide reported in Richmond Hill

Authorities are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide Monday morning in Richmond Hill.

December 02, 2013 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Hinesville PD blotter for Dec. 2

Nov. 1: Suspicious acts - An officer conducting a foot patrol along Gen. Screven Way was flagged down by a citizen who found a shell casing in the parking lot of Stewart Way Apartments. The woman said she called police earlier that day after hearing gunshots and witnessing a group of people arguing in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

December 02, 2013 | Staff report | Public Safety


Body found at Holbrook Pond

Military authorities are investigating the death of a man at Holbrook Pond on Fort Stewart. The man's body was found at the campsite, which is used by military personnel and retirees. The site is roughly 5 miles from the main post area and sits off of Ga. 144 east, about 10 miles from Richmond Hill.

November 30, 2013 | By Lewis Levine | Public Safety


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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


Truck driver charged after wreck

Michael Bullard, the Blackshear truck driver involved in a vehicle accident that sent four people to the hospital last week, has been arrested and charged with four traffic violations.

April 03, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Peden, Salmon admit guilt in murders

Christopher Salmon and Anthony Peden, accused members of the F.E.A.R. militia, appeared in Long County court this morning and pleaded guilty in negotiated deals worked out with the state, according to prosecutor Isabel Pauley. They had been facing charges in the December 2011 deaths of Tiffany York, 17, and Michael Roark, 19.

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Public Safety


Prom Promise warns students of risks

Teens think they're invincible, that they'll live forever. The possibility they could be killed or maimed in a car crash on prom night is not on their minds.

April 03, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Public Safety


Alleged Sand Hill thief found in Florida

Susan M. Lash, 31, was arrested March 21 by the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Florida, according to Long County Sheriff's Office Lt. Tom Sollosi.

April 02, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


FEAR militia suspects due in court Thusrday

Murder suspects Anthony Peden and Christopher Salmon will be in court Thursday in Long County. The two are scheduled to go before Judge Robert Russell III at 9 a.m. regarding their involvement in the December 2011 deaths of Tiffany York, 17, and Michael Roark, 19.

April 02, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Public Safety


Hinesville PD blotter for March 31

March 4: Criminal trespass - Someone used a brick to break open the back window of an office at the historic Dorchester Academy in Midway. The museum director said nothing appeared to be missing except for her office calculator, which was found outside the window.

March 31, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety


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