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Our crime reports this week includes a Long County man cited for dog violations. - photo by Lewis Levine

Long County homeowner cited for dog violations

Lewis Levine

The Long County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homeowner after a deputy responding to a brush fire Monday afternoon discovered 22 Pitt Bulls tethered to trees in the wood line.


According to Sheriff Craig Nobles, the dogs were discovered tied to trees in the wood line when the deputy and Long County fire department responded to a brush fire on the 300 block of Narcy Stafford Road shortly before 6 p.m.


According to Nobles the deputy discovered the 22 Pitt Bull breed dogs who had water and food and appeared to be healthy chained inside the wood line as fire fighters battled the blaze which may have started from a cigarette.


Nobles said this was a clear violation of county ordinances. The ordinance prohibits the tethering of an animal outside without shelter and harboring more than six dogs at a time.


Long and Liberty County animal control officers were called in to remove the animals from the property. The dogs are currently being housed at the animal control facility in Long County.


Nobles said they will be taken to a veterinarian for examination to see if they were abused in any way. Nobles said upon completion of the investigation the owners will be cited for violating county ordinance.


Woman killed in accident on Fort Stewart identified as military spouse

Fort Stewart PAO

The victim in the fatal car accident on May 22, on Highway 144, on Fort Stewart, has been identified as Sandra Shumate, a military spouse and DODEA employee.

“On behalf of the Army community in Fort Stewart, I extend our deepest condolences to the Shumate family,” said Maj. Gen. Antonio Aguto, Commanding General, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. “We understand this comes as a shock to many. Our priorities are to continue to support the investigation and ensure the Shumate family and our Army community receive the needed support and resources during this difficult time.”

“It is with great sadness that I must share that Sandra Shumate, an educational aide at Murray Elementary School, has died,” said Brian Perry, South Carolina/Fort Stewart Community superintendent, DoDEA Americas Southeast District. “The news of her passing has saddened us more than we can say.”

Shumate was dedicated to her family and our students, Perry said. She leaves a lasting impact on students, staff and colleagues, and will truly be missed.

“As we grieve the loss of Ms. Shumate, we extend our profound sympathy to her family and extended DoDEA family,” he said. “Please know we are holding each of you close in our thoughts at this most difficult time.”

The school counselor is available to assist any children who need assistance.

The accident is still under investigation. Two children were in the car but received medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and have been released.

Members of the Army community are encouraged to contact local Military Family Life Consultants, (912) 531-8107, and the Religious Support Office, (912) 767-5409. More information will be released at the appropriate time as the investigation continues.


Husband and wife dead, granddaughter in critical condition following shooting

Lewis Levine

According to McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office Col. Danny Lowe, A grandfather was pronounced dead at a home on Blount Crossing in rural McIntosh County following a shooting in the morning of May 29. Authorities were called to the scene around 9 a.m. where they discovered the body of the grandfather of a young girl.

The Grandmother was transported to a local area hospital where she later died of her wounds. Their granddaughter was flown by medical helicopter to University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Jacksonville.  While Lowe provided scant details, he did emphasize there is no danger to the public. No other details were provided regarding the incident.

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