The Liberty County Grand Jury met on Sept. 9 and reviewed cases for possible indictments. At least 110 cases were reviewed and a few notable cases were among those indicted.
Former Coastal Courier General Manager Kathryn Fox was indicted for five counts of theft by taking. Fox is accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from the company during a four-year period, from 2014 to 2017, based on an external audit ordered by the company. Fox was placed on administrative leave in November 2017. She was fired Dec. 7, 2017.
After being on the run for almost a year, Fox was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Taskforce Dec. 22, 2018 after exiting a business in Bluffton, S.C. Fox was brought to the Liberty County jail on Dec. 26 .
She is currently out on bond.
Evelyn Rodriguez was indicted for homicide by vehicle in the first degree, reckless driving, failure to stop at a stop sign and too fast for conditions. Rodriguez was the driver that was involved in the December 2017 school bus accident which claimed the life of Cambria Shuman. Around 22 other students as well as Rodriguez were injured when the bus veered off the road, side-swiping trees and brush damaging the front and side of the bus. The impact caused a portion of the bus to split open. Rodriguez is also named as a defendant in a civil suit filed by Shuman’s parents.
The suit filed by Jones Osteen and Jones against Blue Bird Body Company and Rodriguez claims the 2016 Blue Bird bus was defective and caused Shuman’s death.
Antoine McLendon was indicted for felony murder, aggravated assault, two counts of serious injury by vehicle, DUI, homicide by vehicle in the first degree, following too closely, speeding, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving. In January of this year, McLendon was allegedly responsible for the wreck that killed Liberty County High School student Albert “Spud” Dock and injured two other students David Jackson and Devin Merchant. McLendon is a soldier stationed at Fort Stewart. McLendon has failed to make bail and remains in Liberty County Jail.
Thomas Strzepek was indicted for two counts homicide by vehicle in the first degree and failure to maintain lane. In December of 2017 was driving his Ford F-150 when he allegedly failed to maintain his lane, causing a head-on collision that killed a South Carolina couple, Robert Neumann, 72, and Carol Neumann, 72, of Mount Pleasant.
Brett Salisbury II
Brett Salisbury II, was indicted for two counts of arson in the first degree, burglary in the second degree, possession of tools of the crime and criminal damage to property in the second degree. According to Hinesville Fire Department Captain Robert Kitchings, the Hinesville fire and police department arrested 30-year old Brett Salisbury, Friday, April 19 without incident for the fire at Jungle Jake’s Hobbies & Games on Wednesday, March 27 and an incident occurring at Gamers Only on Saturday, April 13. Salisbury is alleged to have attempted to start a fire at the Gamers store located on West General Screven Way in a local shopping center. Kitchings said the fire in the Gamers Only store burned itself out before it could cause any damage.
William Rumsey was indicted for burglary in the second degree and possession of tools of the crime for his alleged involvement in the fire at Jungle Jake’s Hobbies & Games on Wednesday, March 27 and an incident occurring at Gamers Only on Saturday, April 13.