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Church reports theft from choir dues
Liberty County Sheriff's blotter

Editor’s note: The following item, which appeared in Sunday’s edition, did not accurately state the facts as they were contained in a Liberty County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The item, revised to more accurately reflect the incident report, appears below:
March 13
Burglary — A woman who serves as the treasurer of the choir at First African Baptist Church of Riceboro told deputies that someone removed $160 in dues she had collected and was preparing to deposit at the bank. The woman said she collects dues from choir members every Thursday and places the money with the church records after she gets home. Every Monday, she said, she deposits the money in the bank.
On this Monday, she said, the envelope was in the file, but it had no money. She added that it wasn’t the first time funds have gone missing.
The woman said there were no signs of forced entry. The back door to her home is “very secure,” and the front door is made of solid wood, but the handle was loose, she told deputies.
The case was directed to the detective unit.

March 14
Weaving over roadway/DUI alcohol — A man driving a black Chevrolet Silverado was cited for DUI and weaving over the roadway after deputies initiated a traffic stop on Highway
196 West near Hiram Ray Road.
The man tried to step out of the car as the deputy walked toward his truck. The deputy said the man stumbled and seemed to have slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. The deputy also detected a strong odor of alcohol.
When the deputy brought out the breath tester, the man said, “It’s gonna blow drunk.”
His truck was towed, and he was taken to jail.

Criminal trespass — A woman reported that the tires on her Toyota Avalon were cut. She said the car has been parked at her Sasser Lane home for quite some time and although inoperable, the tires were inflated and in good condition until she woke up that morning and saw they were flat.

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