BEWARE OF PHONE SCAMS


Over the past few days, citizens of Liberty County have been receiving calls from a person claiming to be Lieutenant HALL with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.  The caller advises the citizen that they missed jury duty and a warrant has been issued for their arrest.

The caller goes on to say that if the citizen pays a fine, they can avoid being arrested and instructs the citizen to either give a credit card, or use some on line means to make payments to take care of the matter.

In some instances, he has convinced the citizen to provide a charge card and made charges of amounts between $100.00 and $800.00,

In other instances, he has convinced citizens to purchase prepaid credit cards, green dot cards, money grams or other quickly negotiable items.  He then obtains the authorization number which allows him to remove the funds immediately.

In many instances he then instructs the citizen to go to the court house or police department to obtain a receipt to show the fine was paid.

Obviously, when the citizen arrives to pick up their receipt there is no one to meet them and they find that the money they paid is gone.

Citizens need to be aware that this is a scam and no one from the Sheriff’s Office or any other law enforcement agency would require a citizen to make any such payments in this matter.

If anyone receives a call from someone claiming to represent the Sheriff’s Office in this manner, they should immediately terminate the call.  They can tell the caller that they will verify the validity of any missed court date with Liberty County Sheriffs Office of the Liberty County Clerk of Courts. Under no circumstances should they agree to provide any personal information or agree to any type of funds transfer.

Contacts should be reported to the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction where the citizen lives.

Again, this is a scam and is in no way connected to any genuine law enforcement agency or function.

Investigation continues in the death of Ernie Walthour Sr.


The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the death of Ernie Waltour Sr.

Despite thousands of man hours worked by the Task Force which resulted in the arrests for several unsolved robberies and homicides which were found to be similar to this case.  The information on those arrests has been presented to a Grand Jury which returned an indictment against two persons determined to be responsible for those crimes.

A quantity of evidence seized during the investigation thus far has been submitted to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab.  Results on the examination of this evidence are pending.

Detectives assigned to the Task Force continue to interview potential witnesses and person with information about the case.

That one piece of crucial evidence or information to tie the case together is still missing.

Someone out there knows something, saw something, or has heard something that will provide that crucial piece of evidence.  We are still seeking the assistance of the community to assist in bringing the case to a successful conclusion.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Detectives at 912-876-4555.  A tip line remains available for anyone with information to call in and remain anonymous if they desire.  Tips can be called into 912-369-2020.

The resolution of this case remains a high priority investigation for the Sheriff’s Office.

3rd Annual Citizens Academy


Our third class will begin on August 6th and end on October 1st.  Classes will meet every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm.  Citizens interested may pick up the application in person on the first floor of the Justice Center, the Jail located on Airport Road or print one from our website.  Applications must be submitted prior to noon July 30, 2014.

The Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy is established especially for citizens who are 21 years of age and older and are interested in establishing a productive partnership with members of local law enforcement and public safety.

The ten week academy will meet one evening per week for approximately 2-3 hours per session.  The class sessions will cover virtually every aspect of law enforcement.  The curriculum will inform the students of operational dynamics of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, and the critical role citizens play in crime control efforts.

In addition to classroom training, the academy students will be required to participate in action-oriented activities, riding with deputies on patrol, a tour of the detention center, mock crime scene processing, familiarization with firearms, and mock traffic stops.

This class is limited to 15 people, so applications will be reviewed, references will be checked, and a criminal history of the applicant will be completed to ensure outstanding citizens are participating in the academy.

*The initial class will be held in the Training Office located at the jail.

Four arrested in Midway Credit Union Attempted Robbery


U.S. Attorney’s Office November 14, 2013

Special Agent Stephen Emmett (404) 679-6451

ATLANTA—Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Mark F. Giuliano, in conjunction with Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes, announces the following arrests at Liberty County, Georgia, in connection with yesterday’s armed robbery of the Interstate Federal Credit Union, located at 11868 East Oglethorpe Highway in Midway, Georgia.

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at approximately 8:36 a.m., two black males, armed with handguns, attempted to enter the rear door of the Interstate Federal Credit Union, 11868 East Oglethorpe Highway in Midway, Georgia. An observant bank employee quickly locked the rear doors of the bank while instructing other bank employees to call the police. Both of the would-be robbers ran back into the adjacent woods.

Responding Liberty County Sheriff’s Office K-9 units were able to track the individuals to the woodlines. Additional investigation determined that a black Chevrolet Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) picked up three males running out of those woods, two of those individuals matching the descriptions and bank surveillance photos of the robbers.

A Liberty County Sheriff’s Detective noticed a black Chevrolet Captiva SUV parked off Cay Creek Road, about one mile south of the victim bank. This SUV matched that from the robbery. While attempting to approach this vehicle, it pulled away from the responding officer. After a brief pursuit, the vehicle pulled into the El Cheapo gas station, located at 13670 East Oglethorpe Highway in Midway, Georgia.

Taken into custody by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and now charged federally by the FBI with violation of Title 18 USC 2113 (d), attempted bank robbery, are the following individuals:

  • Durrell Jones, age 32, of Savannah, Georgia
  • Randy Jones, age 31, of Savannah/Midway, Georgia
  • Kendell Stevens, age 24, of Savannah, Georgia
  • Demetrious Hall, age 30, of Savannah, Georgia

 

All are currently being housed at the Liberty County, Georgia Detention Facility and will be afforded an initial appearance in front of a U.S. Magistrate Judge on Friday, November 15, 2013.

The resulting federal criminal complaint is a direct result of an aggressive response by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Midway Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the resulting immediate investigative response by their office, as well as that of the FBI and agents from the local office of the U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and explosives (ATF).

The public should be reminded that the above are merely allegations and that all persons are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Click the below link to read the FBI news release.

http://www.fbi.gov/atlanta/press-releases/2013/four-arrested-in-bank-robbery-attempt-in-liberty-county

Project Lifesaver working with Fort Stewart


August 14, 2013 the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office accompanied the DES, (Director of Emergency Services), Julie Hermann, to a conference meeting with the IMCON, (Installation Management Command), Lieutenant General Ferriter.  LTG Ferriter was briefed by James Hackney, Operations Officer, on Project Lifesaver International, and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff SIkes has Cpt. Edwards working with James Hackney to facilitate the resources necessary to bring Project Lifesaver International to the Fort Stewart Community.

Sheriff’s Citizen Police Academy


Our second class will begin on August 14th and end on November 6th.  Classes will meet every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm.  Citizens interested may pick up the application in person on the first floor of the Justice Center, the Jail located on Airport Road or print one from our website.  Applications must be submitted prior to noon August 9, 2013.

The Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy is established especially for citizens who are 21 years of age and older and are interested in establishing a productive partnership with members of local law enforcement and public safety.

The twelve week academy will meet one evening per week for approximately 2-3 hours per session.  The class sessions will cover virtually every aspect of law enforcement.  The curriculum will inform the students of operational dynamics of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, and the critical role citizens play in crime control efforts.

In addition to classroom training, the academy students will be required to participate in action-oriented activities, riding with deputies on patrol, a tour of the detention center, mock crime scene processing, familiarization with firearms, and mock traffic stops.

This class is limited to 15 people, so applications will be reviewed, references will be checked, and a criminal history of the applicant will be completed to ensure outstanding citizens are participating in the academy.

*The initial class will be held in the Training Office located at the jail.

 

Sheriff’s from across the state lobby against House Bill -1


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Sheriff Sikes, Sheriff Nobles and 67 other Sheriff’s from across the state spent Thursday in Atlanta at the State Capital to lobby against House Bill-1.  House Bill-1 was introduced by Representative Wendell Willard of the 51st District, which is the Fulton County area.  This bill, if passed, would take drug seizure asset funds away from Law Enforcement, placing an even larger burden on the local tax payer.  With the help of Representative Al Williams and many others the bill was postponed until next year.  At least this will give the citizens time to voice their opinions to their perspective Representatives.   For more information on House Bill-1, go to www.legis.ga.gov/legislation   

Sheriff Promotes Deputies


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A promotion ceremony was held this morning in the Liberty County Justice Center.  Sheriff Sikes mentioned how proud he was of his deputies and how honored he was to be the Sheriff of this county.  He made a total of five promotions throughout the department and said it was the start of his reconstruction plan.

Transitioning Our Senior Staff


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Sheriff Sikes gave Thanksgiving from within the department this morning as he promoted a few of his deputies.  Deputy Lyn Long received a promotion to Sargent in booking.  Lt. Boyd was promoted to assistant jail administrator.  Captain Bruce Duncan who has served 10 years as our assistant jail administrator will take the place of our Jail Administrator Douglas Franks. Capt. Jon Long who started his career 39 years ago as a jailer under Sheriff Bobby Sikes was promoted to Chief Deputy. Mr. Franks along with Chief Deputy Keith Moran will retire at the end of this year.

      These positions are very viable to this department and making sure the right people fill them is a huge task. “Liberty County Sheriff’s Office has a good mix of senior staff and being able to promote in house is always a good thing” says Sheriff Sikes. These promotions represent 85 plus years of experience and having this experience in our department means a lot.

Update


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The Sheriff’s Office has really been thriving since our last Spotlight.  Sheriff Sikes has implemented several new programs and policies that continue to be beneficial to our community.  Sheriff Sikes is dedicated to improving the Sheriff’s Office and insuring policies and procedures are followed on a daily basis.

We have just graduated our first ever Citizen’s Academy Class.  This Academy was started for those interested in establishing a productive partnership with members of local law enforcement and public safety through classroom and hands on training.  We are also proud to announce the implementation of Project Lifesaver which is designed to provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury in adults and children who wander due to certain illnesses/conditions.  Our website www.libertyso.com has information regarding these programs, as well as any contact information, a list of our most wanted, various news articles, employment applications and a list of our current inmates.

We are now taking advantage of federal training programs to expand knowledge and skills in our deputies, to include having a deputy work hand-in-hand with the U.S. Marshalls Tasks Force.  Sheriff Sikes makes an effort to promote and acknowledge his employees, or as the old saying goes “give credit where credit is due”.    Recently, among others, Cpl. Terry Perry was awarded the Medal of Valor for his act of bravery while working off duty at a local night club.  This is one of the highest honors the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office bestows.

We have several new changes taking place this month.  As some may know, Chief Deputy Moran and Doug Franks are retiring after many years of worthy dedication.  Cpt. Jon Long will be promoted to Chief Deputy and Cpt. Bruce Duncan is promoted to Jail Administrator.  Among these changes, Sheriff Sikes will be attending the Georgia Sheriffs-Elect Academy.  This is a mandatory four week academy to better familiarize sheriffs with the operations of the Sheriff’s Office.