The Augusta GreenJackets announced their field staff for the 2015 season, highlighted by a new manager and pitching coach.
Nestor Rojas has been named Augusta’s manager. The 31-year-old moves up from the Arizona League, where he managed the past two years after playing his final season in 2010.
Rojas has the distinction of being the first former GreenJacket to later manage the team. He played in Augusta in 2007-08 as a catcher and first baseman. He totaled six seasons in the Giants system after signing out of Venezuela.
An Augusta man was arrested Thursday after he refused to cooperate with police during a traffic stop for a brake light and possible tint violation.
According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Michael Curtis would only roll his window down about an inch and told the officer he had no right to pull him over and he didn’t have to provide his driver’s license, name or date of birth. Curtis, 44, told the officers he was being “unlawfully detained.”
A North Carolina bicyclist is dead after a hit and run this morning on Gordon Highway.
Coroner Mark Bowen identified the bicyclist as Todd Steward Ballard, 64, of Asheville, N.C.
Police said Ballard was traveling in the westbound curb lane of Gordon Highway when he was struck around 7:15 a.m. A description of the vehicle is not available.
He was pronounced deceased at the scene. His body has been transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta.
Tonight at Gulfstream Park in south Florida, the Eclipse Awards honoring the best horses and people involved in thoroughbred racing in 2014 will be dispensed at the annual banquet. The award that eclipses all others denotes the Horse of the Year, in the opinion of a rather tightly restricted group of voters.
Finalists in that major category are grass specialist Main Sequence, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern and Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner California Chrome. Not making the cut here are other legitimate contenders such as Shared Belief, Wise Dan and Untapable.
Westside left-hander Jonathan Jahn committed to play baseball at South Carolina on Thursday night.
Jahn’s commitment capped a quick emergence for the junior. He had flown under the radar as a Patriot underclassman until jumping on the scene at the National Underclass Showcase in Fort Myers, Fla., in December.
Jahn was named to the underclass top prospect list for touching 90 mph with a feel for three pitches during the event.
Jahn was All-Area Honorable Mention as a sophomore in 2014, including striking out 13 in a Class AA second-round playoff start.
One person was treated for injuries after a train struck a vehicle on Marvin Griffin Road this morning.
Police said the driver, Kivette Bell, drove across the tracks while the lights were flashing and was struck on the passenger side of the vehicle by the Norfolk Southern train just before 6 a.m.
Bell was treated for non life threatening injuries.
The Augusta Aviation Commission this morning selected Roy Williams as the next executive director of Augusta Regional Airport.
Williams led the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, and then had a brief stint at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Since 2007, he has worked as a consultant for aviation projects in Liberia and Puerto Rico and at London’s Heathrow Airport and Chicago’s Midway Airport.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has photos of two men who they say tried to kidnap a man on Thursday.
The suspects were caught on tape at the Grovetown Wal-mart store prior to the incident, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
About 2:30 p.m., deputies responded to the 1300 block of Hawksmoor Way in Tudor Branch subdivision, where two males had approached a man and demanded he go inside the residence, according to a statement from Morris.
They were armed with handguns and wore ski masks, Morris stated.
YORK, S.C. — A York County woman has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after her second arrest for walking topless outside her home.
The Herald of Rock Hill reported 55-year-old Jeannie Jonas pleaded guilty Thursday to indecent exposure.
Her attorney said Jonas would not have been arrested if she had been a man. Jonas considered challenging the state law on the basis of gender bias, but decided to plead guilty instead.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke police remained tight-lipped Thursday on the circumstances that led to the shooting death of a University of Georgia student and the arrests of two Athens men charged with the crime.
Police said Min Seok Cho, 21, was gunned down by Cormaine Xavier Goss and Andre Ruff during a drug transaction. Cho was shot in the head.
Late Wednesday, authorities arrested Goss, 21, and Ruff, 18, at Ruff’s Morningview Drive residence. Goss lives a block away on Fawn Drive in a neighborhood off Lexington Road near Cherokee Road.
ATLANTA -- The number is increasing of Georgia children whose deaths were related to maltreatment, according to a report released Thursday.
The report from the state Child Fatality Review Commission also noted that sleep is a factor in most unexpected deaths of infants. Experts say the majority are cases of infants suffocated from sleeping on their stomachs or having an adult roll over on them in bed. Vehicle crashes are the main killer of older children.
A Martinez woman was charged with shoplifting for the fourth time Thursday.
Sara Anne Newsome, 36, of Holly Road, was seen on camera attempting to steal a four-pack of Pilot pens and ear-stud earrings from the Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies later learned that Newsome had been convicted of three prior shoplifting charges, making Thursday’s incident a felony.
The stolen property – valued at less than $10 – was returned to Wal-Mart.
Newsome’s bond is set at $5,700.
After his mom attended a game last year, Paine women’s coach Willie Adams received some advice – he needed some help inside the paint.
Theresa Adams, who coached at Glynn Academy, had a player just for the Lady Lions.
Janisha Wilkerson went from prep standout to now tearing up the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. On Thursday night, the sophomore center scored 26 points to lead Paine to an 83-64 win over Lane.
The Lady Lions improved to 4-10 overall, 2-4 in conference play. Paine snapped a three-game losing streak with its victory at the HEAL Complex.
One of the first civil rights cases filed against Sentinel Offender Services is headed for trial this spring.
On Thursday, attorneys on both sides met with Judge Daniel J. Craig to firm up issues for trial or mediation and set deadlines for how Hills McGee’s case will proceed in Richmond County Superior Court.
McGee, a mentally ill Augusta resident who survives on a small disability income far below the poverty level, spent 13 days in jail in January 2010.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two men accused of trying to kidnap a man Thursday.
About 2:30 p.m., deputies responded to the 1300 block of Hawksmoor Way in Tudor Branch subdivision, where two males had approached a man and demanded he go inside the residence, according to a statement from Capt. Steve Morris.
When the man refused to go inside, the men fled and were later spotted on Belair Road by a Columbia County deputy. They were armed with handguns and wore ski masks, Morris stated.
With all efforts dedicated to freeing Paine College from its accreditation sanction, officials say there are no plans to search for or name a permanent president anytime soon.
Former provost Samuel Sullivan has served as interim president since Sept. 16, when George C. Bradley resigned after six years as president.
Another suspect in the Jan. 9 robbery of Southern Bank in Hephzibah is in custody.
Willie William Smith, 37, was booked into the Richmond County jail Thursday on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and armed robbery.
Ricardo Mudrell Mobley, 28, already had been charged with the crime. Police still are looking out for a third suspect, Christopher Jodale Cunningham, also 28.
After a brief stop at Greenbrier, Jarrett Troxler is on the move to become offensive coordinator at Thomson.
Troxler, who coached Lakeside’s football program from 2010-13, leading the Panthers to consecutive state playoff appearances his last three years, joined the Wolfpack in 2014. In his one season there, the Wolfpack finished 2-8.
While disappointed for the players, Greenbrier athletic director Garrett Black understood that Troxler had reasons for his departure.
“He’s got an opportunity in front of him that was hard for him to turn down,” said Black.
The regents of the University System of Georgia released this statement Thursday afternoon about the resignation of GRU President Ricardo Azziz:
Today, Georgia Regents University (GRU) President Ricardo Azziz announced he will step down as president effective June 30, 2015.