Players admit drinking on bus
Columbia County authorities Thursday arrested a Martinez woman for furnishing alcohol to four Lakeside High School baseball players.
Courtney Devin McIlwain, 23, of Villa Lane, was charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Four players were drinking alcohol on a school bus March 9 or 10 as the varsity team traveled home from a late game against South Effingham County.
“As the students were exiting the bus and leaving at 1:30 in the morning (March 10), they discovered that someone had gotten sick,” said Lakeside High Principal Steven Rhodes. “The next day, after some kids came forward, they realized that alcohol was involved.”
Coaches uncovered the incident when they questioned players as to why no one told them that a player had vomited, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office report.
Rhodes said the students were suspended and, as a consequence, were kicked off the team.
The teens were cited Wednesday for possession of alcohol by a minor, said sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris, and a 16-year-old Martinez boy received the same charge in the incident.
The 16-year-old was a friend of the players, Morris said. McIlwain gave the alcohol to the boy, who then gave it to a player.
Morris said he doesn’t expect any more arrests in connection to the incident.
The boy was released to his parents following his arrest, while McIlwain was released after posting $1,100 bond, Morris said.
Lakeside Assistant Principal Tim Reeve contacted the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.
An investigation is ongoing, Morris said.
When the students go before a school system hearing officer next week, Rhodes said he is recommending long-term suspension.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man arrested for stabbing another
Leon Harris, of Evans, was arrested Tuesday after another man claimed Harris stabbed him.
Harris, 58, of the 600 block of Mims Road, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.
A 37-year-old Evans man said that without a confrontation Harris attacked him at a home on Mims Road.
The man met deputies in front of apartments at 622 Mims Road. The man had a cut about a quarter inch wide and more than an inch long in the middle of his back. He was taken to Doctors Hospital for treatment.
Deputies answered the door to his apartment and the man identified Harris as his attacker.
There was no information available to explain the relationship between the men or a motive for the attack.
Harris is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
Thieves steal scoreboard controller
Someone stole the scoreboard controller for the Lakeside High School softball field over the weekend.
Donnie Burch, the Lakeside High athletic director, called authorities Monday after discovering it missing from the announcer’s booth.
Augusta Christian Schools used the field and someone neglected to lock the announcer’s booth, Burch said. Sometime during the weekend, someone stole the $450 wireless scoreboard controller from the unlocked booth.
Umpire attacked after game
An umpire at a Greenbrier Middle School baseball game said an ejected spectator assaulted him Wednesday in the school parking lot.
The 36-year-old umpire said during the game he asked a 53-year-old man to leave. He said the man was yelling and verbally questioning the umpire’s calls. The man left.
After the game, the umpire said he was walking to his car when the man approached the umpire’s car and beat on the window with his fists.
The man left and the umpire called authorities.The man later told deputies all he wanted to do was shake the umpire’s hand. A witness confirmed the umpire’s version of the story.
Though there were no signs of damage to the vehicle, the umpire said he wants to prosecute.
Burglar struck during outage
A Martinez woman said someone burglarized her house during a power outage Wednesday.
The 25-year-old said that at about 11 p.m. Tuesday she heard a loud explosion, then the electricity went out at her Prince Drive home. Georgia Power told her the electricity would be out for several hours, so she took her kids to stay somewhere else for the night.
When the woman returned home at about 2 p.m. Wednesday, she discovered several items were missing from her living room, including a $1,400 computer, two flat-panel televisions worth $976, and two $450 iPads.
Couple hears screams at Savannah Rapids
A young couple called authorities Wednesday after they heard a woman’s screams at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.
The 20-year-old man and 17-year-old woman said between 7:45 and 8 p.m. they heard a woman scream twice from the area of the locks by the river. After the screams, the couple said they saw a person dressed all in black running down the canal toward Augusta.
Deputies searched the area on both sides of the locks, both sides of the canal, and by the river down to the second bridge, but found nothing.