Baseball players expelled for alcohol on bus
Four Lakeside High School baseball players were expelled this past week for drinking alcohol on a school bus.
The players met with the Columbia County school system hearing officer Tuesday and were given long-term suspension from Lakeside High with the option to attend the alternative school in Grovetown for the remainder of this school year and the first semester of next school year, Superintendent Charles Nagle said Wednesday in an email.
The players were drinking on the bus on their way home from a late game March 9 against South Effingham.
“As the students were exiting the bus and leaving at 1:30 in the morning (March 10), (coaches) discovered that someone had gotten sick,” Lakeside High Principal Steven Rhodes recently said. “The next day, after some kids came forward, they realized that alcohol was involved.”
The following week, school officials suspended the players and called the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Following an investigation, authorities arrested Courtney Devin McIlwain, 23, of Martinez, March 15 for furnishing the alcohol to a minor, who then gave it to the players.
The players, and the 16-year-old Martinez boy who gave them the booze, each were charged with possession of alcohol by a minor.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Bus driver accused of pushing pupil
A pupil accused a bus driver Tuesday of yelling and slamming him into a bus seat.
The pupil told his mother that the 63-year-old driver threw a binder at him, grabbed him by the shirt and pushed him into a seat.
The driver denied doing any of those things. He said the pupil was being disrespectful toward him and other riders on the bus.
The driver said that two girls on the bus told him they were scared of the pupil because he was threatening them.
The pupil also was playing music from his cell phone, and the driver told him that cell phones were not allowed on the bus.
The pupil started cursing and would not sit down in his seat, he said.
Other children on the bus saw the incident, but had already been dropped off.
Mother reports son to police
An Evans mother called authorities Tuesday after searching his room and finding three GPS units and a pistol in his cabinet.
The 51-year-old said her son, listed in the report as a juvenile, has been involved in drug activity, which led her to search his room.
She found the property in his bedroom cabinet.
A deputy picked up the juvenile at the corner of Belair Road and Shadowmoor Drive, where he admitted to breaking into several vehicles in the area.
The juvenile was transported to the Regional Youth Detention Center.
Truck stolen from hotel
A tractor-trailer driver said someone stole his vehicle Monday while it was parked in front of a hotel near Grovetown.
The 40-year-old said he left the truck parked in front of Howard Johnson Inn on Jimmie Dyess Parkway at 4:30 a.m. Monday. By noon, he noticed the 18-wheeler was missing.
The man said the front tire also was flattened on a second truck.
The tractor-trailer was locked and is valued at about $450,000.
Wife accuses husband of affair
A Martinez woman attacked her husband Tuesday as he returned home from an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
The-55-year-old man said when he came home from the meeting, his wife accused him of being out with another woman. She began verbally abusing him and spitting on him.
The 57-year-old woman went outside, but later walked into the bedroom and began arguing with him again. She also tried to slap him several times.
The man said his wife was intoxicated during the argument.
When deputies arrived, she had already walked away from the home.