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2015 Masters field blog: Last call for top 50 entry

ScottMichaux.com - Thu, 3/26/2015 9:40 AM
By Scott Michaux

Let's cut to the chase.

 

This is the last week for bubble players to book their passage into the top 50 and stamp their passports for Augusta. A lot can happen at the Valero Texas Open or the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. After this week, the only way into the Masters is an 11th-hour victory at next week's Shell Houston Open.

 

Here's the scenarios for the closest pursuers:

 

IN: There's is no amount of turmoil that can happen that will evict India's Anirban Lahiri, Austria's Bernd Wiesberger and South Africa's Branden Grace from the top-50 ranks. Congratulations gentlemen. You're in.

 

HOPING: England's Paul Casey, stationed precariously at No. 49, is employing the sit-and-hope strategy. A couple of high finishes at Riviera and PGA National moved him into the top 50 and he's done little to bolster himself since. He's elected to take the week off and keep his fingers crossed that two guys won't pass him and provide him with another week off to watch the Masters from home. Good luck.

 

 

POISED: There are 12 players ranked from No. 52 to No. 71 with the chance to move into the top 50 with either a strong finish in San Antonio or a victory in Morocco. There are plenty more top-100 guys who could vault into that realm with a Texas Open win, but since that would automatically qualify them for the Masters it's irrelevant to this discussion (except for Casey, of course).

 

Here are some rough estimates of what needs to be done to get them "comfortably" secure in the top 50. It could possibly take a little less to barely nudge over the line, but these guys would be better off hitting these marks:

 

52. Marc Warren (Scotland) -- All he probably needs is 18th or better in Texas.

53. Harris English -- A top-10 might do it but 7th or better should be his target in Texas. He could have made it easier on himself with a better Sunday at Bay Hill.

54. Alexander Levy (France) -- A two-way tie for 2nd or victory in Morocco should do the trick. Currently T52 (Even) thru 18.

61. Andy Sullivan (England) -- A win or solo second in Morocco is a must. Currently T78 (+2) thru 18.

62. Matt Jones (Australia) -- 4th or better in Texas for the guy who caught the last cab to Augusta with a win in Houston last year.

63. Francesco Molinari (Italy) -- 3rd or better in Texas.

66. Tommy Fleetwood (England) -- Must win in Morocco. Currently T22 (-2) thru 18.

67. Graham DeLaet (Canada) -- 3rd or better in Texas.

68. Marcel Siem (Germany) -- Must win in Morocco. Currently T6 (-4) thru 18.

69. George Coetzee (South Africa) -- Must win in Morocco. Currently T3 (-5) thru 18..

70. Daniel Berger -- 3rd or better in Texas.

71. Ross Fisher (England) -- Must win in Morocco to have a chance to squeeze into top 50, but his opening 77 probably took care of that. Currently T115 (+5) thru 18.

 

 

 

 

 

WELCOME TO THE 2015 MASTERS

 

Matt Every

AGE: 31

RANKING: Roughly 40th after nearly falling out of top 100 before winning Bay Hill.

HOW HE GOT THERE: Every has been largely backpedaling since winning last year's Arnold Palmer Invitational. He quickly lost his place in the top 50 after missing the cut at the PGA Championship. His only top-50 finish in a full-field event since was a T49 at Riviera. He was one more bad result from falling out of the top 100 before returning the Bay Hill as the defending champion. The good feelings returned as he posted four rounds in the 60s, finishing with a 66 that included a birdie on the 18th hole to lift him ahead of world No. 3 Henrik Stenson. He rallied from a four-shot deficit to start the final round in going back-to-back at Arnie's place.

HE SAID IT: "It feels great. When Henrik missed that putt that was the No. 1 thing on my mind, like you're already in. That's it. I need to get in. But, no, it's all the majors, man. Last year after I won I made everything last year here and my game it peaked -- I played well for awhile, right up to here and after here kind of just declined. And there's some huge tournaments, you know: Augusta, Players. I mean just huge events and I didn't have my stuff in any of them. It was pretty frustrating. So, I'm looking forward to this coming up, you know, my game being able to play those events hitting a little better than I was the year before."

 

Padraig Harrington

AGE: 43

RANKING: Currently 80th after sitting 297th before winning Honda.

HOW HE GOT THERE: It's been a long slog since Harrington won three majors in 2007-08 and climbed as high as No. 4 in the world. Ill-advised swing changes and the yips conspired to make him a lrgely irrelevant figure the last couple of years. But a victory in Indonesia in November signaled a resurgance and he recovered from some dreadful missed short putts late Sunday to sink five birdie putts on his last eight holes in the Monday restart, including a 15-footer on 18 to bounce back from a double bogey and force a playoff with Daniel Berger. Harrington stuck a tee shot to 3 feet on 17 in the playoff and had the luxury of two-putting for the win after Berger flaired his tee ball into the water.

HE SAID IT: "As you get older, you lose your innocence and you have to remind yourself of a few things when you're out there. How would I put it, I'm going to give you the cliché -- at times I get lost and get distracted from the process. Ultimately, that's really what's changed."

 

James Hahn

AGE: 33

RANKING:  Currently 89th after sitting 297th before winning Riviera.

HOW HE GOT THERE: Hahn was ranked outside the top 350 to start the year before steadily moving up with five consecutive made cuts before arriving at Hogan's Alley. Worked as an ad agency account executive, sold stocks, got real estate license, drove a bus and lastly sold women's shoes at Nordstrom's in California before deciding to give professional golf another try in 2006. Best finish on tour had been a tie for third. While most of the attention was paid to big-name players Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Jordan Speith and Retief Goosen on Sunday, Hahn fired a steady 69 to find himself in a playoff with Johnson and Paul Casey. On the second playoff hole, he drained a 12-footer to extend the playoff with Johnson. On the next, he drained a 25-footer and started getting emotional before Johnson missed his 15-footer to hand Hahn his maiden victory and a berth in the Masters.  

HE SAID IT: “I will clear my schedule for that one.”

 

Brandt Snedeker

AGE: 34

RANKING:  Currently 35th after starting 2015 ranked 58th.

HOW HE GOT THERE: Snedeker fell out of the top 50 on Dec. 7, 2014, for the first time since winning at Hilton Head in 2011, losing his grip on the year-end top-50 ticket back to Augusta. He's missed the cut only once in seven previous Masters starts, with four top-20 finishes including T3 in 2008 and T6 in 2013. Falling as far as 66th in the world at the end of January, Snedeker relied on his old form to climb closer to the magic victory at Pebble Beach to earn an automatic invite. He posted four 10th-place ties since at Vegas, Shanghai, Shark Shootout and Phoenix and a T19 at Torrey Pines before finally breaking back into the winner's circle for the sixth time on the PGA Tour . 

HE SAID IT: “I mean I kept using the term I want to be relevant again in golf. I think I'm relevant again. So it's nice to be back in those (majors).”

 

Anirban Lahiri, India

AGE: 27

RANKING: Currently 35th after starting 2015 ranked 64th.

HOW HE GOT THERE: Lahiri only earned his European Tour card three months ago and has already made a name for himself with a charging victory over Bernd Wiesberger in the Malaysian Open backed up two weeks later by a seven-stroke comeback to win the Indian Open in a playoff. He had at least one victory each of the previous four years on the Asian Tour to position himself for a top-50 assault. Won 11 times in his native India and was twice crowned national champion in 2006-07. He should become the third golfer from India to compete in the Masters, following Jeev Milkha Singh (2007-09) and Arjun Atwal (2011). 

HE SAID IT: “The Masters is definitely one of my targets. I don't know how far I'll move up (in OWGR), but I'm pretty confident now with this win I should have a pretty good chance."

 

Bernd Wiesberger, Austria

AGE: 29

RANKING: Currently 41st after starting 2015 ranked 72nd.

HOW HE GOT THERE: The young Austria collected both of his career European Tour wins in 2012, but he has remained one of the most consistent players hovering in the top-85 ever since. The world got a glimpse of his potential in the 2014 PGA Championship, when he was paired in the final group with eventual winner Rory McIlroy on Sunday. He hit his stride starting 2015 with four consecutive top-6 finishes to soar up the rankings from 73rd to 67th to 59th to 48th to 36th in consecutive weeks. Should become the first Austrian golfer to compete in the Masters. 

HE SAID IT: "I feel comfortable. I haven't really expected it, especially because I played quite poorly last year. It gives me great confidence if I keep on doing what I'm doing. I've worked on the right things the last couple of weeks, and it shows."

 

Branden Grace, South Africa

AGE: 26

RANKING: Currently 43rd after starting 2015 ranked 82nd.

HOW HE GOT THERE: As low as 139th in November, Grace's wins in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, Qatar Masters and the Sunshine Tour's pro-am at Fancourt in consecutive months restored him to the top 50 where he resided 2013 and early 2014. This will mark his third consecutive Masters, where he finished T18 in his 2013 debut.. 

HE SAID IT: "I really started playing some nice golf and it carried on this week.”

 

Here’s how the 95 players already qualified for the 2015 Masters got into the field (# signifies first-timers) :

 

CATEGORY 1 (19 players)

Masters Tournament Champions (Lifetime)

 

Angel Cabrera (1, 16) - Argentina

Fred Couples (1)

Ben Crenshaw (1)

Trevor Immelman (1) - South Africa

Zach Johnson (1, 17, 18)

Bernhard Langer (1) - Germany

Sandy Lyle (1) - Scotland

Phil Mickelson (1, 3, 15, 18)

Larry Mize (1)

Mark O’Meara (1)

Jose Maria Olazabal (1) - Spain

Charl Schwartzel (1, 18) - South Africa

Adam Scott (1, 16, 17, 18) - Australia

Vijay Singh (1) - Fiji

Bubba Watson (1, 16, 17, 18)

Tom Watson (1)

Mike Weir (1) - Canada

Tiger Woods (1, 5, 18)

Ian Woosnam (1) - Wales

 

CATEGORY 2 (5 players)

U.S. Open champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)

 

Graeme McDowell (2, 18) - Northern Ireland

Rory McIlroy (2, 3, 4, 12, 16, 17, 18) - Northern Ireland

Webb Simpson (2, 17, 18)

Justin Rose (2, 16, 17, 18) - England

Martin Kaymer (2, 4, 5, 17, 18) - Germany

 

CATEGORY 3 (3 players)

British Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)

 

Louis Oosthuizen (3, 18) - South Africa

Darren Clarke (3) - Northern Ireland

Ernie Els (3) - South Africa

 

CATEGORY 4 (2 players)

PGA Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)

 

Keegan Bradley (4, 13, 18)

Jason Dufner (4, 18)

 

CATEGORY 5 (1 players)

The Players Championship Winners (3 years)

 

Matt Kuchar (5, 12, 16, 17, 18)

 

CATEGORY 6 A&B (2 players)

Current U.S. Amateur champion (A, Honorary, non-competing after 1 year) and runner-up (B)

 

#Gunn Yang (6A) - South Korea

#Corey Conners (6B)

 

CATEGORY 7 (1 player)

Current British Amateur Champion (Honorary, non-competing after 1 year)

 

#Bradley Neil (7) - Scotland

 

CATEGORY 8 (1 player)

Current Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion

 

#Antonio Murdaca (8) - Australia

 

CATEGORY 9 (1 players)

Current Latin America Amateur Champion

 

#Matias Dominguez (9) - Chile

 

CATEGORY 10 (1 player)

Final U.S. Amateur Public Links Champion

 

#Byron Meth (10)

 

CATEGORY 11 (1 player)

Current U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion

 

#Scott Harvey (11)

 

CATEGORY 12 (9 players)

First 12 players (including ties) in previous year’s Masters

 

Jonas Blixt (12) - Sweden

Jordan Spieth (12, 16, 17, 18)

Miguel-Angel Jimenez (12, 18) - Spain

Rickie Fowler (12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18)

Lee Westwood (12, 18) - England

Thomas Bjorn (12, 18) - Denmark

John Senden (12, 17, 18) - Australia

Kevin Stadler (12)

Jimmy Walker (12, 16, 17, 18)

 

CATEGORY 13 (5 players)

First 4 players (including ties) in previous year’s U.S. Open

 

#Erik Compton (13)

Jason Day (13, 16, 17, 18) - Australia

#Brooks Koepka (13, 16, 18)

Dustin Johnson (13, 16, 17, 18)

Henrik Stenson (13, 15, 18) - Sweden

 

CATEGORY 14 (2 players)

First 4 players (including ties) in previous year’s British Open

 

Sergio Garcia (14, 17, 18) - Spain

Jim Furyk (14, 17, 18)

 

CATEGORY 15 (0 players)

First 4 players (including ties) in previous year’s PGA Championship

 

CATEGORY 16 (24 players)

Winners of non-opposite PGA Tour events from previous Masters to current Masters

 

Sang-Moon Bae (16) - South Korea

Tim Clark (16) - South Africa

Ben Crane (16)

Matt Every (16)

Bill Haas (16, 18)

#James Hahn (16) - South Korea

#Brian Harman (16)

Padraig Harrington (16) - Ireland

Charley Hoffman (16)

J.B. Holmes (16)

Billy Horschel (16, 17, 18)

Chris Kirk (16, 17, 18)

Hunter Mahan (16, 17, 18)

#Ben Martin (16)

Hideki Matsuyama (16, 17, 18) - Japan

Ryan Moore (16, 18)

#Seung-Yul Noh (16) - South Korea

Geoff Ogilvy (16) - Australia

Patrick Reed (16, 17, 18)

Brandt Snedeker (16)

#Robert Streb (16)

Kevin Streelman (16)

#Brendan Todd (16, 17)

Camilo Villegas (16) - Colombia

 

CATEGORY 17 (6 players)

Qualifiers for previous year’s season-ending Tour Championship

 

Russell Henley (17)

#Morgan Hoffmann (17)

Kevin Na (17, 18)

Ryan Palmer (17, 18)

#Cameron Tringale (17)

Gary Woodland (17, 18)

 

CATEGORY 18 (12 players)

Top 50 on final Official World Golf Ranking for previous calendar year

 

Luke Donald (18) - England

Jamie Donaldson (18) - Wales

Victor Dubuisson (18) - France

Stephen Gallacher (18) - Scotland

Mikko Ilonen (18) - Finland

Thongchai Jaidee (18) - Thailand

Marc Leishman (18) - Australia

#Shane Lowry (18) - Ireland

Joost Luiten (18) - Netherlands

Ian Poulter (18) - England

Steve Stricker (18)

#Danny Willet (18) - England

 

CATEGORY 19

Top 50 on Official World Golf Ranking published week prior to current Masters

 

TBD March 30

Projected in this category (3)

Branden Grace (19) - South Africa

#Anirban Lahiri (19) - India

#Bernd Wiesberger (19) - Austria

 

Living past Masters champions not expected to play

 

Tommy Aaron

Jack Burke Jr.

Charles Coody

Nick Faldo - England

Raymond Floyd

Doug Ford

Bob Goalby

Jack Nicklaus

Arnold Palmer

Gary Player - South Africa

Craig Stadler

Fuzzy Zoeller

 

RIP, Billy Casper (June 24, 1931 – February 7, 2015)

 

Here's a closer look at the most recent first-time additions to the field since the start of 2015.

 

Matias Dominguez, Chile

AGE: 22

RANKING:  No. 421 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking prior to LAAC.

HOW HE GOT THERE: Dominguez holed a short bogey putt on the 72nd hole to hold off Alejandro Tosti of Argentina by one stroke and win the inaugural Latin America Amateur Championship on Jan. 18 with an 11-under-par total of 277 at Pilar Golf course near Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“It was going well until probably the 13th hole,” said Dominguez, a senior at Texas Tech. “The crowd made it really hard for me to focus. It’s almost impossible to keep calm in that position, but I tried to do my best. On that short putt (on 18), I couldn’t even feel anything.”

Dominguez led by three strokes after nine holes, but the lead was whittled to one when Tosti birdied the 303-yard, par-4 15th after driving the green and Dominguez bogeyed the next hole, the par-4 16th. Tosti, however, three-putted 17 from 20 feet to give Dominguez a two-shot lead going to the 18th. The Chilean played the water-strewn 18th conservatively, tapping in for bogey from 2 feet after Tosti saved par from 5 feet.

Dominguez already played Augusta National last January on a collegiate team trip arranged by a Texas Tech alumnus. He will be the second player from Chile to play in the Masters, joining Enrique Orellana, who missed the cut in 1964. 

HE SAID IT: “It’s a shock right now. Everything is just going crazy and my family, everybody was just crying. So many emotions. As a young golfer my dream was to play the Masters. That was my last goal as a golfer. Hopefully I can share this moment with my friends and family.”

 

Shane Lowry, Ireland

AGE: 27

RANKING: 44th at the end of 2014 after starting the season 76th.

HOW HE GOT THERE: After missing six cuts in his first eight tournaments to fall to 142nd in the world in May, Lowry turned things around with a runner-up finish to Rory McIlroy in the European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. That moved him back to 74th in the world. Six more top-10 finishes including another runner-up in the Wales Open and a fifth at the Dubai World Championship got him inside the top 50.

HE SAID IT: “I’m thrilled and I can’t wait till next April. ... I’ll go there feeling I can compete in those type of fields. People have this myth that you need to play Augusta a few times to do well in the Masters but I’ll try and put that right next year. I watched Tiger win there a few times on TV. ... Hopefully, I can create my own story at Augusta!”

 

Danny Willett, England

AGE: 27

RANKING: 50th at the end of 2014 after starting the season 116th.

HOW HE GOT THERE: Vaulted into the top-50 chase at the start of December by overtaking Luke Donald en route to a four-stroke victory in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa. His first victory since the 2012 BMW International Open jumped him from 83rd to 56th in the rankings. A tie for fourth at the Alfred Dunhill Championship the next week pushed him to 51st and he snuck into the 50th spot on the last week when Tommy Fleetwood slipped out after missing the cut in the year-ending Dubai Open.

HE TWEETED IT: “Didn’t want to post anything until it was official!! Week 52.. OWGR #50 boom!!

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Former Electric Medic owner sentenced

 

The former owner of an electronics repair business charged with stealing from customers last year was sentenced to repay their money at a sentencing hearing on Wednesday.

Perry Clark Bower, 55, former owner of Electric Medic in Martinez, plead guilty to 38 of 76 misdemeanor theft by taking charges as well as two counts of damaging a public utility.

Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Bower to seven years on probation and ordered Bower to repay $16,625 in restitution to the victims.

Bower was initially arrested in January 2014 after authorities began receiving complaints about Bower and his business from people stating they would leave a television of other piece of electronics with Bower and sometimes a deposit or he would go to their home and repair or collect electronics.

Some said they weren’t able to reach Bower by phone; others said he didn’t repair their electronics or repay them for his charges.

Authorities received about 100 complaints about Bower and his business and was eventually charged with 76 counts of theft.

After his arrest, the business was closed and Bower was evicted in February 2014 for not paying rent for his business location in La Petite Plaza, where he left about 1,000 pieces of electronics, mostly televisions. Columbia County marshals had to identify as many owners as possible and return the electronics.

Bower was arrested again in July after he was caught on video surveillance cameras stealing a power meter from his former business location and installed it at his Martinez home, with didn’t have electricity. Before the meter was confiscated, deputies arrested him later that same day after they discovered he used a pair of scissors to rig the meter to make it work.

Bower had already paid restitution to Georgia Power for any damages incurred in that incident, according to his attorney, Kate Mason.

Mason said that just after the incidents, Bower went to a mental health facility, where he was deemed severely depressed. He must continue his treatment , as advised by his mental healthcare provider, as part of the terms of his probation.

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Former Electric Medic owner sentenced

 

The former owner of an electronics repair business charged with stealing from customers last year was sentenced to repay their money at a sentencing hearing on Wednesday.

Perry Clark Bower, 55, former owner of Electric Medic in Martinez, plead guilty to 38 of 76 misdemeanor theft by taking charges as well as two counts of damaging a public utility.

Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Bower to seven years on probation and ordered Bower to repay $16,625 in restitution to the victims.

Bower was initially arrested in January 2014 after authorities began receiving complaints about Bower and his business from people stating they would leave a television of other piece of electronics with Bower and sometimes a deposit or he would go to their home and repair or collect electronics.

Some said they weren’t able to reach Bower by phone; others said he didn’t repair their electronics or repay them for his charges.

Authorities received about 100 complaints about Bower and his business and was eventually charged with 76 counts of theft.

After his arrest, the business was closed and Bower was evicted in February 2014 for not paying rent for his business location in La Petite Plaza, where he left about 1,000 pieces of electronics, mostly televisions. Columbia County marshals had to identify as many owners as possible and return the electronics.

Bower was arrested again in July after he was caught on video surveillance cameras stealing a power meter from his former business location and installed it at his Martinez home, with didn’t have electricity. Before the meter was confiscated, deputies arrested him later that same day after they discovered he used a pair of scissors to rig the meter to make it work.

Bower had already paid restitution to Georgia Power for any damages incurred in that incident, according to his attorney, Kate Mason.

Mason said that just after the incidents, Bower went to a mental health facility, where he was deemed severely depressed. He must continue his treatment , as advised by his mental healthcare provider, as part of the terms of his probation.

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Traffic shift on Old Petersburg Road

Traffic on Old Petersburg Road will shift today for construction to widen the road.

Motorists on Old Petersburg Road between Old Evans Road and McCormick Road will be shifted to the north side of the roadway to allow for construction. Both lanes of traffic on the 36-foot-wide roadway will move to an 11-foot-wide lane in each direction, according to Kyle Collins, a Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman.

Collins said he doesn’t have a timeline for the end of the lane shift on Old Petersburg Road.

The $35 million extension will extend Riverwatch Parkway from Baston Road to Washington Road. The project, combined with other projects like the widening of Washington Road, is expected to provide a direct route from the Riverwood area to downtown and ease traffic on other arteries.

The project is funded through the Transportation Investment Act.

The project is slated to have four lanes with 4-foot-wide bike paths, subs and gutters, sidewalks and a 20-foot raised median and a bridge over the railroad tracks.

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Traffic shift on Old Petersburg Road

Traffic on Old Petersburg Road will shift today for construction to widen the road.

Motorists on Old Petersburg Road between Old Evans Road and McCormick Road will be shifted to the north side of the roadway to allow for construction. Both lanes of traffic on the 36-foot-wide roadway will move to an 11-foot-wide lane in each direction, according to Kyle Collins, a Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman.

Collins said he doesn’t have a timeline for the end of the lane shift on Old Petersburg Road.

The $35 million extension will extend Riverwatch Parkway from Baston Road to Washington Road. The project, combined with other projects like the widening of Washington Road, is expected to provide a direct route from the Riverwood area to downtown and ease traffic on other arteries.

The project is funded through the Transportation Investment Act.

The project is slated to have four lanes with 4-foot-wide bike paths, subs and gutters, sidewalks and a 20-foot raised median and a bridge over the railroad tracks.

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Police Blotter

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

 

Four vehicles are stolen Four Columbia County residents recently reported their vehicles were stolen from their homes. A 31-year-old Martinez man called authorities Thursday after he went outside to leave for work and discovered his 2002 Ford F-350 was gone. The truck was left parked on the street at 8 p.m. the previous evening, but was locked with the door keypad with the keys inside. A 21-year-old man in Martinez said his 1997 Oldsmobile LSS sedan was stolen from in front of his home Friday. He said he left home at about 1:30 p.m. and when he returned at about 8:30 p.m., the car was gone. He said the car is not driveable and was being restored. Another stolen vehicle was reported to authorities on Sunday by a 49-year-old Evans man. He said he parked his 2007 BMW 328i in the driveway at about 9:30 p.m. When he went outside at about 11 p.m., the vehicle was gone. Deputies found two small skid marks in the driveway where the car was last parked. There was no broken glass or other signs of forced entry. Another Evans man said Sunday that his 2003 Honda Accord also was stolen from his driveway. He parked the car at about 10:30 p.m. the previous night and isn’t sure if he locked the doors. When he went outside at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the car was gone. But there was no broken glass or muddy footprints. Woman found on porch

Authorities found a woman on her neighbor’s porch without pants early Friday.

A deputy responded to a report of a suspicious person in a Martinez neighborhood at about 4:30 a.m. and found a woman wearing no pants sitting on the porch of a home. When asked if she was okay, the woman said she was fine, but was trying to get into her house.

When asked her address, the deputy discovered she lived next door. When the deputy told the woman she was at the wrong house, she kept repeating that she was at the correct address.

The woman had abrasions on the left side of her face and feet. She told the deputy she fell on her driveway and scraped her face.

Jewelry stolen

A Martinez woman called authorities Sunday after she discovered some of her jewelry missing.

The 72-year-old woman said she was getting ready for church and went to get her diamond pendant, diamond ring and diamond earrings from a drawer. She said all the pieces were missing.

The pendant and rings were gifts from her late husband. The woman said the last time she wore the jewelry was to church the previous Sunday. She’d been at her home all week except March 18, when she left around noon to visit her sister.

Before leaving the house, the woman said she told her son’s friend he could go inside – the door was unlocked – to wait for a ride. The house looked normal when she returned at about 8 p.m.

The woman said she is a trusting person and didn’t think much of letting the man inside her home. No one else has been in the house since the last time she wore the jewelry and she can’t think of anyone else who might have taken it.

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Police Blotter

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

 

Four vehicles are stolen Four Columbia County residents recently reported their vehicles were stolen from their homes. A 31-year-old Martinez man called authorities Thursday after he went outside to leave for work and discovered his 2002 Ford F-350 was gone. The truck was left parked on the street at 8 p.m. the previous evening, but was locked with the door keypad with the keys inside. A 21-year-old man in Martinez said his 1997 Oldsmobile LSS sedan was stolen from in front of his home Friday. He said he left home at about 1:30 p.m. and when he returned at about 8:30 p.m., the car was gone. He said the car is not driveable and was being restored. Another stolen vehicle was reported to authorities on Sunday by a 49-year-old Evans man. He said he parked his 2007 BMW 328i in the driveway at about 9:30 p.m. When he went outside at about 11 p.m., the vehicle was gone. Deputies found two small skid marks in the driveway where the car was last parked. There was no broken glass or other signs of forced entry. Another Evans man said Sunday that his 2003 Honda Accord also was stolen from his driveway. He parked the car at about 10:30 p.m. the previous night and isn’t sure if he locked the doors. When he went outside at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the car was gone. But there was no broken glass or muddy footprints. Woman found on porch

Authorities found a woman on her neighbor’s porch without pants early Friday.

A deputy responded to a report of a suspicious person in a Martinez neighborhood at about 4:30 a.m. and found a woman wearing no pants sitting on the porch of a home. When asked if she was okay, the woman said she was fine, but was trying to get into her house.

When asked her address, the deputy discovered she lived next door. When the deputy told the woman she was at the wrong house, she kept repeating that she was at the correct address.

The woman had abrasions on the left side of her face and feet. She told the deputy she fell on her driveway and scraped her face.

Jewelry stolen

A Martinez woman called authorities Sunday after she discovered some of her jewelry missing.

The 72-year-old woman said she was getting ready for church and went to get her diamond pendant, diamond ring and diamond earrings from a drawer. She said all the pieces were missing.

The pendant and rings were gifts from her late husband. The woman said the last time she wore the jewelry was to church the previous Sunday. She’d been at her home all week except March 18, when she left around noon to visit her sister.

Before leaving the house, the woman said she told her son’s friend he could go inside – the door was unlocked – to wait for a ride. The house looked normal when she returned at about 8 p.m.

The woman said she is a trusting person and didn’t think much of letting the man inside her home. No one else has been in the house since the last time she wore the jewelry and she can’t think of anyone else who might have taken it.

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Man accused of sex with teen released

An Augusta man accused of having sex with an underage boy was released from jail Friday after being granted a bond.

Randy Houston Mercer, 57, was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on Friday after posting a $80,300 bond, according to jailers.

Superior Court Judge Albert Pickett granted a $50,000 bond for an aggravated child molestation charge against Mercer. Mercer, of Downing Street, was arrested Feb. 20 and charged with aggravated child molestation, computer pornography, enticing a child for indecent purposes and sexual exploitation of a child. He already had a combined $30,300 bond on the other three charges.

The mother of a 15-year-old Evans boy called authorities after finding a bag of sex toys and undergarments in her son’s room.

The teen told an investigator that he met Mercer on www.grindr.com, an all-male social networking site. He said he got the bag from Mercer and also met him several times for sexual encounters.

Mercer told authorities he thought the teen was 16, the legal age of consent, and the teen must agree that he is 18 to join the site.

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Man accused of sex with teen released

An Augusta man accused of having sex with an underage boy was released from jail Friday after being granted a bond.

Randy Houston Mercer, 57, was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on Friday after posting a $80,300 bond, according to jailers.

Superior Court Judge Albert Pickett granted a $50,000 bond for an aggravated child molestation charge against Mercer. Mercer, of Downing Street, was arrested Feb. 20 and charged with aggravated child molestation, computer pornography, enticing a child for indecent purposes and sexual exploitation of a child. He already had a combined $30,300 bond on the other three charges.

The mother of a 15-year-old Evans boy called authorities after finding a bag of sex toys and undergarments in her son’s room.

The teen told an investigator that he met Mercer on www.grindr.com, an all-male social networking site. He said he got the bag from Mercer and also met him several times for sexual encounters.

Mercer told authorities he thought the teen was 16, the legal age of consent, and the teen must agree that he is 18 to join the site.

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