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Woman accused of indirectly providing alcohol to Lakeside baseball players

Martinez 23-year-old turned herself in to authorities Thursday

Thursday, March 15, 2012 3:04 PM
Last updated Friday, March 16, 2012 12:19 AM
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Columbia County authorities accused a Martinez woman Thursday of indirectly providing alcohol to four Lake­side High School baseball players.

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Courtney Devin McIl­wain, 23, of Villa Lane, was charged with providing alcohol to a minor.

The players were drinking the alcohol on a school bus Friday or Saturday 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 (Saturday), they discovered that someone had gotten sick,” Lakeside High Principal Steven Rhodes said Tuesday. “The next day, after some kids came forward, they realized that alcohol was involved.”

Coaches uncovered the incident when they questioned players about 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 players were cited Wednesday for possession of alcohol by a minor, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

Also, a 16-year-old Martinez boy was charged Thursday with possession of alcohol by a minor for the same incident.

The 16-year-old was friends with the baseball 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.

McIlwain, who turned herself in to authorities Thursday afternoon, was released after posting a $1,100 bond, Morris said.

Rhodes said he will recommend long-term suspension when the students go before a school system hearing officer next week.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/15/12 - 02:59 pm
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Six arrests in two days.

Six arrests in two days. That ought to skew the crime statistics upward in Columbia County for 2012.

ETA: Oh, and I forgot the arrest for the girl who was copycatting the CRG who got sent to Sandersville YDC and the arrest for the bomb threat. It's a veritable crime wave.

nnaugusta
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nnaugusta 03/15/12 - 03:23 pm
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{{{{ YIKES }}}}

{{{{ YIKES }}}}

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/15/12 - 04:11 pm
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Well, at least her arrest has

Well, at least her arrest has merit.

Techfan
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Techfan 03/15/12 - 05:08 pm
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Did I miss it, or did they

Did I miss it, or did they not explain the "indirectly"?

raul
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raul 03/15/12 - 05:55 pm
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@Techfan. McIlwain gave the

@Techfan. McIlwain gave the alcohol to a 16 y/o who was a friend of the ballplayers, who, inturn gave the alcohol to the ballplayers. Thus, McIllwain 'indirectly" gave the alcohol to the players.
Uh, allegedly.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/15/12 - 06:34 pm
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I remember a time about 15

I remember a time about 15 years ago when an LHS AP was threatened with a two-week suspension for writing up LHS students who were drinking at a school dance.

Bravely, the AP told the Appling crowd what they could do with their job, retired, and went back to work in SC.

allhans
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allhans 03/16/12 - 12:15 am
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What was her relationship

What was her relationship with the 16 year old?

my.voice
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my.voice 03/16/12 - 05:47 am
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She was his fashion

She was his fashion consultant.

allhans
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allhans 03/16/12 - 08:44 am
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my.voice. Teaching him to

my.voice. Teaching him to dress? Right! Why didn't I already know that.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/16/12 - 12:42 pm
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She still provided alcohol to

She still provided alcohol to a minor, any way that you look at it..allegedly.

ToyGal
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ToyGal 03/18/12 - 10:59 am
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She gave the alcohol to her

She gave the alcohol to her BROTHER. HE is the one who handed it to the other players. He is not being honest in his part of it as well. Yes, she was wrong in giving it to her brother, but he is just as wrong to take it to school and giving it to his friends. How many of us gave alcohol to our younger brothers and sisters - about 95%. No one has a right to judge.

Dee87
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Dee87 06/21/12 - 02:52 am
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why sell alcohol to kids?

why sell alcohol to kids? It's not like someone forced here to do it, and it's not like she had a profit from it, it just doesn't make any sense

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