An Eastman man died as the result of a one vehicle accident on Glyen Hickman Road at approximately 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, November 9.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, Christopher David Coursey (age 28), of 491 Ocmulgee Church Road, was traveling west on Glyen Hickman Road in a Chevrolet pickup truck. The truck ran off the left side of the roadway and Coursey over corrected. The truck then traveled back across the road to the right shoulder.
At the intersection of Bay Springs Church Road, the truck overturned several times ejecting the driver.
Dodge County Coroner Joe Smith pronounced Coursey dead at the scene at approximately 12:30 a.m.
Coursey worked at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. He also served as a volunteer firefighter and first responder on the Plainfield Fire Department.
Coursey was not wearing a seat belt. He was on his way home and was approximately three miles from home when the accident occurred.
Many cases were heard recently in Dodge Superior Court. The following are the results of those cases.
Tori Simmons was charged with one count misdemeanor unlawful distribution of distilled spirits and one count misdemeanor alcohol license violation and under First Offenders Act (FOA) was sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to pay a $500.00 fine per count. Simmons was also charged with one count of violation of landlord’s duties as to utilities and under FOA was ordered to pay a $500.00 fine.
Derrick Antone was charged with one count felony sale of cocaine, which was reduced to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000.00 fine.
Brannon Matthew Wrease was charged with two counts felony aggravated assault and sentenced to serve five years.
Anthony Lamar Hickman was charged with one count terroristic threats and acts and under FOA was sentenced to seven months probation with credit for time served in county jail.
Margaret Kristina Graham was charged on two counts felony theft by taking and sentenced to 30 years probation and ordered to pay a fine, to be determined and pay restitution, to be determined.
Arthur L. Ellis, Jr. was charged with one count felony possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, which was reduced to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000.00 fine.
Jordan Smith was charged with two counts felony statutory rape and under FOA was reduced to felony sexual battery and sentenced to five years probation per count to run consecutive to prior count and ordered to pay a $600.00 fine per count. He was charged with one count felony burglary which was reduced to felony theft by taking and sentenced to 10 years probation to run concurrent with prior, ordered to pay a $800.00 fine and serve 180 days in a probation detention center.
Malik Shaheem Harris was charged with two counts felony first degree burglary and was sentenced to five years probation per count to run concurrent with prior; was charged with one count felony cruelty to children first degree and sentenced to 10 years probation and ordered to pay an $800.00 fine; and charged with two counts felony burglary first degree and sentenced to 10 years probation per count and ordered to pay a $1,000.00 fine per count.
William Sheppard was charged with one count misdemeanor sexual battery and sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to pay a $600.00 fine. [Full Story »]
By Russ Ragan
The Dodge County High School (DCHS) Lady Indians completed their historical season this past week in Columbus in the elite eight. Dodge had a great tournament as they scored their first run, got their first win and knocked off a top ranked team and that was just the first game! Yes, it was quite the weekend for Dodge.
Here we go with game one as Dodge had to face top ranked Central Carrollton in game one. The Lady Indians got hits from Lauren Bellflower and Margaret Simmons in the first, but Dodge would leave the bases loaded. Haley Holloway got the start on the mound for the Lady Indians. She got a pair of strikeouts in the first as she stranded a pair of base runners. The game stayed scoreless until the Dodge third when Dodge would grab the lead. Lauren Bellflower would walk with one out and would go to third, as Annie Moore would reach on an error. Simmons would bunt her home and Dodge would take a one to zero lead. So remember that Simmons drove in Lauren Bellflower for the first Columbus run. I am sure that will be a local trivia question one day! Faith Manning would also bunt in a run as Moore scored for a two to zero Dodge lead. The game would stay two to zero Dodge before Central would score four runs in the fifth to take a four to two lead.
Dodge would be down to their final at bat going to the seventh trailing four to two. That’s when history parts two and three took over. Chelsea Hickman and Holloway singled to lead off the seventh. Allie Varnadoe reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Lauren Bellflower got the big hit as she doubled home Hickman and Julianna Bellflower, who was running for Holloway and suddenly we are tied at four to four! Moore singled home Varnadoe to give Dodge a five to four lead. Simmons would give Dodge some insurance with a three run homer and an eight to four lead going to the bottom of the seventh.
The lead was plenty for Holloway as she got a pair of strikeouts in the seventh and suddenly after a six run Dodge seventh number one had gone down eight to four!
The Lady Indians’ day was not over as they had to face Calhoun later in the day on Thursday. Calhoun grabbed the lead early and really never looked back. Dodge would get but four hits as they dropped a 10 to one game. The Lady Indians only run came in the sixth as Moore hit a sacrifice fly that scored Varnadoe who lead off with a double. Lauren Bellflower had two hits in the game.
Dodge would head into Friday’s game with one thing for sure; they would know their opponent very well. They would play the winner of the Pierce and Tattnall County game. It would be the fourth game with who ever won the game. Pierce would win the wild card game nine to eight to set up the fourth and final game with Dodge.
Holloway would get the start on the mound for Dodge. She would strand a runner at second in the first. Dodge would grab the lead in the bottom of the first, as Varnadoe would double to left to lead off. Lauren Bellflower would bunt her to third. Simmons would drive her home with a single to center with two out. Lizzie Massingill and Manning would reach base to load up the bases with two out. Holloway would get an infield hit and Dodge would lead two to zero going to the second.
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