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Monticello Judge Resigns After Complaint

A Monticello-based judge resigned last week after a state investigation into whether he used his post for his personal benefit.

Judge John Lee Parrott resigned effective Saturday, May 19, according to a letter posted by the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission.

The commission says he resigned before a formal hearing was scheduled in his case.

He was a judge in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, which handles cases in Baldwin, Jones, Wilkinson, Hancock, Putnam and three other counties. Parrott's letter says he's served for 24 years.

The consent order between Parrott and the commission does not detail complaints against him, and a commission spokesperson said no further information was available.



At Least 12 Arrests Made in Identity Theft Ring

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office has arrested at least 12 people in connection with one of the county's largest identity theft investigations.

The 2-year-long investigation has strung the department in a web of separate fraud cases.

"This has been an unbelievable investigation," says Baldwin County Sheriff, Bill Massee.

Most recently, the department arrested 25-year-old O'shay Carswell and 24-year-old Quintonio Reyes.

Sheriff Massee says they cashed over $154 thousand worth of legitimate treasury checks in Baldwin County.

"In essence, it's in the right name, but to the wrong person. And the volume of dollars is unbelievable," Massee says.

The investigation started in 2010, when Georgia Military College reported someone was cashing fraudulent checks with their account information. This month, the same thing happened to the Oconee Regional Medical Center.

Bobcats Fall In Peach Belt Tourney

COLUMBUS, Ga. - West No. 1-seed Georgia College baseball team (29-21) saw its season come to a close Thursday evening at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship Tournament in a 12-2 loss to East No. 2-seed Francis Marion University (35-15).

The Bobcats put up the first two runs of the game in the very first inning, when a pair of hits set up a run-scoring groundout and single, but it would be all the GC bats could muster. FMU took the lead with a three-run third and never looked back.

The Patriots rattled off 17 hits with four doubles, scoring runs in all but one inning after breaking into the scoring column in the third.

All-PBC Second Team selection Matt Broderick (8-2) went six strong innings for the win, allowing just two runs. Leadoff hitter Michael Wilson set the table, going 4-for-6 with three runs.

Bobcats Fall In PBC Tournament

Bobcats Fall In PBC Tournament

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The long road back through the loser's bracket begins for West No. 1-seed Georgia College baseball (29-20) as the Bobcats fell 5-0 to East No. 4-seed Lander University (35-16) in the opening round of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Wednesday night at Golden Park.

The PBC Pitcher of the Year Chris Thomas (8-2) was every bit as advertised, holding the GC bats to four hits and not a single walk in the complete game shutout, fanning 11.

It took to the bottom of the eighth for GC to get a runner in scoring position, but a double play helped end the threat for the Bobcats.

Thomas shut out the Bobcats during the regular season on four hits, spreading four singles out among four different GC hitters as he did tonight.

Travis Echols (Suwanee, Ga.), Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.), Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) and Benton Yaun (Marietta, Ga.) each recorded singles for GC. Yaun's safety extended his hit streak to 20 games.

Bobcat Golfers Win Regional

CONOVER, N.C. - The No. 21 Georgia College golf team punched their ticket to the NCAA Finals Wednesday, winning the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championship by a single stroke.

GC put up a 289 on the final day, added to rounds of 291 and 289 for five-over par on the par-72, 7,064-yard Rock Barn Golf & Spa Jones Course. No. 2 Barry University was just one stroke behind in second.

Junior Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) shot a team-best 70 today, and finished a team-best second at five-under par after previous rounds of 69 and 72. Smith missed a playoff for individual medalist honors by one stroke, carding five birdies in today's action.

Classmate Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) was one stroke later in seventh place at three-under par. Garrett shot 71-70-72, birdying four straight from the seventh to the 10th hole today.

Couple Sentenced to Life for Killing 72-Year-Old

A Milledgeville couple has been sentenced to life in prison for killing the woman's stepfather last year.

On Friday, 23-year-old Ashleigh Elaine Ricks pleaded guilty to murder for killing 72-year-old Mandle Charlie Waters Sr.

On April 26, her boyfriend, 36-year-old Andre Brown also pleaded guilty to murder and to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

That's according to Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright.

He said Baldwin County Superior Court Hulane George sentenced both to life. Brown also got a five-year sentence on the weapon possession.

They admitted killing Waters on Oct. 4, 2011. Waters was married to Ricks' biological mother and had raised her since childhood, Bright said.

Supporter, Opponent Discuss T-SPLOST

Interest and questions grow around a proposed one-cent transportation sales tax--or T-SPLOST--on the July 31 ballot.

It's predicted to generate more than $750 million for 11 Central Georgia counties over a ten-year period.

Those counties -- Bibb, Houston, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Twiggs, Crawford, Baldwin, Jones, Putnam, and Wilkinson -- will vote as a single district.

That means either they'll all approve it, or none of them will.

State Representative Bubber Epps supports the T-SPLOST and local Sierra Club spokesman Lindsay Holliday says he'll vote no.

Both joined Randall Savage in the 13WMAZ studio during Eyewitness News at 6.