“Local News’

Friday January 30th, 2015



It’s Super Bowl Weekend and that also means it’s time for the 26th annual theater event hosted by the Sumter County Friends of the Public Library. The annual fundraiser will be at 7:30 tomorrow night and a Sunday afternoon matinee performance at 2:30. For available tickets to the weekend’s performances call 924-8093. The annual theater event is held at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library on Lamar Street in Americus.

There will be a called meeting of the Mayor and City Council this Monday afternoon February 2nd. The called meeting will begin at 4:30 in the 3rd floor meeting room of the Municipal Building in downtown Americus. The purpose of this called meeting is to discuss the appointment of Billy Preston Beckett as the Interim Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Americus. The meeting is open for the public to attend.

Sumter County farmers, today is the day for the Weed Control Update meeting. The meeting starts at noon today and will be held in the Sumter County Ag Center at 127 William Bowen Pointe on US 19 south of Americus. UGA Specialists Stanley Culpepper and Eric Prostko will present today’s program. With your attendance at the meeting today you can earn one hour credit towards your private and/or commercial Category 21 license.

Treat your valentine to an evening of good food, music and entertainment while helping provide free books for children! Books for Sumter Children will host its annual Love of Literacy Gala on Thursday February 12th at 7pm at the Griffin Bell Conference Center. Books for Sumter Children provides a free book each month for children from birth to age 5. Nearly 1100 children are currently receiving books through the program. The Georgia Southwestern State University Ensemble will perform during the evening. Tickets are $50 each. Please RSVP by Friday February 6th by calling Tommie Thompson at 928-0399.

Americus Police had several more autos entered around town on Thursday. Autos were entered at 716 Varsity Drive, 717 N. Jackson Street and at 108 Springdale Drive. Please remember to lock and secure your vehicles at all times especially with the weekend upon us. In other police action from Thursday, Charles Wesley Pennington was arrested on an outstanding warrant at 1308 Ridge Street.

A forced entry burglary occurred at 1K 110 Knollwood Drive.

A suspicious person/vehicle complaint was made at 607 Oak Avenue.

Racarda Blackmon Jr. was arrested at apartment 53 303 E. Glessner Street and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

William Bernard Baker was arrested for public drunkenness at 1023 Westside Drive.

A financial transaction card fraud is being investigated.

A theft took place from 914 Davenport Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 28 701 Davenport Street.

Following a traffic stop last night on Ridge Street 3 people were arrested. Matthew Deon Waters was arrested for reckless driving, hit-n-run/leaving the scene of an accident, 1st degree cruelty to children and obstruction. Angela S. Waters and Narada M. Waters were arrested and charged with obstruction.

Officers responded to several domestic-related calls in the past 24-hour period.

Hit-n-run accidents were reported at 1480 E. Forsyth Street and 611-B E. Lamar Street.

There were 4 accidents worked by officers yesterday with no reported injuries.


A joint traffic blitz by The Georgia State Patrol and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office was conducted from last evening until the early morning hours of today. 17 drivers were arrested for various traffic offenses. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) held a meeting in Americus and the traffic blitz was a joint effort stemming from that gathering.

Deputies went to domestic disturbances at 159 Barnes Road and 1223 US 19 north. A burglary was investigated at 110 Violet Drive. Responding to a fight at South Georgia Technical College, Douglas J. Patterson and Ladarius J. Marshall were charged with disorderly conduct. A theft occurred at 318 Middle River Road. A civil complaint was made at 357 US 49 south. Deputies made 5 traffic stops yesterday with warnings issued in the traffic cases. 4 accidents were worked by Deputies with deer involved in 3. After one accident investigation, the driver, Nihcondra Q. Hollis was cited for driving on a suspended license. All totaled, there were 30 incidents worked by Deputies yesterday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: William Leonard Andrews for affray/ criminal damage to property 2nd degree; William Bernard Baker for public drunkenness; Racarda Blackmon for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute/ possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; Errol Kenneth Frederick for aggravated assault/ possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; Tiffany Leighane Gleeson for driving on a suspended license; Javoris Sharod Harper for DUI/ driving on a suspended license; Priscilla Ann Hayes for aggravated assault/ criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree; Earnestine Maidene Jackson for DUI/ obstruction; Chester Adel Mann for probation violation/ failure to appear/ motor vehicle theft; Lester Benail Mann for felony theft by taking/ burglary; Vinson Mandel Mann for 4th degree forgery; Isaac Henry Storey for DUI; Angela Shavette Waters for obstruction; Matthew Deon Waters for reckless driving/1st degree cruelty to children/ hit-n-run—leaving the scene of an accident/ obstruction; and Narada Morriea Waters for obstruction.