“Local News’

Friday April 17th, 2015



Sumter County Traverse Jurors who have been summoned for this Monday April 20th at 10am are NOT to report for jury duty at all during the week. All scheduled cases have either been resolved or continued. Jurors may call the office of Nancy C. Smith, Clerk, at 928-4537 for questions or further information.

Today is the pre-registration deadline for the Rock n’ Run Off Road Challenge sponsored by the Americus-Sumter High School Band. This is a fundraising event that will be held tomorrow at the Sumter County Parks and Recreation Sports Complex on US 19 south. To pre-register, call today. Contact Mike Pepito at 815-1841 or Debra Hughes at 942-2262. There will be a 10K, 5K and 1-mile Fun Run and Walk tomorrow. Registration begins at 6:30 tomorrow morning.

Another deadline originally set for today has been extended. LEADERSHIP SUMTER is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 program. Area businesses, public and private agencies and civic organizations are being asked to identify and support persons with leadership potential for this year’s program. The program begins April 28th with one session a month through February 2016. To apply or nominate an employee, the application form needs to be completed and turned into the Chamber by Wednesday April 22nd. The class is designed for 25 participants; therefore, the first received and most qualified applications will be accepted.

A community blood drive is set for next Friday April 24th from 8am until 6pm in the Fellowship Hall of 1st Baptist Church at 221 South Lee Street. To schedule an appointment that best suits your Friday schedule, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go online to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Those with appointments will get top priority but all walk-ins are always welcomed. Please bring a photo ID with you.

A mother is seeking the community’s help in seeking her missing teenage daughter. 15-year old Jasmine Hudson was last seen a week ago in the Rainbow Terrace area wearing a school uniform. However, she was spotted last Saturday in the US 19 area wearing a red shirt. She is described as a black female, approximately 5’ 6” in height and weighing 150lbs. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Jasmine Hudson should contact the Sumter Sheriff’s Office, Americus Police or 9-1-1.

From Thursday’s Americus Police incident reports, criminal trespass complaints were made at 2008 Armory Drive and 113-B Bush Circle.

Roger Lee Jackson IV and Tahj Malik Ruff were arrested and charged with forced entry burglary and criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree at 701 Georgia Avenue.

A burglary was reported at 807 Fulton Street.

Following a traffic stop at 1043 E. Forsyth Street, Raphaela Maria Garcia was arrested for open container and her 2nd DUI.

A counterfeit bill was turned over to police at 82-B Dixon Drive.

Officers responded to 3 domestic-related calls.

Only 1 accident was reported yesterday in the City with no injuries.


Thursday was a rather quiet 24-hour period for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies as there were only a total of 17 incidents reported. 2 traffic stops were conducted. On US 27 east at Brickyard Road, Christy C. Jackson was charged with speeding. A warning was issued in the other traffic case.

Damage to property was reported at 900 SGT Parkway. A bad child complaint was made at 237 Lacrosse Road. Deputies responded to a domestic call to 352 McMath Mill Road. An identity theft was reported for investigation. There was 1 deer-related accident worked by a Deputy yesterday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Raheem Hasson Boyd for probation violation; Raul Gallegos for DUI/ driving while unlicensed/ battery/ and criminal trespass; Charles Allen Gaultney-holding for Harris County S/O; Kelley R. Hutchins for child support; Roger Lee Jackson IV for 1st degree burglary (felony) and criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree; Korea Johnson for aggravated assault; Tahj Ruff for 1st degree burglary (felony) and criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree; Charles Evan Stewart for probation violation; and Brenda Joyce Tyner for disorderly conduct.