“Local News’

Friday June 24th, 2016



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council was held yesterday. A 2016 JAG grant application was approved for the Americus Police Department totaling $19,121 to purchase equipment and supplies. Council accepted and approved the bid from Reeves Construction for the paving of Mayo Street, N. Lee Street, Rose Avenue, Shirley Drive and Sharon Drive. Funding will come from SPLOST and TSPLOST. 5 different City parks will be upgraded in the amount of $351.015 with funding from the 2014 SPLOST fund. Council accepting and approved the bid from Zane Grace Construction for storm water repair services in the Elm Avenue/Lee Street improvement area for $203,493 with funding out of the Storm water funds and 2010 Revenue Bond. Council approved paying Rowe Drilling for repairs and improvements to Well Pump#10 in the amount of $96,797. Pam Angry and Freda Gardner were re-appointed to the Hospital Authority. Daron Butler was re-appointed to the Housing Authority. Dwight Chavis was appointed to the Housing Authority. Tom McFarland was appointed to the Library Board. Terrance Clemons was re-appointed to the Library Board. Carla Cook was appointed to the Land Bank Authority. Channon Thurmond was are-appointed to the Land Bank Authority. After a few comments, the meeting was adjourned.

Georgia Southwestern State University Athletic Director Mike Leeder has hired Ben Hicks to be the school’s next head men’s basketball coach. Hicks comes to Georgia Southwestern from Columbus State University where he was an assistant coach the past four seasons under Robert Moore. Hicks becomes just the fourth head men’s basketball coach at GSW since 1990. He takes over for Leeder who completed 10 seasons at the helm and will now serve only as Athletic Director.

Today is the day for the “Firecracker” community blood drive in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street until 6 this evening. Those with appointments get top priority but any and all walk-ins will be welcomed. It has been announced that blood supplies are at a critically low level and a call for ALL blood types has been issued. Please take time out of your busy Friday schedule and donate blood. There will be drawings for Downtown Dollars and every donor gets a free T-shirt. Be that summer hero and give blood today!

Americus Police had an active Thursday and early Friday. An auto was entered at 404 S. Dudley Street.

Thefts occurred at 304 Crawley Street, 200 Manhattan Street and 202-B US 280 west.

A suspicious person/vehicle was reported at 697 Pine Avenue.

A theft of lost/mislaid property occurred at 915 Elm Avenue.

Shelandrea Shanice Singleton was arrested at 119 S. Lee Street for failure to appear.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 107 Prince Street and at 400 Tripp Street.

A gas drive off took place from 1533 S. Lee Street.

Riyod Oshay Reddick was arrested at 701 Davenport Street and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.

Joseph Smith was arrested for disorderly conduct at 1207 S. MLK Boulevard.

An aggravated assault, entering an auto and felony theft are under investigation that originated at 804 Adderton Street.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 3:23 this morning at 1330 N. Jackson Street.

Officers responded to 3 domestic-related situations in the previous 24-hour shift.

1 accident was worked by APD yesterday with no reported injuries.

Just a weather reminder that the heat and humidity will be high the next 2 days making the heat index possibly exceeding 105, especially tomorrow. If you must be outside for any extended periods of time, take frequent breaks, wear light-colored clothing and stay hydrated but NOT with alcohol. Take care of yourself and the elderly.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies continued to make traffic stops yesterday, recording 27. Jennifer J. Wilbanks was charged with speeding on US 49 south. Sam R. Sims was cited for driving with an expired tag on US 49 south at US 280. On Lamar Street, Decarius D. Collier was charged with driving on a suspended license. At a stop on Reese Park, Jason Dutton was arrested for DUI and expired registration. After a stop on Lamar at Tripp, Kenetria M. Laster was cited for failure to maintain insurance and expired registration. Following a stop on Church at Jackson, Jakivus M. Tyner was charged with failure to obey a traffic control device. Deputies answered suspicious person complaints on the Lamar Road at District Line and at 1627-B Highway 30 west. A burglary was investigated at 101 W. Federal Street in Leslie. A theft was reported at 119 S. Lee Street. A domestic disturbance occurred at Lot 40 106 Lexington Circle. Harassing phone calls were reported.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Harris Baker for DUI and license requirements; Jason Dutton for DUI and expired tag or no registration or title; Antavious Montrell Leverett  for theft by receiving stolen property; Courtney Antwan Mann for simple battery/ false imprisonment/ southwestern probation/ and probation violation; Riyod Oshay Reddick for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute/ illegal possession of a controlled substance/ felony theft by taking/ possession of a firearm by a felon/ bench warrant/ and probation violation; Joseph Kevonte Smith for disorderly conduct; and Henry James Stephens for DUI and failure to maintain lane. 3 bonded out of jail yesterday and 1 was released to another jail.