“Local News’

Friday March 27th, 2015



You will notice a definite change in our weather today. While you woke up with very mild temperatures in the 60s, those readings will actually drop during the morning as a cold front finally arrives. All the rain we were supposed to get last night and in the early morning hours never happened but with the arrival of the cold front, we may actually get some much-needed rain this morning to wash out some of the pollen. Once the front pushes through, there will be afternoon sunshine with breezy conditions and under the sunny skies, the temperatures will rise up a little and then fall tonight under clear skies. This is our pre-Easter cold snap! Lows tonight will be in the mid-to-upper 30s with areas of patchy frost. Tomorrow will be sunny but breezy and cool with highs only near 60. Lows tomorrow night will be in the low-to-mid 30s. You will need to take care of any tender vegetation the next few nights due to the colder temperatures. By Sunday a slow warming trend will begin and most of next week will be warm but with a good chance of rain.

There will be a Sumter County Board of Commissioner-sponsored blood drive today. The blood drive will be held at the Rec Department at 408 Rucker Street from 9:30 to 2:30. All blood types are needed. If you made an appointment online or by calling ahead, you will get top priority but any and all walk-ins will be welcomed. Please bring a photo ID with you.

This Sunday March 29th, a community Easter Egg Hunt will be held starting at 5pm at the Southeast Park located on Blacksmith Road in Desoto. This is a community event featuring thousands of eggs, candy, food and drinks with entertainment. Those participating will need to bring your own basket. Everything is free! There will be over 1000 plastic eggs to be found and the entire community is invited. If you would like to participate or donate to this community event, contact Cynthia Wright at 815-9226.

Pre-registration is required for the free Ladies Hand Gun Safety Course sponsored by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. This free course will be held on Saturday April 25th at 8:30am in the Sumter County Ag Auditorium at 127 William Bowen Pointe just off US 19 south of Americus. Pre-registration is required due to the limited class size. Call Lt. Andy King or Melinda Davis at 924-4094 ext. 221 or 232. If you plan to attend call now and pre-register.

Americus Police made several arrests on Thursday and one that got away…for now. Oscar Lee Trice was arrested at apartment 143 130 Lonnie Lane and charged with aggravated assault and criminal trespass.

3 arrests were made last night at 616 Jackson Avenue. Lashon Holt was arrested for 2-counts of obstruction, for simple battery (DVA) and disorderly conduct. Julia Lachelle Tyner was arrested for 2-counts of obstruction and for disorderly conduct. Cierra Watts was arrested for simple battery (DVA), for disorderly conduct and obstruction.

Tasha Lashonda Banks was arrested at 4:11 this morning at apartment 201 140 Lonnie Lane for disorderly conduct.

As far as the one that got away, a traffic stop was conducted on Dismuke Street and once stopped the driver fled on foot from the officer. However, he left behind his stash of narcotics. Needless to say, numerous charges are pending and yes, they know who the driver is!

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 711 Brooklyn Terrace and at apartment 201 130 Lonnie Lane.

An unruly juvenile complaint was filed last night at 70 Barbara Battle Way.

There were 3 domestic-related calls yesterday.

2 accidents were worked by officers with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy on Thursday working a total of 47 incidents. 26 were traffic stops. Ayada E. Ingram was charged with speeding on Rainbow Terrace. Daniel E. Higgs was cited for knowingly driving a motor vehicle on suspended registration and child restraint violation. Miranda K. Daniel was cited for window tint violation on Georgia 3. Ishmael Prioleau, Russell L. Wheeler and Jessica T. Reid were all charged with speeding on Georgia 49 north. Connor L. DeLoach was charged with speeding on Highway 30. On US 280 east, Joseph Jones was arrested for DUI. Warnings were issued in the remaining traffic cases.

Deputies went to 2 domestic-disturbance calls at 122 and 104-A Rainbow Terrace. Deputies worked 2 accidents.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail: Devontae Bernard Bridges for felony theft by deception/ 1st degree forgery/ battery/ and criminal trespass; Lashon Holt for obstruction/ disorderly conduct/ and simple battery; Caesar Merckson holding for Court; Jarvis Darvel Porter for probation violation; Kenyodrick Lamartez Richardson holding for Court; Oscar Trice for aggravated assault and criminal trespass; Julia Lachelle Tyner for obstruction and disorderly conduct; Cierra Lashay Watts for disorderly conduct/ obstruction/ and simple battery; Blake Monroe Wilson for simple battery and theft by taking; and Charlie Lee Wimberly for 4th degree forgery.