“Local News’

Friday August 29th, 2014



The Sumter County Board of Commissioners held a called meeting last night to discuss personnel and legal matters in closed session. After about45-minutes, the meeting reconvened in open session. The Board accepted the resignation of County Attorney Bill NeSmith, who will be taking a position with the State Bar as Deputy General Counsel for the state of Georgia. The resignation was passed unanimously. With nothing else on the agenda the meeting was adjourned. Afterwards, attorney NeSmith told Local News he has mixed feelings about the resignation but the opportunity was too good to pass on. He did say that Kimberly Reid from Crisp County will assist him in the transition in closing out County business and an interim attorney will be named between now and October 20th.

The offices of the Sumter County Courthouse and those of the City of Americus will be closed on Monday September 1st in observance of the Labor Day holiday. These offices will be open with regular business hours on Tuesday September 2nd.

The 78-hour Labor Day weekend travel period officially begins at 6pm this evening and will end at midnight on Monday September 1st. Law enforcement is gearing up to be highly visible, on the road and in the water, during the holiday period. Impaired drivers will be one of the main targets. One thing that literally could put a damper on the holiday weekend is the ever increasing chance of rain. Initially, Saturday was the best chance for rain but now it appears the rain will start Saturday afternoon and will be off and on for Sunday and Monday. That could cause some drivers to slow down due to the wet roads and would keep boaters off the water. The rain chances now stand at 40-50% for the entire holiday weekend. Regardless, if you have travel plans, avoid becoming a holiday traffic statistic!

High school football tonight shouldn’t have any threat of rain and while it will be hot, it won’t be AS HOT as last Friday’s games. The only area team playing on the road this week is the defending Class A State Champs, the Marion County Eagles. Marion County will play at 8 tonight in Miller County. 7:30 games tonight are home openers for 2 other local teams. Americus-Sumter will host Macon County and Robert Toombs is in town to play Southland Academy. Schley County is off this week and will begin regular season play on September 5th at Baconton Charter in Camilla.

Volunteers are needed to become members of the growing team of professional emergency responders in Sumter County. An informational session on volunteering with the Sumter County Fire and Rescue will be held on Wednesday September 3rd at 6pm at Fire Station#1 at 210 Rucker Street. Call 924-6603 for more information.

From Thursday’s Americus Police incident reports, a forced entry burglary was investigated at 515 N. Jackson Street.

A theft by deception was reported at 733 E. Forsyth Street. A theft occurred at 402 W. College Street.

A shoplifting incident at 1506 E. Forsyth Street at Roses Express was reported.

Shawn Matthew Dollar was arrested at 215 S. Jackson Street and charged with simple battery.

Following a traffic stop on Taylor Street at 1:15 this morning, Brandon Douglas was arrested for tampering with evidence, crossing guard lines with narcotics and obstruction.

Responding to a fight at 1:50 this morning at 6B 701 Davenport Street, 2 arrests were made. Lakista McCuller was arrested for disorderly conduct and Lakista McCuller Jr. was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

There were quite a few miscellaneous calls answered by officers in the previous 24-hour period.

1 accident reported in the City yesterday with no injuries.


An early morning traffic fatality has claimed the life of a pedestrian. According to Coroner Greg Hancock, 86-year old Charlie Williams Jr. of an Americus address was struck by a vehicle on US 280 west near Mile Marker 11 at 3:45 this morning. The accident investigation was turned over to Sr. Trooper Dexter Cladd of Post 10. Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted with traffic during the investigation.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Department worked a total of 30 incidents on Thursday. 9 were for traffic stops. Cited for driving the wrong side on an undivided street was Michelle L. Dalva. David J. Mitchell was arrested for failure to maintain insurance and failure to have a license on person. Kurtis T. Newcomb was arrested for speeding. Deputies answered 1 domestic call. A damage to property complaint was made on Sunset Park drive. There was 1 suspicious person complaint reported. Deputies worked 3 accidents yesterday and turned 1 over to the Georgia State Patrol.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail are: Anthony Glenn Cromer for southwestern probation; Latressa Rena Dodson for battery; Shawn Matthew Dollar for DUI/failure to maintain lane; and Brandon Kentrell Douglas for crossing guard lines with narcotics/felony tampering with evidence/obstruction.