"Local News"

Monday July 17th, 2017




BREAKING NEWS: The suspect in the shooting death of Bradley Jamal Green is now in custody. Kentavous Cortez Wilkerson, age 22 of Americus, turned himself in to the Americus Police Department at approximately 10am this morning. He is being charged with Felony Murder; 2-counts of aggravated assault; and possession of a firearm during the commission of a Felony. He is currently housed at the Sumter County Jail.

This event on Bell Street, the site of the old Bell Street pool, was billed as a block party. Literally hundreds, including kids, were at this event throughout the afternoon. People were coming and leaving on Bell and Oak Avenue and even walking up to the event from the nearby neighborhoods. Witnesses were interviewed over the weekend and some footage filmed during the afternoon event was viewed looking for clues as to what caused the shooting. This is still an ongoing investigation with the GBI and Americus Police. 1st Responder and EMS were called to the scene where the 2 victims were transported to the ER. Bradley Green died at the hospital from his gunshot. This all occurred around 5:40 this past Saturday afternoon.

The deadline to purchase tickets for the 19th annual Boys and Girls Club of Americus/Sumter County’s Steak & Stake Charity fundraiser is 5pm on Tuesday July 18th. A head count is needed by Wednesday so the food for the event can be ordered by tomorrow. Individual tickets and corporate tables are still available. NO tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the event on Tuesday July 25th. All tickets must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets, call Dr. Shirley Green-Reese at 938-3300 or Andrea or Fredia at 924-9119. The ticket deadline is tomorrow!

A “Start Your Own Business Seminar” will be held on July 20th at the Pope Center in the Weyerhaeuser Room on the SGTC campus. Registration is free but space is limited. To register, call Carolyn at 924-2646 or by email cwright@sumtercountychamber.com. You can also register online at www.sumtercountychamber.com. The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, Americus Main Street and South Georgia Technical College are hosting the event on July 20th to make your entrepreneurial dreams come true.

Americus Police, in addition to the weekend murder, was very busy. Threats were made at 1102 S. Lee Street.

A felony theft of a car occurred at 302 Mayo Street. A 1997 4-door, Toyota Camry, gray with Georgia tag QBB 4014 was stolen and a statewide lookout was posted.

Discharging a firearm in the City Limits was reported in the Reddick Drive area at 12:06 Saturday morning.

An aggravated assault and criminal trespass occurred at 1217 Elm Avenue.

A burglary attempt was made at 220 Brookdale Drive.

Chardynae Shanice Mann was arrested for assault battery for an incident at 603-D Eastview Circle.

A counterfeit bill ($100) was turned over to police from 1301 E. Lamar Street.

A female juvenile was arrested and charged with criminal trespass at 1034 Elm Avenue.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 804 Adderton Street and 1225 Lafayette Street.

Officers responded to a domestic dispute at 612 Dismuke Street and arrested for Darian Danvel Barker for battery (DVA).

Officers stayed busy with 4 domestic-related calls and 3 miscellaneous calls.

Hit-n-run accidents were reported at 401 Peachtree Street and on Bell Street.

There were 3 weekend accidents in the City with no reported injuries. 


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies stayed busy this past weekend. Domestic calls were answered at 163 6th Street in Cobb; 346 Watermelon Road; 735 Lasco Harvey Road; 693 Shiloh Road; and at 1778 Salters Mill Road where Travis Webb was arrested for reckless conduct; discharge of firearms on or near highways and streets; and aggravated cruelty to animals. Deputies conducted 10 traffic stops with several citations issued for DUI and speeding. Suspicious vehicles were spotted in Dixie Hills and Spring Hill Church Road. Suspicious person complaints were made on Brady Road at Tommy Hooks Road; 110 Lois Lane; and US 280W at Jenkins Road. Deputies stayed in the road with 7 weekend accidents with 3 being deer-related.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Darian Danvel Barker for battery (DVA); Michael Kevin Bellamy-back for Drug Court; Dominique Lorenzo Clark for theft by receiving stolen property and failure to appear; Antonio Reshad Dale for theft by taking; Reginald Bernard Dice for probation violation; Harold Grate for DUI/ speeding/ and obstruction; Rodney Jerome Green for reckless conduct and false statements or writings; Christopher B. Hartage—serving 30-days; Alicia Latoya Pope for simple battery/ criminal trespass/ and southwestern probation; Jose Guadalupe Rodriquez for driving while unlicensed; and Travis Wayne Webb for reckless conduct/ discharge of firearms on or near public highway or street/ and cruelty to animals. 4 were released on bond and 1 released for time served.