"Local News"

Monday September 29th, 2014




The potential for heavy rainfall is in today’s weather forecast especially during the afternoon. There is the potential for some area’s to receive as much as 3-inches of rain if one of the pockets sits over your area of southwest Georgia. Earlier estimates have Sumter County in the 2.5 inches of rain area of the state. That was based on rainfall last night but most of Americus and Sumter County was only hit with light rain during the night and did not get significant amounts of rain. This will be the best rain chance of significant rainfall in almost a week. Do be aware that there could be periods of heavy rainfall that could cause ponding on streets and roads so if you encounter water over the roadway do exercise caution this afternoon as you travel. The rains will diminish during the evening and become mostly sunny by Tuesday. After today and tonight the next chance of rain could be as early as late Thursday and end late Friday night as a cold front is ushered in by this coming weekend.

If you missed getting in your entry to the Sumter Scarecrow competition last week, there’s good news today! The deadline has been extended until this Friday October 3rd by the close of business. You can still pick up an application this week at the Chamber Office at 409 Elm Avenue. So now more people and businesses can get an application but you need to do so by this Friday October 3rd. For more information or to pick up an application then call Ivy at 924-2646 at the Chamber Office.

Sara Cobb Elementary is hosting a Title 1 Parent Input meeting on Tuesday September 30th at 6pm. This important meeting will be held at 6 in the school gym. All Sara Cobb parents are encouraged to attend.

High school football results from last weekend had both homecoming games for local teams and unfortunately, both lost. Southland lost to Brookwood 58-25 and Schley County lost to Marion County 34-13. This week, Americus-Sumter begins sub-region play at Bainbridge; Schley County will be at Central-Talbotton; Pacelli will be at Marion County; and Valwood will be in town to play Southland Academy.

Americus Police incident reports show that 4 newspaper boxes were damaged this past weekend. Theft and criminal trespass complaints occurred at 124 W. Lamar Street, on Windsor Avenue, 1101 Crawford Street and 1301 E. Lamar where newspaper boxes were damaged and coins were taken.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 1803-B Maxwell Street.

Criminal damage to property in the 1st degree was reported on MLK Boulevard. Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree was reported at 1104 MLK Boulevard.

A case of illegal dumping is under investigation.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 817 Washington Street.

Thefts occurred at 220 W. Lester and 105-B Linnie Street.

Following a traffic stop on S. Dudley Street, Henry Davis Woods was arrested for DUI, driving on a suspended license, obstruction, probation violation and tag light requirements.

At 2:32 Sunday morning, another traffic stop on S. Dudley Street led to the arrest of Angela Marie Tyson for DUI and failure to maintain lane.

After a traffic stop on W. Forsyth Street, Eddie Eugene Sims was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

An unruly juvenile and domestic complaint was made at 109-A Bessie Mays Circle.

Jeremy Bosley was arrested for shoplifting at 1206 Crawford Street.

A juvenile was arrested at 102 Mill Creek Road and charged with unruly and runaway.

Following an incident at 106-A Patterson Street, Lashawnda Denise Mitchell was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Autos were entered at 623 Felder Street and at 8A 1130 Felder Street.

At 2:34 this morning, after a traffic stop on Davenport Street, Randy Fuller was arrested for DUI.

There were quite a few miscellaneous calls and domestic-related calls answered by officers this past weekend.

Only 1 accident was worked by officers over the weekend with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy this past weekend working 42 traffic stops. 12 were cited with charges ranging from speeding to illegal possession of a controlled substance to DUI. Numerous warnings were issued to drivers. Responding to a domestic disturbance to 142 Sylvan Road, Corey A. Jackson was arrested for simple battery. Burglaries were investigated at 117 Buford Road and 523 Tallent Store Road. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 113 Cobb Cheek Road. At another domestic disturbance call to 123 Lois Lane, Joseph C. Lovelace was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstruction. Other domestic-related calls were answered 456-J Arch Helms Road and 151 West Rock Hill Drive. Deputies went to an unruly juvenile complaint at 1078 Old Andersonville Road. Civil disturbance calls were made at 315 King Drive and 229 Little Bear Branch Road. A damage to property complaint was filed with deputies at 808 Upper River Road. There were a total of 90 incidents recorded by deputies this weekend in addition to assisting the Georgia State Patrol with license checks throughout the County.

In jail from this past weekend: Johnny C. Barker-DUI/window, windshield or wiper violation/driving on a suspended license/no insurance; Deontavius Glover-probation violation/southwestern probation/driving while unlicensed/suspended registration; Taris Devoe Holloman-burglary/theft by receiving stolen property/possession of a firearm by a convicted felon/probation violation; Francisco Molina-USMS; Brandon Perry-USMS; Eddie Eugene Sims-child support; Johnbrooks Shemiah Smith-DUI/possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; Ta’Tana Briana Smith-possession of cocaine; Narodorick Jamal Stevens-bench warrant/southwestern probation/driving on an expired license/1st degree criminal damage to property; Lynwood Kleckley Williams-driving while unlicensed; Tyler Douglas Williams-furnishing, purchasing and possession of alcoholic beverages by persons below legal age/misrepresenting age to purchase alcohol; Henry David Woods-probation violation; and Tony Wynn-USMS.