“Local News”

Monday May 20th, 2024


If you did not vote during the 3-week early voting period and still plan to vote, you will go to your usual polling place tomorrow May 21st. Make sure you have a valid photo ID with you. You will have to declare a party in the May Primary but in the November election you will be able to cross party lines and vote. The polls tomorrow will be open at 7am and will close at 7pm. If you DID vote during the early voting period you DO NOT vote again tomorrow. There are several local contested races on the Primary ballot.


This is the last week of school in the area. The Sumter County Schools will have the last day of school on Wednesday May 22nd and it will be an early release day meaning school busses will be running their last routes of this school year during your lunch hour on Wednesday so be aware of school busses unloading students early in the afternoon. Baccalaureate services for the Sumter County Schools is Thursday May 23rd at 6pm in the high school gym and graduation will be Friday May 24th at 7 at Alton Shell Stadium at Finklea-Robinson Field. Furlow Charter School’s last day will be Thursday May 23rd and is an early release day as well.


The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is tomorrow night in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open to the public. You can attend in person or get the call-in and ZOOM information and listen in tomorrow night.


The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will have a special called meeting at 2pm on Thursday May 23rd to discuss the FY 2024-2025 Budget. This meeting will be in the Commissioners Room at the Courthouse and the public is invited to attend.


The Governing Board of Furlow Charter School meets at 6 tomorrow evening in the Media Center on campus. This meeting is open to the public to attend.


The regular monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans is tomorrow night at 7. John Carroll will present the program. All Camp members and friends are encouraged to attend.


The monthly meeting of the Mayor and Americus City Council is this Thursday May 23rd at 6pm in Council Chambers at the Public Safety Building. You can attend in person or check the City’s website and watch via ZOOM or call-in and listen.


A reminder once again that Croxton Cross Road is closed to through traffic between Steel Bridge Road and Wiggins Road for almost 2-weeks due to culvert repairs. Please make alternate travel plans if this is part of your daily commute.


It was a busy weekend for the Americus Police. A civil complaint was heard at 103-B Knollwood Drive.


Damage to property was reported at 151 Mayo Street.


A shoplifting occurred at 1201 N. MLK Boulevard.


William C. Moore was arrested at 228-C S. Dudley Street and charged with 2-counts of aggravated assault; 2-counts of battery (FVA); 2-counts of 3rd degree cruelty to children; and for obstructing a person making emergency phone calls.


Death investigations were performed for an infant on Oglethorpe Avenue and a cardiac arrest at 42-B Brinson Street.


A financial transaction card fraud is being investigated.


Recovered property at 701 E. Church Street was turned over to officers.


Following a traffic stop on E. Lamar, Liz J. Ortiz was arrested for driving without a valid license; seatbelt violation; and no brake lights.


A traffic stop on E. Church Street led to the arrest of Brentarria Leverette for driving without a valid license and a window tint violation.


After a traffic stop on E. Jefferson Street, Celina J. Green was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.


Shots fired complaints over the weekend were around 720 Harris Street and in the Bessie Mays Circle area.


Sharvin C. Sims was arrested for terroristic threats and acts at 1034 Elm Avenue.


A battery complaint was filed at 704 Gailey Plaza.


Reynaldo Santiz-Gomez was arrested at 1204 S. MLK Boulevard for DUI and open container.


An affray occurred at 923 N. MLK Boulevard.


A traffic stop on Crawley Street led to Tanneshia A. Griffin being charged with driving on a suspended license and impeding the flow of traffic.


A criminal trespass occurred at 137 S. Lee Street.


Another traffic stop was conducted on Crawley Street and Michael J. King was arrested for driving with a suspended license and failure to stop at a stop sign.


A theft and criminal trespass occurred at 704 Fulton Street.


A battery and 3rd degree cruelty to children occurred at a domestic call to 48-D Reddick Drive.


Investigation is underway into a 2nd degree felony burglary at 611-B E. Lamar Street.


Nikerria M. Jackson and LaPorche K. Jones were arrested at 925 N. MLK Boulevard and charged with disorderly conduct.


An aggravated assault occurred at 1206 S. MLK Boulevard.


Jotavis Leverette was arrested and charged with aggravated assault for an incident a week ago at 609 Eastview Circle.


Seven total domestic-related calls and four miscellaneous calls were answered over the weekend.


APD worked four weekend traffic crashes that had no reported injuries.




The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office reports an active weekend. Fifteen traffic stops were conducted by Deputies with citations and warnings issued. A bad child complaint was made at 903 SGT Parkway. Two prisoner transports were made. Civil complaints were heard at 199 Southland Road and 119 County Line Road. A forgery case is being investigated. Assistance was given to a motorist. Three activated alarms were answered. Deputies responded to livestock in the roadway on US 280W. Shots fired complaints were checked out around 254 Highway 49N; 211-B Sylvan Road; and in the N. Village Drive-Highway 49S area. A suspicious vehicle was seen around Mallard Lane. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 435 Highway 27E. A hit-n-run accident occurred at 221 W. Rockhill Drive. There was a loud music complaint checked out at 135 Lexington Circle. Deputies assisted three agencies on calls over the weekend. One domestic-related call was answered. A suspicious person was spotted in the area of 662 Old Dawson Road. Damage to property was reported at 669 Brickyard Road. Deputies worked two weekend accidents with one being a deer-related crash.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Jotavis Roshon Leverette for aggravated assault; William Clinton Moore for aggravated assault/ criminal trespass/ battery (FVA)/ 3rd degree cruelty to children; and Sharvin Cornell Sims for terroristic threats and acts. Five were released from jail after posting bond. One was released for time served.