"Local News"

Monday April 13th, 2015



Today starts approximately a month long testing of the hydrants by the AFES. Once the testing has been completed, expect an announcement from AFES. If you experience cloudy water after such a test in your neighborhood, you should run your faucet for about 15-minutes. If this does not clear your water, call 924-3213 and someone from the department will come check it out. These hydrants tests are necessary to ensure all hydrants are working properly if the need ever arises and these tests are a requirement for the City’s ISO rating which affects insurance rates.

Steve Kennedy, the newly named City manager will officially begin his job this Wednesday April 15th. He is working with interim CAO Billy Beckett in getting acquainted with the position. Actually, he will assume the CAO position as of Wednesday and will become City Manager when that form of government begins on July 1st. Mayor Barry Blount and the City Council feel that Mr. Kennedy has the experience, background and education to perform the duties of City Manager and are excited to work with him.

The Sumter County Board of Commissioners has changed the date of their regular meeting this month. The regular meeting was scheduled for Tuesday April 21st. That meeting has now been changed to Wednesday April 22nd. The time is still the same at 6pm and the meeting site is still the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the community to attend.

We are in for a wet work week. Wave after wave of rain will be coming in from the Gulf as well as from the west all week long. Since Friday, we had recorded almost 1.6 inches of rain here at our Highway 30 studios. Some forecasters have stated as much as 3 to 5-inches of rain is possible in areas throughout this week and possibly more if a thunderstorm stays in one area for an extended time. Most of the weekend rain we recorded fell Friday in a few hours. Be aware of the rainy conditions and drive with your headlights on.

Americus Police had a busy weekend, just not as busy as last week. A suspicious person and vehicle was reported at 139 US 27 east.

Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 822 Douglas Circle.

A juvenile was arrested for runaway at 102 Mill Creek Road.

An auto was entered at 320 Tripp Street.

An aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime is under investigation at 3B 701 Davenport Street.

A shoplifting case was reported at Wal-Mart.

2 financial transaction card fraud cases are being investigated from the weekend.

A forced entry burglary occurred at 1405 N. Lee Street.

Officers responded to a juvenile disorder at 70 Barbara Battle Way.

At 1:46 Sunday morning, Jeffrey Bryan Stewart was arrested on Windsor Avenue for consumption and possession of alcohol by a minor.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at apartment 235 140 Lonnie Lane, 720 Harris Street and 105 Lilly Lane.

Following a traffic stop on Oak Avenue, Jessica Nicole Barfield was arrested for no proof of insurance and her 2nd offense of driving on a suspended license.

Thefts occurred over the weekend at 102 Tripp Street, a felony theft from room 221 1611 E. Lamar Street, 403-B Bessie Mays Circle and at 200 Price Street.

A juvenile was arrested at 2:17 Saturday morning at 1717 Lafayette Street and charged with unruly and obstruction.

Officers did respond to 5 weekend domestic-related calls along with a few miscellaneous calls.

There were 8 weekend accidents with 1 injury complaint. 2 of the accidents this past weekend involved deer.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 71 weekend incidents. 12 traffic stops were conducted with citations and warnings issued. Deputies did respond to quite a few domestic disturbance calls over the weekend. Calls were answered at 114 Pecan Terrace, 216 E. Church Street, 234 Lexington Circle, 239 Indian Road and 104 Pryor-Cobb Road. A theft occurred at 122 Jade Road. Suspicious vehicle reports were made at 808 District Line Road and at 1178 Hooks Mill Road where Brandon A. Kahle was arrested for possession of marijuana and DUI-refusal. A civil complaint was made at 300 McMath Mill Road. An auto was entered at 126 Swisher Road. A bad child complaint was filed with Deputies at 263 Little Bear Branch Road. A burglary was investigated at 100 Easy Street. A suspicious person complaint was made at 103 Canty Drive. Fights were reported early Sunday morning at 116 Georgia Highway 30 west and at 152 Sunset Park. Deputies assisted with traffic Friday afternoon when trees fell on 2 roads during the afternoon thunderstorm. Deputies worked 4 weekend accidents, turning 3 over to the Georgia State Patrol. 1 accident worked by GSP was near Pecan Terrace Saturday night just after 7 when a 6-year old ran into the road and struck a vehicle. He was knocked backwards and struck his head on the pavement. He was taken to PSMC and transferred by Macon Medical Center by helicopter. He was taken for precautionary reasons and will make a full recovery. Meanwhile, the driver that was involved never stopped and left the scene and the only description was it was a maroon car according to Trooper Greene.

In the Sumter County Jail: Travis Jermaine English for southwestern probation; Leon Hayward Jackson for stalking/ obstruction/ and terroristic threats; Brandon Arthur Kahle for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce and DUI-refusal; Joshua Timothy Mathews for child molestation; Marcus Bernard Miller for probation violation and failure to register as a sex offender; Recendez Alaniz Nestor holding for USMS; Lawanda Latrell Thomas for violation of conditions of a limited permit/ seat belt violation/ excessive noise/ and City probation; Jimmy Wayne Toms for failure to appear and holding for child support; Shauna Latrice Williams for obstruction of a law enforcement officer; Jarvis Maynard Willis for obstruction; and Kasey Nichole York holding for Dougherty County.