"Local News"

Monday September 26th, 2016



Drivers in Georgia have been watching the price at the pump rise some 28-cents ever since the gas leak in the Colonial Pipeline. This morning, AAA reports that the gas prices should start letting up and to show that, the prices have dropped 2-cents in Georgia and in some of the other states in the past few days. AAA does state it could take a couple of weeks but prices should eventually return to levels seen before the leak then fall in-line with the other states as they follow a downward trend through the rest of the year. Georgia prices overall are a little more than a dollar less than 2-years ago when prices exceeded $3 a gallon.

To help offset the cost of getting the Americus-Sumter SkillsUSA Engine Build Team to the National Competition in Las Vegas, a Boston Butt sale will be held this Saturday October 1st. The cost is $25 and pick-up this Saturday will be from 10 until 1 behind the South Campus. Tickets are available from any SkillsUSA Team members or by calling Jeanie at 942-5167 or Donna at 352-280-0151. Thanks in advance for your continued support. Tickets MUST be presented at pick-up and butts will NOT be available after 1pm.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Auxiliary will meet this evening at 7pm at the Pope Center on the SGTC campus. All members are encouraged to attend.

Some areas in the County got some much-needed rainfall yesterday while others got sprinkles at best. Our weather IS about to get the first taste of fall later this week. Ahead of a front, we should see some rain today and again Tuesday night and ending Wednesday afternoon. As the rain subsides Wednesday, the winds will pick-up and bring in the cooler, drier air and give us a real feel of fall. Highs on Thursday and Friday will be in the low 80s with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. This cooler air will stay around until the weekend. And that’s a nice break from the lingering heat and humidity.

All in all, Americus Police had a relatively quiet weekend although they were busy. Anna Nicole Mallard was arrested for shoplifting at 1711 E. Lamar Street. Other shoplifting incidents were reported at 601 Hawkins Street and 1201 MLK Boulevard.

Marcus Idarius Wilkerson was arrested at 704 Park Row for discharging a firearm in the City.

Following a traffic stop on E. Lamar Street, Khodarius Antwon Thomas was arrested for an outstanding warrant and cited for an expired tag.

A theft of lost/mislaid property occurred at 204 Manhattan Street. A felony theft occurred at 1201 MLK Boulevard and a theft took place from 329 W. Lamar Street.

A suspicious person complaint was filed with police in the Horton Drive area.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 228 Taylor Street.

An auto was entered on E. Furlow Street.

Sonya Denise Smith was arrested for an outstanding warrant on MLK Boulevard.

A 1st degree forgery case is being investigated at 1043 E. Forsyth Street.

An investigation is underway into a possible child molestation case as reported by PSMC.

Officers did answer 5 domestic-related calls and 3 miscellaneous calls over this past weekend.

There were 6 weekend accidents that had 3 injury complaints.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted with license checkpoints and safety checkpoints with the Georgia State Patrol over the weekend. Deputies did conduct 15 traffic stops and made some drug-related arrests. At a stop on US 280 west and US 49 south, Fred Freeman was arrested for DUI/ endangering a child while DUI/ illegal possession of a controlled substance/ giving a false name to law enforcement/ and driving on a suspended license. A passenger, Lakeshia J. Shelton was charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance. After a stop on Lamar at Lee, Sherronda M. Ross was charged with marijuana-possession less than an ounce and illegal possession of a controlled substance. On Church Street at Millard Fuller Boulevard, Matthew T. Smith was charged with DUI/ marijuana-possession less than an ounce/ and possession and use of drug-related objects. A passenger, Megan A. Wise was charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance and possession and use of drug-related objects. There were several charges of speeding and DUI over the weekend.

Domestic disturbances occurred at 263 Little Bear Branch Road; on Highway 30 west; 112 Rainbow Terrace; 103 Odom Road Extension; and 483 Parkers Crossing Road. Burglaries were investigated at 435-B Ed Stephens Road; 490 Bob Dodson Road; 425 Mad Dog Road; and Lot 17 321 Lacross Road. Thefts were reported at 900 SGT Parkway at Hicks Hall, 387 Lower Five Points Road and 190 E. Rockhill Drive. A suspicious person complaint was made at 115 E. Entrekin Street. Illegal dumping occurred at 534 US 280 west. A bad child complaint was made at 3685 US 280 east. Deputies worked 4 weekend accidents with 2 deer-related. After 1 accident investigation, Mitchell C. McPhail was charged with disorderly conduct.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail are: Wade Battle for theft and aggravated assault; Kimberly Renae Bridges for disorderly conduct; Alvin Dunn for Drug Court; Fred Freeman for DUI/ Endangering a child while DUI/ failure to maintain lane/ open container/ giving a false name to law enforcement/ driving while unlicensed/ and marijuana possession-less than an ounce; Derik Dennard James for failure to maintain lane and driving while unlicensed; and Sonya Denise Smith for probation violation. 12 bonded out over the weekend, 1 was released to another jail and 1 was released for time served.