"Local News"

Monday October 5th, 2015



Time and space are running out to sign up for the Ladies Handgun Safety Course that will be held on Thursday October 15th. The classroom portion will be at 6pm on the 15th at the Sumter County Ag Center on US 19 south. Pre-registration is required due to the limited class size. If you do not have a permit, you will need to bring your personal ID for background check purposes. The shooting range portion of the course will be on Saturday October 17th at 12:30pm at the McMath Mill range. You will need to bring your own handgun and 30 rounds of ammunition. This is a FREE course offered by the Sheriff’s Office. To sign up call today at 924-4094 ext. 221 or 232.

Residents of Districts 1 & 2 will have a Neighborhood Watch meeting at 6 this evening in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. Lt. Sims and Sgt. Brown will be speaking on Block Captains and suspicious activity reports and conducting Neighborhood Watch meetings on your block through your Block Captains. Council Members Juanita Wilson and Nelson Brown are asking all residents to attend so you can make your streets safe one block at a time.

The Sumter County BOE has committee meetings starting at 4 this afternoon to be followed by the monthly work session at 6 this evening. The regular monthly meeting of the BOE will be this Thursday at 7pm. All of these meetings will be held in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The public is welcome to attend.

Americus-Sumter will play Westover in Albany at 7 this Thursday night. Other games for area teams will be on Friday night at 7:30. Southland Academy is at home hosting Deerfield Windsor. Marion County is at home hosting Brookstone. Schley County will travel to Columbus to play Pacelli. Once again, that’s a 7pm kick-off on Thursday in Albany and 7:30 on Friday night for all the other area games.

The 12th annual Breast cancer Awareness Walk will be held on Saturday October 24th beginning downtown at Lenny’s Market on Hampton Street. Registration is at 8am with the walk beginning at 9am. This year’s T-shirts may be purchased at the front desk of Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. You do not have to purchase a shirt to participate in this year’s walk. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Patricia Fennessy of Phoebe Sumter Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Americus Police were busy over the weekend responding to well over 50 miscellaneous and domestic-related calls. 34 miscellaneous calls were answered along with 18 domestic-related calls that kept officers on the move. Criminal trespass complaints were made at 412 Peggyanne Drive; 505 Bell Street; 100-A Bozeman Circle; and 303 W. Lamar Street.

Autos were entered at 214 Earl Street, 117-B Fairway II Drive and 1130 Felder Street.

A juvenile was arrested on unruly charges at 2000 Roney Street.

Gwendolyn Jean Josey was arrested for habitual violator and failure to maintain lane for a Tuesday incident on Millard Fuller Boulevard.

A battery complaint was filed at 1711 E. Lamar Street.

Thefts took place over the weekend at 214 Elliott Street, 84-A Barbara Battle Way and 1512 MLK Boulevard.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 804 Willis Street. A burglary also occurred at 904 MLK Boulevard.

A theft by conversion occurred at 70 Barbara Battle Way.

Adam H. Riley was arrested at 1201 MLK Boulevard for purchase, attempt to purchase or possess any alcoholic beverage by persons under 21.

A civil complaint was filed with police at 125 W. Lamar Street.

A loitering complaint was made at 1412 E. Forsyth Street.

Following a traffic stop on E. Lamar Street, Christopher Lee McAlvain was arrested for driving on a suspended license and a seat belt violation.

A shoplifting incident occurred at Wal-Mart.

A sexual assault is being investigated.

Hit-n-run accidents over the weekend occurred at 733 E. Forsyth Street, on Crawford Street and at 305 Forestside Drive.

Officers worked 3 weekend accidents that had 1 injury complaint.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy with domestic disturbances this past weekend. Domestic calls were answered at 104 Oakridge Drive; 132 N. Village Drive; Lot L 266 Tulip Drive; 6A 1655 US 280 east; 210-D Little Bear Branch Road; on US 280 east near Leslie; 103 Oakridge Drive where Carmen L. Mansfield was arrested for aggravated assault and obstruction; and to 411 Crawley Street where Mario L. Robinson was charged with battery.

Deputies answered suspicious vehicle complaints on the Arch Helms Road and Rabbitt Branch Road. Civil complaints were made at 109 Arcadian Street and 124 Odom Road Extension. Bad child complaints were filed at 708-A US 19 south and 124 Santa Rosa Drive. Damage to property was reported at 1533 S. Lee Street. Deputies conducted 13 weekend traffic stops. Following a stop on S. Lee Street, Maala N. Mulji was arrested for DUI. After a stop on US 280 west, Jacquelyn M. James was charged with speeding. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases. Deputies worked 5 weekend accidents with only 1 deer-related. All totaled there were 62 weekend incidents.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Alvin Dean Bateman for aggravated battery; Randy Bernard Ford for child support and misdemeanor probation; Luis Manuel Hernandez-Rosiles-holding for USMS; Carmen Little Mansfield for obstruction and aggravated assault; and Tiffany Nicole Sims for simple battery.