“Local News”

Monday May 10th, 2021


Americus Police Detectives were called out last night after 11 to determine what went on during, for lack of a better term, a gun battle. Officers were initially called out around 10:48 last night to shots fired in the area of Bessie Mays Circle and Norman Cole Street. Upon arrival they found numerous homes and vehicles that had suffered damage from gunshots. Despite all the damage done to homes, NO ONE was injured as everyone sought cover evidently. It is not specifically known if this was a gun battle between individuals or a drive-by shooting but there was significant damage done by this gunfire. This case is officially an aggravated assault for now. There were other reports of shots fired that officers answered over the weekend. Shots were reported in the Eastview Circle area; Murphy Mill Road; and in the S. Hampton Street area.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 106-A Waitsman Drive.


Damage to property occurred at 1504 Parker Street on in the Valley Drive area.


Following a traffic stop on Patterson Street, Roy K. Sims was arrested for a seatbelt violation and driving without a valid license.


Thefts took place from 103 Woodland Avenue and a motor vehicle theft at 510 W. Church Street.


Saturday morning at 1:05 a traffic stop was conducted on Cherokee Street and Joshua N. Holder was arrested for possession of marijuana and obstruction.


An aggravated assault from a domestic call with shots fired occurred at 609 Winn Street. Another aggravated assault was reported on Bell at S. Hampton Street.


Sharonda Brown was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. Degas L. Fuller was also arrested later in the weekend for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.


Responding to a domestic situation at apartment 12 1034 Elm Avenue, JiQuavion M. Coates was arrested for assault and battery.


A theft of lost/mislaid property was reported at 202 US 19S.


Property recovered at Joyce Myers Park was turned over to officers.


A traffic stop at 3:49 Sunday morning on Tripp Street resulted in the arrest of Bradley Perry for possession of marijuana.


At 3:54 Sunday morning, a traffic stop on N. Jackson Street led to the arrest of Brianna M. Burney for DUI and failure to maintain lane.


An auto was entered at 1105 Oglethorpe Avenue.


K9 Vonn was deployed in the area of Thomas Drive and Felder Street while assisting another agency on an investigation.


A hit-n-run accident occurred at 733 E. Forsyth Street.


Officers answered a total of 7 domestic-related calls and 1 miscellaneous call over the weekend.


There were 5 accidents worked by APD since Friday that had no reported injuries.



May has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. The numbers released Friday afternoon by Phoebe Sumter had 6 patients being treated in the local hospital. This was doubled from last Friday’s numbers when 3 patients were being treated. While the number of patients are slightly up from a week ago the number of patients killed due to the Coronavirus has held steady at 67 for the last 2-weeks. The best way to keep the numbers down are to get vaccinated and continue to wash your hands and wear your face mask if you’ll be out in crowded locations.



This upcoming weekend will have a big event on Saturday at the Sumter County Fairgrounds. “Bring the Thunder to Lay the Wreaths” will be held at the fairgrounds starting around 11:30. There will be a convoy coming in from Atlanta Motor Speedway accompanied by a Huey helicopter and once in Americus, there will be a car show, food vendors and entertainment for kids of all ages. In conjunction with the “Thunder for Wreaths”, the Peace Officer Memorial Day, which falls on May 15th, will be held at the Sumter County fairgrounds starting at 1pm. Admission is free but donations are being taken to buy wreaths for the Andersonville National Cemetery. More details this week on later editions of Local News.


The Sumter County BOE has committee meetings this afternoon at 4 and 4:45 in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. This will be followed by a 6pm work session also in the boardroom. Items will be discussed and then placed for a vote on the agenda. That will take place during the regular monthly BOE meeting this Thursday May 13th starting at 7pm. The meetings are open to the public but facemasks are required and there will be social distancing in effect. The work session and the regular monthly meeting will be able to be seen on the SCS Facebook page.


This Wednesday May 12th is the deadline to make a flag purchase for the Memorial Day Avenue of Flags. Orders are being taken now until Wednesday’s deadline. To make your purchase of a flag, contact Frank Mitchell at 229-938-4310; Charles Holt at 229-942-1739; or see any member of American Legion Post #558 the sponsor of the Avenue of Flags.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were kept busy conducting 52 traffic stops this past weekend issuing citations and warnings to drivers. A suspicious vehicle was spotted on Desoto Seed Farm Road. Deputies went to 388 Arch Helms M Road where shots were reportedly fired. 1 prisoner transport was made over the weekend. 1 motorist was given assistance. Deputies negotiated a neighbor dispute at 218 Highway 45S.  4 domestic-related calls were answered. A case of identity theft was investigated. A burglary was reported at apartment 804 900 Southwestern Circle. Loud music complaints were looked into on Dellwood Drive and at 846 McMath Mill Road extension. A suspicious person complaint was made at 357 R W Jones Road. A civil complaint was filed at 495 Tallent Store Road. Deputies worked 3 weekend accidents.


In the Sumter County Jail today; Lashonda Ross Banks for DUI/ possession of a Schedule I controlled substance/ and tail light requirements; Edlenco Shandar Billups for illegal possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute; Stan Jerome Clark—housing for Macon County; Cedric James Hudson—holding for Stewart County; Cartasha Monique Jenkins for simple battery (FVA); James Charles McGhee—housing for Macon County; Kevin Robert Peaster—housing for Macon County; Frederick Dwight Raines—housing for Macon County; Samuel Clark Ratliff for possession of a Schedule I controlled substance/ marijuana possession—less than an ounce/ and speeding; Amber Lee Shiver—housing for Macon County; Deshun Dewayne Walker—housing for Macon County; J W Walters—housing for Macon County; and Rosanne Wiggins—housing for Macon County. 2 were released from jail after posting bond.