"Local News"

Monday September 1st, 2014


Itís Labor Day and itís the unofficial end to summer, although the calendar says autumn starts on September 23rd. Itís considered the last summer holiday for many because of the 3-day weekend and the opportunity to get away and still enjoy the water, the sun and any other thing you may like to do. It has been a hot weekend without any of the much-needed rain that was forecast. Lately, it has rained when the percentage was 30% or less and anything over 50% has totally fizzled out. The rain chances for the next few days are 30% so maybe we can get some significant rain after all.

Another week and another scam to be aware of! Last week, Local News told you about the scam concerning Georgia Power and the debit card payment. This week itís an automated phone call saying your bank debit card has been reported missing and to follow the prompts on the call and they will assist you. Do NOT do that! This too is a scam and if you happen to follow the prompts your personal information is automatically downloaded and the problems have just begun for you. This reporter got one of the calls on my cell phone last Friday and the automated call said it was calling concerning my Peopleís South Bank MasterCard debit card that had been reported missing. Again, do NOT respond to one of these calls. If it happens to be your bank card the automated call is calling about, then hang up and contact the bank itself. 2 weeks, 2 scams to be aware of so be forewarned!

The offices of the Sumter County Courthouse and those of the City of Americus are closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday. These offices will be open on Tuesday with regular business hours.

City of Americus trash pick-up will be pushed back one day due to the holiday today as will trash pick-up in the County.

Volunteers are needed to become members of the growing team of professional emergency responders in Sumter County. An informational session on volunteering with the Sumter County Fire and Rescue will be held this Wednesday September 3rd at 6pm at Fire Station#1 located at 210 Rucker Street. For more information call 924-6603.

High school football results from last Friday: Americus-Sumter 28 Macon County 23; Marion County 40-0 over Miller County; Robert Toombs32-20 over Southland Academy. This week, Americus-Sumter plays at Shaw High School in Columbus Thursday night at 7 at Kinnett Stadium. Friday night Schley County begins play at Baconton Charter in Camilla. That game has a 7:30 kick-off Friday night. Both Southland Academy and Marion County are off this week.

Americus Police has had a busy holiday weekend so far. A theft and criminal trespass was reported at 120 Lonnie Lane. A theft by deception occurred at 1101 MLK Boulevard. Thefts took place at 306 Hosanna Circle and 214 Burton Circle.

Illegal dumping was reported on Patton Drive.

A traffic stop on W. Church Street led to the arrest of Sharry Russell Perry for DUI-refusal and failure to maintain lane. Other traffic stops occurred on N. Jackson Street where Ray Anthony Lasiter was arrested for DUI-refusal. At 2:20 Saturday morning on N. Lee Street, Richard Herman Bell III was arrested for DUI. At 3:52 Sunday morning on N. Jackson Street, Reginald T. Harris was arrested for failure to maintain lane and driving without a license. A passenger Zakeius Williams was arrested for open container. An accident investigation/traffic stop on W. Forsyth Street at 2:13 Sunday morning led to 2 arrests. Madison Davis was arrested for DUI-refusal and following too closely. Joshua David Cliett was arrested for 2-counts of DUI-refusal.

Other weekend arrests were made. Benjamin Lee Warren was arrested on W. Forsyth Street at 12:14 Saturday morning and charged with open container. Keith Haynes was arrested at 4:45 Saturday morning on MLK Boulevard for an outstanding warrant and obstruction. Desiray Turner was arrested and charged with theft from an incident at 1008 MLK Boulevard. A drug investigation at 1848-F S. Lee Street at 1:51 Sunday morning resulted in 3 arrests. Markesia Ming, Tianna Griffin and Jazime Felton were arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

An auto was entered at 107 Hosanna Circle.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 408 Crawley Street, 301 Hosanna Circle, 202 Elliott Street and at 108 Magnolia Court.

A burglary was investigated at 45-B Reddick Drive and a forced entry burglary occurred at 1006 Denham Drive.

Battery complaints under the Domestic Violence Act were reported at 606 Eastview Drive and 103 Edgewood Drive.

Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 520 Grantham Street and 915 Davenport Street at 2:55 this morning.

There were numerous domestic calls answered over the weekend by officers.

3 weekend accidents were reported with no injuries.