"Local News"

Monday July 27th, 2015



There’s school news to start another work week. Tonight, the Sumter County BOE has a called meeting at 6 to vote on the final 2015 Millage Rate, the 5-year Tax Digest and for personnel matters. Immediately following the called meeting, the BOE will have a Retreat session. These meetings will be held in the SCS Administration Building and are open for the public to attend.

Open House will be held this week in the SCS system. Tomorrow night, FCS will have Open House starting at 6pm at 300 Cherokee Street. Open House for Pre-K through 6th grades will be this Thursday July 30th from 5 to 7pm. Open House for 7th through 12th grades will be from 6 to 8pm on Thursday. With school realignment this upcoming school year, there will be a lot of important information passed along during the Open Houses this week. Teachers report for pre-planning this week and the first day of school in the SCS system is one week from today on August 3rd.

The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing in order to receive public input on the proposed 2015 Millage Rate beginning at 5:30 tomorrow evening. The Millage Rate will then be set at a called meeting to follow at 6 tomorrow evening. Both of these meetings will be held in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All meetings of the BOC are open for the public to attend.

Teresa Mansfield’s Read To Me Program will be giving out free books to children and adults tomorrow afternoon at 2pm at the Cripple Creek Apartments’ Community Center at 110 Knollwood Drive. Also, the Read To Me Program will give away books this Saturday August 1st from 10 to 12 at New Hope AME Church’s Back to School Rally in Smithville. For more information, call Teresa Mansfield at 380-0383.

This is the last week that Lenny’s Market will be open during the week. As the growing season is winding down, so are the weekday hours for Lenny’s Market on Hampton Street. Lenny’s Market will be open this week on Tuesday and Thursday from 7am until 1pm. Starting this Saturday August 1st, Lenny’s Market will be open every Saturday only. So come out and support our local growers this last full week at Lenny’s Market.

Sales Tax Holidays are coming up later this week in the state of Georgia. On Friday July 31st and Saturday August 1st, the Sales Tax Holiday will be held. During the 2-day shopping holiday, clothing (including footwear) with a sales price of $100 or less per item will be exempt. School supplies purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20 or less are exempt. Computers, computer components and prewritten software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a sales price of $1000 or less per item will be tax free. The savings begin at midnight on Thursday and will end at midnight on Saturday.

Americus Police had a busy weekend responding to domestic situations. 8 such calls were answered with arrests made. Katherine Jackson was arrested at 1310 Southerfield Road after a domestic call and was charged with aggravated assault. Responding to a domestic call at 4:36 Sunday morning to Magnolia Village, Tamerra L. Riggins and Jamecia Perry were arrested for disorderly conduct. Chassity Johnson was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and consumption, possession of alcohol by a minor.

Officers also were busy with weekend thefts. A theft of services complaint was made at 1609 E. Lamar (Hampton Inn). Thefts took place at 121 W. Lester, 1110 Oak Avenue, 1503 Parker Street, and 403 S. Lee Street. The theft of a 2007 Chevy Impala was reported at 105 Town Creek Circle.

An auto was entered at 217 S. Jackson Street.

Brandi R. Lester was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

Following a traffic stop on S. Lee Street, Rene Carino Torres was arrested for driving without a license.

An unruly juvenile complaint was filed at 701 Georgia Avenue.

A prowler complaint was made at 907 Park Row.

Shaniece L. McCoy and Brittany A. Cladd were arrested for assault battery at 710 Sunny Dale Circle.

A juvenile was arrested at 403 Bessie Mays Circle and charged with simple assault (DVA), battery, unruly juvenile and felony obstruction with violence.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 1846-D Country Club Drive.

A suspicious person complaint was filed at 611 N. Mayo Street.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 906 Angus Drive.

A gas drive off occurred at 1301 E. Lamar Street.

Hit-n-run accidents were reported at 124 Hosanna Circle, 2001 S. Lee Street, 105 S. Jackson Street and at 1607 MLK Boulevard.

Officers worked 4 weekend accidents that had 3 injury complaints.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 58 weekend incidents. 23 were traffic stops that were conducted. Following a stop on Highway 30 west Jessie L. Ratliff was charged with speeding. Damielle L. Martin was charged with speeding on Highway 30 west. Milton Terry was cited for failure to obey a stop sign on Felder Street. After a stop on Georgia 3, Lee W. Hayes was cited for a safety belt violation. Warnings were also issued to drivers in the other traffic stops. Deputies answered domestic disturbance calls to 174 Irene Drive, Lot 19 130 Lexington Circle and to 169 Lawhorn Circle. A burglary was investigated at 818 Tallent Store Road. A theft was reported on Swisher Road. Criminal trespass complaints were made at 404 US 280 west and 247 Highway 49 south. Damage to property occurred on US 19 north at the Phoebe Physicians building. A suspicious person/vehicle was reported at the Carter Compound. Harassing phone calls were reported. Deputies worked 3 weekend accidents with 2 deer-related.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Linda Holly Baker for 1st degree cruelty to children; James Carnel Cunningham for probation violation; Jacques Javinski Edwards for parole violation; Cindy Marie Hale for criminal trespass; Katherine Jackson for aggravated assault; Timothy Troy Page for probation violation; and Bland Ray for DUI and driving on a suspended license.