"Local News"

Monday January 26th, 2015



Several community meetings are planned for this week and volunteers are needed to help move our City forward! The City of Americus Renaissance Strategic Vision and Plan will hold community meetings on Wednesday January 28th and Thursday the 29th. Meetings on Wednesday will be held at the Municipal Building downtown at 1 for Design and at 3 for Organization. Thursday’s meetings will be at the Rees Park Economic Development Center at 409 Elm Avenue at 9am for Promotion and at 11 for Economic Development. Come attend one or more of these meetings and learn how you can get involved.

Applications to reserve a seat for the Furlow Charter School are due by February 14th. Those interested can stop by the FCS Office in the old Cherokee School on Cherokee Street from 2 to 6pm Mondays and Thursdays.

Sara Cobb Elementary will host a “Parent Technology Workshop” on Thursday January 29th at 12noon and again at 6pm. The purpose is to explore the use of technology to improve student achievement. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

If you watch the American Pickers program on TV, then listen up! The American Pickers are headed to Georgia in April and they will be looking for leads throughout the state, specifically interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them! The show’s stars, Mike and Frank, only pick private collections so no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public. The ONLY things they are NOT looking for includes farming/agricultural items, tools, glassware, appliances, tractors, crocks, stoves or country primitives. If you have a large collection or want to refer someone go to americanpickers@cineflex.com or call and leave a message at 1-855-OLD-RUST.

This is the last week to purchase tickets for the 26th annual fundraising theater event for the Lake Blackshear Regional Library. The Sumter County Friends of the Public Library will sponsor the 26th annual event this Saturday January 31st and on Sunday February 1st. Both performances will be held at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library on Lamar Street. To purchase your tickets for this weekend’s performance, call 924-8093.

Americus Police had an active weekend. A financial transaction card fraud was reported.

A simple assault (DVA) occurred at 118 Laurel Circle.

A juvenile was arrested for burglary at 122 Academy Street.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 510 and 512 Winn Street and 711 Brooklyn Terrace.

Au unruly juvenile report was made at 403-B Bessie Mays Circle.

At 12:58 Saturday morning at 116 W. Lamar Street, Nia Robinson was arrested for reckless conduct; Chesley Jordan and Shamaya Campbell were arrested for assault battery. Campbell was also arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Answering a domestic call to 302 Burke Street, Margarita Salinas was arrested for possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana-less than an ounce.

A theft took place at 1503-B E. Lamar Street.

A simple battery for a domestic call was made at 140 Lonnie Lane.

After a traffic stop on N. Jackson Street, George Harrington Jr. was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

A disturbance at 310-B East Forsyth Street led to the arrest of Mary Ann Sampson for disorderly conduct; Vaucheaun F. McNeal for disorderly conduct; and Brooklyn McNeal for disorderly conduct and reckless conduct.

A forced entry burglary at 805 Harrold Avenue led to 2 arrests. Dontavious M. Shelton and DeAndre R. Brown were arrested and charged with forced entry burglary.

Tristen Lee Gosa was arrested at 1711 E. Lamar Street for shoplifting.

Brandon Frank Robbins was arrested at 703 Tom Gailey Plaza for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, giving a false ID to law enforcement and for 2 outstanding warrants.

Harassing phone calls were reported.

Officers went to a deceased person at K-7 Southland Heights Apartments. Eddie J. Berryhill was found deceased at that location.

A stolen vehicle, a 2004 grey Mitsubishi Galant was stolen from 113 Country Club Drive.

A hit-n-run accident occurred at 329 W. Lamar Street.

There were 4 weekend accidents with no reported injuries.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office worked a total of 62 weekend incidents with 19 traffic stops. Christopher B. Carter was cited for driving on a suspended license on Rucker Street. Jarvis M. Tyson was arrested for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop on Georgia 3. Arthur L. Travis was given a speeding ticket on US 19 south. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases.

Deputies went to thefts at 629-B Highway 30 west and 205-B Murphy Mill Road. Suspicious vehicle complaints were made at 1000 Poole Gin House Road and on Yankee Road. Domestic disturbances were reported at 179 Ginger Drive, 118 Ida Drive and 121 Mad Dog Extension. Burglaries were investigated at 594 US 49 south and at 318 Middle River Road. Deputies mediated a neighbor dispute at 133 W. Rock Hill. A suspicious person complaint was made on Highway 195 south. Deputies worked or assisted in 7 accidents with deer involved in just 1 for the weekend.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Deandre Re’Quan Brown for burglary; George Harrington for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; Brandon Frank Robbins for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute/ giving a false name to law enforcement; Margarita Salinas for possession of cocaine/ possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; Dontavious Montrell Shelton for burglary; and Jarvis Marquis Tyson for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce.