"Local News"

Monday November 17th, 2014



The weather will be the main topic of discussion for most of today. A weather system pushing colder weather our way will butt heads with a system coming up from the Gulf of Mexico and give us a potential of severe weather until the afternoon hours. The high for today will probably be during the morning hours and will be dropping throughout the afternoon. Winds will be gusty at times today and even into the nighttime hours when the colder air will be flowing in. A FREEZE WARNING has been issued for our area beginning at 1am Tuesday. The cold air will hang around on Tuesday with highs only in the low-to-mid 40s with gusty winds. The low tomorrow night is now predicted to bottom out around 20 which will be a record low for this time of the year. Again, there is the potential of severe weather with these two systems colliding before ending throughout the afternoon. Stay informed by logging onto www.americusradio.com and click on the weather link for radar and any weather alerts. A TORNADO WATCH is in effect for most of southwest and central Georgia until 2 this afternoon.

A domestic call turned deadly early Friday morning. Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Lot 9 Ron Circle at 4:09 Friday morning and upon arrival, a vehicle sped away and turned onto US 280 and then onto US 49 south. Deputies gave chase and speeds exceeded 100mph at times before the vehicle left the roadway, crashed and overturned, ejecting both the driver and passenger. The Georgia State Patrol reports the driver, Edgar Brown III was deceased at the scene and the passenger, Sasha Boone was airlifted to a Macon hospital with serious injuries. Local News had reported earlier domestic calls to that Ron Circle address last week before last Friday’s deadly encounter.

Residents of Districts 3, 4, 5, and 6 are strongly encouraged to attend your Neighborhood Watch meeting at 6 this evening at the Rees Park Economic Development Center at 409 Elm Avenue. Mrs. Sherry Kurtz, Grant Specialist of Georgia will be the speaker. Please make plans to attend the last Neighborhood Watch meeting this year.

Districts 1 & 2 will have their Neighborhood Watch meeting on Tuesday November 18th at 6pm at Rees Park Economic Development Center. Laura Lee Bernstein, CAO and interim Police Chiefs Herman Lamar and Richard McCorkle will be discussing items of interest on Tuesday. This will be the last district Neighborhood Watch meeting of 2014 and all residents are encouraged to attend.

The Budget Work Session at 8:30 this morning in the GSW Nursing Building Lecture Hall is open for the public to attend but this is a work session and no citizen comments will be allowed. The public is welcome to come and listen to the budget work session.

Americus Police were busy this past weekend with 9 domestic-related calls. A traffic stop on E. Furlow Street led to the arrest of Brandon Anthony Pitts for driving on a suspended license and a seat belt violation.

Roderick LaKeith Johnson was arrested for shoplifting at 1456 E. Forsyth Street at Belk’s.

An auto was entered at 709 Magnolia Street.

Thefts took place at 521 Barlow Street when a 2003 Kia Spectra with Georgia plates PGP 1871 was taken and also the at Parkview Apartments.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 951 Westside Drive.

At 2:14 Saturday morning a traffic stop was made on Ashby Street leading to the arrest of Derrick Torress Brooks for DUI and failure to stop at a stop sign.

A sexual battery case is under further investigation.

Shoplifting incidents occurred at 804 Adderton Street (Rubos) and 1011 MLK Boulevard (Pure Food Plaza).

James Thomas Tanner was arrested for criminal trespass at 1217 Elm Avenue.

Burglaries were investigated at 905 Parker Street and 314-A Forrest Street.

A juvenile was arrested for criminal trespass at 605-F Eastview Apartments.

Tarvishia Larshay Walker was arrested for simple battery (DVA) at apartment 30 720 Harris Street.

A battery and 3rd degree cruelty to children case is being investigated at 512 Hartman Street.

Shirahz Dodson and Breaunna De’Shontae Maxwell were arrested for disorderly conduct on Bessie Mays Circle.

Officers worked 9 weekend accidents with no reported injuries.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office responded to 6 domestic disturbance calls over the weekend with 2 arrests made. Deputies went to 1078 Old Andersonville Road, 214-A Church Street in Andersonville, 222 Loop Road in Plains, 106 Lexington Court Lot 38 and 114 Ron Circle. An arrest were made at 247 US 49 south Lot F when Cindy Hale was arrested for aggravated battery and aggravated assault. Another arrest was made at 538 US 280 east Lot 48 when Daniel D. Morgan was arrested for battery (DVA), and 2-counts of cruelty to children.

Thefts occurred over the weekend at 131 W. Rockhill, 199 McMath Mill Road, 250-A Desoto Seed Farm Road and at 116 2nd Street. Damage to property complaints were made at 3782 US 280 east, 127 Crumpton Drive and 3685 US 280 east. An auto was entered at 119 Rainbow Terrace. A burglary was investigated at 102 McMath Mill Road. Deputies conducted 14 traffic stops since Friday. At a stop on US 19 north, Shanekia K. Wilson was cited for driving on a suspended license and suspended, canceled or revoked registration. On US 19 north, Adrian D. Jackson was given a speeding ticket. Santiago M. Rueda was stopped on Highway 377 for driving while unlicensed. Kelvin B. Wimbush was given a speeding ticket after a stop on US 19 south. Another stop on US 19 led to Lucas C. Walker being cited for failure to maintain insurance. Warnings were issued in the other cases. Cartasha M. Jenkins was picked up on an outstanding warrant on Greystone Drive. Deputies worked 9 weekend accidents with 6 involving deer.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Cindy Marie Hale for aggravated assault/aggravated battery; Eddie Clyde Harris for 2nd degree burglary/theft/criminal trespass; Cartasha Monique Jenkins for battery/3rd degree cruelty to children; Roderick LaKeith Johnson for shoplifting; Ida Nicole Milotte for driving on a suspended license; Daniel DeLeon Morgan for battery/cruelty to children; Christopher James Murray for forgery; James Thomas Tanner for criminal trespass; and Tarvishia Larshay Walker for driving on a suspended license/driving a motor vehicle with suspended, canceled or revoked registration.