begins today for the May 20th nonpartisan primary. Qualifying will
be held in the Elections Office at the SumterCounty Courthouse through Friday. Offices up for election include 2 county
commissioner seats and all seats on the Board of Education. Board of
Commissioners chairman Randy Howard and vice-chair Mark Waddellís seats are up
for election in May. All 5 seats plus the 2 at-large seats on the Board of
Education are up for election. This election is different than the special
called Board of Education election this month. This special called election is
to get the seats current from the election that didnít happen in 2012 due to
the Judge Louis Sands stopping the election while he heard the case before him concerning
a lawsuit. This brings voters back to the polls in BOE Districts 1, 2, 4 and 6
in 2-weeks unless you take advantage of the early voting that is entering its
second week at the Courthouse. So, youíve got candidates that will qualify this
week for the May 20th nonpartisan election and early voting for the
special called school board election on March 18th and itís all taking place in the Elections Office at the SumterCounty Courthouse. Those coming to early vote will need a photo ID with you.
The LEPC meeting is tomorrow morning
at in the ReesParkEconomicDevelopmentCenter on Elm Avenue. The public is welcome to attend.
SumterCounty Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is hosting an Emergency
Preparedness Expo this Saturday March 8th at the SumterCounty Fairgrounds from 9 to 2. This expo will educate, prepare and assist
citizens in the event of a natural or man-made disaster including hazardous
material education. This event is free and open to the public. Come talk to the
representatives of the agencies present and see the emergency response vehicles
on site. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
A District 1 Neighborhood Watch
meeting will be held at 6 this evening at the Americus Police Department at the
PublicSafetyBuilding. Council woman Juanita Wilson encourages
all District 1 residents to come hear Sammy Deason, Director of Utilities and
Public Works and Ben Andrews, interim Community Development Director. Mr.
Andrews will be discussing how slum and blight affect a community.
Americus Police had a busy weekend. Several arrests
were made. Taju N. Thomas was arrested on Cherokee Street for possession of marijuana-less than an
Cadare M. Bonner was arrested at
120 Lonnie Lane for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Responding to a domestic call to
223-A Academy Street, Eugene Davis was arrested for assault and battery.
Jose Hernandez was arrested at 113-B
Sun Valley Drive for fire on private lots, a City ordinance violation.
Traffic stops were made with various
arrests. A stop on Ridge Street led to the arrest of Akeen J. Harvey for too fast for conditions and
disorderly conduct. A stop on Ashby Street resulted in the arrest of Nico Banks
for driving while unlicensed; too fast for conditions; 3-counts of failure to
stop at stop signs and reckless driving. Antonio Perez Gomez was arrested for
driving without a license following a stop on W. Forsyth Street. Ricky Weaver was arrested for DUI and
failure to maintain lane after a stop on Lamar Street. At Sunday morning on Academy Street, Christopher Baker was arrested for open container. A stop at Sunday morning on Tripp Street led to the arrest of Latoya L. Watts for
At Saturday morning at 701 Eastview Drive, Felix Morgan, Rodrikus Thomas, Darian Floyd and Anthony Reynolds Jr.
were arrested for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce.
Little Murray Peterson was arrested for obstruction in
the area of Tripp and Furlow.
Anthony T. Lawson was arrested for
criminal trespass on Cherokee Street.
Matthew Charles Drake was arrested at
Lamar Street for his 2nd possession of marijuana-less than an ounce
Gustavo Aguillo Castillo was arrested
for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.
Shanteka Holmes and Eric D. Bridges
were arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. It was the 2nd such
offense for Eric Bridges. In other weekend action, ID fraud and financial
transaction card fraud is being investigated.
A burglary was reported at 510 Ĺ W. Lamar Street.
A criminal damage to property in the
2nd degree occurred at 426 S. Lee Street.
Criminal trespass complaints were
made at 1422-D S. Lee Street and at 128-A Lindsay Lane.
A shoplifting incident took place at 1506 E. Forsyth Street (Roses Express).
There were 6 weekend accidents with
no reported injuries. One arrest was made. Narodrick J. Stevens was arrested
and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving while unlicensed and
failure to yield at a stop sign.