"Local News"

Monday August 22nd, 2016



From Nancy C. Smith, Clerk of Superior Court: Sumter County Traverse Jurors who were summoned for this morning at 10am are NOT to report for jury duty at all during the week as all scheduled cases have been resolved. Grand Jurors who were summoned for 9 this morning ARE to report as required.

The Sumter County BOE will hold a called meeting at 5 this afternoon. The purpose of the meeting is to go into closed session to discuss personnel matters which is probably interviews for superintendent. The meeting will be held in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The public is welcome to attend.

Isolated weekend storms rumbled through the area this past weekend. The pop-up late afternoon and early evening storms came in before 7 Saturday night and after 2 yesterday afternoon. Saturday night has heavy downpours with strong, gusty winds. It was the winds that snapped some limbs and even brought down some trees in neighborhoods which in turn caused brief spotty power outages. Some trees and limbs fell into streets and blocked traffic momentarily. Work crews and 1st Responder were out all over town following Saturday’s storm. That type of storm is not expected today and there’s only a chance of a pop-up type shower at best. There is a better rain chance tomorrow with warmer temperatures for later this week.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Auxiliary will meet this evening at 7pm in the Pope Center on the SGTC campus. All members are encouraged to attend.

The Americus Police Department will start the Citizen’s Police Academy tomorrow night. This 12-week course will be held on Tuesday nights from August 23rd through November 8th and is intended to give citizens an overview of basic police operations and provide a forum for discussion of current events and issues. Participants must be willing to commit to attend the full schedule of training and be at least 18-years of age. You can still register today by stopping by the police department; call Sgt. John Brown at 924-3677 ext. 325 or email jbrown@americusga.gov.

Americus Police had a very active weekend. It all started early Friday morning when John-Thomas Mobley Long was arrested for entering an auto, criminal attempt to commit burglary and possession of alcohol by underage persons in the W. Furlow Street area. This was just the beginning for Long. Later, he was associated with another entered auto at 141 W. Furlow and then later Friday morning, he was charged with battery from a Thursday night incident at 120 N. Lee Street.

Rothman Edward Lewis was arrested at 1330 N. Jackson Street for battery, 2-counts of obstruction and for criminal trespass.

Another auto was entered at 116-B Fairway II Drive.

A forgery case is under investigation.

Mamie Hunter Wilkerson (104) was found deceased at 503 Elm Avenue. The Coroner was notified.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 119 Ashby Street.

A simple battery and theft occurred at 603-C Eastview Drive.

A gas drive off was reported at 1702 N. MLK Boulevard.

A shoplifting incident occurred at 704 N. Lee Street.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 204-B Clara Drive.

A criminal attempt of entering autos was reported at 108 Woodland Avenue.

Kalacia Brantney and Germika Monay Harris were arrested for disorderly conduct and a juvenile arrested for unruly for an incident at 1007 MLK Boulevard.

Bobby Lee Fletcher Jr. was arrested for aggravated assault at 1410 N. Mayo Street at 2:10 Sunday morning.

Thefts took place at 1206 Crawford Street, 522 W. Church Street and on Park Row Extension.

Jeffrey Shaw Bryant and James McArthur Mahome were arrested for disorderly conduct at 911 Elm Avenue.

A juvenile was arrested at 808 Fairfield Avenue for unruly juvenile.

Cherronda Faye Wilson and Diamonique Kateria Wilson were arrested at 307-B Bessie Mays Circle for assault and battery plus criminal trespass.

Officers stayed in the road answering 16 domestic-related calls and 12 miscellaneous calls.

Hit-n-run accidents were reported at Wal-Mart, 214 Tom Hall Circle and on Tripp Street.

There were 6 weekend accidents with 3 injury complaints.


Sheriff’s Deputies had a busy weekend conducting 10 traffic stops. An unruly juvenile complaint was made on Barbara Battle Way. Neglect of disabled adults or the elderly is being investigated. Thefts took place at 100 W. Jefferson Street and 999 Southerfield Road. Damage to property occurred at 996-A Tallent Store Road and Lot B 456 Arch Helms Road. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 1400 Felder Street. Burglaries were investigated over the weekend at 121 District Line Road at Daniel Grove Baptist Church; 517 Confederate Street; 676 R W Jones Road; 1473 US 280 west; and 114 Pecan Circle in Plains. Civil complaints were made on US 280 east and at the Plains PD. An auto was entered at 207-B Grantham Street in Plains. Deputies answered domestic-related calls at 118 Robin Hill Road and 111 Briar Patch Circle. Deputies worked 3 weekend accidents with 1 being deer-related.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: James Brown for aggravated assault and simple battery; Gary Anthony Daniels for false imprisonment/ battery (DVA)/ and criminal trespass; Rothman Edward Lewis for battery/ criminal trespass/ and obstruction; Jacoby Terrell Peters for failure to appear; and Desi Arnez Williams for aggravated assault and 2nd degree criminal damage to property. 5 bonded out of jail this past weekend. 1 was released from jail.

In case you missed our late Friday afternoon Local News: The Americus Police Department initiated a drug investigation on Thursday August 18th at 406-A academy Street that led to the arrest and jailing of five individuals. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Thomas Haugabook II-23; Maurice Devonte Antonio Harris-22; Jacobi Montae Thomas-17; Deontrey Marquavious Parker-21; and Donta Taril Walton-18. All were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; and felony theft by receiving stolen property (2-counts). In addition, Jacobi Thomas was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The APD also issued aggravated assault warrants this past Friday the 19th for Desi Arnez Williams and Chauncey Narod Goodwin. The warrants stem from an incident involving gunfire that occurred on August 8th at 701 Davenport Street.