"Local News"

Monday October 27th, 2014



Early voting will end this Friday October 31st at the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse. Voting was steady this past Saturday, the only day for Saturday voting during the early voting period. Approximately 100 had early voted by noon Saturday according to some workers at the Courthouse. If you take advantage of early voting this week, make sure you bring a photo ID with you.

The community is invited to attend a Georgia House 138 candidate forum on Wednesday night October 29th. The event will begin at 7pm this Wednesday in the Nursing Amphitheater at the Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Services Complex on the GSW Campus. The candidates participating are incumbent Mike Cheokas and his challenger Kevin Brown. The candidates will have the opportunity to inform voters about their stands on a range of issues. The College Republicans, the Young Democrats and the GSW Student Government are sponsoring the candidate forum.

Sumter County Traverse Jurors who were summoned to report for jury duty at 9am this morning are NOT to report AT ALL during the week. The case that was scheduled for trial has now been settled. Jurors may call the office of Nancy C. Smith, Clerk at 928-4537 for further information.

The Sumter County Board of Education will hold a retreat at 7 this evening in the board room of the SCS Administration Building. The meeting is open for the public to attend.

This Thursday will be the annual Kiwanis Pet Parade which will be followed by the Downtown Trick-or-Treat. The registration for the Pet Parade begins at 3:30 on Jackson Street in the Police Department parking lot. Awards will be presented immediately following the Pet Parade in the Police Department parking lot. Downtown Trick-or-Treating will begin following the Pet Parade. Children MUST be accompanied by a parent or adult; must be in costume and MUST have a special wristband in order to receive candy from participating merchants. Trick-or-Treat bags WILL NOT be provided.

A quick reminder that time changes this weekend. Eastern Standard Time returns at 2am on Sunday morning November 2nd. Before going to bed Saturday night November 1st, set your clocks back one hour. Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend!

All in all, this was one of the quietest weekends in a while for the Americus Police Department. An auto was entered at 88 Dixon Drive.

A traffic stop on Strife Street led to an arrest. Jerry Allen Cromer was arrested for possession of cocaine and possession of a drug-related object as well as his 2nd offense of driving on a suspended license.

A financial transaction card fraud was reported.

Kevin Stone was arrested at 1:10 Sunday morning at 125 Bay Street and charged with disorderly conduct.

A theft of lost/mislaid property occurred at Wal-Mart.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 408 Taylor Street and at apartment 24 720 Harris Street.

A shoplifting incident was reported at 1456 E. Forsyth Street at Belk’s.

3 burglaries were investigated over the weekend. Forced entry burglaries occurred at 320-A Russell Street and 212 Habitat Street. A burglary was also investigated at 108-A Country Club Drive.

Thefts took place this weekend at 234-C W. Lester Street and at 306 Staley Street.

An armed robbery is under further investigation that occurred yesterday in the Tom Hall Circle area.

Officers did respond to several miscellaneous calls over the weekend.

There were 5 weekend accidents with no reported injuries.


The following are currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Edgar Lewis Banks for DUI/possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; Brian Hugh Collins for DUI/texting while driving/driving on a suspended license; Jerry Allen Cromer for possession of cocaine/possession and use of drug-related objects/driving on a suspended license; Johntavian Lamar Devorce for battery (DVA)/3rd degree cruelty to children; Anthony Keith Dunning for battery (DVA)/cruelty to children; Mark Edwards for driving on a suspended license; Mark Edward Flournoy for DUI/possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; Jacob Ford for DUI-drugs/driving while unlicensed; Ricky Bernard Foster for southwestern probation; Candace Nikole Fuller for DUI-under 21/possession of marijuana/open container; Malik Ahmad Gadson for possession of marijuana; De’Ontre Tremell Gibson for DUI-alcohol/controlled substance; Kelvin Donta Gordon for speeding/possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; Curtis Lee Grimes for simple battery; Cyannah Gabriella Howard holding for Clayton County; Christopher Hurley for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; Justice Akeus McKee for DUI/possession of marijuana/attempting to purchase alcohol under 21; Olatubosun Joel Olufade holding for Clayton County; Jadeel Marqual Price for southwestern probation; Christopher Allen Sims for felony theft by shoplifting/criminal attempt; Jimmy Solomon for no insurance/expired registration; and Jeffery Stafford for DUI/driving on a suspended license;

Deputies were busy making 77 weekend traffic stops. Drivers were issued numerous warnings and citations. Deputies were also busy answering domestic disturbance calls. Responses were made to 111 Tallent store Road, 115 Ron Circle, 172 Darden Road and at 222 Ed Carson Road where Anthony K. Dunning was arrested for battery (DVA) and cruelty to children. Bad child complaints were made at 414 Bond Street and 112 Lake Ridge Drive. A burglary was investigated at 250-A Desoto Seed farm Road.