Drivers will get “spring break” this week as the Sumter County
Schools are out all this week in observance of Spring Break. That simply means busses
will not be running routes at all this week. Drivers will get a bus-free
commute this week but classes will resume next Monday April 6th. As
a matter of fact, most traffic this week will be a little lighter with the SumterCountySchools
out as well as SouthlandAcademy,
both on Spring Break this week.
Boys & Girls Club of Americus-SumterCounty
is sponsoring a program this Saturday April 4th to commemorate the
bravery of the 1963 Stockade Girls. This program will held at GeorgiaSouthwesternStateUniversity
The life and legacy of the fourteen black female adolescents held hostage in
the Leesburg Stockade will be commemorated. These girls, ages 11-15, played an
instrumental role in shaping the Civil Rights Movement in Americus,
and Leesburg during the 1960s. The community is encouraged to attend.
free Ladies Hand Gun Safety Course is beginning to fill up. Pre-registration is
required due to the limited class size. You can call today at 924-4094 ext.221
or 232 and sign up. The free class will be on Saturday April 25th
starting at 8:30am in the Sumter County Ag Center auditorium. Participants will
need to bring your own weapon, 30 rounds of ammunition and your firearm carry
permit. If you do not have the permit, you will need to bring your personal ID
for background check purposes. It’s also recommended to bring a hat to wear
while at the shooting range.
Forecasters are saying there is the
potential for possible severe weather in the area mainly this afternoon. The
main threat is for damaging wind gusts in the thunderstorms and possible hail
associated with these storms. These are mainly mid-afternoon thunderstorms with
only a lingering shower into the early evening. The rain chances stand at 50%
this afternoon, 20% this evening and then a 30% chance of pop-up afternoon
thundershowers on Tuesday. Just a head’s up on the potential of severe weather
in the area this afternoon.
All things considered, it was a quiet
weekend for Americus Police. There were several autos entered
around town. Autos were entered at 608 Walter Way, 401 Peachtree Street and 408 S. Lee Street.
Willie Arthur Lockhart Jr. was
arrested at 6B 701 Davenport Street for disorderly conduct.
There were 2 cases of harassing phone
calls reported to police.
Following a traffic stop on W. Forsyth Street, Monica Marie Castillo was arrested for
driving on a suspended license.
A simple battery complaint occurred
Norman Cole Street.
A forced entry burglary and theft are
being investigated at 503 W. Church Street.
Criminal trespass complaints were
made at 7E 110
Knollwood Drive, 107-A MagnoliaVillage and at 120-A Hanson Drive.
A phone scam was reported to
Officers responded to a shoplifting
complaint at Saturday
morning at 1204
S. MLK Boulevard.
A simple battery and obstruction case
is under further investigation.
An investigation into an aggravated
sodomy and child molestation case is under way.
There were 3 domestic-related calls
this past weekend.
Officers worked 3 accidents with no
There was 1 intense moment last night
for officers and Americus Fire and Emergency. Central dispatched
AFES to a tractor-trailer fire on MLK Boulevard near the bridge. While en route, they were
advised it was a gas tanker. 2 engines were responding and officers also went
to the scene. Upon arrival smoke was coming from the semi and then everyone was
advised the tanker was empty. Firefighters then made the determination that it
was the brakes that were on fire and not the tanker. The situation was then quickly
resolved without any further incident.
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies were busy with 97 total weekend incidents. Nearly half
were traffic stops—45 as a matter of fact. Charges ranged from 7 speeding
tickets issued, 2 DUI arrests, several failure to obey stop signs and seat belt
violations. Numerous warnings were also issued over the weekend.
Deputies went to a domestic
disturbance call and made 2 arrests at 152 Santa Rosa Drive. Jessica Ferguson was arrested for
possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. Darius D. Ballard was
arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and criminal
trespass. At a domestic call to 112 Gus Street, Michael A. Nottage was charged with
disorderly conduct. Another domestic call was answered at 287 Lasco Harvey Road. Joseph J. Lewis was arrested for identity
theft fraud at 116 Pecan Terrace. A theft took place at 17 Small Piece Road. Suspicious person complaints were made on
US 27 east, 894 US 19 north and at 120 US 19 south. Damage to property complaints
were made twice at 130 Rainbow Terrace. A suspicious vehicle complaint was
filed on Smothers
went to 209
Tripp Street and at 231 US 27 east for civil calls. There were 3 weekend accidents
with 1 deer-related.
In the Sumter County Jail: Darius
Demonta Ballard for possession of cocaine/ possession of marijuana/ and
criminal trespass; Ray Anthony Brown for DUI and failure to maintain lane;
Ronald Andrew Clum for probation violation; Alexus Montrell Coleman for
contempt; Darryl Lazell Evans for probation violation; Jessica Chantel Ferguson
for possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana-less than an ounce;
Joseph Jerry Lewis for identity theft fraud (felony); Willie Arthur Lockhart
for disorderly conduct; Janmichael Troydel Walker for DUI and failure to
maintain lane; and Corralus Cantrell Wilson for probation violation and