"Local News"

Monday August 24th, 2015



Sumter County Traverse Jurors who were summoned for this morning at 10am, are NOT to report for jury duty at all this week. All scheduled cases have either been settled or continued. HOWEVER, Grand Jurors summoned for 9 this morning are still required to report to the Courthouse. Jurors may call the office of Nancy C. Smith, Clerk, at 928-4537 for questions or for more information.

The Sumter County BOE will hold a called meeting and Retreat this evening. The meeting begins at 6 this evening in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The purpose of the called meeting is to discuss facilities, vision for public education, personnel matters and any other items needed to come before the Board. The public is welcome to attend.

The SCS said good-bye to the students and chaperones from Sister City Myoshi City Japan. It was a whirlwind tour once again for everyone involved in the yearly visit and there were many sad faces when the time came to leave.  Local students and chaperones usually make the return visit to Japan in the spring.

We’re all about to get a break from the heat and humidity. Some of the coolest weather seen since April will arrive on Tuesday and will actually hang around into the weekend. Highs after today will stay around 90 and lows at night will drop down to the lower 60s. The temperatures will moderate towards the weekend but still will be lower heat and humidity than we’ve had for the last month. The rain chances will be almost non-existent for most of the coming week. As a matter of fact, after this afternoon, there is no mention of rainfall chances until next week. You may cut back on the AC over the next few nights and raise and window or two and enjoy the cooler overnight lows.

High school football is underway for another area team this Friday night. Americus-Sumter started the regular season last Friday night losing to Smiths Station 41-13 and will play Macon County in Montezuma this Friday night. Southland Academy lost their season opener 47-14 and will be on the road this week against Robert Toombs. Marion County will begin their regular season at home this week hosting Miller County. Schley County is still a week away from their season opener when Baconton Charter comes to Ellaville.

Americus Police had a rash of entered autos over the weekend. An auto was entered at 206 Maple Street. An auto was entered at 120 N. Lee Street along with 2-counts of criminal trespass for breaking out windows. Another auto was entered at 804-B Fulton Street with 1-count of criminal trespass for damaging a door. The last vehicle entered was at 808 Georgia Avenue with a theft reported.  Remember to lock and secure your vehicles and DO NOT leave items of interest in plain sight. In other weekend police action, a disorderly conduct incident occurred at 111-A Horton Drive.

A case of identity fraud was reported.

Lashonda Shatina McArthur was arrested at 1711 E. Lamar Street for shoplifting and DUI-less safe-alcohol.

Suzette Boone was arrested at 701 Davenport Street for aggravated assault and simple battery on a law enforcement officer.

Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 124 Sharon Circle.

Battery (DVA) was reported at 41-A Reddick Drive.

A theft of services was reported at 329 W. Lamar Street. A theft took place from 538 Tripp Street.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 810-B Fulton Street, 105-B Waitsman Drive and apartment 14 1304 Elm Avenue.

Following a traffic stop at 1:44 Sunday morning on US 19 north, Sanchez Nathaniel Savage was arrested for open container and his 2nd driving on a suspended license offense.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 101 Patterson Street.

An unruly juvenile complaint was filed with police at 1304 Ridge Street.

DeShaun Corey Washington was arrested early this morning and charged with robbery and battery from an earlier incident on S. Dudley Street.

Officers responded to 10 weekend domestic-related calls.

There were 7 weekend accidents with 1 injury complaint.

Officers did answer quiet a few miscellaneous calls this past weekend.


Sumter county Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 62 weekend incidents with 20 of them traffic stops. A stop conducted on Adderton Street led to the arrest of Narodrick J. Stevens for driving on a suspended license and an outstanding warrant. Following a stop on US 49 north, Keandrea B. Nicholson was charged with speeding. On the SGTC Bypass at LaCross Road Timothy M. Hudgins was charged with speeding. After a traffic stop on Highway 30, Aiden Q. Sanford was charged with speeding. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases.

Deputies went to a criminal damage to property complaint at 125-B rainbow Terrace. A theft occurred on Styles Robinson at Bailey Road. Civil complaints were made at 129 S. Freeman Avenue and at 121 Jade Road. A criminal trespass complaint was filed at 338 Buttercup Lane. Suspicious person complaints were made on US 19 north, 542 US 280 west and on Highway 49 south. Domestic disturbance calls were answered at 257 Highway 308 in Plains, on Hospital Street in Plains, 246 Wiggins Road, 205-E Murphy Mill Road and 108 Sandstone Drive. Illegal fishing was reported on McMath Mill Road at Johnson Pond. Burglaries were investigated at 122 Tommy Hooks Road and 188 Pine Level Road. Juvenile complaints were made at 259 US 49 south and 102 Ridgewood Drive. Deputies worked 3 weekend accidents.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail: Suzette Boone for aggravated assault and simple battery on a law enforcement officer; Cornelius Veron Clark for 2nd degree felony burglary; Elijah Harvey for simple assault; Charlie Lockhart for aggravated assault/ simple battery/ and sexual battery; Narodrick Jamal Stevens for driving on a suspended license and a bench warrant; Tobias Fantavius Walker-holding for Crisp County SO; and DeShaun Corey Washington for robbery/ battery/ probation violation/ and a bench warrant.

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