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Monday September 15th, 2014



National POW/MIA recognition events begin Wednesday September 17th at Georgia Southwestern. The Ride Home began in 2002 and continues today. This Wednesday the 17th, the POW/MIA Recognition Day Convocation will be held at 11am in Jackson Hall with former POW Colonel Wayne Waddell the featured speaker. On Thursday, the “Some Gave All Wall” will be escorted to the GSW Student Success Center at 9am. Friday’s ceremonies will begin at 7:30am to the Andersonville National Cemetery for an 8:30 MIA Memorial service. An afternoon escort back to GSW starts at 3:45 with an opening ceremony at 5 at the Storm Dome lasting until 8 with a candlelight service. Ceremonies will wrap up on Saturday morning with a National POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony in the Storm Dome at 11:30. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the events associated with “The Ride Home” 2014.

Meetings this week include the monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners at 6 tomorrow evening in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The meeting is open for the public to attend;

The regular meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans will be held tomorrow night at 7pm at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. The program is entitled “Famous Women Spies of the Confederacy”. All SCV members and friends are urged to attend;

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be this Thursday September 18th at 5pm and will be held in the Lecture Hall of the Nursing Building on the GSW Campus. If you have questions about the meeting location change, contact City Clerk Paula Martin at 924-4411 ext. 244.

The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce is excited for another year of the Sumter County Scarecrows! Applications are now available at the Chamber Office at 409 Elm Avenue. The deadline to submit entries is Friday September 26th. Please contact Ivy at 924-2646 for more information.

Council members Juanita Wilson and Nelson Brown urge residents of Districts 1 & 2 to attend tomorrow night’s Neighborhood Watch meeting at 6pm at the Rees Park Economic Development Center on Elm Avenue. Recycling will be discussed.

Americus Police had a busy weekend. Forced entry burglaries were reported at 1009 Felder Street and at Lot 11 Weeks Trailer Park on MLK Boulevard.

Samuel James Miller Jr. was arrested for simple battery and felony criminal attempt for an incident at 410-B Crawley Street.

A traffic stop on Taylor Street at 1:11 Saturday morning resulted in 2 arrests. Jonas A. Hughes was arrested for possession of marijuana, DUI-under 21 and open container. A passenger Katherine C. Hollingsworth was arrested for possession of marijuana.

After a traffic stop on W. Forsyth, Tyran D. Brown was arrested for driving without a license and for an outstanding warrant.

At 4:15 Saturday morning a traffic stop was conducted on W. Church Street resulting in 2 arrests. John G. Ragsdale was arrested for reckless driving, driving without a license and an expired tag. A passenger Rachel Jones was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Kelli Brooke Hazzan was arrested for criminal trespass at 115 E. Church Street.

A stalking and criminal trespass case is under further investigation.

Kevin R. Peaster was arrested for 2-counts of shoplifting at 1533 S. Lee Street at Flash Foods.

Following a traffic stop on Crawley Street Sekeya D. Seay was arrested for driving on a suspended license and cited for child restraints.

Autos were entered at 1206 MLK Boulevard and 947 Felder Street.

After a traffic stop on S. Lee Street at 12:08 Sunday morning, Karl A. Bond was arrested for DUI.

Jason A. Mitchell was arrested for DUI, driving without a license and for failure to stop at a stop sign following a traffic stop on Barbara Battle Way.

At 4:11 Sunday morning on N. Jackson Street, a traffic stop led to the arrest of Victor K. Laster for his 2nd DUI-refusal, for open container and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Counterfeit bills were reported over the weekend at 1101 Crawford Street (twice), 922 E. Lamar Street, 1310 E. Lamar Street and 2 times at 400 Tripp Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 915 N. Lee Street.

Thefts occurred at 100 Brady Road, 226-C S. Dudley Street, 111 Matthews Drive and at 807 N. Lee Street.

A theft and criminal trespass was reported at 2:13 this morning at 102-E Walker Street.

A battery (DVA) and criminal trespass occurred at 1:34 this morning at 96-B Bozeman Circle.

There was only 1 weekend accident worked by officers with no reported injuries.


High school football results this past weekend: Southland 42-3 over SW Georgia Academy; Marion County 40-19 over Dooly County; Greenville 60-24 over Schley County; and Thomas County Central led Americus-Sumter 20-12 when the game was postponed at halftime for lightning after a 3 ½ hour wait. That game will finish on September 26th, an open date both teams had available.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were very busy this past weekend working a total of 119 incidents. Of the 119, 65 were traffic stops. Kerri C. Pride was arrested for speeding and no proof of insurance. Joseph Brinson was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Jamaal S. Anthony was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Lashonda N. Monts was arrested for driving with suspended registration, no proof of insurance and expired tag. Jovita L. Turner was arrested for speeding. Evatta L. Lawson was arrested for speeding. Roy D. Lucas was arrested for passing in a no-passing zone.  James A. Wright was arrested for driving with a suspended license. Cassandra Walker was arrested for speeding. Khalia M. Walters was arrested for failure to obey signs or control devices and violating restrictions of driver’s license. Sherman S. Parker was arrested for speeding. Deidre T. Noble was arrested for failure to obey stop sign. Reveckeo A. Hill was arrested for speeding. Faranz A. Alam was arrested for speeding. Darryl C. Turner was arrested for speeding. Sherwood Butts was arrested for speeding. Shonda R. Campbell was arrested for DUI, driving with a suspended license and failure to maintain insurance.  In addition to the traffic stops, Deputies also assisted the Georgia State Patrol with a license check.

Deputies answered 8 domestic-related weekend calls. Thefts were reported at 3667-B US 280 east, 128 Foster Street and at 209 Brookwood Lane. 5 suspicious person complaints were made. Deputies worked 2 accidents with 1 involving a deer. There were quite a few miscellaneous calls answered this past weekend.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Tyran Denise Brown for probation violation/ intent to distribute a controlled substance; Jerome Marion Glover for 3rd degree forgery; Kelli Brooke Hazzan for criminal trespass; Danisha Shante King for DUI/ speeding; John Gerald Ragsdale for reckless driving/ 5th offense of driving with a suspended license/ expired tag; and Dontevious Smith for theft by taking.