"Local News"

Monday March 2nd, 2015



*UPDATE#1* Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith now says 4 people have been arrested in connection with the double homicide and arson that occurred this past Friday at 780 R. W. Jones Road. Arrested were 17-year old Ruhemmeien King of the Henry Hart Road, charged with 2-counts of felony murder, 2-counts of aggravated assault and 1-count of arson. 22-year old Qwinterrious Dodson and 28-year old Reginald Mathis, both from Americus, were charged with theft by receiving stolen property. A fourth suspect, 21-year old Brandon Prince of 121 Frieda Lane is charged with making false statements to law enforcement officers. All were arrested early this morning after search warrants were executed. The initial call was to a fire at 780 R. W. Jones Road but upon arrival 2 bodies were found. The Coroner was called to the scene and he pronounced 54-year old Bonnie Freeman McSpadden and 33-year old Dallas Freeman dead at the scene but not from the fire. Investigators said both victims were shot several times. Sheriff Smith reiterated this is an ongoing investigation and other arrests could be made. Most of the stolen property has been recovered. If you have any additional information contact the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at 229-924-4094.

The City of Americus reminds drivers of a road closure that will have an effect in your daily commute especially if you use McGarrah Street. McGarrah Street will be closed around the railroad tracks for road repairs from Tuesday until Thursday March 5th, barring any complications or weather delays. Drivers should look for an alternate route while the repair work is being done. There will be detour signs posted as a reminder.

An Americus Fire and Emergency Services firefighter, David Byrd, was seriously injured in an auto accident last week. He will be undergoing several surgeries and weeks of rehab once the surgeries are completed. A Benefit Fund has been set up in the name of David Byrd at the Peoples Bank of Ellaville. Any donations can be made to that account in the name of David Byrd. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated by his family.

Americus Police had a busy weekend with numerous thefts and burglaries. Thefts took place at 622 Lambert Street, 1103 Oglethorpe Avenue, 307 McCoy Street, 1609 E. Lamar Street, 403-B Bessie Mays Circle, 103 Prince Street and at 1207 MLK Boulevard.

Burglaries were investigated at 518 Ashby Street, 71-B Barbara Battle Way, 249 Horton Drive and 257 Brookdale Drive.

Jennifer Monique Nixon was arrested for an outstanding warrant at 1204 MLK Boulevard.

After an accident investigation, Redona Cladd Mitchell was arrested for driving on a suspended license and failure to yield at a stop sign after stopping.

Following a traffic stop on Mary Blount Drive, Ivan Lamar Lapsey III was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

Eddie M. Jones was arrested for obstruction at 224-D W. Forsyth Street.

After a traffic stop was conducted at 2:16 Sunday morning on S. Jackson Street 2 arrests were made. Quantivious A. Monts was arrested for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce and DaVonte M. Monts was arrested for failure to obey a traffic control device.

At 4:20 Sunday morning, a traffic stop was made on MLK Boulevard and Charlene McKellar was arrested for DUI, no proof of insurance, operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration and headlight requirements.

Criminal damage to property in the 1st degree occurred at 102 Palm Court.

A traffic stop on E. Hill Street led to the arrest of Maria Martinez for driving while unlicensed.

Antorie De’Rell Munns was arrested at 805 Adderton Street for battery (DVA).

An auto was entered at 900 Ridge Street.

An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 260-D Lonnie Lane.

At 2:20 this morning Michael Thomas was arrested at 1512 MLK Boulevard for an outstanding warrant.

A suspicious vehicle complaint was made at 3:07 this morning at 201-B Bessie Mays Circle.

A hit-n-run accident occurred on N. Lee at Prince.

There were 8 weekend accidents with 1 injury complaint.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 59 weekend incidents which included the double homicide investigation on the R. W. Jones Road. 17 traffic stops were conducted. Kathryn R. Kellam was issued a speeding ticket. Quinton J. Walters was given a speeding ticket. Lavonia Leggett was issued a speeding ticket. Kevin W. Orr was arrested for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Robert A. Smith was issued a citation for reckless driving. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases.

Deputies went on domestic disturbance calls to 1059 US 49 south, 3390 Highway 195 north, 822 Thrasher Road and 220 Tommy Smith Road. Rae Ann Johnson was arrested for criminal attempt to commit a felony after a domestic call to 137 Packing House Road. A civil complaint was answered at 119 S. Lee Street. Thefts occurred at Lot 36 106 Lexington Circle and 352 McMath Mill Road. Trevor S. Hall was arrested for theft by taking (felony), criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree, reckless conduct, obstruction, failure to maintain lane, improper starting, driving on a suspended license and DUI. A bad child complaint was made at Lot F 151 Fox Stephens Road. A suspicious person complaint was made at 356 Mask Road. Deputies worked 5 weekend accidents. After 1 accident investigation, Takeshia M. Lawson was arrested for DUI, open container, failure to maintain lane and violation of conditions of a limited permit and was later released on bond.

In the Sumter County Jail: Dollie Amanda Anderson holding for Harris County; Curtis Angry for DUI and open container; William Baker for City probation; Steve DeWayne Bridges holding for Florida; Crystal Lee Flanders for driving on a suspended license; Trevor Sherard Hall for motor vehicle theft/ 2nd degree criminal damage to property/ obstruction/ reckless endangerment/ driving on a suspended license/ DUI-refusal/ failure to maintain lane and laying drag; Rae Ann Johnson for possession of a Schedule 1 controlled substance; Warren Charles Lewis for obstruction; Antorie De’Rell Munns for battery (DVA); Jennifer Monique Nixon for probation violation; Kevin Wesley Orr for DUI and failure to maintain lane; Jessica Ann Pack-sentenced 24-hours; Brandon Lenorris Prince for giving false name to law enforcement and other pending charges; and Bobby Lee Teasley for DUI-refusal/ failure to maintain lane/ giving a false name and driving with a suspended license.