"Local News"

Monday September 25th, 2017


The Mayor and City Council will hold a budget work session at 5 this afternoon. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. The community is invited to attend.

There is still time to make reservations for the first annual State of Education Dinner tomorrow evening to be held in the Pope Center on the SGTC campus. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 with the dinner and special program to follow at 6:15. This will be a unique experience for the business community to hear firsthand from educational leaders in Sumter County. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 924-2646 or by email at chamber@sumtercountychamber.com for tickets. The cost is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members.

There will be a rare Tuesday high school football game tomorrow night. On September 8th, Schley County’s home game with Ga. Military College was canceled due to issues with travel from Hurricane Irma. That game WILL be played tomorrow night in Ellaville. Schley County had an open date this week and things worked out for the game to finally be played. Fans can get a chance for some early football action tomorrow night when Schley County will host Ga. Military College in Ellaville.

The 30th annual Taste of Sumter will be held on Saturday September 30th in downtown Americus. The annual event was moved to Saturday to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the popular event. There will be plenty going on including getting a taste of the restaurants around Sumter County; live music and if you’re worried about missing the big game, TVs will be set up with the game on during the Taste of Sumter. It’s always a great time to bring the family downtown Saturday from 11 to 3 for the 30th annual Taste of Sumter.

The Americus Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy will begin next Tuesday on October 3rd and will finish on Thursday November 16th. You can sign up now by dropping by the Public Safety building; call Sgt. John Brown at 924-3677 ext. 325 or by email at jbrown@americusga.gov. This is a twelve session course and participants must be willing to attend all courses. Participants must be 18 years of age. The program is free and open to the public.

From the Americus Police weekend incidents, first off, APD officers were not part of the car chase yesterday around noon. They did coordinate with GSP about clearing the intersection at Wendy’s when the chase was coming in on Highway 49 and the chase did continue through downtown and ended on US 19S. The chase originated in Vienna, went through Macon County into Sumter County before ending in Americus. Any other information will be coming from the Ga. State Patrol.

There was a domestic-related shooting yesterday morning at 405 S. Jackson Street. Vera Tullis-Butler shot Tomorris L. Johnson yesterday morning at approximately 3:39. He was taken for treatment at the ER at Phoebe Sumter. She was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Officers went to theft reports at 105 Woodland Avenue; 710 Varsity Drive; 1406 1st Montgomery; 2002 Roney Street; 103 W. Jefferson; and 305 Ridgeway Drive. A theft of lost/mislaid property occurred at 1506 E. Forsyth.

Autos were entered at 303 Rucker Street and 214 Taylor Street.

A 2nd degree arson case at 2:45 yesterday for a vehicle fire at 201 Peachtree Street is under investigation.

A 2nd degree forgery occurred at 922 E. Lamar Street.

Broderick K. McGrady was arrested for disorderly conduct at 107-A Horton Drive.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at apartment 5 303 E. Glessner Street.

Responding to a domestic situation at 514 Varsity Drive, LaShay Dowdell and Kevin Banks were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Officers answered 2 hit-n-run accidents that occurred in the Wal-Mart parking lot.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy over the weekend conducting 36 traffic stops. Some Deputies also assisted in the high speed chase that came into Sumter County from Macon County but ended on US 19S. Thefts occurred from 613 Highway 30W and 1032 Youngs Mill Road. A civil complaint was made at 303 Kings Drive. A suspicious person was spotted on Lakeridge Drive. Deputies answered domestic-related calls to 110-B Jenkins Road; 124 Pecan Terrace; 288 Desoto Seed Farm Road; and 806 Thrasher Road. At a domestic call to 318 Railroad Street, Curtis L. Milledge was arrested for an outstanding warrant. At another domestic call to 152 Stonewall Drive, Lagarius E. Stephens was arrested for an outstanding warrant. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made on Cartwright Road Extension. After responding to 114 N. Bond Street, Paul Thomas was arrested for 1st degree forgery, obstruction and felony 2nd degree forgery. There was 1 deer-related accident worked over the weekend.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Vera Mae Butler for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; Heriberto Gonzolez for DUI/ open container/ driving with a suspended license/ and speeding; Broderick Kendall McGrady for disorderly conduct; Curtis Latrell Milledge for probation violation; Lagarius Earl Stephens for probation violation; and Paul Thomas for 1st degree forgery/ obstruction/ and felony 2nd degree forgery. 2 were released on bond and 1 was released for time served.