"Local News"

Monday August 25th, 2014



There is a scam going on and the scam artists are using Georgia Power. In brief, this scam is targeting Georgia Power customers, both residential and commercial. The customer gets a call stating they are behind on their bill and the power is about to be turned off unless you get a debit card and give them the number on the card to clear your account. Georgia Power, in response, states they never call an individual customer; instead they would use an automated call to tell the customer to get in touch with your Georgia Power representative. There have been calls all across the state and even some here in Americus, which Local News was then made aware of the scam. Remember that Georgia Power will never call an individual customer and will never ask you for a debit card to clear your account. If you should get such a call then contact the nearest law enforcement agency to report it.

 The City of Americus issued a response over the weekend to a news story that recently aired on an Albany TV station concerning an Americus employee.  According to CAO Laura Lee Bernstein, the employee Chris Wooden resigned to take a job with the public works department in Andersonville. The City accepted his resignation immediately. During his two week notice, he and several other public works employees decided to accept an “ice bucket challenge” and used City equipment to carry out the challenge while on City time. The challenge that the public works employees participated in with City equipment and on City time was never approved by the department, the CAO or the Mayor and Council. This is not a situation of the City not supporting a charity. As a result, the City chose to accept the resignation effective immediately and still approved three days of paid leave he had requested before this situation occurred.

High school football kicked off this past weekend and 2 local teams lost on the road. Smith Station defeated Americus-Sumter 38-13 and Westfield defeated Southland Academy 21-7. This week Marion County gets their season started playing on the road in Miller County. Both Americus-Sumter and Southland Academy will be at home. Americus-Sumter will host Macon County and Southland Academy will host RTCA in their season openers. Schley County is off this week and will have their first game on September 5th.

Americus Police were busy despite the heat over the weekend. There were however, a large number of domestic-related calls probably due to most people staying in because of the weekend heat.  Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree complaints were made at 201 E. Lamar Street and 226 Horne Street.

A case of identity fraud is being investigated.

A gas drive off occurred at 602 W. Forsyth Street.

A forgery case is under further investigation.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 1122 Harrold Avenue, 232 Academy Street and at 118 Redrick Street.

Responding to a domestic situation on Lamar and Hanson Drive, Tyjerius White was arrested for aggravated assault; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; carrying or possessing weapons on school property; obstruction; and criminal use of article with altered identification mark.

At another domestic-related call at 1207 Oglethorpe Avenue, Christopher Allen Sims was arrested for criminal trespass.

Corey T. Adams was arrested on N. Lee Street for hit-n-run.

Answering a domestic call to 304 Hosanna Circle, Barbara Jean Hawkins was arrested for disorderly conduct.

An aggravated assault that occurred on Eastview Circle is under further investigation.

A disorderly conduct incident occurred at 818 Douglas Circle.

Thefts took place at 231 Ashby Street and at 711 Brooklyn Terrace.

An assault battery from a domestic situation was reported at 110 Knollwood Drive.

A forced entry burglary is being investigated at 404 W. Church Street.

A criminal attempt was made at 1:37 this morning at 1505 N. MLK Boulevard.

At 5:26 this morning a theft and criminal trespass occurred at 126 E. Forsyth Street.

There were 3 weekend accidents with 3 injury complaints.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were not as busy this past weekend when compared to some others lately. Deputies worked a total of 67 incidents and this time there were more domestic calls (10) than traffic stops (9). Deputies responded to 2 bad child complaints. Thefts were reported at 243 Small Piece Road, 366 Holman Road and 108 Richmond Road. Damage to property complaints were made at 292 Edgewood Drive and 202 Bessie Mays Circle. A burglary was investigated on E. Railroad Street. An armed robbery took place and is under investigation at Sam’s Country Store on US 280 west. Lakell Barthell was arrested for theft by conversion. Deputies worked 2 weekend accidents-1 involving a deer and the other was turned over to the Georgia State Patrol. Traffic stops resulted in Tamieka N. Jenkins being cited for failure to maintain insurance; Brian H. Collins being arrested for speeding and Shelby G. Smith arrested for speeding.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail are: Lakell Martece Barthell for theft by conversion; Curtis Grimes for probation violation and possession and use of drug related objects; Andrew Lee Holley for felony theft by shoplifting/possession of drug related objects; Christopher Coley Morgan-holding for USMS; Christopher Allen Sims for criminal trespass/southwestern probation; Rontavieus David Slaughter-holding for Webster County; Tyjerius Kwame White for obstruction/aggravated assault/possession of a firearm by a convicted felon/possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime/carrying weapons within school safety zones/criminal use of an article with altered mark.