"Local News"

Monday November 23rd, 2015



The public is invited to attend a forum hosted by the City of Americus to meet the candidates for Police Chief. Citizens will be able to hear from each candidate and also ask questions in an open meeting format. The forum will be one week from today on November 30th from 6 to 7pm and will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building which is located at 119 S. Lee Street.

Next Monday is a deadline if youíre interested in participating in the annual Americus Christmas Parade. The parade will be Thursday December 3rd at 7pm through downtown Americus. If you havenít already done so you can drop by the Americus Welcome Center at 101 W. Lamar Street and pick up an application. These applications MUST be returned by Monday November 30th. Remember the City of Americus offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holidays on Thursday and Friday this week. That means you have today through Wednesday and next Monday to pick up and return your parade application.

Local News takes a quick look at the weather for your Thanksgiving holiday week. Today will be the last cool day and cold night as a warming trend is about to set in. No rain is mentioned in any forecast this week but Saturday late and Sunday could be wet as many may be traveling by then. Highs by Thursday Thanksgiving Day will be anywhere from the mid-60s to around 70 with lows warming from the 40s tomorrow night to the 50s by Friday morning. The weekend rain chances will be from another weather system that will drop the temperatures some 10-degrees from Saturday to Sunday. In brief, no rain for Turkey Day and mild temperatures.

Marion County has advanced to the second round of the Class A high school football playoffs with a hard-fought 22-20 win over Twiggs County last Friday. The second round opponent this Friday will be the Commerce Tigers who defeated Charlton County 31-29 last week. Kick-off for the game this Friday night at the Eagleís Nest will be 7:30. A win this Friday night and the Eagles will be back at home the following week for the Class A semi-finals. A win in the semi-finals moves the state game to the Georgia Dome the weekend of December 11th and 12th. Right now, itís win and advance.

Weather has a way of slowing down the crime rate at times and the cool weekend was rather quiet for Americus Police, maybe as a result of the weather. It didnít stop autos from being entered however. 3 such cases occurred over the weekend. The first entered auto was at 14-F 1130 Felder Street, then 304 Hosanna Circle and at 106 Springfield Avenue.

Officers responded to 2 forced entry burglaries. A shed was entered at 115 Frieda Lane and a residence at 607-B Oak Avenue was forcibly entered.

A felony theft of a Honda CRFX 450 dirt bike occurred from apartment 21 120 Lonnie Lane.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 612-B Barlow Street and 240-A S. Dudley Street.

A gas drive off was reported at 1702 MLK Boulevard.

Adrian Kentrell Battle was arrested for an outstanding warrant at 601 Hawkins Street.

A juvenile was arrested and charged as unruly at 42-B Brinson Drive.

A battery complaint was filed with police at 101 Tom Hall Circle.

A stalking incident was reported to police.

An armed robbery that took place at Weeks Trailer Park remains under further investigation.

A juvenile problem was reported at apartment 21 120 Lonnie Lane.

A shoplifting at Harveyís at 1206 Crawford Street occurred over the weekend.

Octavius Polk was arrested on MLK Boulevard for probation violation.

Officers were kept busy with 8 miscellaneous calls and 7 domestic-related calls since Friday.

3 accidents were worked by officers with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriffís Deputies worked 83 weekend incidents. 40 traffic stops were included. On US 19 north, Donald A. Minter was arrested for illegal possession of a controlled substance. After a stop on US 19, Iliana Rosales was cited for driving a vehicle with suspended registration. A stop on the SGT Parkway led to a citation for Krystal L. Howell for an expired tag or registration. Todd L. Kirksey was cited for no proof of insurance and driving on a suspended license following a stop on the SGT Parkway at Lacross Road. Sekeithia D. Brooks was cited for driving with suspended registration after a stop on Forsyth Street. A stop on US 49 led to a speeding citation for Keshawna M. Robinson. A stop on US 280 east resulted in a citation for Kimberly D. Tyner for improper child restraints. A stop on US 280 east was made and Jennifer Smith was cited for driving with suspended registration. Quite a few warnings were also issued.

A disorderly conduct incident occurred at 703 Harris Street. Deputies went to domestic disturbances at 217 Rockdale Subdivision Loop; Lot C 150 Fox Stephens Road where Karron D. McDaniel was arrested for simple battery (DVA); 148 S. Village Drive; 128 Rainbow Terrace; Graystone Drive; 156-B Forrest Park Road; and 647 Sam Rogers Road where Marcus A. Cooper was picked up for probation violation. Burglaries were investigated at 104 Quail Drive and 658 Sam Rogers Road. Suspicious person complaints were made on Sylvan Drive and Pecan Terrace. Damage to property was reported at 125-B Rainbow Terrace. A bad child complaint was made at 416-D N. Bond Street. An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 148 S. Village Drive. Suspicious vehicle complaints occurred at 151 Africana Drive and 115 Sylvan Drive. Deputies worked 2 accidents with 1 deer-related.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Adrian Kentrell Battle for a bench warrant; Marcus Antonio Cooper for probation violation; Tyesha Monique Little for possession of marijuana; Karron Dennard McDaniel for simple battery (DVA); Marcus Bernard Miller for probation violation; Donald Anthony Minter for possession of marijuana; Robert Darrell Perry-holding for Jasper County; Octavius Bernard Polk for southwestern probation; Debra Denise Pride for probation violation; Ronnie Eugene Smith for open container/ DUI/ obstruction/ possession with intent to distribute an illegal substance/ manufacture of a controlled illegal substance/ and possession of an illegal controlled substance; and Janicia Swint for DUI/ speeding/ driving while unlicensed/ possession of marijuana-less than an ounce/ and obstruction. 8 bonded out and 1 was released on summons this past weekend.