"Local News"

Monday May 23rd, 2016



The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce held a press conference at 10 this morning. The press conference was on the front steps of the Rees Park Economic Development Center. The announcement was some changes to the Chamber Divisions and the new Chair or c-chair of the divisions. Some 100 new members are being sought to join the Chamber over a 5-week recruiting period ending June 23rd. look for other exciting events to take place over the next few weeks.

If you did not early vote over the last 3 weeks and still plan on casting your ballot, then you will go to your usual polling precinct tomorrow May 24th and cast your vote. You DO NOT vote at the Courthouse as that was for early voting only. The polls tomorrow will open at 7am and will remain open until 7pm tomorrow night. Just like early voting, you MUST declare a party when you go to the polls tomorrow. You MUST choose Democrat or Republican in the May Primary although you can just vote a non-partisan ballot where you vote for Probate Judge, school board and Superior Court Judge. By not choosing a party, you will not vote for Clerk of Court OR sheriff, just the non-partisan races. You will need a photo ID with you.

Late Friday afternoon, City Manager Steve Kennedy announced that Mark Patrick has been chosen to fill the position of City of Americus Public Works Director. He was one of the three finalists for the position. He comes to Americus with over 30-years of experience as a professional engineer and professional land surveyor and currently serves as the City Engineer for Milledgeville. Mark Patrick’s first day on the job is tentatively June 13th.

Still reeling from the murder of 28-year old Cliff Jones and the kidnapping of Vanessa S. Charles and later arrest of 31-year old Timothy Myrick on Thursday, the community was rocked with another shooting Friday afternoon. This shooting occurred around 4:48 Friday afternoon when Chauncey Goodwin was shot at 307 McCoy Street. He was taken for treatment at PSMC and later airlifted to a Macon Trauma Center where he is now in stable condition. The shooting suspect is 23-year old Thomas Haugabook II, a 5’ 9” black male weighing 170-lbs. He is a subject of interest but cannot be located. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Thomas Haugabook II should contact APD, the Sumter County S/O or call 9-1-1. As if that wasn’t enough, an armed robbery then occurred Friday night around 9:40 at 611 E. Lamar at Domino’s. 2 suspects entered with guns and demanded money and left with an undetermined amount of cash. No one in the business was injured. A lookout for these 2 in addition to Thomas Haugabook II kept officers busy over the weekend which turned out to be rather quiet.

Oscar Lee Lester Jr. was arrested for battery (DVA), burglary and 4-counts of 3rd degree cruelty to children.

A hit-n-run investigation resulted in the arrest of Keshia Michelle Mullins for failure to report an accident (hit-n-run) and no proof of insurance.

An affray on Armory Drive was reported.

Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 1212 Oglethorpe Avenue.

An auto was entered and criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree took place at 710 Sunny Dale Circle.

A bad child complaint was made at 615 Lewis Lowe Court.

Derrick Jermaine Davis was arrested for shoplifting at 805 Adderton Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 3D 105 Knollwood Drive.

A reckless conduct incident in leaving children alone is being investigated on Knollwood Drive.

A suspicious person complaint was filed with police at 217 Maple Street.

Following a traffic stop on Tom Hall Circle, Willie jams Ford was arrested for driving without a license, no proof of insurance and suspended registration.

Brandon Cordeau Ford was arrested at 701 Davenport Street for an outstanding warrant, possession of marijuana-less than an ounce and for possession or manufacturing certain controlled substances.

A theft took place from 1711 E. Lamar Street.

At 2:20 Sunday morning, Gonzella Yancie was arrested on Lafayette Street for DUI, open container, driving on a suspended license, colliding with a fixed object, failure to maintain lane, endangering a child while DUI and child restraints.

 A battery complaint was made at 106 Town Creek Circle.

Officers responded to 7 domestic calls and 1 miscellaneous call over the weekend.

There were 6 weekend accidents with no reported injuries.

The Sumter Sheriff’s Auxiliary meets at 7 this evening in the Pope Center on the SGTC campus. All members are encouraged to attend.


Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 47 weekend traffic stops with the majority for speeding along with driving on suspended licenses, DUI and driving without a license. Deputies responded to domestic disturbances at 101 Ridgeway Drive, Lot 14 321 Lacross Road, 127 Crumpton Drive, 206 E. Rockhill Drive and 1200 Southerfield Road where Shonemeca N. Thomas was charged with criminal trespass. A burglary was investigated at 279 R W Jones Road. A theft took place at 206 E. Rockhill Drive. Deputies worked 4 weekend accidents which included 1 deer-related accident. Following an accident investigation, William S. Phippen was charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane on Highway 195 north.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Derrick Jermaine Davis for theft; Carmel Larnard Evans holding for Lumpkin; Brandon Cordeau Ford for illegal possession of a controlled substance/ marijuana-possession less than an ounce/ and possession of marijuana; Homer Dolph Jenkins for felony probation violation; Tyrone Jones for felony failure to appear; Oscar Lee Lester for battery (DVA)/ 1st degree felony burglary/ 3rd degree cruelty to children; Kevin Michael Lewis for probation violation; Timothy Antwan Myrick for murder/felony murder/ 3rd degree cruelty to children/ felony burglary/ and kidnapping; Dantavious Antwan Sims for 1st degree forgery/ DUI/ driving without a valid license/ failure to dim lights/ and failure to appear; Tony Anthony Stewart for child support; and Gonzella Yancie for 4th DUI/ endangering a child while DUI/ striking a fixed object/ open container and driving on a suspended license. 7 bonded out and 1 was released for a paid fine over the weekend.