Local News

Thursday November 19th, 2015



Traffic was tied up for a while Tuesday afternoon just before 4pm on US 280 outside Plains. A Ford F-150 pickup driven by Jerry Jones was eastbound when he turned left into a private driveway as a westbound Honda motorcycle driven by Charles Brock approached. The driver laid the bike down to avoid a collision with the pickup. The 2 vehicles never made contact. Charles Brock was airlifted out to a Macon Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries and was listed in stable condition yesterday afternoon. Sgt. Peck of Post 10 of the Ga. State Patrol is continuing to investigate with charges pending.

We avoided any severe weather last night but we got a lot of rain. Here at our Highway 30 studios, we received 2.3 inches of rain. There was still a persistent mist at 6am but the rains will end this morning and sunshine will be abundant throughout the afternoon. It did get rather breezy at times and some limbs were knocked down as a result but no serious damage was reported. A tornado watch was issued last night but that expired at 9pm with only a reported touchdown in Decatur County with no reported damage. Another chance of rain arrives Saturday with the approach of the next cold front that will drop temperatures into the 50s Sunday with lows in the low 30s by Monday morning.

The weather will be ideal tonight for the annual Christmas Open House in downtown Americus. Downtown merchants will be open until 8 this evening for an early start to your holiday shopping. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 5:30 in Rylander Park and pictures with Santa will be available until 7:30 tonight. Shoppers can take trolley and carriage rides downtown tonight, enjoy refreshments and see what downtown merchants will have available this holiday season. The lighting of the Giant Christmas Tree takes place at 7 this evening in Rylander Park. All roads lead to downtown Americus tonight for the annual Christmas Open House. Come to the City Council meeting at 5 this afternoon at the Public Safety Building and then stay downtown for the Open House.

The Chamber of Commerce’s Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run is this Saturday at the Rec Complex on US 19 south. Registration is at 7am with the race beginning at 8. All Chamber members get a discount on registration. Prizes will be awarded for the “Top Turkey” in each age division. T-shirts will be given to all runners who pre-register. For applications, contact Ivy at 924-2646 or by email at ioliver@sumtercountychamber.com.

A ribbon cutting for Center Stage Market will be held at 11am tomorrow morning at 121 W. Forsyth Street downtown. Let the Center Stage Market staff help you find everything you need right here at home, open 7 days a week including Sundays from 1-5.

Toys for Tots drop-off is now located at the National Prisoner of War Museum at the Andersonville National Historic Site. 2 donation boxes are set up in the museum lobby to drop off your new, unwrapped toys that will be distributed to needy children in our area. The last day to drop off toy donations is Thursday December 10th.

Marion County will begin the Class A high school football playoffs at home tomorrow night. The opponent will be Twiggs County. Kick-off will be at 7:30 tomorrow night at the Eagle’s Nest outside Buena Vista. The Eagles are the number one seed in these Class A playoffs and will be at home as long as they win before the state finals at the Georgia Dome.

Americus Police had an overall quiet but rather strange day on Wednesday. Officers responded to 2 deceased person calls within an hour or so. The first such call was to 610 Stapleton Street where 82 year old Charles Eugene Moss was found deceased. The coroner was notified. Later at apartment M 105 Country Club, 52-year old Henry Lusane Jr. was found deceased. Again the coroner was notified. In other police news from Wednesday, an animal case at 612 Valley Drive was reported.

An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 107 Sun Valley Drive.

Officers were dispatched to a reported fight at apartment 16 720 Harris Street.

A simple battery and shoplifting occurred at Dollar General at 805 Adderton Street.

An accident investigation last night on Brookdale Drive resulted in 1 arrest. Darryl Dixon II was arrested for open container and hit-n-run/leaving the scene of an accident.

Responding to a domestic situation at 5:30 this morning at 1101 Ridge Street, 2 arrests were made. Jarvis Deon Cross and Sonyona Simone Josey were arrested for disorderly conduct.

A hit-n-run accident was reported at 111 Knollwood Drive.

Officers did respond to 4 miscellaneous calls and worked 2 accidents yesterday.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 28 incidents on Wednesday. 8 were for traffic stops. A traffic stop conducted on US 49 resulted in a speeding citation for Sarah E. Wainwright. A stop last night on Middle River Road led to a citation for Alonso Gonzalez-Iturio for an auxiliary light violation. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases.

Responding to an accident on Highway 30, Luke Bryan was cited for too fast for conditions. Deputies responded to a blocked roadway on Jenkins Road. A civil matter was reported at 185 S. Freeman Avenue. A criminal trespass complaint was made on New Point Church Road. A domestic disturbance occurred at Lot 4 971 Brady Road.

In the Sumter County Jail today are Brianna Mercedes Holt for financial transaction card theft and theft by taking; and Michael Jerome Lindsey-holding for USMS.