Local News

Thursday July 20th, 2017



4 people, aged 17 and under, have been arrested in connection with an ongoing problem at a gravesite in Oak Grove cemetery and not just ANY grave either—it was the grave of our fallen hero APD Officer Nick Smarr. The gravesite had been vandalized for over a week before the family has hidden surveillance cameras put in. The camera caught all 4 in action early Wednesday morning and after being identified, were taken into custody. Arrested was 17-year old Kaheem D. Chambers of Americus who had been arrested and charged with criminal trespass. 3 female juveniles, all aged 16 were also arrested. 2 of the 3 were charged with curfew violation, criminal trespass and obstruction and these 2 will be sent to a juvenile facility. The 3rd female juvenile was charged with criminal trespass and curfew violation and was released to her parents. There have been complaints over the years about plots being vandalized throughout Oak Grove cemetery but these recent troubles at Officer Smarr’s grave was enough to put a plan in action and it paid off in these arrests. In other police action from Wednesday, following a traffic stop on Tripp Street at Parker, 1 arrest was made. Terrell Antonio Dowdell was arrested for driving on a suspended license and motorcycle insurance required.


A criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 808 Copper Hill Circle.


A theft of a 2004 black GMC Sierra pickup was reported from 1502 MLK Boulevard.


A bicycle was recovered at 1102 S. Lee Street and turned over to police.


Investigation into a case of sodomy/aggravated sodomy, simple battery and terroristic threats is underway.


Officers did respond to 2 domestic-related calls yesterday.


There was 1 accident yesterday with no reported injuries. Upon investigation, one of the drivers Dela Antwanique Brown was charged with driving without a license.



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 5 this afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. 2 public hearings will be on this afternoon’s agenda and 3 citizens have signed up to address Mayor and Council concerning the new alcohol license holder ordinance that was voted on months ago. Other items will be coming up for action this afternoon. The meeting is open for the community to attend.



Open house for the Sumter County Schools are set for next Thursday July 27th. Pre-K through 6th grades, along with Furlow Charter School, will have open house from 5-7pm. 7th through 12th grades open house will be from 6-8pm. The open house times are staggered to allow families with more than 1 student to attend different schools. Teacher pre-planning begins Monday the 24th and the first day of the 2017-18 school year for Sumter County School system students will be on Monday July 31st.


If you’re wondering when the Georgia Tax-free shopping days will be, you need to listen up! There will NOT be a Tax-free (or back to school shopping day) in Georgia this year. For whatever reason, the state did not include this on their calendar this year. So whatever savings you were hoping to find before school started, you’d better start looking for coupons or checking out store sales.



You can call today and see if there is still space for the “Start Your Own Business Seminar” this evening on the SGTC campus this evening. Registration is free BUT space is limited. Call Carolyn at the Chamber office as soon as possible at 924-2646 to register or check to see if there is still space available. The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce along with Americus Main Street and South Georgia Technical College are putting on the seminar to help your dreams of having your own business become a reality.





Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 8 traffic stops and issued warnings to drivers for various offenses. On Bumphead Road at Wholewender Road, Penelope J. English was charged with littering. A deposit account fraud was reported for investigation. Damage to property occurred at 131 Thomas Drive. Thefts took place from 144 Graystone Drive and on US 19N at a construction site at Shiloh Road. While serving a warrant at 323 Hosanna Circle, Jermaine A. Allen was arrested for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce. Deputies went to Lot A 375 Memorial Mile on a domestic call. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 123 Ron Circle. Deputies worked 3 accidents with 1 being deer-related.


Housed in the Sumter County jail today are: Jermaine Antonio Allen for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; Kaheem Davion Chambers for criminal trespass; Rachead Damon Henley for probation violation; and Derik Dennard James for false statements or writings to law enforcement.