Local News

Thursday April 28th, 2016



Water service replacement work continues on Jackson Street between Church and College Streets. Traffic could be slowed at times due to the work. Drivers should avoid the work area creating less delays and a safer work zone. Jackson Street is rather rough in places where the work has been completed and Local News has learned that Jackson Street between Church and College will be resurfaced upon completion of the water service replacements so the ride will be smooth once again.

A rumble of thunder and a flash of lightning but very little rain fell last night at least here at our Highway 30 studios. This all occurred after 9pm. We have another shot of rain with afternoon thunderstorms today. The thunderstorms could produce heavy downpours, dangerous lightning and possible hail and again thatís COULD produce. The earlier weather predictions this week had an 80% chance of rain and thunderstorms today but now it has been dropped to 40% and the heavier rain may actually wind up staying well to our south, leaving us just on the fringe of even getting any rainfall. Just keep an eye to the sky and be prepared.

The weather will be ideal although very warm for tomorrow nightís Relay for Life. Highs on Friday will push 90-degrees and it will be rather warm at 6pm when the Relay for Life gets kicked off at Robinson Wilson Stadium on the North Campus. Relay for Life returns to Robinson Wilson Stadium which was the site of many of the earlier Relay for Life events when it used to be an all-night affair. There will be plenty of great entertainment and thereís always a good crowd on hand for the Cancer Survivors Walk. Make your plans now to attend and dress cool!

May 3rd at 10am will be the next LEPC meeting. This meeting will be held at the Sumter County Emergency Operations Center located at the former National Guard Armory at 901 Adderton Street. This meeting is open for the community to attend.

Donít forget that hydrant testing is underway by AFES. If you experience cloudy or discolored water after a test in your neighborhood, run your faucets for roughly 15-minutes and this should clear the problem. If this doesnít clear the water, call AFES at 924-3213 for assistance.

Itís hard to believe but thereís 4-weeks left in the current school year for most students, especially the SCS students. Baccalaureate is exactly 4-weeks from tonight on May 19th with graduation the next night on May 20th. The SCS will have a system-wide celebration at the conclusion of spring football practice on Friday May 13th at Alton Shell Stadium. Honor students will be recognized, the band is expected to perform and the spring football will be the eveningís highlight. There will be lots going on in these last weeks of the school year for ALL area schools.

Another day and more autos were entered around town according to the Americus Police incident reports. 6 more vehicles were entered on Wednesday and half were in the same vicinity of town. Entry was gained through an open window and 3 unlocked vehicles while 2 were forcibly entered by breaking a window. Locations were on Douglas Circle and 2 on Highland Drive and 3 all at 730 MLK Boulevard. Itís becoming imperative that you remove ALL items from your vehicle and donít leave items in plain sight that you do leave in your vehicles. In other police action, a theft took place from 135 Hosanna Circle.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 205 Highland Drive.

A traffic stop was conducted on Church Street by Trooper Cladd and Fabian LaKeith James was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

An unruly juvenile complaint was filed with police at 203 Brookdale Drive.

A simple battery occurred just after midnight at B9 950 Anthony Drive.

Officers answered 2 miscellaneous calls and 1 domestic call yesterday. There was also 1 accident worked by APD with no reported injuries.


Sheriffís Deputies were busy on Wednesday answering 48 incidents with 18 traffic stops included. At a stop on US 27 east, Jessica M. Hubbard was cited for failure to have a license on person. Also on US 27 east, Justin J. Gaines was charged with speeding. Another stop on US 27 east led to a speeding charge for Jasmine C. Jones. A traffic stop was conducted on Georgia 3 at Highway 30 and Radonna C. Mitchell was cited for driving on a suspended license. Numerous warnings were also issued.

Deputies went to a domestic disturbance at 120 Washington Street. Civil complaints were made at 321 W. Church Street and 247-D US 49 south. Harassing phone calls were reported. A suspicious person complaint was made at 281 Croxton Crossroad. A theft took place from Lot M 456 Arch Helms Road. A suspicious vehicle was reported on US 280 west in Plains.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Paul Clifford Brown for probation violation; Charleston Alexander Saffi for probation violation; and Chris Timpson for probation violation. Benjamin Wayne Bailey was back in jail to make bond. 4 bonded out of jail yesterday.