Local News

Thursday January 22nd, 2015



There will be a lot of things going on today. First, today is the deadline to sign up for the Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Challenge, a 12-week Health & Wellness community program. Sign up today. Contact Ivy at the Chamber at 924-2646 or ivy@americus-sumterchamber.com for more information. Today is the deadline to sign up!

This afternoon from 2 to 6pm, those interested in the Furlow Charter School can stop by Cherokee School at 300 Cherokee Street and talk with a Furlow Charter School representative. You can pick up an application, register today or get any additional information when you stop by this afternoon. Furlow Charter School will begin holding class for the 2015-16 school year with the Sumter County School system in the fall.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held at 5 this afternoon and will once again be held in the Lecture Hall of the Nursing Building on the GSW Campus. The community is invited to attend. Meanwhile, renovation work on the Public Safety Building continues and it is anticipated that by the start of summer that the City Council meetings will be able to be moved back to the new renovated Council Chambers.

Get ready for some wet, raw weather! Clouds will increase today and by tonight late, rain will move in and overnight there will be periods of heavy rainfall in addition to being rather breezy. Lows tonight will be in the mid-40s with the arrival of the weather front. Near 100% chance of rain, heavy at times with potential thunderstorms will be around on Friday with strong, gusty winds. Highs on Friday will be around 50. Factor in the winds with the cool temperatures with wet conditions and you have a raw day if you must be outside for any length of time on Friday. The rains will begin to decrease early Saturday but the winds and cool temperatures will remain. Highs on Saturday are expected to be in the low 50s. Follow the changing weather by logging onto www.americusradio.com and click on the weather link for a look at radar and get any weather alerts.

Get your tickets now for the 26th annual fundraising theater event for the Lake Blackshear Regional Library. The Sumter County Friends of the Public Library will present the 26th annual theater event on Saturday January 31st and Sunday afternoon February 1st at the library on E. Lamar Street. For more information or to obtain tickets call today at 924-8093.

 Americus Police had a fairly active Wednesday. A criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree for a damaged vehicle occurred at 103-A Bush Circle.

A 1997 blue Ford pickup with tag CCI 6918 was stolen from 129 Taylor Street.

An auto was entered at 807 Magnolia Street.

An identity fraud case is being investigated.

Thefts occurred yesterday at 100 Heads Avenue and 1206 Crawford Street.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 510 Winn Street, 618 Dismuke Street, 248 W. Lester Street and at 430 Forrest Street.

Officers went to a domestic disturbance at 230 Frieda Lane.

Following a traffic stop on Tripp Street, Jose Ulises Barrientos was arrested for driving without a license and cited for a seat belt violation.

Jeffrey Ivan Coleman was arrested and charged with criminal trespass at 248 W. Lester Street.

At 1:02 this morning, a traffic stop on MLK Boulevard led to the arrest of Janicia Wilson for DUI-refusal, driving without a license, failure to maintain lane and improper stopping on the roadway.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 25 incidents on Wednesday and 10 of those were traffic stops. Delia D. Franks was given a speeding ticket following a stop on US 49 north. Brittney N. Tyson was given a speeding ticket after a stop on Forsyth Street. Jarvis T. Hollis was cited for failure to have license on person following a stop on US 27 west. Warnings were given to drivers in the other cases.

Deputies answered civil calls yesterday at 702 US 19 south, 229 Commerce Street and at 117 Rainbow Terrace. Deputies worked 2 accidents yesterday with deer involved in one of the accidents.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Dennis Alvin Bell for parole violation; Chrystal Joyelle Chatmon for City contempt; Eddie Justin Chatmon for City contempt; Jeffery Ivan Coleman for criminal trespass; Timothy Charles Daniels for probation violation; Delilah Keyanna Waymon for City contempt; Chantavious Markel Williams for felony failure to appear for finger-printable charge: and Janicia Wilson for DUI-refusal /driving while unlicensed/ failure to maintain lane/ improper stopping on roadway.