Local News

Thursday April 23rd, 2015



The Sumter County Board of Commissioners meeting started out last night hearing the recommendations from the Farmers Irrigation Committee. Gil Pace addressed the Commissioners and offered education as opposed to ordinances; signage stating Ag irrigation ahead-water on the road-drive with care type of signs warning drivers approaching irrigation; and retrofit the end guns as soon as possible and as time allows. The Board accepted these recommendations. A lease agreement between the BOC and Gold Star EMS at 1607 N. MLK Boulevard was passed. Ginger Starlin was reappointed to the Americus-Sumter County Hospital Authority. Approval was given for: scoreboard sponsorship for the Parks and Recreation Department; the FY 2015-16 budget/millage setting calendar; the bid package for the TSPLOST/LMIG paving projects; an inmate work detail at the Andersonville National Historic Site; a Sumter CI van using funds from the CI’s budgetary reserves; vehicles for several departments—Code Enforcement/ Public Works/ Buildings and Grounds/ Magistrate/ and EMA; and budget amendments were then approved. After a few announcements the meeting moved to closed session for a legal matter.

One citizen spoke to the Commissioners concerning the weather sirens and the EF1 tornado that struck a portion of the Hooks Mill Road on Sunday. She was concerned about the area not being notified and some discussion was then presented to her and those present. You can still sign up to get weather alerts on your phone or computer by going to the Sumter County website. The National Weather Service alerts when a WARNING has been issued for a specific area and then the weather sirens will sound. It was also pointed out once again that these are mainly for outdoor use; you may hear them if you’re nearby but these are mainly to alert those outside to seek shelter. Roughly 1300 had signed up for this weather alert service initially but you can still do so.

The Childhood Obesity Prevention Program meets tonight from 6 to 7:30 at the Rec Department at 408 Rucker Street. This is the last opportunity to sign up for this program. The program moves forward with those that are signed up through tonight. Both parent AND children must be present for monthly meetings to receive education, monitoring and the $20 voucher for the fruits and vegetables. For more information call Jamie Crozier at 229-273-8881 ext. 11.

From Wednesday’s Americus Police incident reports, an auto was entered at 501-A West Forsyth Street.

Officers went to a domestic situation at 209 140 Lonnie Lane.

Following an altercation at 903 Ridge Street, Amy Deriso was arrested for disorderly conduct.

A runaway juvenile complaint was filed at 102 Mill Creek Road.

A theft occurred from 119 Carter Street.

Simple assault complaints were made at 109 Starlight Circle and on S. Jackson Street.

There were several miscellaneous calls answered by officers yesterday.

Darrin Kenneth Ross remains in critical condition in the Macon Medical Center. He awaits murder charges stemming from Monday’s shooting deaths in Americus. That investigation is still ongoing.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 5 this afternoon in the Lecture Hall of the GSW Nursing Building. The community is invited to attend.


Wednesday was a rather quiet day for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies. A total of 22 incidents were worked. 4 traffic stops were conducted. William I. Fine was cited for expired or no drivers license and defective tires on Highway 30. Cassie M. Jordan was cited for a seat belt violation on Highway 30. Marilyn J. Mathis was given a citation for a seat belt violation on the Bumphead Road. At a stop on W. Church Street, Quanesha V. Burton was charged with failure to obey signs or control devices. A theft was reported. A suspicious person complaint was made at 103 Canty Drive. Domestic disturbance calls were answered at 151 Lot M Fox Stephens Road and on Rainbow Terrace.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Anthony Thomas Capps for probation violation; James Evans for a battery; Kenneth Terrell Rush for failure to appear; and Travis Devon Sims for aggravated assault/ possession of a firearm during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies/ and receipt, possession or transfer of a firearm by convicted felon or felony first offender.