"Local News"

Tuesday July 19th, 2016




The Americus/Sumter Boys & Girls Club will host the 18th annual Steak & Stake Charity Fundraiser tonight at 6 in the GSW Student Success Center. A silent auction will start the evening at 5 with the dinner and program following at 6. Dr. Wintley Augustus Phipps, Founder-President and CEO of US Dream Academy, will be the guest speaker. For last minute tickets, call Dr. Shirley Green-Reese at 938-3300 or Susan Ruckman at 942-6618.


The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners will be at 6 this evening in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. This meeting is open for the community to attend.


The Sumter County BOE has 2 public hearings over the proposed millage rate increase scheduled for tomorrow July 20th. The first public hearing will be at 11am tomorrow morning and the second public hearing will be at 6 tomorrow evening. Both public hearings will be held in the boardroom of the Central Office. Also tomorrow night at 6:30, the BOE will have a called meeting for personnel matters. This meeting is open for the public to attend. The third and final public hearing for the proposed millage rate increase will be Wednesday July 27th at 7pm. Immediately following that last public hearing, the BOE will have a called meeting to adopt the millage rate and 5-year tax digest. For more information, plan to attend any of these public hearings.


A movement is underway to show support for all law enforcement and the community is encouraged to come out this Saturday July 23rd starting around 10am at the Public Safety Building in downtown Americus. The event is being called “Locking Arms for Law Enforcement” and this is NOT a protest but a peaceful, prayerful gathering showing support for all law enforcement and the community as a whole. This event will hopefully unite Americus and Sumter County. It is hoped there will be enough to participate Saturday to circle the entire Public Safety Building. The entire community is invited.


The Americus Police Department will be presenting “The Citizen’s Police Academy” on Tuesday nights from August 23rd to November 8th. This twelve week course is intended to give citizens an overview of basic police operations and provide a forum for discussion of current events and issues. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and must be willing to commit to attend the full schedule of training. To register for the course, stop by the Police Department; call Sgt. John Brown at 229-924-3677 ext 325; or email jbrown@americusga.gov. The application form can also be downloaded at http://www.americusga.gov/#!police-department/cbbz. This program is free and open to the public.


Things were rather quiet to start the week for Americus Police. A theft and unruly juvenile complaint occurred at 1307 Douglas Circle.


Larayshia Reddick and Cedric Antonie Gatewood were arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.


A forced entry burglary was investigated at 702 Gail Street.


Monica Faye Young was arrested for shoplifting at 107 W. Jefferson Street.


At 3:28 this morning, a complaint of discharging firearms in the City was made at 2001 Armory Drive.


Officers did respond to 2 domestic-related calls yesterday along with 1 miscellaneous call.


There were 2 accidents yesterday in the City with no reported injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies yesterday went to domestic disturbance calls at 1168 Salters Mill Road, 130 Rainbow Terrace and Lot 57 107 Santa Rosa Drive. At another domestic disturbance at 105 Industrial Drive, Nalia Brown was arrested for criminal trespass and battery DVA). Deputies conducted 5 traffic stops yesterday. Following a stop on US 27 east, James N. Lester was charged with speeding. At a stop on US 49 north, Gregory J. Shingles was charged with speeding. A theft occurred at 125 Lexington Circle. A neighbor dispute was mediated at 129 Swisher Road. Deputies answered a civil call to 1168 Salters Mill Road. A trespassing incident was reported at 406 US 280 east. A hit-n-run accident occurred on Sunset Park at Bumphead Road. Deputies did work 3 accidents yesterday with 2 being deer-related.


In the Sumter County Jail today are: Nalia Brown for battery (DVA) and criminal trespass; James David Hardee for probation violation; Cedrick Octavius Marshall for criminal trespass; and Frederick Bernard Wright for child support.