"Local News"

Tuesday January 20th, 2015



It will be a busy night for the Sumter County Board of Commissioners. A called meeting will start at 5:30 this afternoon in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The purpose of the called meeting is to discuss an appointment to the Sumter County Tax Assessor’s Board. Immediately following the called meeting, the regular monthly meeting will begin at 6 this evening. During the regular meeting, a public hearing for an alcoholic beverage license for Get-n’-Go on US 280 east will be heard. Another public hearing on the license application will be held on February 10th. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the public to attend.

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

Also on Thursday, that will be the deadline to sign up for the Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Challenge, a 12-week Health & Wellness program. For more information contact Ivy at the Chamber Office at 924-2646 or ivy@americus-sumterchamber.com.

Get your tickets now for the Sumter County Friends of the Public Library’s 26th annual fundraising theater event for the Lake Blackshear Regional Library. The 2-day event will be on Saturday January 31st and again on Sunday February 1st. For tickets or for more information call 924-8093. The location will be at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library at 307 E. Lamar Street.

The Boys & Girls Club of Americus/Sumter County will host the first meeting of the year tomorrow January 21st at 5:30. The public is invited out to meet the new Chief Volunteer Officer, Dr. Shirley Reese and be a part of the installation of the 2015 Board Members. This will take place at the Boys & Girls Club Administrative Office at 103 Hosanna Circle, right beside the main club in Americus. Light refreshments will be served. The community is invited to join in and meet the new Board and visit with the existing Board members.

A $1000 reward is being offered in the suspicious fire this past weekend at Farmer’s Seed & Feed on the corner of Hampton and Forsyth Streets. Anyone with any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible should contact the Americus Fire and Emergency Services or the Americus Police Department.

Americus Police had a busy holiday yesterday. A report was made for 34-counts of forgery at 1043 E. Forsyth Street.

Freddie Zachary Calloway Jr. was arrested at 114 Garden Lane for battery and sexual battery.

A theft occurred at 242-C S. Dudley Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 1536 N. MLK Boulevard.

An aggravated assault, burglary, cruelty to children and disorderly conduct as a result of a domestic disturbance was reported at 701-B Davenport Street.

A simple battery and criminal trespass resulting from a domestic call was made at 5C 1130 Felder Street.

Other domestic calls were answered at 606 Eastview Drive and 703-B Oglethorpe Avenue.

An auto was entered at 103 Edgewood Drive.

2-counts of shoplifting occurred at 1301 E. Lamar Street.

A hit-n-run accident took place at 636 Lewis Lowe Court.

Officers worked 2 accidents yesterday with 1 injury complaint.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 103 incidents over the last 3-day period. 64 of the incidents were traffic stops as license and seat belt checks were conducted over the holiday weekend. Several arrests were made and numerous warnings were issued. Various offenses for speeding, DUI, failure to maintain lane, seat belt violations and improper passing were noted by Deputies as well as Troopers who initiated the various checkpoints throughout the County. 20 arrests and citations were issued.

Deputies answered civil complaints at 1029 US 19 north and 347 Neon Bass Road. A bad child complaint was made at 121 Packinghouse Road. Suspicious person complaints were made at 126 Rainbow Terrace, 499 Arch Helms Road and 383 Highway 30 west. A damage to property complaint was made at 166 Old Stage Road. A domestic disturbance was answered at 303 Kings Drive.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Marissa G. Anderson for DUI and a seat belt violation; Brandon Marquis Burney for theft by shoplifting; Freddie Zachary Calloway for battery/ sexual battery; Fabian Lakeith James for obstruction/ probation violation; Travis Antwan King for DUI/ failure to maintain lane/ driving on the wrong side of an undivided street/ violation of conditions of a limited permit; Keidrick Arnez Pitts for probation violation; James Arthur Porter for criminal trespass; Joseph Lee Robinson on a bench warrant; Travis Robinson for probation violation; Jacqueline Charmaine Streeter for illegal possession of a controlled substance; Mario Lamar Walker for open container/ possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; Tracy Denise Walker for southwestern probation; and George Williams for probation violation.