"Local News"

Tuesday September 20th, 2016



The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will hold a called meeting at 5:30 this afternoon in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The purpose of this called meeting is to discuss a Board appointment. Immediately following at approximately 6pm, the regular monthly meeting will be held. The community is invited to attend.


A CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) meeting will be held at 6 this evening at the EMA Building, the old National Guard Armory at 901 Adderton Street. This meeting is for existing CERT members and anyone interested in becoming one.


The Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will have its regular monthly meeting at 7 this evening at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. Ken Arvin, Georgia SCV 9th Brigade Commander, will present the program. All SCV members and friends are invited to attend.


Just as today will have plenty of things to do and attend, so will Thursday this week. The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held at 5 in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. This meeting is open for the community to attend.


An information forum on the November 8th election will be held this Thursday at 7pm at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church. Explanation of amendments and more will be the topics of discussion. This forum is open to the public.


Thursday is also the annual Taste of Sumter in downtown Americus starting at 6pm. Restaurants around the City and County will be participating and more varieties of what they have to offer will be available. There will be live music in addition to the great food. Bring the whole family downtown Thursday for the Taste of Sumter.


There is also high school football Thursday in Columbus at 7pm. The Americus-Sumter Panthers will play the Northside-Columbus Patriots at Kinnett Stadium with a 7pm kick-off. The other area high school football action will be on Friday. Southland Academy will be in Chula to play Tiftarea while Schley County plays Dooly County in Vienna Friday night. Marion County will be at home hosting Manchester. Those Friday night games will kickoff at 7:30.


Quick work by Americus Police and some assistance from witnesses led to an arrest in an armed robbery yesterday morning. At 8:30, an armed robbery occurred at American Pawn and Jewelry at 100-B W. Jefferson. Reportedly, witnesses saw it happening and followed the suspect as he fled the store. In less than 30-minutes, DaVontae Terrell Watts was apprehended. He was charged with armed robbery (gun); aggravated assault (gun); possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; and obstruction. He was placed in the Sumter County Jail.


In other Monday action, 2 burglaries were investigated. The first was at 100 Heads Avenue and the other was at 410 Morris Drive.


An auto was entered and criminal trespass occurred at 1119 E. Lamar Street.


A 1st-degree forgery of a check was reported at 1043 E. Forsyth Street.


A criminal trespass complaint for a damaged vehicle was made at 952 Anthony Drive.


A juvenile was arrested and charged with shoplifting at 1711 E. Lamar Street.


There was 1 reported accident yesterday worked by APD.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 2 theft calls yesterday—to 805 Harrold Avenue and 334 Watermelon Road.  Terroristic threats and acts occurred at 726 S. MLK Boulevard that are under further investigation. A suspicious person complaint was made at 185 S. Freeman Avenue. Deputies conducted 3 traffic stops yesterday and issued warnings. Deputies did respond to 2 abandoned vehicles, some alarm activations and made a welfare check yesterday. There was 1 reported accident yesterday.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Tanner Franklin Glass for possession of cocaine/ possession of marijuana with intent to distribute/ and obstruction; Ngoc Hong Ti Nguyen for possession of marijuana- less than an ounce; Jessie James Smith for 2nd degree felony burglary and parole violation; and Devontae Terrell watts for armed robbery/ aggravated assault/ possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime/ obstruction/ 2nd degree criminal damage to property/ and failure to appear. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday.