"Local News"

Tuesday May 24th, 2016



Election Day has finally arrived! If you did not take advantage of early voting, you will go to your usual polling place today and cast your ballot. There is NO VOTING today at the Courthouse as that was ONLY for early voting. The polls tonight will be open until 7pm. When you come to the polls today, you MUST declare a party. You decide if you want a Democratic or Republican ballot or you may choose to simply vote in the non-partisan races without choosing a party. If you do that, you will not be able to vote for Sheriff or Clerk of Court. You will be able to cross party lines when you vote in November but not in this May Primary. Exercise your right and cast your vote today!

The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce announced some changes to the Chamber Divisions at a press conference yesterday. The divisions now are Membership; Business Development; Governmental Affairs; Special Events; Leadership; and Education. The division chairs and co-chairs were also announced.  A 5-week membership drive is now underway until June 23rd to add as much as 100 new members to the Chamber. Look for other great events coming up during this membership drive.

Sumter County Emergency Management has announced a weather radio event. WALB along with Midland Radio will be a part of a NOAA Weather Radio programming event this Wednesday May 25th from 4-7pm at Walgreens Pharmacy, 733 E. Forsyth Street. Weather radios will be available at a special low price at Walgreens on Wednesday. Weather radios are recommended for every home, school and business by the Department of Homeland Security. WALB meteorologists Yolanda Amadeo and Chris Zelman will be here to help program your weather radios. NOAA Weather Radios are the official “Voice of the National Weather Service.”

Although we saw some rain last week with some areas getting between and inch and 2-inches, we still need more. There is only a slight chance of rain and that’s for Saturday and Sunday. Right now, that’s only a 20% chance of rain for the Memorial Day weekend. With the area needing rain, the City of Americus is reminding its citizens that Updated Water Restrictions now means there is NO watering between 10am and 4pm Monday through Sunday. These water restrictions are now in effect.

Americus Police are still asking for the community’s help in locating 23-year old Thomas Haugabook II, a person of interest in Friday’s shooting on McCoy Street. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Thomas Haugabook II should call Americus Police, Sumter Sheriff’s Office or 9-1-1 immediately. It was a quiet Monday for APD. An identity fraud was reported to police.

Thefts occurred at 206 Pineview Drive (candidate yard sign) and at 911 Magnolia Street.

A shoplifting incident took place at 1711 E. Lamar Street at Wal-Mart.

A suspicious vehicle complaint was made at 517-B Bessie Mays Circle.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 2:10 this morning at 217 Poplar Street.

Officers did answer 3 miscellaneous and 2 domestic calls in the previous 24-hour period.


Sheriff’s Deputies worked 31 incidents on Monday which included 10 traffic stops. Warnings were issued in those 10 traffic cases. Criminal trespass complaints were made at 865 Highway 45 north and at 609 US 280 east. A bad child complaint was filed at 456 Arch Helms Road. Deputies negotiated a neighbor dispute at Lot 7 244 McMath Mill Road. A domestic disturbance occurred at 533 R W Jones Road.

In the Sumter County Jail today are Damion Marquis Burns for probation violation and Gonzella Yancie for a 4th DUI/ endangering a child while DUI/ striking a fixed object/ failure to maintain lane/ open container/ and driving on a suspended license.