"Local News"

Tuesday May 26th, 2015



The Memorial Day holiday kicks off the summer travel season and is often referred to as the beginning of the 100 Deadly Days of Summer. This past Memorial Day weekend was indeed deadly across Georgia’s highways. 15 people were killed on Georgia’s highways this year during the 78-hour period ending at midnight last night. 8 of the fatalities were worked by GSP and local agencies across the state worked 7. 3 of the statewide fatalities were recorded in Troop G, which covers southwest Georgia. None of the fatalities were recorded here in Sumter County or in the Post 10 patrol area. The next lengthy travel period will be the July 4th weekend.

There is still time to sign up for the Childhood Obesity Program. This Thursday May 28th, the next meeting of the Childhood Obesity Program will be held at the Rec Department on Rucker Street from 6 to 7:30. New enrollees will still be accepted for the program which is for children aged 2 through 18. Both parent AND child must be present for these monthly meetings to receive education, monitoring and the $20 voucher for the free fruits and vegetables. Again, new enrollees are still being accepted so plan to attend the next meeting this Thursday May 28th.

All of a sudden, we find ourselves needing rain. Despite the very wet conditions in April, that hasn’t been the case for most of May. Rain chances have fizzled out for the most part whenever rain is forecast especially yesterday. Rain and thunderstorms are in today’s forecast. In case we miss out on this next rain chance, remember we are under water restrictions. If you live north of Lamar Street, you water on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from midnight until 10:30am. Those living south of Lamar Street will water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from midnight until 10:30. There is NO WATERING at all on Fridays. The restrictions are in place so be mindful of your scheduled watering times.

Have you voted yet for Phoebe Sumter Medical Center as the Most Beautiful Hospital? You can vote daily and often now until the contest ends on June 8th. There is no limit to the number of times you may vote. To vote for Phoebe Sumter go to www.soliant.com/hospitals-2015/vote. Remember, vote and vote often is the key phrase.

The offices of the City of Americus and those at the Sumter County Courthouse will reopen for business today after being closed yesterday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Trash pick-up will be pushed back a day from your normal schedule since there was no pick up yesterday due to the holiday.

 Americus Police were not AS busy on Monday Memorial Day as they were for the entire holiday weekend. Another auto was entered—this time at 528 E. Jefferson Street. Always remember to lock and secure your vehicles. This vehicle was forcibly entered and items were taken.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 142 S. Lee Street.

Robert Terry Westbury was arrested for felony shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

Konic Halton was cited for loud and unnecessary noises at 1E 1130 Felder Street.

A burglary and criminal trespass was investigated at 114-A Hanson Drive.

A criminal attempt and criminal trespass occurred at 302 E. Forsyth Street.

Officers did respond to 4 domestic-related calls yesterday.

There were no reported accidents in the City on Monday.

A hit-n-run accident was reported at 1700 E. Lamar Street.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 71 holiday weekend incidents. There were 18 traffic stops conducted with numerous citations and warnings issued to drivers for various offenses. There was an illegal possession of a controlled substance investigated on Harrold Avenue at the South Campus. 2 cases of harassing phone calls were reported. Burglaries were investigated at 139 Sylvan Road and 125 Harvey Adams Road. Thefts took place from 150 Sylvan Road and 126 Swisher Road. Suspicious person complaints were made at 615 RW Jones Road and 555 Highway 118. There were numerous domestic disturbances over the holiday weekend. Polly M. Keller and Angie Threatt were charged with disorderly conduct at 122 Cartwright Road Extension. Other calls were to 120 Pecan Terrace, 112 North Entrekin Road, 333 Wiggins Road where Charles E. Stewart was charged with disorderly conduct, 124 and 104-A Rainbow Terrace and another call to 120 Pecan Terrace. A suspicious vehicle was reported on Crisp Drive. An auto was entered at 984 Highway 49 south. A trespassing complaint was filed at 1464 Youngs Mill Road. A child molestation case is being investigated.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Tavares Rashawn Caldwell for probation violation; Melvin Kale Crook for probation violation; Raphaela Maria Garcia for aggravated assault and 3rd degree cruelty to children; John Fitzgerald Jones for battery (DVA)/ theft by taking/ and obstruction; Bruce Leonard Lewis holding for USMS; Lewis Mack for DUI/ driving on a suspended license/ obstruction/ open container/ excessive noise/ and child support; Charlie Edward Robinson for obstruction; Desiray Jo Turner for forced entry burglary; and Justin Allen ward for felony escape.