"Local News"

Tuesday April 26th, 2016



23-year old stabbing victim Brandon Douglas died yesterday afternoon in a Macon hospital. He was stabbed Saturday morning, taken to Phoebe Sumter and then airlifted to Macon in critical condition. He passed away just after 4:30 yesterday afternoon. 24-year old Kierra Warren, who was initially charged with aggravated assault in connection with this case, has now been charged with murder and remains in the Sumter County Jail. This is now 3 domestic-related murders to occur in the City of Americus in less than 4 months—1 in January, 1 in February and now this one in April. From Monday’s Americus Police incident reports, an auto was entered, theft and criminal trespass occurred at 208 Brookwood Lane. A window was smashed to gain entry to the vehicle.

A theft took place at Weeks Trailer Park at 916.5 MLK Boulevard.

Lost property was reported at C4 107 Knollwood Drive.

Following a traffic stop on Cherokee Street, Lisa Michell Bell was arrested for her 3rd offense of driving on a suspended license, for driving the wrong way on a one-way street and no proof of insurance.

An animal case occurred at 106 Bronco Drive.

Officers responded to 2 domestic calls and worked 2 accidents yesterday in the City with no reported injuries.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds Georgians that today is the deadline to register to vote for the May 24th General Primary and Nonpartisan Election.  Georgians can register to vote using the Secretary of State’s online voter registration system or the GA Votes smart phone app. You can also go to the Elections Office and register to vote or check on your status. Several other important dates are also fast approaching for those wanting to vote in the May 24th election. Advance in-person or early voting begins this Monday May 2nd. Georgia law also requires the polls to be open on Saturday May 14th in all 159 counties for Georgians to vote in the May 24th election. If you are NOT registered to vote, then today is the deadline to become eligible!

With early voting starting on Monday May 2nd, here are a couple of reminders of some things you need to be aware of. James Knox, Democratic candidate for United States Senator, has officially withdrawn from seeking the office but his name WILL appear on the ballots. It will be posted at all polling places stating if you vote for the withdrawn candidate that all votes cast shall be void and not counted. Also, Bobby Scott, Republican Candidate for Georgia Congressional District 2, has died and therefore is no longer a candidate. All votes cast for such a deceased candidate will be void and not counted.

Hydrant testing is well underway now in the City of Americus by AFES. If you have cloudy or discolored water after such a test in your neighborhood, run your faucets for 10-15 minutes to clear up the problem. If this doesn’t, call AFES at 924-3213 for assistance.

This Friday April 29th is Relay for Life for Americus and Sumter County. This year it all starts at 6pm as the annual event returns to Robinson Wilson Stadium on the North Campus. Make your plans now to attend.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 25 Monday incidents with only 2 traffic stops. After a stop was made on MLK Boulevard at US 280 west, Malissa a. Davis was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device. 1 warning was also issued. Deputies responded to a vehicle fire at 904 Hooks Mill Road and picked up Tyran D. Brown on a shoplifting charge. Thefts took place from 3390 Highway 195 north and at 447 Ed Stephens Road. Civil complaints were made at 126 Irene Drive and 3390 Highway 195 north. Domestic disturbances occurred at 133 Highway 308 and 156-A Forest Park Road. A suspicious vehicle complaint was filed in the Newt Bailey-Upper River Road area.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Javaris Antwon Dariso for criminal trespass; Rishawn Lamar Johnson for felony failure to appear; Alonzo King Lewis for southwestern probation and failure to appear; Laquida Cimone Mable for aggravated assault; and Quinton Ferell Wilson for obstruction/ felony theft by taking/ possession of marijuana-less than an ounce/ failure to maintain lane/ DUI/ and speeding. 2 bonded out of jail yesterday.