"Local News"

Tuesday April 14th, 2015



Itís a given now that the Weather Sirens will sound at noon every Wednesday. There is rain in the forecast for Wednesday but UNLESS there is an active Watch or Warning in our immediate area, the Weather Sirens will sound as usual. Be mindful that the sirens will sound even if it raining UNLESS there is an active Watch or Warning at noon tomorrow. This is only the weekly test of the Weather Alert System.

More rain is in our forecast. Today may well be the driest day this week with only a 20-30% chance of scattered showers with possible isolated afternoon thunderstorms. The rain chance doubles to 40% tonight and doubles again on Wednesday to 80%. Forecasters report that some areas will see from 3 to 5-inches of rain for the rest of the week. The system could also produce some heavy rainfall and gusty winds in isolated thunderstorms, very similar to the storm that hit here last Friday. The humidity will be so high today that the expected high in the mid-80s will feel more like the mid-90s. To plan your day, it will be humid with a chance of afternoon showers and highs in the mid-80s today and rain tonight and even better chances on Wednesday.

Itís Day 2 of hydrant testing around town by the Americus Fire and Emergency Services. These are required tests to make sure all hydrants are working properly and for the Cityís ISO rating which has an effect on insurance rates. If you experience cloudy water following a test in your area or neighborhood, you should run your faucet for approximately 15-minutes. If that does not clear the water, call 924-3213 and someone from AFES will come check out the problem for you. This testing will take about a month.

A lookout for a maroon-looking vehicle is underway that was involved in a Saturday night accident involving a 6-year old. Trooper Green stated to Local News that the vehicle was traveling near Pecan Terrace and drove around a parked vehicle after 7pm Saturday evening and the 6-year old ran into the side of the car, bounced back and struck his head on the pavement. He was initially taken to PSMC and then air-lifted to Macon as a precaution. The 6-year old will fully recover. Meanwhile, a witness told GSP that he thought it was a maroon in color vehicle but he was tending to the victim and didnít get a clear look. The car never stopped and drove off.

The Rock ní Run Off-Road Challenge, sponsored by the Americus-Sumter Band, is set for this Saturday April 18th. There will be a 10K, 5K, 1-mile Fun Run and Walk at the Rec Department Complex on US 19 south. Pre-registration ends this Friday April 17th. For more information about Saturdayís events contact Mike Pepito at 815-1841 or Debra Hughes at 942-2262. This is a fundraising event with proceeds benefiting the Americus-Sumter High School Band.

Americus Police had a relatively quiet Monday. A juvenile problem was reported on Mayo Street.

An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 225-A Horton Drive.

Suspicious vehicle and person complaints occurred on the South Georgia Tech Parkway and on N. Mayo Street.

Following a traffic stop on West Furlow, Cassius Terrell Bess was arrested and charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine.

Thefts took place at 8A 701 Davenport Street and at 504 Hartman Street.

Steven Keith Harden was arrested for an outstanding warrant at 103-A 130 Lonnie Lane.

Officers responded to 4 domestic-related calls yesterday and a few miscellaneous calls as well.

No reported accidents yesterday in the City were worked by officers.


Sumter County Sheriffís Deputies worked 24 incidents on Monday. 7 were traffic stops that were conducted. After a stop initiated on US 280 west, Kelly W. Buchanan was cited for a traffic violation. At a stop on US 280 at Thomas Drive, William D. Brewton was issued a traffic citation. On Lamar Street, Aric J. Watts was issued charged with driving on a suspended license.Warnings were given out in the other traffic cases.

A theft was reported at 805 Harrold Avenue. A burglary was investigated on Statham Lake Road at Selma Road. Deputies answered a domestic disturbance call to 234 Lexington Circle. A suspicious person complaint was made on Highway 195 north. Deputies worked a deer-related accident and charged the driver, Gabrielle S. Brown with driving on a suspended license.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Cassius Terrell Bess for failure to obey a stop sign/ possession of marijuana-less than an ounce/ and possession of cocaine; Garry Christian carter holding for USMS; Steven Keith Harden holding for Sylvester PD; and Ronald George Ware for theft by taking a motor vehicle.