"Local News"

Tuesday November 24th, 2015



The annual Americus Christmas Parade is Thursday December 3rd at 7pm in downtown Americus. If you haven’t already picked up an application and returned it, you have until Monday November 30th to do so. Drop by the Americus Welcome Center at 101 W. Lamar Street and get your application but do take note that it HAS TO BE RETURNED by November 30th. With the offices of the City of Americus closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday this week, you only have a small window to pick up and return your application.

Wreaths Across America, a national program that encourages individuals, community groups and families to sponsor wreaths for placement in national cemeteries across the United States returns to the Andersonville National Historic Site on December 12th. At noon on Dec. 12th, the Civil Air Patrol will conduct a brief ceremony honoring America’s armed forces in the Andersonville National Cemetery. The ceremony is open to the public. Also, don’t forget that you can also drop off toys for the Toys for Tots campaign in the lobby of the National Prisoner of War Museum. The last day to drop off toy donations is Thursday December 10th.

The long 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period kicks off at 6pm on Wednesday evening. Law enforcement will make it a priority during this travel period to make sure you obey the speed limit, are buckled up properly and are not driving impaired. Expect to see law enforcement highly visible if you will be on the road. With lower gas prices, there is a good chance than this will be the most traveled Thanksgiving holiday since 2008. If you will be drinking at anytime during this holiday period, whether you are a AAA member or not, you can call for a Tow to Go ride anytime Wednesday through Saturday night and AAA will then safely transport you and your vehicle home or somewhere safe within 10-miles. Simply call 1-855-286-9246 if you need this service.

The community is invited to take part in a public forum on Monday November 30th to meet the candidates for the next City of Americus Police Chief. This forum will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building and citizens will be able to ask questions in this open meeting format. This forum will be from 6-7pm on Monday Nov. 30th.

From the Monday Police incident reports, a case of identity fraud is being investigated.

A traffic stop conducted on MLK Boulevard for speeding is under further investigation with charges pending.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 303 E. Dodson Street, 320-B Russell Street and at 205-A Bessie Mays Circle.

Thefts occurred at 209 Habitat Street and 551 Hosanna Circle.

A forced entry burglary is being investigated at 1406 Lafayette Street.

A suspicious person complaint was filed with police at 606 Mayo Street.

A shoplifting incident was reported at 704 N. Lee Street.

17-year old Quentavious Mathis was charged with criminal trespass and 2 juveniles charged with unruly and criminal trespass for an incident at 416 W. Furlow Street.

A juvenile was arrested at 12:16 this morning at 42-B Brinson Drive for unruly juvenile and curfew violation.

A hit-n-run accident was reported at 104 Appleblossom Lane.

There were only 3 miscellaneous calls answered by officers yesterday and only 2 accidents with “1 fatality”. That was on MLK Boulevard when a deer failed to yield right of way and was struck and killed last night.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 29 incidents on Monday with just 3 traffic stops included. After a stop was conducted on Lamar Street at Dudley, Kevin C. Deriso was cited for failure to maintain insurance. Warnings were issued in the other 2 traffic cases. A suspicious vehicle was reported on the Southerfield Road. Domestic disturbances were answered at 604 Shiloh Road and 333 Wiggins Road. Harassing phone calls were reported. A suspicious person complaint was filed at 413 N. Bond Street. A hit-n-run accident occurred on the Hooks Mill Road. Deputies worked 8 accidents yesterday with 6 of them deer-related.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Jermaine Bryant for City contempt; Dwayne Keith Carter for probation violation/ theft by receiving stolen property/ fleeing or attempting to elude/ driving on a suspended license/ reckless driving/ headlight requirements/ and failure to obey a stop sign; Quantavious Quashon Mathis for criminal trespass; Michael Pless for child support; and Debra Denise Pride for southwestern probation.