"Local News"

Tuesday June 21st, 2016



US 280 east in the area of Fatboys was reopened to traffic around 2am this morning following investigation into a tragic 3-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon that claimed the life of an Americus man. The accident occurred at approximately 5:11 yesterday afternoon. A log truck, driven by James Scott Layfield was eastbound on its way to the mill in Cordele when an Kia Forte’ driven by A’Vio’sha C. Walker turned left onto 280 in front of the log truck. The log truck could not stop in time and struck the vehicle and crossed the centerline and hit a westbound flatbed truck driven by Christopher L. White which was carrying lumber. The flatbed truck and the lumber caught on fire. There were reports of logs and lumber scattered all over 280. SCF&R responded and received mutual aid from Crisp County in dealing with the fire. Black smoke could be seen for miles from the crash scene. Sheriff’s Deputies, the Ga. State Patrol and others were on the scene. US 280 was closed to traffic in Crisp County and were re-routed by Crisp County Deputies to Americus by traveling on US 27. Last night after 9:30, Coroner Greg Hancock told Local News that the fatality was 39-year old Christopher L. White of an Irene Drive address, the driver of the flatbed truck with the lumber that burned. 2 other drivers sustained injuries and were taken by EMS for treatment. The SCRT arrived and their investigation began to determine the actual cause of the accident. As the investigation continues today, no charges have been filed as of this morning.

The Sumter County Board of Commissioners meets at 6 this evening in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. This meeting is open for the community to attend.

On Thursday afternoon at 5, the monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. This meeting is also open for the community to attend. By attending meetings of this type as well as the BOE, you become a better informed citizen and taxpayer and you get the information first-hand.

The regular monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans will be held at 7 this evening at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. All members and friends are invited.

Also this Thursday June 23rd, the Chamber is hosting a Jimmy Buffett-inspired “Business After Hours” at Lakeshore Marine in Cobb as part of the “Changes in latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” membership campaign which is underway. The event will feature live music from Andy T and his Steel Drums and some Caribbean-inspired food by Little Brothers Bistro. Reservations are requested so call the Chamber at 924-2646 or chamber@sumtercountychamber.com to RSVP.

Americus Police had a pretty busy Monday. 3 autos were entered. Locations around town included 523 Wildwood Circle, 1902 Roney Street and 103 Woodcrest Court.

A simple battery and false imprisonment from a domestic situation occurred at 712 Oak Avenue.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 1001 Ridge Street, 913 Magnolia Street and at 402 Mayo Street.

A criminal attempt of entering an auto was reported at 119-B Country Club Drive.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 7E 110 Knollwood Drive.

An aggravated assault case is being investigated where shots were fired at 403 Rogers Street.

Irma Thomas was arrested at 166-B Lakeview Circle for a City noise violation.

Officers did answer 4 total domestic-related calls as well as 4 miscellaneous calls yesterday.

There was 1 minor accident yesterday with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 4 traffic stops yesterday. A suspicious vehicle was stopped on McMath Mill Road around the YDC and Deryl Ackley was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. Deputies responded to threats at 477 Parkers Crossing. A theft took place at 191 Graystone Drive. A burglary was investigated at Lot K 151 Fox Stephens Road. Damage to property was reported at 1080-A US 280 west. A suspicious person complaint was made at 178 Buttercup Lane. Deputies also assisted with the accident scene yesterday afternoon which lasted into the early morning hours with clean up.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Deryl Ackley for possession of methamphetamine; Dennis Hooks for southwestern probation; Brianna Matte Johnson for battery against a pregnant female and 3rd degree cruelty to children; Earl Wayne Moore for 1st degree felony burglary and theft by receiving stolen property; Harold Santaro Pope for aggravated assault/ theft by taking/ and 2-counts of battery; and Michael Lee Segovia for criminal solicitation. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday.