"Local News"

Tuesday July 18th, 2017



The investigation into Saturday’s deadly shooting continues. APD and the GBI are investigating the facts and circumstances that led up to the fatal shooting of 24-year old Bradley Jamal Green. The shooting Saturday afternoon at approximately 5:40 occurred in the 500 block of Bell Street, the site of the old Bell Street pool. One of the shooting victims, 23-year old Rodney Jerome Green Jr. was arrested Sunday and has been charged with reckless conduct and giving false statements to police. He was taken to the Sumter County Jail. More charges may be forthcoming as this investigation continues.



Today is the deadline to get your tickets for the 19th annual Boys & Girls Club of Americus/Sumter County’s Steak & Stake charity fundraiser. Today is the deadline to get your individual and corporate tables. Food will need to be ordered by tomorrow and a head count is needed. NO tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the event on July 25th. All tickets must be purchased in advance. For tickets, call Dr. Shirley Green-Reese at 938-3300 or Andrea or Fredia at 924-9119.



The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is at 6 this evening in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the community to attend.


This Thursday July 20th at 5pm, the monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. This meeting is also open for the community to attend.


Space is limited if you plan on attending the “Start Your Own Business Seminar” on July 20th on the SGTC campus. Registration is free but space is limited. Call Carolyn at the Chamber 924-2646 to register or you can register online at www.sumtercountychamber.com. The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, Americus Main Street and South Georgia Technical College are hosting the seminar. Make sure you register today!



Get ready for some drier conditions for a few days but for that to happen, our temperatures will be on the rise into the weekend. Some will see the mid-to-upper 90s on Thursday and Friday with the heat index exceeding 100-degrees. There is a decent shot at some rain in the area this afternoon but things will dry out for a few days before the next chance of rain arrives on Sunday. If you will be outside over the next few days, be aware of the expected heat that will be arriving.



From the Monday Americus Police incidents, 2 unlocked vehicles were entered yesterday around town. The first was at 213 Maple Street and the other was at 114 Falcon Drive. Both vehicles were left unlocked and items were taken from each. Remember, LOCK and SECURE your vehicles at all times and remove items of interest. Overall, Monday was rather quiet.


A civil dispute occurred at 223-A Academy Street.


Lost property was reported at 202 Manhattan Street.


A counterfeit ($20) bill was turned over to officers from 1702 MLK Boulevard.


Officers responded to 4 miscellaneous calls and 1 domestic-related call yesterday.


A hit-n-run accident occurred in the Perlis Plaza parking lot.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 8 traffic stops yesterday. Following a stop on Lamar Road at N. Spring Creek, William F. Reeves was cited for a safety belt violation. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases. Domestic calls were answered at 500 W. Lamar Street and at 515 Bumphead Road. After an incident at 110 Jade Road, Justin B. Sellers was arrested for battery against a person 65 years old or older. A suspicious person complaint was made at 485 Arch Helms Road. A criminal trespass complaint was filed at Lot 40 321 Lacrosse Road. There was a theft at 106 Sylvan Place.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Darian Danvel Barker for battery (DVA); Justin Blake Sellers for battery; and Kentavous Cortez Wilkerson for murder/ aggravated assault/ and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. 1 was sent back to the YDC.