Local News

Wednesday August 24th, 2016



A 30% chance of possible showers turned out to be a rather intense late afternoon/early evening storm yesterday. The skies begin to darken before 6 and moments later, booming thunder and brilliant lightning could be seen coming from the south. A Severe Weather Alert was issued shortly after 6 once the radar picked up on the severity of the storm. There were some reports of limbs and trees being downed but nothing like areas south of Sumter County saw. That will not be the weather scenario for today. As a matter of fact, expect drier conditions for the next few days and by that meaning it won’t be as sticky if you have to be outside. Lows at night will reflect this drier spell with lows in the upper 60s likely until the start of the weekend. Highs will be in the 90s but it won’t feel as hot due to less humidity. This also means that the high school football games will be a little more comfortable on Friday night.

Celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service tomorrow August 25th. Party at the Park will be held at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains starting at 6pm. There is free admission for an evening concert at Plains High School featuring Brent Cobb; Brandon Wheeler; Luke Martin; and Lee Pilcher. Everyone is invited. Remember, the use and possession of alcoholic beverages within National Park Service areas is NOT allowed and smoking on NPS property is also prohibited.

We’ve all heard about and have seen the devastation in Louisiana from recent flooding and all the assistance that is needed. However, now you need to be made aware of scams of fake disaster relief that is beginning to show up and be reported. Some people have reported that they have received phone calls seeking disaster aid for these flood victims but in reality are just after YOUR money. YOU decide on how you can help by researching charities before you donate. Take time to make sure your money is REALLY going to help those in need. Never give your personal or financial information to anyone on the phone. Just remember that not all organizations with charitable-sounding names are actually charities. Again, YOU decide!

High school football in the area this week: Southland Academy is the only area team playing at home. The Raiders will be hosting Westwood Friday night with an 8pm kick-off. Playing on the road will be Schley County at Calhoun County with a 7:30 start; Marion County will play at Chattahoochee County at 7:30; and the Americus-Sumter Panthers will begin the season on the road to Cordele to play Crisp County at 7:30 in the renewal of the Battle of the Flint. With the slightly drier weather in place the weather will not be as humid for the games Friday night.

Americus Police are still on the lookout for the 2nd shooting suspect in Monday’s argument over money that led to gunfire. 19-year old Shantario Hardy Jr. has been on the run ever since Monday night. He is the reported second shooter that started when William Clinton Moore-18, was shot by 21-year old Hakeem Deon Barthell. Hardy then reportedly shot Barthell, fled the scene and is still on the move. If anyone knows of the whereabouts of Shantario Hardy Jr., contact APD Detectives at 924-4550 or 911. In other police action from Tuesday, 3 autos were entered. 2 were at 1108 and 1605-A Washington Street and the other was parked on Harrold Avenue.

A theft occurred at 1016-B Elizabeth Street.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 253-C Lonnie Lane (vehicle) and 1420 Parker Street (window).

A street robbery is under investigation at 909 Elizabeth Street last night.

Reported drug activity in the Davenport Street area is being investigated.

Officers responded to 1 domestic-related incident and 1 miscellaneous call in the previous 24-hour period.


A female driver escaped serious injuries earlier today at approximately 8:35 in a 1-vehicle accident on US 19 north at Bear Branch Creek. A 2010 Escape driven by 24-year old Caitlyn Landrum of Douglasville, left the roadway and traveled some 500-feet in the median and went down an embankment before her SUV came to rest. Had she hit the guardrail, she could have been seriously injured as well as if her SUV flipped upon dropping some 20-feet before coming to rest. Sumter Fire and Rescue, Goldstar EMS, Sheriff’s Deputies and Trooper David Greene with the State Patrol were all on the scene. She told those first on the scene that she looked down for a moment and the next thing she knew she was at the creek. Trooper Greene stated that initial charges are failure to maintain lane but it also shows that distracted driving can result in serious consequences. *Check out pictures on WISK/WDEC Facebook*

Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance yesterday at 125 Rainbow Terrace. A theft took place at 1547 US 280 west. Damage to property was reported at 324 McMath Mill Road. Deputies conducted 2 traffic stops yesterday. A civil complaint was made at 343 King Drive. During the evening storm, wires were reported downed at 523 Old Dawson Road. Deputies worked 2 accidents with 1 involving a deer.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Correlius Manqwel Barker for southwestern probation and child support; Martin Andrew Lyles for criminal trespass and felony theft by taking; and Christopher Bernard Worth for probation violation/ felony theft by shoplifting/ and giving a false name to law enforcement.