Local News

Wednesday May 25th, 2016



The May Primary is in the books and there will not be any run-offs. Democratic contested winners from yesterday included Cortisa Barthell as Superior Court Clerk with 1466 votes, Misty  Harry with 263 and Chelsea Cromer with 166. In contested Republican races, incumbent Sheriff Pete Smith defeated challenger Phillip Daniel 2407 to 1031. For Coroner, Scott Aldridge had 1981 votes to 1072 for Bobby Harris. In November, incumbent Greg Hancock and Scott Aldridge will face off for Coroner. State Representative 138 went to incumbent Mike Cheokas who carried Sumter County 1991 to 804 for Tommy Pilcher. Cheokas carried all of the counties in 138 and will face opposition from Bill McGowan in November. In non-partisan races, 2-year at-large BOE went to incumbent Sylvia Roland 2973 to Michael Coley Sr.’s 2218. For Probate Judge, Stephanie Bennett defeated Michael Green 2810 to 2317. Superior Court Judge to replace Judge George Peagler was decided amongst the voters in the Southwestern Judicial Circuit counties. In Sumter County, Jimmie Brown had 2414 votes, Lewis Lamb 1748 and Kevin Kwashnak 673. Jimmie Brown won the other counties to assume the Superior Court Judgeship.

According to City Manager Steve Kennedy, the City of Americus has received the reimbursement payment from their insurance carrier related to the misuse of funds claim involving former Public Works Director Bernard Kendrick. The reimbursement amount is $270,500 and represents the claim filed with Traveler’s Insurance for $271,500—less the City’s deductible of $1000. These funds will be returned to the City’s Storm Water Fund which is where the misused funds originated from.

A NOAA weather Radio programming event will be held at Walgreen’s this afternoon from 4 to 7pm. WALB-TV meteorologists Yolanda Amadeo and Chris Zelman will be here at Walgreen’s to program Midland Weather radios that will be available at a discounted price this afternoon. These NOAA weather radios are recommended for every home, school and business by the Department of Homeland Security. Sumter County Emergency Management hopes you will be proactive when it comes to the safety of you and your loved ones by getting a NOAA weather radio and stay informed.

WALB-TV will be here in Americus again tomorrow, broadcasting their 6pm newscast from downtown Americus. Come out early and see the set-up and meet the news anchors.

Memorial Day kicks off what has been described as the 100 Deadly Days of Summer. This is because it’s the unofficial start of the summer driving period, going on vacations and such. It’s also a time when people head to the rivers and lakes and enjoy boating which can also be a deadly venture if you don’t obey the rules of the water just like obeying the rules of the road. Law enforcement will be out and about to make sure you and your family are safe this holiday weekend and throughout the summer.

Americus Police had a rather busy Election Day Tuesday. A theft occurred at 601 Harrold Avenue.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 629.5 E. Forsyth Street.

A suspicious person complaint was filed with police at 118 Redrick Drive.

Several shoplifting arrests were made. Antonio Worth was arrested and charged with shoplifting at 103 W. Jefferson at Dollar General. Jarkell Devontae Fann was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. Jamal Rashad Welborn was arrested for shoplifting at 1408 E. Forsyth at Dollar General. Another shoplifting incident was reported at Wal-Mart.

An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 102 Tom Hall Circle.

Following a traffic stop by Trooper Cladd last night on MLK Boulevard, Clarence Anthony Barker was arrested for DUI.

A forced entry burglary, theft and criminal trespass at 4:04 this morning are under investigation at 1537-A N. Jackson Street.

Officers worked 2 domestic and 2 miscellaneous incidents yesterday.

There was 1 accident worked by APD with no reported injuries.


Tuesday was a relatively quiet day for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies with a total of 19 incidents worked. 7 of the 19 were traffic stops. At a stop on US 49 north, Kadijah R. Banks was charged with speeding. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 259 Lacrosse Road. A burglary was investigated at 152 Dogwood Hills Drive. A suspicious vehicle was reported on Floyd Drive. Deputies did answer domestic disturbance calls to 185 Lawhorn Subdivision and at 127 W. Robin Hill Drive where Marquis J. McCoy was arrested for battery. There was 1 accident worked by a Deputy.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Kayshon Quadrius Lyles for a City bench warrant; Marquis Jamil McCoy for battery (Family Violence); Gunner Lee Phipps for probation violation; and Jamal Rashad Welborn for theft by shoplifting. 1 was released yesterday due to time served.