"Local News"



Wednesday April 22nd, 2015



Shooting suspect Darrin Kenneth Ross remains in critical condition in the Macon Medical Center today after shooting himself as a chase in Cordele came to an end yesterday morning. Ross was the main suspect in Monday’s shooting death of Corey Willis and Quanesha Lashon Brown on N. Jackson Street and Tonya Annette Ross on E. Lester Street. He stole a 1997 Buick LaSabre from E. Lester Street and the lookout given on that vehicle was what got Crisp County Deputies attention yesterday in Cordele. A brief chase left the vehicle stuck in a field off 3rd Street. When the vehicle was approached by authorities, Ross shot himself. He was transported to the Macon Medical Center. Arrest warrants were issued for Darrin Kenneth Ross on Monday afternoon. Investigation continues into the three murders.

A Turf Management Class will be held at noon tomorrow April 23rd at the Sumter County Ag Center at 127 William Bowen Pointe. There will be a sponsored meal so call 924-4476 today and register. Earn one hour credit towards your Commercial Pesticide Category 24Ornamental and Turf License and/or one hour credit towards your Private Pesticide License. UGA Turf Grass Specialist Dr. Clint Waltz will present the program.

The Childhood Obesity Prevention Program meeting is tomorrow night from 6 to 7:30 at the Rec Department at 408 Rucker Street. This will be the last meeting to enroll in this program as a NEW participant. All meetings going forward will be with the current participants only. Both parent AND children must be present for monthly meetings to receive education, monitoring and the $20 voucher for fruits and vegetables. For more information call Jamie Crozier at 229-273-8881 ext 11.

The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners will be at 6pm this evening in the Commissioners Room at the Courthouse. The meeting is open for the public to attend.

The Mayor and City Council will meet at 5pm tomorrow afternoon in the Lecture Hall of the Nursing Building on the GSW Campus. The community is invited to attend. This may well be the last meeting at this location as the last minute details on the renovated Public Safety Building are completed.

The City of Americus will host the quarterly Community Clean Up Day this Saturday April 25th from 9am until 12noon. Dumpsters will be located at the old Harvey’s building on S. Lee Street and the corner of Highway 30 and Armory Drive for residents use. Gloves, vests and trash bags will be provided for volunteers. A truck will also be running the designated clean up routes providing water. Volunteers are asked to meet at City Hall at 101 W. Lamar Street beginning at 9am on Saturday. For more information call the Americus Welcome Center at 928-6059.

Americus Police had a calm Tuesday. A traffic stop on Douglas Circle resulted in the arrest of Douglas Jeffrey Patterson for failure to maintain lane and a seat belt violation.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 12-E 1130 Felder Street.

A theft took place at 329 W. Lamar Street.

Harassing phone calls and a domestic situation occurred at 103 Appleblossom Lane.

A hit-n-run accident was reported at 506 Barlow Street.

There was 1 accident reported with no injuries.

A reminder that the Public Safety Building parking lot is closed while repaving is underway. Weather permitting, the job should be completed by tomorrow afternoon.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 20 incidents on Tuesday. 10 traffic stops were conducted. On MLK Boulevard, William K. Miller was cited for passing a school bus while loading/unloading students. At a stop on the Lamar Road, Jose J. Gonzalez was charged with speeding. William H. Thomas was charged with speeding on US 19 north.  Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases. A suspicious person response was made to Highway 30. Deputies had 1 accident yesterday on Bailey and Allen Streets.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Dwight L. Eady holding for USMS; Demory Lawrence Herrin holding for USMS; Roy Kentrell Sims for aggravated assault; and David Lee Stewart for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime/ possession of marijuana-less than an ounce/ and possession of methamphetamine.