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Wednesday March 25th, 2015



The community is encouraged to attend a Community Prayer this evening at 5:30 to be held at Lenny’s Market on Hampton Street in downtown Americus. A community that prays together grows together! Everyone is invited!

Tomorrow night is the next meeting of the Childhood Obesity Prevention program to be held from 6 to 7:30 at the Rec Department at 408 Rucker Street. Both parent and child MUST be present for the monthly meetings to receive education, monitoring and $20 voucher for free fruits and vegetables from Rudy’s Happy Patch. This program is for ages 2 through 18. For more information call Jamie Crozier with Southwest Georgia Health Care at 229-273-8881.

There will be a community Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday March 29th starting at 5pm at the Southeast Park located on Blacksmith Road in Desoto. This community event will feature thousands of eggs, candy, food, drink and entertainment. Please bring your own basket. Everything is free! If you would like to participate or donate to the event contact Cynthia Wright at 815-9226. There will be over 1000 plastic eggs to be found and again, everyone is invited!

It seems no matter who you talk with, everyone says there will always be a cold snap before Easter. Well, our snap is upon us. The changes will start on Friday as winds will be picking up during the day and highs will only be in the 60s. By Friday night, it will drop to the upper 30s and Saturday’s high may not make it to 60. Low-to-mid 30s for Saturday night will be some of the coldest temperatures for this time of the year. A slow warming trend will then set in on Monday. Just remember that if you have plants out, you may want to make sure they are covered as some areas could see frost this weekend.

A free Ladies Hand Gun Safety Course hosted by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office will be held on Saturday April 25th at the Sumter County Ag Center starting at 8:30am. Pre-registration is required due to the limited class size. Call 924-4094 ext. 221 or 232 and talk with Lt. Andy King or Melinda Davis. Participants will need to bring your own weapon, 30 rounds of ammunition and your firearm carry permit. If you do not have a permit, bring your personal ID for background check purposes. Call today and pre-register.

Americus Police made 2 shoplifting arrests following an incident at 103 W. Jefferson Street. Cassandra Candice Carter and Joseph Robert Sipe were arrested and charged with shoplifting.

A theft took place from 163-C Lakeview Circle.

A public indecency complaint was made on Tom Hall Circle.

Following a traffic stop on MLK Boulevard, Walter Jerome Carter IV was arrested for probation violation.

At 1:49 this morning, a traffic stop on N. Lee Street resulted in the arrest of Danny Hartage for DUI and expired registration. He was also arrested for an outstanding warrant.

A forced entry burglary at 1:08 this morning was investigated at 809 Georgia Avenue.

There was a hit-n-run accident in the parking lot of 1206 Crawford Street.

Only 1 accident reported yesterday with no injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies had another fairly quiet day and night on Tuesday. 3 traffic stops were conducted.  At a stop on the Southerfield Road, Daniel E. Higgs was cited for knowingly driving a vehicle with suspended registration. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases. Deputies answered civil calls to 918 Youngs Mill Road, 150 Howard Johnson Road and 808 Upper River Road. A theft occurred from 109 Aster Drive. A deposit account fraud case is being investigated. Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at 104-B Rainbow Terrace. All totaled there were 21 incidents on Tuesday.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Danny Hartage for failure to appear; Jancinta Tyisha McCoy for battery; Henry Eugene Sheffield for driving on a suspended license/ fleeing and attempting to elude/ knowingly driving a motor vehicle with suspended registration/ and no insurance; and Tyrone James Thompson holding for Court.