Local News

Wednesday September 28th, 2016



The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is holding another Ladies Hand Gun Safety Course on Thursday October 20th at 6pm at the Sumter County Ag Center. This is the classroom portion of the course. Pre-registration is required due to the limited class size. The shooting range portion of this course will be on Saturday October 22nd. To sign up, call Lt. Andy King or Lt. Tony Bobbitt at 924-4094 ext. 232 or 238. This is a free course and space is limited so sign up today!

The Sumter County BOE will hold a called meeting tomorrow September 29th at 12:30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to approve technology equipment and software bids; middle school renovations; School Resource Officers agreement; tax anticipation note; and personnel matters. The meeting will be held in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The public is welcome to attend.

High school football on Friday night will actually FEEL like football weather! Southland Academy will be at home hosting region rival Deerfield-Windsor and the other area teams will be on the road. Americus-Sumter travels to Cairo for a region game and Marion County will play at Greenville. Schley County is off this week. Kick-off is at 7:30 Friday night for these games.

The community is invited to a concert by internationally known artist David Osborne this Saturday October 1st starting at 6:30pm at First Baptist Church on S. Lee Street. The star-studded event is for the 92nd birthday of former President Jimmy Carter. Osborne has performed for the President for the past 30-years. Special guests will be the David Osborne Trio along with Miss America 2016 and former Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell. She will be performing 3 selections and will be performing with the Trio. The community is invited to attend the concert Saturday night.

Our cooler weather is literally on the way throughout today! Although the rain chances have diminished ahead of the front, some may see a scattered shower during the afternoon before the cooler and drier air arrives overnight. Look for plenty of sunshine with breezy conditions tomorrow and highs in the mid-80s. Lows tonight will drop into the low 60s and Thursday and Friday nights in the low-to-mid 50s. The cooler and drier weather will stay with us into the weekend.

Americus Police had Monday and Tuesday incidents available today. Monday’s dayshift incidents included a bad child complaint at 124 Laurel Circle.

Jalen Hill and William Clinton Moore III were arrested at 1301 Douglas Circle Monday and charged with 1st degree cruelty to children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

An unruly juvenile complaint was filed Monday at 903 Magnolia Street. Another unruly complaint was made yesterday at 2000 Roney Street.

A theft of a bike occurred Monday at 307 E. Lamar Street.

A shoplifting incident Monday was reported at 1408 E. Forsyth Street.

A burglary was investigated yesterday at 100 Heads Avenue.

A criminal trespass complaint was made on W. Glessner Street.

A simple assault (DVA) occurred at 720 N. Lee Street.

A possible child abuse case is under further investigation.

Shanneshia Q. Mitchell was arrested at 202 Hosanna Circle for motor vehicle theft and driving without a license.

Leslie Brook Legg Wellons was arrested for assault and battery at 209 Pineview Drive.

Travis D. Griffin was arrested at 4E 1034 Elm Avenue for assault and battery.

There were several complaints of counterfeit bills yesterday. 2 incidents occurred at 400 Tripp Street where a fake $5 and $10 were reported. A phony $50 bill was turned over at 1101 Crawford Street.

Officers worked a combined 7 domestic-related calls and 3 miscellaneous calls on Monday and Tuesday.

There were 4 accidents yesterday with 1 injury complaint.


Deputies were dispatched to 900 SGT Parkway at Hicks Hall in reference to a burglary. Upon investigation, Marquis D. Bonner was arrested for 1st degree felony burglary. Investigation to a quantity of marijuana found at 121 Laurel Circle is underway. Deputies conducted 5 traffic stops yesterday and issued warnings to drivers. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made at 1681 US 19 south.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Marquis Dontarius Bonner for 1st degree felony burglary; Curtis D. Huling-holding for USMS; Alberto Fernando Islas-holding for USMS; Raven Collette Johnson-back for Court; Shanneshia Qusha Mitchell for theft of an auto and driving while unlicensed; Charley Ann Pickle for probation violation; Desmond L. Scott-holding for USMS; and Derrick J. Truss-holding for USMS.