“Local News’

Friday January 13th, 2017



2 robbery suspects are still being sought after an all night search. Deputies and other law enforcement officers searched the night in locations around Sumter County following up on leads they had. This all started yesterday when 2 white male suspects entered Double D Fast Foods on Felder Street around 12:30 and robbed the store. The 2 reportedly fled the store on foot and went west on Felder only to enter the woods and elude law enforcement. It is now believed that there was a getaway vehicle parked nearby that gave the 2 a head start. This search will continue until the suspects are in jail.

The first official BOE meeting was held last night. Before the meeting began, Superintendent Dr. Torrance Choates presided and held an election for Board Chair. Dr Michael Busman was re-elected as Board Chair and then resumed the meeting. Rick Barnes was elected Vice-Chair. Jimmy Skipper was named the local Board attorney and the firm of Harbin-Hartley & Hawkins was the school law attorneys. The Americus Times-Recorder was named the legal organ. The Board was updated and had questions from Ombudsman. No decision was made as Board members wanted to look at the information presented to them. The Board approved the financial report, accounts payables and preliminary cash flow reports. A portable air compressor was declared as surplus property. A Connections for Classrooms grant was accepted under technology. The BOE meetings calendar for 2017 was approved. A United States-Japan Foundation grant was also accepted. The meeting moved to closed session for personnel and back in open session, 1 retirement and 2 resignations were accepted; 1 was terminated; 3 were hired; 3 family medical leaves were granted; and 1 long term substitute was hired. With nothing further, the meeting was adjourned.

Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, Inc. is now recruiting for Head Start/ Early Head Start for the 2017-2018 school year. This is a federally-funded program designed to meet the needs of preschool children, ages 0-5, pregnant women and their families. Early Head Start students MUST be 6-weeks to 3-years old. A pregnant woman may be any age. Head Start students must be 3 or 4-years old by September 1st, 2017. Applications will be taken from 8am until 4pm starting Tuesday January 17th. For more information contact the Child Development Center on Cherokee Street.

The Calvary Episcopal Church’s Boar’s Head Feast is tomorrow night starting at 6:30 at the church. Tickets are on sale for $40 each. Pre-paid reservations are required. Call the church at 924-3908 today and make your reservation.

The annual fundraising theater event for the Sumter County Friends of the Public Library is Saturday January 28th and Sunday the 29th at the library. For more information or tickets, call 924-8091.

Americus Police were busy on Thursday. Thefts occurred from 901 Park Row, 710 Sunny Dale Circle and apartment 205 140 Lonnie Lane.

Harassing phone calls were reported.

Officers responded to 325 Crawley Street where 63-year old Samuel Tyner was pronounced deceased from cardiac arrest.

An auto was entered at 11E 1130 Felder Street.

A forced entry burglary was investigated which had resulted in the theft of a puck up truck at 615 E. Church Street. The pick up was later recovered but the burglary investigation continues.

A hit-n-run accident was reported at 114 Falcon Drive.

Officers worked 5 Thursday accidents around town with 1 injury complaint. An accident investigation from Wednesday was completed and Bakari Xavier Edwards was arrested for driving without a license and following too closely.

There were 3 miscellaneous calls answered by officers yesterday.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies made 11 traffic stops yesterday. On the SGT Parkway, Frank L. Griff was charged with failure to maintain insurance and driving with suspended registration. Another stop was conducted on the SGT Parkway and Cherie D. Baisden was charged with driving with suspended registration. A stop on S. Lee Street was made and Derek A. Sims was arrested for DUI, driving with a suspended license and failure to obey a stop sign. Damage to property was reported at 385 Highway 30 west. Deputies went to several calls about livestock in the roadway in the Bumphead Road area. Deputies assisted in serving a warrant from Muscogee County at 168 Blacksmith Road and arrested Nicholas Walton. A domestic call was answered at 828 McMath Mill Road. There was a suspicious person complaint made on US 280 west at McMath Mill Road. 1 deer-related accident was worked by a Deputy yesterday.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Qwinterrious Jerod Dodson for probation violation; Derrotis Kerioth Holmes-holding for USMS; Adrian Arkeedous Moore-holding for USMS; Joseph Lee Simmons for probation violation; Derek Antwan Sims for DUI/ driving while license is withdrawn/ and failure to yield; Nehemiah Mark Sowell for child support-civil contempt; Nicholas Jerome Walton-holding for Muscogee County; and Christian Tyrone White for possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony/ armed robbery/ kidnapping/ and aggravated assault. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday.