“Local News’

Friday February 16th, 2024


The Agenda-setting meeting of the Mayor and Americus City Council moved right along for the most part last evening. There were times of discussion but most items were placed on the consent agenda for next week’s monthly meeting. There will be two items up for a vote next week. Council will need to approve a transit cost approval and a rezoning request will be heard for approval. The meeting next week will begin at 6pm in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown.

The Sumter County BOE held its monthly meeting last night. Everything from the Monday work session was moved to the consent agenda and was passed unanimously last night. Included was the personnel slate of 1 retirement; 3 resignations; 2 transfers; and 3 long term subs that were hired. There was a lengthy portion of the meeting and that was over an hour-long Q & A session with Architect Greg Smith of Buckley & Associates concerning the many ongoing projects. He presented the projects and was grilled on several items under each by Boardmembers. The meeting ended with a reminder about the early release and parent conference day today and the mid-winter break and Presidents Day holiday on Monday. Drivers should take note that school busses will be running routes on your lunch hour today due to the early release of students.

Today is the 17th annual Josh Willis Memorial Blood Drive held in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church from 8:15 until 6 this evening. Those with appointments will receive top priority but any and all walk-ins will be welcomed as the blood supplies need desperately to be replenished.

A lot of visitors will be in town tomorrow for the SOLD-OUT Women’s Wine and Chocolate Walk throughout downtown Americus. People will be coming in from all over the southwest Georgia area for this annual event.

Farmers and producers can now call 924-4476 and sign up for the Pecan Production meeting. This will be a noon meeting on Tuesday February 20th in the auditorium in the Sumter County Ag Center at 127 William Bowen Pointe. Pesticide credit will be given upon completing paperwork at the meeting you attend. The last meeting this month is on Thursday the 22nd at 6pm and will be a Disease and Fertility meeting.

Late yesterday afternoon Americus Police Chief Mark Scott issued a press release concerning the latest shooting incident and death on Wednesday evening. The shooting victim was 23-year old Jacoby J. Pride of Americus and 29-year old Ykecia S. Clayton of Warner Robins was shot and taken to and stabilized at PSMC before being transferred to Phoebe Putney in Albany. At the scene at 701 Davenport Street, 32-year old Marquis D. Wilkerson of Americus was initially arrested for probation violation but further investigation led to him as the shooting suspect. He was taken into custody and charges are pending. The GBI is assisting with this investigation.

It was a rather quiet Thursday around town. Criminal trespass complaints were made at 1536 E. Forsyth Street and at 1480 E. Forsyth Street.

A motor vehicle theft was reported at 88-B Barbara Battle Way.

A suspicious incident was checked out at 113 Horton Drive.

A stalking incident is under further investigation.

Kanorris D. Reddick was arrested yesterday for two outstanding warrants from 2023 incidents. He was arrested for aggravated assault; criminal trespass; 3rd degree cruelty to children; battery (FVA); and theft from the first case. His second outstanding warrant was for theft by taking.

Officers answered two domestic-related calls and one miscellaneous call yesterday.

APD worked four traffic crashes around town yesterday that had no reported injuries. An APD Police SUV was struck by a deer on Rose Avenue before 11:30 last night causing severe damage. Trooper Nguyen worked that accident for APD.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy with daytime traffic stops and then a Road Check last night. At a stop on Highway 27, Deatric M. Smith was charged with speeding. After a stop on Upper River Road at Southland Road, Leigh A. Peters was charged with speeding. At the road check last night on US 280E at Felder, Robert Averiett was arrested for obstruction and criminal interference with government property plus additional charges. Another stop on Felder at US 280E was made and Saul C. Segundo was arrested for driving while unlicensed. Deputies negotiated a neighbor dispute at 989 Highway 30W. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 222 Youngs Mill Road. One domestic-related call was answered. Two activated alarms were checked out. Deputies went to Highway 308 at Salters Mill Road for livestock in the roadway. A suspicious vehicle was seen in the area of 1944 Brady Road.

In the Sumter County Jail: Robert Lee Averiett for obstruction/ possession f marijuana/ possession of receiving a stolen forearm/ felony theft/ criminal damage to government property/ possession of a stolen vehicle/ and felony probation violation; Kanorris DeShawn Reddick for theft by taking/ 3rd degree cruelty to children/ criminal trespass (FVA)/ aggravated assault/ and battery (FVA); and Marquis Dantrell Wilkerson for failure to appear and probation violation (with other charges pending). Seven were released from jail after posting bond.