“Local News’

Friday July 22nd, 2016


The City of Americus got a good audit report from Mauldin & Jenkins yesterday during the monthly City Council meeting. They heard from Meredith Lipson who discussed the 2016 Audit Report for calendar year 2015 with the Mayor and City Council and answered several questions. Everyone was pleased with the Audit Report. Council approved 7 sets of bunker gear for AFES at a cost of $17,794 which came in under budget. A new alcohol beverage license was granted for Center Stage Market for the sale of beer and wine off-premise. Council approved the second and final reading calling for a referendum to allow Sunday package sales to be put on the ballot for citizens to vote on in November. Council adopted a written agreement between the Cities of Americus and Andersonville for mutual natural gas assistance. Council approved financial support to the PDA associated with the proposed new roadway at Eaton Lighting. A lease agreement between the City and the PDA related to the leasing of the Americus Customer Service Center was agreed upon. With a few announcements, the meeting was adjourned.

“Locking Arms for Law Enforcement”, a community-wide event is planned for tomorrow morning at 10 at the Public Safety Building downtown. This is the community’s opportunity to come out in force and show our support for all law enforcement, our friends and neighbors. This will NOT be a protest but a peaceful, prayerful gathering. It is hoped to have enough participants to circle the Public Safety Building and unite our community. Everyone is encouraged to participate tomorrow morning.

Another widely scattered thundershower hit our area yesterday afternoon. The area with the heaviest rainfall was eastern and southern parts of the City and County. Here at our Highway 30 studios, we had a quarter-inch of rain to fall while other areas were reporting over an inch. Further south, there were estimates of 4-inches of rain. Those areas did not get the rain on Tuesday when our immediate area did. The rain chances have now been downgraded to a 20-30% chance today through the weekend but highs will reach the mid-to-upper 90s with high heat indices.

Next weekend, July 30th and 31st will be Sales Tax Holidays in Georgia. With school starting for many on August 1st, the Sales Tax Holiday comes at a good time. Shoppers can save on clothing (including footwear) with a sales price of $100 or less per item. Also, computer, computer components and prewritten software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a sales price of $1000 or less per item. School supplies purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20 or less per item, will all be exempt from sales tax.

Overall, Thursday was a rather routine day for Americus Police. 2 thefts of bicycles were reported. The first was at 108 Falcon Drive and the other was at 303 S. Hampton Street.

An animal complaint was filed with police on Ridge Street.

A burglary and criminal trespass occurred at 909 Ridge Street. Another burglary was investigated at 915 Ridge Street.

Following a traffic stop conducted on Spring Street, Michael Wilson was charged with speeding and driving without a license.

At 4:41 this morning, officers were dispatched out to 147 Hosanna Circle where and auto was entered and a criminal trespass had occurred.

Officers responded to 2 domestic-related situations.

There were 2 accidents worked by APD including a deer-involved accident after 3 this morning on US 27 east. No injuries were reported except for the deer.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Investigators recently conducted a drug investigation for an incident on MLK Boulevard. As a result, 2 arrests were made on Wednesday. Arrested and charged with possession of Schedule II controlled substances were Christina D. Pugh and Jessica R. Fountain. Both were jailed. Deputies conducted 7 traffic stops yesterday. At a stop on Lamar at Tripp, Zelda W. Styck was charged with failure to obey a traffic control device. After a stop was made on MLK Boulevard at Rucker, the driver Sherman S. Butts was charged with driving on a suspended license and the passenger and car owner, Shakedrian T. Ross was charged with no proof of insurance and allowing the illegal operation of a motor vehicle. Suspicious vehicle complaints were made on Pryor Road and 375 Lakewood Avenue. Deputies went to a domestic disturbance at 130 Rainbow Terrace. Deputies did work 2 deer-related accidents. Several motorists were also assisted by Deputies yesterday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Clinton Adams for criminal trespass; Shanita Nicole Daniels for felony theft by shoplifting; Jessica Ray Fountain for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; Rodney Deon Green for simple battery and 3rd degree cruelty to children; Rebecca Lee Hancock-holding for Florida; Karl Samuel Jarrett for possession of a Schedule I controlled substance/ possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime/ and DUI; Christina Diane Pugh for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; and Regina Ellen Sanders for probation violation. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday.