“Local News’

Friday February 17th, 2017



An escapee’s run to freedom was only a short trip yesterday. Bryan Richard Smith was last seen around noon yesterday. It was believed that a white female picked him up while he was on a detail around Transwaste across from the Sumter County Jail. The 2 were last seen leaving in a silver or gray Jeep Cherokee that had Gordon County plates. Before 4 yesterday afternoon, the 2 were apprehended in Adairsville in Bartow County in northwest Georgia. Smith was returned to Sumter County last evening. His accomplice has not been identified but will be facing numerous charges.

Today’s the day for the Josh Willis Memorial Blood Drive in the Fellowship Hall at 1st Baptist Church. The blood drive will end at 6 this evening. Those that made prior appointments get top priority today but all walk-ins will be welcomed. Please have a photo ID with you when you come to donate blood today.

The Sumter County Board of Commissioners annual retreat is tomorrow morning at 8am at Bison Valley Lodge located at 1085 Tallent Store Road. This meeting is open for the community to attend.

The Educational Job Fair hosted by the Sumter County School system is from 9am until noon tomorrow at the Rees Park Economic Development Center. This is a recruitment fair to hire educators who are certified in elementary or secondary education. For more information, call the SCS Human Resources Department at 931-8500.

The Walk of Fame Committee of the City of Americus will hold a meeting on Monday afternoon February 20th at 5:30 in the boardroom at the Public Safety Building downtown. The community is invited to attend.

Call 924-4476 today and make a reservation for a sponsored meal during the Weed Control Meeting for all crops at 6pm Monday at the Sumter County Ag Center. UGA Specialists will present Monday’s program. By attending you can earn 1-hour credit towards your private and/or commercial pesticide license.

Sumter County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is looking for volunteers who may be interested in receiving training on search and rescue and emergency preparedness. The next CERT meeting is Tuesday February 21st at 6pm at the old National Guard building on Adderton Street. CERT meets the third Tuesday every month and would love to see some new faces. For questions, contact CERT coordinators Lindsay Joiner at 942-4977 or Robin Albritton at 938-5149.

Americus Police had a number of entered autos yesterday and all were in the same vicinity if town. Autos were entered at K-1 Southland Heights Apartments (unlocked), at apartment 72 120 Lonnie Lane and at apartment 207 140 Lonnie Lane.

A forced entry burglary occurred at 704 Park Row. Investigation led to the arrest of Tahj Malik Ruff who was charged with theft by receiving stolen property and obstruction after he led officers on a foot chase before being apprehended.

Officers were dispatched out to a fight on Tom Hall Circle and mad several arrests. Mary Elizabeth Holmes was arrested for criminal trespass and terroristic threats; Betty Ann Foster for disorderly conduct; Latoya Monique Lusane for disorderly conduct; and Alexis Nicole Thompson for disorderly conduct and obstruction.

A simple battery from a domestic situation occurred at 611 Dismuke Street. There were 2 total domestic calls answered yesterday. There was 1 miscellaneous call reported.

Officers worked 3 accidents yesterday with no reported injuries.

The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site celebrates Presidents Day with a lecture on Sunday the 19th starting at 1:30 in the Plains High Auditorium. On Monday Presidents Day, the 2016 Presidents Day program will be re-broadcast starting at 11am in the Plains High auditorium. This re-broadcast will highlight the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 13 traffic stops yesterday. This included stops from a license and sobriety check point on Brady and Mask Roads. After a stop on Brady Road, Heather D. Richard was cited for littering from a motor vehicle. A stop was made on US 49 south last night and Carmen L. Mansfield was charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane and driving on a suspended license. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made on Lacross Road at Spring Church. Damage to property was reported at 652 Bumphead Road. Deputies assisted with 2 accidents yesterday.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Betty Ann Foster for disorderly conduct; Derrick Adrian Guenther for probation violation; Mary Elizabeth Holmes for terroristic threats and acts and disorderly conduct; Latoya Monique Lusane for disorderly conduct; Carmen Little Mansfield for DUI/ failure to maintain lane/ and driving with a suspended license; Michael Plymel for simple assault and battery; Frederick Reddick for probation violation; Tahj Malik Ruff for felony theft by taking/ theft by receiving stolen property/ criminal trespass/ and probation violation; and Alexis Nicole Thompson for disorderly conduct and obstruction. 3 bonded out of jail yesterday.