“Local News’

Friday October 24th, 2014



The Southwestern Judicial Circuit Family Violence Council hosted a fundraiser and awards reception yesterday on the GSW campus. Three community champions were recognized and honored for their work in domestic abuse and domestic violence awareness in the community. Tim Lewis was recognized as the Legal Champion, Krista Barfield as the Healthcare Champion and Donnie McCrary as the Community Champion yesterday. All three received a beautiful plaque for their dedication.

Today is the community blood drive at First Baptist Church on S. Lee Street in the Fellowship Hall. Those with appointments will get top priority but all walk-ins will be welcomed. The blood drive ends at 6 this evening.

Sumter County Traverse Jurors who were summoned to report this Monday October 27th at 9am are NOT to report at all during the week. The case that was scheduled for trial has been settled. Jurors may call the office of Nancy Smith at 928-4537 for further information.

The Sumter County BOE will hold a retreat on Monday evening October 27th at 7pm in the conference room of the SCS Administration Building. The meeting is open for the public to attend.

Early voting will end next Friday October 31st. Early voting is held in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse Monday through Friday from 8 to 5. Voters can take advantage of Saturday voting tomorrow only between 9 and 4. You will need to bring a photo ID with you.

The College Republicans, the Young Democrats and the GSW Student Government are sponsoring a candidate forum for Georgia State House District 138 to be held on Wednesday October 29th at 7pm in the Nursing Amphitheater at the Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Services Complex at GSW. The candidates participating are State Representative Mike Cheokas the incumbent and Kevin Brown the challenger. The candidates will have the opportunity to inform voters about their stands on a range of issues facing the State today. The event is open to the general public. The forum will be moderated by Jason Berggren, assistant professor in the history and political science department at GSW.

High school football tonight are all road games. The Panthers play at Worth County in Sylvester. The Raiders will play Tiftarea in Chula outside Tifton. Schley County plays at Hawkinsville. Marion County plays in Greenville. All games kick-off at 7:30 tonight and the weather should be great!

Americus Police reports show that 4 thefts took place yesterday. Thefts occurred at 151 Hosanna Circle, 307 Harvey Lane, 103 Appleblossom Lane and at Wal-Mart.

Forced entry burglaries were investigated at 408 Crawley Street and 505-A Bessie Mays Circle.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 105 Belinda Circle and 109-B Horton Drive.

Danielle Adara Sims and Adashia Shanice Hale were arrested at 54-A Brinson Drive and charged with theft by taking.

At a traffic stop at 12:05 this morning on Forsyth Street, 3 arrests were made. Isaac Avila, Gabriel Philip Selochan and Miles Gay were all arrested for underage consumption.

A hit-n-run accident occurred at 1410 Crawford Street.

Officers worked 4 accidents yesterday with no reported injuries.

There were only a few miscellaneous calls answered by officers yesterday.


Deputies made 18 traffic stops with several citations issued. Cynthia B. Johnson was given a speeding citation on the Lamar Road. Dayna K. Vizzini was given a speeding citation on US 49. Kelvin T. Felton was issued a speeding ticket on US 49. Ethan S. Broome was cited for speeding on US 49. Ainsworth G. Dudley was cited for failure to obey signs or control devices on US 19 south at US 280 west. Tommy L. Raines was cited for expired registration on Georgia 377. Deairel M. Richardson was cited for speeding and driving on a suspended license after a stop on US 27 east.

Deputies went to a damage to property complaint at 296 US 19 south. A theft was reported at 203 Schley Street. A burglary was investigated at 100 Easy Street. There were 2 accidents worked by deputies with one involving a deer. There were 38 total incidents worked by the Sheriff’s Office yesterday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: George Ellis (Montezuma) for a bench warrant; Dennis Howard Smith for failure to appear; and Carl Cornelius Swain for sentencing.