WISK / WDEC
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
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.
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
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
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.