“Local News’

Friday May 27th, 2016



One week after an arrest was made in a murder and kidnapping originating on Ridge Street, the GBI and Americus Police made another arrest in the case. Jon-Ahmad Harris, age 25, was taken into custody yesterday and has been charged with murder. Timothy A. Myrick was arrested last Thursday in nearby Lee County and authorities picked up Jon-Ahmad Harris yesterday. This investigation is ongoing.

Memorial Day commemoration activities begin today at Andersonville National Historic Site as volunteers raise the Avenue of Flags. Scouting groups and other volunteers will be decorating the nearly 21,000 gravesites with American Flags tomorrow. These flags will be removed on Tuesday after the holiday. The Memorial Day observance will be held on Sunday starting at 1:30 with music from the US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band with the formal program to follow. Congressman Sanford Bishop will introduce Lt. Colonel USMC Retired Kent Morrison, an Americus High School graduate, as the featured speaker at 2pm. All events are open to the public this weekend.

Another event will be going on in Andersonville tomorrow. Anderson Station Confederate Restaurant presents a Lyme Disease Awareness Benefit. There will be live entertainment, a raffle, a Cornhole Tournament and plenty of good food. All proceeds throughout the day’s events will go to Georgia Lyme Disease patients for their financial needs. The benefit will take place at 107 E. Church Street in Andersonville. For more information about the benefit, call 591-8023.

The offices of the City of Americus, the Sumter County Courthouse and the LEC will be closed on Monday May 30th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. These offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday the 31st. If you have pressing business in the City or County offices, make sure you take care of it today.

Southland Academy will hold graduation ceremonies at 7 this evening in the gym. With this graduation tonight, all area schools have finished the 2015-16 school year.

Perseverance pays off when you’re looking for a person of interest. Last night Americus Police made an arrest in a case from November 18th of 2015 when Devontae Malik Cradic was picked up at 517-A Bessie Mays Circle. He has been charged with felony entering an auto, felony motor vehicle theft and obstruction. He had managed to stay one step ahead of law enforcement but last night it was the men in blue that got the upper hand. In other police action from Thursday, a theft of lost/mislaid property was reported at 327 W. Lamar Street.

A suspicious person and vehicle complaint was made on Sun Valley Drive.

Following a traffic stop on Reddick Street, Walter N. Carter was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1000-feet of public housing; open container; and a seat belt violation.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 1308 2nd Montgomery.

Officers responded to 1 domestic call and 2 miscellaneous calls, 1 of which was an IRS phone scam call. APD urges all citizens to NEVER give out any personal information over the phone when you receive any call of this nature. The IRS will NEVER call.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 39 Thursday incidents including 15 traffic stops. Following a stop on US 27, Annie Clayton was charged with speeding. At a stop on Forsyth Street at MLK Boulevard, Correy T. Prigeon was cited for an expired tag. After a stop on Forsyth at Baldwin, Kaitlan B. McKinnon was arrested for possession of marijuana. Deputies went to domestic disturbances 243 E. Rockhill Drive, 708 US 19 south and 120 Pecan Terrace. A financial transaction card forgery was reported. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made on US 19 north. Deputies worked 1 deer-related accident.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Shanmus Jarrod Britt for battery/ 1st degree cruelty to children/ and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; Walter Neke Carter for open container/ possession of marijuana with intent to distribute/ possession with intent to distribute within 1000-feet of public housing/ and a seat belt violation; Devontae Malik Cradic for marijuana possession-less than an ounce/ 2-counts of obstruction/ felony entering an auto/ and felony theft of an auto; Walter Lewis Davis for probation violation; Jon-Ahmad Christian Harris for murder and aggravated assault; Devontae Terrance Jackson for battery/ criminal trespass/ and simple battery; Kaitlan Belle McKinnon for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; Octavius Shamun Ross for probation violation; and Kenneth Williams for terroristic threats and felony failure to appear. 1 bonded out yesterday; 1 released for time served; and 1 released back to the YDC.

Due to the offices at the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) being closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day, the next Sheriff’s incident report will be on Tuesday May 31st.