“Local News’

Friday February 12th, 2016



The Sumter County BOE met last night with a good crowd in attendance as Sumter Elementary was recognized by Superintendent Larry Walters. Under curriculum, the Board approved the sequencing of biology and physical science to the 9th and 10th grades. The financial report, accounts payables and preliminary cash flow report were all approved. The Board accepted 3 resignations, hired 1, and approved 1 transfer and a family medical leave under personnel. Hunter Contracting was awarded the bid of $21,630 for repairing the skylight at Sumter Middle. The Board accepted the E-rate funds and authorized payment to A3 Communications for E-rate items. Reimbursement for those attending a Board Chair workshop was approved. A Memorandum of Understanding with the Georgia Cooperative Extension and the BOE was approved. A letter of agreement between Darton State and the SCS for classroom observations was also approved. Last month there was much discussion about how the hiring process for an architect was being done. The Board Chair read from the GSBA policy that stated the Board was doing exactly as the policy stated and was not doing anything illegal or a conflict of interest. After announcements, the meeting was adjourned.

The Region 1AAAA basketball tournament continues this afternoon at the South Campus gym but the tournament got off to a tragic start yesterday. A Westover fan attending the first game of the afternoon suffered a heart attack in the gym and had to be transported to the PSMC ER where he was pronounced dead at 4:24pm. Coroner Greg Hancock said the deceased was 35-year old Taurtius Banta Johnson of Albany. Westover’s girls won the 1st game yesterday despite the tragedy. Bainbridge won the boys game that followed. The Lady Panthers then defeated Monroe 64-47 in game 3 and the Westover boys beat Monroe in the final game of the night. This afternoon, the consolation games will be played at 4 and 5:30. At 7 tonight, the Lady Panthers will play Westover for the region title followed by Bainbridge and Westover in the boys final.

One week from today on February 19th, the 9th annual Josh Willis Memorial Blood Drive will be held in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street. You can go online to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC or you can also call 1-800-733-2767 and make your appointment. Those with appointments will get top priority but any walk-in will be welcomed. Please bring a photo ID with you. The blood drive next Friday will be held from 8am until 6pm. Make your appointment today!

Americus Police had 2 cyber crimes reported yesterday. Terroristic threats via computer or computer network were investigated and then computer crimes were reported in another case. In other police action, an auto was entered at 5D 1034 Elm Avenue and an entering and theft occurred at 941 Felder Street.

A case of identity fraud is being investigated.

A juvenile was arrested for unruly at 713 Sunset Drive. A juvenile disorder was also reported.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 2D 105 Knollwood Drive.

Gerard Kentriel Harvey was arrested for battery (DVA) and 3rd degree cruelty to children for a domestic call to 205 W. Church Street.

Following a traffic stop last night on Jackson Street, Antonio Jerrod Snipes was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

Officers did stay busy yesterday answering 6 domestic calls. There were 3 miscellaneous calls also answered.

There were 3 accidents yesterday in the City with no reported injuries.


Thursday was a busy day for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies working 46 incidents. 21 of the 46 were traffic stops. After a stop on S. Lee Street, Willie F. Washington was cited for registration and license requirements.  A stop on Highway 30 west resulted in a speeding charge for Christina E. Williams. Following a stop on Georgia 3 at Patterson, Dorothy H. Ruff was charged with DUI and improper lane change and bonded out of jail. A traffic stop on S. Lee Street early this morning led to the arrest of Kristen M. Muff for DUI. Numerous warnings were issued. A civil complaint was made in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Domestic disturbances occurred at 142-A Rainbow Terrace and at 154 Sylvan Road where Jacquelyn H. Worth was arrested for disorderly conduct. A burglary was investigated at 113 Lake Ridge Drive Extension. 2 accidents were worked by Deputies yesterday.

Housed today in the Sumter County Jail are: Gerard Kentriel Harvey for battery (DVA) and 3rd degree cruelty to children; Kenneth Lee Harvey for failure to report an accident/ striking a fixed object/ failure to remove an accident vehicle/ reckless driving/ open container/ and damaging property of public utility companies; Marcus Anthony Johnson for failure to appear and driving on a suspended license; Kristen Muntrient Muff for DUI; Anthony Costello Reese back to make bond; and Jacquelyn Heather Worth for disorderly conduct. 2 bonded out of jail yesterday.