“Local News”

Monday September 16th, 2019




National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day is this Friday September 20th. In honor of that day, the National Park Service, The Ride Home, the Friends of Andersonville and Georgia Southwestern State University will present special programs this Wednesday September 18th and Friday September 20th. Featured speaker will be Colonel Robert Certain (Ret.) at both the Wednesday Convocation at GSW and the event on Friday. The 2019 National POW/MIA Convocation is at 11 this Wednesday September 18th in the Storm Dome on the GSW campus. The public is invited to this free event. The annual Convocation begins four days of area events held in honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The Avenue of Flags will be on display at Andersonville National Historic Site until September 26th and will feature POW/MIA flags as well as American and state flags. At 9:30 on Friday September 20th, The Ride home, a nonprofit organization, and Andersonville National Historic Site will join together to conduct a special ceremony at the park’s National Prisoner of War Museum.



Several meetings of note will be held this week. The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is tomorrow night at 6pm in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the community to attend.


The Governing Board at Furlow Charter School’s monthly meeting is at 6pm Tuesday September 17th in the Media Center at Furlow Charter School. The meeting is open for the community to attend.


Tomorrow night at 7pm, the regular monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans will be held at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. Rev. Mark Carter will present the program. All SCV members and friends are urged to attend.


On Thursday September 19th, the monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. The public is invited to attend.


The Americus Visitors Center is offering tours once a month of two historic cemeteries—Oak Grove and Eastview. The Oak Grove cemetery tour is coming up on Saturday September 28th at 1:30pm. The cost is $5 for adults and $1 for kids ages 6-12. The tours last about one hour. Tickets must be purchased first at the Americus Visitor Center at 101 W. Lamar Street downtown. The Visitor Center offers daily tours Monday-Friday each afternoon at 2pm; downtown Walking/Architecture Tours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Haunted History tours on Tuesday and Thursday; and again, tickets must be purchased first at the Americus Visitor Center where the tours begin.


Americus Police had one of the quietest weekends in a number of weeks. 11 Contempt of Court warrants were issued.


Thefts took place from 1554 E. Forsyth Street; 1213 N. Lee Street; and 119 S. Lee Street.


Deandrian S. Bradley was arrested at 1101 Crawford Street for theft by deception.


Officers responded to suspicious incidents at 320 Allen Street and at 1011 Westside Drive.


Antonio L. Golphin was arrested for disorderly conduct after officers responded to a domestic situation at 120-B Hanson Drive.


A runaway juvenile complaint was made at 106 Pinecrest Drive.


An auto was entered at 701 Eastview Drive.


A 1st degree felony burglary was investigated at 1103 Oglethorpe Avenue. A 2nd degree felony burglary was investigated at 721 W. Church Street.


Officers were dispatched to 400 Tripp Street where an attempt was made to purchase alcohol by an underage person.


Criminal trespass complaints were made at 206-F 16th Green Street; 206-D 16th Green Street and at 607 Mayo Street.


Officers did answer 8 miscellaneous calls along with 2 domestic-related calls over the weekend.


A hit-n-run accident occurred at 207-D Murphy Mill Road.


There were 4 weekend accidents that did have 1 injury complaint. Following an accident investigation on Lee at Lamar, Kenyatis J. Jones was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license and for failure to signal a lane change.




It was a busy weekend for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies. 31 traffic stops were conducted with citations and warnings issued. 4 domestic-related calls were answered. 1 prisoner transport was made. 1 motorist was given assistance. 6 activated alarms were answered with half turning out to be false alarms. Civil cases were reported at 173 Roy Circle, 221 Sylvan Road and at 217-B Sylvan Road. A suspicious vehicle was spotted at 819 R W Jones Road. Deputies went to a reported fight at 222 Loop Road. A burglary was investigated at 126 Pecan Terrace. A shoplifting case occurred at 118 S. M L Hudson Street in Plains. A suspicious person complaint was made at 172 Gary Brewer Road. Deputies responded to a vehicle fire before 7 this morning on US 19N at the SGT Parkway. A hit-n-run accident occurred at 119 Rainbow Terrace. Deputies worked 2 accidents over the weekend.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Investigators recently completed investigation into an elder abuse case. The victim, 88-year old June Shumake told workers at Lillian Carter Nursing Home that her son struck her in the face and made other allegations. Investigation led to the arrest of 55-year old Patrick Shumake who has been charged with exploitation and intimidation of elder persons and for obstruction in the investigation. Since 2010 the state of Georgia has been cracking down on elder abuse cases and the Sheriff’s Office has 2 Elder-Neglect-and Abuse (ENA) investigators that are certified to work these type cases. 1 out of every 22 elder abuse cases is ever reported. If you have been the victim of elder abuse or exploitation, you can contact the Sumter County Sheriff’s Investigators.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Kevin Lamar Cunningham for fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement/ giving a false name to law enforcement/ 2-counts of speeding/ reckless driving/ driving with a suspended license/ and failure to maintain lane; George Harrington—back for Court; Jhon-Quavious Deontae Harvey for DUI; and Jessie Wayne Lundy for cruelty to children (FVA)/ battery/ and simple battery. 4 were released from jail after posting bond.