“Local News”

Monday July 6th, 2020


The 4th of July weekend was a hot one with only isolated showers mainly Friday afternoon and evening but that won’t be the case for the early part of this week. Rain chances will be extremely high till about Wednesday as a system in the Gulf will be moving almost over SW Georgia before eventually moving out into the Atlantic. Rainfall could be heavy at times today and tonight. The rains and cloud cover will keep the daytime highs in the 80s for a couple of days before the rain chances diminish and the temperatures get back into the low-to-mid 90s by the upcoming weekend. Umbrellas and rain gear will be needed today and tonight if you will be out and about.



The offices of the City of Americus, the Sumter County Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center resumed normal business hours after being closed Friday in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Local News will once again have the Sumter County Sheriff’s incident reports on the afternoon news today with the LEC offices being opened once again.


The Sumter County BOE will hold committee meetings tomorrow July 7th at noon and 3pm followed by a 6pm work session. The regular monthly meeting will be this Thursday July 9th at 7pm. All meetings will be held in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. If you plan to attend any of these meetings, social distancing should be observed and wearing a mask should also be the norm.


The SCS Nutrition Department will be distributing meals for students on Wednesday July 8th from 11 to 1 at the 9th Grade Academy located at 915 N. Lee Street. Follow the instructions of those directing traffic into the parking lot; remain in your vehicles and the meals will be brought to you. Students must be present at the time of meal pick-up. The meals will be distributed this Wednesday and again on July 15th.


The Sumter County Board of Elections and Voter Registration will have their monthly meeting tomorrow July 7th at 4:30pm in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. COVID-19 safety precautions will be strictly enforced and masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing will be required if you plan to attend the meeting tomorrow.



Mask Up Sumter, a community-led initiative, is encouraging Sumter County citizens to wear a mask to help protect themselves and others from the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in the community. Free masks will be given out at community events upon request. You are able to pick up your free mask at: the Americus Visitor Center; Rees Park Economic Development Center; Americus Times-Recorder; Sumter County Health Department; and the City Halls in Andersonville; Desoto; Leslie; and Plains. Be sure to like the Mask Up Sumter Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the latest efforts.


 As far as the holiday weekend was concerned, it was busy for Americus Police but not AS busy as some prior holiday weekends. Perhaps it was the pandemic but many were well-behaved. Shots were reportedly fired in the 205 Bessie Mays Circle area.


Autos were entered at 1554 E. Forsyth Street; 208-B W. Church Street; and 915 S. Lee Street.


Terroristic threats and acts were reported.


Thefts took place from 1102 E. Lamar Street; 329 W. Lamar Street; 129 Highway 27E; 1113 N. Lee Street; and at 912 North Avenue.


A suspicious incident was checked out at 329 W. Lamar Street.


A burglary at Lot 18 Weeks Trailer Park was investigated.


Discharging firearms in the City were reported early Saturday morning in the W. Peppermint Way area and the Crawley Street area.


Responding to a domestic at 621 Park Row, Andre Walton was arrested foe simple assault.


A battery and criminal trespass complaint was made at 69-B Cherokee Street.


Martavius A. Floyd was arrested for City probation violation and taken to the LEC.


Criminal trespass complaints were made at 1119 E. Lamar Street, 1113 N. Lee Street and at 704 Fulton Street.


A financial transaction card fraud was reported for investigation.


Damage to property occurred on Prince at Lamar and at 114 Frieda Lane.


A civil complaint was heard at 227 McCoy Street.


Officers responded to 6 total domestic-related calls and 2 miscellaneous weekend calls.


4 weekend accidents worked by APD had no reported injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies stayed busy for the 4th of July holiday weekend. 8 domestic-related calls were answered since Thursday. Blocked roadways were checked out on the Leslie-Lamar Road and at 579 Lamar Road. 2 prisoner transports were made. 2 activated alarms were answered. Deputies assisted Sumter Fire & Rescue on a call to 163 6th Street. Deputies were dispatched to 1085 Tallent Store Road to a civil dispute Friday night. 2 motorists were given assistance. A robbery that occurred in the Sunset Park area was investigated. A vehicle theft took place in the Aster Drive area. Damage to property occurred at 168 Briar Patch Circle. A complaint of gunshots in the Foster Street area was checked out only to have it turn out to be fireworks. Another complaint of gunshots was made in the Sunset Park area and Pecan Terrace near Sunset Park Drive. A burglary on Dominick Road was investigated. Deputies stood by for a fire at 145 Africana Drive. Deputies worked 6 holiday weekend accidents that included 3 deer-related accidents and an accident involving a cow.


In the Sumter County Jail since Thursday;  Martavius Antwon Floyd for City probation violation and driving with a suspended license; William Eugene Holloway for felony probation violation; Daniel Anastasio Johnson for simple battery and criminal trespass; Kelcey Lamar McCoy for 1st degree home invasion/ 1st degree felony burglary/ armed robbery/ possession of a firearm during commission of a felony/ and aggravated assault; and Curtis Latrell Milledge for simple battery. 6 were released from jail after posting bond.