"Local News"

Monday December 5th, 2016



The weather will be the big newsmaker this week. We start off the week with rain and thunderstorms and some storms tonight and tomorrow morning could turn severe. The rains will subside by late Tuesday afternoon and return on Thursday afternoon. Behind Thursday’s rains, some of THE coldest air so far to arrive will make for a frigid couple of days. Lows Thursday night will be around 30, Friday’s high ONLY in the 40s, lows Friday night will be in the lower 20s and even Saturday’s high will be in the 40s. You factor in winds from 15-25mph and the start of the weekend will be more late winter-like than fall weather. Stay in tuned with the ever changing weather this week at www.americusradio.com and click on the weather link.

The Sumter County BOE has committee meetings at 1:30 and 4 this afternoon followed by the 6pm work session. All of these meetings will be in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building and are open for the community to attend. The regular monthly BOE meeting will be on Thursday December 8th at 7pm also in the boardroom. The community is welcome to attend.

Here’s a community reminder that the defending Class AAAA Lady Panthers will have the State Championship Banner raised this Friday night at the home game with Crisp County. Local News will have more details during the week and a good crowd is anticipated to attend.

There was good news for the Sumter County Rec Department teams participating in GRPA football in Savannah. The Sumter County 8-and under team advanced to the GRPA state game this coming weekend. The 8-and under defeated Jones County and Glynn County to advance to the state game. The Sumter 12-and Under team won the quarterfinal game Saturday but lost in the semi-finals yesterday. Congratulations to the players and coaches!

Americus Police may have gotten a big break in the recent entered auto and other cases with an arrest early this morning. A suspicious vehicle was spotted on Pecan Drive and officers converged and arrested the driver. He was charged with criminal trespass; obstruction; possession and use of a drug-related object; theft by receiving stolen property and other possible charges. He was driving a vehicle that was reported stolen on November 27th. The suspect is refusing to speak and is simply listed as “John Doe” until his identity is found or he begins to cooperate. His newest location is the Sumter County Jail.

There were several autos that were entered over the weekend. Locations included 302 Valley Drive; 403 E. Hill Street; 1021-B Elm Avenue; and 1219 Hancock Drive (unlocked).

Criminal trespass complaints were made all over town for the weekend. These locations were 716-C Varsity Drive; 106-H Magnolia Village; 209 Lorraine Avenue; 1305 Ridge Street; 103 Prince Street; and 201 US 19 south.

A stolen vehicle was reported at 316 Taylor Street. A 1996 green Crown Victoria with Georgia tag DP3XRM was missing from that location.

Thefts occurred 306 Columbia Avenue; apartment 202 140 Lonnie Lane; and 104 Hosanna Circle.

Burglaries were investigated at C2 948 Anthony Drive; 916 Parker Street; 606 Wildwood Circle; and 1707 Lafayette Street. Criminal attempt of burglary and criminal trespasses also were reported at 405 Rogers Street and apartment 3 628 Felder Street.

A disorderly conduct incident occurred at 1207 MLK Boulevard.

A shoplifting incident was reported at 1700 E. Lamar at Lowe’s.

Emanuel LaFonce Williams was arrested at 107 Prince Street for the 3rd shoplifting offense and for giving false information to LEO.

Antonio Bernard Reddick was arrested at 5:15 Friday morning on Wheatley Drive and charged with loitering and prowling; obstruction; possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

2 juveniles were arrested and charged as unruly at 111 Linnie Street and at 109-C Bessie Mays Circle.

A hit-n-run accident occurred on US 27 east.

Officers answered 2 domestic calls and 1 miscellaneous call since Friday.

There were 2 accidents worked by APD with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 18 weekend traffic stops and issued warnings and citations to drivers. Suspicious vehicle complaints were made on Cartwright Road, McLittle Bridge Road and on US 280 east. Thefts took place from 569 Henry Hart Road, 165 Holman Road and 148 Jenkins Road. Deputies went to a disturbance at 915 N. Lee Street. A suspicious person complaint was filed at Lot 21 321 Lacross Road. Domestic disturbances were reported at 3685 US 280 east and at 2212 Highway 308. A robbery is under investigation that occurred at 111 Southville Drive. A burglary was investigated at 110 Fern Street. A bad child complaint was made at 452 Bone Road. Damage to property was reported at 125 Violet Drive. A stalking incident is currently being investigated. There was a civil disturbance reported at 107 Jade Road. Deputies worked 3 deer-related weekend accidents.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Gedonna Gwennette Carey for deposit account fraud; Eddie Lee Latimer for DUI/ failure to maintain lane/ driving while license suspended or revoked/ driving with suspended registration/ and failure to maintain insurance; Antonio Bernard Reddick for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon/ possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime/ loitering and prowling/ and obstruction; and Emanuel Lafonce Williams for theft by shoplifting/ giving false information to law enforcement officer/ and probation violation. 2 bonded out over the weekend and 1 was released to another jail.