"Local News"

Monday August 3rd, 2015



It’s back to school today for students in the SCS system. Drivers are reminded about changes in traffic due to busses loading and unloading students. Traffic also changes in and around the various schools to one-way traffic for certain times of the day. Allow yourself some extra time in your daily commute now to allow for busses and if you are dropping off your students, allow yourself some extra time because of the heavier traffic. Remember to stop for the flashing lights of school busses loading and unloading students. If you fail to do so and you get caught by law enforcement, expect to pay some serious fines. Let’s get off to a good start on this first day of the new school year and keep it a safe one all year long.

SCS Superintendent Donnie Smith welcomes State School Superintendent Richard Woods to Americus on Wednesday August 5th. Superintendent Woods would like to meet with teachers, parents and other community members to talk about education issues that are important to you, such as student testing and teacher evaluations. This Town Hall Meeting will be this Wednesday August 5th at 5:30 at SCPS.

The Sumter County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public meeting this Thursday August 6th at 6pm at the Sumter County Courthouse in the boardroom. The purpose of this public hearing is to review the Southwestern Estates Planned Unit Development that will be located on 11.997 acres in the vicinity of Felder Street. This property is zoned R-3. The community is encouraged to attend.

The Americus-Sumter Land Bank Authority will have a meeting on Thursday August 13th at 1pm in the Municipal Building downtown on the 2nd floor. The purpose of the meeting is to appoint officers to the Americus-Sumter Land Bank Authority. The Authority will also discuss any other items that they deem as appropriate.

Chehaw Park will be the place to be tomorrow night as local recording artist Lily Ingle will be featured in a concert at the park. Brought to you by the Christian group Consumed by Fire and the Academy of Dreamers, Lily Ingle will be releasing her single. Come enjoy a great concert with Consumed by Fire, Lily Ingle and other Academy of Dreamers singers. The gates will open at 6:30 and the concert begins at 7. Tickets are $10 at the gate which includes admittance to the park and parking. Concessions will be available.

Despite all the things going on this past weekend, Americus Police report overall things were quiet. With Tax Free Shopping, back to school events and others, the weekend incident reports were some of the quieter ones in recent months. An animal case (raccoon) was reported at 205 Brookdale Drive.

A forgery case is being investigated.

A theft occurred on Crawley Street.

Harassing phone calls were reported to police.

An early morning (2:23 Saturday) traffic stop on Taylor Street is under further investigation.

A prowler complaint was made at 5:20 Saturday morning on Elizabeth Street.

Property found on Sun Valley Drive was turned over to police.

A criminal trespass complaint for a damaged vehicle was made at 201 E. Dodson Street.

A possible fraud case was reported for investigation.

A traffic stop was conducted at 1:58 Sunday morning on Felder Street resulting in the arrest of Jason Ellis Frazier for DUI-refusal and failure to maintain lane.

Another traffic stop at 3:45 Sunday morning on S. Lee Street led to the arrest of Tracy Michelle Frazier for DUI-less safe alcohol.

A stolen vehicle was reported from 1206 Crawford Street. A 2001 Chevy Lumina, white with Georgia plates PYC 1468 was stolen from the parking lot.

A battery and criminal trespass complaint was made following a domestic call to 817 Winchester Street.

Mary E. Perry was arrested for shoplifting at Dollar General at 103 W. Jefferson Street.

A burglary was being investigated that occurred at 1:51 this morning at 203-A Horton Drive.

There were only a handful of miscellaneous weekend calls answered by officers.

Officers did respond to 5 domestic-related calls since Friday.

A hit-n-run accident occurred in the parking lot at 1711 E. Lamar Street.

There were 2 weekend accidents with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted the Georgia State Patrol with license check points over this past weekend around Sumter County. As a result, 47 traffic stops were conducted. Numerous citations were issued ranging from DUI to speeding to seat belt violations and other traffic offenses. Quiet a few warnings were also issued to drivers this past weekend.

Deputies responded to an identity theft case. Domestic disturbances occurred at 118 Ida Drive where Frances M. Lawrence was charged with giving a false ID; to 174 Pryor-Cobb Road; 557 US 280 east; 1529 Hooks Mill Road; and 1311 Salters Mill Road. Deputies went to a fight at 153 Sunset Park Drive and charged Teona waters and Tyjerius K. White with battery. Jaelan A. Williams was charged with driving away without paying for gas at 188 US 280 east. A burglary was investigated at 154 Gary Brewer Road. A civil complaint was made at 111 South Village Drive. Damage to property occurred on Sunset Park Drive. Suspicious person complaints were made at 808 Highway 27, the Roy Vaughn Road and 1462 US 280 west. Deputies worked 2 accidents with 1 being deer-related.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail: Robert Durham for felony motor vehicle theft; Leisha Denise Jessie for DUI and failure to maintain lane; Kenneth Jerome Jones for DUI/ open container/ seat belt violation/ and driving on a suspended license; Jannie L. Richardson for obstruction and disorderly conduct; Christopher Ryan Ross for failure to maintain insurance and driving a vehicle with suspended registration; and Christopher Jay Williams for public assistance fraud.