"Local News"

Monday November 24th, 2014


**UPDATE 2**


Americus and Sumter County was spared the extreme dangerous weather yesterday although wind gusts in excess of 40mph did cause some problems with power lines and trees during the late afternoon. Rainfall totals were varied across the County during the afternoon. Here at our studios on Highway 30 we recorded 2-inches of rain since the rains started Saturday night. Some areas were in the 4-inch rainfall totals. The severe weather, with tornado warnings and severe thunderstorms, eased off by the time the weather system arrived in Sumter County. After a chance of morning showers in the area, some clearing will occur until Tuesday afternoon when another shot of rain arrives before ending early Wednesday. Thanksgiving Day will be sunny and cool with no mention of rain.

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby has named Dr. Charles Patterson as the interim President of Georgia Southwestern State University. Patterson currently serves as Georgia Southern University’s Vice-President for Research and Economic Development and Dean of the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies. He will assume responsibilities on Jan. 1st, 2015 from current President, Dr. Kendall Blanchard, who will retire on Dec. 31st, 2014. Prior to joining Georgia Southern, Patterson served in many capacities at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

The Community Thanksgiving Service is at 7 tomorrow night at the Rylander Theater. Admission is free but a freewill love offering will be accepted to support the Community Services Ministry. Harvest of Hope Food Pantry will have a truck parked in front of the Rylander tomorrow night collecting non-perishable food items. If you would like to donate, all non-perishable food items received will go to helping those in need in our community this holiday and throughout the year.

*UPDATE 1* Due to sickness, the Mayor and City Council of the City of Americus have rescheduled today’s budget work session until Monday December 1st at 4:30. The rescheduled meeting will begin at 4:30 at the Municipal Building on the 3rd floor in the large meeting room. There will be NO meeting today.

The deadline to get a Christmas parade application and have it returned is rapidly approaching. Get your application at the Welcome Center at the Municipal Building and return it with the appropriate fees. The annual Americus Christmas Parade is Thursday December 4th at 7pm.

Americus Police were busy this past weekend. Several arrests were made. Dominique Muff was arrested for an incident at 1114 N. Jackson Street and charged with criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree, 2-counts of cruelty to children and possession of marijuana-less than an ounce.

Kanesha LaQuasha Green was arrested for reckless driving, simple battery, aggravated assault and cruelty to children on MLK Boulevard.

Ken Terrell Jackson was arrested for criminal trespass at 1456 E. Forsyth Street.

Janice Denise Floyd was arrested for obstruction at 134 Hosanna Circle.

After a traffic stop on Lee Street, John Emanuel Eidenire was arrested for DUI and laying drag.

Terroristic threats were made at 220 Barnum Drive.

2-counts of simple battery (DVA) were reported at 1122 Harrold Avenue.

A shoplifting incident occurred at 601 Hawkins Street at Family Dollar.

A burglary and entered auto were investigated at 424 New Street.

Autos were entered at 224 N. Jackson Street and 806-A Georgia Avenue.

An aggravated assault in the W. Lester Street area is being investigated.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 950 Anthony Drive.

Thefts took place over the weekend at 1204 S. MLK Boulevard, 228 S. Dudley Street, 913 Ashby Street and at 713 N. Lee Street.

There were 6 weekend accidents with 2 injury complaints. A pedestrian, Vincent Riley, was injured when struck by a vehicle at 2:16 Sunday morning when he was walking in the road in a heavy downpour and in dark conditions. He refused treatment.

**UPDATE 2**

Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 101 incidents over the weekend. 7 were yesterday dealing with blocked roads due to trees or power lines downed from the afternoon storm and high winds. Deputies also conducted 52 weekend traffic stops. Zane D. Sheldon was given a speeding ticket on McLittle Bridge Road. William J. Gregg was cited for failure to obey a stop sign on Warren Avenue. Glabian J. Dorsey was cited for a seat belt violation on US 27. George Glass was cited for a seat belt violation on US 280 west. Warren V. Moore was cited for window tint violation on US 19. James E. Devane was given a speeding ticket on Georgia 3. Holly A. Bates was given a speeding ticket on US 27. Pamela D. Washington was given a speeding ticket on US 19 north. Larry D. Hodge was cited for speeding on Georgia 308. Simone E. Howard was cited for a seat belt violation on Seaboard Street. Angela O. McClam was given a speeding ticket on Highway 30 west. Edd Ross was given a speeding ticket on Highway 308. Joshua G. Huguley was cited for speeding on Highway 30 east. Numerous warnings were issued to drivers in the other cases.

Deputies went to a suspicious person complaint on Pecan Terrace. An illegal dumping was reported at 220 US 280 west. A domestic disturbance was answered at 214-A East Church Street. A bad child complaint was made at 534 US 280 west. A theft took place at 135 Rainbow Terrace. Mante J. Stephenson was arrested for entering an auto and theft by receiving stolen property for an incident at 408 Rucker Street. 3 autos were reported entered while at Sunset Park. There were numerous miscellaneous cases over the weekend such as assisting motorists and noise complaints.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail: Shalanda Maria Dawson for probation violation; Harvey Boyette Harbuck for possession of marijuana; Dominique D’Anthony Muff for 2nd degree criminal damage to property/cruelty to children/possession of marijuana; and Mante Jermaine Stephenson for felony theft by receiving stolen property.