“Local News”

Monday February 6th, 2023


There will be Corn/Soybean and Fertility Production meeting for Sumter County farmers and Agri-businesses tomorrow February 7th beginning at 6pm. There will be a sponsored meal so call TODAY and confirm your attendance at 229-924-4476 and reserve your seat and meal. DO NOT just show up for this meeting! With face-to-face meetings starting back up, the priority will remain on protecting health and safety of our community while maintaining the high quality of teaching, research and service. If you are ill, have a fever or know you have a contagious disease, please DO NOT attend tomorrow’s meeting. UGa Specialists will present the program tomorrow. Pesticide Applicator Recertification credit will be given and note you MUST complete paperwork providing your Pesticide License Number to earn the credit.


The Sumter County BOE will have committee meetings at 4 this afternoon which will be followed by the 6pm work session. The regular monthly BOE meeting is Thursday February 9th at 7pm. All meetings will be held in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building and the public is welcome to attend.


The Sumter County Board of Elections and Voter Registration will have its regular monthly business meeting on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30. The meeting will be in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. This meeting is open for the community to attend.


It’s Monday and many are already looking toward the weekend. What can we expect weather-wise this week? We seem to be in the same weather pattern for the last few weeks. Sunny skies will start off the workweek just like the last few but rains will return for Thursday and lasting until Friday. This all sounds similar to the last few weeks. A cool start this week then sunny and warm and then warmer by midweek before the rains arrive late Thursday. Once the rains come to an end on Friday, colder weather will be here for the weekend. Highs this week COULD reach the upper 70s in some spots and by the weekend we will be back in the 50s and 60s with lows again at freezing or below in many spots. No severe weather is anticipated with this latest rain system moving in on Thursday.


Americus Police are investigating a shooting that occurred last night around 7:30. Officers were dispatched to the area of Mary Blount Drive for a person shot. 21-year old Andre Curtis was shot in the arm. He said he was in the area of Mary Blount Drive when a vehicle drove by and shot him. He was taken by EMS for treatment at PSMC. This is an ongoing investigation. There were reports of shots fired this weekend. These were in the Academy-Winn Street area and in the area of Westside Drive.


In other police action for the weekend, criminal trespass complaints were made at 118 Andrews Drive and 1301 Southerfield Road.


Investigation is underway into a reported rape case.


An affray occurred on Grantham Street.


Charles F. Halstead was arrested at 309 Rees Street for aggravated assault and driving with a suspended license.


At 3:41 Saturday morning, a GSP traffic stop on W. Lamar at S. Jackson led to the arrest of Brittany N. Battle for DUI-less safe alcohol.


1st degree felony burglaries were investigated over the weekend at 905 Adderton Street and at 1007 S. MLK Boulevard.


Stacey E. Journey was arrested at 1001 Ridge Street for 2nd degree criminal damage to property. Later in the weekend, Journey was arrested at 601-F Eastview Circle for battery (FVA) and obstruction.


Following a traffic stop on E. Lamar Street, Latessa Scott was arrested for obstruction.


Thefts took place over the weekend at 1480 E. Forsyth during a domestic call and at 69-B Masonic Street.


A case of identity fraud was reported for investigation.


An auto was entered on Hanson Drive.


A hit-n-run accident occurred on E. Lamar at Cherokee.


Officers responded to 6 total domestic-related calls and 1 miscellaneous weekend call.


There were SIX weekend accidents worked by APD that did have one reported injury.




The Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted just 3 traffic stops this past weekend. Deputies did respond to 6 domestic-related calls. 4 activated alarms were checked out. Twice Deputies assisted other agencies on calls. One prisoner transport was made. Deputies assisted one motorist for the weekend. A theft took place from 1377 Brady Road. A burglary was investigated that occurred at 999 Shiloh Road. Deputies stayed busy working five weekend accidents that included 3 deer-related crashes.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Charles Franklin Halstead for aggravated assault and battery/ driving on a suspended license/ and kidnapping; Stacey Elenzer Journey for 2nd degree criminal damage to property/ battery/ and obstruction; Raquaille Quantarrious King for failure to appear; Lester Benail Mann for obstruction and felony probation violation; Quantavious Quashaun Mathis for City probation violation; Latessa Nicole Scott for obstruction and a seatbelt violation; Essynce Jy’Nice Thomas for obstruction and disorderly conduct; and Kirone Tramaine Wilson for disorderly conduct and obstruction. One was released from jail after bonding out. One was released from jail as weekender status.


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