"Local News"

Monday April 20th, 2015



Sunday was truly a day of prayer as many were praying for no severe weather and for the most part, it worked. There were reports of downed limbs and trees that disrupted power and even some powerful straight line winds in south Sumter County that reportedly blew down trees and had a structure in the roadway as a result. For the most part, our area avoided the severe weather. There is a chance for morning showers today and scattered showers tonight but sunny, drier conditions will prevail for the next few days.

Sumter County Traverse Jurors who have been summoned for this morning at 10am are NOT to report for jury duty at all during the week. All scheduled cases have been either been resolved or continued. Jurors may call the office of Nancy C. Smith, Clerk, at 928-4537 for questions or further information.

The next Childhood Obesity Prevention program meeting is this Thursday April 23rd from 6 to 7:30pm at the Rec Department at 408 Rucker Street. Both parent AND child must be present for monthly meetings to receive education, monitoring and the $20 voucher for fruits and vegetables. This will be the last meeting to enroll in this program as a NEW participant. All meetings going forward will be for current participants only. For more information call Jamie Crozier at 229-273-8881 ext. 11 with any questions.

The Sumter County Board of Commissioners has changed the date of this month’s regular meeting. The meeting was scheduled for tomorrow night but has been moved to Wednesday April 22nd. The meeting on Wednesday will start at 6pm and will be held in the Commissioners Room in the Sumter County Courthouse. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the public to attend.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be in the Lecture Hall of the GSW Nursing Building this Thursday April 23rd at 5pm. The community is invited to attend.

The community blood drive will be this coming Friday April 24th. The blood drive will be this Friday from 8am until 6pm in the Fellowship Hall at 1st Baptist Church at 221 South Lee Street. To schedule an appointment that best suits your busy Friday, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go online to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Those with an appointment will get top priority but any walk-in is always welcomed. Please bring a photo ID with you.

Weather was a not a crime deterrent this past weekend as Americus Police were very busy. Thefts occurred at 1419 N. Lee Street, 306 Columbia Avenue, 104 Vivian Way, room 111 1206 MLK Boulevard and 242-C S. Dudley Street.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 1526 N. MLK Boulevard, 8A 701 Davenport Street, 1305 E. Lamar Street, 1408 E. Forsyth Street and 104-A Waitsman Drive.

An aggravated assault occurred on Cherokee Street. Another aggravated assault was investigated at 1:14 this morning from an altercation at 510 Winn Street. A female victim was shot, treated and released from Phoebe Sumter. This case remains under further investigation.

A stalking incident is being investigated.

William Antonio Lusane was arrested at 227 N. Lee Street for the false report of a crime.

A burglary occurred at 1536 N. MLK Boulevard.

At 1:54 Saturday morning, Chavion Jermaine Baisden was arrested at 116 W. Lamar Street for aggravated battery; Tomorris Johnson for affray and Luvin Rashad Stewart for disorderly conduct.

An auto was entered at 255-A Lonnie Lane.

Responding to a domestic call to Lot 34 Westside Drive, Zabrina Benedetta Porter and Umika Jasharre Williams were arrested for disorderly conduct.

Counterfeit bills were reported at 1702 MLK Boulevard and 1408 E. Forsyth Street.

Answering a domestic call on Frieda Lane, Leroy Mason was arrested for public drunkenness and obstruction.

Julisa Kennelle Varnum was arrested for simple battery (DVA) at 120 Lonnie Lane.

A 2003 KIA Sedona was stolen early Sunday morning from 102 Tripp Street only to be recovered.

A criminal attempt and criminal trespass was reported at 400 W. Lamar Street.

Sally Baldwin and Allen Brown were arrested for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce and possession and use of drug-related objects at 12:51 Sunday morning at 125 W. Lamar Street.

Unruly juvenile complaints were made at 128 Town Creek Circle and 603 Lewis Lowe Court.

A simple assault occurred at 1416 N. Lee Street.

Officers responded to 8 total domestic calls over the weekend.

There were 3 weekend accidents with no reported injuries.


Law officials are working a crime scene at 1134 N. Jackson Street where 2 people were found deceased this morning. The initial call came in around 9:30 and when officers arrived they found 2 were deceased, a black male and female. The Coroner, GBI, APD and Sheriff’s Investigators are all combing the crime scene for any clues that will lead to what took place earlier today at 1134 N. Jackson Street. The streets were blocked off so if you normally travel in the N. Jackson Street area, you will need to make alternate travel plans. As soon as one of the investigating agencies has details, expect them on a later edition of Local News.


There were 61 total incidents worked by Sheriff’s Deputies this past weekend. 8 traffic stops were conducted with warnings and citations issued. Deputies went to domestic disturbance calls to 148 Lawhorn Circle, 136 Foster Street in DeSoto and Lot A 221 West Rock Hill Road where Qwanesha M. Mackey was arrested for aggravated assault. A civil call was made at 321 Lacrosse Road. A suspicious vehicle complaint occurred at 1525 US 280 east and a suspicious person call was answered at 342 US 19 north. Deputies were kept busy during the height of Sunday’s storms responding and assisting with 9 blocked roadway calls around the County. There were 3 weekend accidents worked by Deputies.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Chavion Jermaine Baisden for aggravated battery; Sally Ann Baldwin for possession and use of drug-related objects and possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; Allen Wayne Brown for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce and possession and use of drug-related objects; Richard Corely Huggins for probation violation; William Antonio Lusane for the false report of a crime; Qwanesha Maria Mackey for aggravated assault (DVA); Leroy Mason for public drunkenness and obstruction; Aaron Pierce Chadwick Mitchell for possession of marijuana and possession and use of drug-related objects; Grady Allen Pounders for probation violation; Jeremy Robert Royal for probation violation; Luvin Rashad Stewart for disorderly conduct; and Julisa Kennelle Varnum for simple battery (DVA).