"Local News"

Monday October 17th, 2016



Advance in-person voting begins today across Georgia. Here in Americus, you can early vote in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse during normal business hours. Early voting ends on Friday November 4th. This voting period also includes absentee voting by mail. There will also be a mandatory Saturday voting on October 29th in all 159 Georgia counties. You will need to bring a photo ID with you when you do come and early vote at the Elections Office.

A 2016 Candidates Forum will be held this evening sponsored by the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce. Citizens are invited to attend the Candidates Forum this evening starting at 6 and will be held in the Rosalyn Carter Health & Human Services Complex auditorium on the Georgia Southwestern State University campus. Local candidates will be on tonight’s agenda to address the voters and give their views on the upcoming election. Again, the community is encouraged to attend to become better informed.

The community is invited to attend a reception in recognition of new SCS Superintendent Dr. Torrance Choates as well as former interim Superintendent Dr. Larry Walters. This reception will be held tomorrow from 4-6pm in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. This is the community’s opportunity to meet Dr. Choates the new superintendent and to thank Dr. Walters for his time and service of moving the system forward while he was serving as the interim superintendent.

You can make your appointment today to donate blood at this Friday’s community blood drive. The Friday blood drive will be held from 8am until 6pm in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street. Go to www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and make your appointment and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Those with appointments will get top priority on Friday but any and all walk-ins will be welcomed. All blood types are needed.

This Saturday the 22nd will be the fundraising BBQ Chicken Plate sale for the Americus Fire and Emergency Services. Each plate is $7 and all proceeds will benefit Fire Safety Education and Honor Guard. For tickets, call 924-3213 or contact any Americus firefighter. Pick-up on Saturday is 11-1 at Fire Station#1 at 119 S. Lee Street. Also, the AFES Honor Guard is selling chances for a YETI rambler 20 cooler. These proceeds will be used for the purchase of necessary equipment. For these tickets, call Harriett at 924-3213.

From the Americus Police weekend incidents, criminal trespass complaints were made at 713 Davenport Street, 130 and 303 E. Hill Street and 1698 E. Lamar Street.

Counterfeit bills were turned over to police at 1301 E. Lamar and 1204 S. MLK Boulevard.

Peggy Ann Lapinski was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

Qutavious Merritt was charged with disorderly conduct assault and battery at 121 Andrews Drive.

A juvenile was arrested at 808 Fairfield Avenue for terroristic threats, criminal trespass and unruly juvenile.

A simple assault and simple battery complaint was filed on W. Church Street.

A reckless conduct incident occurred at 223 McCoy Street.

An auto was entered at 3003 Roney Street.

A financial transaction card fraud is being investigated.

A suspicious person complaint was made in the Pineview Drive area.

A theft took place from 718 Beale Street.

An unruly juvenile and curfew violation complaint was made on Linnie Street.

Responding to a domestic situation at 621 Park Row, Deborah Lavern Shelton was arrested for assault and battery and the reckless and dangerous use of a dangerous weapon.

At 12:25 Sunday morning on Tripp Street, a traffic stop led to the arrest of Eduin Portillo-Tabera for DUI, driving without a license and headlight requirements.

A forced entry burglary and criminal trespass occurred at 602-B Academy Street.

A criminal attempt to commit robbery and an aggravated assault last night at 1101-B MLK Boulevard is under further investigation.

Officers answered 9 domestic and 6 miscellaneous calls over the weekend.

There were 7 weekend accidents with 1 injury complaint.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy this past weekend. In addition to the incidents worked by Deputies, 39 traffic stops were conducted. Charges ranged from speeding to driving the wrong side of a divided street. At a stop on Country Club Drive, a chase ensued before Labresha S. Harris was arrested for illegal possession of a controlled substance; possession and use of drug-related objects; and obstruction. Thefts took place from 2288 US 280 east and 105 Mayfire Drive. A theft of a vehicle was reported at 120-A Forest Park Road. Domestic disturbances occurred at 424 Morris Drive; 534 Tallent Store Road where Keith L. Devane was arrested for criminal trespass; and 128 Hooks Mill Road where Timothy R. Faircloth was arrested for terroristic threats; battery; simple battery against a law enforcement officer; obstruction; false report of a crime; and interference with government property. Damage to property complaints were made at 122 Easy Street and Lot A 796 US 19 south. Bad child complaints occurred at 103 Short Lane and Lot 23 321 LaCross Road. A suspicious vehicle complaint was filed at US 280 west at New Point Church. Deputies worked 3 accidents with 2 being deer-related.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Tyrone Emanuel Angry for theft by shoplifting and felony motor vehicle theft; Keith Leon Devane for criminal trespass; Timothy Ray Faircloth for 2 counts of terroristic threats/ simple assault on a peace officer/ battery (DVA)/ 1st degree criminal damage to property/ obstruction/ and criminal interference with government property; Labresha Symone Harris for possession of marijuana/ possession and use of drug-related objects/ and obstruction; Danny Hartage for DUI/ driving with a suspended license/ fleeing and attempting to elude/ failure to obey a traffic control device/ and defective or no lights; Dontavious Marquis Hoston for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and sale of marijuana; Deborah Laverne Shelton for assault battery and the reckless and dangerous use of dangerous weapons; and Marquis Eric Williams for DUI. 3 were released and 3 bonded out.