"Local News"

Monday July 18th, 2016



From Nancy C. Smith, Clerk of Superior Court: 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 resolved. Jurors may call the office of Nancy C. Smith, Clerk, at 928-4537 for more information.

Another potentially disastrous accident occurred yesterday morning on US 280 east at the Lamar Road intersection, less than a month after a similar accident killed a truck driver. 81-year old David Mills failed to yield at the intersection and pulled his pick-up into the path of a tractor-trailer. The rig overturned with its load after trying to avoid the pick-up. Mills was airlifted to a Macon Trauma Center where he is listed in critical condition. Local News is waiting on word of the rig driver’s name and condition. Crews again had to clean up US 280 near Fatboys from an accident that should have been avoided.

The Americus/Sumter Boys & Girls Club’s 18th annual Steak & Stake Charity Fundraiser is tomorrow night at 6pm in the GSW Student Success Center. A silent auction begins at 5pm with the dinner and program to follow at 6. This year’s guest speaker is Dr. Wintley Augustus Phipps, Founder-President and CEO of US Dream Academy, Inc. Individual tickets remain on sale for $75 along with corporate sponsorships and tickets. For ticket information, call Dr. Shirley Green-Reese at 938-3300 or Susan Ruckman at 942-6618.

2 public hearings by the Sumter County BOE will be held this Wednesday July 20th over the proposed millage rate increase. The first public hearing will be at 11am and the second public hearing will be at 6pm Wednesday. The third and final public hearing will be Wednesday July 27th at 7pm. All public hearings will be held in the boardroom at the Central Office. A called meeting will immediately follow the third public hearing to adopt the millage rate and 5-year tax digest. For more information or to voice your concerns, plan to attend any of the public hearings.

Americus Police had yet another busy weekend. Reginald Keith Mathis Jr. was arrested for shoplifting at 1201 MLK Boulevard.

Angela Green was arrested for an outstanding warrant on Horton Drive.

Lakista Devard McCuller Jr. was arrested for felony theft on Cherokee Street.

Johnny Lamar Jackson was arrested for assault and battery on Park Row.

Following a traffic stop on S. Lee Street at 2:37 Saturday morning, Melissa Ann Angry was arrested for DUI.

An accident investigation at 3:57 Saturday morning on E. Lamar Street led to the arrest of Marcelino de la Cruz Gonzalez for DUI, failure to maintain lane and driving without a license.

After a traffic stop on W. Lester Street, Roy Lorenza Lowe was arrested for DUI and failure to maintain lane at 12:10 Sunday morning.

Marcus James Mitchell was arrested for theft of lost or mislaid property at 1034 Elm Avenue.

More autos were entered over the weekend. Autos were entered at 411 Peggyanne Drive; apartment 13 120 Lonnie Lane; 7E 1130 Felder Street; 319 Hosanna Circle; and 1034 Elm Avenue.

A battery occurred on N. Lee Street.

An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 117 Town Creek.

A counterfeit bill was reported at 1301 E. Lamar Street.

A loitering complaint was made at 1101 Crawford Street.

A suspicious person complaint was made on Harrold Avenue.

Thefts took place from 113-A Fairway II Drive, 602-H Eastview Drive, 806-A Fulton Street and 709 Gail Street.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 206-B 16th Green Street; 1114 N. Jackson Street; 406 Academy Street; 806 N. Lee Street; and 138 E. Peppermint Street.

At 4:15 this morning, a forced entry burglary was investigated at 130 Laurel Circle.

Officers answered 5 domestic and 5 miscellaneous calls over the weekend.

A hit-n-run accident occurred on Patterson Street.

Officers worked 6 weekend accidents with 1 injury complaint.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 30 weekend traffic stops with charges ranging from DUI to speeding to failure to maintain lane. A pursuit led to the arrest of Trummell J. Brown on Highway 30 who was charged with DUI; open container; driving on a suspended license; reckless driving; wrong side of the road; speeding; failure to maintain lane; fleeing and attempting to elude; and an improper U-turn. Suspicious vehicle complaints were made in the Lahacienda parking lot and at 378 Lakewood Avenue. Deputies responded to domestic disturbances at 604 Old Andersonville Road; 862 US 280 west; Lot 17 820 McMath Mill Road; Lot 37 321 Lacrosse Road; 190 Highway 308; 148 Harper’s Subdivision Road; and 1168 Salters Mill Road. Burglaries were investigated at 455 Pryor Road; 1211 US 49 north; and 234 Railroad Street. Sheriff’s Deputies assisted the Georgia State Patrol with safety check points and license checks over the weekend in several locations. A civil complaint was made at 200 Commerce Street. Nicholas Alexander was arrested for aggravated battery at 300 McMath Mill Road. Deputies went to suspicious person complaints at Highway 195 north and Lamar Road; 106 Cowpen Road; and 219 Tommy Warren Drive.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Melissa Ann Angry for DUI and tail light requirements; Trummell Jamal Brown for DUI/ speeding/ reckless driving/ driving on a suspended license/ wrong side of the road/ improper U-turn/ failure to maintain lane/ open container/ and fleeing and attempting to elude; William Jason Dupree for DUI/ speeding/ open container/ and failure to have license on person; Angela Green for simple battery; Cedrick Octavius Marshall for criminal trespass; Reginald Keith Mathis for theft by shoplifting; Lakista Devard McCuller Jr. for felony theft by shoplifting; and Marcus James Mitchell for theft of lost/mislaid property. 6 bonded out of jail over the weekend.