"Local News"

Monday September 22nd, 2014



There is school news today on Local News. Sumter County School Superintendent Donnie Smith is offering a unique opportunity for the public to meet him face-to-face and ask him directly anything about the school system. This important community meeting will take place tomorrow evening September 23rd at Sumter Elementary on the Bumphead Road at 6pm. Those attending will have an opportunity to tour updated facilities and interact with the Superintendent. All members of the community are encouraged to attend.

On Thursday September 25th, the weather-shortened game between Americus-Sumter and Thomas County Central will resume. Action will resume with the 3rd quarter kick-off at 7pm. Admission for the game is free this Thursday night in Thomasville.

Sara Cobb Elementary will have Math and Science Family Fun Night also tomorrow night at the school from 6 to 7:15. All parents and guardians are invited to attend.

High school football from last Friday night had all area teams in action and all were winners. Southland Academy defeated Terrell Academy 33-24; Schley County beat Taylor County 33-27; Marion County defeated Columbus High 34-31; and Americus-Sumter edged Albany High 27-26. This week, again it’s Americus-Sumter and TCC Thursday at 7; Marion County at Schley County; and Southland hosting Brookwood.

This Thursday September 25th is time again for the 27th annual Taste of Sumter in downtown Americus. The annual event will be from 6 to 9pm and will be held on Jackson Street between Forsyth and Lamar. Admission is $5 which includes $3 in food tokens. This is always a fun time for the entire family with food and entertainment for all. Live entertainment on Thursday night will feature Brandon Wheeler. Come sample the best Americus and Sumter County has to offer and it’s all this Thursday from 6 to 9pm on Jackson Street in downtown Americus.

A deadline is fast approaching. The deadline to submit your entry in this year’s Sumter Scarecrow competition is this Friday September 26th. Applications are now available at the offices of the Chamber of Commerce at 409 Elm Avenue. For more information or for an application contact Ivy at the Chamber by calling 924-2646.

We’re in the last few hours of summer. Fall officially arrives at 10:29 tonight. It will feel fall-like on Tuesday and especially Wednesday morning when the lows are expected to drop into the upper 50s. After the rain chance this afternoon which will usher in the cooler weather, the next rain chance will be on Sunday.

Americus Police had a full, active weekend. Criminal trespass complaints were made at 1505 Crawford Street; 5C 1130 Felder Street; 105-E Eastview Apartments; 713 Jackson Avenue; 1310-B 1st Montgomery; 9A 950 Anthony Drive; and 602 Lewis Lowe Court.

Autos were entered at 110-A E. Church Street and at 303-B Bessie Mays Circle.

Thefts took place at 209 N. Lee Street, 103 Knollowood Drive and 1111 Douglas Circle. A motor vehicle theft was reported at 2:26 Sunday morning at 1007 MLK Boulevard.

A shoplifting incident occurred at 1040-A E. Forsyth Street.

Forced entry burglaries were investigated at 701 Douglas Circle and 234 Mitchell Street. There were also a lot of weekend arrests. Leonardo DaVinci Williams was arrested on Poplar Street and charged with obstruction, possession of a drug-related object and for an outstanding warrant.

Antonio Colbert was arrested at 124 Bay Street for possession/consumption by a minor after officers responded to a fight at that location.

At 1:04 Saturday morning, a traffic stop on Mitchell Street led to the arrest of Travon Jones for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, felony driving while license is suspended, DUI-refusal, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and 2-counts of failure to stop at a stop sign.

Responding to a domestic situation at 5:37 Saturday morning at 137 Cherokee Street, Donavan Banks was arrested for obstruction, simple battery, making terroristic threats and interference with government property.

Carlos Harris was arrested for shoplifting at 106 Prince Street and for an outstanding warrant.

Following a traffic stop on US 27 east, Joey Darryl Warren was arrested for DUI and open container.

Answering a domestic call to 224 N. Jackson Street, 2 arrests were made. Harriett Little Robinson was arrested for disorderly conduct, obstruction and criminal trespass. Dwayne Darrell Holmes was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Kenneth Anthony Cross was arrested for battery (DVA) and criminal trespass at a domestic call to 110 Knollwood Drive.

Quadiriah Michelle Hawkins was arrested on a theft charge at 117 Town Creek.

Hit-n-run accidents occurred at 1206 Crawford Street, 101-A Woodland Avenue, 124 Ashby Street and at 1101 Douglas Circle.

Officers had approximately 20 domestic-related calls this past weekend.

8 weekend accidents were worked by officers with no reported injuries.

Congratulations to Ken Grant and Grant Racing for winning the Pro Series at the US 19 Dragway in Albany this past weekend. In 2 weeks, Grant racing will be at the Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds for the Race of Champions and the Southeast Championship.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office was not as busy as past weekends. A total of 49 incidents were worked by Deputies over the weekend. 9 traffic stops were conducted. Louisa N. Pedraza was given a speeding ticket on US 19 south. Cecily J. Alford was given a speeding ticket on US 19 south. Shantika S. Ogletree was given a speeding ticket on Highway 30 west. The other stops were issued warnings. Thefts occurred over the weekend at 101 Industrial Boulevard, 1902 Roney Street, on Highway 30 west and at 247-F Old Dawson Road. Deputies answered 3 domestic-related calls. 2 suspicious person complaints were made. A criminal trespass complaint was made for an incident on Highway 30 at Buchanan Road. A burglary was investigated at 174 Ginger Drive. Damage to property complaints were made at 172 Tulip Drive and 918 Youngs Mill Road. A case of illegal dumping was reported at 124 Sylvan Place. There was a juvenile complaint filed at the North Campus. Deputies worked 3 weekend accidents.

The following are currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Donavan Antonio Banks for simple battery/terroristic threats/criminal interference with government property/ obstruction; Kenneth Anthony Cross for battery; Carlos R. Harris for felony failure to appear; Travon Xavier Jones for failure to obey a stop sign/driving on a suspended license/possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime/possession of marijuana with intent to distribute/possession of cocaine with intent to distribute/DUI; Anna Clark Layfield for battery (DVA); Zungi Pelt for public indecency; and Leonardo DaVinci Williams for possession of drug-related objects/obstruction/and child support.