“Local News”

Monday July 19th, 2021


The week will get off to a rather wet start in the first couple of days. Depending on what weather service you are following, the rain chances range from 60 to 90% today and tomorrow and will begin to drop slightly by Wednesday and even further closer to the weekend. Rainfall totals can be up to a half-inch with higher totals in and around thunderstorms. Highs will be in the 80s for most of the week with the 90s returning towards next weekend. The rains today could start before noon with storms during the afternoon and into the evening hours.



The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will have a Special Called Meeting at 5 this afternoon to discuss Solid Waste Collection Proposals. Due to COVID-19, the meeting will be viewed via ZOOM. The Board will also discuss any other items deemed as appropriate. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open to the public. The regular monthly meeting will be held tomorrow evening at 6 again via ZOOM. To call in and listen, dial 1-646-558-8656. Use 919 603 3470 as the meeting ID and 283812 as the passcode.


The United Way’s “Stuff the Bus” will wrap up tomorrow July 20th. All donations will stay local in the community they are received for. Please consider donating school supply items; purchasing from the Amazon Wishlist or making a monetary donation. Businesses with the Stuff the Bus bins includes Americus Fire & Emergency Services; Gammage Print Shop; Harvey’s; Innovative Senior Solutions; Metro Power; Shiver Lumber; Sumter County Sheriff’s Office; and Sunbelt Ford. Tomorrow, July 20th is the last day donations will be accepted.


The SCS will have a bus located at the Middle School football stadium parking lot tomorrow from 9 to 6 for the community to Stuff the Bus. Supplies collected tomorrow at the bus will be evenly distributed among 5 schools and for those who will benefit.


Another school reminder from the SCS is registration for Pre-K Monday-Thursday this week from 8 to 4 at the Sumter County Primary School bus ramp. For more information, call 924-1012.


Americus Police had a busy weekend. A littering complaint was made at 214 Horton Drive.


Autos were entered over the weekend at 314-A Forrest Street and at 1711 E. Lamar Street.


Thefts took place from 416 Tripp Street and 302 E. Furlow Street. A theft of services occurred at Lot 16 916 N. MLK Boulevard.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 211 John Street. Mary H. Hunt was arrested and charged with criminal trespass at 124 Town Creek Circle.


A simple battery occurred at 93-A Bozeman Circle. A battery complaint was filed with an officer at 210 Brookdale Drive.


Aggravated assaults were reported over the weekend at 1630 Lafayette Street and at 39-B Reddick Drive.


A burglary was investigated at 307 Harvey Lane. While at this scene, Kanasha S. Perry was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Another burglary was investigated at 403 W. Hill Street.


Responding to a domestic at apartment 14 140 Lonnie Lane, Lamari C. Edwards and April A. Johnson were arrested for assault and battery.


Officers went to a domestic at 2A 105 Knollwood Drive where investigation found that 2-counts of battery and 4-counts of terroristic threats had occurred.


A juvenile was arrested in the Reddick Drive area for possession of a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm by persons under 18.


Officers responded to a complaint of shots fired in the Manhattan Street area.


Mykal D. Puca was arrested at 119 W. Church Street for aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony.


Phaderia Woodham was arrested for criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree at 429-H Forrest Street. Further investigation led to a charge of criminal trespass.


Reginald K. Holtzcloth was arrested at a traffic stop on W. Furlow at Oak Avenue for probation violation.


Following a traffic stop at 3:56 Sunday morning on N. Lee Street, Christopher D. Lyles was cited for no insurance.


Damage to property was reported at 1550 E. Forsyth Street.


Terroristic threats and acts occurred at 1704 S. Lee Street.


At a traffic stop on Lamar Street at Jackson, Cristobal Perez was arrested for driving without a valid license and failure to obey a traffic control device.


An unruly juvenile complaint was made last night at 223-A Horton Drive.


Hit-n-run accidents occurred at 219 Murphy Mill Road and at 126 US 280W.


Officers answered 7 total weekend domestic-related calls and 4 miscellaneous calls.


There were 3 accidents worked by APD over the weekend that had no reported injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies may have set a weekend record by conducting 90 traffic stops. Numerous citations and warnings were issued. Deputies investigated burglaries at 232 US 19N and at 1200 Southerfield Road. Thefts took place from 1460 US 280W and at 168 Floyd Road. Illegal dumping was reported on Sneed Road off Highway 118 and at 159 W. Rockhill. 4 activated alarms were checked out. 2 domestic-related calls were answered. Deputies assisted EMS with a patient call. A bad child complaint was made at 114 Welch Way. 1 motorist was given assistance. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 100 Sylvan Road. A suspicious person was spotted in the area of Highway 27E. A suspicious vehicle was looked into at Lot I 266 Tulip Drive. A civil complaint was filed at 142 Salem Woods Drive. Deputies went to livestock in the roadway at 651 Highway 195N and in the S. Lee Street-Mask Road area. A hit-n-run accident occurred at 116 Highway 30W. Deputies did work 2 weekend accidents with 1 being deer-related.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Jereko LaBraxton Bridges—housing for Richland PD; Sandy Smith Cromer for simple battery; Armand Bernard Green for probation violation; Reginald Kentrell Holtzcloth for probation violation; Cristobal Perez Lopez for driving while unlicensed and failure to obey a traffic control device; Mykal Donovan Puca for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; Allen Wright Rue for 1st degree burglary; and Phaderia Woodham for criminal trespass and 2nd degree criminal damage to property. 3 were released from jail after posting bond over the weekend.