"Local News"

Monday February 8th, 2016



Early voting for the March 1st Presidential Preference Primary starts today. Voting will be held in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse during regular business hours. You will need to bring a photo ID with you when you come to early vote.

The Sumter County BOE has committee meetings this afternoon which will be followed by a work session at 6 this evening. The regular monthly meeting of the BOE will be this Thursday February 11th at 7pm. All meetings of the BOE will be held in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building and are open for the public to attend.

Our weather is about to change and you’ll need to literally batten down the hatches or anything you have loose around your home that could be blown away. The winds will increase by this afternoon gusting up to 25mph. They won’t drop off much tonight as the temperature drops to the upper 20s. Even gustier winds will be around tomorrow and tomorrow night. Even Wednesday will be windy but not as strong winds. Tuesday’s highs may not get out of the 30s and with the strong, gusty winds will feel downright brutal if you have to be outside for any period of time. Log onto www.americusradio.com and click on the weather link to stay ahead of this frigid forecast.

Residents of Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are encouraged to attend the February Neighborhood Watch meeting. The next meeting will be at 6pm tomorrow evening in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. Judges Rucker Smith, Michael Greene and Lisa Rambo will be the guest speakers tomorrow night. Please make plans to attend this important meeting.

Americus Police were busy over the weekend answering 14 miscellaneous calls and 12 domestic-related calls. Forced entry burglaries were investigated at 102 Hosanna Circle and 1027 E. Furlow Street.

3 identity fraud cases are under further investigation.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 209-B Murphy Mill Road; 120 Laurel Circle; 105 Linnie Street; 620 S. Hampton Street; and 117 Highland Drive.

Kierra Mayel Warren was arrested for simple battery; stalking; felony theft; and criminal trespass for an incident at 137 S. Lee Street.

This was not a good weekend for juveniles. An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 258 Lonnie Lane. A juvenile was arrested for unruly and 2-counts of obstruction on Bozeman Circle. Another juvenile arrest was made at 2000 Roney Street for unruly juvenile and obstruction. 2 juveniles were arrested at 805 Harrold Avenue and charged with unruly and 2-counts of criminal trespass for spray painting the track area. Probably half of the miscellaneous calls answered involved juveniles.

Autos were entered at 77-D Barbara Battle Way and 805 Harrold Avenue.

An armed robbery and battery case at 310-B E. Forsyth is being investigated. Officers found the victim unconscious at this location.

Following a traffic stop by Trooper Davis on Georgia 3 (MLK Boulevard), Antoinette Danielle Searcy was arrested for DUI-refusal and headlight requirements.

A suspicious vehicle complaint was made in the W. Jefferson Street area.

After a traffic stop on Elm Avenue, Jacobo Perez was arrested for driving without a license and failure to stop at a stop sign.

A theft of lost/mislaid property occurred at 102 Tripp Street.

Hit-n’-run accidents were reported at 1313 Elm Avenue and 2 in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

There were 6 weekend accidents with 1 injury complaint.

There is nothing further to report on the search for 26 year old James Darron Fuller who was reported missing by his family last Thursday 2/4/16. He ran from a traffic stop on MLK Boulevard Wednesday night and has not been heard from since. A multi-agency search of the Muckalee Creek area on Friday had negative results.


Sumter County Sheriffs Deputies worked 86 weekend incidents with 40 traffic stops included. Melvin Hudson was arrested for DUI and failure to maintain lane following a stop on Georgia 3 north. After a stop on US 19, Bonnie J. Gillis was arrested for DUI, failure to maintain lane and following too closely. A stop on Sunset Park at Bumphead Road in Natasha D. Thomas being charged with DUI, failure to obey a stop sign and failure to maintain lane. Numerous written and verbal warnings were issued.

Damage to property occurred at 225 Lexington Circle, 117 Southland Subdivision where Erik D. Jackson was arrested for simple battery DVA, 1327 Highway 45 north and 653 Blacksmith Road. 2 cases of identity theft were reported. A suspicious person complaint was made at 717 US 27 east. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 439 Bear Branch Road. A bad child complaint was filed at 594 Bumphead Road. There were 3 weekend accidents with one being deer-related.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail are: Trenedrick Carlos Bishop for disorderly conduct; Amanda Nicole Cross for DUI/ expired or no drivers license/ and possession of a drug-related object; Bonnie Jones Gillis for DUI/ following too closely/ and failure to maintain lane; Joseph Glenn for public intoxication and obstruction; Melvin Hudson for DUI and failure to maintain lane; Erik Denyell Jackson for simple battery (DVA) and 2nd degree cruelty to children; John Wayne Price for DUI/ failure to maintain lane/ and illegal possession of a controlled substance; and Kierra Meyel Warren for simple battery/ felony theft by taking/ criminal trespass/ and stalking. 1 bonded out of jail over the weekend.