"Local News"

Monday May 25th, 2015


Today is Memorial Day, a time for the entire nation to pause, remember and honor the service of deceased veterans. It’s the ultimate sacrifice of both men and women in our armed services that allow us the freedoms we have today.  Take time to remember on this Memorial Day and fly your American Flag with pride!

Because today is the Memorial Day holiday, there will be no mail service today. The offices at the City of Americus and those at the Sumter County Courthouse as well as the office at the Law Enforcement Center are all closed in observance of the holiday. These offices will reopen for business as usual on Tuesday. Due to the offices at the LEC being closed today there will be NO Sheriff’s reports today. Financial institutions are also closed for the Memorial Day holiday. Most restaurants are open for the holiday but you may find a few that are closed. Grocery stores are expected to do good business this weekend as a lot of backyard bar-b-cues are always a part of the Memorial Day.

One thing you can do on this holiday and everyday until June 8th is vote for Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in the nationwide vote for the Most Beautiful Hospital in the United States. After one week of voting, Phoebe Sumter was in first place! Friends and community members are encouraged to vote daily and vote often now until June 8th. There is NO limit to the number of times you may vote. To vote for Phoebe Sumter go to www.soliant.com/hospitals-2015/vote.

This Thursday May 28th, the next meeting of the Childhood Obesity Program will be held from 6 to 7:30 at the Rec Department on Rucker Street. New enrollees are still being accepted in this program for ages 2 through 18. Both parent AND child must be present for these monthly meetings to receive the education, monitoring and the $20 voucher for free fruits and vegetables. Once again, new enrollees will still be accepted into the program so plan to attend this Thursday evening.

 The 78-hour Memorial Day travel period will end at midnight tonight. As of 6am this morning, already 9 traffic fatalities have been recorded across Georgia’s highways. 5 of the fatalities have been worked by GSP and 4 by local law enforcement agencies across the state. 3 of the statewide fatality count have occurred in Troop G here in southwest Georgia. 1 was worked by GSP Thomasville and 2 were worked by GSP Albany. If you have travel plans today, expect to see a visible presence from all law enforcement as they try to make the remainder of this holiday a safe one.

Americus Police had a busy holiday weekend so far. Numerous criminal trespass complaints were made. Criminal trespass complaints occurred at 118 Laurel Circle, 310-B E. Forsyth Street, 405 Pinecrest Drive, 704 N. Lee Street and at 105-B Waitsman Drive.

An unruly juvenile complaint was filed at 217 Burton Circle.

A counterfeit bill was turned over to police at 202 Manhattan Street.

Autos were entered over the weekend at A2 817 N. Mayo Street, 1526 S. Lee Street and 1206 1st Montgomery.

A sexual battery case is under further investigation. All totaled, there were 6 domestic-related calls answered by officers over the weekend.

A robbery occurred on Adderton Street and is being investigated.

A theft took place from 105 Eastview Circle.

A dog bite case at 111 Appleblossom Lane was reported.

Officers made numerous weekend arrests. Sinyea Robinson and Chel’sie Ruff were arrested at 124 Bay Street for possession of alcohol by underage persons.

A juvenile was arrested for runaway.

Tavares Rashaun Caldwell was arrested for probation violation on E. Forsyth Street.

Following an accident investigation, Diamond Shantrell McCray was arrested for driving without a license.

John Jones was arrested at 105-G Eastview Apartments for battery (DVA), theft and obstruction.

Charlise Streeter was arrested at 1605 E. Lamar Street for possession of alcohol by underage persons.

Raphaela Maria Garcia was arrested at 456 Reese Street and charged with aggravated assault and 2-counts of 3rd degree cruelty to children.

Deon Dice was arrested at Lot 12 Weeks Trailer Park for consumption of alcohol by a minor.

GSP made a traffic stop and arrested a 16-year old for underage drinking. Other 16-year olds were inside the vehicle and had been drinking as well.

Americus Police worked 7 weekend accidents with no reported injuries.