There is a scam going on and the scam artists are using Georgia
Power. In brief, this scam is targeting Georgia Power customers, both
residential and commercial. The customer gets a call stating they are behind on
their bill and the power is about to be turned off unless you get a debit card
and give them the number on the card to clear your account. Georgia Power, in
response, states they never call an individual customer; instead they would use
an automated call to tell the customer to get in touch with your Georgia Power
representative. There have been calls all across the state and even some here
which Local News was then made aware of the scam. Remember that Georgia Power
will never call an individual customer and will never ask you for a debit card
to clear your account. If you should get such a call then contact the nearest
law enforcement agency to report it.
The City of Americus
issued a response over the weekend to a news story that recently aired on an Albany
TV station concerning an Americus
employee.According to CAO
Laura Lee Bernstein, the employee Chris Wooden resigned to take a job with the
public works department in Andersonville.
The City accepted his resignation immediately. During his two week notice, he
and several other public works employees decided to accept an “ice bucket
challenge” and used City equipment to carry out the challenge while on City
time. The challenge that the public works employees participated in with City
equipment and on City time was never approved by the department, the CAO
or the Mayor and Council. This is not a situation of the City not supporting a
charity. As a result, the City chose to accept the resignation effective
immediately and still approved three days of paid leave he had requested before
this situation occurred.
High school football kicked off this past
weekend and 2 local teams lost on the road. Smith Station defeated Americus-Sumter
38-13 and Westfield
21-7. This week MarionCounty
gets their season started playing on the road in MillerCounty.
Both Americus-Sumter and SouthlandAcademy
will be at home. Americus-Sumter will host MaconCounty
will host RTCA in their season openers. SchleyCounty
is off this week and will have their first game on September 5th.
Americus Police were busy despite the heat over the
weekend. There were however, a large number of domestic-related calls probably
due to most people staying in because of the weekend heat.Criminal damage to property in the 2nd
degree complaints were made at 201 E. Lamar Street and 226 Horne Street.
A case of identity fraud is being
A gas drive off occurred at 602 W. Forsyth Street.
A forgery case is under further
Criminal trespass complaints were
made at 1122
Harrold Avenue, 232
Academy Street and at 118 Redrick Street.
Responding to a domestic situation on
Lamar and Hanson Drive, Tyjerius White was arrested for aggravated assault;
possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of a firearm during
the commission of a crime; carrying or possessing weapons on school property;
obstruction; and criminal use of article with altered identification mark.
At another domestic-related call at 1207 Oglethorpe Avenue, Christopher Allen Sims was arrested for
Corey T. Adams was arrested on N. Lee Street for hit-n-run.
Answering a domestic call to 304 Hosanna Circle, Barbara Jean Hawkins was arrested for
An aggravated assault that occurred
is under further investigation.
A disorderly conduct incident
occurred at 818
Thefts took place at 231 Ashby Street and at 711 Brooklyn Terrace.
An assault battery from a domestic
situation was reported at 110 Knollwood Drive.
A forced entry burglary is being
investigated at 404 W. Church Street.
A criminal attempt was made at this morning at 1505 N. MLK Boulevard.
At this morning a theft and criminal trespass occurred at 126 E. Forsyth Street.
were 3 weekend accidents with 3 injury complaints.
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies were not as busy this past weekend when compared to
some others lately. Deputies worked a total of 67 incidents and this time there
were more domestic calls (10) than traffic stops (9). Deputies responded to 2
bad child complaints. Thefts were reported at 243 Small Piece Road, 366 Holman Road and 108 Richmond Road. Damage to property complaints were made
Edgewood Drive and 202 Bessie Mays Circle. A burglary was investigated on E. Railroad Street. An armed robbery took place and is under
investigation at Sam’s Country Store on US 280 west. Lakell Barthell was
arrested for theft by conversion. Deputies worked 2 weekend accidents-1
involving a deer and the other was turned over to the GeorgiaState Patrol. Traffic stops resulted in Tamieka N. Jenkins being cited for failure
to maintain insurance; Brian H. Collins being arrested for speeding and Shelby
G. Smith arrested for speeding.
Currently housed in the Sumter County
Jail are: Lakell Martece Barthell for theft by conversion; Curtis Grimes for
probation violation and possession and use of drug related objects; Andrew Lee
Holley for felony theft by shoplifting/possession of drug related objects;
Christopher Coley Morgan-holding for USMS; Christopher Allen Sims for criminal
trespass/southwestern probation; Rontavieus David Slaughter-holding for Webster
County; Tyjerius Kwame White for obstruction/aggravated assault/possession of a
firearm by a convicted felon/possession of a firearm during the commission of a
crime/carrying weapons within school safety zones/criminal use of an article
with altered mark.