"Local News"

Monday March 30th, 2015



Drivers will get “spring break” this week as the Sumter County Schools are out all this week in observance of Spring Break. That simply means busses will not be running routes at all this week. Drivers will get a bus-free commute this week but classes will resume next Monday April 6th. As a matter of fact, most traffic this week will be a little lighter with the Sumter County Schools out as well as Southland Academy, both on Spring Break this week.

The Boys & Girls Club of Americus-Sumter County is sponsoring a program this Saturday April 4th to commemorate the bravery of the 1963 Stockade Girls. This program will held at Georgia Southwestern State University starting at 1pm. The life and legacy of the fourteen black female adolescents held hostage in the Leesburg Stockade will be commemorated. These girls, ages 11-15, played an instrumental role in shaping the Civil Rights Movement in Americus, Dawson and Leesburg during the 1960s. The community is encouraged to attend.

The free Ladies Hand Gun Safety Course is beginning to fill up. Pre-registration is required due to the limited class size. You can call today at 924-4094 ext.221 or 232 and sign up. The free class will be on Saturday April 25th starting at 8:30am in the Sumter County Ag Center auditorium. Participants will need to bring your own weapon, 30 rounds of ammunition and your firearm carry permit. If you do not have the permit, you will need to bring your personal ID for background check purposes. It’s also recommended to bring a hat to wear while at the shooting range.

Forecasters are saying there is the potential for possible severe weather in the area mainly this afternoon. The main threat is for damaging wind gusts in the thunderstorms and possible hail associated with these storms. These are mainly mid-afternoon thunderstorms with only a lingering shower into the early evening. The rain chances stand at 50% this afternoon, 20% this evening and then a 30% chance of pop-up afternoon thundershowers on Tuesday. Just a head’s up on the potential of severe weather in the area this afternoon.

All things considered, it was a quiet weekend for Americus Police. There were several autos entered around town. Autos were entered at 608 Walter Way, 401 Peachtree Street and 408 S. Lee Street.

Willie Arthur Lockhart Jr. was arrested at 6B 701 Davenport Street for disorderly conduct.

There were 2 cases of harassing phone calls reported to police.

Following a traffic stop on W. Forsyth Street, Monica Marie Castillo was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

A simple battery complaint occurred at 105 Norman Cole Street.

A forced entry burglary and theft are being investigated at 503 W. Church Street.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 7E 110 Knollwood Drive, 107-A Magnolia Village and at 120-A Hanson Drive.

A phone scam was reported to officers.

Officers responded to a shoplifting complaint at 5am Saturday morning at 1204 S. MLK Boulevard.

A simple battery and obstruction case is under further investigation.

An investigation into an aggravated sodomy and child molestation case is under way.

There were 3 domestic-related calls this past weekend.

Officers worked 3 accidents with no reported injuries.

There was 1 intense moment last night for officers and Americus Fire and Emergency. Central dispatched AFES to a tractor-trailer fire on MLK Boulevard near the bridge. While en route, they were advised it was a gas tanker. 2 engines were responding and officers also went to the scene. Upon arrival smoke was coming from the semi and then everyone was advised the tanker was empty. Firefighters then made the determination that it was the brakes that were on fire and not the tanker. The situation was then quickly resolved without any further incident.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy with 97 total weekend incidents. Nearly half were traffic stops—45 as a matter of fact. Charges ranged from 7 speeding tickets issued, 2 DUI arrests, several failure to obey stop signs and seat belt violations. Numerous warnings were also issued over the weekend.

Deputies went to a domestic disturbance call and made 2 arrests at 152 Santa Rosa Drive. Jessica Ferguson was arrested for possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. Darius D. Ballard was arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and criminal trespass. At a domestic call to 112 Gus Street, Michael A. Nottage was charged with disorderly conduct. Another domestic call was answered at 287 Lasco Harvey Road. Joseph J. Lewis was arrested for identity theft fraud at 116 Pecan Terrace. A theft took place at 17 Small Piece Road. Suspicious person complaints were made on US 27 east, 894 US 19 north and at 120 US 19 south. Damage to property complaints were made twice at 130 Rainbow Terrace. A suspicious vehicle complaint was filed on Smothers Road. Deputies went to 209 Tripp Street and at 231 US 27 east for civil calls. There were 3 weekend accidents with 1 deer-related.

In the Sumter County Jail: Darius Demonta Ballard for possession of cocaine/ possession of marijuana/ and criminal trespass; Ray Anthony Brown for DUI and failure to maintain lane; Ronald Andrew Clum for probation violation; Alexus Montrell Coleman for contempt; Darryl Lazell Evans for probation violation; Jessica Chantel Ferguson for possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; Joseph Jerry Lewis for identity theft fraud (felony); Willie Arthur Lockhart for disorderly conduct; Janmichael Troydel Walker for DUI and failure to maintain lane; and Corralus Cantrell Wilson for probation violation and obstruction.