"Local News"

Monday July 21st, 2014



If you didn’t take advantage of early voting but plan to vote in the run-off election tomorrow, than plan on going to your usual polling place. Early voting came to an end this past Friday and election officials were pleased with the turnout. The regular polling places will be the ONLY place voters can go and cast a ballot on Tuesday. The Sumter County Courthouse IS NOT a polling place-that was only for the early voting. The polls tomorrow will open at 7am and will close at 7pm around the county. All voters in all districts will be voting for an at-large seat on the Sumter County BOE. Michael Coley Sr. and Sylvia Roland are seeking this 2-year at-large seat on the BOE. District 2 voters will choose between Everett Byrd and Meda Krenson as your BOE representative as well as vote for the at-large candidate. Again, if you did not early vote and you want to vote tomorrow, go to your usual polling place and cast your ballot. Make sure you have a photo ID with you.

Tuesday will be a busy day. Not only will you be voting, but you can also go to the 16th annual Steak & Stake fundraiser to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. The fundraising event at the GSW Student Success Center begins at 5pm tomorrow with a silent auction to be followed by the dinner and program at 6. Americus native son and former NFL Head Coach Dan Reeves will deliver the keynote address.

It will be a busy 2 days for the Boys and Girls Club. The big fundraiser is tomorrow night and a special re-dedication and renaming ceremony will take place this Wednesday at 551 Hosanna Circle at noon. The Boys and Girls Club of Americus/Sumter County will officially become the Bill Harris Sr. Boys and Girls Club at special ceremonies at noon this Wednesday. Special dignitaries will be on hand for the occasion and the community is strongly encouraged to attend. Refreshments will follow the ceremony on Wednesday.

Open House in the Sumter County Schools will be on Thursday July 31st next week. Primary and elementary school open house will be from 5 to 7pm and then middle and high school open house will be from 6 to 8pm next Thursday. Open house will be a good opportunity to get a list of school supplies and then take advantage of Georgia’s Sales Tax Holiday on August 1st and 2nd. Clothing, back to school supplies, computers and other school-related items will be tax-free for the 2 days. Parents can save by taking advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday. Students in the Sumter County School system return to class for the new school year on Monday August 4th.

Despite the weekend weather, Americus Police were pretty busy. Autos were entered over the weekend at 14-D 1034 Elm Avenue (twice), 504 Valley Drive and 712 Barlow Street.

A forgery was reported at 1711 E. Lamar Street.

At a traffic stop on Walker Street at 12:36 Saturday morning, Johnny Dean Durham Jr. was arrested for his 2nd DUI, for too fast for conditions, fleeing and attempting to elude and driving on a suspended license.

Following a traffic stop on S. Lee Street at 1:40 Saturday morning, Milo Vidal Mumford was arrested for failure to maintain lane and DUI-refusal-2nd offense.

James Thomas Tanner was arrested at 12:54 Saturday morning at 1215 Elm Avenue for discharging firearms in the City.

After a traffic stop on S. Jackson Street 2 drug arrests were made. David Raybon was arrested for possession of marijuana. Miethia Jackson was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

A criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree complaint was made at 101-A Waitsman Drive for a damaged vehicle.

A traffic stop conducted on E. Lamar Street led to Sherri Lashun Dorsey being cited for no insurance and operating a vehicle with suspended registration.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 155 Hosanna Circle, 403-B Academy Street and 107 W. Forsyth Street over the weekend.

Anna Alicia Morgan was arrested for DUI and a seat belt violation following a traffic stop early Sunday morning on S. Lee Street.

After a traffic stop on Felder Street at 2:33 Sunday morning, Andre Vernard Ingram was arrested for driving on a suspended license, too fast for conditions and obstruction.

At 4:03 Sunday morning, Levi Chris Thomas was arrested for DUI and failure to maintain lane following a traffic stop on N. Jackson Street.

Catherine Cross was arrested for restraint of dogs on Westside Drive.

A burglary was investigated at apartment 133 140 Lonnie Lane. A burglary and criminal damage to property in the 1st degree is being investigated at 216 Sharon Drive.

David Lee Gosewisch was arrested at 430 Forrest Street on a simple battery charge.

Thefts occurred over the weekend at 310 Ashby Street (bike), 104 Town Creek, 1605 E. Lamar Street, 323 Allen Street and at 104-B Frieda Lane.

Orlando Cornelius Johnson was arrested at 102 Lonnie Lane for an outstanding warrant.

There were 3 weekend accidents with no reported injuries.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office had a busy weekend. 87 total incidents were reported since Friday. 28 of the 87 were for traffic stops. After a traffic stop on US 49 north, Cheryl Word was arrested for speeding. A stop in the Perlis Plaza resulted in the arrest of Amos L. Moore for expired registration. Following a stop on US 19 south, Jerry W. Anthony was arrested for an expired registration. On Highway 30 west, a traffic stop led to the arrest of Carolyn L. Bonner for speeding. After a traffic stop on US 49 north, Terry Lawhorn was arrested for obstruction. Following a stop on US 49, Audra L. Powell was arrested for speeding.

Deputies went to thefts at 119 Daisy Drive and 118-B Loop Road. A theft of gas reported at 204 E. Church Street. A burglary was investigated at 122 Tommy Hooks Road. Deputies went to an illegal dumping complaint at 199 Jenkins Road. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 105 5th Street. A bad child complaint was also made to deputies.

Delia D. Franks was arrested for obstruction at 151 Magnolia Road and Timothy B. Vanlerberghe was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Arrested and in jail are: Eddie James Baisden for driving on a suspended license; Jeremy Demar Canady for an outstanding warrant from Monroe County; Marco Dante Cannon for driving on a suspended license and harassing phone calls; James D. Carter for failure to maintain lane and driving on a suspended license; David Gosewisch for simple battery; Charlie James Ingram for illegal possession of a controlled substance; Miethia M. Jackson for  possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; Orlando C. Johnson for an outstanding warrant from Henry County; Denisha Gale Mack for driving on a suspended license and City probation violation; James Howell Moore for 2-counts of theft by taking; Elliott Quintrel Stephens for interference with 911 call/ simple assault (FVA)/ and obstruction; and Victor Vasquez for probation violation and warrant for Webster County.

There were 4 accidents deputies worked over the weekend.