“Local News”

Monday June 27th, 2022



For the second straight Friday, a tragic accident started the weekend off on a bad note. This time it was a 2-vehicle accident at the dangerous intersection of Mask Road and Hooks Mill Road before 3:30 last Friday afternoon that unfortunately resulted in a traffic fatality. A pickup truck and a cargo van collided at the intersection with the van traveling south on Hooks Mill and the pickup heading east on Mask Road. The initial report by Sgt. Martin of Post 10 of the Georgia State Patrol states that the pickup ran the stop sign and the van struck the pickup’s drivers side. The impact caused the van to rotate and end up facing north in the eastern ditch. The pickup ended in the field across the intersection. All victims had already been transported to PSMC before the Trooper arrived. He did all measurements and documented the vehicles before leaving the scene to interview those involved. The driver of the pickup, Michael Morris of Americus died from his injuries while 3 in the van all suffered injuries. Freddie Updike, Mark Minick and Linton Godwin were treated and released with the exception of Mark Minick who was transported to Macon with significant injuries. Sumter County Fire & Rescue, Sumter Sheriff’s Deputies and volunteers were all on that accident scene. The intersection was reopened to traffic some 2-hours after the accident occurred.


There are 2 meetings scheduled for this evening. The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will have a called meeting this evening at 6 in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The purpose of this called meeting is to discuss and hopefully finalize the FY ’23 budget. The Board will also discuss any other items deemed as appropriate. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open to the public.


The Sumter County BOE will have a virtual called meeting at 6 this evening. The purpose of this called meeting is to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters.


Today is National HIV testing day. The West Central Health District will be offering free HIV testing in Americus from 10 to 6. The free testing site in Americus today is at Walgreens at 733 E. Forsyth Street. All those that are in need of this testing are encouraged to attend and take advantage of this free service to the community.


Its Plains, Trains & Fireworks coming this weekend. The City of Plains will be celebrating Independence Day this Saturday July 2nd. Many activities are planned for the celebration including fireworks. Local News will have more details throughout the week.


Compared to some weekends, this one was rather quiet for the Americus Police Department. A shoplifting incident occurred at 1101 Crawford Street.


After a traffic stop on Magnolia Street, Deanthony R. Chambliss was arrested for driving with a suspended license; obstruction; suspended registration; and no insurance.


A traffic stop at 12:47 Saturday morning resulted in the arrest of Quincy B. Daniels for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana.


Following a traffic stop on Lakeview Circle, Brianna M. Holt was arrested for driving with a suspended license.


Investigation is underway into a possible rape case.


A theft of gas was reported at 1101 S. MLK Boulevard.


A stop on W. Lamar at Jackson Street led to the arrest of Tamika Waters for driving with a suspended license; no insurance; failure to maintain lane; and driving with suspended registration.


Responding to an unknown situation at 406-B Academy Street, Samuel McCoy was arrested for aggravated assault and battery (FVA).


A criminal trespass complaint was made in the Armory Drive-Patton Drive area.


Shalisa L. Dodson was arrested for theft and financial transaction card fraud following an incident at 119 W. Church Street.


At a traffic stop at 5:42 Sunday morning on Railroad Street at Town Creek Circle, Warren C. Lewis was arrested for DUI and impeding the flow of traffic.


James E. Arnett was arrested and charged with aggravated assault for an incident last week at 611 Dismuke Street.


A felony theft of services occurred at 203-A Bessie Mays Circle.


Officers did stay busy responding to reports of shots fired. These locations over the weekend occurred in the Academy Street-McCoy Hill area; Cherokee Street; Angus Drive and Rogers Street area; and in the Polar Street-Academy Street area.


5 domestic-related calls and 1 miscellaneous call were answered over the weekend.


There were 6 accidents worked by APD since Friday that had no reported injuries.




The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office reports includes last Thursday due to the fact the Records Department was closed last Friday. Deputies stayed busy checking out 11 activated alarms since Thursday. Only 4 traffic stops were conducted. A stop on US 280E led to charges against Daniel C. Ash for failure to obey a stop sign. After a stop on W. Lamar at Hampton, Demeka L. Smith was charged with failure to obey a traffic stop. 3 prisoner transports were made. 1 harassing phone call complaint was made. Deputies responded to 117 Honeysuckle Court for threats. A follow-up to an incident at 248 Pryor-Cobb Road was made for a person who accidentally shot himself. Livestock in the roadway at 517 Salters Mill Road was looked into. A burglary was investigated at 234 Upper River Road. Deputies assisted 2 agencies on calls. 1 motorist was given assistance. 3 domestic-related calls were answered. A civil complaint was filed with a Deputy at 387 Memorial Mile. A suspicious person was spotted on Highway 49N. Deputies were on the scene of 7 accidents—3 which were deer-related and 1 turned over to Post 10 Troopers for investigation.


In the Sumter County Jail today: James Edward Arnett for aggravated assault; Robert Averett—housing for Dougherty County SO; Caleb Glenn Crimes—housing for Webster County; Quincy Bernard Daniels for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana; Karen Joett Devane for felony probation violation; Shalisa Lamonica Dodson for financial transaction card fraud/ theft by taking/ and probation violation; Antonio Tenyatta Harris for public drunkenness and probation violation; Terry John Lowmark for parole violation; Samuel McCoy for battery (FVA) and aggravated assault; Ramon Francisco Ortiz—housing for Lee County SO; Allan Wright Rue for Drug Court follow-up; and Bradford Anderson Terry for battery (FVA). 1 was in jail for sentencing. 2 were released from jail after posting bond.