"Local News"

Monday February 20th, 2017



This is meeting week. As Presidentís Day is celebrated, the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will re-broadcast the 2016 Presidentís Day program highlighting the 100th anniversary of the National park Service in 2016 and will start at 11 this morning in the Plains High School auditorium.

Today at 5:30, the Walk of Fame Committee of the City of Americus meets in the boardroom of the Public Safety Building downtown. The meeting is open to the community.

The Weed Control meeting for all crops will be at 6 this evening at the Sumter County Ag Center at 127 William Bowen Pointe. UGA Specialists will present the program. With your attendance, you can earn 1-hour credit towards your private and/or commercial pesticide license.

The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is tomorrow evening at 6pm in the Commissioners room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The meeting is open for the community to attend.

The monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans will be at 7 tomorrow night at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. All members and friends of the Sons of Confederate Veterans are invited to attend.

Sumter County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) meets at 6pm tomorrow evening at the old National Guard building on Adderton Street. CERT is looking for volunteers who may be interested in receiving training on search and rescue and emergency preparedness. For questions, contact CERT coordinator Lindsay Joiner at 942-4977 or Robin Albritton at 938-5149.

The City of Americus will host a Transportation Q&A on Wednesday from 6-7pm in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building to offer answers to your questions concerning the Cityís transportation changes. If you have any questions, contact Josh Roth at 924-4411 ext. 238.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be on Thursday at 5 in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. The community is invited to attend.

This is Presidentís Day and compared to some other holidays, there will not be much of a disruption in daily activities. Banks and the Post Office are closed today. City and County offices ARE open for business as usual today. Most schools are in session today except for students at Southland Academy who are taking the holiday off. Georgia Southwestern and South Georgia Technical College are in session today as well.

Sumter County is contiguous to Crisp County, which has received the presidential disaster declaration due to the severe storms and tornadoes from January. Therefore, Sumter County businesses and nonprofits are eligible for economic injury disaster loans, for any revenue losses due to the disaster. A business recovery center is set up at 125 Pine Avenue in Albany from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday. Interested applicants can also call 1-800-659-2955 or go online to sba.gov to receive loan applications.

Americus Police were busy this past weekend mainly with domestic issues. Officers responded to 14 domestic-related calls. Responding to a domestic at 415 Poplar, Charcia A. Sims was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Adan Catalon Andres was arrested for assault and battery from a domestic with injuries at 426 S. Lee.

Autos were entered at 618 E. Church (unlocked) and at 951 Westside Drive.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 202 and 200 Manhattan Street; 442 Oak Street; 220 Barnum Drive; 1711 E. Lamar; and at 236 Wanda Way early this morning.

Cal B. Daniels and Lawrence Daniels were each arrested for battery after officers responded to a fight at 1113 N. Lee Street.

A 1st degree forgery was reported and a counterfeit bill was turned over to police.

Interference with custody was reported to police for investigation.

A juvenile was arrested at 109-A Bessie Mays Circle and charged with unruly and obstruction.

A traffic stop was conducted on W. Glessner at Hancock and Jonathan Van Mack was arrested for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce.

Michael Tyler Lynn was arrested at 120 N. Lee and charged with public intoxication and consumption by a minor.

Thefts took place from 795-E Hawkins Street and at 433 Mayo Street.

A reckless conduct incident involving a juvenile in the Ridge Street and Gail Street area remains under investigation.

A hit-ní-run accident was reported at 1332 S. Lee Street.

There were 3 weekend accidents that had 2 injury complaints. After an accident investigation on MLK Boulevard, Adrian Santa Maria-Reyes was arrested and charged with driving without a license.


Sheriffís Deputies were busy over the weekend conducting 28 traffic stops. Charges were issued ranging from speeding to DUI to possession of marijuana. Suspicious person complaints were made on Tommy Warren at Phil Jones Road, 141 Beauchamp Road and apartment 702 900 Southwestern Circle. Domestic disturbances occurred at 764 Bumphead Road, Lot 16 971 Brady Road, 174 Ginger Drive and at 124 Pecan Terrace. A burglary was investigated at 127 Mills Road near Smithville. A theft took place from 385 Highway 30 west. Suspicious vehicles were spotted on US 49 south and at 297 Ed Carson Road. There were 3 weekend accidents worked by a Deputy with 1 deer-related accident.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Judy Mae Bailey for felony failure to appear; Caluirl Bernard Daniels for battery; Lawrence Daniels for battery; James Larry Davis for terroristic threats and acts; Kelvin Donta Gordon for probation violation; Michael Brian Hancock for theft by deception; Sammie Lee Jackson for obstruction and battery; Charcia Sims for criminal trespass; Bryan Richard Smith for felony escape and probation violation; and Mack Arthur Thompson for marijuana possession-less than an ounce/ obstruction/ giving a false name to law enforcement/ and probation violation. 10 bonded out over the weekend. 1 was released for time served and 1 was released to another jail.