“Local News”

Monday November 12th, 2018


Most federal, state and local government offices will be closed today in observance of the Veterans Day holiday which fell on the weekend yesterday. City of Americus and Sumter County offices are closed today and will resume regular business hours on Tuesday. For your information, these same offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holidays on Thursday and Friday next week on November 22nd and 23rd.

Because of the holiday being observed today, the offices at the LEC are closed and the next Sumter County Sheriff’s report will be on the Tuesday edition of Local News. Banks and the Post Office are also closed today. There WILL be trash pickup as scheduled for today.

The newly opened Disaster Recovery Center will also be closed today in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. The DRC will be open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 to 7 at the old National Guard Armory at 901 Adderton Street in Americus. Residents affected by Hurricane Michael last month can meet face-to-face with FEMA partners at the DRC.

The Sumter County Development Authority’s regular monthly meeting scheduled for today November 12th has been rescheduled due to scheduling conflicts. The monthly meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday November 14th at 12noon in the Rees Park Economic Development Center at 409 Elm Avenue in Americus. Please contact Barbara Grogan, Executive Director, at 229-924-2646 for any questions or concerns.

The annual Downtown Americus Christmas Open House is this Thursday November 15th from 5 to 8pm. Many things are planned such as the arrival of Santa Claus in Rylander Park, the lighting of the big Christmas Tree in Rylander Park and the Christmas lights and displays at many of the downtown businesses. Come downtown this Thursday evening and see what our local merchants will have for your Christmas shopping this year. Because of the Downtown Open House this Thursday, Mayor and Council adjusted their regular monthly meeting to start at 5 this Thursday instead of the usual 6pm meeting. By changing the time of the monthly meeting, citizens wanting to attend both the City Council meeting and the Christmas Open House can do both more easily.

We’re about to enter into yet another rainy period for the most of this work week. Rain chances stand at 80% today and Tuesday and 70% for Wednesday and Thursday before the rains end by Friday. It will be milder today and tomorrow with highs in the 60s but will be noticeably cooler Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the 50s with the rains. Heavier rainfall is expected tonight into the overnight hours that could drop in excess of 2-inches in some areas. We should be rain-free for the upcoming weekend and will be cooler once again.

The rains should be gone for the next round of high school football playoff action this Friday night. Southland Academy defeated Westfield to advance to the second round and will travel to Newnan to play Heritage. Marion County and Schley County had first round byes in the GHSA Class A playoffs that started last week. This week, Marion County will host Montgomery County and Schley County will host Trion. All games this Friday night will kickoff at 7:30 at all games.

Americus Police had a rash of entered autos this past weekend and the majority were left unlocked.  7Autos were entered at 1601 N. MLK; 513 E. Church Street; 412 College Street; 222 W. Lamar Street; 465 Rees Street; 126 Forrest Street; and at 128 Cotton Avenue.

Responding to a domestic dispute at 1402 N. MLK Boulevard, Cornelius Hall was arrested for theft by taking and financial transaction card theft.

A burglary was investigated at 206 Wheeler Street.

Kizzy R. Mable was arrested for loud and unnecessary noises.

Criminal trespass complaints were made over the weekend at 121 Andrews Drive; 111 Sun Valley Drive; 205 Murphy Mill Road; 119 N. Lee Street; 532 E. Furlow Street; 107 Woodland Avenue; and 204 Prince Street.

Following a traffic stop on Elliott Street, Maurice A. White was arrested for possession of marijuana—less than an ounce.

Maya X. Ringer was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

Thefts occurred from 1711 E. Lamar Street and on Cherokee Street.

After a traffic stop on Crawley Street, Brandon T. Edwards was arrested for giving a false name to law enforcement; no brake lights; and for an outstanding warrant.

At a traffic stop on Phillips Street, Anthony C. Griffin was arrested for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce;  for possession of cocaine and an outstanding warrant. Debbie E. Wilson was arrested for failure to signal and an outstanding warrant.

2nd degree criminal damage to property occurred at 1206 S. MLK Boulevard. 2nd degree criminal damage to property and theft was reported at 709 Magnolia Street.

Tybria McDonald was arrested for theft and obstruction at 805 Adderton Street.

A robbery by sudden snatching occurred on Wanda Way.

A criminal trespass and theft took place at 711 Sunset Drive.

Aggravated battery and a burglary were investigated at 401 Varsity Drive.

A hit-n-run accident occurred at 436 S. Lee Street.

Officers were busy answering 11 domestic-related calls and 5 miscellaneous calls over the weekend.

5 weekend accidents were worked by APD with 1 injury complaint.