“Local News”

Monday March 8th, 2021


There has been some recent talk around town about the work currently underway on MLK Boulevard. Most of the talk is saying if the City can do this work, why not work on potholes and other streets? First, MLK Boulevard is technically US 19 and the City has NO control of what work is done there. The work underway of putting sidewalks is a GDOT project since it is a state and federal highway. The City even has to ask for permission to do any emergency repair work on MLK Boulevard. The City has recently named a list of streets that will be placed on a state-funded repaving list to be worked on. The state monies are limited and not every street is on that local list.



Congratulations to the Southland Academy Lady Raiders who won the GISA AAA State Championship this past weekend at the GSW Storm Dome. The Lady Raiders won a defensive-minded game 29-22 over Westfield. Coach Ty Kinslow and his assistant coaches put together a game plan that stifled the Lady Hornets of Westfield throughout the game.


The Sumter County BOE will have committee meetings this afternoon at 4 and 4:45 in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. A work session follows at 6 this evening. The work session will be held in the boardroom and can also be seen on the SCS Facebook page. The regular monthly BOE meeting is this Thursday the 11th at 7pm. The meetings are open to the public but social distancing will be in effect and a face mask is necessary.


The next Harvest of Hope Food Pantry Special Food Distribution will be on Thursday March 18th from 9 to 2:30 in the 1st Baptist Church parking lot. This is for Sumter County residents only. You may pick up for no more than 2 households. Those that will be taking part in this food distribution will need to enter the church parking lot from Jackson Street. You MUST follow the directions of those directing traffic for a smooth and orderly flow of traffic. No one is allowed to exit their vehicle for any reason. Walk-ins will be welcomed in a designated area starting at 2 that day.



Americus Police had a busy weekend. Although there were only 2 autos actually entered, several other attempts were made. Autos were entered at 811 Magnolia Street and 537 Hancock Drive. Attempted entering autos that were determined to be criminal trespasses were at 127 W. Glessner Street; 202 Burke Street; and at 1010-B Harrold Avenue.


A theft by deception occurred at 413 Crawley Street. A theft took place from 103-B Bush Circle.


Following a traffic stop on Hanson Drive, LaQuida C. Mable was arrested for driving without a valid license. At a traffic stop on Southerfield at Mayo, Jakayla C. Watts was arrested for no insurance and tag/registration requirements. After a traffic stop on E. Forsyth Street, Chel’sie K. Ruff was arrested for suspended registration; tag and registration requirements; driving with a suspended license; and no insurance.


Criminal trespass complaints were made at 2F 110 Knollwood Drive; 1416-D N. Lee Street; and at 312 Tabby Lane where Jerome Caldwell was arrested and charged with criminal trespass.


Officers went to the ER at PSMC for an aggravated battery case.


Harassing communications were reported for investigation.


Responding to shots fired at 1334 2nd Montgomery, 2 arrests were made. Dontavious D. Jackson was arrested for reckless conduct and discharging a firearm on or near public streets or highways. Gregory M. Angry was arrested for possession of marijuana—less than an ounce; possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance; and possession of a Scheduled III, IV or V controlled substance.


Recovered property over the weekend at 107 W. Jefferson Street and 736 Wheatley Street was turned over to APD.


Jessica A. Strickland was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.


A battery and criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree from a domestic situation occurred at 1111 Douglas Circle. This was 1 of 8 weekend domestic-related calls answered by officers.


Investigation from a prior case resulted in the arrest of Esau Seven West over the weekend for aggravated assault.


Hit-n-run accidents were reported on W. Forsyth Street; 509 W. Church Street; and at 107 Prince Street.


Officers were busy working 10 weekend accidents that did have 2 injuries.


This is the last week for early voting for the continuation of the ESPLOST. Early voting ends this coming Friday March 12th. Early voting all week is from 8 to 5 at the Griffin Bell Golf & Conference Center on S. Lee Street. You will need to bring a photo ID with you.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies had an active weekend. 9 domestic-related calls were answered since Friday. 4 activated alarms were checked out. Property found at 246 Upper River Road was turned over to a Deputy. Suspicious person complaints were made at 127 Bailey Road and at 133 Jasmine Drive. Deputies assisted another agency on a call to Highway 49S. A burglary at 568 US 280W was investigated. Loud music complaints were filed with Deputies on Rainbow Terrace at Sunset Park and on Ed Stephens Road. A bad child complaint was made at 121 Packing House Road. Only 4 traffic stops were conducted for the weekend and warnings were issued to the drivers. Only 2 accidents were worked by Deputies with 1 being deer-related.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Gregory Montreal Angry for possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance; Dontavious Darrel Jackson for reckless conduct and discharging firearms on or near public highway or street; Timothy Eugene Mable for marijuana possession—less than an ounce/ possession of a Schedule I controlled substance/ and violating restrictions of driver’s license; Nigeria Deasia Pride for affray (fighting); Vaniya Lakei Ramsey—holding for Webster County; and Esau Seven West for aggravated assault. 1 was released from jail. 1 was released from jail after posting bond.