"Local News"

Monday June 29th, 2015



What a difference a week makes. Last week on Monday, the area was under a heat advisory with heat indices near 110-degrees. This Monday, the area started out with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s! Here at our Highway 30 studios, we had 64-degrees at 6am. This was a welcome break from the high humidity and heat from last week. Once again, we may drop into the upper 60s for tonight but the heat will slowly climb this week as will the humidity but no mention of heat advisories for later near the 4th of July holiday weekend. Rain chances will be on the rise for the middle of this week but drops by the weekend.

The 4th of July holiday is upon us. That means, according to AAA, that more travelers will be on the road this year than in about 10-years because of the lower gas prices. Some will actually have a 3-day weekend as most, not all but most businesses will be closed on Friday since the holiday itself is a Saturday this year. Law enforcement will be highly visible both on Georgia’s highways and on the water this holiday weekend, trying to keep you and your family from becoming a holiday statistic!

A reminder once again that if you have an old, worn and torn or faded American Flag, Advanced Disposal is offering a free service to properly dispose of your flag in accordance with the United States Flag Code or will recycle them in a dignified manner by companies specializing in flag recycling. This is a free service for citizens and businesses that is available until September 11th. For more information go online to www.AdvancedDisposal.com/RetireYourFlag.

The 17th annual Boys & Girls Club of Americus/Sumter County’s Steak & Stake Fundraising Dinner will be on Tuesday July 21st. Larry Comer, former President of Metalux and Caravelle Power Boats, will deliver the keynote address this year. A silent auction begins at 5pm with the dinner and program to follow at 6pm. The big event will be held in the Student Success Center on the GSW State University campus. Admission is $75 per person. For more information call Dr. Shirley Reese at 938-3300.

Americus Police were kept busy this past weekend. Officers answered 16-domestic-related calls and worked 10 weekend accidents that had no reported injuries.

Identity fraud was reported to officers.

Thefts took place over the weekend at 704 Sunset Drive, 204 Manhattan Street and at 807 Magnolia Street.

A simple battery (DVA) occurred at 906 Ridge Street.

2 cases of harassing phone calls were reported.

Unruly juvenile complaints were made at 106 Pinecrest Drive, and 2 separate cases on Oglethorpe Avenue.

A battery (DVA) was reported at 601 Harrold Avenue.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 224 N. Jackson Street (Fish House). A residential burglary was investigated at apartment 2 109 Sun Valley drive.

Alvin Dean Bateman was arrested at 1533 S. Lee Street for theft of services.

2 juveniles were arrested and charged with theft by taking 2 bicycles on John Street.

An assault battery case was reported at 310 E. Forsyth Street.

Suspicious person/vehicle complaints were made on Madison Street, Crawford Street and on Varsity Drive.

Damian McCoy was arrested at 3:17 Sunday morning at 124 Ashby Street and charged with simple battery.

A 15-year old was arrested at 106 Pinecrest Drive for unruly juvenile.

A hit-n’-run accident occurred on Hampton at Lamar Street.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 80 total weekend incidents. 30 were traffic stops and numerous citations and warnings were issued since Friday. Dexter R. Green was arrested for fleeing and attempting to elude, driving on a suspended license and open container. Deputies served a warrant at 385 Buchanan Road and arrested Joseph C. Blaine for fleeing and attempting to elude/ possession of marijuana/ obstruction/ and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

Deputies answered domestic disturbances at 148 Jenkins Drive, Lot F 587 Highway 30 west, 213-B Sylvan Road and at 454 Wiggins Road. A suspicious vehicle was reported at 2648 US 27 east and on Highway 30 west. Thefts took place over the weekend on Twin Oaks Drive, 106 Starling Drive and 221 Sylvan Drive. A case of identity theft was reported. Numerous alarm activations were reported over the weekend. 1 accident was worked by Deputies.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail: Joseph Carl Blaine for possession of marijuana more than an ounce/ fleeing and attempting to elude/ obstruction/ and possession of tools for the commission of a crime; Dexter Ricardo Green for giving a false name, address or birthdate/ identity theft fraud-felony/ false statements or writings/ 1st degree forgery/ false report of a crime/ open container/ driving on a suspended license/ and fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer; Jerry Willis Harrell-holding for Decatur County; Reggie Clifford Jones for speeding/ Dui-under 21 and felony 3rd degree forgery; Renard Ahmad Little for speeding/ driving while unlicensed/ DUI/ criminal interference with government property/ giving the wrong signal; Damian Jerrod McCoy for simple battery; George Wilson Pittman for probation violation; and George Anderson Wilcher for driving on a suspended license.