"Local News"

Monday May 22nd, 2017


The Sumter County BOE has a called meeting scheduled for 5:20 this afternoon to discuss facility use requests and 4 Board policies. Following the called meeting, the Board will hold a training session beginning at 5:30. Both meetings will be held in the SCS Administration Building boardroom and the public is welcome to attend.

Starting today through July 21st, the SCS Nutrition Department is offering free breakfast and lunch for children 18 and under. For a location near you, call the SCS Nutrition Department at 931-8500 ext. 8523, 8546 or 8536. The Seamless Summer Nutrition Program is sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture and administered by the SCS Nutrition Program.

New Point Church Road from Middleton Road to US 280W will be closed for approximately 60-days for a bridge replacement project effective today. Lake Jennifer Drive from 121 Lake Jennifer Drive to 126 Lake Jennifer Drive will be closed for approximately 60-days for a bridge construction project also effective today. Adjust your route if you use any of these areas where bridge construction is underway in the next 60-days.

Lenny’s Farmers Market will have a grand opening and kick-off ceremony tomorrow May 23rd from 5-8pm and on Saturday from 7am until noon. Lenny’s Farmers Market is located at 110 N. Hampton Street downtown. Shoppers will find fresh, local produce, handmade crafts, live music and light refreshments during the grand opening. For more information call Americus Main Street at 924-4411 ext. 247.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Auxiliary meets tonight at 7pm in the Physical Plant Conference Room on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University. The Physical Plant facility is located directly across from the lake on campus. For directions, call 938-7366. All members are encouraged to attend.

It has started. Unlocked autos were entered from late last night through the early morning hours and all were in the same vicinity of town. 2 shotguns were taken but recovered when officers gave chase and the suspects dropped the shotguns. However, a 9mm handgun was still missing. The unlocked vehicles were at 1808 Rose Avenue, 319 Pecan Drive, (2) unlocked vehicles at 103 Lakewood Street and at 303 Judy Lane. You MUST lock and secure your vehicles at all times and remove any weapon. You don’t need someone shooting at officers in the dark if they come up on someone while on patrol.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 212 Mitchell Street, on Oak Street, 416 Winn Street, 102-E Eastview Circle and early this morning at 311 Pecan Drive.

Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 1015 Oglethorpe Avenue.

A burglary was investigated at 53-B Brinson Drive.

A juvenile was arrested as unruly at 705 Beale Street.

Isaiah Corrie Bell was arrested and charged with forced entry residential burglary and criminal trespass at 85-B Dixon Drive.

A case of deposit account fraud is under further investigation.

Shoplifting incidents occurred at 805 Adderton Street and at 1201 MLK Boulevard.

Following a traffic stop on Lamar Street, Gregory Allen Garth II was arrested for DUI and failure to obey a traffic control device.

Thefts took place from 512 Hartman Street and 106 Rucker Street.

Christopher John Mathews was arrested for aggravated stalking and simple battery for an incident yesterday at 202 US 280W.

Officers were busy with 7 domestic-related calls and 4 miscellaneous calls over the weekend.

There were 9 weekend accidents worked by officers that did have 3 injury complaints. After an accident investigation on Bell at Bessie Mays Circle, Herman B. Stephens was arrested for failure to maintain lane, driving on a suspended license and hit-n’-run.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy with 40 weekend traffic stops. Citations were issued ranging from speeding to DUI to seat belt violations. Numerous warnings were also issued to drivers. An armed robbery occurred at 219 Lexington Circle. Civil complaints were filed at Lot 15 131 Ron Circle, 106 Easy Street and 121 Brickyard Road. Bad child complaints were made at 452 Bone Road and 150-D Fox Stephens Road. Deputies answered domestic calls to 560 Logan Store Road where Dusty L. Wade was charged with disorderly conduct; to 174 Ginger Drive and Lot 8 117 Ron Circle where Major Thomas was charged with terroristic threats and acts. A theft occurred from 123 South Village Drive. 17-year old Kaheem D. Chambers was arrested at 510-A W. Lamar for possession of a pistol under the age of 18. There was a deer-related accident worked by a Deputy over the weekend.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Khirey Malik Kabeem Banks for criminal trespass and criminal attempt to commit a felony; Isaiah Corrie Bell for aggravated assault/ 1st degree felony burglary/ and criminal trespass; Octavius Jamal Broner for southwestern probation and holding for investigation; Michael David Casciaro for probation violation; Kaheem Davion Chambers for possession of a pistol by persons under 18; Shaquille O’Neal Hardy for terroristic threats/ disrupting public school/ and obstruction; Christopher John Mathews for aggravated stalking and simple battery; Major Thomas for terroristic threats and acts; Keith Corvall Tuff for DUI/ driving while unlicensed/ and possession of marijuana; and Matthew James Waller for probation violation. 2 bonded out over the weekend and 1 was released for time served.