"Local News"

Monday October 20th, 2014



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held at 5 this evening in the Nursing Building auditorium on the GSW Campus. There was a conflict with the building on the usual Thursday meeting date and the meeting was moved up a few days instead. The meeting this evening is open for the public to attend.

The regular monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners will be at 6pm tomorrow evening in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The meeting is open for the public to attend.

Early voting continues this week in the Elections Office at the Courthouse. This Saturday October 25th will be a day that voters can cast ballots if you’re having difficulties in getting to early vote during the work week. This Saturday voters can cast ballots from 9 to 4 in the elections Office. Please have a photo ID with you whenever you come and early vote.

Attention parents of Americus-Sumter County North Campus: Principal Coleman Price and assistant principal William Bell are inviting all parents to attend a Title 1 Parent Input Meeting this Thursday October 23rd at 5pm. This very important meeting will be held in the school’s Media Center to get your input into all Title 1 plans and activities for the school for the 2014-2015 academic year. All parents of Americus-Sumter North’s Class of 2018 are strongly encouraged to attend Thursday’s meeting.

The Southwestern Judicial Circuit Family Violence Council is hosting an awards reception and fundraiser, “Jazz on the Lawn” this Thursday October 23rd. The event will take place at the CASA Office on GSW’s campus from 4 to 7pm. Live entertainment from T.O.M. Trio, along with food, drinks and socializing will take place. The Family Violence Council will also honor three community champions during the event. A Community Champion, a Legal Champion and a Healthcare Champion will be honored.

Americus Police had a busy weekend answering miscellaneous calls and domestic-related calls, probably 25 such calls since Friday. At a traffic stop on Forsyth Street, Heather Dawn Herring was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

After a traffic stop was conducted on Windsor Avenue, Joshua James Littleton was cited for open container.

A case of identity fraud is under further investigation.

Darran O’Neal Banks was arrested for shoplifting at 1506 E. Forsyth Street at Roses Express.

A juvenile was arrested for shoplifting at 1711 E. Lamar Street.

A simple battery complaint is under investigation that occurred at 1005 N. Jackson Street.

A burglary was investigated at 1011 Border Street. A forced entry burglary occurred at 330 Tripp Street. Another burglary was reported at 1302 Ridge Street.

Warren Charles Lewis Jr. was arrested for simple battery (DVA) and criminal trespass after a domestic situation at apartment 215 140 Lonnie Lane at 1:06 Saturday morning.

A counterfeit $20 bill was reported at 1101 Crawford Street.

An animal case on Academy Street us under further investigation.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 2108 S. Lee Street and at 3:09 Sunday morning at 134 Town Creek Circle.

Kenneth Anthony Cross was arrested for disorderly conduct at 320 Academy Street after officers responded to a domestic call.

Juqrion Denise Cross and a juvenile were arrested for battery on Sunset Drive.

Korea Johnson was arrested at 1701 Maxwell Street for simple assault and criminal trespass.

A theft took place at 108 Highland Drive.

Hit-n’-run accidents were reported at 2001 S. Lee Street, 1700 E. Lamar Street, on MLK Boulevard and at 100 N. Jackson Street.

Officers worked 6 weekend accidents that had 2 injury complaints.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office had a busy weekend. A total of 69 incidents were worked by deputies since Friday and 26 were for traffic stops. Cody A. Martinez was given a speeding ticket on US 19 north. Meding J. Andrews was issued a speeding ticket on US 49 north. David J. King was arrested on US 19 north for driving a vehicle with suspended, canceled or revoked registration and failure to maintain insurance. Tyrone Hubbard was arrested for an outstanding warrant and Mark W. Burris was arrested for DUI and failure to maintain lane after a stop on MLK Boulevard. Christopher Tyson was stopped on US 19 south and issued citations for driving on a suspended license, expired registration and failure to maintain insurance. Leon R. Borquez was issued a citation on US 19 south for failure to maintain insurance. Jeremy R. Fletcher was stopped on US 280 east and charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, drug-related objects, tag light required and fleeing and attempting to elude. On US 19 south, Edith V. Cisneros was cited for allowing an unlicensed person to drive and impeding the flow of traffic. Numerous warnings were issued to drivers.

Deputies went to a neglect/elderly abuse case that remains under investigation. Domestic disturbance calls went to 336 Middle River Road, 416 Ed Stephens Road, 125 Rainbow Terrace, 200-C Cartwright Road and 162 Lawhorne Circle. 3 civil calls were answered by deputies over the weekend. 7 accidents were worked by deputies since Friday.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Mark Wayne Burris for DUI/failure to maintain lane; Marco Dante’ Cannon for southwestern probation; Kenneth Anthony Cross for disorderly conduct; Jeremy Rashad Fletcher for possession of marijuana/felony tampering with evidence/drug-related objects/fleeing and attempting to elude/tail light requirements; Korea Johnson for simple assault/criminal trespass; Philip Deon Jones for failure to appear; Warren Charles Lewis for simple assault (DVA)/theft by taking; Juqrion Denise Mathis for battery; Carlton Eugene Monson for court; William Lee Storey for DUI/driving on the wrong side of undivided street/open container; Morrell Omar Threats for probation violation; and Charles Alexander Wilborn for probation violation.