“Local News”

Monday April 15th, 2024


It’s Monday April 15th meaning it is Tax Day! If you have not filed your income tax returns yet you are now on the clock ticking towards the midnight deadline to have your returns postmarked. If you see where you simply cannot have it ready, many file for an extension. Regardless of your situation, GOOD LUCK—the deadline is at midnight tonight!


Meetings are planned for this week beginning tomorrow night. The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is tomorrow night at 6 in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. You can attend in person or check the County website and get the call-in and ZOOM information to listen in tomorrow night. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the public to attend.


At 6 tomorrow night, the Governing Board of Furlow Charter School meets in the Media Center on campus. This meeting is also open for the community to attend.


The regular monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans will be at 7 on Tuesday night. George Larsen will present the program. All members and friends are encouraged to attend.


The monthly meeting of the Mayor and Americus City Council is at 6 this Thursday April 18th in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. You can attend in person or get the information off the City website to call-in or get the ZOOM information and listen in. This meeting is open for the public to attend.



Depending on whether the work was completed or not last week, there is a chance you may hear the Emergency Weather Sirens go off today. Do not be alarmed. Contractors were here last week working on the system and if you hear the sirens it is only a test. There was the possibility that the contractors may be working on the system this week too. If all goes to plan, it is hoped the system will be up and running by the end of this month.


The Harvest of hope Food Pantry will have a food distribution on Tuesday from 8:30 until 11am. The first, second and third Tuesday of the month the food distribution is from 8:30 until 11 but on the fourth Tuesday each month, the Harvest of Hope Food Pantry has TWO food distributions—the first from 8:30-11 and the second from 4 to 6pm ONLY on the fourth Tuesday of the month.


Americus Police had a busy weekend dealing with entered autos. Autos were entered over the weekend at 103 Fairway II Drive; 109 Country Club Drive; 231 W. Dodson Street; 219 Fairway Circle; 211 17th Green Street and 108-A Waitsman Drive where Joseph R. Schank was arrested and charged with entering with intent to commit theft.


Thefts occurred at Apartment E Country Club Drive and on S. Hampton Street. 


Chantas M. Little was arrested on an outstanding warrant at 119 S. Lee Street.


A battery complaint during a domestic situation was reported at E7 227 Wanda Way.


Criminal trespass complaints were made at 102-E Eastview Circle and 1101 Crawford Street.


A simple battery from a domestic call occurred at 749 Wheatley Street.


Adrian K. Battle was cited for restraint of dogs in the Academy Street-Poplar Street area.


An aggravated assault occurred in the area of Beale Street.


Answering a domestic disturbance at D5 1034 Elm Avenue, Savannah S. Langs and Christopher Coleman were each charged with assault-battery.


Following a traffic stop on Tripp at Parker, Shimon S. Perry was arrested for operating a vehicle without a valid decal; driving with a suspended license; giving false information to law enforcement; and City probation violation.


At a domestic call to 120 E. Peppermint Way, Ojayla T. Tookes and Alvantay Bailey were arrested for criminal trespass.


A shoplifting incident was reported at 311 Tripp Street.


A battery (FVA) and 3rd degree cruelty to children during a domestic situation was reported at 302 Southerfield Road.


At a traffic stop on E. Forsyth at Prince, Trontavious L. Grier was arrested for DUI-less safe alcohol.


A traffic stop on E. Lamar at Prince resulted in the arrest of Tristan L. Davis for failure to maintain lane and open container.


Johnny C. Barker was arrested for an outstanding warrant after a traffic stop on Magnolia Street.


Morris L. Reece was arrested for shoplifting and obstruction at 103 W. Jefferson Street.


Harassing communications were reported for investigation.


Hit-n-run accidents occurred at 512 Sharon Drive; on Forsyth Street; and Oglethorpe Avenue.


APD worked three weekend accidents that had no reported injuries.




The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office had an active weekend. Deputies conducted TEN traffic stops issuing citations and warnings to the drivers. Four activated alarms were checked out. Assistance was given to one motorist. Two prisoner transports were made. Illegal dumping was reported at the dead end of Lamar Road. Suspicious persons were spotted at 118 M. L. Hudson Street; Lacross Road; and at 366-B Shiloh Road. Suspicious vehicles were seen in the area of 865 Highway 45N and 152 Bobby Hines Road. Three domestic-related calls were answered over the weekend. Deputies assisted one agency on a call. Livestock was reported in the roadway at 876 Highway 308. Damage to property was reported at 651 R. W. Jones Road. Deputies checked on a shots fired complaint in the area of Claude Harvey Road and Fox Stephens Road. Deputies were on the scene of four accidents with one being a deer-related crash. Two of the accidents were turned over to Troopers from Post 10 for investigation while Deputies provided traffic control.


In the Sumter County Jail: Johnny Charles Barker for felony probation violation; Melvin Kenneth Bruce for battery (FVA); Ashley Marie Cromer for 1st degree cruelty to children; Richard Terrance Eady for rape and incest; Johnny William Green for driving with a suspended license/ improper turn/ violating restrictions of drivers license/ and reckless driving; Jotavis Roshon Leverette for aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony; Shimon Shantone Perry for operating a vehicle without valid decal/ driving with a suspended license/ giving false information to law enforcement/ and probation violation; Morris Lamont Reece for shoplifting and obstruction; Joseph Ralph Schank for entering an auto with intent; and Yaqueh Keumah-Sequoia Smith for reckless conduct/ removing or affixing license plate to conceal the identity of the vehicle/ and failure to maintain insurance. Four were released from jail after posting bond.