“Local News”

Monday December 2nd, 2019



This week will be filled with events and even today is expected to be a busy one. First today, your Sumter County Property Taxes are due by the close of business today. The deadline was extended since the due date fell on Sunday December 1st. You have until 5 this afternoon to pay your Sumter County Property Taxes at the Tax & Tag Office at the Sumter County Courthouse.


The general public can sign up for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) today only. In Sumter County, you can walk up today at Union Tabernacle Baptist Church at 900 Adderton Street from 8am until 5:30pm. You can also call and sign up at 478-472-3607 or 1-855-473-9423. LIHEAP is operated on a first-come, first-served basis and funding availability.


The Mayor and City Council meets at 5:30 this afternoon for a called meeting in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. The purpose of the called meeting is a Budget Work Session. The public is invited to attend.



Tomorrow is the December runoff election here in Sumter County. Only 3 precincts will actually be voting. In Andersonville, the Mayoral race is on tomorrow’s ballot. In the Thompson and Leslie Civic Center precincts, only those 2 will be voting in the runoff for the House 152 seat. The polls at these 3 locations will be open tomorrow December 3rd from 7am until 7pm. You will need a photo ID with you when you come to the polls tomorrow to cast your ballots. Early voting was for only 1-week and that ended last Wednesday.


The Community is invited out tomorrow night for the annual Lights of Love tree lighting ceremony at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. This is a beloved fundraiser for cancer patients and their families. Linda Harris, a Sumter County cancer survivor will be the honorary tree lighter at 7pm tomorrow night.


Thursday and Friday this week will also be busy. Thursday December 5th is the annual Americus Christmas Parade. The parade will be held Thursday night starting at 7pm through the streets in downtown Americus.


Friday December 6th will be First Friday. The First Friday theme is “Home for the Holidays” and will be held from 5 to 8pm. Downtown for First Friday is all decorated and spruced up for the big event. Local News will have more on the parade and First Friday throughout the rest of this week.



It was a busy Thanksgiving weekend for the Americus Police. After a traffic stop on E. Lamar, Jasmine M. Pope was arrested for driving with a suspended license.


Another traffic stop was conducted on Academy Street and Javaris A. Dariso was arrested for obstruction; driving with a suspended license; and fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement.


Taheed A. Crawford was arrested for public indecency at 1310 E. Lamar.


Following a GSP traffic stop on MLK Boulevard, Brittany A. Moses was arrested for DUI-less safe drugs and an improper tag display.


Antonio D. Stafford was arrested at 408 Rucker Street for giving a false name to law enforcement and for 2nd degree forgery.


A criminal attempt to commit a felony occurred at 1711 E. Lamar.


Ricky Hart was arrested at 135 S. Jackson Street for an outstanding warrant.


An auto was entered at 511 Eastview Drive.


At a traffic stop on Elm Avenue, Christopher M. Toomey was arrested for possession of marijuana.


Criminal trespass complaints were made at 218 Lorraine Avenue; 102 Norman Cole Street; 409 Earl Street; 140 Taylor Street; 1711 E. Lamar; A2 303 E. Glessner; and at 1611 Lafayette Street.


Damage to property occurred at 420 Judy Lane. Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 1711 E. Lamar Street.


Joshua Cole was arrested at 240 S. Dudley Street for 2-counts of obstruction and for giving a false name to law enforcement. He was also had an outstanding warrant against him as well.


Thefts took place at 1611 E. Lamar and 211 Poplar Street. A theft by deception occurred at 101 Prince Street.


Tommie L. Wafford was arrested at 204 Prince Street for 2nd degree forgery and a probation violation.


Investigation into a shooting with a pellet gun last night is underway.


Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree and battery occurred at 1846-D S. Lee Street.


Janice M. Eidson was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. Another shoplifting incident also occurred at Wal-Mart.


Carolyn D. Brown was arrested for simple battery under the Family Violence Act.


Officers answered 8 domestic-related weekend calls and 2 miscellaneous calls.


There were 5 accidents over the holiday weekend with no reported injuries.




It was a very active Thanksgiving weekend for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. 23 traffic stops were conducted. Deputies worked 5 deer-related accidents and 2 other accidents since Wednesday. Suspicious person complaints were made at 732 Watermelon Road, 108 Sandstone Drive and 190 Jenkins Road. 4 prisoner transports were made. Motor vehicle thefts occurred at 145 Thomas Drive and 844 McMath Mill Road. Illegal hunting was reported on Cooper Road. Burglaries were investigated at 155 Wild Azalea and 256 Highway 49N. 2 cases of harassing phone calls were reported. Civil complaints were filed at 506 US 280E, Lot A 150 Fox Stephens Road and 150 Santa Rosa Drive. 6 domestic-related calls were answered. Deputies assisted another agency on a call. 5 activated alarms were checked out. Thefts took place from 719 Shiloh Road and 2954 Lamar Road. A vehicle fire occurred early this morning on the Tommy Hooks Road.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Jeramey Keith Bell for fleeing and attempting to elude/ reckless driving/ obstructing ort hindering EMTs/ failure to maintain lane/ aggressive driving/ seat belt violation/ driving with a suspended license/ driver use due care/ obstruction/ speeding/ and DUI; Carolyn Denise Brown for simple battery (FVA); Joshua Cole for robbery/ obstruction/ giving a false name to law enforcement/ felony probation violation; Michael Anthony Hall—holding for Cook County; Ricky Hart for probation violation; Leonardo Hernandez Hernandez for DUI and driving while unlicensed; Jammie Robert Norman for theft by shoplifting and illegal possession of a controlled substance; Lawrence Rowell for felony probation violation; James Frederick Smith for felony probation violation; Antonio Denard Stafford for felony 2nd degree forgery and for giving a false name to law enforcement; Chance Brandon Styck for fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement; Tommie Lee Wafford for probation violation and 2nd degree felony forgery; Eric Jerrod walker for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct; and Whitney Nichole Wright—holding for Lumpkin PD. 10were released from jail after posting bond. 2 were released from jail. 1 was back in jail for Court.