"Local News"

Monday August 31st, 2015



Qualifying begins today for 3 seats on the Americus City Council. Those wishing to qualify must do so with the City Clerk on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building on Lamar Street downtown. Qualifying begins today and ends this Wednesday September 2nd. Seats up for re-election this time is District 1, District 2 and District 6. Incumbent Walton Grant has already announced that he will NOT be seeking re-election to his District 6 seat. Incumbent’s Juanita Wilson (D1) and Nelson Brown (D2) have made no announcement if they will or will not be seeking re-election to their current seats.

There are 2 called meetings on tap for this evening. The Sumter County BOE will have a called meeting at 6 this evening in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. Tonight’s called meeting will be to discuss and/or approve an application for state funds to upgrade facilities. The public is welcome to attend.

The second special called meeting is by the BOC in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse for the purpose of discussing a personnel matter in executive session. The Board will also discuss any other items that are deemed appropriate at tonight’s called meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

It doesn’t look like, as of today anyway, that we will be see much from the remnants of tropical storm Erica. The hurricane was shredded after passing over the Caribbean mountain range and will be coming into the Gulf of Mexico before heading up through Florida and will primarily brush southeastern Georgia more so than the southwestern corner of the state. We may see rain from time to time but not a lot of it. Another system will give us all a chance for rain over the Labor Day weekend.

The 78-hour Labor Day travel weekend will officially get started at 6pm this Friday September 4th. Law enforcement will be out all over the state looking for the impaired driver, those not properly buckled up and those that are distracted by talking and texting. Speeding will also be a main target. Georgia’s waterways will also be strongly patrolled on what is considered the last summer holiday and everyone will be out and about doing something. This is also the first weekend of college AND high school football games so add football fans to the traffic which is predicted to heavier this year due to much lower gas prices. Prices at the pump are about $1.02 cheaper this year than Labor Day a year ago. Wherever you go and whatever you do, don’t become a holiday statistic.

Americus Police had a busy weekend. Chantas Marquiva Little was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

A counterfeit bill was turned over to police at 1310 E. Lamar (McDonald’s).

Following a traffic stop at 2:44 Saturday morning on Lafayette Street, Thomas James Reagan III was arrested for DUI and failure to maintain lane.

An assault and battery case occurred at 257-C Lonnie Lane.

Theft of services were reported at 1206 Crawford Street.

A battery (DVA) and theft took place at 611 E. Lamar Street.

A theft occurred from 999 Southerfield Road.

Trenell O’Neal Durham was arrested for simple battery at apartment 206 140 Lonnie Lane.

A traffic stop conducted on Sun Valley Drive resulted in the arrest of Broderick Jarvaris Jones for DUI, no proof of insurance, driving with suspended registration and an expired tag.

Autos were entered at 233 W. Lester and 1202 Crawford Street when the vehicles were left unlocked with items in plain sight.

A juvenile was arrested on Eastview Circle and charged with criminal trespass and unruly juvenile.

After conducting a traffic stop on S. Jackson Street, Leroy Richardson was arrested for DUI.

A child molestation case is being investigated.

A battery complaint was made at 1204 MLK Boulevard.

At 1:27 this morning a simple battery and criminal trespass occurred at 128 Belinda Circle.

Following a traffic stop on Peachtree Street at 2:43 this morning, Edwin Terrell Rhyme was arrested for DUI, failure to maintain lane and a seat belt violation.

There were 4 miscellaneous calls and 3 domestic-related calls answered over the weekend.

Officers worked 4 weekend accidents with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted the Georgia State Patrol with 3 safety checks over this past weekend. As a result there were a total of 73 traffic stops. Charges ranged from speeding to seat belt violations to DUI and others. Numerous warnings were also issued to drivers over the weekend.

Damage to property was reported at 502 Confederate Street. Domestic disturbance calls were answered at 67-B Masonic Street and 323 Kings Drive. Thefts occurred at 330 Railroad Street, 111 Ginger Drive, 255 Ed Carson Road, 119 Charleston Drive and 155 Sunset Park drive. Civil disturbance calls were made at 1197 US 280 east, Georgia 30 at Highway 153 and Lot B 110 Iris Drive. Suspicious vehicle complaints were reported on Littlefield Road and on Aster Drive. A bad child case was reported at 102 W. Ridgewood Drive. Derrick A. Henry was arrested on Highway 45 south for the false report of a crime. Deputies worked 2 accidents with 1 being deer-related. All totaled there were 128 weekend incidents.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail: Tordera Barner for probation violation; Trenell O’Neal Durham for simple battery; Robert Martin Gosa for DUI and open container; Eric Chauncey Hardy for improper stopping in the roadway/ fleeing and attempting to elude/ driving on a suspended license/ failure to obey a stop sign/ probation violation/ failure to appear/ and felony failure to appear; Derrick Antonio Henry for false report of a crime/ speeding/ fleeing and attempting to elude/ reckless driving/ failure to maintain lane/ and obstruction; Brian Lawson for obstruction/ disorderly conduct/ and simple battery; Andre Pierce for DUI and driving the wrong side of an undivided street; Keelan Van Pope for criminal trespass and obstruction; Centair M. Robinson for driving on a suspended license; Cedric Bernard Scott for criminal trespass/ southwestern probation/ and probation violation; and Steven Lance Wieczorek for DUI and obstruction. 9 bonded out over the weekend.