“Local News”

Monday September 21st, 2020


If you haven’t filled out and returned your 2020 Census yet, the deadline is September 30th. When you fill out and return your Census, you’re helping Sumter County get Federal funds for road repair, for support for schools and our hospital and we’ll be represented in government. It’s so easy to do. You can take the Census from the comfort of your home. Simply call 1-844-330-2020 and take the Census over the phone. You can also take the Census online. Log onto www.2020Census.gov and take the Census. A complete and accurate count is critical because the results of the 2020 Census will determine what funding and representation Sumter County receives for the next 10-years! In the last Census, Sumter County was seriously under-reported so let’s make sure that everyone is counted this time!


Many people have called and inquired about the next Harvest of Hope Food Pantry food distribution. Due to the Labor Day holiday this month, the event was pushed back a week and will be held this Thursday September 24th from 9 until 2:30 in the First Baptist Church parking lot. Walk-in clients will be welcomed at 2pm on Thursday. All rules and instructions remain for this weeks’ food distribution. You must be a resident of Sumter County and you can pick up for NO MORE than 2 households.



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be a virtual meeting this Thursday September 24th at 6pm. Many of the agenda items discussed at last week’s Agenda-setting meeting were placed on the consent agenda leaving just a handful of items to be voted on this week. If you would like to call in and listen, dial 1-646-876-9923. The meeting ID is 890 901 7047 and the password is 399335.


A called meeting by the Mayor and City Council to conduct Public Hearings will be held on October 1st at 6pm at the Reese Park Economic Development Center at 409 Elm Avenue. This will be held in person. Social distancing will be observed and masks are recommended if you plan to attend the public hearings next week.


In case you have missed your edition of Sumter News, it will be a few more weeks before the next paper is printed. Thomas Holloway has been hospitalized but is out now and after resting up the paper will be published as soon as possible.



Americus Police were kept busy this past weekend responding to entered auto case and criminal trespass complaints. 7 autos were entered over the weekend. These locations included 116-C Fairway II Drive; 1313 Elm Avenue; 100 W. Jefferson Street; 125 W. Lamar Street; 109-C Country Club Drive; 1303 Rose Avenue; and at 1456 E. Forsyth Street.


Criminal trespass complaints were made at 122 Starlight Circle; 420 E. Jefferson Street; 107 Melody Lane; 704 N. Lee Street and at 912 Alice Street. At least one of the complaints was from an attempted entering auto case. Michelle Cross was arrested over the weekend for criminal trespass from a prior case.


8 Contempt of Court warrants were issued.


An aggravated assault occurred at 704 Beale Street.


Damage to property occurred at 1007 S. MLK Boulevard twice; Lot 14 Weeks Trailer Park; 607-A Eastview Drive; and at 1101 Crawford Street where an unoccupied vehicle ran into the building.


Responding to a domestic situation at 1701 Maxwell Street, Malik Malachi Bonny was arrested for battery.


Shoplifting incidents were reported at 1201 N. MLK Boulevard and 1702 N. MLK Boulevard. 2 arrests were made at Wal-Mart. Jeremiah R. Lee and Natasha Youngblood were both arrested and charged shoplifting and felony theft by receiving stolen property.


Thefts took place from 1043 E. Forsyth Street and 927 Ivey Street.


Katherine A. Hughes was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.


Officers responded to a suspicious incident at 128-B Hanson Drive.


Hit-n-run accidents occurred on Felder at Henrietta Street and at 1306 Madison Street.


Officers responded to 7 domestic-related calls and 1 miscellaneous call since Friday.


There were 7 accidents around town for the weekend that had no reported injuries. Following an accident investigation, Gaspar G. Lopez was arrested for DUI; failure to maintain lane; driving without a valid license; and tag/registration requirements.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies had a busy weekend. 6 traffic stops were conducted with the majority for speeding. Deputies negotiated neighbor disputes at 501 Southwestern Circle and at 163 Jimmy Wolfe Drive. 4 activated alarms were checked out. Deputies were dispatched to blocked roadways on US 19N, US 280W and on Hooks Mill Road at Henry Hart Road. A loud music complaint was filed at 538 US 280E. Livestock was reported in the roadway twice in the area of Pryor Road and New York Road. A motor vehicle theft took place at 252 E. Allen Street in Desoto. Shots were reportedly fired in the area of Southerfield and Andrews Drive and the Sunset Drive area. Deputies went to 153 Sunset Park Drive to a fight. A suspicious person was spotted at 163 6th Street. Deputies responded to 1 domestic-related call. An improperly parked vehicle was reported at 655 Flintside Drive. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made in the District Line Road and Highway 27E area. A hit-n-run accident occurred on the Desoto Seed Farm Road. 1 prisoner transport was made over the weekend. Deputies worked 3 deer-related accidents.


In the Sumter County Jail today; Malik Malachi Bonny for battery; Mario Diaz for sexual exploitation of children; Jeremiah Raekwon Lee for shoplifting and felony theft by receiving stolen property; Gaspar Garcia Lopez for DUI/ failure to maintain lane/ registration and license requirements/ and driving without a valid license; and Natasha Meshone Youngblood for shoplifting and felony theft by receiving stolen property. 2 were released from jail after posting bond.