Chamber of Commerce held a press conference at 10 this morning. The press
conference was on the front steps of the ReesParkEconomicDevelopmentCenter.
The announcement was some changes to the Chamber Divisions and the new Chair or
c-chair of the divisions. Some 100 new members are being sought to join the
Chamber over a 5-week recruiting period ending June 23rd. look for
other exciting events to take place over the next few weeks.
you did not early vote over the last 3 weeks and still plan on casting your
ballot, then you will go to your usual polling precinct tomorrow May 24th
and cast your vote. You DO NOT vote at the Courthouse as that was for early
voting only. The polls tomorrow will open at and will remain open until tomorrow night.
Just like early voting, you MUST declare a party when you go to the polls
tomorrow. You MUST choose Democrat or Republican in the May Primary although
you can just vote a non-partisan ballot where you vote for Probate Judge,
school board and Superior Court Judge. By not choosing a party, you will not
vote for Clerk of Court OR sheriff, just the non-partisan races. You will need
a photo ID with you.
Late Friday afternoon, City Manager Steve
Kennedy announced that Mark Patrick has been chosen to fill the position of
City of Americus Public Works Director.
He was one of the three finalists for the position. He comes to Americus with
over 30-years of experience as a professional engineer and professional land
surveyor and currently serves as the City Engineer for Milledgeville. Mark
Patrick’s first day on the job is tentatively June 13th.
Still reeling from the murder of 28-year old Cliff Jones and the
kidnapping of Vanessa S. Charles and later arrest of 31-year old Timothy Myrick
on Thursday, the community was rocked with another shooting Friday afternoon.
This shooting occurred around
Friday afternoon when Chauncey Goodwin was shot at 307
McCoy Street. He was taken for
treatment at PSMC and later airlifted to a MaconTraumaCenter
where he is now in stable condition. The shooting suspect is 23-year old Thomas
Haugabook II, a 5’ 9” black male weighing 170-lbs. He is a subject of interest
but cannot be located. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Thomas Haugabook II
should contact APD,
the Sumter County S/O or call 9-1-1.
As if that wasn’t enough, an armed robbery then occurred Friday night around at 611 E. Lamar
at Domino’s. 2 suspects entered with guns and demanded money and left with an
undetermined amount of cash. No one in the business was injured. A lookout for
these 2 in addition to Thomas Haugabook II kept officers busy over the weekend
which turned out to be rather quiet.
Oscar Lee Lester Jr. was arrested for battery (DVA),
burglary and 4-counts of 3rd degree cruelty to children.
A hit-n-run investigation resulted in the arrest of Keshia Michelle
Mullins for failure to report an accident (hit-n-run) and no proof of
An affray on Armory Drive
Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at
1212 Oglethorpe Avenue.
An auto was entered and criminal damage to property in the 2nd
degree took place at 710 Sunny Dale
A bad child complaint was made at 615
Lewis Lowe Court.
Derrick Jermaine Davis was arrested for shoplifting at 805
A criminal trespass complaint was made at 3D 105
A reckless conduct incident in leaving children alone is being
investigated on Knollwood Drive.
A suspicious person complaint was filed with police at 217
Following a traffic stop on Tom
Hall Circle, Willie jams Ford was
arrested for driving without a license, no proof of insurance and suspended
Brandon Cordeau Ford was arrested at 701 Davenport Street for an
outstanding warrant, possession of marijuana-less than an ounce and for
possession or manufacturing certain controlled substances.
A theft took place from 1711
E. Lamar Street.
At 2:20 Sunday morning, Gonzella Yancie was arrested on Lafayette
Street for DUI, open container, driving on a suspended license, colliding with
a fixed object, failure to maintain lane, endangering a child while DUI and
A battery complaint was made
at 106 Town Creek Circle.
Officers responded to 7 domestic calls and 1 miscellaneous call over
There were 6 weekend accidents
with no reported injuries.
The Sumter Sheriff’s Auxiliary meets at 7 this
evening in the PopeCenter on the SGTC campus. All members are
encouraged to attend.
Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 47
weekend traffic stops with the majority for speeding along with driving on
suspended licenses, DUI and driving without a license. Deputies responded to domestic
disturbances at 101 Ridgeway Drive, Lot14 321 Lacross Road, 127 Crumpton Drive, 206 E. Rockhill Drive and 1200 Southerfield Road where Shonemeca N. Thomas was charged with
criminal trespass. A burglary was investigated at 279 R W Jones Road. A theft
took place at 206
E. Rockhill Drive. Deputies worked 4 weekend accidents which included 1 deer-related
accident. Following an accident investigation, William S. Phippen was charged
with DUI and failure to maintain lane on Highway 195 north.
In the Sumter County Jail today are: Derrick
Jermaine Davis for theft; Carmel Larnard Evans holding for Lumpkin; Brandon
Cordeau Ford for illegal possession of a controlled substance/
marijuana-possession less than an ounce/ and possession of marijuana; Homer
Dolph Jenkins for felony probation violation; Tyrone Jones for felony failure
to appear; Oscar Lee Lester for battery (DVA)/ 1st degree felony burglary/ 3rd
degree cruelty to children; Kevin Michael Lewis for probation violation;
Timothy Antwan Myrick for murder/felony murder/ 3rd degree cruelty
to children/ felony burglary/ and kidnapping; Dantavious Antwan Sims for 1st
degree forgery/ DUI/ driving without a valid license/ failure to dim lights/
and failure to appear; Tony Anthony Stewart for child support; and Gonzella
Yancie for 4th DUI/ endangering a child while DUI/ striking a fixed
object/ open container and driving on a suspended license. 7 bonded out and 1
was released for a paid fine over the weekend.