"Local News"

Monday July 24th, 2017



3 people suffered injuries yesterday afternoon around 2:30 in a 1-vehicle accident on Highway 49N at District Line Road. It was NOT at the new roundabout. Preliminary investigation shows the vehicle somehow lost control, left the roadway and overturned. 2 people were transported by Goldstar EMS to PSMC for treatment. A 3rd victim was airlifted by Air Evac to a trauma center. Troopers from Post 10, Sheriff’s Deputies and Sumter County Fire & Rescue along with Air Evac were all on the scene. No names were released in the initial Trooper’s report and Local News will be following up on the completed report on a later edition.

Sumter County Traverse Jurors who have been summoned for jury duty at 1:30 this afternoon are NOT to report for jury duty AT ALL. All scheduled cases have either been resolved or continued. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to call the Clerk’s Office at 928-4537. This announcement from Cortisa Barthell, Clerk of Superior & State Court.

There will be three public hearings soon on the proposed property tax increase by the Sumter County Board of Commissioners at their monthly meeting last week. The public hearings are August 1st at 10am and 6pm with the 3rd public hearing on August 8th at 5:30. All public hearings will be in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse.

The 19th annual Boys & Girls Club of Americus/Sumter County’s Steak & Stake charity fundraiser is tomorrow night in the Storm Dome on the GSW Campus. The event starts at 6pm. No tickets will be sold at the door tomorrow night. Stacy Abrams, Georgia State Representative will be the featured speaker for the night. Former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter will also be in attendance. Some awards and recognitions will also be made during the Steak & State fundraiser tomorrow night.

Pre-planning begins today for teachers and staff of the Sumter County Schools. The rooms are getting ready for the system-wide open house this Thursday July 27th. Pre-K through 6th grades open house will be Thursday from 5-7pm. Furlow Charter School’s open house will also be 5-7pm on Thursday. 7th through 12th grades will have their open house from 6-8pm. Open house times are staggered to allow families with multiple students to attend other open houses. School bells will ring for the new school year NEXT Monday July 31st.

It was another active weekend for Americus Police as 5 autos were entered around town. 2 autos were entered at 208 Maple Drive. 2 unlocked vehicles were entered at 203 Eckles Road and at 2004 Armory Drive. Then at 3:36 this morning an auto was entered at 420 Judy Lane.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 201-A Bessie Mays Circle, 217 Maple Street and 288 Morris Drive.

A child molestation case is under investigation.

A theft occurred from 145-B Cherokee Street.

A juvenile was arrested at 915 N. Lee Street and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana within 1000-feet of a public school.

Officers went to a deceased person call at 109 Norman Cole Street. 99-year old Roberts Smalls was found deceased and the Coroner’s Office was notified.

Terroristic threats were made at 85-B Dixon Drive.

A burglary was investigated at 106 Glenn Street.

After a traffic stop on E. Lamar, Marc Eugene Collier was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

A traffic stop was initiated on MLK Boulevard resulting in the arrest of Quinterrious Jamal Allen for an outstanding warrant.

An aggravated battery is under investigation at 97-B Bozeman Circle. 1st Responder was called to the scene but had to wait for APD to clear the scene from a large crowd on hand. 1 person suffered injuries and was airlifted to a trauma center as a precaution.

A traffic stop at 12:46 Sunday morning on Ashby Street led to the arrest of Jerome Sheldon Coleman for driving on a suspended license.

A GSP-initiated traffic stop was made at 2:44 Saturday morning on Lamar Street and Abbigail Tomberlin was arrested for DUI and failure to stop at a stop sign.

A bad child complaint was made at 117 Town Creek.

A hit-n-run accident took place at 805 Adderton Street.

Officers stayed busy with 5 domestic-related and 3 miscellaneous calls over the weekend.

There were 3 weekend accidents with no reported injuries. After an accident investigation on Hudson at Jefferson, 2 arrests were made. Ni’Kirea Shi’Nae Harvey was arrested for DUI. Keontae Mackey was arrested for obstruction.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy this past weekend. 35 traffic stops were conducted with several citations issued with the majority for speeding and DUI. A civil complaint was answered at 172 Darden Road. Suspicious person complaints were made at 111 Johnson Street, 133 Hillside Drive and on Highway 49S at Fox Stephens Road. A criminal trespass complaint was filed at 157 Renecker Road Extension. Damage to property occurred at 109 Towerview Drive. An auto was entered at 167 Parkers Mill Creek Road. A suspicious vehicle was spotted at 113 Gus Road. A burglary was investigated at 1000 US 280W. A theft took place from 318 Middle River Road. Deputies answered domestic calls to 8B Lexington Circle, 168 6th Street and at 806 Thrasher Road where Shi Huang Styles was charged with disorderly conduct. Deputies worked 7 weekend accidents with 4 being deer-related.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Kydeem Jamal Campbell for statutory rape/ rape/ sodomy-aggravated sodomy/ enticing a child for indecent purposes/ aggravated child molestation/ and 1st degree cruelty to children; Dexter Ricardo Green for felony failure to appear; Rodney Deon Green for battery; Laquida Cimone Mable for felony failure to appear; Octavius Shamun Ross for City probation; and Donovan Lavante Scott for DUI and driving on a suspended license. 7 were released on bond over the weekend.1 was back in jail for sentencing. 1 was released for time served. 1 was back in jail to make bond.