Drivers in Georgia
have been watching the price at the pump rise some 28-cents ever since the gas
leak in the Colonial Pipeline. This morning, AAA reports that the gas prices should
start letting up and to show that, the prices have dropped 2-cents in Georgia
and in some of the other states in the past few days. AAA does state it could
take a couple of weeks but prices should eventually return to levels seen
before the leak then fall in-line with the other states as they follow a
downward trend through the rest of the year. Georgia
prices overall are a little more than a dollar less than 2-years ago when
prices exceeded $3 a gallon.
help offset the cost of getting the Americus-Sumter SkillsUSA Engine Build Team
to the National Competition in Las Vegas, a Boston Butt sale will be held this
Saturday October 1st. The cost is $25 and pick-up this Saturday will
be from 10 until 1 behind the South Campus. Tickets are available from any
SkillsUSA Team members or by calling Jeanie at 942-5167 or Donna at
352-280-0151. Thanks in advance for your continued support. Tickets MUST be
presented at pick-up and butts will NOT be available after .
Sheriff’s Auxiliary will meet this evening at at the PopeCenter
on the SGTC campus. All members are encouraged to attend.
Some areas in the County got
some much-needed rainfall yesterday while others got sprinkles at best. Our
weather IS about to get the first taste of fall later this week. Ahead of a
front, we should see some rain today and again Tuesday night and ending
Wednesday afternoon. As the rain subsides Wednesday, the winds will pick-up and
bring in the cooler, drier air and give us a real feel of fall. Highs on Thursday
and Friday will be in the low 80s with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. This cooler
air will stay around until the weekend. And that’s a nice break from the
lingering heat and humidity.
All in all, Americus Police had a relatively quiet weekend
although they were busy. Anna Nicole Mallard was arrested for shoplifting at 1711 E. Lamar Street. Other shoplifting incidents were reported
Hawkins Street and 1201
Marcus Idarius Wilkerson was arrested
at 704 Park Row for discharging a firearm in the City.
Following a traffic stop on E. Lamar Street, Khodarius Antwon Thomas was arrested for
an outstanding warrant and cited for an expired tag.
A theft of lost/mislaid property
occurred at 204
Manhattan Street. A felony theft occurred at 1201 MLK Boulevard and a theft took place from 329 W. Lamar Street.
A suspicious person complaint was
filed with police in the Horton Drive area.
A criminal trespass complaint was
made at 228
An auto was entered on E. Furlow Street.
Sonya Denise Smith was arrested for
an outstanding warrant on MLK Boulevard.
A 1st degree forgery case
is being investigated at 1043 E. Forsyth Street.
An investigation is underway into a
possible child molestation case as reported by PSMC.
Officers did answer 5 domestic-related
calls and 3 miscellaneous calls over this past weekend.
were 6 weekend accidents that had 3 injury complaints.
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies assisted with license checkpoints and safety
checkpoints with the GeorgiaState Patrol over the weekend. Deputies did
conduct 15 traffic stops and made some drug-related arrests. At a stop on US
280 west and US 49 south, Fred Freeman was arrested for DUI/ endangering a
child while DUI/ illegal possession of a controlled substance/ giving a false
name to law enforcement/ and driving on a suspended license. A passenger,
Lakeshia J. Shelton was charged with illegal possession of a controlled
substance. After a stop on Lamar at Lee, Sherronda M. Ross was charged with
marijuana-possession less than an ounce and illegal possession of a controlled
substance. On Church
Fuller Boulevard, Matthew T. Smith was charged with DUI/ marijuana-possession less than
an ounce/ and possession and use of drug-related objects. A passenger, Megan A.
Wise was charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance and
possession and use of drug-related objects. There were several charges of
speeding and DUI over the weekend.
Domestic disturbances occurred at 263 Little Bear Branch Road; on Highway 30 west; 112 Rainbow Terrace; 103 Odom Road Extension; and 483 Parkers Crossing Road. Burglaries were investigated at 435-B Ed
Stephens Road; 490 Bob Dodson Road; 425 Mad Dog Road; and Lot 17 321 Lacross
Road. Thefts were reported at 900 SGT Parkway at Hicks Hall, 387 Lower Five Points Road and 190 E. Rockhill Drive. A suspicious person complaint was made at
Entrekin Street. Illegal dumping occurred at 534 US 280 west. A bad child complaint
was made at 3685 US 280 east. Deputies worked 4 weekend accidents with 2
deer-related. After 1 accident investigation, Mitchell C. McPhail was charged
with disorderly conduct.
Housed in the Sumter County Jail are:
Wade Battle for theft and aggravated assault; Kimberly Renae Bridges for
disorderly conduct; Alvin Dunn for Drug Court; Fred Freeman for DUI/ Endangering
a child while DUI/ failure to maintain lane/ open container/ giving a false
name to law enforcement/ driving while unlicensed/ and marijuana
possession-less than an ounce; Derik Dennard James for failure to maintain lane
and driving while unlicensed; and Sonya Denise Smith for probation violation.
12 bonded out over the weekend, 1 was released to another jail and 1 was
released for time served.