“Local News”

Monday September 25th, 2023


It’s the last week of September so how will the weather be this week now that fall is here? We will have sunshine today and highs topping out in the lower 90s but changes will start on Tuesday. We have a 40% chance of rain by Tuesday afternoon and the rain will stay here through Thursday afternoon. The rains will also keep the daytime highs cooler. Its forecast for the upper 80s Tuesday and then the low-to-mid 70s on Wednesday and Thursday. The upcoming weekend will be mostly sunny and slightly cooler with highs in the lower 80s and lows in the low 60s. Until then, sunny and warm today and then rainy Tuesday afternoon until Thursday afternoon for whatever plans you have this week.


The first ever Government 101 class starts tonight that will be presented by the City of Americus. The class will run for 6-weeks and ends on October 30th. This will be every Monday evening from 6-8pm. Seating is limited to 20 participants and the class was filling up quickly. To find out if there is still seats available, call today at 229-924-4411 or log onto www.americusga.org and register online. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to become an informed and engaged member of our community so check on the availability of an open seat today! This course starts this evening at City Hall downtown in the third floor Training Room.


This Thursday is the annual Taste of Sumter. This may well be one of the biggest Taste of Sumter events as more and more of the locals will be participating. You can get a true taste of what all Sumter County has to offer on any given day. The Taste of Sumter is this Thursday the 28th from 6 to 9pm in downtown Americus on Jackson Street between Forsyth and Lamar Streets. Not only will there be food and drinks, there will be entertainment as well during the big event. Bring the family downtown this Thursday between 6 and 9pm and enjoy this year’s Taste of Sumter!


There will be a special Called Meeting tomorrow evening by the Sumter County Board of Commissioners. The called meeting at 6pm will be for personnel discussion. The meeting will be in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. You can attend in person or call in tomorrow night. That number is 1-646-558-8656 and the meeting ID is 858 5226 7449 and the passcode is 605437. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are always open for the public to attend.


It was a very busy weekend for the Americus Police. An armed robbery occurred at 10:04 last night at 119 W. Church Street. No one was injured and this remains under investigation.


Shots fired complaints were made in the area of Lonnie Lane, Rucker Street and Hosanna Circle.


The false report of a crime is being investigated after officers responded to a domestic situation at 1207 Oglethorpe Avenue.


Officers were dispatched to a deceased person at 219 Academy Street. The Coroner’s Office was also on the scene.


A simple battery (FVA) occurred in the parking lot at Magnolia Village.


K9 Von was deployed assisting the GBI with a search warrant.


Tanneshia A. Griffin was arrested on Rainbow Terrace for outstanding warrants.


2nd degree criminal damage to property occurred at domestic calls to 39-A Reddick Drive and at 1206 S. MLK Boulevard.


An entered auto and theft took place at 420 Judy Lane. A potential aggravated assault and entered auto was reported at 207 Rucker Street.


Recovered property was found on W. Church at S. Jackson and kept by APD.


An unruly juvenile complaint was filed with officers at 916 N. Lee Street.


Thefts took place over the weekend at E2 227 Wanda Way and at 260-A Lonnie Lane.


A disorderly conduct incident was reported at 923 N. MLK Boulevard.


After a traffic stop on Finn at S. Jackson, Quincy B. Daniels was arrested for driving with a suspended license and failure to yield after stopping at a stop sign.


Investigation is underway into a sexual battery; 1st degree felony burglary and criminal attempt to commit a felony.


Criminal trespass complaints were made at 1017 Oglethorpe Avenue and 202-B US 19S.


At a traffic stop on Highway 30W at 12:53 Sunday morning, Pedro Lopez-Padilla was arrested for DUI; failure to obey a traffic control device; and child endangerment while DUI.


Following a traffic stop on Mary Blount Drive at 1:26 Sunday morning, Tranerious W. Green was arrested for driving with a suspended license; suspended registration; and outstanding warrants.


A suspicious incident was checked out at 150 Starlight Circle.


A traffic stop at 11:47 Sunday night on Rees Street led to the arrest of Julia T. Mathis for DUI-refusal; failure to maintain lane; and window tint violation.


Responding to a domestic call at 1:20 this morning in the Crawley Street area, Antonio D. Walker was arrested for battery; obstruction; and giving a false name to law enforcement.


Hit-n-run accidents occurred over the weekend at 115 W. Church Street; 1711 E. Lamar Street; and 1202 Crawford Street.


Officers were busy answering eleven total domestic-related calls and four miscellaneous calls.


APD worked five weekend traffic crashes that had no reported injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy over the weekend conducting 21 traffic stops. Numerous warnings and citations were written. Five prisoner transports were made. Four domestic-related calls were answered. A bad child complaint was filed at 212 Jackson Street. Three activated alarms were looked into. A theft took place from 233 Lexington Circle. Deputies checked out a loud music complaint at 311 Bob Hale Road. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 424 Morris Drive. A suspicious vehicle was spotted in the area of 113 Bluebell Lane. Deputies worked a deer-related weekend traffic crash.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Jesse Patrick Black for 3rd degree felony forgery; Robert Lee Dismuke for conspiracy to commit a felony/ illegal possession of a controlled substance/ and felony possession of synthetic cannabinoid/ synthetic marijuana or K2; Carlos Renard Little for conspiracy to commit a felony/ illegal possession of a controlled substance/ and felony possession of synthetic cannabinoid-synthetic marijuana or K2; Caleb Marshall Mathis for felony failure to appear; Lee Merritt for felony probation violation; Jeanette Perkins—holding for Macon County; Zyra Amelia Rayford for conspiracy to commit a felony/ illegal possession of a controlled substance/ and felony possession of synthetic cannabinoid-synthetic marijuana or K2; Carlos Gomez Ruiz for criminal trespass and underage drinking; Walter Serrano for public drunkenness/ simple battery against person 65 or older or is pregnant/ and failure to appear; and Antonio DeMarco Walker for battery/ giving false name to law enforcement/ obstruction/ and probation violation. Six were released from jail over the weekend after posting bond. One was released for time served.