“Local News”

Monday November 23rd, 2020


Shortly after midnight on Sunday November 22nd, officers of the Americus Police Department responded to a reported shooting at 1208 2nd Montgomery Street in Americus. The 16-year old victim was transported by EMS to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound to the leg. A suspect in the shooting, Dekerion Jamar Hamilton, age 17, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault; possession of a firearm by a minor; and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Hamilton broke free from the transporting officer while being transferred from the booking area to a vehicle and fled on foot. He was apprehended a short distance from the police department and further charged with escape and felony obstruction. Anyone with information related to this investigation should call APD at 229-924-3677 or after hours at 229-937-9011. This was not the only weekend investigation. There was a home invasion-type incident early Saturday morning at 730 MLK Boulevard. Officers went to 730 MLK Boulevard at 12:44 Saturday morning to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival they found someone had forcibly entered an apartment. This too remains under investigation. Over the weekend, officers went to criminal trespass complaints made at 106 Tripp Street; 102-B Eastview Circle; and 1609 E. Lamar Street.


Kristina C. Nash was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. James E. Scott and Fanta N. Brown were arrested at Wal-Mart and charged with shoplifting. Brown also had an outstanding warrant through Crisp County against her. A shoplifting was reported at 1101 S. MLK Boulevard.


A child molestation case is under investigation.


After a traffic stop on Taylor Street, Flinza S. Davis was arrested for felony fleeing and attempting to elude; obstruction; reckless driving; and hit-n-run. He also had several outstanding warrants.


A 1st degree burglary at 406-B Academy Street is under further investigation.


Emilio Wiggins was arrested at 730 MLK Boulevard for several outstanding warrants.


Autos were entered this past weekend at 730 MLK Boulevard; 516 Barlow Street; 308 Sun Valley Drive; and 1609 E. Lamar Street.


A rape case is being investigated.


A battery from a domestic case occurred at 1207 S. MLK Boulevard.


Durante P. Nimmons was arrested at 1533 S. Lee Street for criminal trespass.


Officers responded to a civil matter at 122 Frieda Lane.


Harassing communications were reported to officers.


Responding to a domestic situation at 813 Douglas Drive, officers found an aggravated assault and terroristic threats and acts had occurred.


Chatley L. Yancie was arrested at apartment J 203 Murphy Mill Road and charged with criminal trespass; simple battery (FVA); and 1st degree cruelty to children.


Officers answered 8 total domestic-related weekend calls.


A hit-n-run accident occurred on S. Lee Street at Columbia Avenue.


There were 12 accidents this past weekend worked by APD that had no reported injuries.



An investigation from a residential fire in the early morning hours at 411 Crawley Street will determine the cause. Americus Police were on the scene initially around 1:15 this morning and reported flames from underneath the house and heavy smoke everywhere else. Americus Fire & Emergency Services arrived on the scene shortly afterwards. The home was divided into apartments and it was the right-hand side apartment that was burning. AFES had to go through the other apartment to get all the fire that was in the attic by this time. The house was undergoing renovation and no one was residing there at the time. Fire Marshall Zane Newman and his staff will be going through the scene to determine the cause of last night’s blaze on Crawley Street.


During the annual Downtown Christmas Open House last week, the stores were judged in a Window Display Contest. The winners were announced late Friday afternoon. Taking first place was The Maze on Forsyth Street. 2nd place went to Gatewood’s on S. Jackson Street. 3rd place was Ralwin’s Gallery on Forsyth Street. The People’s Choice Award went to Leon Holloway at Gatewood’s. Those attending the annual Christmas Open House last Thursday had a chance to vote for their favorite as well.


The community’s assistance is needed to help with this year’s Shop with a Cop. Community partners are needed to help sponsor the 30 children this year. Tax deductible donations can be made to the Americus Police Benevolence Fund, a 501C charitable organization. Any and all donations can be dropped off at the Americus Police Department at the front desk. For more information call Chief Mark Scott at 229-924-3677 ext 329 if you have questions or need more information on Shop with a Cop. December 8th is the date for this year’s Shop with a Cop!




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy conducting 18 weekend traffic stops. The majority were for speeding. 3 motorists were given assistance. Deputies answered 6 domestic-related weekend calls. 3 activated alarms were checked out. Deputies were dispatched out to a reported fight at the American Legion on Highway 30. Suspicious vehicles were spotted at 254 Edgewood Drive and on Mockingbird Road off Highway 30W. Deputies assisted Americus Police with an escape suspect early Sunday morning. Deputies worked 3 weekend accidents that included 2 deer-related. The other accident was turned over to Troopers from Post 10.


In the Sumter County Jail today; Fanta Nicolette Brown for theft by shoplifting; Chasity Marie Cliatt—housing for Schley County; Flinza Serrell Davis for reckless driving/ hit-n-run/ obstruction/ fleeing and attempting to elude LEO/ 1st degree forgery/ and felony theft by deception; Dekerrion Jamar Hamilton for aggravated assault/ escape/ obstruction/ possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony/ and possession of a firearm by a minor; Carlos R. Harris for expired registration or title/ driving while unlicensed/ open container/ fleeing and attempting to elude LEO/ reckless driving/ and failure to maintain lane; Cleveland King for driving while license is suspended and speeding; Durante Pierre Nimmons for criminal trespass and probation violation; Dustin Lee Richards for DUI-drugs/ possession of marijuana/ possession and use of drug-related objects/ and knowingly driving a vehicle with suspended registration; Narada Morrela Waters for aggravated assault and terroristic threats and acts; Emilio Wiggins for simple battery/ terroristic threats and acts/ criminal trespass/ and crossing guard lines with contraband; Santwan Cordarious Woods for speeding and terroristic threats and acts; and Chatley Latrice Yancie for criminal trespass/ simple battery (FVA)/ and 1st degree cruelty to children. 1 was released from jail for time served.