“Local News”

Monday May 3rd, 2021


As we start off the month of May, we look back on the last day of April when Phoebe Sumter released their latest COVID numbers. For the second week in a row, the local hospital had 3 COVID patients. For the first 2-weeks of April there were ZERO COVID patients in PSMC but for the last 2 weeks of the month those numbers stayed at 3 patients. Phoebe Sumter reminds everyone to wash your hands and wear a face mask if at all possible. Get vaccinated when you have the opportunity. While the state has relaxed the strict COVID restrictions that have been in place you should still exercise caution.



The Sumter County Board of Commissioners has openings on the Schley-Sumter-Macon-Webster-Taylor Joint Development Authority (1); Sumter County Board of Family and Children Services (1); and the Sumter County Library Board of Trustees (2). A Board description and an application can be obtained from Deputy County Clerk Latoya McCants at 229-928-4500; via email at lmccants@sumtercountyga.us; on the website www.sumtercountyga.us; or at the Sumter County Courthouse in Suite 100. The deadline for receiving all applications is Friday May 14th by 5pm.



The deadline to purchase a flag for the next Avenue of Flags is next week by May 12th. The Avenue of Flags will be flying high during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Orders are being taken now at a cost of $75 per flag. To place your order, contact Frank Mitchell at 229-938-4310; Charles Holt at 229-942-1739; or see any member of American Legion Post#558 the sponsor of the Avenue of Flags. Once again next Wednesday May 12th is the deadline to get in your order.


Today, Phoebe Sumter begins mammograms for women who are not insured and are overdue for their annual screening. The mammograms will be provided to the first 30 eligible women who make appointments and have met certain criteria. Please note that this event is ONLY for initial mammogram screening and does not apply to follow-up imaging needs. To schedule an appointment, call Phoebe Sumter Patient Contact Center at 229-931-1375.


After being mostly quiet around town all last week, the weekend for the Americus Police Department was extremely active. Shoplifting arrests and shopliftings kept officers busy. Brittany M. White; Quonisha Merritt; and Victoria J. Chavers were all arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. Shoplifting also was reported at 1040 E. Forsyth Street and more at Wal-Mart.


Sallean M. Ryles was arrested for assault-battery at Wal-Mart.


Damage to property was reported on the Southerfield Road at Mayo Street.


Responding to a domestic situation at 507 Bell Street, Keshonta N. Harrell was arrested for criminal trespass; disorderly conduct; and public drunkenness.


Officers went to 107-A Bessie Mays Circle for an ungovernable child complaint.


Following a traffic stop at 2:37 Saturday morning on S. Lee Street, Anthony L. Hightower was arrested for DUI and open container and cited for headlight requirements.


Autos were entered at 311 Alan Drive and 104 W. Jefferson Street.


Burglaries were investigated at apartment 3 701 Davenport Street and 1503-B E. Lamar Street.


A simple battery occurred at 420 Elm Avenue.


Officers went to 308 W. Hill Street at 3:34 Sunday morning to an aggravated assault.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 730 S. MLK Boulevard.


Alexeus B. Mercer was arrested at 255-A Lonnie Lane for battery against a pregnant female; 2nd degree cruelty to children; and simple battery against a law enforcement officer.


A theft took place from apartment 113 130 Lonnie Lane.


After responding to shots fired in the area of 207 Byrd Street, Ebony J. Banks was arrested for aggravated assault and criminal trespass.


Answering a domestic situation at 1206 S. MLK Boulevard, Euveka Haugabook was arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; possession of marijuana—less than an ounce; and possession of drug-related objects. She was also arrested for an outstanding warrant.


Tordera A. Barner was arrested for theft by taking at 1025 Anderson Street as well as an outstanding warrant.


After a traffic stop on S. MLK Boulevard, Montrevius D. Rouland was arrested for DUI and failure to maintain lane.


Willie C. Lowery was arrested for Contempt of Court.


Investigation from a previous case led to the arrest of Jeffrey D. Shelley for reckless conduct.


Hit-n-run accidents occurred on E. Furlow Street and on Highway 30 at Armory Drive.


Officers were busy answering 9 domestic-related calls and 4 miscellaneous calls for the weekend.


There were 8 accidents worked by APD that had no reported injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy this past weekend. Only 5 traffic stops were conducted. 2 prisoner transports were made. Improper parking was reported on Tallent Store Road. Deputies answered 7 domestic-related calls. A report of shots fired in the area of 542 Old Dawson Road was checked into by Deputies. 3 activated alarms were checked into for the weekend. Bad child complaints were made Lot 4 Lacross Road and Lot 59 538 US 280E. The roadway on Arlington Drive-Charleston Road was blocked and Deputies responded. Suspicious person complaints were made at 337 Shiloh Road and 321 Lacross Road. 2 agencies were given assistance by Deputies on service calls. A civil complaint was filed with a Deputy at 149-B Swisher Road. A neighbor dispute was negotiated at 900 Highway 49S. A theft took place from 116 Highway 30W. 2 motorists were given assistance. A loud music complaint was made at 129 Rainbow Terrace. Deputies worked 4 weekend accidents with 2 being deer-related.


In the Sumter County Jail today; Ebony Janae Banks for aggravated assault and criminal trespass; Tordera Barner for theft and felony probation violation; Aaron Louis Green—holding for USMS; Euveka Shay Haugabook for illegal possession of a controlled substance/ marijuana possession—less than an ounce/ possession and use of drug-related objects/ and felony probation violation; Benny Christopher Heights for probation violation; Alexeus Brianna Mercer for battery against a pregnant female/ 2nd degree cruelty to children/ and simple battery against a law enforcement officer; Justin Bake Sellers for felony probation violations; Michael Keith Underwood for criminal interference with government property/ crossing guard lines with contraband without consent/ obstruction/ false imprisonment/ and aggravated stalking; and Benjamin Carlos Vieyra for 1st degree cruelty to children. 5 were released from jail after posting bond.


The Sumter County Board of Elections and Voter Registration will hold their regular business meeting in the Board of Commissioners meeting room at 4:30 Tuesday May 4th at the Sumter County Courthouse. There will be limited seating; hands will be sanitized before entering; wearing a face mask is required; and anyone feeling ill or running a fever will not be allowed to enter.