“Local News”

Monday May 29th, 2023

M E M O R I A L   D A Y


This will be a memorable Memorial Day for the family of Corporal Luther H. Story. Luther h. Story, a Korean War Medal of Honor recipient will be laid to rest after nearly 73-years. The reinterment ceremony with full military honors will be at 2 this afternoon at Andersonville National Historic Site as part of the Memorial Day weekend. A niece, Judy Wade will offer words this afternoon, a chaplain will have an invocation and benediction and Major General Thomas M. Carden Jr. will have remarks. Cpl. Story will then receive full military burial honors. Corporal Luther Herschel Story’s family will be presented with a Congressional Medal of Honor and a Purple Heart for his valiant efforts in the Korean War from September 1st 1950 when he was killed in combat.


The community can show your respect and support for Luther H. Story and his remaining family by lining the streets this afternoon while enroute to Andersonville. The funeral procession will leave Aldridge Funeral Services at 1:30 traveling down Taylor Street to Lee Street, past the Public Safety Building with the huge American flag, turn onto Lamar Street and then make the closing journey to Andersonville. Line the streets, wave your flags, clap your hands as we all send Corporal Luther Herschel Story home to his final resting place at the Andersonville National Cemetery this afternoon. Please show up and let’s send Cpl. Story off in true Sumter County style for one of our own—our hometown hero!


Today is Memorial Day and how appropriate was it that we lay to rest Cpl. Luther H. Story on a day where we remember those brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Memorial Day is THAT time we remember and honor all who served and sacrificed for our great nation.


Because today is a state and Federal holiday, banks are closed and there will be no mail delivery today. Trash pickup is pushed back a day this week. Monday’s trash pickup will be on Tuesday, then Tuesday on Wednesday and so on for the rest of this week. The offices of the City of Americus and those at the Sumter County Courthouse and LEC will be closed in observance of the holiday. There will be NO Sumter County Sheriff’s reports due to the LEC offices being closed today. These offices resume normal business hours on Tuesday.


The 78-hour Memorial Day holiday travel period will end at 11:59pm. So far across the state as of 6am, 11 traffic fatalities have been recorded on Georgia’s roads and highways. None of the fatalities occurred in Troop G which patrols the SW Georgia area. State Troopers, Deputies and Police Officers, locally and across the state, will be highly visible in what will be a busy travel period today. Click it or Ticket is underway and if you’re caught without wearing your seatbelt. YOU WILL get a ticket. Obey the posted speed, don’t drive distracted and by all means buckle up and arrive alive!


An investigation is underway into an early morning shooting at 116 Highway 30W. It was after 2 this morning that the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies and Sumter County Fire & Rescue were dispatched out to a report of someone shot. Then there were reports of numerous shots being fired. SCF&R waited until the scene was secured. As of 5:30 this morning, Deputies and Investigators were still on the scene. No details yet on what happened and who was shot. It has been confirmed there was one fatality as a result of the early morning shooting. The GBI is assisting in the investigation.


Americus Police had a busy weekend. A 1st degree felony burglary was investigated at 303 Rucker Street.


2nd degree criminal damage to property was reported at 101-F Country Club Drive; 258-C Lonnie Lane; and at 103 Bessie Mays Circle.


Investigation is underway into a financial transaction card forgery.


Adriane R. McClendon was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. Mary N. Cooper was arrested late in the weekend for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.


Following a traffic stop on Crawford at E. Forsyth, Destiny C Adams was arrested for driving without a valid license; failure to yield; and failure to maintain lane.


Gerald A. Lewis was arrested for an outstanding warrant at 406-A Academy Street.


After a traffic stop at 1:40 Saturday morning on Crawford Street, Juwan A. High was arrested for DUI-refusal and failure to maintain lane.


Quintin J. Fletcher was arrested at 1007 S. MLK Boulevard for contributing to the delinquency of a minor; possession and use of drugs and drug-related objects; and maintaining a disorderly house.


Suspicious incidents were checked out at 916 ½ N. MLK Boulevard and 1310 Ridge Street.


A runaway juvenile complaint was filed with an officer.


Aggravated assaults occurred on Highway 30 at Magnolia and 1320 Douglas Circle.


A traffic stop at 1201 N. MLK Boulevard resulted in the arrest of Bradley L. Terry for an outstanding warrant.


Tiembra Walters was arrested at a domestic call to 808 N. Lee Street for terroristic threats and acts.


Harassing communications and false report of a crime are under further investigation.


Responding to a domestic disturbance at 702 Davenport Street, Anthony K. Cross was arrested for battery and disorderly conduct.


A shots fired complaint was made in the area of 1130 Felder Street.


Officers were busy answering 10 total domestic-related calls and two miscellaneous calls over the weekend.


A hit-n-run accident occurred on N. Lee at Patterson.


There were five weekend accidents with one reported injury.