"Local News"

Monday July 28th, 2014



The Sumter County Board of Education will hold a called meeting on Tuesday July 29th at 6pm in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. This called meeting is for the adoption of the final millage rate and 5-year tax digest. The meeting is open for the public to attend.

Pre-planning for teachers in the Sumter County School system will be July 29th through August 1st. Open House in the system is this Thursday July 31st. Primary and elementary schools will hold Open House from 5 to 7pm Thursday and middle and high school Open House will be from 6 to 8pm. At the Open House, parents and guardians can meet your child’s teachers, get any revised bus schedules and get school supply lists. The first day of school for students in the Sumter County School system is Monday August 4th.

This coming Friday and Saturday August 1st and 2nd, will be Tax Free Shopping Days in Georgia. School supplies, computers and tablets and related items, clothing and shoes will be tax-free for both days. Many local merchants will have specials to coincide with the Sales Tax Holiday. This year the Sales Tax Holiday will be held AFTER the SCS Open House so getting to the Open House will be beneficial in getting school supply lists and then go shopping and save on Friday and Saturday later this week.

A reminder to keep an eye to the sky concerning our afternoon weather. A weather system will be pushing its way into southwest Georgia this afternoon and the high temperatures ahead of the front will meet the cooler weather this afternoon and could cause some possible severe weather in spots with strong winds, heavy downpours and dangerous lightning. It will be uncomfortably HOT this afternoon when you factor in the high humidity but once this system passes through early tomorrow morning, it will be delightful. Lower heat and humidity during the day and near record lows for the night will hang around for most of this week when another system with more rain arrives on Friday. Stay informed on the ever-changing weather by logging onto www.americusradio.com and click on the weather link.

The Mayor and City Council held an all-day retreat Saturday at the Rees Park Economic Development Center. During the morning session, Mayor and Council and staff heads were on hand to hear various topics like communication, City Charter, visions for the City and Human Resources. One of the highlights was a presentation on Council-Staff Relations from Perry Hiott, Community Development Director with the Georgia Municipal Association. The afternoon session was also beneficial. A closed session was held at the conclusion of the afternoon session.

Americus Police had 5 more autos entered over the weekend and numerous complaints of suspicious persons. Autos were entered at 117-C Fairway II Drive, apartment 45 303 E. Glessner Street, 363-B Bessie Mays Circle, 107 William B. King Drive and at 322 Pecan Drive. Officers stopped numerous people out walking for whatever reason over the weekend, in the early morning hours because of the number of autos recently entered. This morning 2 persons of interest were seen around 3am and a lookout was given but were not apprehended. Remember to lock and secure your vehicles at all times and continue to report people that shouldn’t be out at 1am or later and are looking suspicious. Otherwise it was a busy weekend. Criminal trespass complaints were made at 950 Anthony Drive, 310 E. Forsyth Street, 3-counts at 103 Bozeman Circle, B8 730 MLK Boulevard, apartment 229 120 Lonnie Lane and at 216-A Horton Drive.

Forced entry burglaries were investigated at 1010 E. Furlow Street and 201 Pinecrest Drive. A burglary and criminal trespass occurred at 140 Hosanna Circle.

A financial transaction card fraud case is under investigation.

A gas drive off was reported at 602 W. Forsyth Street.

A juvenile was arrested for shoplifting at 1408 E. Forsyth Street.

A juvenile was arrested for shoplifting and 1st degree arson at 1604 E. Forsyth and for 1st degree arson at 204 Manhattan Street.

A cruelty to animal case was reported.

An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 102 Mill Creek Road.

A theft took place at 323 Allen Street. A theft and criminal trespass occurred on Windsor Avenue.

An aggravated sodomy case is being investigated.

Willie Mack was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

A shoplifting incident occurred at 204 Manhattan Street.

James Anthony Dariso was arrested for 2-counts of sexual battery and 1-count of false imprisonment following an incident at 921 Ridge Street.

Responding to a domestic call to 140 W. Lester Street, Alicia Pope was arrested for criminal trespass and assault battery.

A counterfeit bill was turned over at 204 Manhattan Street.

After a traffic stop on N. Jackson Street, Christopher Garry was arrested for driving on a suspended license and a seat belt violation.

A hit-n-run accident occurred at 120 N. Lee Street.

Officers worked 2 weekend accidents with no reported injuries.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office was busy this past weekend. Arrested and in the Sumter County Jail are: D’Anthony Rashad Chambliss for battery; James Anthony Dariso for sexual battery and false imprisonment; Jason Ellis Frazier for terroristic threats and acts; Willie Mack for shoplifting (felony); Octavious Antony McCants for failure to appear; Felix Alonzo Morgan for probation; Xavier Deamos Muff for probation; Lisa Marie Pierce for bench warrant/ probation violation/ criminal trespass; and Danny Robinson for criminal trespass.

Deputies went to thefts reported at 105 5th Street and at 1225 US 19 north. There were 3 domestic-related calls answered by deputies over the weekend. 18 total traffic stops were conducted with 3 arrests. After a traffic stop on US 19 Kalpa S. Shah was arrested for speeding. Following a traffic stop on US 27 Tiffany S. Pearce was arrested for speeding. A traffic stop on US 27 resulted in the arrest of Shane D. Eggers for failure to maintain insurance.

A criminal trespass complaint was made with deputies at 538 US 280 east at the ABC Trailer Park. Deputies responded to 255 Ed Carson Road to a vehicle fire. A financial transaction card forgery was reported. A damage to property complaint was made at 126 carter Fish pond Road.

There were 3 weekend accidents with 2 involving deer.

Deputies worked 62 total incidents this past weekend.