In case you were unaware, there were
2 concentrated license checkpoints conducted this past weekend. Americus Police,
along with the Georgia State Patrol; West Central Traffic Enforcement; Georgia
Office of Highway Safety; Sumter Sheriff’s Deputies; the GBI; Georgia
Department of Community Supervision; along with others were all over starting Friday
evening and again on Saturday evening. There was also a GSP helicopter patrolling
on Friday evening. The weekend checkpoints resulted in 42 arrests ranging from
DUI to possession of drugs to outstanding warrants to the usual traffic
violations. Americus Police and all the other participating agencies thank
everyone for allowing the opportunity to help make Americus and Sumter County a
safer place in which to live.
Late Friday afternoon, the GBI released a
news brief. On June 29th 2009, the GBI Americus Field Office was
requested by the Americus Police Department to assist with investigating the
death of Dorothy Jean Sheffield, found deceased by a relative in her home at 818 ½ Magnolia Street 7-years ago. As a result of continuing to
conduct interviews, following leads and analyzing evidence, Dane Register was
developed as a suspect and subsequently arrested. On Wednesday January 10th,
Register was charged with felony murder in the Sheffield death. During the time of the murder,
Register was residing with a family living in the same area as Sheffield. Register is currently an inmate at GeorgiaState Prison in Reidsville where he is serving two life sentences in
reference to an unrelated case.
Today is the MLKHoliday. Many local,
state and federal offices are closed today in observance. The LEC offices are
closed meaning there will not be a SumterCounty Sheriff’s report on Local News until tomorrow. Drivers will get a
break as many school busses will not make the normal runs until tomorrow. Banks
are closed and there will be no mail delivery today. There will be trash pickup
as normal on this Monday.
The SumterCounty Friends of the Public Library are hosting their annual fundraising
theater event on Saturday January 28th and Sunday the 29th
at the LakeBlackshear Regional Library. For more information or tickets, call 924-8091.
The monthly meeting of the SumterCountyBoard of Commissioners is at 6 tomorrow evening in the Commissioners Room at
the SumterCounty Courthouse. The meeting is open for the community to attend.
January meeting of the Mayor and City Council is this Thursday January 19th
at in Council Chambers of the PublicSafetyBuilding downtown. The community is invited to
Americus Police had a busy weekend in addition to
participating in the concentrated license checkpoints. A juvenile was arrested
Bozeman Circle for probation violation.
A felony theft by deception and 1st
degree forgery case is under further investigation.
Tyrell Damon Jenkins and Mikessia T.
Reese were arrested at 105 Glory Court and charged with disorderly conduct.
Michael T. Jones was arrested for
disorderly conduct at 733 E. Forsyth Street.
Kevin Eric Huddleston was arrested at
125 W. Lamar and charged with disorderly conduct.
An auto was entered at 133 J R Campbell Sr. Street through an unsecured window.
A counterfeit bill ($100) was
reported at 202 US 19 south at Gas N’ Go.
A juvenile was arrested on Dixon Drive and charged with theft by receiving stolen
Thefts occurred at 350 Rucker Street and at 1007 Southerfield Road where a 1997 Chevy Lumina was stolen.
A criminal trespass complaint for a
damaged vehicle was made at 913 Ridge Street.
A disorderly conduct incident
occurred at 415
A forced entry burglary at this morning was investigated at 105 Patterson Street.
Officers also were busy answering 6
domestic-related calls and 2 miscellaneous calls over the weekend.
was 1 accident worked by APD that
had 2 injury complaints.
FAA officials will be in town today
to investigate a plane crash yesterday in the area of Old Andersonville Road. The pilot, Mack Hodges was not severely
injured when the plane crashed.