"Local News"

Monday June 27th, 2016



The community is invited to attend a ribbon cutting at 11 this morning at the DGR Group at their new location 205 S. Lee Street. The DGR Group is now open in their new location to better serve you.

The area received some much-welcomed rain yesterday and there were reports of spotty power outages in the late afternoon. Strong winds ushered in the rains which were heavy at times. Limbs and in some cases trees were knocked down which in turn took out the power lines. Rainfall totals were varied, just depending on where the system tracked. Here at our Highway 30 studios we had 2-inches for the weekend. Rain chances today and this evening are of the pop-up variety before a second system ramps up the rain chances on Tuesday and Wednesday. The upper 90s we saw for the weekend will drop to the low-to-mid 90s today and around 90 for Tuesday and Wednesday. Follow the changing weather at americusradio.com and click on the weather link.

A joint investigation is underway by the GBI Region 3 office in Americus, the GBI West Metro RDEO in Carrollton, the Georgia State Patrol in Cuthbert, the Lumpkin Police Department and the Stewart County Sheriff’s Office into a drug investigation. On Friday June 17th, Special Agent Brett Upson received information that a large quantity of marijuana was being stashed at 249 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, 132 Alabama Street and 30 Woodall Street in Lumpkin. Search warrants were conducted at all three locations resulting in the seizure of illegal narcotics. During the course of the investigations, 27 pounds of marijuana, $17,800 in cash, four guns and one vehicle were seized. Arrested on multiple drug charges were Rasheed Dalton, Tiffany Vicente, Brooksin Brown and Mack Arthur Walker. Also charged with obstruction was Bruce Durham and Adrian Dalton. The investigation is ongoing.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Auxiliary meets at 7 this evening in Room 1240 of the Student Success Center on the GSW Campus. The classroom is located on the same hallway that the Fitness Center is located on. The room is easier accessed by parking in the lot behind the Student Success Center just off Perimeter Road. Capt. Donna Tissue will be sharing a presentation entitled Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (C.R.A.S.E.). In lieu of the multiple shooting events occurring around the world, this is information that could save your life. All members are encouraged to attend.

Drivers have noticed a significant drop at the pump in the last week and could see even greater savings with Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Crude oil dropped by nearly $2.50 the day after the exit and since two-thirds the price of gasoline is influenced by oil prices, this reduces the likelihood of gas prices rising in the near future. Gas prices were already falling but reductions in the price of oil and increased gasoline demand offset by a healthy refinery production should keep prices at their lowest point for this time of the year since 2005 according to AAA.

Americus Police had a busy weekend. Thefts occurred at 1007-B Denham Drive and 118-A Hanson Drive.

William Clinton Moore III and Shantaro Patrell Hardy were arrested for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce on Douglas Circle.

Reginald Mathis was arrested for shoplifting at 704 N. Lee Street.

Martel Marquis Smith and Raneisha Davis were arrested at 1805-A Maxwell Street for disorderly conduct.

A 3rd degree arson case at 605 and 607 Eastview Circle is being investigated.

An unlocked vehicle was entered at 129 E. Hill Street and a locked vehicle was forcibly entered by breaking the passenger window with a brick at apartment 6 720 Harris Street.

Corey Michael Kafka and William Dubose Krenson were arrested at 1:28 Sunday morning and charged with disorderly conduct at 120 N. Lee Street.

A burglary was investigated at 220 Wanda Way.

A bad child complaint was made at 105 Bozeman Circle. An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 405 Jackson Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was filed at 402 Mayo Street.

Following a traffic stop on Crawford Street, Chelsea Thomas was arrested for speeding/ driving without a license/ an expired tag/ and no proof of insurance.

A battery occurred at 101 Town Creek Circle.

An aggravated assault and terroristic threats case is being investigated at 1202 Crawford Street.

Kristen Muff was arrested at apartment 240 140 Lonnie Lane and charged with assault battery.

Terroristic threats via computer were reported to police.

An aggravated assault on E. Furlow Street is under investigation.

Freddie Lee Trice was arrested at 411 Hosanna Circle for battery and possession of a drug-related object.

At 5:21 this morning officers were dispatched to 228 S. Hampton Street where 82-year old Josie Simpson was found deceased.

Officers answered 8 domestic and 4 miscellaneous weekend calls.

Only 1 accident was worked with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were active over this past weekend. 17 traffic stops were conducted ranging from speeding to DUI. Thefts occurred over the weekend at 1705 E. Lamar Street, 106 Rouse Lane, 119-B Tommy Warren Drive and on Highway 45 south. A forgery was reported at 441 US 49 north. A bad child complaint was made at 708 US 19 south. Deputies answered domestic calls to 123 Southland Subdivision Road, 103 Shady Bottom Road, 225 Mockingbird Drive and 109 Old Dawson Road. A civil complaint was filed at 326 Waymon Street. Damage to property occurred at 1018 US 49 south. Deputies went to a shed fire at 115 Dogwood Drive. There were several calls to blocked roads over the weekend due to the weather. Deputies worked 4 weekend accidents.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Cheyenne Danielle Cromer for probation violation; Raquel R. Jackson for DUI and failure to maintain lane; Lewis Mack for DUI and driving on a suspended license; Courtney Antwon Mann for simple battery/ false imprisonment/ southwestern probation/ and probation violation; Corderrius Smith for marijuana possession-less than announce; and Freddie Lee Trice for battery and possession of drug-related objects. 5 bonded out of jail this past weekend.